|Destination:||Caribbean and Central America|
An island lost in time, Cuba is a decadent blend of romantic grandeur and off-beat Caribbean charm. Iconic 1950s automobiles parade through the seafront streets and rumba bars rub shoulders with centuries-old churches. Forested inland landscapes are home to tobacco plantations and rugged mountaintops, while swathes of white sand skirt the northern coast. Well wind through the country, uncovering its treasures as we go – from Spanish colonial heritage to underground rivers.
11 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Havana
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Havana.
Day 2 Havana
Culture lovers will be charmed by Havana, Cubas bustling, atmospheric capital with the ambience of a bygone era. Our walking tour begins through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the faded Spanish colonial architecture is slowly being restored to its former glory. Discover the beautiful streets with elegant plazas, and stop by the legendary Floridita Bar, where Ernest Hemingway famously drank daiquiris.
We visit a rum factory or museum and the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, we witness the cannon firing at La Cabaa Fortress, a daily tradition to announce the historical closure of the city gates at 9pm.
Day 3 Hemingway Museum
We head to Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingways home – the setting in which he scribed many of his best-known works. Now preserved as a museum, it provides a wonderful insight into the authors life.
We also visit Cojimar, where Hemingway gained the inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea. Enjoy a Cuban cocktail lesson and spend a relaxed afternoon at your leisure.
Day 4 Las Terrazas – Viales Valley
We travel by coach to Las Terrazas Eco Mountain Resort, an eco-village created in the 1960s, and take a tour of a 19th-century coffee plantation. We then continue to the lush Viales Valley.
Day 5 Viales Valley
The inspiringly beautiful Viales Valley is interspersed with dramatic rounded limestone formations known as mogotes. We visit a farmers tobacco plantation, before continuing to the Cuevo del Indio (Indian Cave), where we board a boat to sail on an underground river. We see the Murial Prehistorica and end our day with a visit to a cigar factory or museum.
Day 6 Santa Clara – Cayo Ensenachos
Continuing our adventure, we arrive in Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the guerrilla war in 1958. This town is the final resting place of Ernesto Che Guevara, with a museum and mausoleum dedicated to the revolutionary leader. Here you can see Tren Blindado, the famous military train that was carrying soldiers and weapons when it was derailed by Che and a group of rebels, paving the way for the Revolution. We drive on to Cayo Ensenachos, where well enjoy some of Cubas best white-sand beaches.
Days 7-8 Cayo Ensenachos
Two full free days at leisure, with all food and drink included, to relax and enjoy the facilities at our beachfront hotel.
Day 9 Trinidad – Cienfuegos
Our journey continues to Trinidad, a World Heritage Site which has been hailed as one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. Well visit either the Trinidad History Museum, where history buffs will be in their element, or the Museo Romantico, a sumptuous mansion displaying the decorative arts of the Trinidad aristocracy. We then continue to Cienfuegos.
Day 10 Cienfuegos
Soak up the history of Cienfuegos, known affectionately as the Pearl of the South. Characterised by palaces overlooking a beautiful Caribbean bay, star attractions include Parque Jose Marti with its imposing cathedral.
Day 11 Havana
We return to Havana Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 12 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.