Holidays to Cuba
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 16.
Description of Holidays to Cuba
This 16-day small group tour of Cuba from Havana is an indispensable introduction to a country that for many years was frozen in time, and never ceases to fascinate visitors.
From the faded glamour of the capital, a favourite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, you’ll drive south to Trinidad on the Caribbean, learning about the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, then west to Santiago, before looping back to the beautiful Vinales region. In Trinidad you’ll be accommodated in a Casa Particulare, a traditional homestay, for an authentic glimpse of daily Cuban life, while in the Topes de Callantes park you’ll be staying in a charming hacienda, sleeping on the veranda in the fresh mountain air.
Naturally a major focus of the itinerary is on Cuba’s revolutionary history, and among the visits included are the Che Guevara Mausoleum, where an eternal flame lit by Fidel Castro burns, and La Comandancia de La Plata, a rainforest hideaway where the revolutionary army spent two years. You can see Che’s hospital hut, and even Castro’s personal fridge!
Cuban heritage comes alive in a series of fun cultural encounters. You might take part in a cocktail-making class, learning how to knock up a mean mojito, or take a spin with a salsa lesson in Trinidad. Wander the tobacco plantations and a famous cigar factory, and on an old sugar plantation see the infamous bell that was rung whenever a slave escaped. And as the trip winds to an end, spend some time snorkeling and suntanning on an idyllic island retreat.
With tropical beauty, intriguing history and a raucous culture to enjoy and absorb, this Cuba holiday is the perfect opportunity to explore a remarkable destination before it changes beyond recognition.
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4 Reviews of Holidays to Cuba
Reviewed on 27 Apr 2019 by Jane MacDonaldThis was our second trip to Cuba and trekking in the mountains was the highlight, particularly visiting Fidel Castro's camp in the Sierra Maestra. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Nov 2018 by Barry SingerWe visited many different parts of Cuba. We enjoyed the rural areas the best... We enjoyed it very much. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 May 2018 by Glenys DicksonThe music and songs in every public venue. I learnt so much. Our guide was superb. Cuba is an interesting place. It was not a Holiday but it was a great experience! Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jun 2013 by Audrey OSLERA great introduction to the history and culture of Cuba... the best part was Meeting local people (farmers, doctor) during a leisurely morning spent at La Plata a village in the Sierra Maestra mountains, and the chance to talk about politics, agriculture, and history! Read full review
PlanetIn Cuba we take the chance to visit the lesser known destination of Topes de Collantes where we sleep under the stars and stay at a couple of haciendas hosted by the local community. They cook wholesome local food for us and also provide the guides that we use on our walks in the area.
By staying at the haciendas we support local people directly and use minimal resources when compared to staying at a hotel. The night in the haciendas is always listed as a highlight of the tour by our customers as they have a chance for interaction with the locals, which is often much harder in larger cities.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
PeopleOperating outside of the large state-owned hotels in Cuba is difficult, because the government controls much of the tourist infrastructure. However, where possible we use locally owned and run ‘casas particulares’ (homestays), where we stay with a local family who can supplement regular incomes with money through privately letting rooms in their house.
We also encourage our groups to eat in small Paladars run by the locals. Due to food rationing, food is more limited in the Paladars compared to the hotel restaurants, however by eating in them it not only supports the local economy but also gives our customers a real insight into the realities of Cuban life.