The Essential Cuba Tour
The Essential Cuba Tour focusing on the must-see highlights of Western Cuba this very popular tour is ideal for those who want a comprehensive introduction to Cuba or for those who want to combine a week of touring followed by some days relaxing on Cuba’s fantastic beaches. The Essential Tour focuses on the UNESCO world heritage sights of Havana, Vinales and Trinidad.
Day 1 – Havana
Essential Cuba Tour. After a welcome at Havana airport, a transfer will take you to your accommodation confirmed for the tour, well located in Old Havana.
Day 2 – Havana
Highlights include a visit to a working cigar factory, the Museum of the Revolution, a guided walk through Old Havana, the four famous historical squares, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas.
Day 3 – Vinales Valley & Las Terrazas
Head to the immensely picturesque UNESCO world heritage site of Vinales Valley, an area known for its outstanding beauty and home of Cuba’s tobacco plantations.
Day 4 – Santa Clara & Trinidad
The first stop will be Santa Clara, a city of major historical significance in Cuba. Visit the final resting place of Che Guevara at the very symbolic mausoleum with time to visit the museum dedicated to his life, as well as Tren Blindado, a small museum and the iconic remains of the government train that was attacked by Che Guevara and his revolutionaries, a significant turning point in the Cuba Revolution.
Travel through the Escambray Mountains towards Sugar Mill Valley where the 145ft Manaca Iznaga Tower stands as a silent witness to Cuba’s history of slavery where over 30,000 slaves worked in the sugar plantations overlooked by the tower! A ghostly visit.
Day 5 – Trinidad Essential Cuba Tour
There will be a comprehensive tour of the centre of Trinidad including a visit to the History Museum. Sample the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane cocktail at La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century.
Day 6 – Cienfuegos Essential Cuba Tour
Visit El Nicho Park, a marvel of nature with dozens of waterfalls and natural pools in an area virtually untouched, hidden among the mountains and one of the most beautiful spots in Cuba.
Day 7 – The Bay of Pigs & Havana
Continue to the Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed CIA backed invasion of Cuba that was repelled by Fidel and Che and their revolutionaries. There will be a short visit to the museum to gain an insight into one of the major world events from the 1960s and an important date in Cuba’s revolutionary history.
Day 8 – Havana
Today is free to explore Havana independently, relax or leave Havana for your beach extension in Varadero, the ‘Cayos’ or eastern Cuba.