Our comprehensive Ultimate Cuba Tour, a fully guided tour, has been carefully designed from our 25 years of experience in tour planning in Cuba. We also have our Essence of Cuba Tour if you are looking for a shorter trip.
Travelling gradually from Havana through the whole island to Santiago De Cuba and beyond, the tour literally visits all the main areas of interest in Cuba.
You will gain a fantastic insight into life in Cuba today, one of the most unique destinations in the world. Led by experienced local guides, one in the west and one in the east of the island, the tour allows you to discover the real Cuba!
Day 1 – Havana
After a welcome at Havana airport, a transfer will take you to your accommodation confirmed for the tour, 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.
Tuesday | 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 to Cuba’s tobacco plantations.
Day 4 – Santa Clara & Trinidad Ultimate Cuba Tour
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 Che Guevara attacked and his revolutionaries, a significant turning point in the Cuba Revolution.
Day 5 – Trinidad
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 – Bayamo
You leave Trinidad today and travel alongside the foothill of the Escambray Mountains and head towards the east, known locally as ‘Oriente’.
Day 7 – Sierra Mountains & Santiago de Cuba
You will travel deep into the Sierra Maestra Mountains until you arrive at Villa Santo Domingo, nestled deep in the mountains with views of Cuba’s highest and most sacred mountain, Pico Turquino.
Day 8 – Santiago de Cuba
There will be a full exploration of Santiago de Cuba, a city of crucial importance throughout Cuba’s history.
Day 9 – Guantanamo & Baracoa
This is one of our favourite stops on the Ultimate Cuba Tour Take one of the most exciting and spectacular drives in Cuba. Head to the city of Guantanamo made famous globally for two very different reasons, firstly the ballad Guantanamera taken from a poem written by Cuba’s national hero Jose Marti and secondly, for the US base and now Camp X-Ray only 15 miles from the city.
Day 11 – Biran & Holguin Ultimate Cuba Tour
Visit Biran, the birthplace of Fidel and Raul Castro, who both became iconic world leaders, and you will see the house where the brothers were born, which is also the final resting place of their parents. A traditional Cuban lunch will be served in a local countryside restaurant offering excellent home-cooked cuisine from Eastern Cuba.
Day 12 – Holguin & Camaguey
Today you will travel west towards Camaguey, passing through the quieter Las Tunas province and the small provincial capital of Las Tunas.
Day 13 – Sancti Spiritus
Sancti Spiritus is a delightful, quieter place to spend a day, and on arrival, you will enjoy a short tour of the colonial centre, and lunch will be served. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the city and its peaceful squares and historic streets.
Day 14 – El Nicho & Cienfuegos
An early departure from Sancti Spiritus takes you towards Cienfuegos, with a visit en-route to El Nicho Park, a marvel of nature, with waterfalls and natural pools in an area hidden among the mountains and one of the most beautiful spots in Cuba.