Highlights of Cuba
- Discover the sights & sounds of Cuba on this 11-night guided group holiday.
- See Cuba’s most iconic attractions with a half day walking tour of Old Havana & a 1950’s classic car tour.
- Walk in the footsteps of Hemingway on a half day tour to his former home & favourite haunts.
- Discover Cuba’s fascinating ‘Tobacco Route’ & take a boat ride through the Indian Caves on a full day trip.
- Enjoy a scenic rail journey through the Cuban countryside with a tour of the village of Hershey.
- Take a jeep tour through the sugarcane fields of Matanzas with a snorkelling stop at Playa Coral.
- Includes 6 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, 4 nights on an all inclusive basis.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Cuba
Discover Cuba’s unique culture and beautiful scenery with us on this 11-night guided holiday. On this break, we’ll walk in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway and see the island that inspired much of his writing. In Old Havana, we’ll travel by vintage car through streets lined with baroque and neoclassical buildings. Another excursion will bring us on the ‘Tobacco Route’ in the west of the island, where there will be an opportunity to meet a traditional ‘veguero’ (tobacco farmer). Our holiday will conclude in the coastal area of Varadero where we can relax on the pristine beaches. Our superb local guides will be delighted to share their in-depth knowledge of Cuba throughout. With beautiful weather, friendly locals and a rich history, Cuba is the Caribbean destination that has it all.
Please note that visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
Activity Level: Busy
Travel to Cuba
Depart for Havana
We depart for Cuba, flying via Toronto. Upon arrival in Havana, we meet our local guide and transfer to our Havana hotel, our base for the next five nights.
Breakfast is included at the hotel each day.
Half Day Guided Excursion to Colonial Havana
Let’s discover Havana! After breakfast, we’ll set off on a half-day guided walking tour of the colonial city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in Baroque and Neoclassical style, Old Havana is truly a fascinating place to explore. During the tour, we will see the Museo Capitanes Generales and the Plaza Vieja. From here we’ll visit the 18th century Cuban Baroque-style Palace of the Generals and the fortress of Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Along the way, we can discover some of Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts and perhaps enjoy a special Daiquiri in one of his favourite hangouts, the El Floridita bar, which features a life-size bronze statue of the famous writer.
At leisure & dinner in Old Havana
The afternoon is at leisure to further immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of Havana’s streets, plazas and avenues and explore them at our own pace, before gathering with the group for dinner in Old Havana.
Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant
Visit Finca Vigia, Cojimar and Morro - Cabana
Let’s begin the day with a half-day excursion to places that inspired Ernest Hemingway. We will visit the writer’s home, Finca Vigía, where he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls in the 1930s. From here we continue to the fishing village of Cojimar, the backdrop for The Old Man and the Sea. We’ll savour a cocktail (included) at a local bar before visiting the 17th century Morro-Cabana, the largest fortress constructed by the Spanish in the New World. Lunch is included today.
Vintage Car Journey & Dinner
In the afternoon, we feel the wind in our hair and a welcome breeze, during a guided excursion of 1950s Havana in a vintage classic car. Cruising in our car we uncover fascinating sights at Revolution Square, the Malecon and the famous Hotel Nacional, with a stop at this landmark establishment. After our classic car experience, let’s relax and enjoy dinner (included) at a local restaurant.
Pinar del Río - The Tobacco Land
Full Day Guided Excursion to Pinar del Río
Today there will be a full day excursion to the province of Pinar del Río. As we travel the "tobacco route" to the western part of the island, we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour through Viñales Valley, also including a stop at the lookout point "Los Jazmines".
Afterwards, we will walk down to an underground river through the cave "Cueva del Indio" and continue our journey by small motorboat. With its hanging vines and rocky wall surfaces, this extraordinary river region looks like it came straight out of a film. Inside the cave, we can view the ‘Prehistoric Wall,’ complete with a huge mural depicting the history of evolution.
Also included today is a visit to "Casa del Veguero", a tobacco farm, to see the tobacco fields and drying house.
Lunch in the afternoon and dinner this evening are included.
At Leisure in Havana
Free time to explore Havana
Let’s see more, as we explore Havana at our leisure. Strolling through the colourful streetscapes, we can admire the colonial architecture, take some photos and drink in the unique flavour of this lively and captivating city.
Transfer to Varadero
Scenic Rail Journey
After breakfast and check out from our Havana hotel, we transfer to the Hershey Train depot and board the Hershey’s Electric Train for a scenic rail journey through beautiful Cuban landscapes. We’ll uncover more on a tour of the village of Hershey, named after the American chocolate king, and learn about the sugar cane industry, before enjoying refreshments in the Gardens of Hershey. Lunch is included today.
Transfer to Varadero
Later, we’ll continue our journey to the beach destination of Varadero. This will be our base for the next four nights, with a hotel stay on all-inclusive basis (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and locally produced drinks included each day).
Our total journey time today is 190km, including 100km from Hershey to Varadero (approximately 90 minutes).
At Leisure in Varadero
Free time to relax in Varadero
Today is a free day, to relax at our hotel and get to know our splendid beachside surroundings. A local representative will offer an information briefing at the hotel, to inform us about the activities on offer in and around Varadero.
Rio Canimar Tour
Boat trip and Rio Canimar
Let’s uncover more of Varadero’s surroundings as we set off on a boat trip, sailing upstream for an hour and enjoying the pristine nature of Cuba. As we float along, we will see lush green shores, crystal waters, mangroves, flora and fauna and different species of birds, like the Cuban Spoonbill and parrot which are native to these areas.
After the cruise there will be a typical Cuban lunch (included), with free time to relax, perhaps take a swim or further explore.
Later in the afternoon, we’ll transfer back to the hotel to spend our evening at leisure.
Free Time in Varadero
Let’s savour more special moments on this day of leisure, as we embrace Varadero’s white sands, blue waters and warm weather. If seeking more active pursuits, we can embark on a further sightseeing adventure of our choice, or take in some local shopping.
Transfer to Havana by Coach
Transfer to Havana
This morning we bid farewell to Varadero and travel by coach along the panoramic coastal road back to Havana, for a final memorable night in Cuba.
Free Time in Havana
Let’s enjoy a last afternoon in Havana, soaking up more of the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Stroll along the Malecón, walk through Revolution Square, or revisit one of Hemingway’s favourite drinking spots and savour a Cuban cocktail.
Return Home via Toronto
Toronto City Tour
Today we say ‘adios’ to Cuba and transfer with guide assistance to Havana Airport for our homeward flight (via Toronto).
On arrival in Toronto, we will be greeted by a local guide who will accompany us on a tour by coach, offering an overview of some of Toronto’s most famous landmarks. Time permitting, there will also be an opportunity for some independent sightseeing and shopping in the city.
After the tour, we transfer back to Toronto Airport, for our overnight flight.
*Toronto - Havana flight sectors are operated by Air Canada Rouge.
Arrive home, after a memorable journey through the Highlights of Cuba.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.