Classic Cuba Highlights - 11 Days - departing 11 November 2019

Solo Travellers Group Holidays
Solo Travellers Group Holidays
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Whether it’s the white sand beaches, the Spanish colonial architecture or the rum fuelled nightlife that’s drawing you to this Caribbean island, our Cuba tour is perfect for any Solo Traveller. Join us for 10 amazing nights as we travel to the colourful Cuban capital, Havana, experience authenticity in the Cuban city of Santa Clara with its plentiful local music venues, and relax in Trinidad on unspoiled stretches of white sand beaches, perfect for snorkelling and diving. We also visit Cienfuegos, deemed the ‘Pearl of the South’, with the option to partake in some outdoor activities in the culturally rich village of Vinales. Whatever you’re looking for, Cuba has something for all Solo Travellers, so why don't you join us on this trip of a lifetime!

Day 1 - 11 Nov – Arrive Havana

Arrive in Havana. Today is the arrival day of the tour so there are no planned activities, however you can join your guide for dinner and get to know the rest of the group, depending on your arrival time.

Day 2 - 12 Nov – Walking city tour of Havana

Today we will start the morning with a walking tour of the beautiful Old Havana. Havana is one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere, and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Adventure among the splendorous crumbling architecture of the streets of old Havana and walk through the different plazas where most of the attractions are concentrated. After lunch at a local Cuban restaurant, we will take a ride in one of the famous Cuban Vintage cars to see more sites of Cuba with breath taking views of the Malecon.

Day 3 - 13 Nov – Havana

Day of leisure in Havana. Maybe go and sit on the famous sea wall (El Malecon) to take in the view and some fresh air, and socialise with the colourful and friendly 'Habaneros'. or maybe take a short taxi ride to visit Callejon de Hammel where you will see lots of colourful Muriels and sculptures by Cuban Artist Salvador Gonzales Escalona. There is of course an option to visit some of the museums including Museo de la Revolucion and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Day 4 - 14 Nov – Havana / Santa Clara

After breakfast, we head inland to Santa Clara, a key city in the Cuban Revolution. Upon entering Santa Clara, there is a huge statue of Ernesto Ché Guevara, which commemorates his death and that of the revolutionaries who were murdered along with him in Bolivia. We have time to visit this museum, and wander the city centre, and to see a few other historical sites mostly to do with Che. Santa Clara isn’t a thriving tourism hub, and that in itself creates its own interest as you can experience a more authentic Cuban city.

Days 5, 6, & 7 - 15,16,17 Nov – Trinidad

For most visitors to Cuba, Trinidad is their standout favourite destination (well, for the ones that make it this far anyway). No other colonial city in Cuba is so well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive.
The thing that visitors most love about Trinidad is the nightlife. There are no less than 10 live music venues all within a short walking distance. Many of these have lovely outdoor settings, in courtyards, and within the walls of old colonial ruins. Maybe practise your salsa with some of the locals in the main square or just enjoy a Mojito and watch the world go by.

We are near the lovely Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugarmills) and Playa Ancón - where you can enjoy long stretches of unspoiled, white sand beaches or visit Topes De Collantes National Park where you horse-ride or hike to the waterfalls

Day 8 - 18 Nov – Trinidad / Cienfuegos

Today we head to the French founded city of Cienfuegos through the densely vegetated Peninsula de Zapata swamp-lands, and along the beautiful Bay of Pigs. This is where the landing of counter-revolutionary exile militia occurred in 1961. There is a museum here that recounts the events of this conflict which resulted in the first defeat of a U.S backed take-over in Latin America. We will also make stops at a beautiful swimming hole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank, and if the conditions are favourable, at beach for snorkelling.

Cienfuegos appeal lies partly in the European flavour of its colonial hub, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades, and there is an ambience to inspire Cuba’s most celebrated singer to write the words “Cienfuegos is the city I like best”.

Days 9 & 10 - 19,20 Nov – Vinales

We then make our way on to Pinar del Rio and the town of Viñales. Surrounded by picturesque limestone pincushion hills (“mogotes”), Viñales is a small and culturally rich village, with friendly and welcoming residents and a wide variety of outdoor activities available. During our time in Vinales we will visit a local farm and watch the art of cigar making.
In your free time you can explore the caves, go hiking, biking, or explore the stunning countryside on horseback enjoying the views of the valley and sprawling tobacco fields.

Day 11 - 21 Nov – Departure back to Havana Airport

The cost of tour is £799.00. You can reserve a place at this price on payment of a non refundable deposit of £150.00 via bank transfer. Flights are not included in the price. Please do not book your flights until at least 5 people have RSVP'd. Don't delay and pay your deposit today to ensure you take advantage of a lower priced flight. Get in touch for recommended flights. We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas tours without flights are TTA bonded. A Visa is required for Cuba, please get in touch for further details.

***Please click on the link below to secure your place and pay your deposit by credit card. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. Please get in touch for details if you would prefer to pay by bank transfer***

By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies:

Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most Casa's. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive.

What’s included?

- Sharing twin accommodation in Homestays (please note accommodation in Cuba is basic but clean and comfortable) (single room supplement is £299.00)

- 10 breakfasts

- Walking tour of Old Havana

- Local guide throughout tour

- All local transport

- Transfers from the Airport (as long as you are arriving at the same time as most of the group, otherwise, there is a separate charge)