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Explore a little further on this 8-day private tour. Your first four nights will be spent in Havana taking in the culture of Cuba’s vibrant capital, before heading off to explore central Cuba and the island’s tropical interior.
Days 1-3 Please see A Taste of Havana for your first three days.
Day 4 An early start takes you along the Tobacco Route to the province of Pinar del Río in the west of Cuba. You’ll drive through the Mogote Valley with its famous limestone rocks and the picturesque village of Viñales. Visit a Casa del Veguero (a small tobacco farm) surrounded by beautiful scenery.
After lunch you’ll visit the Prehistoric Wall, a huge rock painting created by the Cuban painter, González Morillo, in the 1960s. Finally, explore the Indian Cave by boat before heading back to Havana. In the evening, have dinner at the Paladar La Guarida, one of Cuba’s most famous private restaurants, before overnighting at the Hotel Saratoga.
Day 5 This morning, enjoy a scenic 3-hour drive to central Cuba and the Zapata Peninsula, one of the largest areas of swampland in the Caribbean and home to hundreds of native species of flora and fauna. Take a boat trip through the mangroves on the Hatiguanico River where you’ll spot a wide variety of aquatic birds, reptiles and fish.
In the afternoon, arrive at Cienfuegos, a city inspired by French architecture - you’ll see many examples of this around the main square, such as the Tomás Terry Theatre which attracted famous performers like Caruso, Sarah Bernhardt and Anna Pavlova in the 19th Century. You’ll visit the Palacio de Valle, the most famous building in Cienfuegos and, in the evening, enjoy a walking tour of the Punta Gorda Peninsula with its traditional wooden houses. Overnight in Cienfuegos.
Day 6 This morning, visit the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens, one of the most important in Latin America with over 2,000 species of plants. Later, continue along the coast road to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad with its unique colonial architecture. You’ll have time to stroll around the cobbled lanes and the main square which is surrounded by the mansions of former sugar barons.
In the evening, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight, or you might want to experience the nightlife at the Casa de la Trova where you can dance salsa with the locals.
Day 7 This morning, discover the Sugar Mill Valley in the Sierra del Escambray, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Cuba. Learn about the life of masters and slaves in the 19th Century and climb the infamous Slave Tower, which was built to control the workforce.
In the afternoon, continue on through the colonial town of Sancti Spiritus with its romantic Yayabo Bridge, before arriving in the historical city of Santa Clara, where Che Guevara celebrated his greatest victory. Visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and the Tren Blindado, a national monument commemorating the Cuban Revolution.
Later, arrive in the town of Remedios where you’ll enjoy the colonial charm of the main square and learn about the Parrandas de Remedios, a local festival which has become a part of Cuban culture. Overnight in Remedios.
Day 8 This morning, you’ll leave Remedios and head back to Havana for your return flight to the UK.
Important Information: Please note that itineraries are subject to change without notice. Tours can be modified or extended according to your own personal preferences so please discuss your requirements with one of our Travel Advisers.