15 Day Classic Cuba Self Drive and Beach
This is a chance to discover the best highlights of western Cuba at your own pace, driving through small towns and villages and with time to explore local attractions independently.
Spend a few days in the beautiful historic quarter of Old Havana before picking up your car to drive south-west into the picturesque Pinar del Rio province, staying in Vinales and Las Terrazas to explore the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve.
Continue via Cienfuegos to the stunning colonial gem of Trinidad with its wonderful music venues and a stunning coastline nearby. Trinidad is the perfect base from which to explore independently areas with connections to the Revolution such as Santa Clara, where you will find Che Guevara's mausoleum and the Bay of Pigs. Your self drive itinerary ends in Varadero where we willa rrange for your car to be collected and you can spend a few well deserved days of rest on the perfect white sand beaches of Varadero to finish off your Cuban adventure.
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Arrive in Havana to transfer to your beautifully restored colonial mansion in the heart of Old Havana, the Hotel Saratoga.
Accommodation: Hotel Saratoga
This morning enjoy a half day guided city tour of Havana visiting the any plazas, the Havana Club rum factory and orientate yourself so you can decide on where you wish to return and explore in more depth. End your day by watching the sunset along the Malecon.
Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Learn more of the turbulent history of Cuba by visiting the numerous museums, enjoy a coffee or Mojito while watching the world go by in one the the beautiful plaza's or wander the cobbled streets soaking up the unique atmosphere in this romantic city.
Pick up your hire car to depart Havana today to drive the two hour journey south-west to Vinales. The Vinales Valley is a unique landscape of tobacco plantations, farmland and mogotes (limestone outcrops). Vinales is a sleepy town with a few local restaurants and bars that are worth a visit if you wish to interact with the locals.
Free time to explore Pinar del Rio province. You can arrange optional tours for horse-riding or cycling if you wish. Visit one of the remarkable networks of caves, visit a tobacco factory and learn how cigars are made by hand.
A short drive from Vinales takes you to the small community of Las Terrazas where your hotel La Moka is located. This community was built to protect the local environment and to generate employment for the surrounding area. There are a number of locally run restaurants and cafes, serving locally farmed produce. Activities in the area include walking trails, bird watching and waterfalls.
Free time to explore the surrounding Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve and surrounding farms and plantations.
Today is a longer drive, between 4 - 5 hours. You can divert via the Zapata Peninsula where there are wetlands that are home to numerous species of birds as well as crocodiles. Stop at Playa iron where you can visit the museum and learn about the Invasion of The Bay of Pigs. You will overnight at the charming colonial La Union Hotel in CIenfuegos.
A short drive from Cienfuegos takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad. This beautiful city has been restored to its former glory, brightly coloured buildings, cobbled streets and wonderful museums and shops selling local arts and crafts. A full day is required to explore this fascinating city.
Accommodation: Iberostar Grand Hotel
Time to explore Trinidad and surrounding small towns independently or perhaps spend a few hours relaxing on the nearby Ancon beach. Drive to the valley of the sugar mills and learn about when Cuba used to be a major supplier of sugar cane. For nature lovers head up in to the Escambray Mountains and take a walking trail to one of the waterfalls.
Drive from Trinidad back towards Havana and out to Varadero, just along the north coast of Cuba to arrive at your beach front luxury resort, the Paradisus Princesa del Mar. Along your journey stop off at Santa Clara to visit the museum of Che Guevara. On arrival to Varadero we will arrange for your car hire vehicle to be picked up from your Varadero hotel.
Accommodation: Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad
Days 12 - 14
Free days to relax on this idyllic stretch of white sand beach, lapped by azure blue waters. Swim with dolphins in a natural pool or spend the nights dancing salsa in one of the numerous night clubs.
Havana - UK
Transfer from your hotel in Varadero to Havana airport for your return flight back to the UK.
15 day tour
from £2,470 per adult
Price based on travelling in May
- Private Transfers
- Car hire
- Direct International flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick to Havana
- Private arrival transfer
- 3 Nights accommodation at Hotel Saratoga in a Patio Deluxe Room on a bed and breakfast basis
- 11 Days car hire (additional insurance payable locally)
- 2 Nights accommodation at either La Ermita or Los Jasmines on a bed and breakfast basis
- 2 Nights accommodation at La Moka on a bed and breakfast basis
- 1 Night accommodation at La Union Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
- 2 Nights accommodation at Iberostar Grand Trinidad Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
- 4 Nights accommodation at Blau Priviledge Libertad on an all inclusive basis
Gratuities, lunch and dinner except in Varadero, car insurance, security bond and one way rental fee, Cuban visitor visa.
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