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Comfort Adventure Tours

Beautiful Cuba

From €1088pp tour-only
Depart From
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Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
8 Days
Destination
Cuba
Price
From €1088pp tour-only
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Follow the Cuban rhythm across this colourful Caribbean island, from the eclectic streets of Old Havana to the platinum sands of Playa Ancon.

From vintage cars to fragrant cigars, salsa your way from the colourful capital of Havana through the beautiful island of Cuba and surround yourself with history, music and mojitos in one of the world’s most unique places.

Roll a cigar and sip rum with locals in the rural village of Vinales, feel the seaside breeze along the French-infused waterfront of Cienfuegos, surrender to the sultry salsa rhythms in perfectly preserved Trinidad and look behind the legend of Che Guevara on a visit to his memorial in Santa Clara.

From the fresh mountain air that fills the streets of Soroa, to the crystal-clear waters that lap the shores of Playa Larga – experience a nation as endearing and diverse as its people on this 8-day adventure that immerses you in the colour, culture and natural beauty of this seductive Caribbean island.

  • A guided walking tour of Old Havana sheds lights on the difference between the lives of city and rural life in Cuba
  • Take in all the colours and aromas of Soroa, the stunning valley area known as the 'rainbow of Cuba'
  • Stroll along the rural dirt roads of Vinales as tractors, vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages pass you by
  • A visit to the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum allows you to learn about the iconic Cuban revolutionary in the right context
  • Trinidad is a real Cuban treat – step back in time on its old-world streets, then hit some fine palm-flanked beaches
  • Marvel at the unique architecture of Palacio del Valle in Cienfuegos 
  • Try your hand at traditional dance moves with an informal salsa lesson

What is Comfort travel?

‘Comfort travel’ means encountering all that the real world has to offer, but with an added degree of, well… comfort. We use more private transport, the travel pace more relaxed, the accommodation a touch nicer. And by paying more up front, you’ll be treated to more included meals, more leader-led activities and get a greater immersion in all things local.

Day 1: Havana

Bienvenido a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early, the day is yours to explore. Consider a stroll through Old Havana to acquaint yourself with its colourful mix of '50s Americana, colonial architecture and budding modernity. There are plenty of good museums to check out, such as the Museo de la Revolucion (Museum of the Revolution), which is housed in the former Presidential Palace, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts). Perhaps line up with the locals for a taste of the legendary Coppelia ice cream, or wander along the Malecon, the sea wall that skirts the coastline. With so much to do in this eclectic capital, we recommend arriving a few days early to make the most of this exciting city. Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer is included.

Accommodation: Premium guesthouse (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Havana - Museum of the Revolution (entrance fee) - CUC5
  • Havana - National Museum of Fine Arts (entrance fee) - CUC5
  • Havana - Camera Obscura by Leonardo da Vinci (entrance fee and guide included) - CUC2

Special Information: The arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through us. You'll receive information about exiting the arrivals hall and connecting with your arrival transfer driver who will take you to your guesthouse.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time.

Day 2: Soroa – Vinales

Spend the morning enjoying a short tour around Old Havana with your local guide. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish and designated a World Heritage Site in 1982, this well-preserved area within Cuba’s capital remains virtually unchanged which makes it one of the Caribbean’s most impressive historical cities. Wander through Havana’s oldest square, Plaza de Armas, stroll around the architecturally eclectic buildings that line the 16th century Plaza Veija, admire the basilica of San Francisco de Asis and visit the Cathedral with its elaborate baroque facade.

Afterwards drive to Soroa, a lush enclave nestled in a picturesque valley and aptly known as the ‘rainbow of Cuba’. Stop for lunch and tour a beautiful orchid garden where you’ll learn the medicinal secrets behind wild Cuban herbs, before continuing your journey to Vinales. Located in the province of Pinar del Rio – Vinales is a landscape of tobacco and agricultural fields dotted with limestone outcrops.

The scenery here is some of the most picturesque in Cuba and there are many ways to take it all in, ask your leader about the optional activities available including cycling, walking through tobacco fields and hiking to the mountains to explore the vast cave system of Gran Caverna de Santo Tomas.

Accommodation: Premium guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Havana - Leader-led walking tour of Old Havana
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Soroa - Orchid Garden (entrance fee and guide included)
  • Vinales - Leader-led orientation walk

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch

Special Information: There are currently no Premium guesthouses in this area so you will be staying in a Standard guesthouse. Please be aware the comfort levels are much less in these rural towns than in the cities. 

Day 3: Vinales

This morning, enjoy a walking tour through farms, tobacco plantations and lush cultivated lands for an insight into rural life in Vinales. Learn more about the simple lifestyle here and see first-hand the farmers who grow tobacco for some of the world’s most expensive cigars. For dinner this evening, relish a real garden-to-plate experience with an included dinner at an organic eco-farm. Indulge in a variety of fresh produce – from numerous vegetables and salads – to meats, seafood and salsas – all while gazing across sweeping views of the verdant valley.

Afterwards, why not head out to a quaint bar and get to know some of Vinales’ residents. This small and charming rural village is one of the easiest places to mingle with locals in Cuba, who are very sociable, and many of them love nothing better than to drink rum and dance the night away!

Accommodation: Premium guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Vinales - Half-day Valley tour on foot including Tobacco Farmhouse
  • Vinales - Farm-to-table dinner at an eco-friendly ranch

Optional Activities

  • Vinales - Live music venues - Entrance fees from CUC2

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos

Begin the day by travelling to a peaceful sandy arc on Cuba’s southern coast, commonly known as the Bay of Pigs. Learn about the Bay of Pigs Invasion – the battle between the US and the Cuban revolutionaries which resulted in the first defeat of a US-backed takeover in Latin America – then stop for a dip in its tranquil waters, with an outstanding variety of coral and fish, it just might be Cuba’s best-kept secret.

Then continue along the picturesque coast to Cienfuegos, a slice of Paris in the Caribbean. This is the gem of the south, a seaside town of relaxing streets and dazzling buildings that strike a beautiful pose by the water. Founded in 1819 by pioneering French immigrants, the elegant architectural influence that these settlers brought with them earned the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2005. Enjoy a photo stop at Palacio del Valle, which is Cienfuegos' architectural pride and joy. Learn more about its history as you take in the beauty of its intricate carvings of Venetian alabaster and if you’re up for it, why not head to the rooftop for a sunset drink.

Accommodation: Premium guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Bay of Pigs - Coastal swim stop
  • Cienfuegos - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cienfuegos - Palacio de Valle (entrance fee)

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5: Trinidad

Perhaps kick-start your morning with some Cuban coffee, it's served black, strong and super sweet, then bid farewell to Cienfuegos and board the bus for a short drive to Trinidad – a beautifully preserved colonial down that sits on the scenic Caribbean coast. There's no doubt it's one of Cuba's alluring destinations, a great place to wander around, with almost every scene offering a photo opportunity.

Watch as locals casually smoke their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their homes, and hear the old Chevrolets rumbling by. Begin by strolling along the cobbled streets and marvelling at some of the colourful colonial architecture on display (this town was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988 for good reason), then feel the Cuban rhythms during a casual salsa class – a sure-fire way to boost your confidence in preparation for Trinidad’s nightlife!

Accommodation: Premium guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Trinidad - Orientation walk
  • Trinidad - Salsa Dance Lesson (1 hour)

Optional Activities

  • Trinidad - Santeria Priest Visit - CUC2
  • Trinidad - Museo Romantico - CUC2
  • Trinidad - Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra los Bandidos - CUC1

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Trinidad

Trinidad’s old-fashioned feel and friendly folk make it a standout destination for many visitors to Cuba, and the Santeria religion (a voodoo-like Afro-Cuban tradition) which is practiced here makes the town even more intriguing. Enjoy a free day to check-out Trinidad at your own pace. There are some great Spanish-style churches to see, and nearby is the Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar plantations stretch out as far as the eye can see.

Why not go for a dip at nearby Playa Ancon and loll about on the long stretches of white sand or hire a bike of the vintage variety and cycle along Trinidad’s colourful (and cobblestone) streets. If you’re feeling energetic, then hiking in the Sierra del Escambray (the local mountains) is a great option – just ask your leader to help you decide! This evening, a folklore dance and music show in one of the open-air venues is highly recommended – a great chance to immerse yourself in Cuba's African, French and Spanish-influenced music and dance culture.

Accommodation: Premium guesthouse (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Trinidad - Live Music Venues (entrance fee) from - CUC2
  • Trinidad - Ancon beach shuttle bus - CUC4
  • Trinidad - Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (entrance fee, guide and transport included) - CUC65
  • Trinidad - Massage - from - CUC25

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Santa Clara - Havana

On your way back to Havana, you'll stop in at Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial where you can get a rare insight into the legacy of the revolutionary leader. Che's remains were brought to rest here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997, where he was assassinated by the CIA-backed Bolivian army.

The memorial is home to an impressive bronze statue of Che bearing his rifle and inside the museum, you can learn about his amazing life and see photos and exhibits such as letters, firearms, medical devices and other interesting artefacts – including his famous black beret. Upon arrival in Havana, stop by Revolution square then prepare for a final night of celebrations where you can toast to an incredible adventure across beautiful Cuba!

Accommodation: Premium guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
  • Havana - Revolution Square

Optional Activities

  • Havana - Jose Marti Memorial Tower - CUC2
  • Havana - Buena Vista Social Club Performance (entrance fee) - CUC30

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8: Havana

Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast, check-out time is 10 am. If you wish to stay on in this colourful capital, your travel agent will be more than happy to assist. Just ask at the time of booking!

Optional Activities:

  • Havana - Half-day Ernest Hemingway Tour (guide and transport included) - CUC70
  • Havana - Cigar Factory Tour (entrance fee and guide) - CUC12
  • Havana - Morro Castle (entrance fee included, no guide, no transport) - CUC3

Meals Included: Breakfast

The guesthouses (casas) we use are much nicer than your average Cuban dwelling and each room is unique. Regardless of where you stay, power cuts and breaks in hot water supply are sometimes unavoidable, as in any developing country – but we believe that this is all a part of the local experience.

Part of Cuba’s appeal is its old-fashioned style – this includes the banking systems. Funds in Cuba can be difficult to access. Ideally bring multiple credit cards from several different banks just to be sure.

Luxuries such as air conditioning, plush pillows, and fly screens, are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.

Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it's available it's often unreliable and expensive. Treat this as a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.

Cuba is different, and that's a big part of its allure. Things don't always go according to plan, and many things don't work the same way as back home. Patience and good humour will go a long way in this beautiful destination.

As this trip covers a lot of land, you'll be spending quite a bit of time travelling. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.

Price is per person, based on 2 adults sharing, and includes:

  • 8 day Beautiful Cuba comfort tour
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle
  • Accommodation: Premium Guesthouse (7 nights)
  • Included activities:
    • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
    • Havana - Leader-led walking tour of Old Havana
    • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
    • Soroa - Orchid Garden (entrance fee and guide included)
    • Vinales - Leader-led orientation walk
    • Vinales - Half-day Valley tour on foot including Tobacco Farmhouse
    • Vinales - Farm-to-table dinner at an eco-friendly ranch
    • Bay of Pigs - Coastal swim stop
    • Cienfuegos - Leader-led orientation walk
    • Cienfuegos - Palacio de Valle (entrance fee)
    • Trinidad - Leader-led orientation walk
    • Trinidad - Salsa Dance Lesson (1 hour)
    • Santa Clara - Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum (entrance fee)
    • Havana - Revolution Square
Please ask us about adding great value:
  • Flights from Ireland to Cuba- we'll find the best fare for your chosen travel dates and departure airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Single rooms available at a supplement
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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