Cuba

Captivating Cuba: A 9-Day Luxury Small Group Tour

Step back in time and uncover the enigma that is Cuba. Experience the captivating culture of this Caribbean country on a unique, nine-day luxury small group tour (max. 12 travellers). Cruise the streets of Havana in colourful vintage American cars, snorkel the Caribbean coastline, feel the pulse of the music in a traditional salsa class, marvel at Trinidad’s beautiful colonial buildings and visit the burial site of revolutionary Che Guevara. Includes eight nights of luxury accommodation, daily breakfast and a selection of lunches and dinners, private airport transfers, private transportation throughout, expert local guides, insider experiences and so much more.

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9 Days
LOW SEASON - TWIN SHARE
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - Low Season
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Havana’s newest five-star Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski, two nights at the traditional Meliá San Carlos in Cienfuegos and two nights in old-world luxury at Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad.
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • Private return airport transfers and private air-conditioned transportation throughout
9 Days
HIGH SEASON - TWIN SHARE
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - High Season
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Havana’s newest five-star Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski, two nights at the traditional Meliá San Carlos in Cienfuegos and two nights in old-world luxury at Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad.
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • Private return airport transfers and private air-conditioned transportation throughout
9 Days
LOW SEASON - SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller) - Low Season
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Havana’s newest five-star Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski, two nights at the recently reburbished Meliá San Carlos in Cienfuegos and two nights in old-world luxury at Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad.
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • Private return airport transfers and private air-conditioned transportation throughout
9 Days
HIGH SEASON - SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller) - High Season
  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Havana’s newest five-star Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski, two nights at the traditional Meliá San Carlos in Cienfuegos and two nights in old-world luxury at Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad.
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • Private return airport transfers and private air-conditioned transportation throughout

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Cruising around Havana in iconic American vintage cars
  • Snorkelling the cenotes of the Caribbean coast
  • Salsa class in Trinidad
  • Walk the steps of Hemingway and enjoy a Cuban mojito in the bar where it was invented
  • Visit a tobacco farm and see how Cuban Cigars are made
  • Explore the Bay of Pigs' Battle Museum
  • Meet the local artists at project Trazos Libres
  • Visit Sugar Mills Valley and Manaca Iznaga

Colonial architecture. Cigars. Colourful vintage cars. Sugar plantations. Salsa dancing. Tobacco farms. Idyllic powder-white beaches. Whatever springs to mind when you think of Cuba, this beautiful Caribbean country remains something of an enigma to those who have yet to discover its magic first-hand. Embrace the sovereign state that time forgot on this unforgettable nine-day Cuban escape.

What We Love...

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Luxury Escapes’ Head of Tours, Sonia Pilovska, reveals why this tour is the best way to experience one of the world's most captivating countries: "There's something special about visiting a country that is just starting to really open its doors to tourism. It's real and raw and somewhat stuck in the past, in the best possible way. I was fortunate enough to visit Cuba a few years ago and not only did I get to see all of the things I'd read about—the colonial buildings, the women rolling cigars on street corners and the colourful vintage cars—I was also lucky enough to meet Manny, our local partner, and experience his local version of Cuba. Think: music, street dancing, bars where the locals drink mojitos, and the cafe where Hemingway fuelled his writing with a hit of caffeine each morning (the one not listed in the guidebooks)! Sure service may be a little slower than what we're used to from five-star travel, and things don't always run as planned in Cuba - but this is often where our best dinner party stories come from. If you're ever going to visit Cuba, now's the time to do it - Manny's way".

What You'll Love...

The Experiences – From riding in 1950’s vintage cars to visiting hundred-year-old tobacco farms and everything in between

The old-world culture, colourful streets and charming mystery of Cuba are an ode to the soul of a country that has kept itself distant from the emerging world. These are, in fact, some of its most alluring characteristics; ones that may not be preserved for much longer.

Stroll the 16th-century streets of Old Havana—labelled a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and sip a mojito from the bar where they were first introduced to the world. Immerse yourself in the true Cuban culture as you stroll the buzzing streets, admire the colonial-style architecture and experience the locals' warm hospitality. See Revolution Square and be amazed as you pass through Paseo & President Avenues - home to many of Cuba’s striking mansions that once housed many of the rich and famous.

Be transported to 1950’s Havana, when communist leader, Fidel Castro, banned imports of foreign cars and car parts. Cruise the city in iconic vibrant American vintage cars—we are talking pastel-pink Chevys and baby blue Fords—that have been maintained since the 50’s.

A tour of Cuba would not be complete without learning about the famous Cuban cigars firsthand. Discover the region where the country’s best tobacco crops have been supplying cigar factories for centuries. Visit a tobacco farm, learn the traditional methods of how Havana cigars are made by locals and meet with a farmer whose family has been farming these crops for generations.

Explore another magical part of Cuba – the stunning south coast – with two days in the striking Cienfuegos, known as ‘Cuba’s Paris’ or the ‘Pearl of the South’. Become captivated by this town from 1819 as you admire sweeping views of the azure bay, witness the Neo-Classical architecture and study the historic landmarks that give Cuba its character.

Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Trinidad, a perfectly-preserved Spanish city where it’s as if the clocks stopped in 1850. Best explored by foot, you can lose yourself in the rainbow-coloured side streets, interact with the locals and be mesmerised by the colonial-style mansions. Wander the 19th-century cobblestone street alongside donkeys, local vendors sitting outside their bodegas and street bands performing.

Embrace one of the fundamental parts of Cuba and of the Spanish culture with a classic salsa class at Casa de la Trova – one of the favourite local bars in Trinidad – where local dancers will teach you to move to the rhythm and let it all go.

The Accommodation – Characteristically Cuban combined with modern luxury

Spend four nights at the five-star Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski – Havana’s newest and best hotel. Once the first European-style department store, the hotel’s exterior keeps its traditional Cuban character while its interior oozes luxury in every way. From its lavish furnishings and ornate bathrooms to its floor-to-ceiling French-style doors and the spectacular rooftop pool that overlooks the colourful city, this brand-new hotel has taken Cuban luxury to new heights.

Explore Cuba’s azure south coast with two nights at Cienfuegos’ Meliá San Carlos. Located in the heart of the city’s historic centre, Meliá San Carlos epitomises classic Cuban architecture and style with modern reburshment. Having housed many of the world’s elite in its time, the boutique hotel holds true character within its walls.

Spend two magical nights in the refurbished Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad – a pastel green-coloured 16th-century World Heritage building. The serene property takes old-world Cuba and adorns it with modern accents, providing a luxe and relaxing sanctuary in the gorgeous colonial cobbled streets of vibrant Trinidad.

Your Package Includes:

  • Eight nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Havana’s newest five-star Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski, two nights at the recently reburbished Meliá San Carlos in Cienfuegos and two nights in old-world luxury at Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad.
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • Private return airport transfers and private air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • The services of expert local, English-speaking guides
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
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