This Complete Cuba holiday is a fantastic private journey across the length and breadth of the island. The route links together a great selection of highlights. From Vinales in the far west to Santiago de Cuba on the eastern tip, it is filled with colonial towns, scenic valleys, historic bays and charming beaches in between. This month long private road trip will take you through the very best of this delightful and fragile island, that’s on the cusp of transformation.
- Private driver/guide for the duration
- Private gallery viewings including a meeting with Castro’s personal photographer
- Stay in authentic Cuban Homestays
- Spend time on Cuban’s most unspoilt beaches
Direct flights with Virgin to Havana ensures an easy and comfortable to start to this holiday to Cuba. Spend time in the famous luxury Hotel Saratoga and explore Havana. A guided city tour will take you through an extraordinary time warp to witness the fading grandeur of Havana Vieja’s colonial architecture and maze of narrow alleys filled with classic cars that (against all odds) continue to grumble over the cobble stones. Spend an afternoon exploring the ‘new’ town in a chauffeur driven Cadillac.
However, scratch a little deeper and there is more to Havana than rum and cigar factories. Havana has an extraordinary cultural scene to discover. Art holds a prominent place in Cuba, and the Roberto Salas Gallery is a tremendous afternoon tour. Meet Roberto himself, and browse through his photo collection. As Fidel’s Castro personal photographer, he will explain about their relationship as well as his time behind Vietcong lines as a photographic war correspondent.
Some of the world’s best ballet dancers come from the Cuban National Ballet School, the largest in the world. Steppes Travel can organise a behind the scenes tour and even a viewing of National Ballet rehearsals.
West of Havana lies the beautiful valley of Vinales. Picturesque limestone cliffs form the unique geology of this prime tobacco growing region. Lunch in the private home of Finca Wildfredo, an agro-ecological farm passionate about organic produce.
Continue this holiday to Cuba via the rolling hills of Las Terrazas (home to old French fincas) to Playa Giron. Giron is the location of the historical Bay of Pigs. Visit the fascinating museum and the National Park of Cienega Zapata.
The enchanting town of Trinidad was the centre of the sugar mills and sits at the foot of the Sierra Escambray mountains that overlook the south coast. Stay in a Cuban Homestay (Casa Particular) for a fully authentic experience and some of the best lodging and food in the area.
This private journey continues East to Camaguey and then on to Bayamo and the Sierra Maestra. These mountains are famous for being the hideout for Fidel and his band of revolutionary brothers, including Che Guevara. Bayamo is a romantic and intriguing town. From Bayamo continue to the north coast and Playa Maguana where undeveloped palm-fringed sandy beaches await. From here, it is possible to visit Baracoa, the oldest town in Cuba and allegedly described by Columbus as “the most beautiful place in the world”.
Finally conclude this incredible road journey through Cuba in Santiago de Cuba. Physically closer to Kingston, Jamaica than it is to Havana, Santiago de Cuba is the stronghold of Afro-Cuban culture in Cuba and is a stark contrast to Havana City. Laid back, hot and humid with music filling the night air, there is a strong cultural and political heritage in Santiago. To make the most of this tropical, rumba loving city, visit in August for the summer long carnival.
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