Cuba Libre

Overview

This tour blends the island’s unspoilt rural scenery and remarkable biodiversity with the Spanish colonial cities of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. A relaxing four-night stay in the beach resort of Varadero completes this memorable holiday.

What's Included:

  • VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland
  • 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (2019 departures)
  • 42 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D) (2019 departures)
  • 11 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (2020 departures)
  • 30 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D) (2020 departures)
  • Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink reception upon arrival at each hotel
  • Saga tour manager
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK

    Excursions and visits

  • City tour of Havana
  • Visit Las Terrazas Nature Reserve
  • Viñales Valley boat trip and Indian cave
  • Cienfuegos tour and boat trip in Cienfuegos Bay
  • Guided tour of Trinidad
  • Visit to Che Guevara mausoleum

Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Havana

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to Gatwick, depart in the morning for your daytime flight to Havana where you stay at the locally rated 5-star Melia Habana in Miramar, a residential district known for its hotels and large mansions, most of which were abandoned at the time of the revolution and now house foreign embassies. The hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and offers five restaurants, a snack bar, three bars, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. There are 462 air-conditioned rooms arranged over 19 floors and served by lifts. All have a satellite television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, minibar and room service (both extra charge). D

Day 2 Havana

Contrast old and modern Havana on an included tour and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant. B, L, D

Day 3 At leisure

Perhaps go exploring the city independently, or join one of the optional excursions on offer. B, L, D

Day 4 Havana-Viñales Valley

Travel to Viñales Valley via Las Terrazas Nature Reserve. Stay three nights at the locally rated 3-star Los Jazmines. B, L, D

Day 5 Viñales Valley

After viewing the Jurassic limestone formations, explore underground caves on an included boat trip. B, D

Day 6 Viñales Valley

Spend today at leisure. B, D

Day 7 Viñales Valley-Havana

Return to Havana and the Melia Habana. Optional excursions visit a cigar factory, or follow the Hemingway Trail. B, L, D

Day 8 Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs

En route to Cienfuegos, pause at the Bay of Pigs and visit the Playa Giron Museum, which tells the story of the 1961 attempted military invasion of the island by American-backed Cuban exiles. Stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Jagua Hotel by Melia. B, L, D

Day 9 Cienfuegos

Included tour of UNESCO-listed Cienfuegos and a boat trip, before lunch in a local restaurant. B, L, D

Day 10 Trinidad

Included tour of UNESCO-listed Trinidad. B, L, D

Day 11 Cienfuegos-Santa Clara-Varadero

Head to Varadero, stopping en route at the final resting place of Che Guevara. Spend four nights on an all-inclusive basis at the seaside resort of Varadero at the locally rated 5-star Melia Varadero Hotel. This is a busy seaside resort hotel, set next to Varadero beach. It has a choice of restaurants and bars, an outdoor swimming pool and, for an extra charge, gym, beauty treatments and choice of sports. The hotel is also close to the 18-hole Varadero golf course (charges apply). The 490 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, safe, minibar and hairdryer. B, L, D

Day 12 - 14 Varadero

Spend the rest of your holiday at leisure or enjoying optional excursions. B, L, D

Day 15 Varadero to Havana to the UK

Travel to Havana airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B, L

Day 16 UK

Arrive in the morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.

Hand Picked By

Margaret Moulton

Saga are so popular with our clients, with all those little details taken care of, like complimentary VIP door-to-door transfers on all long haul holidays and selected escorted tours and also optional included travel insurance. This makes Saga such great value for money.

Margaret Moulton

Additional Information

  • Date: Various departure dates in 2020
  • Board Basis: Mixed meal plan
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Departure Airport: London
  • Guide Price: From £2,099pp
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