8 Day Rural Cuba Fly Drive
For those that wish to get a little more off the beaten track, a tailor made self-drive holiday will give you the opportunity to do just that. Having your own vehicle gives you complete flexibility of where you can visit in-between night stops. We have selected local private home stays (casa particulares) in Vinales and at the beach so that you can immerse yourself in true Cuban culture and learn more of the Cuban’s way of life.
This sample itinerary follows an easy route with drive distances between each destination no more than 2 hours a time. Your tour will begin with two nights in the heart of Old Havana, a warren of cobbled streets, beautiful plazas and cathedrals and numerous art galleries and museums.
The first leg of your journey takes you into the Sierra del Rosario mountains, green and lush, to Las Terrazas, a self-sufficient community where activities may include bird watching, horse riding or walking trails to waterfalls.
The Vinales Valley is a unique landscape of tobacco plantations and limestone formations known as mogotes, under the ground you will find an extensive network of caves. Witness local farmers tending their fields with ox and plough and planting tobacco plants. This area of outstanding natural beauty is wonderful for a leisurely drive, stop off with a picnic and take in the views.
Head for the coast to the low key and undeveloped Cayo Jutias, where pristine beaches and the warm ocean beckons you.
On arrival at Havana's International Airport you will be met and transferred to your colonial hotel for the night.Accommodation Options
Wake to explore this incredible city by foot with your guide. The old city is full of crumbling mansions and villas interspersed with painstakingly restored colonial buildings, now home to numerous museums, art galleries and boutique hotels. Take a classic American 1950’s tour of the modern parts of the city including Plaza de la Revolucion and Jose Marti monument, Vedado and Miramar. As the sun begins to set enjoy a mojito on the terrace of the Nacional Hotel overlooking the malecon.Accommodation Options
La TerrazasLas Terrazas
After collecting your rental-car you will drive for about an hour to Las Terrazas. Enjoy interacting with the local community, dine in one of the community restaurants where much of the produce is farmed locally. Enjoy walking trails to nearby waterfalls or visit the nearby orchid gardens.Accommodation Options
A scenic drive brings you to the Vinales Valley, famous for its landscape of mogote limestone formations and tobacco plantations. A delightful area for a leisurely drive through farming villages and around the limestone outcrops. Stop to explore one of the extensive cave networks or watch local farmers tending to their tobacco plantations. You will stay in a private home tonight (casa particulare) for an authentic taste of Cuban life.
Enjoy a full day to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. Vinales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and offers an insight in to life in rural Cuba. A great way to explore the valley is by bicycle, gliding along peaceful flat roads past tobacco plantations and towering mountains. There are plenty of hiking opportunities and for those that wish to explore underground we recommend a visit to Cuevo del Indio where you can take a boat trip through this subterranean chamber.
Cayo JutiasCayo Jutias
A short drive from Vinales through the valley brings you to the coast and Cayo Jutias, where you will find one of Cuba’s finest unspoilt wild beaches. You will stay in a local casa particulare and the rest of your time is free for you to relax on the soft white sands of Playa de Cayo Jutias or explore the local area.
Cayo JutiasCayo Jutias
A day for you enjoy the pristine beaches of Cayo Jutias or take a drive in to Pinar del Rio, it certainly cannot be called charming but it does present a true picture of Cuba cities with well-maintained neoclassical buildings and is definitely worth a visit.
Return to UK
This morning take a leisurely drive back to Havana where you will drop your car at Havana Airport in time for your flight back to the UK.