UNESCO World Heritage Cities of Cuba and Beach Fly Drive

UNESCO World Heritage Cities of Cuba and Beach Fly Drive

A Cuba fly-drive holiday gives you the opportunity to explore and understand the real Cuba. This tailor-made holiday visits four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Havana and Trinidad, both very different from each other. The hectic city of Havana is a mix of decaying 18th century buildings and those that have been painstakingly restored to their former glory. Now housing fine museums and art galleries, some are now also boutique hotels. Follow the turbulent history of this Caribbean island with a visit to the Museum of the Revolution, visit the Plaza de la Revolucion and the Jose Marti monument.

Your journey continues along the deserted motorway towards the south west, where you can divert along the edge of the famous Zapata Swamp, which can be seen from space and is home to many species of birds as well as crocodiles. Stop off for a visit at the museum to learn about the invasion of the Bay of Pigs before taking the road along the south coast to the charming colonial town of Cienfuegos. The following day your short drive brings you to the UNESO World Heritage Site of Trinidad. A fine example of restoration, the main colonial centre is pedestrianised. A visit is like stepping back in time with donkeys and carts trundling along cobbled streets, lovingly cared for plazas, brightly coloured colonial buildings, and old gents sitting and smoking large Cuban cigars.

The area surrounding Trinidad is there to be explored, head for the beach or up in to the Escambray Mountains where you can take one of a number of walking trails to waterfalls. Drive to the Valle de los Ingenios, one of the main sugar cane plantation regions and an area of great historical importance.

Now is time to relax and top up the tan, Cayo Santa Maria is an island of sand that is connected to the north coast of the island by a causeway. Take a brief stop in Santa Clara to visit the museum of Che Guevara before donning your swim suit and enjoying the feeling the soft white sand between your toes.

Your return to Havana will take you via the delightful little town of Remedios and along the deserted motorway. Havana will be your last night stop before your return flight to the UK.

Havana
    DAY 01

    Havana

    Havana

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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    Havana
      DAY 02

      Havana

      Havana

      Havana is a fascinating city to explore at your own pace. Most of Old Havana can be explored on foot, just wander around the cobbled streets and take in the wonderful atmosphere. A city that at first sight looks in complete decay, take time to visit the wonderfully restored plazas; many of the museums are housed in original government buildings, now restored to their former glory. Take a tour to the suburbs of Vedado where you will find mansions that were the homes of the rich and famous.

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      Vinales Valley
        DAY 03

        Vinales Valley

        Vinales

        Collect your car for a scenic drive to the Vinales Valley is a must on anyone's Cuba itinerary, famous for its unique 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. Return to Havana for your overnight stay

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        Cienfuegos Holidays
          DAY 04

          Cienfuegos

          Cienfuegos

          This morning make an early start for your drive to Cienfuegos. Take a stop at the museum and follow the story of the Invasion of The Bay of Pigs before continuing to the charming town of Cienfuegos

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          Trinidad
            DAY 05

            Trinidad

            Trinidad

            A short drive from Cienfuegos, you arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad. The old centre of Trinidad is a pedestrian-only area of cobbled streets, brightly coloured colonial buildings, museums and plazas. A delightful city to spend a day to explore. Dine in one of the local paladar's and visit the caves at the top of the town.

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            Trinidad
              DAY 06

              Trinidad

              Trinidad

              A day at leisure to explore the area further. Nature lovers can head for the Escambray Mountains where walking trails take you to waterfalls, beach lovers can head to the beautifully sandy Ancon Beach and for those historians, take a visit to Valle de los Ingenios, an area that used to be a major producer of sugar cane and has a history of African slavery.

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              Cayo Santa Maria
                DAY 07

                Cayo Santa Maria

                Cayo Santa Maria

                Time to head for the beaches of Cayo Santa Maria. take a short stop at the Museum of Che Guevara in Santa Clara before continuing through Remedios and on to the causeway to Cayo Santa Maria, where you can spend the days relaxing and topping up your tan.

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                Cayo Santa Maria
                  DAY 08

                  Cayo Santa Maria

                  Cayo Santa Maria

                  Day at leisure

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                  Cayo Santa Maria
                    DAY 09

                    Cayo Santa Maria

                    Cayo Santa Maria

                    Day at leisure

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                    Havana
                      DAY 10

                      Havana

                      Havana

                      Today you return to Havana, we recommend taking a more rural route via Santo Domingo and Colon visiting some incredible more off the beaten track villages and towns for a unique insight to Cuban life.

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                      Havana - UK
                        DAY 11

                        Havana - UK


                        A morning at leisure to explore Havana further before your flight back to the UK.

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