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Cuban Trails

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Cuba - a country on the cusp of change. Colourful houses, classic cars, rolling hills, cigars, colonial faded grandeur and hiking trails. 
  • Product Code 46000
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, New Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Moderate, Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 12 Nights

Cuba is renowned for its colourful history. From the beginning of Spanish Colonial times to the present day, the island has been pivotal in global struggles. Perhaps less attention has been paid to the beautiful countryside, welcoming people, flora and fauna. 

We start with a guided tour through Old Havana. We concentrate on the western end of the island, exploring the hills and tobacco fields of Viñales and the ecological hot spot of Las Terrazas in the Sierra del Rosario mountains. We continue east to walk along the shore of Hanabanilla Lake. Next is Trinidad for cultural and architectural delights in this beautifully preserved colonial town. We will walk in the Topes de Collantes close by. Finally we return to Havana and travel in style in a classic American car. 

For the walker, naturalist or historian there is plenty to enjoy. Our resident guides will help you experience Cuba as a local. 

 

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the best trails of western Cuba. 
  • Enjoy insights on our walks with our Cuban guide.
  • Learn how to roll a cigar in Viñales.
  • Trinidad’s colonial architecture and relaxed vibe.
  • Take a drive through Havana in a classic American car. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Havana (Virgin Atlantic) 
      Airport transfers 
      Half board en suite accommodation 
      Eleven lunches
      English speaking local Cuban guide 
      All local transport costs for walking and excursions. 
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade SS/4

  1. Day 1

    On arrival at Havana airport we transfer to our hotel on the seafront. This can take 30 – 40 mins depending on traffic. We take dinner in the hotel this evening. Weather allowing, we plan to eat in the open-air grounds surrounding the hotel.

  2. Day 2

    We will spend the day on a walking tour of Havana. The old town is compact and easily discovered on foot. We have an included lunch today in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will take in some of the most important museums, such as the Rum museum, Museo de la Revolution and the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.

  3. Day 3

    Today we drive west to Vinales. The journey can take about 3 hours. On arrival we can take a walk in the romantically named, Valle del Silencio and visit a tobacco vega. You might even get a demonstration of how to roll a Cuban cigar whilst here, a very valuable life skill. The walk will be about 6km taking a leisurely 2hrs. We will end the day with dinner at Finca Wilfredo.

  4. Day 4

    We will continue our explorations of the Vinales Valley with a walk from San Vicente on the Resbaloso Trail. Expect to cover about 13km with minimal ascent and descent. The walk will take about 4 hours.

  5. Day 5

    Departing early from Viñales we drive northwest via La Palma and continue on a rough-surface rough in to La Guira National Park. The trailhead for today’s walk starts from the road and takes us up into a protected reserve known as Mil Cumbres. The walk will be approx. 15km and take approx. 5 hours. The walk ends at Mil Cumbres lodge where we’ll have refreshments before continuing by bus on a winding road that takes us through the mountain range before arriving to our destination for the night, Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve. Here we check in to the hotel for the night.

  6. Day 6

    After breakfast we have a short transfer to Soroa. On arrival we have a look around the local Orchid Garden before setting out to walk the ‘Canada del Infierno’ Trail. The walk will be about 14km and take 4/5 hours. The walk takes us back to our hotel in time for dinner.

  7. Day 7

    Today we have a long transfer west but plenty to enjoy on the way. We will drive Hanabanilla via Santa Clara. The journey to Santa Clara takes about 5 hours. We will stop here for lunch and to visit Che Guevara mausoleum and monument. Another important site here the train that the Cuban rebels derailed in 1958. The wagons remain as they lay after the derailment. Both places are of great importance for Cubans to many of whom Guevara remains a hero. We have another 90mins drive on to Hanabanilla where we stay by the lake.

  8. Day 8

    Today starts with a boat transfer along the edge of Lake Hanabanilla for around 20 minutes to a point where we’ll disembark at a ‘casa de campesino’ and start our walk. Today’s walk distance will be approximately 9km along the trail known as the Atalaya, taking us back to end at the hotel. The first part of the trail involves an ascent, at a gentle pace, most of which is under shaded cover, as we climb from approx. 400m up to a maximum altitude of 720m. Along the route we’ll encounter several small family properties and see coffee plantations as well as intermittent views of Lake Hanabanilla. Our local guide will talk about the birdlife and tree species found in this part of Cuba. Arriving back at the hotel you’ll have time to go for a swim in the large swimming pool and relax before we go out together for dinner in a nearby ‘paladar’ private restaurant in Hanabanilla community.

  9. Day 9

    After breakfast and packing our bags we set out to walk from Cortina de Jibacoa to Guanayara. Expect to cover 14km on a walk taking between 4 and 5 hours. On finishing the walk we transfer to Trinidad, one of the best preserved Spanish colonial towns in the Americas. We stay in Casas Particulares, private houses in Trinidad. It is a unique experience. We have time to explore the city on foot in the cool of the evening. An ideal time!

  10. Day 10

    Today we drive out to Topes de Collantes National Park to spend a full day enjoying the cooler mountain air. We plan to walk the Vegas Grandes Trail. We will walk about 10km on a fairly good path. The walk takes about 4 hours.

  11. Day 11

    Today we make our way back towards Havana, stopping en route in Cienfuegos to visit the main plaza and see the distinctive sea wall promenade. We will also visit the Botanic Gardens. Finally, we arrive in Havana for our last night in Cuba. On arrival we will have a one-hour city tour in classic America cars. These cars are perhaps the most well-known image Cuba presents to the rest of the world. It is an experience to be savoured and will doubtless present various photo opportunities.

  12. Day 12

    After breakfast in the hotel we have free time until we leave for the airport later in the day. There should be plenty of time to re visit Old Havana for anybody who so desires. It is a short transfer back to the airport.

  13. Day 13

    We arrive back in the Uk.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Havana (Virgin Atlantic) 
  • Airport transfers 
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Cuba's Casas Particulares

Casas Particulares are homestays with Cuban families in a network that stretches across the country. Expect homecooked meals, a warm welcome, and unique insight into daily Cuban life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hotel Nacional

The Hotel Nacional is a Cuban institution. Situated on the famous ‘Malecon’ seafront in Havana it was welcoming celebrities in pre revolution days. Built in 1930 it maintains its period character.