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'Havana & Trinidad'

What makes this trip special?

Cuba's unforgettable capital

Cuba's unforgettable capital

Havana

There is no other capital city in the world quite like Havana. Impossible to sum up in only a few words its combination of magificently restored buildings, crumbling apartment blocks, classic cars, lively atmosphere and sense of defiance will stay with you for a long time.

Life by the sea

Life by the sea

Ancon Peninsula

Just outside Trinidad, the sandy beaches of the Ancon Peninsula provide an alluring alternative for beach lovers to staying in the town itself.

Colourful and lively colonial town

Colourful and lively colonial town

Trinidad

The magnificent colonial town of Trinidad has recently been restored under UNESCO World Heritage, with brighly painted facades, cobbled streets, bands playing and horse drawn carts the town feels very much alive.

Sweet like sugar

Sweet like sugar

Valle de los Ingenios

The eastern slopes of Sierra del Escambray were once the hub of slave-powered sugar production in Cuba.  Today the valley is scattered with ruins of old sugar mills.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Havana & Trinidad'

DAY 1

Havana

You arrive at Havana airport, where you are met and transferred to your chosen hotel for 3 nights.

DAY 2
BL

A day in Havana with a city guide, see ‘Your Man in Havana’ on page 9.

DAY 3
B

Free day in Havana.

DAY 4
BD

Trinidad

Early this morning you get yourselves to the designated pick up point in Havana for the 8hr minibus journey to Trinidad, where you are dropped off at your beach resort just outside the town on Playa Ancón.

DAY 5
AI

Today your English-speaking local guide meets you for a morning walking tour of picturesque colonial Trinidad and its museums, then after lunch your guide takes you out of town to the Valle de los Ingenios, a valley of sugar plantations and mills where a picturesque village stands beneath a belfry from which slaves were called in from the fields.

DAY 6
AI

Two free days to relax at Playa Ancón beach. After sunset you might return by taxi to the streets of Trinidad where there always seems to be dancing and live music somewhere, salsa, Cuban jazz, or son at the Casa de la Trova.

DAY 7
AI

At Playa Ancón.

DAY 8
B

Havana

Today you will be picked up from the designated point in Trinidad (your hotel will arrange a taxi there) for your shuttle bus back to Havana, where you are dropped at your hotel. Evening free in Havana.

DAY 9
B

Free time in Havana until it is time for your private transfer from your hotel to the international airport. Beach options You could ether extend your time at the beach in Trinidad, or travel from Havana to the mainstream beaches of Jibacoa or Varadero, or to the more pared-back Cayo Levisa. See p41.

Guide prices for 'Havana & Trinidad'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Mid-plus hotels, shuttle bus 2 people sharing
Mid-range hotels, private transfers 2 people sharing
Mid-range hotels, shuttle bus 2 people sharing
Mid-plus hotels, private transfers 2 people sharing
Upper range hotels*, shuttle bus 2 people sharing
Upper range hotels*, private transfers 2 people sharing
Prices are per person and include:
  • Cuba Visa
  • airport transfers
  • all accommodation
  • all transport
  • meals where specified, B = breakfast, L=lunch, D= dinner
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc

Customer reviews for 'Havana & Trinidad'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

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Havana

Seasonal information for 'Havana & Trinidad'

Along this route in January

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Typical weather for January

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Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Havana & Trinidad'

Days 1 - 3

Hotel Park View, Havana

This 3* Habaguanex hotel is a good choice of hotel for people on a budget who wish to stay in central Havana and be comfortable.  Hotel  Park View is  mid-range Habaguanex hotel - 7 floors with lift and staircase. There is a popular small bar on the ground floor. It is very conveniently situated close to the Prado and Old Havana and a short walk from Parque Central and the Malecon. The hotel rooms are small, well furnished and comfortable with air-conditioning. There are excellent views of the city from the seventh-floor restaurant, where you have breakfast.

Hotel Park View, Havana
Days 4 - 7

Costa Sur Hotel

Small all-inclusive hotel with swimming pool and plenty of daily activities to choose from, Costa Sur was refurbished in 2008 and is situated a ten minute drive from Trinidad at Playa Aguilar. Rooms are a mixture of two storey hotel, garden and bungalow rooms, some of which open straight onto a small private beach (good for snorkelling) set apart from the rest of the hotel and the main beach.

Costa Sur Hotel
Day 8

Hotel Nacional, Havana

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Average rating 4.1 (48 ratings)

The historic Hotel Nacional, a short taxi ride away from Old Havana and overlooking Havana's seafront Malecón, has enjoyed the patronage of many distinguished guests in its time, Winston Churchill and Franklyn Roosevelt to name but two. There is oodles of atmosphere and the hotel is always lively. It has a lovely terrace and gardens overlooking the Malecón - a great place for that evening mojito. This is a hotel to watch people and it is a meeting place for Cubans doing business with non-Cubans. The rooms are standard business hotel type rooms but the majestic lobby and regal gardens add a certain frisson.

Hotel Nacional, Havana