What makes this trip special?
Cuba's unforgettable capital
Memories of Che
Colourful and lively colonial town
Taste the real Cuba
The Cuban way of life
Caribbean vibes and fascinating history mixed with rum and salsa
Santiago de Cuba
Day-by-day itinerary for 'Self-drive: Cuba Explorer'
Guide prices for 'Self-drive: Cuba Explorer'
|Mid-range hotels, 'medium' rental car
||2 people sharing
|Upper range hotels*, 'standard plus' rental car
||2 people sharing
|Upper range hotels*, 'medium' rental car
||2 people sharing
Prices are per person and include:
- Cuba Visa
- airport transfers
- all transport
- all accommodation
- hire car from Day 4 to Day 12 incl,
- meals where specified, B = breakfast, L=lunch, D= dinner
- Guide book and map
Prices do not include:
- international flights
- travel insurance
- items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
- car-hire: taxi from hotel to car-hire pick-up point
- car-hire: additional driver insurance
- car-hire: refundable deposit
- national park entrance fees
- car-hire: petrol
Customer reviews for
'Self-drive: Cuba Explorer'
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.
The two hotels at Chivirico and Jibacoa were the best but we liked our stay in Havana. A couple of nights in Vinales might have been a good addition also.
Mountains and Country
The people/rum + cigars, weather and architecture
We enjoyed the contrasting settings of urban and rural /garden hotels. Havana is obviously highlight and Melia Santiago a relax point
Seasonal information for 'Self-drive: Cuba Explorer'
Along this route in January
Typical weather for January
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Hotels for 'Self-drive: Cuba Explorer'
Days 1 - 2
The Hotel Tejadillo is composed of three restored colonial mansions dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. The location is ideal, just around the corner from Cathedral Square in the heart of Old Havana. Most of the hotel’s 32 rooms are arranged around a small, pleasant and tranquil courtyard adorned with a central fountain and pierced dramatically by a tall, tropical tree.
Hotel facilities include a bar, lifts, TV room, restaurant and tour booking desk.
Days 3 - 4
Hotel Villa la Granjita, Santa Clara
East of Havana
This hotel consists of a series of traditional and modern concrete, air-conditioned cabins scattered around a natural palm and pine planted park. There are 80 rooms, an excellent swimming pool, bar and a large adequate restaurant. The hotel is perfectly adequate for a one night stopover in Santa Clara. Hotel facilities include a TV room, Internet (on hotel pc), car rental service, medical services and a nightclub.
Days 5 - 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.
Gran Hotel, Camaguey
This 19th century building became a hotel in the 1930s and retains much of its original charm with its old fashioned reception and lift. The reception area is furnished in colonial style and there are four bars. The rooms vary in size but all are comfortable.There is a pleasant top floor restaurant with windows opening wide across the town's rooftops, where breakfast is served. The Piano bar serves excellent cocktails and hosts frequent salsa sessions. The pool area hosts a synchronised swimming display on occasions, which is fun to watch. There is a good atmosphere at this hotel, the staff are very courteous and it is one of our favourite hotels in the area but it can get very noisy in this part of the city so bring ear plugs.
Built in the 1940s and refurbished in the last few years the 2* Hotel Royalton has 33 rooms and is a comfortable choice for your stay in Bayamo. The hotel is centrally situated facing the attractive Parque Cespedes. There is a small restaurant, mini bar, nightclub, car rental facilities and parking.
Days 10 - 12
Hotel Las Americas, Santiago
This is a no nonsense simple hotel with pleasant service and nice pool. It is situated opposite the more luxurious Melia Santiago on the Avenida las Americas and is very convenient for drivers as there is a supervised carpark.
Days 13 - 14
Hotel Nacional, Havana
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.