What makes this trip special?
Cuba's unforgettable capital
A mountain retreat
Caribbean vibes and fascinating history mixed with rum and salsa
Santiago de Cuba
Isolated tropical wilderness
Palm-fringed holiday beaches
Playground for the rich and famous
Day-by-day itinerary for 'Self-drive: Havana and Eastern Cuba'
Guide prices for 'Self-drive: Havana and Eastern Cuba'
|Mid-range hotels, 'medium' hire car
||2 people sharing
|Upper range hotels*,'standard plus' hire car
||2 people sharing
|Top range hotels*'premium (automatic)' hire car
||2 people sharing
Prices are per person and include:
- Cuba Visa
- airport transfers
- all transport
- all accommodation
- meals where specified, B = breakfast, L=lunch, D= dinner
- hire car with insurance x 1 named driver from Day 4 to Day 12 incl
- 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: refundable deposit
- car-hire: additional driver insurance
- car-hire: taxi from hotel to car-hire pick-up point
- national park entrance fees
- car-hire: petrol
Customer reviews for
'Self-drive: Havana and Eastern Cuba'
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Hotels for 'Self-drive: Havana and Eastern Cuba'
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.
Mirador de Mayabe, Holguin
In our view this is the best place to stay for a short stopover in Holguin. The hotel is in a pleasant rural setting on the outskirts of Holguin set upon a hillside with panoramic views. The 24 rooms are pleasant and there is a small swimming pool and an attractive ranch style restaurant. The rooms are air-conditioned and additional hotel facilities include a cafeteria, laundry service, parking, and internet.
Days 4 - 5
Hotel Villa El Salton, Sierra Maestra
Within a couple of hours drive from Bayamo or Santiago de Cuba, Villa El Salton is located in the middle of the Sierra Maestra, Cuba’s highest mountain range, surrounded by beautiful scenery. There is a natural cascade and pool. This small hotel is set within a delightful verdant setting, the staff come from the local rural community and are warm and welcoming. The rooms are spacious and adequate with air-conditioning and balconies and there is a lovely traditional restaurant terrace and patio area. English is spoken and the hotel has excellent naturalist guides who will be delighted to take you on longer or shorter trails to explore this beautiful area.
Hotel facilities include cafeteria, sauna, bar, entertainment, gym, games room, and medical services.
Days 6 - 8
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 9 - 10
Hotel El Castillo
El Castillo (originally Seboruco Castle built in 1739) is a characterful mid-sized 3* hotel right in the centre of Baracoa. The hotel was developed from one of the original forts protecting the town and has panoramic views of this beautiful area. The hotel is attractive, very comfortable with an excellent swimming pool and patio area. The staff are efficient and friendly. There are steps leading up to the hotel or you can walk up the steep driveway to the hotel entrance. There are plenty of taxis available. It is possible to drive straight to the entrance and limited parking is available. This in our view is probably the nicest hotel in the area and one of our favourites. Most rooms are twin bedded and have air-conditioning, TV.
Days 11 - 13
This 520-room all-inclusive resort is set on a lovely beach, with quite a natural setting. There is a large square hill-top adults-only pool where you can relax a bit more quietly and read books. Rooms are in two-storey small blocks of 8-16 rooms each.
There is a gym, bicycles, water sports all of which are included and a kids club (ages 4-12 years), There is a main buffet restaurant and a choice of 5 a-la-carte restaurants (Cuban, Italian, Grill, Mediteranean, Oriental). Guests staying for a week are entitled to eat at these a-la-carte options three times a week.
There is a huge purpose-built theatre for entertainments.
Lots of coral stone steps to get about the property. Pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff.
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.