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Havana and western Cuba's classic sights
A busy 2 weeks seeing almost the whole of the island.
See a lot in just a week.
Excellent short trip to the east.
Combine Havana & Trinidad economically
Beach relaxation and ecploring Havana and Trinidad
A complete, classic trip
Explore and enjoy rural life, colonial towns and white sand cays
Stunning scenery, lively cities and gorgeous coastline
Travel the length of Cuba
A lovely combination of astounding walks and memorable travel experiences.
Fulfil your dream of Cua: lakes, mountains, scenery and country living.
Trek to the top of Cuba's highest peak.
Explore Cuba and experience the places where revolutionary history was made.
Our classic small group trip to Cuba
Great birding experiences with the minimum time lost to travel
An excellent DIY birdwatching holiday.
An artful blend of birding and sightseeing.
Helpful advice and expert knowledge is just a phone call away
Best times, busiest times, and times to avoid
An expanding range of hotels in different parts of the island
Four options for getting about in Cuba
We can book your flights, or you could book your own if you prefer
Combine a trip to Cuba with the Cayman Islands or even Costa Rica
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There's no city in the world to match Havana's atmosphere and style.
Spectacular scenery, a proud character, and quiet beaches.
Some of the most stunning scenery in the whole Caribbean.
Colonial towns, mountains, plains, and gorgeous beaches
A simple and beautiful paradise of white sands and coral islands.
Archipelagos of low Coral Islands dominate the North Coast.
Gorgeous sands and pefect seas.
The Eastern coasts can boast white sands and azure seas
A fabulous self-drive holiday for a real flavour of Cuban life. You’ll visit some stunning parts of Cuba, with a mixture of great scenery and colourful towns and villages. A few days discovering Havana at the beginning and relaxing at the beach at the end
Customer rating 97%
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.
A lazy rural feel encompasses this region. Visit rural villages, walk amongst family run tobacco farms and witness the sheer beauty of the 'mogotes'.
The magnificent colonial town of Cienfugos with its lively squares, elegant buildings and fascinating history is a pleasant place to stroll around and get to know the local life.
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.
Accessed by a narrow causeway, the beaches of the Northern Cays offer guests the chance to get away from it all and relax away from mainstream tourism.
The 'armoured train' in Santa Clara, still showing the bullet holes, that Che and his men derailed days before winning the revolution. Just outside the town is Che's mausoleum and a small museum in his honour.
You are met on your arrival at Havana’s international airport and driven to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay.
Two free days for you to explore Havana under your own steam. There’s lots to see and do in this colourful and intriguing city–see page 9 for ideas.
Collect your hire car today and set off westwards. If you are starting from Old Havana your route would take you along the seafront on the Malecón and through the western suburbs, to join the start of the East-West highway linking Havana with the town of Pinar del Río (p12).
You turn off the dual carriageway into the countryside, where winding roads take you through sleepy farmlands past tobacco ‘vegas’ growing some of the finest leaves in Cuba, into the Sierra de los Organos –a stunning limestone landscape. Here, stubby hills called mogotes rise sheer above a chequerboard of small fields laid out beneath flame trees, and homesteads awash with hibiscus and bougainvillea.
Stay at your hotel in the area for 2 nights.
There are quite a few options for you today and the next. You’ll want to visit the small country town of Viñales, where you could pick up basic ingredients for a picnic, then perhaps drive among the hills, perhaps stopping at the nearby caves opened as attractions for visitors but generally just out and about exploring this part of Cuba.
Beyond the hills, on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, a narrow stone causeway leads to the coral island of Cayo Jutias where there is a small restaurant that serves a delicious sea-food lunch. You could include that in your first day’s trip, or stop there next day en route (almost) to Soroa along the coast road.
There’s also the Alejandro Robaina vega (plantation) to see, or the Cueva de los Portales–the rather spectacular cave where Ché set up his HQ during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
Touring in Pinar del Rio. End your day at Soroa, which has an extensive orchidarium that you could visit when you arrive or the following morning. Stay the night near to Soroa.
From Soroa it is a pleasant few hours’ drive to the colonial port of Cienfuegos (p13), joining for a while the ‘Carretera Central’–the highway that runs from Havana across Cuba to the other end of the island. Cienfuegos stands beside a wide bay that leads to the Caribbean. It was founded by French settlers at the beginning of the nineteenth century and its historic centre retains an air of those times amid the busy streets that have sprung up since.
You stay 2 nights in a small restored colonial mansion in Cienfuegos.
ome of your options today include taking a break from driving to explore Cienfuegos itself, perhaps with an afternoon at the beach at Playa Rancho Luna around the bay, or you could backtrack to the infamous Bay of Pigs where the US-backed invasion came to grief, or visit the Zapata peninsula which is excellent for bird life.
Along the coast from Cienfuegos is the quaint colonial town of Trinidad, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You could head straight there on the main road, which runs by the sea, reaching Trinidad in an hour or so, or turn off through the mountains of the Sierra del Escambray, Cuba’s second mountain range, a journey that with stops for walks and a picnic could take much of the day.
You’ll stay for 2 nights in Trinidad. You’ll want to spend some time in the town itself, both during the day to explore the streets and squares and visit a museum or two, and in the evening to hear some live music Cuban-style. You might flop at the beach on your second day, or explore part of the Sierra del Escambray.
Across Cuba from the Caribbean to the Atlantic. It’s not very far (120 miles in all), and even if you take your time on the road, with plenty of stops to explore, you would plan to arrive in the late afternoon.
Soon after leaving Trinidad you’ll see the turning for the Valle de los Ingenios, where you might stop to explore the pretty little village that stands beneath a derelict tower that was once part of a sugar estate (see p18).
Onwards along country roads to Sancti Spiritus and Placetas, before you arrive at the delightfully amiable town of Remedios, one of our favourites. Stop here if you’ve time, before pressing on to the beach at Cayo Santa Maria.
For the next 3 nights you stay at your hotel on the gorgeous Cayos de la Herradura, part of the Archipelago de Camagüey.
At Cayo Santa Maria.
This morning you loop back to Havana via Santa Clara (p13), which played an important part in the Revolution. Here you might visit Ché’s mausoleum and the museum dedicated to him, and stop at the wreckage of the Tren Blindado, blown up by Ché’s men while it brought up government reinforcements–a turning point in the campaign.
Navigating into Havana can be a challenge, even with the maps and directions we provide, but you should arrive in plenty of time to check in at the Hotel Nacional (something rather grand to round off your trip!), drop off your hire car, and perhaps even take a look at some of the sights in the area.
A morning in Havana for a final museum or two, some sightseeing, strolling or shopping, before you are picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home to the UK.
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Brilliant arrangements and information put us at ease with the challenge of self-drive. An excellent programme for slightly adventurous first-timers. Will look forward to a driving holiday in the future. Thank you so much for all your effort. We will certainly be back and recommend you.
Pinar del Rio tour of Vinales gave real insight to how Cuba is changing.
A great holiday. The state of the roads is appalling and if I was asked for an opinion I would suggest flying from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, unless you are desperate to see some of the interior. It takes two full days and the scenery is interesting on the way down but a bit boring on the return north. Nevertheless a well-researched tour with a few idiosyncratic touches such as El Salton and Villa Maguana.
Thanks a million
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.
Although we had some problems overall it was a real change to see Cuba 'close up' and we really enjoyed it. There seemed to be a few 'better' hotels than we stayed in but obviously touring the chance isn't as great.
It was a really memorable and exciting trip!
Strangely, probably Cienfuegos was our favourite.
Liked information in the pre-departure packs. The maps were very useful!
birding in Zapata, snorkelling in Cayo, Levis, Mojitos on roof in Havana
Helpful advice on taking cash. The tour arrangements and hotels were all good.
In general it was a great experience and all the hotels were fine. The maps and guides and information were all excellent.
Havana, Cienfuegos, Vinales
Really enjoyable trip. Itinerary and info, thorough and helpful. Good to break up the journeys.
Would definitley recommend team to family and friends.
trinidad, Havana, Diving
All in all we had a great time, thank you for your help.
It was very useful to have ideas of places to visit or things to see at the various locations. We did not manage to do them all as we were often scrapped of strength because of the heat, so we were limited to the number of things we could cope with in the day.
Overall we were very happy with our holiday. Although we have made some criticisms we realise that Cuba is a developing country and so we accepted the challenges as part of the adventure and had a very good holiday. Thank you
Liked 4 elements of the trip - culture/havana town/trinidad and beach. Had a rounded experience. Gained deeper understanding of Cuban History and life in a communist country.
Everything ran smoothly..
Thank you for a wonderful holiday
las terrazas/havana/autopista/locals/transport/coco/art galleries/museums/wildlife/scenery/music/beaches/history
We very much appreciated the knowledge of the island which Patricia obviously has and which she used to devise an itinerary which suited our time and personal preferences very well.
Baracoa and La Farola. Trinidad train excursion to valle de los ingenios. Independence of driving around and finding our own way.
We loved Cuba and found the holiday easier than we anticipated.
Would recommend Cuba and Geodyssey to friends
havana, trinidad + cayo levisa
Maps good and helpful but got lost on every day. No problem though.
Thanks, good adventure, nice photos, nice people, loved Havana
Trinidad, side trips to the coastal ports, hiking in la moka and north cienfuegos
Would not hesitate to recommend Geodyssey to anyone. Everything went so smoothly it was hard to believe. We just had the best time.
Thank you so much Patricia!
Walking tour in Havana, new years eve in Trinidad, being a bus service for the locals
The roads were not as bad as we feared. Strangely the signage away from the largest towns was better than in the towns themselves. We have had better service from local agents in other countries we have visited but the service from your end was excellent. Thank you.
Loved the atmosphere of Havana, Trinidad, Vinales and Santa Clara.
We were very happy with our overall experience. We should have learnt some Spanish before we went. Our mobiles connected ok and internet to them was fine (this was not clear before we went).
Vinales was beautiful, Remedios untouched and Cienfuegos was charming.
Everything about Geodyssey's organisation was excellent. Everything went smoothly.
We would recommend Geodyssey and Cuba without hesitation.
The problem was wanting more time in several places - 18 nights was too short for us!
We had a brilliant time and the trip/holiday was just what we wanted. We would definitely book with Geodyssey again and have great memories and experience of Cuba.
Amanda, Andrew & Teddy
We enjoyed it all. There was some adventure (as we'd hoped) and we saw the good and bad of Cuban life on our travels.
Havana, Pinar and Cayo.
A good rounded experience on the different aspects of Cuba. Very different.
Vinales and Trinidad.
Excellent organisation, all went smoothly in Cuba (somewhat surprised by this). Thank you Patricia.
Havana (especially old town). Driving allowed exploration of beautiful Cuban scenery.
Our holiday was very good and met all our expectations.
Havana, Las Terrzas and Maria la Gorda
I loved the trip and so did Tom. The hotels were perfect for us.
I loved it all particularly Havana, Trinidad and Vinales
Excellent arrangements and a wonderful experience. Thank you.
The holiday arrangements made by Geodyssey all worked well. I would use Geodyssey for a future holiday to the region. I found that your communications and response to queries was excellent, well done.
Havana and driving through the countryside
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Average rating 4.1 (25 ratings)
The Hotel Telegrafo is one of our most popular hotels built in colourful art deco style. It is a very lively meeting point with excellent public rooms, as well as providing very comfortable accommodation with modern furnishings. It is also very well situated on the edge of Old Havana and on Parque Central, the main square, convenient for people collecting hire cars. You are close to all the main tourist attractions of Old Havana, including the Capitolio and National Theatre, the Prado and within walking distance of the Malecón.
With stunning views over the valley of Vinales, Los Jazmines is an ideal spot to bask in the area's beauty. Rooms are clean and comfortable and feature French-doors opening onto a small balcony with fabulous views. The swimming pool is suspended on the very edge of the valley. Like all hotels in Vinales the food is poor and we recommend trying out a Paladar in the village.
Average rating 4.4 (46 ratings)
Worth a visit as a place of interest in itself, La Moka is part of a fully self-sufficient eco-community called Las Terrazas, in Piñar del Rio. La Moka has nicely appointed, comfortable rooms with attractive Spanish tiled flooring and wonderful views from the bathroom, as the baths are carefully designed to look into the trees. The verdant grounds are well cared for and you will see how the local community live and work, which is an important part of the whole complex. There are various restaurants for you to choose from, and all use the home grown local fare. La Moka is also good for walking, and even has a zip line for the adventurous! Horse riding is a popular activity here.
Average rating 4.7 (32 ratings)
Dubbed ‘the Pearl of the South’, Cienfuegos is a charming, sleepy town and UNESCO world heritage site. La Union is a small , elegant (49 rooms - a mixture of standard room and Junior suites) and comfortable restored colonial hotel with pool and inner courtyard close to the town's main square and town centre. It has a small rooftop terrace. All rooms have air-conditioning, phone, satellite TV, hairdryer, minibar and room service.
Average rating 4.9 (28 ratings)
The Trinidad Iberostar is a delightfully elegant boutique hotel right in the heart of colonial Trinidad. Situated in the centre of Trinidad on the main square, it is Trinidad's most comfortable hotel. You walk straight out of the hotel onto one of Trinidad's main squares so you are immediately embraced by the local culture and people. We have received consistently good reports about this hotel, which is also the most expensive hotel in Trinidad. NB There is no swimming pool and children under 16 years are not accepted. There are only 40 rooms at this hotel so early booking is recommended. All rooms at the Iberostar Grand Hotel are fully equipped with telephone, satellite TV, air conditioning, minibar, safe, and en-suite bathroom.
Average rating 4.5 (2 ratings)
The newest, most luxurious and most modest in scale of four Melia resorts on Cayo Santa Maria. Upmarket in aspiration, the Buenavista is laid out beside a choice of 3 beaches. Its 104 junior suites and suites and one large villa, are generously proportioned and well-equipped, and the restaurants, pools, and spa facilities are all to a high standard. Levels of comfort and service rank amongst the best in Cuba, although the resort would struggle to earn its 5 star status elsewhere. Everything is aimed at a relaxing, quiet, well-tended holiday experience for couples. The resort applies a ‘no children’ policy. Wifi in lobby (Jan 14) and shortly to be extended to rooms. The hotel provides a butler service, beach and pool concierge, YHI SPA, services for weddings and honeymoons, a la carte dining, Day & Dinner Around in all the Meliá hotels in Cayo Santa Maria, swimming pools, tennis court, fitness room and beauty salon.
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.