Your day-by-day itinerary
Classic Cars in Havana
Havana has a distinct, exotic personality that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. During this trip, you’ll stay in a local Casa near the heart of timeless Old Havana and take a city tour by classic car and foot. It’s the perfect way to explore the mix of crumbling colonial beauty, peeling bygone glamour and colossal Caribbean soul.
Overnight in Santa Clara
You’ll stop overnight in Santa Clara, staying in a locally run casa particular. It’s a youthful city with an independent spirit and home to one of Cuba’s main universities. Aside from boasting good parks, restaurants, and a lively party scene, it’s also home to the Ché Guevara monument and mausoleum – well worth a visit for history buffs.
Cuba’s Secret Soul
Explore two of Cuba’s relatively undiscovered colonial gems over the next few nights, take a break from the bustle of the bigger cities and tourist hot-spots whilst gaining an insight into everyday Cuban life. Your first stop is Remedios – a friendly, serene little town near to the beautiful northern coast. During your 2 nights here, you’ll take a day-trip across the nearby causeway in a classic car, to visit some of the country’s best beaches.
You’ll then travel south to Sancti Spiritus – a small, attractive city, known for its welcoming spirit. Amongst the beautiful parks, ‘unusual’ museums and colourful streets you’ll find some great places to eat and drink, and you may even feel like staying a little longer. In the evening you’ll be welcomed into a local lady’s home to learn how to make (and eat) some classic Cuban dishes. You’ll be staying in locally owned casa particulares throughout, and your hosts will be more than happy to tell you all about the highlights of their hometowns.
Cuba, the Cuban Way - Trinidad
Trinidad was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. On the day after your arrival, you’ll check into your Casa and head out for a tour of the outskirts of Trinidad with a local guide on a bici-taxi. He’ll take you on a voyage of discovery and show you life behind the facades of the coloured cobblestone streets. During your trip, he will also show you schools, tobacco and cigar factories, laundry facilities, and local outlets of fresh fruit. It will give you a real insight into life in Cuba.
Casa by the Coast
Kick back by the sea in La Boca, a little village on the coast, a few miles from bustling Trinidad. With just a small tree-lined beach and a handful of shops and bars, it makes for a lovely low-key break in your journey. You’ll stay in a locally run casa particular just a stone’s throw from the Caribbean Sea, watch Cuban coastal life slowly unfold before you.
Overnight in Havana
You’ll return to Havana and stay in a casa near to Havana Vieja. This is your chance for a final wander and to visit any sites you may have missed previously. The many art galleries and local craft markets mean you can stock up on any last minute souvenirs. Maybe you’ll have time to visit some of Hemmingways’ old haunts as well.