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Rental Car tour Cuba from east to west

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Day 1: Arrival at Holguin

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Holguín

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Transfer from airport to hotel

 

Day 2: Santiago de Cuba

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Today you receive your rental car and start your journey to Santiago de Cuba

Day 3: Santiago de Cuba

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Santiago de Cuba

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Explore the highlights of the capital of Cuba and its surroundings

Day 4: Sierra Maestra

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Travel through the Sierra Maestra to the former hideout of Che Guevara

Day 5: Sierra Maestra

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Explore Pico Turquino national park

Day 6: Bayamo, Camagüey

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Bayamo , Camagüey

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From Bayamo to Camagüey, visit of the historical center (UNESCO World Heritage)

 

Day 7: Camagüey, Santa Clara

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Today's destination is Santa Clara with stop in Sancti Spiritus

Day 8: Santa Clara, Trinidad

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Trinidad , Santa Clara

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Ride through the nature park Topes de Collantes to Trinidad

 

Day 9: Trinidad

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Hiking through the tropical rainforest, visiting the local coffee plantations

 

Day 10: Cienfuegos

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Cienfuegos

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Today you discover Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South

 

Day 11: Cienfuegos, Viñales

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Continuation to Viñales, optional quick stop for a snorkel tour near the Bay of Pigs

Day 12: Viñales

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Numerous excursions around Viñales are available for you!

Day 13: Havana

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Havana

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Enjoy this day in Cuba's capital Havana

Day 14: Departure

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Havana

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Rental drop-off, optional post program or return home

 

 

Experience the highlights quite easily with this round trip from East to West.


Duration 14 days.

 

from $ 783.00
per person/DBL

Included Services

 

  • 13 overnight stays with breakfast in good middle class hotels
  • Transfers Airport Holguin - Hotel
  • Car rental category according to your preference

 

Not included services.

 

  • Tourist Card (Visa)
  • Transfer to beach extension

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Hotel options for beach holiday extensions in Cuba can be found with the tour configurator.

Price per Person

783.00 USD

Total price for ALL Travellers:

1566.00 USD
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detailed itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival
After your arrival you will be transferred by our transfer agent to your hotel in Holguin.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Villas El Bosque (or similar)

 

Day 2: Holguin - Santiago de Cuba (150 km)
Today you will accept your rental. They leave Holguin and go to Santiago de Cuba, the secret capital of Cuba. Explore the most African, musical and passionate city in Cuba. Even today the charm of the cradle of the revolution is still present here in East Cuba. Take a discovery tour through Santiago de Cuba, the former capital of Cuba during the first half of the 16th century. Visit the cemetery of Santa Efigenia, founded in 1868, one of the most important monuments of Latin America and the Caribbean. Numerous national heroes have found their last rest here. Among the most important are José Martí (with his own circular mausoleum), Carlos M. Céspedes and Antonio Maceo. The "Plaza Antonio Maceo" and the "26 de Julio" museum are located in the historical Moncada barracks. Starting from "Parque Céspedes" you will see the cathedral "Santa Iglesia Basilica", which was built in 1524 and consecrated in 1528, after several serious earthquakes was reconstructed for the 4th time. Other places of interest on your tour of Santiago de Cuba are the "Calle Heredia" (named after the famous Cuban lyricist of the 19th century), the Calle Padre Pico (from where you have a wonderful view of the harbor) and the " Plaza Dolores ". Afterwards you can go to the fortress "Castillo de Morro" and have lunch there. Enjoy the magnificent view over the Bay of Santiago.

 

 

Accommodation: Hotel San Juan (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

 

Day 3: Santiago de Cuba
Santiago is the starting point for many excursions in the surrounding area. The Parque Baconao in the east of Santiago is a world biosphere reserve and offers a unique nature with almost untouched mountain rainforests and beautiful natural beaches. A tip is the former coffee plantation La Isabelica with the museum about planting life on the threshold of the 19th century. The Valle de la Prehistoria points to an even more ancient past. Prehistoric animals and primitive human beings were reproduced on a huge scale.

 

Accommodation: Hotel San Juan (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

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Day 4: Santiago de Cuba - Sierra Maestra (180 km)
You leave Santiago de Cuba and drive through the Sierra Maestra to Bartolomé Masó. The rental car goes through Cuba's largest mountain chain, the Sierra Maestra. In addition to the impressive landscape of the wild Sierra Maesta, with its highest mountain, the Pico Turquino, and the steep peaks that fall into the Caribbean Sea, the dense forests of the Sierra Maestra were also the retreat area of the rebel army. For here the freedom fighters hid under the command of Fidel Castro, his brother Raul and Che Guevara. The hiding place in the dense jungle offered ideal conditions for the planning of the Cuban revolution! The original headquarters of the Rebel Army, the Comandancia de la Plata, can still be visited today. In the Pico Turquino National Park a hike to the former hiding place of the rebels can be undertaken.

 

Accommodation: Villa Santo Domingo (or similar)

 

Day 5: Sierra Maestra
The mountains Sierra Maestra is wooded with thickly growing rainforest. It is the headquarters of the rebels. The locals in this region are known for their friendliness.

 

Accommodation: Villa Santo Domingo (or similar)

 

Day 6: Sierra Maestra - Bayamo - Camagüey (270 km)
Today you continue through the Sierra Maestra via Bayamo to Camagüey. Bayamo is a somewhat less tourist city in Granma, in East Cuba, which bears the name of the yacht that the revolutionaries landed at Playa de las Coloradas in 1956. Bayamo is also seen as the cradle of nationalism and the starting point of political revolt. Enjoy the tranquility of this authentic little town. Then continue to Camagüey. The main attraction of the province of Camagüey is the provincial capital of the same name with about 300,000 inhabitants. The old town of Camagüey is the largest preserved after that of Havana. A special feature are very big, bellied clay jugs (Tinajones), which still stand today beside many entrances or in the inner courts. They served to collect rainwater, as the city was constantly suffering from water scarcity. In 2008 the historic center of Camagüey was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Colon (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

 

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Day 7: Camagüey - Santa Clara (290 km)
Today we continue through Sancti Spiritus to Santa Clara. Sancti Spiritus is a very attractive colonial city. Here one escapes something to the tourist circus. Visit, among others. The Parque Serafín Sánchez, Plaza Honorato, the landmark of the city, the four-arched bridge Puente Yayabo and the Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo. Continue to Santa Clara. The capital of the province of Las Villas was created because in 1689 some inhabitants of Remedios moved from the coast to the interior due to the frequent pirate raids. The region around Santa Clara has the best tobaccos in Cuba. Therefore, the city lived for a long time mainly from tobacco production. Life in Santa Clara takes place around the "Parque Vidal". The city is the main attraction of many of the followers of Che Guevara, whose mortal remains were brought to the "Ernesto Guevara Museum Memorial." In today's industrial and university town, the last battle of the guerrilla warfare under Che Guevara took place in 1958. Your Cuba trip takes you to the place where the end of the Batista dictatorship was ushered. Santa Clara is therefore also known as the "city of heroic guerrillas". Discover Santa Clara in the footsteps of the city's eternal hero, Che Guevara

 

Accommodation: Los Caneyes (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

 

Day 8: Santa Clara - Trinidad (120 km)
Today you drive through the Natural Park of Topes de Collantes to Trinidad. On this day you will visit the colonial city of Trinidad. The town is situated on a hill with a view of the sea and the mountains. In 1514, Diego Velázquez founded the city as a third settlement in Cuba, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the colonial Old Town of Trinidad, there are many things to discover, such as the Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city, today the Museo Romántico. The afternoon is available for your own explorations or excursions. In the evening you can visit the Casa de la Trova, where you can dance to Cuban live music.

 

 

Accommodation: Hotel La Ronda (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 


Day 9: Trinidad
For example, take a hike in the nature reserve Topes de Collantes. First, you will be on a beautiful vantage point giving you an unforgettable view of the crystal blue sea and the city. Before heading back through the tropical rain forest and the coffee plantations of the region, you can visit the nice Casa del Cafe. Then start an approximately three kilometer long ecological trail "Caburní" or "Vega Grande". While you still have the tropical forests on you, you have the opportunity to swim in the natural pools and waterfalls where you pass the hike.

To the east of Trinidad lies the "Valle de los Ingenios", the valley of the sugar mills, where tens of thousands of black slaves slaved about 50 sugar mills in the 18th and 19th centuries. An old watchtower and a mansion transformed into a museum recall the suffering of many slave generations.

 

 

Accommodation: Hotel La Ronda (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

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Day 10: Trinidad - Cienfuegos (90 km)

Today you drive to Cienfuegos - the Pearl of the South. City visit, etc. With Palacio del Valle and Teatro Tomas Terry. Even today Cienfuegos is filled with the charm and flair of French immigrants. Cienfuegos lures with its elegant architecture, French wit and spirited Caribbean swing.

 

Accommodation: Club Amigo Rancho Luna (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

Day 11: Cienfuegos - Viñales (420 km)

Your rental car journey will take you to Viñales today. We recommend an intermediate stop at the pig bay. The fantastic beaches and bays at the bay are almost perfect for beautiful snorkel trips: Cueva de los Peces, Caleta Buena, Punta Perdiz ... everything easy and fast to reach. In the surroundings of Viñales you can admire the famous tobacco plantations that have made this area famous. The unique limestone cliffs, the "mogotes", dominate the landscape as well as the tobacco fields. Enjoy this impressive natural landscape with its many caves, created by the underground rivers in the mountains. Visit a tobacco plant or a cave such as The "Cueva del Indio". The village of Viñales is characterized by typical, low wooden houses and decay.

 

Accommodation: La Ermita (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

 

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Day 12: Viñales
Take a trip to cayo Jutías today. Enjoy a relaxing day on the small island of mangroves, 65 km northwest of Viñales. The picturesque beach and the few tourist crowds make Cayo Jutías a small paradise. Or explore the fascinating nature of the Viñales Valley. There are numerous hiking opportunities. Another option is Las Terrazas or the Sierra del Rosario. The "Las Terrazas" model settlement, founded in the Sierra del Rosario Nature Park in 1971, was part of a reforestation project, which included the first Cuban ecotourism project. The Biosphere Reserve Sierra del Rosario offers a dense vegetation. The mountains are crossed by the river San Juan, which always offers small waterfalls. In the Sierra del Rosario there are more than 90 species of birds and innumerable reptiles and amphibians, about 900 species, about 35% of them are endemic. There are numerous hiking trails that invite to bird watching and to enjoy the beautiful landscape with many different flowers. For example, visit the cafetal Buena Vista. Here, as before, slaves and gentlemen on the coffee plantation lived and worked. Finally, you can take a cooling dip in the river San Juan.

 

Accommodation: La Ermita (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

Day 13: Viñales - Havana (190km)
You drive to Havana. Today you can discover Havana individually. The historic old town of Habana Vieja has been a UNESCO cultural heritage since 1982. The colonial buildings in the small streets of the old town still create a special atmosphere. Visit the Rum Museum of the Havana Club during your Cuba car rental trip and stroll through the old town. We recommend visiting the modern Havana and Vieja Havana, the Eastern Beaches, the Hemingway Museum, the National Botanical Gardens, the Zoo and Lenin Park. Another attraction is the Revolution Square (Plaza de la Revolución) in the district of Vedado. The square is shaped by a 142-meter-high obelisk, which, together with a seat of José Martís, reminds the poets and freedom heroes. Around the huge square are grouped government buildings, which are like the monument from the years before the Cuban revolution. Among them the Ministry of the Interior with a wall painting of Che Guevara of steel and the monumental building of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Not far from the square of the Revolution is the largest cemetery of Latin America, the Cementerio Cristóbal Colón.

 

Accommodation: Beltran de Santa Cruz (or similar) or selected Casa Particular

 

Day 14: Havana Departure
Optional transfer to the airport or to your beach extension.

 

Options for a beach extension after your cuba trip

You will definitely enjoy a beach holiday at the Caribbean after your Cuba trip. In Cuba you find the most beautiful beaches on Varadero or near Holguin. Please check options for  beach hotels in Cuba

 

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Cubatrotter also offers alternative combinations with Mexico. Cuba and Mexico can be combined
at low cost and without complications. Why not get to know two countries and enjoy their cultur and beautiful beaches? Please check our options for beach hotels in Yucatan (Riviera Maya).

 

We also want to invite you to www.mextrotter.com where you can look through our Yucatan and Mexico trips. Certainly you will find interesting alternatives there.

 

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Economic car trips are available in the low season from the beginning of September to the end of October and at the beginning of December. November and springtime are high season and therefore more expensive. At the beginning of April the trips become cheaper again. 

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Important information: Insurance (10 - 15 CUC per day) has to be bought on site.

 

Special prices for rental cars only apply in combination with a tour package (and not "Only rental car - Without hotels")

 

Category: Small cars For example Geely CK 621.00 USD
Middle class Category For example Emgrand EC 718 845.00 USD
Category Upscale middle class For example Emgrand 820 1096.00 USD
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All Inclusive Melia Las Americas 5***** on request
All Inclusive Paradisus Princesa del Mar 5***** on request
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