Typical day-by-day itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive in Havana
We meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in central Havana where you'll spend the next two nights. There is a lovely rooftop pool for a cool dip on arrival.
Day 2 - Havana City Tour
After admiring the exhibits (and bullet holes!) in the marble halls of the 'Museo de la Revolucion', we sidestep the tourist traps to explore the lively backstreets of Old Havana, packed with traditional shops, houses and markets. After lunch, we walk along the port to the old steam railway to browse Havana's answer to Camden Market, packed with vivid artwork. Relax back at the rooftop hotel pool with a panoramic city view before dinner overlooking the cathedral. * Please note for the 6th November departure this City tour will take place on day 9.
Day 3 - Havana to Las Terrazas Casa Campesino walk 6km/4mi/2hr
We leave Havana and head south west to the Sierra del Rosario in Soroa where our walk begins in the Biosphere Reserve. Emerald hummingbirds are among 115 species here! It's an easy 6km forest trail to picnic in a ruined coffee plantation, before a visit to Soroa's world famous orchid gardens - home to 20,000 flowers! This evening enjoy the sunset on the lake in the waterside village of Las Terrazas before dinner in the hotel.
Day 4 - Che Guevara walk 8km/5mi/3hr
A track through red ginger, mango and apple rose leads from the hotel to the Che Guevara memorial viewpoint - a high point in the reserve - where we'll picnic with panoramic views of the ocean. Look out for the tocororo, (Cuba's national bird), on the descent amid shady terraces of mastic and pine. We head for the San Juan river nearby for a swim in the rock pools before returning to Las Terrazas. Enjoy a stroll through the village before dinner.
Day 5 - Vinales Valley walk 12km/7.5mi/4hr
A drive south west this morning leads to the limestone rock formations, pineapple plantations and vivid red soil of Vinales Valley. We pass palm-thatched tobacco sheds filled with scented, drying leaves and after a country picnic at a farmhouse, we walk up through an echoing limestone cave, before heading down through arrowroot and papaya to colourful Vinales. Time for a cold drink on the pastel coloured main street before driving back to Las Terrazas.
Day 6 - Las Terrazas to Trinidad
We head east today past the Bay of Pigs and Zapata Peninsula to Cienfuegos, famed for its stunning UNESCO Spanish architecture. After exploring the town, lunch is taken in the 1920's Yacht Club on the marina. We stroll through the extensive Botanic Gardens filled with scarlet bottlebrush, ironwood, banyan and mahogany trees, before continuing on to Trinidad in time for dinner in the hotel.
Day 7 - At Trinidad
Explore Trinidad's maze of cobbled streets this morning, or head for the nearby white sand beach for a paddle in the azure waters of the Caribbean before returning for lunch at your hotel. We tour the ancient centre this afternoon, admiring heirlooms of wealthy Spanish sugar plantation owners in the Romantic Museum, before taking in some live music tonight by the central church.
Day 8 - Trinidad Mountain walk 10km/6mi/4hr
High in the Escambray mountains behind Trinidad, forest trails lead through teak trees and coffee bushes. A steady descent into the Guayanara river valley brings us to a series of natural pools and waterfalls - a perfect jungle shower! We drive back past thatched farms and cowboys in reed-woven Stetson hats. Perhaps try a cold guarapo juice - squeezed straight from the sugar cane - and relax in the square, or browse an art gallery or two.
Day 9 - Trinidad to Havana
We visit the Valle de los Ingenios and an C18 sugarcane plantation before driving to Santa Clara, where the ruins of an armoured train destroyed in the 1959 revolution has been turned into a museum. The Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial are national keepsakes here, and after visiting, we drive back to Havana for dinner in one of Old Havana's grandest restaurants.
Day 10 - Day in Havana, then leave in the evening
Spend the day at leisure. We pick you up in the evening and drive you back to the airport.