"Cuba on Wheels" Self-Drive Holiday
Cuba on Wheels
You will start your journey in the lively metropolis of Havana and drive through the quaint green plantations of Viñales. Our itinerary also recommends visiting the wonderful cities of Trinidad, Camaguey, and Holguin, before flying back to Havana.
- 7 days
- 7 days rental cars
Experience Cuba on 4 Wheels!
If you want to see more of a destination than the hotel and beach then a self-drive holiday might just be the thing for you. “Cuba on wheels” will take you around the whole island in one week; drive past picturesque Viñales Valley, where the world-famous Cuban tobacco grows in vast fields, and cruise through the hilly landscape to Trinidad and enter the charming time-warp this city seems to be stuck in. Following the country's historic traces, you will travel on to Camagüey and tradition-rich Holguin, from where you will fly back to Havana.
On this tour, you will travel through the legendary west of Cuba where the world-famous Cuban tobacco is grown. On the way, you can make a stop in the community of Las Terrazas in the Sierra del Rosario, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve whose 900 inhabitants live off the eco-tourism and the wood industries. Through the dense forests of the Sierra del Rosario flows the San Juan river, where the pristine natural pools are perfect for bathing. In addition, you can visit the ruins of an old coffee plantation dating back to the nineteenth century. The biggest attraction in this region, though, is the Viñales Valley, the finest example of a karst landscape in Cuba where “mogotes”, round hills and rock formations of lime stone, contrast harmoniously with the flat surface of the valley. Elsewhere, you can explore the "Cueva del Indio", a fascinating cave system where you can take a boat ride on an subterranean river, whilst fans of botanics have the opportunity to visit the orchid garden of Soroa to marvel at more than 700 orchid species; Western Cuba has something for everyone!
Cienfuegos – The Pearl of the South
A highlight of this tour is the city of Cienfugos, which is also known as “The Pearl of the South” where French flair, impressive old buildings, and the picturesque Jagua bay make the city unique. On the south coast of the bay you will find “Castillo de Jagua”, which was built in the eighteenth century in order to protect the settlement from pirate attacks. However, the heart of the town is definitely the “Parque Marti”, which dates back to the nineteenth century. Here, all the important buildings of rich French sugar barons that had amassed considerable wealth as a result of the boom in the sugar industry can be found, the most famous of which is the "Teatro Tomás Terry". World famous stars including Enrico Caruso have performed here and, inside, there is a huge fresco from the past. The “Palacio del Valle” is another attraction and is situated opposite the hotel Jagua. This impressive building was erected in 1917 and features a unique Moorish architectural style. In the past, The “Palacio del Valle” hosted a casino, but now it hosts an upscale restaurant.
Colonial Flair in Trinidad
On the fourth day of your self-drive trip you will visit the city of Trinidad. This city was founded as Cuba’s third settlement in 1514 by the Spanish conqueror Diego Velasquez and has been a UNESCO world cultural heritage site since 1988. You have the oportunity to go for a stroll through Trinidad's old town and experience the time-warp that the city seems to be stuck in which has preserved its colonial flair created by the narrow streets, old houses with pastel-coloured paintwork, and historical plazas and parks. Many of the magnificent historic buildings which are now museums were once owned by rich sugar barons; the "Palacio Cantero" now hosts the "Museo Histórico Municipal”, where you can learn about Trinidad's history. From the tower of this former palace you can enjoy a marvelous view over the colonial city and, after an eventful day of sightseeing, you can immerse yourself in the exciting night-life and swing your hips to Caribbean rhythms in the "Casa de la Musica" or "Casa de la Trova".