Self-Drive Tour - Cuba Total On Your Own - Itinerary
Our 13 day hire car tour, Cuba Total on your Own is designed to explore this beautiful island independently by car. Use your Cuba map and itinerary to discover the famous tobacco fields in the broad valleys of Viñales and drive through stunning and varied hilly landscapes south of central Cuba and visit historic places such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos. In the East of the country, you will get to see the dense forests of the Sierra Maestra and the city of Santiago de Cuba, the most important city of the Cuban revolution. Your tour ends by the beach of Guardalavaca.
On arrival at José Martí International Airport, a transfer will take you to the Hotel Comodoro where you will spend your first night and go over the Cuba itinerary we have planned for you.
At 10am you will be able to pick up your hire car and begin your Cuba self drive
tour. Before taking off, you will meet with a guide who will give you important information about Cuba in general, as well as the route a map. They will also be able to answer any questions you might still have. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore Havana on your own.
The historic centre of La Habana Vieja, the old part of Havana, was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNSECO in 1982 and boasts an atmosphere of bygone days in the old streets and stately homes. Here, you can visit the Havana Club Rum Museum or stroll through the old town.
Hotel Comodoro Breakfast
After breakfast, your journey continues to Viñales in the West of the island. This small town is beautifully situated amongst vast tobacco fields and limestone rocks, also known as mogotes, which are typical of the region. Do not miss a visit to the numerous tobacco plantations which this region is famous for. Enjoy the unique landscape of Viñales Valley; explore the impressive Cueva del Indio and the small town of Viñales with its characteristic low wooden houses and porches.
Use your time to explore the beautiful surroundings and take a trip to Pinar del Rio, or visit the small fishing village of Puerto Esperanza where you can enjoy the quirkiness and tranquility during a tour through the village.
Today our Cuba itinerary will take you to Cienfuegos. Treat yourself to a stop on the way at Playa Girón, a beautiful beach popular for its quiet coves and snorkelling opportunities. Cienfuegos is one of the prettiest and liveliest cities on the island and boasts a unique French flair. The largely restored colonial centre is full of architectural sights and historic attractions.
Leave for Trinidad after breakfast. One of the most popular destinations on our Cuba self drive holidays, Trinidad sits on a hill overlooking the sea and surrounding mountains. Besides the old town of Havana, Trinidad offers the largest ensemble of colonial buildings in Cuba, as well as numerous restaurants and paladares that serve local food and an abundance of bars and discos with live music.
Today you will have the opportunity to explore Trinidad; visit numerous museums in the city or spend the day at Playa Ancon where you can snorkel, swim, and relax on the white sand beach.
Today the you continue your adventure as the planned Cuba itinerary takes you to Camagüey. We highly recommend you to stop by Sancti Spiritus on the way, which is a beautiful city that is not too big and touristy. Here, you can visit the centre of town and take a short lunch break before heading on to Camaguey.
The city of Camagüey is located in the vast grasslands East of Sancti Spiritus, and is known as ‘Legendary’ due to its preservation of traditions, patriotism, and classical architecture. Take a city tour in a bici-taxi (bicycle taxi) through the winding streets lined with impressive architectural offerings, and visit the Iglesia de la Merced, which was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt in 1748.
The next stop is Sierra Maestra. On the way, the Cuba itinerary suggests you make a stop in the provincial town of Bayamo before continuining on to Sierra Maestra, a region known for its beautiful mountainous landscape with steep peaks, dark forests, and hidden campesinos (country people). Here you can visit the former headquarters used by the rebels, the Comandancia de la Plata.
Hotel El Salton Breakfast
After breakfast, you can continue on to Santiago de Cuba. The ‘secret capital’ of Cuba deserves this name not only because it is the capital of the rebellion, but also because of its numerous Cuban music styles. Founded before Havana, Santiago de Cuba is the most African, most musical, and most vibrant city in Cuba, with a unique and enigmatic charm. Several museums, impressive monuments, and cemeteries are among the main attractions in the city, which is situated between soaring mountains in a valley.
Hotel Casa Granda Breakfast
Today the Cuba self drive tour takes a relaxing break to explore Santiago de Cuba or take a trip to the nearby beach (Mar Verde).
Hotel Casa Granda Breakfast
Today you will continue on to Guardalavaca, where you will drop off your car. Here, you can enjoy your day in an all-inclusive hotel on the beautiful Caribbean beach.
Hotel Playa Pesquero Breakfast, lunch, evening meal
Your Cuba self drive tour ends today and it is time to say goodbye to this beautiful island. Alternatively, you can extend your stay to enjoy another of our Cuba holidays.