Explore Cuba with a Hire Car!
Cuba On Wheels
Cuba On Wheels starts in the vibrant capital city of Havana, before heading through the lush tobacco fields of Viñales. The tour then continues to Trinidad, Camagüey and Holguín, before the flight back to Havana.
- 7 days
- Accommodation included
- 7 days car hire
If you want to see more than just your hotel room and the beach, then look no further; our Self-Drive Holidays add the perfect twist to yourtrip to Cuba! Cuba on Wheels is a 7 day holiday that takes you straight across the island. You will drive through the Viñales Valley, home to the legendary Cuban tobacco and through the hilly landscapes onto Trinidad where you will feel like you have stepped right back into colonial times. Further exploring the history of the island, your Cuba Self-Drive Holiday will then take you to Camagüey, before heading to the traditional Holguín, where you will catch a domestic flight back to Havana. Get behind the wheel and freely explore Cuba’s highlights for yourself.
Highlights of Cuba On Wheels:
Cuba on Wheels will first take you to the legendary western side of Cuba, where the world-renowned tobacco is grown. On the way, be sure not to miss out on the small village of Las Terrazas, situated in the Sierra del Rosario Mountain Range. This UNESCO biosphere reserve is home to 900 inhabitants who live off ecotourism and the timber industry. Snaking through the thickly overgrown forests of the mountains, the San Juan River and its many inviting natural pools is a further highlight of this trip. Here, you can also visit the ruins of a former 19th century coffee plantation. However, the ultimate highlight of this trip is the Viñales Valley, characterised by imposing karst formation and famous tobacco plantations.
On the fourth day of this Cuba Self-Drive Holiday you will visit Trinidad, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. The town was founded by the Spaniard, Diego Velázquez in 1514. Historically, Trinidad could withstand numerous pirate attacks and the wealth generated from the sugar and tobacco industries shaped the town. Today, a stroll through the old town, marvelling at the historical pastel-coloured buildings, will make you feel like you have stepped back into colonial times. The old buildings belonging to the sugar barons have remained well-preserved and many have in part been converted into museums. In the evenings we would highly recommend that you immerse yourself in Trinidad’s vibrant nightlife by dancing to traditional Cuban rhythms at “Casa de la Musica” and “Casa de la Trova” music salons.
Cienfuegos, nicknamed the "Pearl of the South", is well worth a visit! Its distinct French influences, ostentatious buildings and the picturesque Jagua Bay make Cienfuegos a real treat for participants of our Cuba on Wheels Self-Drive Holiday. On the southern edge of Jagua Bay, you can also visit the Castillo de Jagua, built in the 18th century to withstand the numerous pirate attacks. The city’s main square is the Parque Martí whose buildings are a lingering memory of the rich French sugar barons who settled here during the sugar boom of the 19th century and brought great wealth to the city. However, Cienfuegos is perhaps most well-known for the “Teatro Tomás Terry” Italian-style theatre, which has witnessed numerous performances, including those by the likes of the Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso. Inside the theatre, there is a huge fresco and some parts of the building’s façade have even come directly from Venice.