Colonial Cuba By Car - Self-Drive Tour

Your Tour Summary
  • 7 locations in 14 days: Havana, Viñales, Soroa, Playa Larga, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara
  • Nationalparks, botanical gardens and fascinating cities on your route
  • Choose from various activities and create your own highlights
  • incl. 13 nights in Casas Particulares
  • incl. rental car and info meeting in Cuba
  • for 2 people from £ 660, for 4 people from £ 520

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On 2-week rental car tour of Cuba you'll have enough time to relax and appreciate each of the places you visit. This is the ideal trip for those who want to truly experience authentic Cuba without missing out on the tourist attractions. Since you'll be driving yourself, you can discover Cuba in a new, relaxed way. On this paradisiacal Caribbean island there's no rush hour, no traffic jams on the highway, and there’s always convenient parking, so you won’t have anything to stress about. More information you can find in our detailed itinerary.


Route of the self-drive tour "Colonial Cuba By Car"

 

After experiencing Havana you start your journey to the green west of the island and then back to the center into the colonial towns of Cuba. 80% of your drive way will be on the "Autopista". But don't be afraid, the highways in Cuba are much more relaxed than in other parts of the world. You will share the road with oxcarts, bicycles and pedestrians.

Below you’ll find the day-by-day breakdown for our Colonial Cuba by Car tour.

These highlights are waiting for you on this tour

  • Largest Metropolis in The Caribbean
  • Impressive Colonial Center
  • El Malecon, La Havana Waterfront
  • Impressive Limestone Formations
  • Famous Tobacco Plantations
  • One of Cuba's Most Beautiful Landscapes
  • Unspoiled Natural Beaches
  • Numerous Small Islands
  • Stunning Coral Reefs

Itinerary

Your rental car tour begins in Cuba's bright and lively capital, Havana. If you'd like, we can pick you up at the airport and bring you to your accommodation (optional transfer).

 Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Today you'll have an information meeting with an SC Travel Adventures representative who'll give you all the information you need about your route, picking up your rental car, and tips and tricks for driving in Cuba. For a visit of Old Havana, however, you won't need the care as this is a pedestrian only zone – the vibrant winding streets are too narrow for cars. Because of this, the entire old town was supposed to be rebuilt in the 1960s but, fortunately, it never came to be. Today La Habana Vieja is the largest colonial city in Latin America. Stroll through the streets and let yourself be enchanted by Havana’s unique charms!

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Your car will be available for pick up at 10 am so you'll have plenty of time to drive to and enjoy your first destination. Today you'll head westward to Viñales. There are plenty of great places to stop along the way, including several national parks, botanical gardens, and charming cities. We recommend the famous orchid garden and the waterfalls at Soroa.

Unterkunft im  Casa Particular 

There are plenty of activities to choose from today. You can go hiking, horseback riding, sightseeing, or visit the labyrinthine caves of St. Tomas. You may also just want to rest and relax on the beach in Cayo Jutias. This beautiful, secluded beach is easy to drive to. If you're willing to drive a little further, the ​​Mil Cumbres National Park in La Guira is well worth a visit. Che Guevara used this area as a hiding place during the Cuban missile crisis in 1961.

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Today you'll once again have a variety of activities to choose from. You can visit the tobacco farmers, take a tour of the village of Viñales, visit the prehistoric wall, and more! There's also a particularly beautiful hiking trip through the Viñales Valley available, the three-hour "Coco Solo Palmarito". On this tour of the valley you'll have the opportunity to watch tobacco farmers at work, explore smaller caves, and get a close look at the famous limestone cliffs called Mogotes.

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

You'll leave the tobacco region of Viñales and arrive to the small town Soroa after a short while. In earlier years it was famous for the coffee cultivation, today you can only find gorgeous nature with the hilly landscape of the Sierra del Rosario. Visit the local orchid garden or refresh yourself with a bath under the waterfall of Soroa

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Today a drive to the center of the island is laying ahead. Take the autopista in the direction of Cienfuegos. You need to drive about 260 km today, therefore you should start early. After arriving in Playa Larga you can get comfortable in your accommodation or relax on the beach. The local museum will teach you everything about the history of the bay of pigs. If you are interested in diving, you should definetely give it try around here.

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Today you'll continue your journey to go to the beautiful city of Cienfuegos. With it's french flair its also called "pearl of the south". We recommand a walk in the city center, a visit to the botanical garden or a trip to the suburbs.

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Today you'll only need to go for a short, coastal drive to nearby Trinidad. On the way you can stop at the beautiful Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos, the largest of its kind in Cuba. If you're planning a trip to Topes de Collantes National Park then take the route via Trinidad. It's not possible to drive on the Cumanayagua road from Cienfuegos to Topes de Collantes with a normal car.

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Spend today as you please. You can go swimming in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, stroll through Trinidad’s open-air museum or take the 30 minute trip to the Topes de Collantes National Park where you can hike the famous Guanayara trail. This three-hour hike is very straightforward as you simply follow the Rio Melidioso River to a waterfall. Don't forget your bathing suit! If you still have energy in the evening you can check out live music at the techno disco Ayala!

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Spend another day as you please. We recommend visiting the famous slave watchtower just east of Trinidad. From here you'll have a stunning panoramic view of the Valle de los Ingenios and you'll get to learn about the sugar trade and slavery, which were so prominent here during the colonial period. If you continue a little further east then you'll pass through the verdant Vinales Valley and arrive at Sancti Spiritus, an important religious site for the Cuban people.

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

Even if it looks tempting on the map, the road from Trinidad to Santa Clara via Topes de Collantes and Manicaragua is in rough shape and is therefore not a shortcut.  The significantly faster, safer, and more convenient route is the one through Faro Luna. Take advantage of the time saved by exploring the many revolutionary monuments in Santa Clara.

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

The highway back to the capital is ideal for a smooth and scenic drive. In the afternoon you can return your rental car. If there's time, you can visit one of Havana’s numerous museums, go see the famous Tropicana show, or simply spend the evening relaxing with a cocktail at one of Havana’s many bars.

Unterkunft im Casa Particular

This is the last day of your self-drive adventure in Cuba. If you wish to extend your stay then our staff are more than happy to help you do so! We can also take you to the airport (optional transfer). See you next time!


Services

Included

  • 13 nights in Casas Particulares*
  • Information meeting
  • Rental car

Not Included

  • International flight to/from Cuba
  • Transfer in/out: booking available on request
  • Cuba Entry card (tourist visa): booking available on request
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Services

Important Information

  • *Casas Particulares are private houses of Cuban locals, who offer rooms to tourists. On request they are happy to cater you with a delicious breakfast (5-6 CUC) or even a lunch and dinner (10-12 CUC each). Let them know at your arrival
  • Visa and vaccination requirements and general information about country and people of Cuba
  • Rental Car Term & Conditions
  • Rental Car Categories
  • Information about your self-drive tour
  • If you want to book a domestic flight within Cuba, we are happy to support you

Dates and Prices for the self-drive tour "Colonial Cuba By Car"

Please keep in mind: At the moment rental cars in Cuba are only available on a restricted basis. Nevertheless we are happy to send you an individual offer and request a rental car for you. The prices on this website can be different than the ones on your offer.

Small Car / Económico

Recommendation: 1-3 people, enough space for 2 big pieces of luggage
Fully comprehensive compulsory insurance fees included

Car Categorie: Economico

with

Price per person from

Insurance

 

Price per person in Single Room

1 Person

from £ 1,320

included

Contact

Price per person in Double Room

2 people

from £ 660

included

Contact

Mid-Sized Car / Medio

Recommendation for 3-4 people, enough space for 2 large and 2 small pieces of luaggage
Fully comprehensive compulsory insurance fees included

Car Categorie: Medio

with

Price per person from

Insurance

 

in Double Room

2 people

from £ 760

included

Contact

in Double/Single Room

3 people

from £ 690

included

Contact

in Double Room

4 people

from £ 520

included

Contact

Mid-Large Sized Car / Medio Alto

Recommendation for 4-5 people, enough space for 2 large and 2 small pieces of luaggage
Fully comprehensive compulsory insurance fees included

Car Categorie: Medio Alto

with

Price per person from

Insurance

 

in Double Room

2 people

from £ 740

from 110 CUC

Contact

in Double/Single Room

3 people

from £ 680

from 74 CUC

Contact

in Double Room

4 people

from £ 510

from 55 CUC

Contact

With click on "contact" you can send us a  non-binding request

Information:

  • in Cuba you need to pay an security guarantee, that you'll get back if you return the car without any damage
  • for an extra charge you can upgrade you rental car to an automatic gearbox
  • see Terms & Conditions

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Dates and Prices for the self-drive tour "Colonial Cuba By Car"

Please keep in mind: At the moment rental cars in Cuba are only available on a restricted basis. Nevertheless we are happy to send you an individual offer and request a rental car for you. The prices on this website can be different than the ones on your offer.

Small Car / Económico

Recommendation: 1-3 people, enough space for 2 big pieces of luggage
Fully comprehensive compulsory insurance fees included

Car Categorie: Economico

with

Price per person from

Insurance

 

Price per person in Single Room

1 Person

from £ 1,320

included

Contact

Price per person in Double Room

2 people

from £ 660

included

Contact

Mid-Sized Car / Medio

Recommendation for 3-4 people, enough space for 2 large and 2 small pieces of luaggage
Fully comprehensive compulsory insurance fees included

Car Categorie: Medio

with

Price per person from

Insurance

 

in Double Room

2 people

from £ 760

included

Contact

in Double/Single Room

3 people

from £ 690

included

Contact

in Double Room

4 people

from £ 520

included

Contact

Mid-Large Sized Car / Medio Alto

Recommendation for 4-5 people, enough space for 2 large and 2 small pieces of luaggage
Fully comprehensive compulsory insurance fees included

Car Categorie: Medio Alto

with

Price per person from

Insurance

 

in Double Room

2 people

from £ 740

from 110 CUC

Contact

in Double/Single Room

3 people

from £ 680

from 74 CUC

Contact

in Double Room

4 people

from £ 510

from 55 CUC

Contact

With click on "contact" you can send us a  non-binding request

Information:

  • in Cuba you need to pay an security guarantee, that you'll get back if you return the car without any damage
  • for an extra charge you can upgrade you rental car to an automatic gearbox
  • see Terms & Conditions

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If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Leave us a message.