West Cuba Wanderer - Self-Drive Tour
Experience authentic Cuba in your own way with this thrilling self-drive tour. Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself without having to worry about the mundane details. Just show up, grab the keys, and go!
- 8 days: Focused on Cienfuegos and Viñales
- Different types of cars available for rent
- Accommodation is primarily in casas particulares
- Customizable Itinerary
In just 8 days you'll get to experience Cuba as you've never seen it before. You'll be staying in a mix of state hotels and private guest houses for the most comfortable experience possible. With this tour you'll learn about the revolution, relax on the beach, and visit both cultural and natural wonders.
By taking a rental-car tour, you'll have the freedom to visit only the sights which interest you and, because of Cuba’s new policies, you can now rent a car and stay in private accommodations; just a few years ago, this would have been impossible.
SC Travel Adventures has its own office in Cuba, so we can arrange the best accommodations for you and we're always close by should you have any questions or need any assistance. When you stay with us, you'll get an amazing insight into daily Cuban life as well as the culture and traditions of the Cuban people!
Drive Through Western Cuba
On this trip you can visit the vibrant capital Havana and all the other main attractions in West Cuba.
The biggest advantage of self-drive tours over group travel is that you can adjust your itinerary to suit the weather and your mood on any given day. On the way to Central Cuba, you'll drive by many beautiful orange orchards and sugarcane plantations. As you continue westward, the landscape will become that much greener. The Pinar Del Río Province is known for the cultivation of pineapple and tobacco. At the end of this drive through vibrant and varied landscapes you'll come to the lively urban jungle that is Havana!
Below you’ll find the day-by-day breakdown for our Ultimate Drive Cuba tour.
West Cuba Wanderer - Self-Drive Tour Itinerary
Today you'll attend an information meeting with one of our staff members. We'll provide you with extensive maps, up-to-date information on road conditions, car pickup information, and tips and tricks for driving in Cuba. Your rental car will be available at 10am. The first road you'll take is the Autopista 1, which will lead you to the colonial city of Trinidad, declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. You should arrive at Trinidad in the late afternoon so you'll have time to see a bit of the city and enjoy a glass of typical honey liqueur in the famous Canchanchara Bar.
There are plenty of sights to see in and around Trinidad! Nature lovers can choose to drive out to the nearby Topes de Collantes National Park for a hike, swim at the Playa Ancon beach, or climb the infamous slave tower in the Valle de los Ingenios. There's lots to see, so get behind the wheel and go!
Today you will drive along picturesque coastal roads to stunning Cienfuegos, a city full of French colonial architecture. We recommend stopping for a drink in the main square of Parque Martí. Cienfuegos is a quiet, dreamy provincial town perfect for relaxation and contemplation. You can go for a stroll through the beautiful downtown area, relax on the Playa Luna beach, visit the largest botanical garden in Cuba, and much more!
A long, westward journey is ahead of you today so we recommend getting an early start. You should take the direct route from Cienfuegos along the Autopista because the route through Playa Larga and Playa Giron is much longer and more difficult. The drive may be long but it is exceptionally beautiful. You will coast past lush tobacco plantations interspersed by the famous Mogote rock formations on your way through Pinar del Río.
Today is completely dedicated to exploring the town and the surrounding area. We recommend taking a scenic hike to "Coco Solo". This route takes you through the iconic tobacco fields and limestone cliffs of the Viñales Valley. The hike will take about three hours and is mostly flat so it should be easy even for inexperienced hikers. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see the tobacco farmers tending to the fields or you may wish to visit a tobacco drying house where you can buy cigars directly from the producer.
This is your last full day in radiant Cuba. Your rental car is due back in Havana in the afternoon but if you start out from Viñales early you'll have time to visit Soroa or Las Terrazas. There's also plenty to see in Havana. The lively capital has beautiful art, interesting monuments of the Revolution, and plenty of rum and places to dance and party. You can also visit a tobacco factory or the Havana Club Rum Museum. Spend your last night at the bar or take one of our salsa, reggaeton, or tango lessons! SC Travel Adventures has its own dance school in Havana.
Today you must bid farewell to the beautiful island of Cuba. If you aren’t quite ready to leave then we're more than happy to help you extend your stay! If you are returning home today then we can certainly take you to the airport (optional transfers).
We recommend that you read this information carefully before booking or departure. Here you will find important information about our West Cuba Wanderer tour. Be aware that you may need to get some vaccinations in advance. This trip includes several excursions, but there is also allocated time for optional activities. Let one of our friendly tour guides help you book any additional adventures.
Important advice regarding entry and exit, necessary vaccinations and general information about the country and people can be found here. If you have any further questions one of our staff members would be more than happy to help.
- Accommodation as described
- Meals as described
- Rental Car
What's not included?
- International flight to/from Cuba
- Cuba Entry card (tourist visa): Available on request
- Optional Excursions
- Departure Tax
- Travel Insurance
- Transfer IN/OUT & extensions of tour
- Optional Services
- Festive Dinner on 24. and 31.12.2015
Prices & Dates - Explore Cuba by Road
West Cuba Wanderer Prices & Dates (per Person)
|Car Category: Economy||High Season||Peak Season||Insurance|
|Single Room||1 PAX||$780 CAD||$975 CAD||--|
|Double Room||2 PAX||CAD 450||CAD 663||--|
|Car Category: Medium||High Season||Peak Season||Insurance|
|Double Room||2 PAX||$455 CAD||$550 CAD||--|
|Double Room & Single Room||3 PAX||$405 CAD||$475 CAD||--|
|Double Rooms||4 PAX||$310 CAD||$360 CAD||--|
Mid- Large Sized Car**
|Car Category: Medium-Large||High Season||Peak Season||Insurance|
|Double Room||2 PAX||$580 CAD||$640 CAD||75 CUC|
|Double Room & Single Room||3 PAX||$490 CAD||$540 CAD||50 CUC|
|Double Rooms||4 PAX||$375 CAD||$415 CAD||38 CUC|
*Prices include fully comprehensive compulsory insurance fees.
**Extra insurance prices shall be paid in CUC upon rental pick-up
Please refer to our rental car site for more information
High season: 01.11.-15.12.2017, 04.01.-15.07.2018, 16.08.-31.10.2018
Peak Season: 16.12.2017-03.01.2018, 16.07.-15.08.2018
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