Spend an exciting 11 nights reveling in the sights and delights of Cuba and Mexico! Experience Hemingway’s Havana for 5 nights, visit captivating Chichen Itza and unwind on the blissful beaches of Cancun for a week!
Historic Havana is your first stop on this jam-packed tour. Replete with Spanish colonial architecture, Cuba’s capital offers a sought-after blend of roaring nightlife, intriguing history and picturesque architecture.
Once a popular hangout for Ernest Hemingway during his travels, you’ll be whisked off on a guided tour of some of the sites he used to frequent, including hotels and bars which undoubtedly saw him pen some of his classics.
After spending a couple of days in Havana, you’ll venture to Viñales, a town in western Cuba and gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains and Viñales Valley.
Visit a cigar factory and take a boat ride through the waters of Indian caves in this lush, verdant area (a favourite among rock climbers) before returning to Havana where you’ll trace Hemingway's footsteps by classic car on Day 5.
Possibly the most memorable part of your trip will surface a week into your holiday when you watch a golden sunset bleed over the horizon at Chichen Itza. Up at 6am, you’ll spend the morning exploring this sensational complex of Mayan ruins, feasting your eyes on ancient structures such as the Temple of Kukulcan, the Great Ball Court and the Sacred Cenote.
And the history doesn’t stop there – we’ll then whisk you off to Izamal, a small city in the state of Yucatan which is home to a former Mayan pyramid, before venturing to Merida. The capital of Yucatan, Merida oozes colonial heritage from every orifice. Expect to see colonial-era churches, a fortress-like cathedral and relics from ancient Mayan temples.
To cap off a sensational getaway, you’ll spend the last leg of your trip in Cancun, a Mexican city on the Yucatan Peninsula fringed by the Caribbean Sea. Known for its lively atmosphere, Cancun is full to the brim with glorious beaches and resorts. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun, have a tipple or two and frolic with exotic sea life beneath crystal clear waters.
Plenty of guided tours, UNESCO sites and ancient ruins to make you fall in love with Cuba and Mexico!
- Return flight from UK
- Flight from Havana to Cancun
- A wonderful 5 nights’ accommodation in Havana at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba
- Eye-opening colonial walking tour of Havana
- Coach transfer from Havana to Vinales
- Day trip to Vinales
- Entrance to Los Jazmines lookout point and the Prehistory Mural
- Visit to a cigar factory in Vinales
- High speed boat ride through magical Indian cave waters
- Historical tour of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite Havana hangouts by classic car including the village of Cojimar and the Floridita bar
- A lovely 1 night’s stay in Cancun at the Hotel Hampton Inn
- An enjoyable 1 night’s stay in Chichen Itza at the Hotel Villas Arqueologicas
- Once-in-a-lifetime excursion to Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city home to the Temple of Kukulkan and the Sacred Cenote
- Another 1 night’s stay at the Hotel El Castellano in Merida
- Stop off at a Cacao Museum and learn why this plant was so important to the Mayans
- A fabulous 3 nights’ accommodation in Cancun at the Beachscape Kin Ha Villas
- Relaxing Mayan mud bath to cleanse your pores
- Visit the ancient city of Izamal, too beautiful to behold
- Wander the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal, a historical must-see
- Enjoy breakfast throughout your trip
- Return transfers to and from all airports to hotels
A spellbinding trip to Havana, an excursion to Chichen Itza and a relaxing stay in sun-soaked Cancun!
- Venture to verdant Vinales for a cigar factory tour and speed-boat ride through underground cave waters
- Enjoy a guided tour of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite hangouts in Havana, including the hotel he used to stay at and the bars he used to frequent
- Relax and unwind in Cancun, a holiday hotspot with glistening waters and powder-white beaches
- Discover the exquisite Chichen Itza, a world famous symbol of Mexico which leaves visitors spellbound
- Visit the ancient sites of Izamal and Uxmal, full of vestiges of the past
The Hotel Nacional de Cuba is considered a symbol of history, culture and Cuban identity. With its privileged location in the middle of Vedado, the center of Havana, it stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, and offers a great view of the Havana Harbor; the seawall and the city.
The Hotel stands out due to its refined elegance and its ancient splendor, which since 1930 has attracted a large number of personalities from the arts, science and politcs.
The hotel's 426 rooms, 34 suites, and Presidential Suite are conveniently prepared and equipped for maximum comfort, while their location offers a magnificent view of the city.
The sloping garden with aerial Malecón views is perfect for enjoying a cappuccino, tuna sandwich, Cuban cigar or stiff cocktail. Dotted with palms and archetypical wicker furniture, it’s an oasis of tranquility. It is a popular meeting spot for local business people, visiting dignitaries and Cuban cultural icons.
Music and dance are equally represented at the Nacional where extravagant shows are hosted nightly at the Cabaret Parisien, second only to the Tropicana. Meanwhile, Salon 1930 is dedicated to Compay Segundo (of Buena Vista Social Club fame) and his successors perform here weekly.
Hampton Inn by Hilton Cancun Cumbres is a new hotel with a convenient location for business or for beach vacations. The Cancun International Airport is just 15 minutes away. Within walking distance to many restaurants and bars, hotel is located in Pabellón Cumbres Mall perfect for shopping, entertainment and dining choices.
Modern guest rooms feature one king- or two queen-sized clean beds and walk-in showers for comfort and convenience.
The hotel has a 24-hour business center and 2 board rooms for small meetings for up to 30 people. Take a break from work and enjoy some rest and recreation at our outdoor heated pool and fitness center.
A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. At Hampton Inn By Hilton Cancun Cumbre you will find a restaurant serving American cuisine.
Hotel Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza is located 74 miles from Merida and 124 miles from Cancun, is set in an area of lush vegetation within easy walking distance of the acclaimed seventh new wonder of the world. Villas Chichen Itza is situated at the rear entrance to the archaeological site, within a small enclave of three hotels. A walk from our Hotel in Chichen Itza to the ruins take less than ten minutes and enables guests to explore the archaeological site before the majority of visitors arrive.
Surrounded by tropical gardens and bathed in the song of exotic birds, this cozy Hotel Villas Chichén Itzá offers 43 rooms decorated with wooden furniture and built around an attractive pool accented by Mayan statues.
Hotel also offers traditional Mexican artwork, large swimming pools and on-site spa and massage services.
Gamma is a new hotel concept that combines the best of two worlds--the charm of a small local hotel and the backing of the Fiesta Inn chain. In these spaces designed for a unique stay, feel the warmth of our service and enjoy the thrill of being in a destination with the taste of Mexico.
Hotel rooms are classic in design with tile flooring. All rooms have cable TV and ironing facilities. The rooms are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms with amenities.
Gamma Mérida El Castellano has an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers. It is just 350 m from Mérida’s main square and 16th century cathedral. On-site parking and Wi-fi are available.
The Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites Cancún is an exclusive resort on the best beach in Cancún, the heart of the hotel district, ideal for vacations full of relax and entertainment in the Caribbean.
With its four-star service, this fully-equipped resort with standard rooms and suites with one, two and three rooms in Cancún offers you a unique experience that is especially designed for guests looking for new experiences, wanting to enjoy their stay here as much as possible.
The 138 rooms at the Beachspace Kin Ha Villas & Suites Cancún combine space, character and comfort and will always be able to meet the needs of even the most demanding guests. They are spacious and light with wonderful views and modern equipment. You can choose between standard rooms, suites, studios and villas with various numbers of bedrooms right in the heart of Cancún.
Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites Cancún offers you two restaurants. La Albufera with a large, varied buffet where you can try international dishes and a snack bar with an outstanding atmosphere. La Palapa with seafood specialties and Mexican food and a snack bar with a view of the beach and the Caribbean Sea.
Day 1 ARRIVAL IN HAVANA
Welcome to Havana! You’ll be escorted to the Hotel Nacional – your home for the next five nights.
OVERNIGHT IN HAVANA
Day 2 WALKING TOUR OF COLONIAL HAVANA – (APPROX 3 HOURS)
In the morning you’ll be picked up from your hotel and then set off on an exclusive walking tour of colonial Havana guided by an English speaker. This eye-opening tour allows visitors to discover Old Havana’s rebirth with its vibrant customs and traditions. The tour includes visits to the Historical Centre replica-model, the City Museum and the main squares.
OVERNIGHT IN HAVANA
Day 3 VIÑALES DAY TRIP
Enjoy a group day trip to Viñales from Havana! This day trip includes an interesting visit to a cigar factory, a high speed boat ride through mysterious Indian cave waters, entrance to the Los Jazmines lookout point and the Prehistory Mural. Lunch with a drink is also included and you’ll be picked up and dropped off at the Hotel Nacional. Optional upgrade to a private tour in a classic car at a supplement of £60pp (based on 2 sharing).
OVERNIGHT IN HAVANA
Day 4 FREE DAY – OPTIONAL TOUR AVAILABLE ( APPROX. 3 HOURS)
Today you can spend the day however you please, however there is an optional Cuban bars tour available for £60pp (based on 2 sharing).
Within this tour, learn about the tradition of bar and winery-hopping. The first decades of the 20th century saw the golden age of Cuban cocktail making – at the same time the USA was experiencing the Prohibition.
New bars are being added to the long list of emblematic drinking establishments of the Cuban capital today. These fresh new faces on the scene offer a contemporary and well thought out interior design. The tour includes a class of Cuban cocktail making and a visit to the Rum Museum (Museo del Ron). Sample a wide range of Cuban cocktails and relive wonderful moments of the Cuban capital's history.
OVERNIGHT IN HAVANA
Day 5 EXCLUSIVE GUIDED HEMINGWAY TOUR BY CLASSIC CAR (APPROX. 3 HOURS)
This wonderful tour will whisk you off to the places where the famous Ernest Hemingway used to live and frequent within Havana. These sites later were incorporated into some of his world famous stories. La Vigia Farmhouse was Hemingway’s former residence and will be the first place you visit on your tour.
Then, enjoy a walking tour through Cojimar, a fisherman’s village which was Hemingway’s source of inspiration for ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. Pay a visit to Room 511 at the Ambos Mundos Hotel which is where Hemingway used to stay in the 1930s during his trips to Cuba. Here, you’ll be served a cocktail before capping off your day with a visit to La Bodeguita del Medio and the Floridita bar/restaurants where he crafted the world famous mojito.
OVERNIGHT IN HAVANA
Day 6 HAVANA--CANCUN
Take a transfer to the airport ready to board your flight to Cancun where, upon arrival, you’ll be taken to your hotel (the Hampton Inn Cancun) and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
OVERNIGHT IN CANCUN
Day 7 CANCUN – RIA LAGARTOS – CENOTE – CHICHEN ITZA
Kick-start today’s adventure with a visit to the biosphere reserve of Ria Lagartos on Yucatan Peninsulas northern coast. This is where you’ll find the largest flocks of pink flamingos in Mexico, as well as almost 400 other bird species. Enjoy a 2-hour boat trip through the estuary mangroves and keep your eyes peeled for flamingos, birds and crocodiles.
The trip includes a visit to feeding areas too, as well as a refreshing Mayan mud bath. Bathe in the mineral rich white mud and then dip in the salty lagoon waters to cool off and have a swim before lunch. Afterwards, you’ll make your way to the hotel in Chichen Itza where you’ll stay overnight with bed and breakfast.
OVERNIGHT IN CHICHEN ITZA
Day 8 CHICHEN ITZA – IZAMAL – MERIDA
Today you’ll be up bright and early at 6am, ready to witness the spectacular sunrise over Chichen Itza. Upon arrival at the site, take some time to appreciate the quiet atmosphere before the grounds are open to the general public. Feast your eyes on the scale and detail of the legendary Maya city of Chichen Itzahas. The geometric perfection of the 25-metre-tall Temple of Kukulkan (also known as El Castillo) was built as a representation of the mystical Maya calendar to reflect the optical illusion of a snake writhing up and down the pyramid during spring and autumn equinoxes.
Marvel at the Great Ball Court, the largest of 13 discovered at the site, the haunting Skull platform where human sacrifice took place, and the Sacred Cenote where the bodies were then dumped.
You’ll also find the Temple of the Warriors, the Ossuary, the Nunnery and adjacent church and the Small observatory – these are all very well preserved. Head back to the hotel for breakfast.
Afterwards, we’ll proceed to Izamal, a Mayan settlement known as ‘the city of the three cultures.’ It’s a magical destination which combines remnants of its pre-Hispanic past with the colonial period and the present day. Famed for its cultural and historical heritage, its Mayan name translates to ‘Heavenly Dew’. One of the best sites of Izamal is the Convent of St Anthony of Padua which stands on a former Mayan pyramid. Stop for lunch (not included) in Izamal.
Continuing to the ‘White City’ of Merida, Yucatan’s capital, you’ll embark on an eye-opening city tour of the historical downtown area, home to the wonderful Paseo de Montejo and its beautiful villas and 19th century palaces. Feast your eyes on the splendid Plaza Grande, home to a beautiful cathedral and Casa de los Montejos which was built in the 16th century and is now symbolic of the city. You’ll also have the chance to see the Government Palace and City Hall and there will be plenty of time to discover the city on your own too.
OVERNIGHT IN MERIDA
Day 9 MERIDA – UXMAL – CACAO MUSEUM – TRANSFER TO HOTEL CANCUN/RIVIERA MAYA
Have a hearty hotel breakfast followed by a morning of adventure at the ancient ruins of Uxmal. You’ll take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site rising above the jungle canopy and home to the 35-metre-tall Pyramid of the Magician, towering over the ornate Nunnery Quadrangle. Across the central plaza you’ll find the Governor’s Palace and its elaborately decorated roof. To the southern end you’ll find the Great Pyramid, standing tall and proud.
Afterwards, you’ll pay a visit to the Cacao Museum where you’ll learn about the importance of this plants to the Mayans, also having the chance to take part in a traditional Mayan ceremony. You’ll then return to Cancun or Riviera Maya for a 3-night stay at the Beachscape Kin Ha Villas with bed and breakfast. Prefer All inclusive? We can offer a stay at the Ocean Coral & Turquesa resort for a supplement- please ask your travel consultant for further details.
OVERNIGHT IN CANCUN
Day 10 FREE DAY IN CANCUN
Today you can spend the day however you please! You might decide to visit the renowned Underwater Museum (a museum of sculptures beneath the surface which can be experienced by glass bottom boat) or Xcaret Park (a waterfront eco-archaeological park where you can snorkel and explore caves).
OVERNIGHT IN CANCUN
Day 11 FREE DAY IN CANCUN
Today is your last day of leisure in Cancun, so feel free to spend it however you please. You might decide to do a bit of haggling at Mercado 28, a long-running flea market selling food, souvenirs and apparel or you might choose to hop over to Isla Contoy, a small uninhabited island not far from Cancun with secluded beaches and sea birds and turtles.
OVERNIGHT IN CANCUN
Day 12 DEPARTURE
Take some time out to relax before your transfer to the airport where you’ll board your departure flight home. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay!
END OF TOUR
- Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
- We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
- Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis unless otherwise stated.
- The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken.
- Anything not included in the package will be charged separately.
- When taking shared transfers, please be aware that the couch will pick up and drop off at multiple destinations. We are able to arrange private transfers at a supplement.
- For Cuba visa is required, however no visa is required for Mexico if stay is less than 180 days.
- Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
- Early Check in / Late Check out.