Comprehensive Cuba Group Tour: Cuba in Your Hands

Delve into the vibrant culture of the most Caribbean province in Cuba: Santiago de Cuba. Ride by horse carriage through the labyrinthic maze-like streets of Camagüey and discover its renowned Ballet Company. Step back in time in the architectural town of Trinidad with its Ingenios (sugar factories). Bask on the warm beaches of Santa Maria Cay, a haven of relaxation. Traverse the peaceful tobacco plantations and the reddish lands of Viñales, unveiling the agricultural heritage. Explore the iconic city of Havana with our local expert, from the Museum of The Revolution to the captivating Rum Museum.

Your Tour:

15 nights

16 days

26 meals

Up to 4 miles / day

Tour overview

Discover the island of Cuba in this unique 16-day Comprehensive Cuba Group Tour from Santiago de Cuba to Havana. Visit a selection of the most wonderful sites and absorb the culture with the best local experts and experiences chosen just for you. Starting off in the most Caribbean town, Santiago de Cuba, with its Haitian-French and Spanish influences, traveling through the town of Camaguey with its stunning architecture and internationally known ballet company, all the way to Trinidad, one of the best-preserved colonial towns on the American continent. Relax on the beautiful white sand beaches of Saint Mary Cay (North Key), enjoy the natural landscape in the town of Viñales and learn all about tobacco farming, or discover classical Havana with its old fortress and museums. A complete Cuban adventure awaiting you.

Program activities, schedules and personnel may change due to local circumstances.

In such an event, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

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Day by Day

Day 1

Overnight: Havana

The tour coordinator will greet everyone, and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions. After orientation we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel. At a restaurant, we will enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.

Day 2

Overnight: Santiago de Cuba

Breakfast at the Hotel. We will depart to Santiago de Cuba by plane in a domestic flight that takes about 2 hours. In this bustling city we will find the richest cultural mix and historical background with an enormous influence of Haití or Jamaica. After check-in at Casas Particulares, private guest houses with all amenities which contribute to the local economy, we will meet a local expert who will lead our walking tour around the area discovering the main points of interest in Santiago. We will enjoy a delicious menu at a Paladar private restaurant while we enjoy a vibrant live music show.

Day 3

Overnight: Santiago de Cuba

Breakfast at Casa Particular. We will depart to the Basilica of Our Lady of Copper located on the top of a hillside next to an old copper mine. This Sanctuary holds the patron saint of the nation, The Virgin of the Charity, the most worshiped in Cuba.  Afterwards we will continue to Santa Iphigenia Cemetery where we can find the graves of historical figures such as José Martí, Fidel Castro, Emilio Bacardí Moreau or Compay Segundo.

For lunch time, we will continue to San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Fortess, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, originally built to defend the city against pirate attacks. There we will enjoy a delicious set menu at a local restaurant. We will finish the visit with an expert-led tour around this fortress and the impressive views that can be enjoyed from the upper terrace where you can see part of the east coast and Sierra Maestra at the back.

Day 4

Overnight: Camagüey

Breakfast at Casa Particular.  We will depart towards Camagüey, the third largest town in Cuba, World Heritage Site by UNESCO with a peculiar labyrinthine layout which harbor squares with formidable baroque churches. We will discover this fascinating urban section of the town by horse-drawn carriages.

Day 5

Overnight: Camagüey

Breakfast at Casa Particular. We will visit the Museum Birth House of Ignacio Agramonte, an independence hero rancher who led the riot against Spain. Afterwards, we will head towards the Camagüey Ballet Headquarters, founded in the revolutionary period and becoming the first project of classical dance in Cuba. Since then, it has not stopped having great international success.

Day 6

Overnight: Trinidad

Breakfast at Casa Particular. We will depart to Trinidad, Cuba’s finest colonial town founded in 1514, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town was built thanks to the success of the sugar industry from the beginning of the XIX century produced near the Ingenio Valley. We will visit downtown discovering its architectural value. 

For dinner, we will enjoy a complete home-made food at Casas Particulares.

At night, we will assist a live music and dance show at the Escalinata music house.

Day 7

Overnight: Trinidad

Breakfast at Casa Particular. We will depart to The Ingenio valley, located 5 miles from Trinidad, the place where the Ingenios (sugar factory) settled, becoming the epicenter of the sugar industry in Cuba during the XIX century. The first stop will be at The Ingenio Valley lookout where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley which is now a World Heritage Site. You will learn about Cuba’s sugar industry through the many old sugar cane mills, plantation houses, and barracks. Afterwards, we’ll visit San Isidro de los Destiladeros, probably the last example of the many archaeological sites found in the valley. Finally, we’ll visit Manaca-Iznaga town with its famous Tower and local artisans.

Optional: Climb the Manaca Iznaga Tower, old vigilance tower used to control slaves where you can also enjoy amazing views.

After lunch, we will visit a local pottery workshop where artisans produce classical pieces that characterize the city of Trinidad. 

Day 8

Overnight: Santa María

Breakfast at Casa Particular.  We will depart by private bus towards North Cay Santa Maria, located at Buenavista Biosphere Reserve. It’s considered one of the most important places for the economy of the island. We will stay at a 4* Hotel (all inclusive) and will have time now to relax at Santa Maria‘s  beaches and enjoy their warm and crystal waters.

Day 9

Overnight: Santa María

Relax time at Hotel (all-inclusive).

Day 10

Overnight: Viñales

Breakfast at the Hotel. We will depart by private bus towards Viñales Valley, UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will enter Mogotes (limestone mounds) located on top of tobacco plantations and one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world.

Afterwards, we will check in at Casas Particulares, we’ll set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around Viñales.

Day 11

Overnight: Viñales

Breakfast at Casa Particular. Afterwards, we will tour around the Natural Park visiting the Indigenous caves (their old native homes) and the famous prehistorical mural. After this, we will enjoy a delicious set menu at an ecological open-air restaurant, enjoying the magical landscape. 

Afterwards, we will visit a tobacco plantation, and learn all about this important and artisanal farming as well as about the interesting drying process and what the guajira way to do it means (expression that refers to people living in the rural areas).

Day 12

Overnight: Havana

Breakfast at Hotel. We will depart to Havana.  After checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will enjoy a live music show while having dinner.

Day 13

Overnight: Havana

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from the hotel by private bus towards Old Havana UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will meet a local expert who will lead our walking tour around the area discovering the main colonial squares. We will continue visiting the Museum of The Revolution where we will learn about the history of Cuba from the early 1960s to the present time. After this, we will continue learning about one of the main Santería neighborhoods in Havana, Cayo Hueso. An expert guide will show us the picturesque Hamel Alley and how the Cuban artist Salvador González Escalona describes his Afro-Cuban style as a mix of surrealism, cubism, and abstract art.

Day 14

Overnight: Havana

Breakfast at the hotel.  We will take a private bus to Regla, on the other side of the Havana Bay, where we will be visiting a Social Project that revitalizes the area by cleaning up and reusing the space for the use and benefit of children and other members of the community.  After this, we will visit the Regla Sanctuary, a temple where both Catholic and Santería faith are worshipped. 

At night, we will go to the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, a colonial fort used to protect the town from pirate invasions in the past. You will be able to witness the cannon blast ceremony that takes place each night at 9 pm repeating the old tradition of the cannon blast which was used to give the sign of the city’s curfew, moment in which the doors of old Havana’s wall would close.

Day 15

Overnight: Havana

Breakfast at the hotel. We will learn about the rum industry through a guided visit at The Havana Rum Museum. Located in front of the Havana port, this museum shows the complicated process of elaboration and distillation of this liquid. After this, we will go for a fun tour and ride on a Classic American car around Havana arriving at the Revolution Square, the venue of the most important politics celebrations. Free afternoon to pack, explore or just relax.

Farewell dinner at a restaurant.

Day 16

Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to the airport at a designated time.

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Tour Inclusions

Tour Pricing

Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $570.

For a minimum of 15 pax.

Additional Experiences

Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Visit Manaca Iznaga Tower

Inside the Ingenios Valley, the main point is Manaca Iznaga farm. Its tower, more than 40 meters in height, was used to guard the slaves. Today you can climb to the tower and enjoy amazing views over the wide Valley.
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Horseback Riding in Viñales

Enjoy the magic landscapes of the valley and discover more about the traditional tobacco culture and artisanal cigar production through horseback riding and feel like you were a “guajiro”.
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Botanic Garden in Viñales

Caridad and Carmen Miranda sisters started this humble but amazing botanical garden in 1918. Today, the garden contains a wide range of plants, including trees, flowers and tropical fruit. Discover the beautiful nature in Viñales.
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Salsa class

Don’t miss the chance to learn and enjoy traditional Cuban dances such as Salsa. Available for all levels.

Performance at the Grand Alicia Alonso Theater

Enjoy a dance show at the Grand Alicia Alonso Theater. The majestic building has a neoclassical style and today it’s the headquarters of the Cuban National Ballet. The current programming holds plays from operas, zarzuelas, operettas to concerts. As well as Spanish Ballet from Cuba and the Center for the Promotion of Dance. Note: The dress code must be followed (semi-formal)

Visit a Santero or Babalawo

Dig deeper into Cuban Santería and experience the magic knowing a Babalawo or Santero, the priests in the Yoruba Religion. Make a Spiritual consultation and live the sensations to participate in a ritual.