Essential Cuba

Visit and explore the city of Havana with our local expert, from The Museum of The Revolution to local and private marketplaces or state-government owned businesses. Enjoy a peaceful morning among tobacco plantations and the reddish lands of Viñales. Discover the natural landscape of Playa Larga or Bay of Pigs. Visit the architectural town in Trinidad with its Ingenios (sugar factories).
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Your Tour:

10 nights

11 days

14 meals

Up to 4 miles / day

Tour overview

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Discover Cuba in this 11-day trip travelling through its main sites and attractions. From classical and lovely Havana with its spirit of survival to the rural areas in Viñales with its tobacco plantations. Discover the marine fauna at Playa Larga beach or the natural landscapes of Trinidad, one of the best-preserved colonial towns in the entire American continent.

Just Cuba!

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 1
Arrive in Havana, Orientation & Welcome Dinner (D)
Day 1
Day 2
Old Havana, Museum of The Revolution and Lecture on History of Cuba through Music (B)
Day 2
Day 3
Agro-market tour and cooking class and The Cannon Blast ceremony (B,L)
Day 3
Day 4
Fine Arts Museum, Exchange with private business and Classic Car Tour around Havana (B)
Day 4
Day 5
Transfer to Viñales, Orchid garden (B)
Day 5
Day 6
Indio Caves, Prehistorical Mural and Tobacco Farm (B, L)
Day 6
Day 7
Contemporary Art in Cuba, Jose Fuster Studio and The Cuban Higher Institute for The Arts (B)
Day 7
Day 8
Downtown, the Colonial Architecture Museum, The pottery house and Live Music show (B)
Day 8
Day 9
Ingenio Valley, San Isidro Ruins, Manaca Iznaga and The pottery house (B)
Day 9
Day 10
Transfer to Havana. Stop in Cienfuegos downtown and Terry Theater. Farewell Dinner (B,D)
Day 10
Day 11
End of program (B)
Day 11

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’ll set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel.

At a restaurant, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.

Day 2

Overnight: Havana

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from the hotel by private bus towards Old Havana 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.

In the afternoon, a local expert will join us for a presentation on Cuban History through one of the best ways to get to know Cuban idiosyncrasy: music and the different Cuban rhythms.

Day 3

Overnight: Havana 

Breakfast at the hotel. We will spend the morning learning about the differences between the state-government owned markets and the private agricultural markets, where Cubans buy their vegetables and other food. We will choose the main ingredients for the cooking class we will have after the tour. We will learn how to make a delicious menu with true Cuban flavors. 

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 4

Overnight: Havana

Breakfast at the Hotel.  We will enjoy the morning at the Fine Arts Museum where we will have a guided tour with an expert around the national gallery. Afterwards, we will visit a private business, an Auto Repair classic car shop, where we will have the opportunity to have an exchange with the owner, ask questions and get to know how the system works in relation to the government.

Afterwards, we will take 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.

Day 5

Overnight:  Havana

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart to 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. We will make our first stop at the botanical garden, a sprawling garden which began in 1918. 

Afterwards, we will check in at Casas Particulares, private guest houses with all amenities which contribute to the local economy. Afterwards we’ll set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around Viñales.

Day 6

Overnight: Havana

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.

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. After this, we will enjoy a delicious set menu at an ecological open-air restaurant, enjoying the magical landscape.

Day 7

Overnight: Trinidad

Breakfast at Casa Particular. We will depart to Trinidad. The first stop will be at Playa Larga where the Bay of Pigs Invasion took place. Nowadays it is a paradise for divers and naturist travelers. We will visit a fish cave, 43 miles deep and a natural sinkhole, filled with attractive tropical fish. 

Optional: Rent diving and snorkeling equipment.

Finally we will arrive 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. 

Day 8

Overnight: Trinidad

Breakfast at Casa Particular. We will visit downtown discovering its architectural value and also the Architecture Museum exhibiting the high-class architecture from the XVIII to XIX century. After lunch, we will visit a local pottery workshop where artisans produce classical pieces that characterize the city of Trinidad.

After dinner, we will assist a live music and dance show at the Escalinata music house.

Day 9

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

Day 10

Overnight: Havana

Breakfast at Casa Particular.  We will depart for Havana. On route, we will make a stop and visit the town of Cienfuegos, Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.  There, we’ll enjoy an expert-led walking tour around downtown that will give us a perspective of the French spirit. We will continue visiting the Tomás Terry theatre, an impressive theatre with French and Italian influences. 

Arrival to Havana and free afternoon to pack, explore or just relax. 

Farewell dinner at a restaurant.

Day 11

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 $275.

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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Day Trip to Varadero Beach

The main touristic point in Cuba, Varadero. Don’t miss the opportunity to know one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Enjoy their warm and crystal waters on this caribbean beach.
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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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Night at Arts Factory

Don’t miss the opportunity to know one of the best artistic projects in Cuba. An intellectual center with live music, arts expositions, fashion shows accompanied by cocteles or coffee. With a marked social and community focus, It’s located in an old oil factory, you may mingle with artis, musics and other local customers.
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A night at Tropicana Cabaret

Travel back in time and know the world-famous Tropicana cabaret. You will enjoy a performance with unique choreographies, a mix of Caribbean sensuality and Cuban elegance. Note: The dress code must be followed (semi-formal)
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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.