Havana to Havana

9 days from €1,199pp

Explore a side of Cuba that few rarely get to experience on this nine-day adventure. Cruise Havana’s history-infused streets in a classic car and stroll along Trinidad’s cobblestone avenues to the rhythms of music floating from open windows. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture and luxuriate in the view of the island’s rolling western hills. Travel by private air-conditioned vehicle is well-paced, so you’re refreshed and ready to explore the island’s vibrant culture and tropical airs.
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9 days Havana to Havana

From €1,199 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour’s starting point, a “casa particular” (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.

Arrive in Havana at any time and transfer your casa particular. One of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. It contains a wealth of colonial architecture, and the old city and streets around the malecon (ocean-side walkway) are best discovered on foot.

After the group welcome meeting at 6pm, we will be heading out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant (optional). If you arrive late, the leader will leave you a message at the front desk.

Arrival Airport Transfer:
José Martí International Airport – Havana

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV). If you are flying into Varadero (VRA) you will need to pre-pay a supplement (70 USD per person or equivalent in your booking currency) to receive the service.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Yerika Homestay (or similar)

Day 2: Havana

Enjoy a walking tour of historic Old Havana before hopping in a vintage automobile to cruise through the city. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Cuba’s capital.

Learn more about the city’s history on an included walking tour of Old Havana. After, enjoy an included tour in vintage automobiles. Revel in the bustle, history, and rhythms of this fascinating Caribbean capital city. After lunch spend time exploring Havana with a free afternoon.

Havana City Walking Tour
Havana2h

Take a walking tour of Havana and find out what your CEO loves best about this amazing city. See city highlights that may include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (which now houses a restaurant), the Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas, with its statue of Manuel de Céspedes (one of the leaders of the Cuban independence movement). Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.

Havana City Tour in Vintage Car
2h

A fantastic way to experience most of Havana—and in style! Hop into a well-preserved car from the 1950s and cruise around, soaking in the city’s atmosphere.

Free Time
Havana Afternoon

Spend the afternoon discovering some of Havana’s iconic sites. Opt to visit Plaza de Armas, stroll the Malecón, or relax at a café while soaking in authentic Cuban culture.

Informal Spanish Lesson

Sit down with the CEO for a brief lesson on some important words and phrases in español to prepare for the upcoming adventure.

Accommodation

Yerika Homestay (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3: Havana

Take advantage of a free day to explore Havana and discover the city’s rhythm. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with the group.

Our last full day in Havana, spend the morning taking in the sights, sounds, and hustle-and-bustle of the city.

Free Time
Havana Morning

Make the most of your time in this vibrant city.

Accommodation

Yerika Homestay (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Viñales

Travel to lush Viñales with a cigar factory tour en route.

A short trip west brings us to “The Garden Province” of Pinar del Rio and to the Valley of Viñales with the town of the same name. Enjoy an included cigar factory tour en route before getting your cameras ready for the lush vistas and pincushion hills around Viñales, called mogotes.

Cigar Tour
Viñales

Pinar del Rio is tobacco country. Fans of the ubiquitous Cuban cigar will be hard-pressed not to be impressed by this tour. See fields of green plants punctuated by thatch roof drying huts, then witness a demonstration of how the cured leaves are hand-rolled, cut and packaged. Prepare for the smell. The smell of tobacco is heady and headache-inducing. Buy a box to bring home to friends. Or smoke them all by yourself.

Private Vehicle
Havana – Viñales3h-4h189km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation:

Homestay Haydee Chiroles (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5: Viñales

Take a walk through the countryside to enjoy the stunning outdoors. Enjoy free time in Viñales in the afternoon.

Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, take the chance to explore the area, or simply sit back and enjoying the view.

Viñales orientation tour
Viñales Morning

Explore the stunning Cuban country side on a walk with your CEO.

Free Time
Viñales

Hike or explore one of the prettiest areas in Cuba, or sit back, relax, and take in the view – you’re in paradise!

Optional Activities – Day 5

Hiking
Viñales

The countryside around Viñales is lush, fertile and punctuated with mogotes – limestone “haystack” hills. Hire a guide or head off with some friends to explore the area. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. You may stumble upon a cave with an underwater spring. Dive in and cool off.

Accommodation:

Homestay Haydee Chiroles (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Trinidad

Travel to Trinidad, tour the city, and opt to take a salsa dancing lesson.

A trip south brings us through the beautiful Topes de Collantes region to the southern coastal city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad. We include a tour of the area to get your general bearings; the rest of the time is free to wander the cobblestone streets, shop, and experience the great music scene that has made this city famous.

Private Vehicle:
Viñales – Trinidad9h524km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Trinidad Guided Tour
Trinidad

Enjoy the sights and sounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and get your bearings through a guided tour.

Optional Activities – Day 6

Salsa Lesson
Trinidad

Loosen up those hips and get ready to salsa. Led by expert Cuban instructors, rumba, mambo and cha-cha-chá your way across the floor. Never danced salsa? Have no fear, Cubans are happy to share the secrets behind one of their national pastimes.

Accommodation:

Homestay Trinidad Jesus Pineda (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Trinidad

Enjoy a free day in Trinidad to discover this Spanish colonial town that was founded in the 16th century and still preserves a look and feel of the past.

Free Time
Trinidad

Get out and explore lively Trinidad by day and night.

Optional Activities – Day 7

Casa de la Trova Visit
Trinidad

For nearly four decades, the Casa de la Trova has been the centre of culture and nightlife in Trinidad. This bar/performance space is home to some of Cuba’s finest singers and musicians. These former “trovadores” (troubadours) once walked the streets in twos and threes, performing ballads (boleros). Now – people come to them to listen, dance and soak in the laid-back rhythms of this made-in-Cuba music.

Cayo Blanco catamaran excursion
Trinidad4h-6h

Enjoy a day on the water to Cayo Blanco by Catamaran with time to snorkel and lunch included. Please note this activity is subject to availability, and may not be offered on all departures due to weather and operational constraints.

Accommodation:

Homestay Trinidad Jesus Pineda (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8: Sancti Spiritus/Santa Clara/Havana

Take a guided tour of key historical sites, including the famous Che monument in Santa Clara and the town of Sancti Spiritus, en route back to Havana. Opt to stroll around Plaza Serafin Sánchez for superb people-watching by night.

Head east along the Carretera Central to the city of Santa Clara, a key location in the history of the Revolution. On your way into town visit key historical sites, including the massive Che monument (Santa Clara is also the final resting place of Che Guevara) before settling in for the night.

After exploring some of the revolutionary sites, enjoy a guided tour of Sancti Spiritus, one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time of the sugar trade.

Travel back to the north coast to Havana for your final night on the town with the group.

Sancti Spiritus Guided Tour
Santa Clara

Enjoy a guided tour of spectacular Sancti Spiritus, one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time of the sugar trade. It was one of the original seven Cuban cities founded in the 1500’s by the Spanish. Take a stroll around its main square, the Plaza Serafin Sánchez, or check out the Iglesia Parroquial Mayor, a church originally built in the 1500’s and then rebuilt in the 17th century due to being a victim of pirates several times.

Private Vehicle
Santa Clara – Havana3h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Che Guevara’s Monument Visit
Santa Clara

Set eyes on a 6.7m (22ft) bronze statue of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara standing tall atop a mausoleum erected to mark the 20th anniversary of Guevara’s murder in Bolivia. Tour the mausoleum lit by an eternal flame ignited by Fidel Castro. Visit the adjacent museum, containing a number of exhibit pieces ranging from medical materials to Guevara’s pistol, and photographs that include pictures from his childhood.

Private Vehicle
Trinidad – Santa Clara

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation:

Yerika Homestay (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9: Havana

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Walking tour of Old Havana
  • Havana City tour in vintage automobiles
  • Revolution Square visit (Havana)
  • Cigar factory tour in Pinar del Rio with demonstrations
  • Viñales and Trinidad orientation walks
  • Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara
  • Guided tour of Santa Clara and Sancti Spiritus
  • Free time in Havana and Viñales
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Casas particulares (homestays) (8 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Allow USD215-280 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, vintage automobiles, boat, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides

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