Havana to Havana

8 days from €799 pp

Walk through the pincushion hills and wander amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations – see another side of the island on this week-long tour through the “Garden Province” of Cuba. Tour a tobacco plantation, snorkel crystal-clear waters full of colourful coral and search for the pirates of lore along the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Soak up local culture in a homestay for an immersive experience that travellers rarely get to know. Let our experienced CEO lead you off the beaten path and discover the cultural treasures of Cuba.
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8 days Havana to Havana

From €799 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 12

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.

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).

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:

Casa Curazao (or similar)

Day 2: Havana/Viñales

Travel to Viñales. Get familiar with surrounds on an orientation walk, then spend time exploring the beautiful valley.

Travel into the Pinar del Rio province to the small town of Viñales, beautifully located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills.

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.

Private Vehicle:
Havana – Viñales3h-4h189km

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

Orientation Walk:
Viñales30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Accommodation

Homestay Mayra (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Viñales

Enjoy a free day in the area. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.

Free Time:
Viñales Full Day

Don’t waste a minute—get exploring.

Optional Activities – Day 3

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.

Cave Exploration
Viñales

The limestone terrain of the area in the Pinar del Rio province is perfect for creating massive cave systems. Opt for an excursion to visit one or two and explore these unique underground caverns.

Accommodation

Homestay Mayra (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: Viñales/María la Gorda

Travel to María la Gorda, a UNESCO beach town, visiting a cigar factory en route. Opt to go on a sunset boat ride, go snorkelling, or relax on the beach.

Maria la Gorda’s location on the Northwestern tip of Cuba offers some of the best sunsets, beaches and marine life you will find in Cuba, an ideal place for water sports.

Private Vehicle:
Viñales – María la Gorda5h170km

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

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.

Accommodation:

Villa Maria la Gorda (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: María la Gorda

Enjoy an excursion to Cabo San Antonio with a stop at the Roncalí lighthouse.

From María la Gorda, head out to Cabo San Antonio, a protected area famous for the sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beach. After learning some information about the region, stop by the Roncalí lighthouse. Enjoy some free time on the beach

Cabo San Antonio and Roncalí Lighthouse Excursion
María la Gorda4h

Cuba’s westernmost tip benefits from the region’s warm crystal-clear waters, with sea bottoms full of varied treasures — like reefs and shipwrecks. The peninsula was declared a Biosphere Reserved by UNESCO in 1987. Known for the famous Roncali Lighthouse marking Cuba’s westernmost point in the region, this area is considered the last refuge of aboriginals during Spanish colonization. Learn more about the region’s lore from pirates and old cannons to the treasures that lie on the bottom of the sea around peaceful Corrientes Cove.

Free Time:
María la Gorda Afternoon

Get active or get relaxed. You choose.

Accommodation:

Villa Maria la Gorda (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: María la Gorda/Las Terrazas

Travel to Las Terrazas and enjoy the stunning scenery in this UNESCO biosphere reserve known for its flora and fauna.

Less than an hour outside of the bustle and hustle of Havana, Las Terrazas is a UNESCO biosphere reserve known for its stunning flora and fauna. Once acres of deforested farmland, today Las Terrazas is a lush oasis after Castro organized thousands of trees be planted. Travel through bamboo groves, past teak and royal palms and keep your eyes peeled for birds and exotic flowers.

Private Vehicle:
María la Gorda – Las Terrazas4h240km

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

Accommodation:

Hotel Moka (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Las Terrazas/Havana

Travel back to Havana, and walk through Old Havana wth the CEO. Enjoy a final night in the city with the group.

Private Vehicle
Las Terrazas – Havana1h75km

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

Accommodation:

Casa Consulado 106 (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Havana

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Cigar factory tour (Pinar del Rio)
  • Viñales orientation walk
  • Guanahacabibes Peninsula Biosphere Reserve and Cabo San Antonio excursion including Roncalí Lighthouse
  • Beach time (María La Gorda)
  • Las Terrazas biosphere reserve visit
  • Walk through Old Havana with the CEO
  • Revolution Square visit (Havana)
  • Free time in Viñales
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts
Allow USD285-370 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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