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Tour Highlights

  • Visit Cuba’s most vibrant towns to experience all that makes Cuba unique and enchanting
  • Contemplate a Havana from another era in the canon ceremony at the fort on the bay
  • Learn to cook traditional Cuban food amid the breathtaking landscapes of Vinales valley
  • Flow with the music during a salsa class in a dance school
  • Visit community projects to learn how art can transform a neighbourhood
  • Cool off with a refreshing swim in a waterfall outside of Trinidad

Who Will Love This Tour

Travellers who are intrigued by the many facets of Cuban culture and appreciate the ease of an organised, pre-paid Cuba tour will love this. This tour, with its daily cultural activities and support for Cuba’s private sector, offers a stress-free way for US travellers to comply with the ‘Support for the Cuban People’ general license, ensuring a worry-free and enjoyable journey.

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Tour Summary

Duration 9 days / 8 nights
Arrive Havana airport, Day 1, before 6 p.m.
Depart Havana airport, Day 9, any time
Group Size Minimum 2 / Maximum 12
Physical Rating  
Accommodations Style
P Premium Class Guesthouses
Single Supplement Optional single room for the tour - $1093 AUD extra (read more)
Additional Inclusions English-speaking guide, all activities, meals, airport transfers, gratuities.
See full list of inclusions
US Travellers: This tour is legal for Americans, and includes all elements necessary to comply
with OFAC rules for Support for the Cuban People
Itinerary map - 9 day Cuba Tour for Americans

Cuba 9-day Itinerary

Welcome to Cuba! Try to arrive before 6 p.m. to join this evening’s welcome dinner. Upon your
arrival at Havana Airport, our representative will greet you and provide a private taxi or car
service to your guesthouse.

Tonight’s included dinner is at a local privately owned restaurant - a great example of Cuba’s
incremental shift to a more free-market economy. After dinner, you have the option to explore
Havana’s diverse nightlife, where you will find everything from traditional Cuban music to
electronic music, to heavy metal.

  • Included Meals: Dinner

In the morning we take a guided walking tour. Apart from going to some of the standout sites of
Old Havana, we will learn about Cuba’s dual-currency economy when we visit some different
places where locals go to do their daily shopping. After lunch we head to the Havana suburb of
Jaimanitas where we visit the home of one of Cuba’s most famous artists. Jose Fuster’s entire
residence is covered in artworks made of carefully broken tiles. Over the years Fuster continued
the colourful mosaic decoration and incorporated his neighbors’ houses, a local medical clinic,
and a community centre into the art project. Nowadays, practically the whole neighborhood
surrounding his home is covered in Gaudi inspired mosaics. Referred to as Fusterlandia, this
unique work of art is internationally recognized. We meet Fuster’s family and and can view the
gallery inside his home. Tonight we have free time for dinner for you to explore Havana’s
culinary offering. Later in the evening we head out to see a cannon blast ceremony at a fort on
the other side of Havana harbour.

  • Included Activities: Old Havana walking tour, Fusterlandia Visit, Cannon Blast Ceremony
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On the way to the spectacular valley of Viñales, we stop by Las Terrazas. This small rural village
was built by the Cuban government as part of a reforestation project that has since been given a
biosphere UNESCO listing. We meet a local community leader who will give us some insight
into how the local society works. Upon reaching the quaint village of Viñales, we settle into our
guesthouses and have a quick orientation tour of the town. After this we tour an organic farm
and learn about sustainable farming in Cuba. We meet a local Cuban farmer and his family who
will show us around their organic farm and explain to us the methods they use to grow their
produce without using pesticides or artificial fertilisers. Our included dinner tonight will be at this
farmhouse while we watch the sun set over the limestone hills that surround the valley. It’s one
of the best views you will see in Cuba!

  • Included Activities: Las Terrazas Tour, Vinales Orientation Walk, Organic Farm Visit
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we visit a local tobacco farm to learn about the making of Cuba’s famous cigars. Vinales is one of the premier locations in the world for producing cigar tobacco. A local farmer will give us a cigar rolling demonstration and insight into how the socialist system in Cuba works, with regards to how much of the tobacco produced by the family is given to the government and how much of it they are free to sell on the private market. The whole production process will be explained, from planting the tobacco all the way to rolling the final cigar. The family will offer us to sit down with them to enjoy some coffee, freshly roasted on their own farm. Our afternoon activity is a group introductory salsa lesson at a private dance school. Even if you are a complete novice you will learn something you can use later tonight at the local live music bar.
After our dance lesson, we head to another family house out of town for a cooking demonstration of typical Cuban dishes.

  • Included Activities: Tobacco Farm Visit, Group Salsa Lesson, Cooking Demonstration
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Early this morning we depart for Cienfuegos. En route we drive along the scenic Bay of Pigs and past the site where the landing of U.S. sponsored counter-revolutionary exile militia occurred in 1961. There is a museum here that houses articles and objects from this conflict which helped Fidel Castro cement his power in Cuba in the early days of the Revolution.
Incongruously, despite the macabre history of this area, there are some beautiful places where (time permitting) we can stop for a swim and snorkel including a sinkhole that resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank. Snorkel gear can be rented on-site for about US$5. Along this route, we will also visit a community centre and school where we will meet local students and learn more about Cuba's education system.
Cienfuegos was founded by the French, and you can sense this when contemplating the layout of this small, elegant city. It also has the luxuries of a vast, calm bay and a beautiful Malecón.
It’s from this bayside walkway where you can watch fishermen casting nets and locals socialising. Upon arrival in Cienfuegos we settle into our guesthouses before taking a walk around the city to learn some of its history.

  • Included Activities: Bay of Pigs Museum Visit, Cienfuegos Orientation Walk, Korimakao Community Centre Visit
  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Cienfuegos is a very pretty town, and you may have time in the morning for a quick stroll along the boulevard or to the main square. However we only spend a short time here as there are many interesting things ahead. In Santa Clara, we will be welcomed with the sight of a huge statue of Ernesto Ché Guevara.

We take time to visit the museum that is directly under the statue, and which tells the story of Ché’s fascinating life. On the way towards Trinidad we stop at a small rural farm where we enjoy a farm lunch with all local produce from the farm itself or nearby farms. We will also have the chance for a quick swim in a hidden waterfall.

Dinner will be in Trinidad, where you’re free to discover local flavors, of course your guide will have some suggestions. After dinner, we recommend a night out. Trinidad's nightlife is the most accessible in Cuba. There are a plethora of small live music venues scattered around the colonial parts of town, some of which have nightly dance shows.

  • Included Activities: Che Guevara Museum, Waterfall Swim
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

We take a morning hike to a waterfall just outside the city of Trinidad in the foothills of the forested Escambray mountains. The walk is not steep, nor long (40min to 1 hour each way) however there are some sections that are a bit rocky and uneven. The park staff however, do a great job maintaining the trail and the handrails they have in place for the less simple sections.

Along the way we stop at a very simple farmer’s house. Here we get a further sense of what life is like in rural areas such as this in Cuba. Once reaching the pretty waterfall and cool off in its natural pools, we return to Trinidad where we take a cultural tour of the historic center of town.

There were some very wealthy residents here in the 18th and 19th centuries, having made fortunes out of the sugar industry. Some of their grand houses have been made into museums.

Visiting these will give you a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the elite class during that time. At a local bar, we take a rest to enjoy the shade and the taste of a local drink called canchanchara, which is made from rum, lemon, and honey. If the weather permits, tonight we’ll have a dinner picnic at a nearby Caribbean beach.

  • Included Activities: Waterfall hike, Walking City Tour, Beach Picnic (weather permitting)
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route back to Havana we pass by a historic sugar plantation. A 147 ft tower dominates the skyline. It was built here so that the estate owners could keep vigil on the slaves as they worked in the cane fields.

The village around the old mansion is inhabited by the direct descendants of those enslaved people. It’s an apt place for us to learn a bit more about the history of the slavetrade and slavery in Cuba.

Back in Havana you’ll have time to get ready for our farewell group dinner. For those who are willing, there are plenty of options for one more night of music and dancing!

  • Included Activities: Manaca Iznaga Sugar Mill Visit
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the departure day of the tour, you can leave at any time. There are no included activities however your tour leader will be around at least until midday if you need assistance. If you would like to stay a few extra days, we are happy to arrange additional nights for you and offer excellent day tours to further your exploration. Your airport departure transfer is included in the tour package.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Summary of Travel Times

Havana to Viñales via Las Terrazas 3 hours
Viñales to Cienfuegos via Bay Of Pigs 8 hours
Cienfuegos to Trinidad 3 hours
Trinidad to Havana via Santa Clara 7 hours

PLEASE NOTE: Travel times may vary. Times shown include stops.

Inclusions

  • Arrival & Departure transfers to Cuban Adventures arranged accommodations
  • 8 nights accommodations, premium where available
  • Air-conditioned transportation for all included activities
  • English-speaking Local Tour Leader
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Filtered water on bus to refill water bottles
  • Gratuities (except for tour leader)
  • General license documentation & support (US travellers)
  • Activities:
    • Walking tours in each destination
    • Fusterlandia community project
    • Cannon blast ceremony
    • Sustainable community tour and artist gallery visit
    • Eco farm tour and dinner
    • Intro group salsa lesson
    • Cooking demonstration
    • Korimakao cultural project visit
    • Bay of Pigs swim stop (time permitting)
    • Museum of the Invasion
    • Jibacoa farm lunch and waterfall swim
    • Che Guevara museum
    • Beach picnic (weather permitting)
    • Manaca Iznaga sugar plantation visit

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Cuban Tourist Visa
  • Meals and activities not listed above
  • Mandatory Cuban medical insurance (included in flights from USA)
  • Trip insurance recommended
  • Gratuities for tour leader (suggested US$40-60)

Spending Money

We estimate you will need between $500 and $900 USD for local expenses during the tour, such food and optional activities. Click here to see details of expenses you will have while on the tour in Cuba.

Tour FAQ

Yes, we encourage you to extend your stay because there is much to do in Havana that we cannot fit into the tour. We are happy to arrange additional nights accommodation for you, and your transfers will still be included as long as we have booked your additional nights. Check out our day tours to continue your cultural explorations.

Yes, outside of the included activities, you are free and encouraged to explore.

No, we want travellers to have the best possible Cuba experience, even if that means taking time away from the group. We include several daily activities as a convenience for travellers, and for Americans it is a legal requirement. We have selected activities that are traveller favourites based on 20 years of experience operating these tours. We have also included a few specially arranged activities that we believe provide unique experiences to our culturally curious travellers. That said, you are welcome to decline activities to explore your own interests. We kindly ask that you let the tour leader know in advance, and minimise disruption to the group by arranging these activities on your own. There are no refunds for unused portions of the tour.

Yes, this tour is designed especially to comply with the general license for Support for the Cuban People.

No, this tour is for travellers from any country who prefer an organised tour. It offers authentic cultural experiences while maximising comfort and convenience.

No, we welcome solo travellers, and to make it more affordable, we will place you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one to room with, you will get a solo room at no extra charge. To guarantee your own room, you will need to pay the single supplement.

Day 1 is the arrival day, you can arrive at any time, even very late or very early, but there is an included dinner that you should try to attend. Day 9 is when you depart, you will say goodbye to your group and guide the night before. The tour is 7 days, plus the arrival and departure days.

In Cuba it is easy to avoid gluten, as the staples of Cuban food are proteins, rice, beans, and root vegetables. Vegetarians may find creative options outside of Havana limited, but will have plenty to eat with pizzas, pastas, vegetables, and sides. Vegans will find food choices limited and perhaps boring outside of Havana, so we suggest bringing factory packaged non-perishable food and snacks to provide variety. The guides have been trained on these types of diets not common in Cuba, and will be able to help travellers find suitable meals. We recommend these vegan friendly Havana restaurants.

Generally, travellers on this tour spend an additional $200-600, depending on their spending habits. This includes the tour guide gratuity, souvenirs, meals, drinks not covered, and any extra activities or transportation during free time. Bring more cash than you think you'll need to avoid stress or limiting yourself due to lack of funds.

 

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