4 or 5 Day Cuba Tour - Havana Weekend

from €1110 EUR Per Person
€1110 EUR
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Itinerary Summary

Day 1 Arrival Day Havana (9.30 a.m. start time)
Day 2 Havana
Day 3 Havana
Day 4 *Departure (4 day option) or Viñales extension (5 day option)
Day 5 *Departure (5 day option)
Map 5 Day Tour

Arrival Day

  • This tour begins at 9.30am on Day 1, so we encourage you to arrive the night before the tour.
  • We are happy to book pre-tour accommodations for you, or you may reserve them on your own.
  • If you can’t arrive by 9.30am on Day 1, aim to arrive in time for the group dinner around 7pm.

Viñales Extension $205 / person

If you have time we recommend extending your trip from 4 days / 3 nights, to a 5 day / 4 night program to include a full-day trip to see the breathtaking vistas and organic farms of Viñales

Tour Description

If you only have a few days in Cuba but want to go beyond the usual tourist experience, this is the tour for you! It encompasses a little bit of all that makes Havana one of the most unique cosmopolitan cities in the world. In a short time, we cover several aspects of the culture and history of Cuba, from its mafia past, to its present blossoming private sector. You’ll learn about the societal impact of the revolution and the social challenges that Cuba currently faces. On this tour you won’t find museum visits, we want you to immerse yourself in Havana with discussion, exchange, and hands-on experiences sure to create lasting memories.

This tour encompasses three action packed days in Havana, and an optional one-day extension to include a visit to the rural village of Viñales. Each day is a full schedule of interactions with private business owners, community leaders, and artists and is designed to comply with US legal travel regulations. For that reason, you won’t see chill beach time instead you’ll find a fun and diverse selection of activities that we have cultivated to give you the most multidimensional understanding of Havana within a short time.

Feel free to stay as long as you want, there is so much more to do in Havana! Add on some extra days for museum visits, day tours, visit the beautiful beaches of Eastern Havana, or take classes in Spanish, Dance or Percussion.

Tour Summary

style
P Premium Class Guesthouses
duration 4 days / 3 nights
5 days / 4 nights option
group size Minimum 4 / Maximum 12 (Optional $200/person Small Group Supplement to guarantee tours of less than 4 travellers)
single supplement An extra - €461 EUR (4 day tour),  extra €615 EUR (5 day tour) (read more)
accommodation Premium class Bed & Breakfasts , double occupancy.
transport Private transportation in air-conditioned bus.
license This tour complies with the general license category Support for Cuban People for individuals (515.574).  The tour provides the basis and support for your compliance with the law. Special arrangements may be available for travellers who prefer to travel under the People to People category.
Included Activities

4 days: Historic tour of Old Havana, Offbeat Old Havana tour walk, Cocktail lesson, Meeting and discussion with local community members, Murals and Mosaics local art communities (Fusterlandia and Muraleando) tour with lunch, meet & greet at 2 Local businesses - part of the 'new Cuba' movement, Afro-Cuban show, Panoramic city tour in Classic Car, Mafia History tour and Fabrica de Arte Cubano at night

5 day option: This extra day of the tour includes a visit to all of the above plus these additional activities as part of a full-day trip to Vinales:  Tobacco farm, Indian caves, and Prehistoric Mural.

other inclusions Airport arrival and departure transfers. All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (4 lunches, 4 dinners on the 5 day trip). Private local Cuban guide throughout.
Women in Red Car

We start our group tour in Havana at 9:30 am today with a friendly welcome meeting where you will meet your tour leader and fellow group participants. The morning activity is a classic but essential historic tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This 2-hour walking tour encompasses the four principal plazas of Old Havana. Following the tour, we have lunch at our first paladar (a privately owned restaurant). Once fed and watered, we will have a walking tour of the less visited streets of Old Havana on the Off Beat Havana Tour. Here we encounter the residential community of Old Havana,  you will see the contrast between this area just around the corner from the touristic destination of the historical old centre, and meet the locals who live here. You’ll also learn about the ration system with a visit to a local bodega.
Tonight we will start with a cocktail lesson where you will learn to prepare your own rum based drink to enjoy before our dinner at one of Havana's classic paladars.

  • Included Activities: Historic tour of Old Havana, Offbeat Old Havana tour walk, Cocktail lesson, Meeting and discussion with local community members
  • Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner
An artwork in a public space in Old Havana, Cuba

Today we will start our day with a visit to a local community project where they tackle issues on gender and race in Cuba and promote wellness, self-esteem and empowerment in the Afro-Cuban community.
Later we board classic convertible cars for a panoramic tour of the less touristic neighborhoods of Havana. Following this we partake in a traditional Afro-Cuban meal for lunch
After lunch we drive around Havana in classic cars on a special Mafia Tour - Learn about the fascinating history of the American Mafia and the role it played in pre-revolutionary Cuba. The tour ends at the place previously known as the notorious Mafia headquarters and the lodging of choice for ‘America’s royalty’.
Tonight’s dinner is at a river-view restaurant, founded by an internationally recognised passionate local sailing enthusiast. The atmosphere is extremely unique and the fresh seafood is straight off the boat!
A post dinner visit to the famous Fabrica de Arte Cubano ends our day. Named one of Time Magazine’s World’s 100 Greatest Places, you’ll see why as we tour the oil factory turned arts complex. Featuring five salons showcasing various types of art, from textiles, to architecture, music, dance, and eye-catching installations, plus bars and pop-up shops, you’ll marvel at the innovation and talent of ‘New Cuba’.

  • Included Activities: Meeting and discussion with local community members, Afro-Cuban show, Panoramic city tour in Classic Car, Mafia History tour and Fabrica de Arte.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pink Cars Parked

Today we visit a neighborhood that previously would not have stood out from any other suburb. One man’s dream and enthusiasm turned this suburb of Havana into a successful project involving the entire community and has even caught the notice of President Obama!  Today we’ll learn about how individuals used their talents to fuel positive change in their neighborhoods on this special tour - Don’t forget your camera, you’ll visit two of the most artistically remarkable neighborhoods in Havana.
After lunch we cover the topic of ‘cuentapropistas’ entrepreneurship in Cuba. Beginning in 2011 the Cuban Government began opening the private sector and legalising private businesses not seen since the 1959 Revolution. We will illustrate this topic with a visit to two of Havana’s successful new businesses to hear their stories. We will have a special demonstration of local manufacturing processes and even partake in some delicious product samples.
In the evening we will have our group dinner in one of Havana's private restaurants.

  • Included Activities: ‘Murals and Mosaics’ local art communities tour with lunch, meet & greet at two local businesses.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Some travellers taking a tour of Havana in a convertible classic American car in Havana

If this is the end of your 4 day tour  you can depart at any time today. There are no included activities. Your airport departure transfer is included.
For the 5 day option we depart by 8am in the morning to head off towards the mountains and the province of Pinar del Rio. On our way into the town of Vinales we will stop at the Cuevas del Indio (Indian Caves) for a boat ride. You will also see the controversial Prehistoric Mural (Some say it is art, some say it is not!).
Arriving in the town of Viñales we will meet with a specialist local guide who will take us through the tobacco fields to meet local farmers & visit a farm, learn about growing tobacco, how to roll cigars, taste some local coffee and experience real life in the small country town, After our light trek through the Viñales valley we visit an organic farm for a fantastic farm-to-fork lunch.
We will have a light orientation tour around this small town and time permitting, maybe even end our day with a cocktail in a small local bar (perhaps with some local musicians) before heading back towards Havana for our final night and farewell meal.

  • Included Activities: Day trip to Viñales - visit to tobacco farm, organic farm, Indian caves and Prehistoric Mural.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Work in Tobacco Farm

If you are on the 5 day tour you can depart at any time today. There are no included activities, however, your tour leader will be around at least until midday in case you have a few extra days planned in Havana and need some pointers or recommendations. Your airport departure transfer is included.

  •   Included Meals: Breakfast

Budget for Additional Costs

  • Spending money for meals, souvenirs, additional gratuities: US$200-300
  • Medical Insurance (Required by Cuban Government): US$36
    Note: Insurance is included in airfare for direct flights to Cuba from the U.S. 
  • Round trip flights, eg from Miami to Havana (including medical insurance): US$300-450
  • Cuban Tourist Visa (Tourist Card): US$50 - 100
  • Travel insurance: Price Varies.  We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances that cause you to cancel or delay your trip.  We do not sell travel insurance but you can shop for insurance policies online at www.insuremytrip.com 

Not included in the Tour

  • International airfare (Tour starts and ends in Havana)
  • Cuban Tourist Visa
  • Mandatory medical insurance (included in flights from USA)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities for guide and optional activities
  • Airport departure transfer (approx 25EUR in taxi)
Flexible Bookings
Flexible Bookings!
With our flexible bookings' policy, you can book your place on a tour for only $100 USD and change your departure date anytime at no cost. Read more...

Tour Dates & Availability

Available
Dates open for bookings, no traveler has booked yet
Four (4) travelers required to guarantee departure
On Hold
Three (3) traveler is already booked on the tour
Three (3) more traveler is needed to guarantee departure
Guaranteed
These tour groups are guaranteed to depart
Space is still available for more bookings
Wait Listed
Group is full but not all travellers have confirmed
A space may become available
E
Special Event included in this tour.
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