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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 breezes.

Latin America
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CCCE/126566
  • Starts: Havana, Cuba
  • Finishes: Havana, Cuba
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Havana
  • Viñales
  • Cienfuegos
  • Trinidad

Itinerary

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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.

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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.

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Day 3: Viñales

Travel to lush Viñales with a cigar tour en route. Enjoy lunch at a local tobacco farm.
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 tour en route before getting your cameras ready for the lush vistas and pincushion hills around Viñales, called mogotes.

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Day 4: 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.

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Day 5: Viñales/Cienfuegos

Settle in for a travel day to Cienfuegos. Along the way, stop off at the Giron Museum at the Bay of Pigs to learn more about the US military involvement with Cuba. Opt to go for a swim in the beautiful waters before continuing on to the seaside town of Cienfuegos.

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Day 6: Cienfuegos/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.

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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.

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Day 8: Trinidad/Havana

Take a guided tour of key historical sites, including the famous Che monument in Santa Clara, en route back to Havana.
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).

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

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Day 9: Havana

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana
    • Arrival transfer
    • Walking tour of Old Havana
    • Havana City tour in vintage automobiles
    • Revolution Square visit (Havana)
    • Cigar tour in Pinar del Rio with demonstrations
    • Viñales and Trinidad orientation walks
    • Giron Museum visit (Bay of Pigs)
    • Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara
    • Guided tour of Santa Clara
    • Free time in Havana and Viñales
    • Informal Spanish lesson
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Casas particulares (homestays) (8 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, vintage automobiles, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise through Havana in a vintage automobile
  • Watch local experts make the famous Cuban cigar
  • Explore the fascinating culture and history of Cuba
  • Stay at local homestays for an authentic Cuban experience


Reviews (7)
Roberta D Posted on: 

Awesome - you guys attract like-minded travellers who are not afraid of glitches along the way...that is what makes a trip!

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Paul M Posted on: 

Fantastic experience of a country where I wasn't sure what to expect. Impressive sites, style, tour guide and participants.

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Andrea D Posted on: 

It was a excellent tour, giving the right amount of Cuban flavour to get you hooked.

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Gerrit D Posted on: 

The tour has taken us places other tours did not offer, and we saw much of the local life and culture this way.

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Pamela L Posted on: 

This was a fantastic overview of Cuba. An interesting mix of tourist sites and local culture. We learned a lot about Cuban history along the way. I would highly recommend this tour!

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Mary V Posted on: 

Both enjoyable and enlightening. The knowledge and open manner of our guide contributed greatly to how much I got out of the trip, which was better than expected.

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Michael W Posted on: 

The guide was excellent. Informative and attentive to everyone's needs and differences.

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