The Essential Cuba Tour includes:
• An afternoon cruising the streets of Havana in a chauffeur driven Old American car.
• A visit to a working Cigar Factory in Havana and the fascinating Museum of the Revolution
• Dinner at the Art Deco, La Fontana in Havana, a unique experience.
• Visit to the Las Terrazas National Reserve with a chance to spend time in the local community
• A weekend in Trinidad when the live music scene is at its best!
• A final night dinner on a terrace in Old Havana with the best grills in the city.
• A final night performance by the world famous Buena Vista Social Club!!!!
This cuba tour has been designed for small groups so to maximise the experience, the tour will be guided in English throughout. Maximum group size can be up to 21 clients, with an average of 8 – 14 clients.
The tour is guaranteed to operate when there are 2 or more passengers booked on the tour and operates year round.
On the last day in Havana, it’s possible to arrange to continue their journey to the beach resorts of Varadero, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco, Guillermo or eastern Cuba
Two nights accommodation at a recommended Casa Particular in Havana
Two nights accommodation at the La Moka Hotel, Las Terrazas National Park
Two nights accommodation at a recommended Casa Particular in Central Trinidad
One night accommodation at a recommended Casa Particular in Havana
English speaking tour guide + Sightseeing as per itinerary + All Land Transportation + Destination representative assistance at airport and hotels.
TUESDAY, Lunch at La Imprenta Restaurant, Havana / Dinner at La Fontana Restaurant, Havana
WEDNESDAY, Lunch at Las Terrazas Restaurant, Las Terrazas / Dinner at Farmers House, Las Terrazas
THURSDAY, Lunch at Organic Farm Restaurant, Vinales / Dinner at La Romero Organic Vegetarian Restaurant, Las Terrazas
FRIDAY, Lunch at Club Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos or similar / Dinner at chosen Casa Particular restaurant, Trinidad
SATURDAY, Lunch at Bodeguita del Medio Restaurant, Trinidad / Dinner at Local Private Restaurant, Trinidad
SUNDAY, Lunch at local restaurant, Santa Clara / Dinner at La Terraza Restaurant, Havana
TUESDAY, Museum of the Revolution, Havana
TUESDAY, Havana Club Rum Museum, Havana
TUESDAY, Old American Car Tour, Havana
TUESDAY, Cigar Factory, Havana
WEDNESDAY, Las Terrazas Nacional Park, Las Terrazas
WEDNESDAY, Soroa Botanical Gardens, Soroa
THURSDAY, Tobacco Drying House, Vinales Valley
THURSDAY, Guided Walk, Vinales Valley
SATURDAY, Romantic Museum, Trinidad
SATURDAY, Museum of the Fight Against the Bandits, Trinidad
SATURDAY, La Canchanchara, Trinidad
SUNDAY, Manaca Iznaga, Sugar Mill Valley, Trinidad
SUNDAY, Entrance to Tren Blindado Museum, Santa Clara
SUNDAY, Entrance to Che Guevara’s Museum and Mausoleum, Santa Clara
SUNDAY , Buena Vista Social Club Performance, Havana
Monday – Day 1
On arrival into Havana airport, there will be a warm welcome from the team and a transfer will take you to the specially chosen casa particular, situated in an excellent location in central Havana.
Depending on the time of your arrival, there may be the chance to take a wander through the local area and sample Havana’s amazing street life before retiring to bed ready for the tour ahead.
Tuesday – Day 2
Your morning will start with a visit to one of Havana’s famous working cigar factories to see first-hand how the world famous cigars are still hand rolled!
Continuing our unique tour of Havana we will head to the Museum of the Revolution, housed in the former Presidential Palace, the museum offers a fascinating insight into Cuba’s revolutionary history. After our visit we will head back into the sunshine for a fascinating, guided stroll through Old Havana, visiting the four famous historical squares, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas. Absorb the atmosphere and amazing vibrancy of Old Havana and explore the narrow bustling streets which many have described as walking through a film set!
At the end of an unforgettable tour, in which the guide will ensure you have seen the sights and a number of hidden, but fascinating locations away from the normal tourist route, you will have the chance to learn a little about the production of Cuba’s world famous rum at the Havana Club Rum Museum.
Lunch will be served in one of our favourite restaurant in Old Havana.
After lunch we will spend the afternoon exploring the other areas of central Havana in Old American cars!!! You will be chauffeur driven through the city in the most fantastic vehicles dating back to the 50s, a great way to enjoy this unique city!
The cars will take you to the impressive Revolution Square overlooked by the mural of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, through the downtown Vedado district of the city and past the elegant mansions and embassies in Miramar district before a spectacular drive along the “Malecon”, Havana’s seafront promenade.
The late afternoon will be free to enjoy Havana independently or relax at the casa.
We will enjoy dinner at La Fontana, one of Havana’s famous private restaurants a perfect spot after a day exploring the city. With great food and service, it’s a fitting end to a fabulous day.
After dinner, for the night owls there is an option to experience the famous Tropicana Cabaret, local Jazz or live music venue to experience some of Cuba’s unique sounds first hand.
Wednesday – Day 3
After breakfast, we leave Havana and head to Las Terrazas National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty which is protected as one of Cuba’s most important National Parks, we will visit the former coffee plantation houses where the guide will recount the history of Cuba’s coffee industry linked so closely to the slave trade.
Wander through the lakeside village, meet the local community and have a coffee in Maria’s coffee shop whilst the more adventurous can take an exhilarating zip wire ride through the tree tops and across the lake, quite an experience! (optional activity to be paid locally)
A short walk will take you along the San Juan River to an area of natural pools where it’s possible to swim, relax by the river, sunbathe or take a walk along the river banks.
After lunch a short journey will take us to the famous Soroa Botanical gardens, one of the largest in the Americas and the home of a large variety of orchids from around the globe, plus some amazing tropical vegetation and there will be some free time to explore the local area and perhaps take a stroll to the nearby Soroa waterfall.
Heading back to Las Terrazas dinner this evening will be taken at the Farmers House restaurant, in a lovely setting within the National Reserve and the home of a local farmer.
Thursday – Day 4
After breakfast we head west towards the immensely picturesque Vinales Valley, an area protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its outstanding natural beauty dominated by strange limestone mountain formations called “Mogotes” The valley is also the home of Cuba’s tobacco plantations and during your time in Vinales, there will be a visit to a typical tobacco drying house to see how the tobacco crops are turned into the world’s best cigars. Take a leisurely guided walk through the valley stopping off at a farmer’s house for coffee and explore the picturesque Vinales village.
A fabulous and unique organic lunch will be served at a local organic farm affording wonderful views across the valley and there will be a chance to tour the farm.
Leaving Vinales in the late afternoon we head back to Las Terrazas, possibly with time for a quick dip in the pool before another unique dinner tonight in the organic vegetarian restaurant close to the hotel in the village. The fascinating menu with the ingredients sourced locally will make it an interesting evening.
Friday – Day 5
After breakfast we will leave Las Terrazas and head past Havana and down the very “quiet” motorway towards the south coast of the island where our first stop will be to explore the French influenced small colonial city of Cienfuegos. Overlooking a picturesque bay on arrival we will take lunch and then take a stroll through the colonial centre and along the seafront “malecon” promenade.
Leaving Cienfuegos, we will head along the picturesque coast road to Trinidad, preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for a two night stay and dinner will await in one of our chosen Casa Particular restaurants!
Saturday – Day 6
After breakfast we will enjoy a comprehensive tour of the centre of Trinidad including visits to the Romantic Museum, depicting the lifestyle and architectural design of Trinidad’s colonial past and the Museum of the Fight Against the Bandits, which covers the revolutionary battles in the nearby Escambray mountains. Here, you can climb the bell tower for the very best views across Trinidad. Sample the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane cocktail at La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, beware its lovely but very strong!
The remainder of the afternoon will be free to relax in the city or perhaps take a taxi to the nearby Caribbean beach at Playa Ancon and enjoy the beach and even the sunset there.
Dinner tonight will be at a local private restaurant, it’s the final evening in Trinidad and also the weekend, therefore dancing to local live music is a must so feel free to visit one of Trinidad’s growing number of bars and listen to some excellent live music!
Sunday – Day 7
This morning we head to Sugar Mill valley where the 145ft Manaca Iznaga Tower stands as a silent witness to Cuba’s history of slavery where over 30.000 slaves worked in the sugar plantations overlooked by the tower! A ghostly visit!
Continuing the day, we make a brief stop in the centre of the picturesque town of Sancti Spritus, one of very few in Cuba with a river running through it and then head to Santa Clara, a city of major historical significance in Cuba. We will visit the final resting place of Che Guevara at the very symbolic Mausoleum with time to visit the museum dedicated to his life before continuing to “Tren Blindado”, the train that was attacked by Che Guevara in the last battle of the Cuban Revolution.
After lunch, perhaps have a snooze as we head back towards Havana for our last night on the tour.
After arriving into Havana, in the evening we will have another truly unique experience as we head to La Terraza at the Asturias Centre for an excellent dinner overlooking the famous Prado Boulevard.
Seats are reserved for the final night spectacular! A performance by the world famous Buena Vista Social Club in their home city Havana where dancing is guaranteed and the evening is a fitting finale to an unforgettable week exploring Cuba.
Monday – Day 8
Today is free for you to explore Havana independently, relax at the casa or leave Havana for Varadero, the Cayos or eastern Cuba.
For those leaving Cuba today, a transfer will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport for your departure flight home.
1359.00 USD per person based on two adults in one room including taxes (Land only).
Single supplement: 450. (Mandatory medical insurance not included)
SUGGESTED ADD ON: TROPICANA SHOW OFFER #2: 99.00 per adult
Enjoy the World famous Tropicana Show with preferred seating, welcome cocktail, ¼ bottle of Havana Club Rum and snacks. (Transportation to and from the show not included, voucher will be provided locally)
ADD ON: VARADERO AIRPORT – HAVANA HOTEL – VARADERO AIRPORT SHARED LAND TRANSFER: 50.00 per person