This is a tour of Cuba like no other! Led by the vivacious Nicole Muñoz, who has spent nearly four years living in Cuba and scouting out the island’s best-kept secrets, the tour is a perfect mix of the bucket list and the unexpected! You will see Cuba’s famous sites, cruise the streets of Havana in vintage cars, sip cool mojitos, and dance the nights away. You will be lucky enough to get an insider’s view of Cuba, meeting local people and visiting local sites that the average tourist in Cuba doesn’t usually have a chance to see. A perfect tour for those who want a fascinating, unique and totally authentic cultural experience!
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Welcome to Cuba! You will be met at the airport and chauffeured to your accommodation.
At 7pm there will be a welcome dinner where you meet your guide and tour leader and the other travellers in your group, along with an invited guest who will explain the history of Cuba while you enjoy an introduction to Creole cuisine. After the dinner, guests wishing to rest are able to retire to their rooms, and those who are not too tired are invited to dance the night away at an optional outing to a hot Havana night spot!
What better way to get to know the vibrant city of Havana than cruising its streets in an iconic vintage car! Your second day in Cuba begins with a panoramic city tour, where you will pass by some of Havana’s most important historical landmarks and intriguing locales.
After lunch, we’ll stroll down the main street of one of Havana’s most popular suburbs, Vedado, passing by famous landmarks, including the University of Havana, La Rampa, and the famous ice-cream institution, Coppelia, where you will feel as though you have stepped back in time! You will pass a number of wifi hotspots on the way (it has to be seen to be believed!) and then finally arrive at the luxurious grounds of Hotel Nacional to relax and enjoy the view and a refreshing and well deserved drink.
Tonight we will visit the home of the best mojitos in Cuba and you will be given a demonstration on how to make the perfect mojito by our very own expert! For those who wish to join in we also have an informal dance class where you can learn to shake and move like a local. In true Cuban style, we’ll have a real Cuban party with dominoes, dancing and plenty of food!
We start the morning with a wonderful display of Afro-Cuban dancing and how it relates to Cuba’s main religion Santeria.
We then enjoy the history and the colour of Old Havana as we wind our way through the streets and plazas seeing everyday Cuban life combined with the city’s breathtaking architecture including a visit to the Revolution Museum. We also stop at some of the locales made famous by Ernest Hemingway including the home of the Daiquiri, La Floridita where we will soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a refreshing drink!
The rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure.
Today you have the option to join your guide and tour leader for a trip to Playa del Este and swim in the Caribbean. Alternatively, spend the day at leisure exploring Havana!
Today we head to Viñales Valley, famous for being the country’s premium tobacco growing region. We first stop at the best vantage point for viewing the spectacular mountain ranges that surround the small town of Viñales.
We also visit the Cueva del Indio which is a cave where Cuba’s Indigenous Guanajatabey people built their homes. You will see relics of these nomadic people as you walk through the cave and then take a short boat ride to the end of the cave.
After lunch you are free to enjoy the afternoon and evening as you wish.
You also have the option to meet your guides tonight for a few drinks and some live music at the Centro Cultural Polo Montanez.
Today we have a truly authentic Viñales experience. We will be taken on horseback to the Viñales National Park where we will meet with the locals, learn their traditions, their way of life, the agriculture and how to make the perfect cigar from drying the leave to rolling! During the trip you will see the stunning landscapes, coffee and tobacco plantations. There is also a stop at a cave that has its own natural swimming hole where we can take a swim. Lunch will be a traditional campesino (farmer) lunch.
The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
We start early as we have a big journey to get us from Viñales to Trinidad. Trinidad is a one of a kind Spanish settlement with cobblestoned streets, colonial style mansions, horse drawn carriages and trovadores at every turn. Let’s explore this picturesque city on a walking tour when we arrive.
After dinner, there is an option to go with your guide and tour leader to the world famous ‘Casa de la Musica’ for a night of live music and performances by some of Cuba’s celebrated artists.
Commonly known as the Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos was declared a World Heritage site in 2005. Our city tour begins with a stroll down the promenade to the Jose Marti park where we have the pleasure of seeing the Casa de Cultura and the Tomas Terry Theatre. Here a horse drawn carriage awaits us for a panoramic tour from the centre of town to our drop off point at the stunning Cienfuegos Yacht Club where we will sit back and enjoy a refreshing drink. After lunch we will head to Palacio de Valle; an ornate palace built in 1917. From the roof top bar we can enjoy live music and views of the Caribbean sea.
From here we’ll head to Trinidad.
After dinner, we’ll meet on the steps of the Casa de la Musica for a night of live music, dance performances and rum!
Topes de Collantes is a nature reserve park in Escambray Mountain Range close to Trinidad. Today we will embark on a true adventure, riding in an old Russian truck up through the windy mountain roads where you will enjoy the spectacular scenery. Along with a typical local lunch at a ranch, we will go on a hike through the mountain ranges where you can enjoy getting in touch with nature and even taking a dip in one of the natural pools along the way.
Spend today at leisure in Trinidad. At 4.30pm we will meet back at the accommodation where you will be picked up and driven to Ancon Beach for a special private sunset beach party with our very own live band, plus local food and drinks. Remember to bring a towel and swimsuit if you want to take a dip in the water!
On the way back to Havana, we first make a stop at the town of Santa Clara. This charming little town is commonly referred to as the “City of Che” in honour of the world famous revolutionary figure, Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Here we will stop over at the Che Guevara Museum, where it is said that Che’s remains are buried. We also visit the Tren Blindado, a monument erected to commemorate one of the most important battles in the history of the Revolution.
Tonight we celebrate our last night together and toast to our wonderful memories!
Sadly all things must come to an end and today you will be chauffeured back to Havana airport for your flight home.