Havana
Vinales
Cienfuegos
Trinidad
Santa Clara

Meet the real Cuba. In the west central part of the island, you'll learn about Cuba's history, traditions and rich culture, while meeting the local people and familiarizing yourself with local artists. You will travel parts of this itinerary by jeep, driven by your private driver/guide. It's a great way to explore the less travelled paths, enabling you to engage with authentic Cuba.

Departure days: Sunday through Thursday departure works best for this tour. Any other departure day is possible, however, the program may have to be adjusted, due to Sunday closing of the Hemingway house and the vintage car workshop (included in the “Exploring the city in a vintage car” program).

From $ 1865 Per Person
(based on double occupancy)
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Individuals are authorized to travel to Cuba under a General License (general authorization) for “group people-to-people” travel if they, travel under the auspices of a U.S. organization and they adhere to a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba and which are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities. Persons relying on this authorization must bring a copy of their Certification and itinerary with them and maintain these records, as well as any other record related to the program, for 5 years. Travelers are required to participate in all scheduled activities on the tour.

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Day 1: Arrival Havana

★ Meet and greet at Havana International Airport on arrival day, including our VIP services.
★ Our airport representative will meet you at the gate and direct you to Preferential Immigration, the customs booth for VIP Lounge clients, diplomats and airline crew.
★ Use of the VIP lounge at Havana airport, while your luggage is taken care of.
★ Private transfer to Havana City.
★ Our Tour escort will meet you at your accommodation.
★ In Havana, you will be staying five nights in a hotel. We also offer a selection of Casas Particulares, B&B, Cuban Style. These can be booked on request.
★ In Havana, you will have 24/7 assistance from our concierge representatives. Our team can assist you with making reservations for the paladares. A paladar is a privately owned, in-home restaurant where you can learn more about authentic Cuban cuisine. Paladares are a unique example of economic reform in Cuba. Today, they’re home to some of the country’s most innovative and enterprising young chefs, putting a modern twist on traditional, classic recipes.

Upon arrival in Cuba you will receive (per booking):
★ 100 CUC (the local currency): to help you get out and about into your first day. This will prevent you from standing around, waiting to exchange cash in the airport.
★ WiFi scratch card: wherever you find WiFi available, you’ll be able to log on using this card.
★ Phone & charger (on loan): the phone comes pre-installed with numbers for our local representatives. It also contains 45 CUC of calling/texting credit.

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Day 2: Havana – Exploring the city in a vintage car

Morning program:
★ Breakfast.
★ At 09:30AM, our concierge representative will meet you at your accommodation for a briefing.
★ At 10:00AM, start of the city program.
★ You will step into a vintage car, driven by your private driver, to explore Havana and cover all important landmarks.
★ Explore historical La Habana Vieja, a part of town founded in the 16th century, on a guided walk. Have exchanges with the locals in what is nowadays like an incredible open-air museum of architecture, art and culture. Learn more about the history of the area while strolling along the narrow colonial streets and interacting with the Cubans. There are many private enterprises, and you will see how the new Cuba is gradually being shaped.  
★ Lunch. Your table is booked at a paladar. Lunch is on your own. You can pay the restaurant directly in CUC.

Afternoon program:
You will visit a workshop where battered 50’s cars are lovingly restored into glamorous automobiles that each have a name; Madonna reputedly was carried away by “Nadine.” This is a family-run business that grew out of a passion for vintage cars. It is a typical example of cuentapropista (entrepreneurship) and offers visitors an opportunity to see examples of successful local enterprise in Cuba. Private enterprise is allowed in Cuba within limits. Learn more about this while the owner of this company, once a taxi driver, tells you his story.

Evening:
For the evening, there are many options. Our recommendation:
★ Visit the cultural project Fábrica del Arte Cubano (Thursday – Sunday, from 08:00PM).
For a fantastic opportunity to learn more about contemporary Cuban art and culture and really interact with local cultural figures, visit the cultural project Fábrica del Arte Cubano (FAC), the Cuban Art Factory. Founded in 2014, it serves to promote the work of some of Cuba’s unknown, albeit rising, modern artists, painters, photographers, musicians, and playwrights. The project is the brainchild of internationally renowned Cuban musician, X Alfonso, whose collaborative multimedia works with other artists sparked his desire to open a local arts space. The Cuban Art Factory hosts several galleries and performance spaces, and you will be able to enjoy exhibitions, live music, and performances by Cuba’s emerging artists, who all address social and cultural topics in their works. Insider tip: combine this visit with dinner at the privately owned restaurant, El Cocinero, next door.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3: Havana - Hemingway's Tale & Trail

★ Breakfast.
★ At 09:30AM, start of the Hemingway’s Tale & Trail program.
Delve into literary history by visiting Ernest Hemingway’s house. The writer lived in Cuba on and off for 20 years, and his Finca Vigia is where he wrote some of his most famous novels.
The tour includes plenty of opportunities to both learn about Cuba’s history and engage with today’s Cuba.
★ Visit the Finca Vigia where Hemingway wrote his famous novel, The Old Man and the Sea, and other works. The interior has remained intact, as if Ernest had just left the house for a break in between writing.
★ Explore Cojimar, the sleepy seaside village that served as inspiration and setting for The Old Man and the Sea. Meet today’s fishermen.  See how the locals now live, on a walking tour, which also takes you to Hemingway’s statue, made from old anchors and tools collected by local fishermen. You will also be treated to a cocktail in the restaurant, Las Terrazas, the preferred hangout of the author.
★ Visit Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana. You may peek inside room 511, where Hemingway used to stay in the 1930s.
★ Visit the restaurant-bars where Hemingway used to enjoy his favourite drinks, “My mojito in la Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.”
★ After the Hemingway’s Tale & Trail program, the literary theme continues, as you visit Havana’s first genuine antique bookstore, run by a young entrepreneur. Be welcomed in this shop. There is a wonderful selection of old artefacts. Delve into gathered piles where you may find rare collectibles including old coins, postcards, posters, magazines and art deco signs from the 1930s.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Lunch during the Hemingway tour is on your own, at a restaurant and location of your own choice in Cojimar or in Havana Old City. You can pay the restaurant directly in CUC.

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Day 4: Exploring the Viñales Valley – Jeep private tour

Explore life in the Cuban countryside. You will be driven to the verdant area of the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a drive of about 2 hours, the landscape becomes greener. The relative plain turns into a nature sculpture of karst formations, called mogotes - robust, capped mountains, sometimes almost square. They surround a lovely valley with rich, red earth and majestic palm trees. This is one of Cuba’s most fertile areas and where some of the world’s best tobacco is grown, harvested, dried and processed. Some of the finest Cuban cigars are produced here. Highlights include a visit to a Casa del Veguero, a Tobacco Farmer’s House, providing a mini-education on traditional tobacco farming. Learn about the evolution of life in the Sierra de los Órganos (mountain range) where the valley is located. There is an awe-inspiring panoramic view from a lookout point. Interact with the locals as they play dominoes or go about their daily routines. Your English-speaking guide can assist with translation as you learn about the peaceful farm life of rural Cuba. A delicious homemade lunch will be served in a paladar.
Return to Havana for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 5: Private Jeep Tour to Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Santa Clara

The next two days will be spent outside of Havana. Explore more of Cuba, by jeep, with numerous occasions to meet the locals and learn about their way of life.
★ Cienfuegos: This charming port city is a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s also known as the ”Pearl of the South.” Visit the Palacio del Valle and the Central Park with the Terry Theatre, a 19th-century architectural gem.
★ El Nicho: Learn about another side of Cuba’s landscape at this mountainous nature reserve with cascading waterfalls. “El Reino de las Aguas” is a gentle two-kilometer (1.2 miles) hiking trail.
★ Trinidad: Experience more of the island’s history in Cuba’s best preserved colonial city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This picture-perfect cobbled stone town truly reflects life in Spanish colonial times.
★ Santa Clara: This is another opportunity to find out more about Cuba’s history, as this city is synonymous with Ernesto “Che” Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. You will visit the museum and Guevara’s impressive mausoleum.
★ Overnight at a Casa Particular in Trinidad.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Cuba Tour – Day 5 - Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara
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Day 6: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana

Today, the activities included in the two-day tour by jeep continue, with plenty of opportunities to engage with the locals and explore the island’s history.
★ Head, by jeep, to the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills. Trinidad owes its existence to the sugar industry which flourished between the late 18th and 19th century. The Manaca Iznaga tower, 44 meters (144 feet) high, was built in 1750, next to a hacienda, to control the slaves. Today, after climbing the stairs, it reveals striking panoramas of the surrounding area. Trinidad and this valley are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
★ Raise your glasses at the most famous bar in Trinidad, La Canchánchara. It is housed in a mansion, dating from 1723, and named after a regional drink made from lemon juice, honey and rum that is served in glazed ceramic pots.
★ The way back to Havana includes a city tour of Santa Clara with a visit to the Che Guevara Memorial.
★ The tour ends after the visit in Santa Clara with a return to Havana for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 7: Homebound

★ Breakfast.
★ Private transfer from your accommodation to Havana International airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Meals not included in this itinerary are on your own. You can pay the restaurants directly in CUC.

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From $ 1865 - Per Person
7 days / 6 nights
The final price depends on travel dates, availability of the hotels and the services that may be included.