Havana
Bay of Pigs
Cienfuegos City
Topes de Collantes
Trinidad
Sancti Spiritus City
Santa Clara
Varadero
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The tour starts in the vibrant capital Havana, where you cruise the century old city in a vintage car. Then continue into the heart of Cuba on different wheels, by jeep, a fantastic trip that leads through spectacular nature. You’ll be able to explore serene country villages and you might stop to hike through forests or swim in rivers and natural pools.
You travel with your private driver/guide. Lodging is in smaller hotels and ‘casa particulares’, B&B Cuban Style.

Itinerary

U.S. regulations permit U.S. citizens and residents to travel to Cuba only if they satisfy the requirements of one of 12 authorized categories of travel. One of the most widely used categories is called “people-to-people” travel. Individuals traveling under the “people-to-people” category must have a full-time schedule of activities of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba and that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities.
Some of the activities in this itinerary are structured to satisfy this requirement. During the part of the day when there are no activities included in the program, the full-time schedule requirement can be met by having meaningful interactions with Cuban nationals in a variety of settings of the travelers’ choosing. Even though Cuba Travel Network is assisting in satisfying this requirement by creating itineraries that bring you in direct contact with the Cuban people, Cuba Travel Network does not operate these programs and it is the responsibility of each traveler to make certain that they have a full-time schedule of activities of educational exchange activities that result in meaningful interaction between themselves and individuals in Cuba.

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Day 1: 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.
★ Luggage assistance.
★ Private transfer to Havana City.

Meals: You can opt for lunch or dinner at leisure.

Upon arrival in Cuba you will receive:
★ 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.

Cuba Tour – Day 1 - Havana
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Day 2: Havana – Private City Tour in a Vintage car

Private city tour in a vintage car (3-4 hours):
★ Guided walk through historical ‘La Habana Vieja,’ founded in the 1Dth century, nowadays an incredible open air museum of architecture, art and culture. Stroll along the narrow colonial streets while vintage automobiles pass by.
★ Sightseeing in modern day Havana, covering all important landmarks.
★ Time for a drink in style in the iconic ‘Nacional de Cuba’ hotel, where you may sip a cocktail in the palm filled gardens where presidents, movie stars and celebrities have gathered since the 1930s.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
In compliance to regulations for U.S. citizens travelling to Cuba, it is required that you have a full-time schedule. During the part of the day that there are no activities included in the tour, the full-time schedule can be met by having People-to-People meaningful interactions with Cuban nationals. This, for example, can be a visit to a ‘paladar’ (private restaurant), a market, a museum, the ‘malecon’ (boulevard), or taking a taxi.

For the evening there are many options. Our recommendations:
★ Dine like a local in a ‘paladar’, where you can enjoy Cuban cuisine.
★ Visit the cultural project ‘Fábrica del Arte Cubano’ (FAC), the Cuban Art Factory, where the artists meet the public. The project, brainchild of internationally renowned Cuban musician X Alfonso, is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Institute of Music. Insider tip: combine this visit with dinner at privately owned restaurant El Cocinero next-door.
★ Cabaret Tropicana! The one and only ‘paradise under the stars.’ An extravaganza that will appeal to all of your senses. Expect Big Band, crooners, fabulous dancers, over the top costumes and more within an exotic setting. The grand show starts at 10pm. Our local assistants can make a reservation for you.

Meals: Breakfast

Cuba Tour – Day 2 - Havana
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Day 3: Havana - Rio Canimar - Ciénaga de Zapata – distance by jeep about 150 miles

You will be picked up at your hotel in Havana at 8am. The journey will lead you along very scenic areas, alongside dikes, rivers, quarries, sugarcane fields, palm trees, valleys, caves and rural villages. Today’s trip includes:
★ Lunch at the recreation area La Arboreta along the beautiful Canímar River, with time for sailing or horseback riding
★ Touring through Matanzas province and the Cienaga de Zapata Nature Park and wetland, at the Bay of Pigs.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Cuba Tour – Day 3 - Bay of Pigs
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Day 4: Ciénaga de Zapata - Caleta Buena - Cienfuegos - distance by jeep about 105 miles

Explore the beautiful nature park before spending time on the shores of the Bay of Pigs. Then drive along the Juragua coast to Cienfuegos, the ‘Pearl of the South’, founded in 1819 by French and French-Louisiana immigrants. Today, its neoclassical architecture has earned it UNESCO recognition. The day includes:
★ Visit to a parrot and crocodile farm
★ Boat trip over Laguna del Tesora, a replica aboriginal settlement
★ Jeep tour of Ciénaga de Zapata Nature Park and surrounding villages
★ Lunch at Caleta Buena on the Bay of Pigs, with time for swimming or snorkeling
★ Overnight in Cienfuegos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cuba Tour – Day 4 - Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos City
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Day 5: Cienfuegos - Cumanayagua - El Nicho - Topes de Collantes - distance by jeep about 55 miles

Head into the mountains today, over country roads, and end up in the charming village of Topes de Collantes 2600 feet above sea level. Today’s trip includes:
★ Hike through El Nicho ecopark to Salto de Agua, where you can swim in natural pools
★ Lunch in El Nicho
★ Overnight in Topes de Collantes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cuba Tour – Day 5 - Topes de Collantes
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Day 6: Topes de Collantes - Guanayara - Trinidad - distance by jeep about 30 miles

Swimming under a waterfall? That’s on today’s agenda after a beautiful riverside hike. The full itinerary includes:
★ Hike the Centinelas del Rio Melodioso (“Sentinels of the Melodic River”) path along the Guanayara River to the El Rocio waterfall
★ Lunch at farmhouse-turned-restaurant, la Casa de la Gallega
★ Visit local coffee house and learn about the region’s high-quality coffee plantations
★ Overnight in Trinidad. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cuba Tour – Day 6 - Trinidad
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Day 7: Trinidad - Banao - Sancti Spíritus - distance by jeep about 65 miles

Time to explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Trinidad and then the lesser-known but equally beautiful Sancti Spiritus, a quiet colonial town. Today includes:
★ Visit to Trinidad, with time to stroll the streets of this colonial village as well as see the city museum
★ Stop at Valle de los Ingenios and learn about the Slave Trade and historic sugar industry
★ Stop at eco-reserve Lomas de Banao for a lakeside hike and swim
★ Overnight in Sancti Spiritus. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cuba Tour – Day 7 - Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus City
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Day 8: Sancti Spíritus – Santa Clara - distance by jeep about 65 miles

The journey continues northwards as you travel over rural roads lined with tobacco plantations, fields of sugarcane and other crops. Along the way, you will pass several small towns and rural villages.
★ Stop at Jobo Rosado reserve, with homemade juices and a local tour
★ Overnight in Santa Clara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cuba Tour – Day 8 - Santa Clara
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Day 9: Santa Clara – Varadero - distance by jeep 130 miles

The final day of the tour means a visit to the mausoleum of Ernesto Che Guevara and his comrades before a drive through sugar plantations to Varadero, where you will stay in a lovely hotel, right at the beach.
★ Tour of Santa Clara
★ Visit to Che Guevara mausoleum, where Guevara and his comrades are interred next to an eternal flame

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cuba Tour – Day 9 - Varadero, Santa Clara
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Day 10: Homebound
★ Private transfer from your hotel to the airport.
Cuba Tour – Day 10 - Havana

Your Tour Includes


Cuba Culture & The Great Outdoors
From $ 2445 - Per Person
10 days / 9 nights
The final price depends on travel dates, availability of the hotels and the services that may be included.