Central America Small Group Tour Best of Cuba

Price
$1999 per person
Duration
15 days
Destination
Cuba
Travellers
2+

CULTURE & HISTORY Best of Cuba Tour

Experience the best of Cuban culture, historic sites and picture-perfect landscapes on this special small group tour. Local guides will ensure you're looked after all the way, plus have plenty of time to explore at your leisure. This immersive trip is all about getting to know Cuba, meeting and interacting with a cross-section of locals, each with their own story to tell and experiences to share.
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This small group tour is escorted by an English-speaking Cuban guide and you'll get to experience Cuban hospitality by staying at local B&Bs. It's all about authentic and memorable local experiences as you have fun exploring Havana's old town, navigate the winding colonial streets of Camaguey, view the historic French-influenced architecture of Cienfuegos and salsa the night away in Santiago de Cuba!

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Havana, Cuba
Return Location
Havana, Cuba
Tour Start Date & Time
November 1, 2021 1:00 pm View other Times
Additional Information
Departs Mondays in 2021 and Sundays in 2022 & 2023: Contact us for your preferred departure date. Small Group Tour: Minimum 2 people and maximum 12 travellers.
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Airport meet and greet
  • Daily breakfast
  • Fully escorted tour
  • Internal flights
  • Observation and participation in included activities
  • Small group tour
Price does not include
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • International flights
  • Meals, unless expressly states
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates. Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: We can book hotels for you in Havana. Flights: We can arrange international flights from Australia - please request a special airfare quote. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask us for a quote.

Tour overview

This small group tour helps you discover the real Cuba, with local accommodation and uniquely Cuban experiences!

Your 15-day Cuba group tour will take you all over this enchanting island, allowing you to get to know the country’s inhabitants and find out what makes this remarkable place tick.

From the highlights of Havana and Trinidad, to colonial Camaguey and Baracoa, you will enjoy all that the island nation has to offer. The only difficult part of the tour is when it comes to an end and it’s time to say goodbye!

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Cuban woman
Meet the people of Cuba, each with their own story to tell and experiences to share.

Special features

  • Experience Cuban hospitality at a Casa Particular
  • A Local English-speaking Cuban guide accompanies our Cuba group tours
  • Lose yourself in the winding colonial streets of Camaguey
  • Dance the night away in Santiago de Cuba
  • Get curious exploring the spell-binding Havana Veija
  • Soak up the picturesque underwater landscape at the Bay of Pigs
  • Visit the final resting place of the immortalised Che Guevara
  • Take in the historic French-influenced architecture of Cienfuegos
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAYS 3, 4 & 5
  • DAYS 6 & 7
  • DAYS 8 & 9
  • DAYS 10, 11 & 12
  • DAYS 13, 14 & 15
DAY 1

HAVANA

Known as the capital of fun during the 40’s and 50’s, this spellbinding city immediately captures the curiosity of her many visitors. But where do you start? We recommend those booked on our 15 Day Cuba Group Tour put on your walking shoes and take in Havana’s rich history, grand monuments, world famous cigars and scrumptious cocktails. You can easily get lost in Havana Vieja (old Havana), the old city of cobble stoned alleyways and colonial buildings, ancient squares and noted churches. The perfect day to get your bearings and meet your guide and group for an optional evening meal.

Please note that the first day of the tour is a joining day with no formal activities planned. We do organise your accommodation for this evening and a optional dinner with your guide and group.

DAY 2

CIENFUEGOS

Stop off at Playa Girón/ Bay of Pigs, long associated with the USA’s first military failure in Latin America. The natural beauty of this area is stunning, with cave systems, coral formations and an abundance of sea life making it a must for snorkelers, divers and ocean lovers alike.

If Cuba had a Paris then it would probably be Cienfuegos, which stands out for its rich French-influenced architecture. A harbour city by location, the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ has seduced Cuban travellers for years due to its elegance and beauty. Founded in 1819 by Don Luis de Clouet, Cienfuegos luckily managed to remain free of pirate attacks, allowing this popular city to prosper. Explore the wide streets and promenades or enjoy a walk by the Malecon, the longest promenade on the island.“Cienfuegos is the city I like the best”, wrote Beni More, one of Cuba’s most important musicians in the first half of the 20th century. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.

DAYS 3, 4 & 5

TRINIDAD

Stop at the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial in Santa Clara, where Che’s remains are immortalized following their discovery in Bolivia in 1997. Santa Clara holds a special place in Cuban history, where in December 1958, Commander Ernesto Che Guevara led his revolutionary rebels in the derailment of the armoured train carrying the ammunition Batista had sent to defeat Fidel – the revolution was won.

Then it’s on to the favourite destination of many a traveller to Cuba. Trinidad was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez and is considered a jewel in Cuban colonial architecture. For some, Trinidad is a living museum, stuck in the time of Cuba’s first War of Independence when local sugar plantations were devastated by fire. The vibrant colours and soulful music littered along cobbled streets will simply take your breath away.

Take the opportunity to visit a local waterfall, historic sugar mill or one of Cuba’s best beaches – Playa Ancon. An evening at one of Trinidad’s effervescent music venues is a must!

DAYS 6 & 7

CAMAGUEY

Don’t get lost in “La Ciudad Confusa” (the maze)! The labyrinth of winding streets and alleys of Cuba’s third largest city shouldn’t be enough to put you off visiting the beguiling city of Camaguey – a city built to confuse pirates.

With its large number of squares and parks, colonial architecture and enriched spiritual persona, Camaguey is a mecca for Cuban arts and culture. Plan a visit to a famous historical landmark or explore a myriad of art galleries and handicraft exhibits – it’s entirely up to you! There are also some of Cuba’s best beaches close by at Playa Santa Lucia.

A guided tour on the back of a bicycle taxi is our gift to you!

DAYS 8 & 9

SANTIAGO DE CUBA

The second largest city in Cuba is surely its most dynamic. With a myriad of ethnicities calling Santiago home, it’s hard not to get swept away in its joyous and prepossessing surroundings. Plus its music and dance scene is quite possible the best in Cuba.

As the most Caribbean of Cuban destinations with a backdrop of mountains and rugged terrain, Santiago de Cuba has many things to show off and be proud of. It is the hub of most of the music genres in Cuba and the locals are hospitable, resourceful and virtuous. Make sure you visit one of Santiago de Cuba’s famous tobacco factories when in town and take in a famous music venue or two in the evening on your 15 Day Cuba Group Tour.

DAYS 10, 11 & 12

BARACOA

Cuba's first colonial capital, Baracoa is set amongst a mixture of palm, chocolate and banana trees. It is a land blessed with many rivers and a healthy annual rain fall, that has worked to create some of the most lush vegetation and rainforest you will ever encounter. The town has remained relatively unchanged over the years, with several houses dating back to the 19th century and a system of colonial fortifications that includes Matachin Fort and La Punta Fort.

From Baracoa there are many outdoor excursions to go on, each making use of its beautiful surroundings. Explore the bountiful rivers in the area or go boating between the tall cliffs at the mouth of Yumuri River. You can also see over 900 species of endemic flora, including around 360 that are found only in this area.

Baracoa's cuisine is world famous in Cuba and a BBQ group lunch is the best way to sample the delicious local produce.

DAYS 13, 14 & 15

HAVANA

Back in Havana you have the opportunity to explore some more and experience Cuban nightlife one last time. A full day tour of the city including time in a classic American car is included as part of your 15 Day Cuba Group Tour – enjoy!

Please note that Day Fifteen is the tour departure day with no activities planned, meaning you are free to depart at any time.

More about Cuba

Enchanting Cuba, or officially the Republic of Cuba, is one of the most influential countries of the Caribbean region. It has captivated visitors for centuries. From the Spanish explorers who realised its value, to the millions of tourists who in more recent decades have fallen for the charms of this unique holiday destination. No visit to Cuba is complete without engaging in the lively culture, enthralling history and breathtaking beauty of this evocative and vibrant Caribbean island. While progress can be slow here, recent economic and political transformations in Cuba suggest that it's a great time to visit. Saunter down the old streets of Trinidad, discover Havana’s secrets behind the facades of old colonial buildings and embrace the cool sway of Santiago de Cuba. Pristine beaches, salsa dancing, infamous pirates and Che are all part of what will excite, enthuse and enlighten in Cuba.
This small group tour is escorted by an English-speaking Cuban guide and you'll get to experience Cuban hospitality by staying at local B&Bs. It's all about authentic and memorable local experiences as you have fun exploring Havana's old town, navigate the winding colonial streets of Camaguey, view the historic French-influenced architecture of Cienfuegos and salsa the night away in Santiago de Cuba!

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Most travellers who go to Cuba can't wait to go back! This comprehensive small group tour includes all your accommodation in local B&B's, as well as transport by minivan, taxi, local bus and an internal flight. English-speaking local guides look after you throughout the trip and there's plenty of free time to explore at your leisure. This small group departs with a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 12 passengers.

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The brochure includes details of the inclusions, itinerary (where applicable) and other relevant travel information. Information contained in the brochure is subject to change and at the time of booking you will be provided with an updated copy that includes the current details for your reservation.

Tour departures

This tour departs Havana:

2021 – Mondays in November & December
2022 & 2023 – Sundays in February, March, April, October, November & December

Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability.

Tour start time

The start time listed for this tour is 1:00pm but this is a guide only and will be confirmed by our office.

If you book international flights, you will be advised of your flight details and check-in times when your booking is confirmed.

Accommodation:

This tour stays in Casa Particulars. A Casa Particular is a Cuban Homestay or B&B.

Staying in a Casa Particular is a brilliant way of immersing yourself in the life and culture of fascinating Cuba. When you choose a Casa Particular for your accommodation, you will meet the local people on a one-to-one basis and get a rare glimpse into the everyday life of ordinary people in Cuba. In addition, your host or hostess will be able to advise you on all things Cuban – the best restaurants, the best music and Salsa venues and any seasonal attractions that are only known to the locals!

At the end of your stay in Havana we like to use Casa Particular accommodation in Havana Centro or Havana Vieja. Please note that a lot of the best Casa’s in these areas are up several flights of stairs. If these stairs are likely to cause you problems, just let us know ahead of time and we will source a suitable alternative.
You are welcome to request extra pre or post tour accommodation on any of our Cuba group tours. Please let us know at the time of booking and we can advise rates.

Is this tour for me?

Our group tours are perfect for those who want the freedom and flexibility to travel at their own pace, along with the security, camaraderie and cultural insight that comes from travelling with a local English-speaking guide and small group.

Airport transfers

We include an airport transfer on arrival for all of our Cuba group tours. On departure, your local Cuban guide will help organise your transfer at market rates (no commission).

Transportation

On our Cuba group tours, we use a mixture of private transportation, local Viazul bus, taxi and an internal flight (Baracoa to Havana). Please note that on occasions, due to flight availability, the group might need to be transported to Santiago de Cuba or Holguin to fly from there.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, sea or river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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The My Travel Experience team are travel experts and we're here to help you enjoy the best holiday - from the time you start to plan your trip until the day you return home. We are only a phone call or email away whenever you need us, so please contact us today with any questions.

Email hello@mytravelxp.com. Phone 1300 168 910 (in Australia) or +61 400 226 454 (from overseas or via mobile).

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Pay Less to Book
New bookings on this tour only need to pay AU$210 per person deposit to confirm your tour reservation.

Flexible Booking: Pay 21 Days Before Departure
The due date for the final balance of payment for this tour is reduced to 21 days prior to the departure date. This gives greater flexibility, reduces risk and means you won't lose your money by locking in a great deal early.

No Change Fees
If you do need to alter your booking, until 21 days before departure there will be no change or penalty fees. Changes can include: the tour, departure date, destination and passenger name changes.

How it works
Notify us in writing at least 21 days before your departure if you are unsure about travelling and you will be given the option to keep any monies paid toward the original booking as Future Travel Credit, usable on a tour departing until 31 December 2022.

If you change to a trip or departure that is more expensive than your original booking, you will need to cover the difference in price. If the trip or departure is less expensive than the original, a Future Travel Credit will be issued for the difference.

If you wish to make a change with less than 21 days to your departure date, standard Booking Terms & Conditions apply.

From $999
Cuba is opening itself up to the world like never before and now's a great time to consider adding this Caribbean island to you travel wish list. Don't speak Spanish? No problem, this small group tour is escorted by an English-speaking guide. Together you will have eight fun-filled days packed with memorable moments, like wandering through the gorgeous cobblestoned streets of Trinidad, discovering the magic of Havana and maybe trying out your salsa moves!
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It's all about authentic and memorable local experiences on this small group tour of Cuba. Don't speak Spanish? No problem, the tour is escorted by an English-speaking guide. Experience Cuban hospitality by staying at local B&Bs, explore Havana's old town, visit the resting place of Che Guevara, view the historic French-influenced architecture of Cienfuegos and enjoy a real Mojito with amazing views to match!
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Best of Cuba

Price
$1999 per person
Duration
15 days
Destination
Cuba
Travellers
2+

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