Central America Small Group Tour Explore Cuba

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$1299 per person
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10 days
Destination
Cuba
Travellers
2+

CAPTIVATING Explore Cuba Tour

This vivacious small group tour condenses many of the best sites, sounds and sensations of Cuba into a fun-filled 10 days. The rich history and culture will come to life as you begin your love affair with Cuba and the country is ready to open itself up to the world like never before.
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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!

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Havana, Cuba
Return Location
Havana, Cuba
Tour Start Date & Time
November 7, 2021 1:00 pm View other Times
Additional Information
Departs Sundays in 2021, 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
  • 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

Cuba will captivate you in a way that you are unlikely to have experienced before!

This 10-day Cuba small group tour will help you unlock the mysteries of Cuba’s cultural heritage and begin a love affair with this lively destination.

From the highlights of Havana and Cienfuegos, to vibrant Vinales and beautiful beaches, you’ll enjoy all that the island nation has to offer. There’s so much to see, do and experience in ten days that you’re bound to leave feeling both stimulated and relaxed.

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Trinidad, Cuba
Explore Trinidad and its amazing Cuban colonial architecture.

Special features

  • Experience Cuban hospitality at a Casa Particular
  • An English-speaking Cuban guide accompanies our Cuba group tours
  • Try out some sultry salsa steps & visit a Havana jazz club
  • Get curious exploring spellbinding Havana Veija, the magnificent old town
  • Enjoy a true Mojito with amazing views to match
  • Visit the final resting place of the immortalised Che Guevara
  • Immerse yourself in warm Caribbean waters
  • Take in the historic French-influenced architecture of Cienfuegos
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAYS 3 & 4
  • DAYS 5 & 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DAYS 9 & 10
DAY 1

HAVANA

There’s so much life in Havana, and yet this bustling city never feels overwhelming. The only difficult thing about the city is knowing where to start exploring. The best way for those on our 10 day Cuba group tour to get started is with a pair of comfortable walking shoes. The entire city is fascinating, but fortunately many of the main points of interest are within a fairly compact area. Take a leisurely stroll through Havana’s Old Town, with pauses for coffee (and Cuban coffee is amongst the best in the world), or for a magical mojito. The architecture of this part of the city is an attraction in itself. The first day of our 10 day Cuba group tours is the perfect way to ease yourself into Cuban life. You can even join your guide and fellow tour group members for dinner if you arrive in time.

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 an optional dinner with your guide and group.

DAY 2

CIENFUEGOS

We’ll show you Playa Girón, which is otherwise known as the Bay of Pigs. This was the site of the infamous failed invasion of Cuba. Its brutal history is nowhere to be seen, and it’s now an area of profound natural beauty. You’ll want to dive straight into that beautiful ocean, and don’t worry – there will be time.

While most of Cuba was settled by the Spanish, it was actually the French who made Cienfuegos into the city it is today. French migrants flocked to the area in the 1800’s and their architectural influence on the city is obvious. On some streets you might think you’re walking through Paris (although with infinitely better weather). At the entrance to the harbour you’ll see the Castillo de Jagua, an ancient fort that allowed the city to withstand the pirate attacks that were once common in Cuba. Many buildings in the town have been given UNESCO world heritage status, and you might think you’ve never seen such a beautiful town… until we show you some other places.

A harbour city by location, the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ has seduced Cuban travellers for years due to its elegance and beauty. 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 Cubas most important musicians in the first half of the 20th century. 

DAYS 3 & 4

TRINIDAD

While Che Guevara is synonymous with Cuba, his final days were actually spent in Bolivia. Cuba felt he needed a hero’s burial and memorial, and this is located in Santa Clara, to where his body was returned. Our 10 day Cuba group tours will take you to this remarkable spot near Trinidad. It was in Santa Clara that Guevara and his rebels successfully derailed a military train carrying weapons and ammunition to be used against Fidel Castro. This act was credited with winning the revolution.

After Santa Clara we’ll take you to remarkable Trinidad. Founded in 1514, the central parts of the city have been lovingly maintained, and you might wonder if you’ve been transported back in time. Many buildings are painted in sensational shades of colour, making Trinidad a true treat for the eyes. Trinidad was once the heart of Cuba’s sugar industry (and a lot of sugar cane is still processed here). You simply have to take a visit to the sugar district, where many of the old mills can be found. For a fairly small city, there’s an amazing amount of nightlife as well.

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 5 & 6

VINALES

Viñales is reasonably close to Havana, and has been popular with visitors for generations. In the heart of the Pinar del Rio valley, most of Cuba’s tobacco production takes place in and around Viñales. This is the place to see where those world famous cigars come from, and to get some for yourself.

The geography in the area is stunning, and the town is ringed by stark mogotes – small hills with sheer rock faces. All of our Cuba group tours offer you the chance to take salsa lessons, and Viñales is the best place to do this.

The nightlife is lively, but not as crowded as larger cities – just in case you don’t want to have an audience!

DAY 7

HAVANA

We’ll welcome you back to heavenly Havana for the last days of your tour. Your guides will be able to tell you about some amazing places to see that you might not have considered. On the afternoon of Day 7, you will take a tour of the city by classic car.

There are currently an estimated 60,000 pre-1960 American cars hurtling through Cuba today and before the embargo there were at least 150,000. Buicks, Chevys, and countless other cool-finned cruisers rumble down the crumbling streets of Havana, many abandoned by their American owners when they fled in 1959 and kept going by Cuban ingenuity. This iconic mode of transport is the perfect way to see wider Havana and a very different side of the city. Here you will be chauffeured around some of the most famous areas of Havana including New Havana, Old Havana, the affluent neighbourhood of Miramar and the famous cemetery of Colon.

DAY 8

WALKING TOUR OF OLD HAVANA AND CALLEJON DE HAMMEL

The best place to start any Havana experience is in the Old City. Havana’s Old City is one of the best preserved and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th century fortresses and countless churches. After breakfast your local guide will meet you at 9am at your hotel and take you on a walking tour of Old Havana and you will visit La Catedral San Cristobal de la Habana, described by the novelist Alejo Carpentier as ‘music set in stone’. You will also visit famous landmarks such as Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (now a restaurant) and the Plaza de Armas, complete with a statue of Manuel de Cespedes, one of the leaders of the independence movement. There are plenty of good museums to visit on the walking tour including Museo de la Revolucion and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Your guide will also give you the option to visit Saint Francis of Assisi Square, Arms Square, the Old Square and Cathedral Square.

On the walking tour you will experience a panoramic tour through the “Malecón”, the Revolution Square, Central Park, Opera House, Capitol building, former Bacardi Building and Museum of the Revolution, former Presidential Palace with plenty of opportunities for photos. You will also have the opportunity to have lunch at an authentic family-run Cuban restaurant (Paladar).

In the afternoon we recommend visiting Callejon de Hammel in central Havana. Callejon de Hammel is where the Cuban artist fraternity congregate, and is a wonderful place to experience day-to-day Cuban life. Located in central Havana, the alley is brightly decorated in Cuban sculptures, art and paintings. You might also be able to catch a glimpse of a dance exhibition or meet Lazaro Salsita, who opens his home to teach neighbourhood children the art of papier-mâché. Make sure you check out Local artist Salvador González Escalona’s neighbourhood makeover.

DAYS 9 & 10

CIGAR FACTORY AND RUM MUSEUM

When anyone mentions Cuba two of the first things that come to mind are Cigars and Rum cocktails, immortalised by Hemingway.

Cuba has a long history of producing the world’s best cigars and rum, and today you will be able to see for yourself how both of these famous exports are produced and learn all about their history and importance to Cuba’s economy. Visit the Havana Rum Museum, housed in a converted old Palace where you can see the production process for this valuable export. Of course you will have the chance to taste some good rum in the Havana Club and also buy some to take home with you.

The next stop might be the Hotel Conde de Villanueva, an attractively restored 18th century mansion in the historic centre of the city.  The hotel has one of the most popular cigar shops in town, and many people have personal humidors here to store their precious cigars.  Here you will meet a “torcedor” or cigar roller, who will answer all your questions while you watch him go about his special craft.  At the end of the demonstration you can do a cigar and coffee tasting, and buy some of the freshly-rolled cigars.

From here you will go to visit el Floridita, one of Hemingway’s favourite bars to sample a genuine Cuban daiquiri before moving on to the Partagas Cigar Factory where  the mystique behind cigar making will be revealed, and you will find out why Cuban cigars are so revered.  Even non-smokers and teetotallers will enjoy the tour and get a deeper understanding of the history and culture of this fascinating city.

Please note that Day 10 is the 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.
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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This trip will leave you feeling stimulated and relaxed at the same time! This small group tour includes all your accommodation in local B&B's, as well as transport by minivan, taxi and local bus. 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 – Sundays 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, and taxi.

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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Email [email protected]. Phone 1300 168 910 (in Australia) or +61 400 226 454 (from overseas or via mobile).

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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.

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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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      Explore Cuba

      Price
      $1299 per person
      Duration
      10 days
      Destination
      Cuba
      Travellers
      2+

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