Colorful Cuba: Culture, Cars & More

There is no place like Cuba. Its roots remain in a simpler time, encapsulating memories of a bygone era. Cuba is the romance of Hemingway, the sounds of Afro-Caribbean music amidst decaying colonial grandeur, the smell of the ocean & tropical fruit, & the taste of world-class tobacco & rum. From the rooftops of Havana, the rhythm of El Malecónto, the cascading waterfalls of Trinidad, and the otherworldly magic of Viñales, the energy, and natural beauty of Cuba capture the heart and mind. Discover a dream that once seemed impossible!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Havana Arrival

Havana Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Tour: Havana Welcome Tour & Dinner
  • Accommodation: La Reserva Vedado
  • Meals: D

Welcome to Cuba! You will be picked up at the airport in Havana and transferred to your hotel. Before arriving at your hotel, you will stop at a currency exchange center to exchange your cash. (This service is on a private basis.)

Havana Welcome Tour & Dinner

Start your tour in Havana by stepping back in time and immersing yourself in the iconic and historic Old Havana with your guide. Explore and discuss real Cuban life and its many wonders. You will get to see places such as Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Taller de Gráfica, a local store where Cubans use the ration card, local tenements called Solares, and more.

Afterward, kick-off your cultural immersion on a private terrace with fresh-made mojitos and live local musicians playing Cuban classics. Explore a must-see Cuban art installation and the center of Havana nightlife with your guide.

Tonight, you will be dining at one of Havana’s trendiest restaurants Tierra, serving international food, located inside the VIP section of the famous Fábrica de Arte Cubano. After dinner, mingle with local artists and musicians and enjoy live music from an elevated VIP seating area. The dress code is casual island chic (jeans and a fashionable shirt for men. A casual dress, pants, or skirt for women). (This service is on a private basis.)

Havana

Life in La Havana passes by surrounded by music, tradition, culture, national monuments, and natural attractions of immeasurable value. Dances and Cuban "sones" spread to each one to this land's children and to those who visit it as well; customs and traditions remain untouched and join new national and international celebrations to amaze visitors that plan a visit to La Havana, making it their Caribbean destination.

Havana, the Cuban capital city, is located on the western side of Cuba, and even when it is the smallest of all the provinces, it's over 2,000,000 inhabitants make it Cuba's most populated one. Throughout its 15 districts, particularly in Playa, Plaza de la Revolucion, Centro Habana, Habana del Este, and Old Havana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982), travelers will find numerous places of architectural, cultural and tourist interest. Visiting Havana is something you can do all year long. Warm weather most of the year, with temperatures that range from 68 to 85°F, is the perfect incentive to explore the city. You can even plan your trips to La Havana to attend events such as the famous Havana Carnival, the International Ballet Festival of Havana, and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (at the Hotel Nacional). In addition to congresses and symposiums of international reach that take place in the many spaces and venues for conventions and events of La Havana.

Day 2: Havana

Havana
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Museo de Bellas Artes, El Gran Teatro, Cultural Immersion, & Tropicana
  • Accommodation: La Reserva Vedado
  • Meals: B, L, D

Museo de Bellas Artes, El Gran Teatro, Cultural Immersion, & Tropicana

After a hearty breakfast, head on over to the Museum of Bellas Artes! View historic Cuban art not found anywhere else in the world. The visually stunning Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes(National Museum of Fine Arts), provides meaningful context to Cuba and its people. Next, visit the El Gran Teatro Nacional. This architectural beauty offers some of the best Cuban music, theater, and classical dance. Take some time to appreciate a visit to this famous Opera House. Enjoy lunch in El del Frente. An inspiring and bright design-centric atmosphere with handcrafted cocktails and excellent modern cuisine.

After a delicious lunch, discover the sights and sounds of a vibrant neighborhood through the eyes of a local tastemaker. Get an experience exclusive access to local characters, secret spaces, and an inspiring view of Cuban culture that tourists rarely see. Next, head on over to your hotel to freshen up before dinner at La Guarida. Merely the best quintessentially Cuban ambiance, serving international food and Cuban specialty dishes. Casual island-chic dress code suggested (jeans and a fashionable shirt for men. Casual dress, pants, or skirt for women). Finish this fantastic night at the Tropicana Cabaret! (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 3: Havana

Havana
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Viñales Countryside Excursion
  • Accommodation: La Reserva Vedado
  • Meals: B, L, D

Viñales Countryside Excursion

This morning at around 9 AM, you will travel to Vinales. Located just three hours from Havana, it is a beautifully quaint Cuban town nestled among soaring limestone cliffs and tobacco farms. These limestone mogotes, combined with Viñales’ vibrantly colored Casas in shades of orange, green, pink, yellow, blue, red, have earned the Valley of Viñales a World Heritage designation.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at Laguna de Piedra with some traditional Cuban food in a quaint local restaurant overlooking a beautiful lake in the Viñales countryside. Afterward, explore tobacco countrylike, a Cuban farmer on oxcart! Stop at a working tobacco farm run by a lovely multi-generational family. Learn the unique technique and secret family recipe for rolling cigars with a twist. You can buy your very own authentic Cuban puros, the perfect souvenir or gift for a friend at home. Continue into the lush Viñales Valley to a unique viewing point, one of the most tranquil places on the planet.

Return to Havana, where you will have time to freshen up at your hotel before having a wonderful dinner in Atelier. Tonight, enjoy International food served in a beautifully-restored Spanish post-colonial mansion. Once you finish dinner, you might want to enjoy some live local music! (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 4: Havana

Havana
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Cuisine, Cars, History, & Salsa!
  • Accommodation: La Reserva Vedado
  • Meals: B, L, D

Cuisine, Cars, History, & Salsa!

After a relaxing breakfast, you will start the morning with a Cojímar cooking and mojito-making class & lunch. This is a fantastic culturally immersive activity at El Ajiaco, a restaurant named after a traditional Cuban soup. Channel Hemingway's spirit at lunch in the small fishing village of Cojímar, the inspiration for one of Hemingway's most famous works: the Old Man and the Sea.

Next, visit the Hemingway House! Famed novelist Ernest Hemingway lived at this sprawling mansion from 1940 -1960. The home's interior has been virtually untouched since the day that "Papa," the U.S.-ambassador-in-spirit left. Afterward, hop into a vintage classic American convertible car and cruise through Havana's neighborhoods.

Embrace the evening by taking a salsa lesson and learning from the best! Meet the resident dance instructor Elio, aka Cosita Rara. He is also maybe one of the most talented dancers in all of Cuba. No trip to Cuba is complete without dancing some salsa. Return to the hotel to freshen up before going to dinner in Rio Mar, a chic restaurant on the water with beautiful views. Their specialty is seafood, with meat options available.

Keep the night going by going salsa dancing in one of the local spots! (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 5: Havana

Havana
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Local Artisan Shops & Playas del Este
  • Accommodation: La Reserva Vedado
  • Meals: B, L, D

Local Artisan Shops & Playas del Este

Today starting at 9:00 AM, begin exploring the local artisan shops and meet Cuban entrepreneurial craftsmen and women. This is a perfect opportunity to take a vibrant piece of Cuba back home with you! Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Ivan Justo. Lunch will be at a restaurant run by one of Cuba’s most renowned chefs. The restaurant has the best Cuban and Creole cuisine in a bright, colorful, and intimate setting. Continue to a cultural beach excursion. Visit a Caribbean paradise at Havana’s nearby Playas del Este, located just 20 minutes from Old Havana. During your time there, you can engage in meaningful cultural discussions with your guide. After your time at the beach, return to the hotel and be ready for another fantastic dinner at Michifu. Dine at a lively bar/restaurant with delicious cocktails and a bohemian lounge feel. Sample a wide variety of fusion cuisine and international dishes. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 6: Havana - Trinidad

Havana - Trinidad
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Journey to Trinidad
  • Accommodation: La Casona 759 Trinidad
  • Meals: B, L, D

Journey to Trinidad

After a wonderful time in Havana, you will make your way to Trinidad; a quaint time capsule stuck in the 1800s with a secret waterfall hike and spectacular beach located minutes from the town center. Your journey will start at 8:00 AM with your departure to Cienfuegos. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at Villa Lagarto, a restaurant overlooking the sea. Savor the breeze, tropical climate, and traditional Cuban food. Later, explore Cienfuegos with your guide and witness the inspiring French influences of the city known as Cuba’s “Pearl of the South.”

Welcome to Trinidad! Check into your home and enjoy some free time to explore the town at your leisure before dinner time. Tonight, dine at Sol Ananda, a restaurant located in one of the main town squares, decorated with antique furniture and a Spanish colonial design aesthetic. Tonight, you will have the option of salsa dancing at Town Square! (This service is on a private basis.)

Trinidad

Step back in time when you visit the beautiful small town of Trinidad. The city seems to be stuck in 1850 with its cobblestone streets and Spanish colonial settings with houses and mansions with unique colors and Italian frescoes. In 1988, UNESCO named Trinidad a World Heritage Site, even though the town is rather quiet, nighttime is filled with live music! Founded in the early 16th century in honor of the Holy Trinity, the city was a bridgehead for the conquest of the American continent. Its 18th- and 19th-century buildings, such as the Palacio Brunet and the Palacio Cantero, were built in its days of prosperity from the sugar trade.

Day 7: Trinidad

Trinidad
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Coffee Farm, Hiking, & Sunset Mojitos
  • Accommodation: La Casona 759 Trinidad
  • Meals: B, L, D

Coffee Farm, Hiking, & Sunset Mojitos

Start your eventful day this morning by stopping at a Coffee Farm. Learn how the local's plant, grow, harvest, and roast coffee beans. Taste Cuba's freshest farm to table coffee. You can even crush the beans yourself! Next, go on a moderately tricky waterfall hike. You will have the chance to wear your bathing suit and take a dip in the cool waters on the cascade before your hike. After the hike, you will have lunch at El Manantial. Embrace the peaceful sounds of the surrounding nature at this intimate ecological lodge restaurant in a family home, serving a variety of traditional Cuban dishes. After lunch, head to one of the nearby beaches in Trinidad where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset and mojitos!

Continue your evening by taking some free time to keep discovering the magic of Trinidad. At 8:00 PM, head over to the Restaurante Museo 1514 to enjoy dinner served on antique porcelain china in a space adorned by restored antique furniture and art. The restaurant has both international and Cuban food being served. You will have the option to go salsa dancing in a cave tonight! (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 8: Trinidad

Trinidad
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Valle de los Ingenios & Exploration of Colonial Trinidad
  • Accommodation: La Casona 759 Trinidad
  • Meals: B, L, D

Valle de los Ingenios & Exploration of Colonial Trinidad

Visit the valley of Ingenios at 9:30 AM, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where some of Cuba’s most thriving sugar cane mills ran in the 18th century. Explore the sugarcane estate, historic quarters, and old community centers. Next, have lunch at La Botija, a local tavern-style eatery displaying colonial-era artifacts on its walls, specializing in Cuban food with a contemporary twist. After lunch, explore the cobblestone streets of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and meet local artisans with your guide. Unfortunately, at 8:00 PM, you will have a farewell dinner at Guitarra Mia, a fun place decorated with antique instruments, old clocks, and other relics. Enjoy the variety of international dishes and Cuban specialty dishes. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 9: Trinidad - Havana Departure

Trinidad - Havana Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Trinidad, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Havana Airport in good time to board your international departure flight.

We wish you safe and happy travels home! (This service is on a private basis.)

Accommodation

La Reserva Vedado

La Reserva Vedado

La Reserva is your most wonderful option to stay in Havana. Ideally located in the heart of the vibrant neighborhood of El Vedado, La Reserva offers a variety of luxury rooms situated in a freshly renovated colonial mansion. The beautiful tropical garden is the perfect place to eat, drink, and relax. The In-house Art Gallery offers selected works of contemporary Cuban artists. Come and enjoy your stay with us.

La Casona 759 Trinidad

La Casona 759 Trinidad

La Casona is referred to as La Empresa (The Enterprise) in the historical documents of the city. Its privileged location between the village of Trinidad and the Santa Rosa valley allows it to provide a unique experience. You will be able to combine the enjoyment of a healthy and rustic environment with the modern comforts contained in a building constructed in the mid 19th century. Decorated railings, Cuban pantiles, inclined roofs, exquisite woodwork, fountains, and wells will make your stay an unforgettable, peaceful, ecological experience of natural relaxation. You can delight in our leafy mango groves and the beauty and care of purebred horses. Comfortable rooms guarantee a refreshing and safe rest.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 6,558 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

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  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

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  • Taxes and fees

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