Rapidito 7 days - Small Group Tour - Cost saver
Day 1: Havana
Arrival date. Bienvenidos a Cuba! (Welcome to Cuba). We will greet and welcome you at the Havana airport. Look for one of our Experience Cuba Tours representatives. Look for our logo and your group leader name, which is usually the person that made the booking. The transfers to your accommodation are part of the inclusions in this tour. Take this opportunity to go for a little wonder around your accommodation. Havana (and Cuba in general) is incredible safe, and Cubans are welcoming and warm people. or perhaps take this opportunity to rest from your journey (the calm before the storm!).
Day 2: Havana
Old Havana Walking Tour, Classic Convertible Ride and Afro-Cuban Culture
Enjoy a walking tour of the colonial district Havana Vieja (Old Havana) accompanied by your private local guide. UNESCO declared Old Havana a World Heritage Site in 1982, a genuine living museum, in which more than 144 buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries are conserved. This colonial and historic center is a museum at open air of architecture, art and culture. This tour is a real treat for history and culture enthusiasts.
Bask in a beautiful Classic Vintage Convertible Car while you take in the highlights of Havana.
Enjoy the life of Old Havana with a guided cultural walk around Callejon de Hammel, an interesting insight into Afro-Cuban culture with music and dancing in the street.
Day 3: Bay of Pigs - Playa Larga
Playa Larga in Bay of Pigs
This is a cute, cosy little village. It’s small but lovely beach has casas particulares right on the beach in some instances. There are some restaurants too where you can have breakfast lunch or dinner with your toes in the sand. Very chill relaxed destination for those who want to mingle with locals. Playa Larga was one of two beaches invaded by US-backed exiles on April 17, 1961 (although Playa Girón, 35km further south, saw far bigger landings). Nowadays, it’s the best base for exploring the Zapata peninsula, Cuba’s largest wilderness area, and is also known for its diving. Refer to our Daily Activity options for ideas. Overnight in Playa Larga.
Day 4: Cienfuegos and Trinidad
Panoramic and cultural tour of Cienfuegos and Trinidad
Travel to Cienfuegos, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city known as well as the Pearl of the South. Cienfuegos is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded in 1819 by French settlers from Bordeaux and Louisiana. Departing from Cienfuegos continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Trinidad and enjoy a panoramic tour. The “Villa de la Santisima Trinidad” was the third village founded by the Spanish Crown in Cuba in early 1514. The conservation and restoration work undertaken by specialists has made Trinidad one of the best preserved colonial cities not only in Cuba but also of South America. Overnight in Trinidad.
Day 5: Trinidad
Trinidad free day
Refer to our Daily Activities page for ideas of what to do on this day.
Day 6: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana
Che Guevara Mausoleum Visit (entry fees included)
Departing from Trinidad continue by travelling to Santa Clara, the city of Che Guevara. Founded in 1689 Santa Clara was militarily taken by Che Guevara in December 1958, during the Cuban revolution. Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum, where his remains are kept. Return to Havana.
Day 7: Havana
Departure date. We are sorry we have to say goodbye…for now ;-P
Adiós muchachos, compañeros de mi vida,
Barra querida de aquellos tiempos.
Me toca a mi hoy emprender la retirada
Debo alejarme de mi buena muchachada.
by Carlos Gardel.
Goodbye guys, companions of my life,
Bye dear bar, memories of these times.
It’s my turn today to undertake the withdrawal,
I must get away from my good companions.
- Transfers from Havana airport on arrival.
- Transport/transfers as specified in the itinerary.
- Twin-share standard accommodations in “casas particulares” (Cuban term equivalent to guesthouses, home-stays, B&Bs). Single Supplement upgrade available.
- Daily breakfast.
- Same local tour guide throughout the tour.
- Activities/excursions as specified in the itinerary.
- Travelers Information Package with lots of practical advice (PDF).
- Cuba Tourist Map, advised by MINTUR, Minister of Tourism in Cuba.
- Old Havana walking tour.
- Afro-Cuban tour.
- Classic Convertible Car tour of Modern Havana.
- Playa Larga orientation tour.
- Panoramic and cultural tour of Cienfuegos.
- Che Guevara Mausoleum (entry fees included).
- Panoramic and cultural tour of Trinidad.
- Transfers to the airport on departure. This can be arrange for additional costs.
- International flights.
- Travel insurances (required to participate in our tours).
- Visas and passport fees. Visas can be arranged for additional costs and subject to our Terms and Conditions.
- Additional meals (except daily breakfasts).
- Additional optional activities not specified in the tour. They can be added, incurs surcharges.
- Tips and gratuities (except ECT personnel).
Low season (15th of March to 14th of November): $849 AUD per person.
High season (15th of November to 14th of March): $904 AUD per person.
Single Supplement: If you prefer a single room for the tour, incurs an additional supplement of $340 AUD.
Departures: Every Saturday. Tour departure is guaranteed with 2 persons minimum. Contact us for availability and further details.
- It is an exciting time in Cuba with rapidly changing legislation and local conditions. Cuba has seen a massive increase in tourism, which has put a strain on local tourist infrastructure. While we will strive to operate our tours as closely to published itineraries as possible, conditions often change from one day to the next, and minor tour modifications may be necessary with no advance notice.
- Casa Particulares can refer to home-stays, B&B’s, guesthouses, self contained apartments or entire villas. They are family run businesses that are legal and formalised to provide accommodation to foreigners in Cuba. Though much nicer than general Cuban homes they can seem a bit rustic and simple compared to what most international travellers are used to back home.
- Cuba as a developing country is subject to power outages and it is common to have low water pressures in the showers and sinks.
- If understanding and expectations are kept in check staying at Casa Particulares is a very personal and pleasurable way to accommodate yourself in Cuba.
- The transport system in Cuba is in many ways different to anywhere else in the world. We (Experience Cuba) are restricted in a large way by the local transport laws. We use privately owned transport with approved licences to provide taxi services to tourists and the state-owned transport services of TRANSTUR, the only inter-provincial taxi provider in Cuba. The privately-owned transports vary between classic vintage cars (hardtop and convertible) and more modern models of cars, all in good condition. It is not law in Cuba for cars to be fitted with seat belts and neither is it against the law to use a mobile phone while driving. This is not condoned or encouraged by Experience Cuba but when travelling to other countries it is customary to abide by the local laws.
- While it is hard to know what every individual’s expectations might be, we do remind travellers that Cuba is in most respects a third world country and as such considerations should be made and understood.