Tiempo 10 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 2,3: Havana
Old Havana Walking Tour and Classic Convertible Ride
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.
Refer to our Daily Activities page for more ideas.
Day 4,5: Viñales Valley
Viñales Valley Tour
The Valle de Viñales is a fabulous national park abundant in fertile red soil, incrusted in green fields of tobacco plantations. Viñales offers Cuba’s best hiking, mounting, caving and landscapes views, based around the serene farming town of Viñales on the edge of the park. This is Cuba at its most attractive. Refer to our Daily Activity options for ideas. Overnight in Viñales.
Day 6: Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos
Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron Museum) and Cienfuegos
Situated in the infamous Bay of Pigs, this beach was one of two landing sites for seaborne forces in April 1961, of about 1,500 armed Cuban exiles in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, an American CIA-sponsored attempt to overthrow the new government of Fidel Castro. Over 72 hours, fighting took place in many parts of the Cienaga de Zapata, Playa Girón being the last remaining area occupied by the invaders. Today, the Museo Girón is a small museum dedicated to the historical conflict.
Continue to Cienfuegos and enjoy a cultural tour of the city known as well as the Pearl of the South. Founded in 1819 by French settlers from Bordeaux and Louisiana, the city is arranged around the country’s most spectacular natural bay. Cienfuegos is a nautical city founded in 1819 by French émigrés, whose homogeneous grid of elegant classical architecture earned it a Unesco World Heritage Site listing in 2005. The city is split into two distinct parts: the colonnaded central zone with its stately Paseo del Prado and graceful park; and Punta Gorda, a thin knife of land slicing into the bay with a clutch of outrageously eclectic palaces built by the moneyed classes in the 1920s. Wander along the avenue to visit Beny Moré’s monument, one of Cuba’s most treasured musicians. Visit the Cathedral as well as one of Cuba’s oldest and most beautiful theatres: Thomas Terry. Overnight in Cienfuegos
Day 7,8: Trinidad
Panoramic and cultural tour of Trinidad
Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Trinidad. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Trinidad city. 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.
Refer to our Daily Activities page for more ideas.
Day 9: Santa Clara - Havana
Che Guevara Mausoleum and transfers to Havana
Departing from Trinidad continue by travelling 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. Transfers to Havana City.
Life in Cuba has its fair amount of surprises! Why not take the time to discuss with your guide about health and education in Cuba. Contrary to what you might expect Cuba has an extensive public healthcare system, to which all citizens enjoy equal access. Particularly in the 1980s, Cuba’s healthcare system underwent several reforms and redevelopment. This is one of the reasons why, according to the WHO, Cubans not only have the highest life expectancy in the geographical region, but also place among the top five highest in the world. Education in Cuba is public, free, and well-funded.
Day 10: 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 (hard-copy) on arrival in Cuba.
- ECT personnel tips and gratuities.
- Old Havana walking tour.
- Classic Convertible Car tour of Modern Havana.
- Viñales Valley orientation tour.
- Playa Giron museum, Bay of Pigs (entry fees included).
- Panoramic and cultural tour of Cienfuegos and Trinidad.
- Che Guevara Mausoleum (entry fees included).
- 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): $1,149 AUD per person.
High season (15th of November to 14th of March): $1,224 AUD per person.
Single Supplement: If you prefer a single room for the tour, incurs an additional supplement of $502 AUD.
Departures: Every Monday. 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.