Grande 15 days

Grande 15 days - Small Group Tour - Comfort Class

Interesting!

'Grande' in spanish means 'large, big, great'.

  • Duration: 15 days and 14 nights.
  • Departures: Every Sunday.
  • Group Size: Maximum 7 PAX.
  • Accommodation: Twin-share in comfort casas particulares with air condition services and private bathrooms. Daily breakfast included.
  • Travelling to: Havana, Viñales Valley, Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Camaguey, Bayamo and Santiago de Cuba.
  • Prices from $2,320 AUD per person.

Cuba Top to Bottom

Brilliant, enjoyed every minute. An extremely well organised & planned tour. Accommodation was simple but clean with great hosts. Our guide Laritza was an angle & couldn't do enough for us. Highly recommend this company.

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Itinerary highlights

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 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.

Day 3,4: 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 5: Bay of Pigs and Cienfuegos

Bay of Pigs Visit and Panoramic Tour of Cienfuegos

Travel to Playa Giron in Bay of Pigs, and learn about the 1961`s fight between Cuban militias and U.S. hired mercenaries.  Enjoy some R&R in the beautiful beach. Continue 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. Wander along the avenue to visit Beny Moré’s monument, one of Cuba’s most treasured musicians. Overnight in Cienfuegos.

Day 6,7: Trinidad

Panoramic Tour of Trinidad

Departing from Cienfuegos continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Trinidad. 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 ideas of what to do.

Day 8: Camaguey

Camaguey Panoramic Tour

Departing from Trinidad travel to Camaguey. Enjoy a stroll along the UNESCO heritage and rich in colonial-style Camaguey city centre. Uncover its asymmetrical and complex street web while admiring the architectural attractiveness. Overnight in Camaguey.

Day 9: Bayamo

Bayamo Cultural Tour

Learn about the rebellious spirit of Bayamo on a walking tour offering the city’s highlights. Stroll around the metropolis centre to learn about fascinating chapters in the history of Cuba. Regular life in Bayamo rotates around Céspedes Park, the Hymn Square and Céspedes birthplace. Overnight in Bayamo.

Day 10, 11, 12: Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba Panoramic Tour 

Discover Santiago de Cuba and their genuine and welcoming people in a cultural panoramic tour of the city. Visit Céspedes Square, a lively park named for Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, a Cuban planter who freed his slaves and declared Cuban independence in 1868. Parque Céspedes is the spiritual centre of Santiago. Overnight in Santiago de Cuba.

Refer to our Daily Activities page for ideas of what to do.

Day 13, 14: Havana

Domestic flight to Havana

This flight is included in the tour price. It is with Cubana de Aviacion, with a limit of 20 kg, inclusive of carry on luggage.

Refer to our Daily Activities page for ideas of what to do.

Day 15: 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.

Translation:

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.

Enquire about this tour

  1. Transfers from Havana airport on arrival.
  2. Transport/transfers in car or minivan as specified in the itinerary.
  3. Domestic flights from Santiago de Cuba to Havana with Cubana de Aviacion.
  4. Twin-share comfort accommodations in “casas particulares” (Cuban term equivalent to guesthouses, home-stays, B&Bs). Private bathrooms/ensuites and air-conditioning guaranteed. Single Supplement upgrade available.
  5. Daily breakfast.
  6. Same local tour guide throughout the tour.
  7. Activities/excursions as specified in the itinerary.
  8. Travelers Information Package with lots of practical advice (PDF).
  9. Cuba Tourist Map, advised by MINTUR, Minister of Tourism in Cuba (hard-copy) on arrival in Cuba.
  10. ECT personnel tips and gratuities.
  1. Old Havana guided walking tour.
  2. Havana Classic/Vintage convertible car ride (1 hour).
  3. Viñales Valley orientation tour.
  4. Bay of Pigs, Playa Giron museum visit (entry fee included).
  5. Panoramic and cultural tour of Cienfuegos.
  6. Panoramic and cultural tour of Trinidad.
  7. Panoramic and cultural tour of Camaguey.
  8. Panoramic and cultural tour of Bayamo.
  9. Panoramic and cultural tour of Santiago de Cuba.
  1. Transfers to the airport on departure. This can be arrange for additional costs.
  2. International flights.
  3. Travel insurances (required to participate in our tours).
  4. Visas and passport fees. Visas can be arranged for additional costs and subject to our Terms and Conditions.
  5. Additional meals (except daily breakfasts).
  6. Drinks.
  7. Additional optional activities not specified in the tour. They can be added, incurs surcharges.
  8. Tips and gratuities (except ECT personnel).

Prices per person (in AUD)

Low season (15th of March to 14th of November): $2,320 AUD per person.

High season (15th of November to 14th of March): $2,467 AUD per person.

Single Supplement: If you prefer a single room for the tour, incurs an additional supplement of $912 AUD.

Departures: Every Sunday. Tour departure is guaranteed with 2 persons minimum. Contact us for availability and further details.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Cuba as a developing country is subject to power outages and it is common to have low water pressures in the showers and sinks.
  4. If understanding and expectations are kept in check staying at Casa Particulares is a very personal and pleasurable way to accommodate yourself in Cuba.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.