Get ready to step back in time and party like it’s 1953. Hang in Havana, get serenaded in Santiago, play in pretty Camaguey, haggle your heart out and sprawl on the beach in Trinidad, learn a bit more about old Che in Santa Clara and hike, drink and enjoy village life in Vinales… Then one last salsa and cigar in Havana and your Cuba’d.
In the words of Whitney Houston, “Havana Dance with Somebody”. Ok, she never said that. But find yourself a partner, grab a mojito and let Havana work its magic. You’ll be coming up with clever Cuban puns in no time.
Day 1 - Havana
Take time to sit back with a mojito and enjoy the quality people watching - old dudes smoking cigars, ladies dressed in their finest ballgowns and classic cars cruising the streets. It's like Hollywood without the cameras.
- Get acquainted with Havana
- Pre-departure meeting in the evening
Day 2-3 - Santiago de Cuba
It's easy to get your music fix in Santiago. You might head to the Casa de la Trova, a heaving Cuban music-hall that never seems to close. Or you might be serenaded in the street by a woman who happens to be a former opera singer. It's just that kind of place.
- Leave Havana and fly to Holguin, then transfer about 2 hours to Santiago de Cuba.
- Take a walking tour of this musical, revolutionary city
- Set off to explore the city on your own during free time
Day 4-5 - Camaguey
You'll see massive ceramic pots all over the city. They're called tinajones and were used to collect rainwater in the olden days. Obviously.
- Drive past cattle farms, citrus orchards and sugar plantations before arriving in Camaguey
- Get to know this surprising town, riddled with twisting streets and alleyways
Day 6-8 - Trinidad
Little alleys with their makeshift markets are the place to haggle for Cuban linen. And if you're a bit artsy fartsy there are heaps of galleries here - also open to negotiation when it comes to price.
- Drive across the interior to historic Trinidad - quintessential Cuba
- Set off on your own exploration of the town
- Perhaps climb the bell tower of the central Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos (a former convent) for great views over the old rooftops and surrounding hills.
- Why not visit some of the great local markets
- Get your beach beach fix - it's a short ride in a 'coco taxi'
Day 9 - Santa Clara
See plenty of Che and his revolutionary slogans on murals around the city. Explore the Revolutionary Plaza and Che monument in your free time.
- Head inland to the historic city of Santa Clara
- Visit the Revolutionary Plaza and the Che Guevara Monument
Day 10-12 - Vinales
Sugar cane fields, tobacco farms and a pretty little village. You can't ask for more than that. Hike, visit the museum and tour the farms over a couple of days here.
- Visit Vinales, situated in one of the most scenic parts of Cuba
- Perhaps take in the town's cultural centre and museum
- Why not set off on some of the hikes in the area
Day 13-15 - Havana
Head back to Havana. Figured out how to smoke a cigar without coughing yet? Now might be your last chance before heading home.
- In your free time, why not stroll along the malecon (ocean-side walkway) and watch the traditional and modern sides of this enigmatic city unfold before you.
- At the end of a long day, enjoy a relaxing evening at any of the many bars and clubs while listening to the island's rhythms.
- It's time for a final night of salsa, hit the streets and celebrate a fantastic adventure.
- Extra accommodation in Havana is available at the finishing point homestay for this trip.
- Day 15 is departure day. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart at any time.
What to Know
An experienced local guide in Cuba and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
niamh - Ireland, 5 Mar, 2012
Tatjana - Northcote, VIC, 24 Dec, 2011
I would like to make an addition comment on our trip leader. Abel was a pleasure to travel through Cuba with and at all times was respective, informative and helpful. No topic was off limits which allowed us to learn so much more about the country and the people of Cuba. He went out of his way to ensure our trip was what we expected it to be an more. He arranged for a trek up the Sierra Maiestra which was not part of the original itinerary which made the trip for us complete. He also assist us in dealing with some family issues back home on his day off given that communication was limited. A huge thank you!!!!