• Duration

    8 days

  • Location

    Havana to Havana

  • Price

    €969.00

  • Package by Tucan Travel

Enjoying the hospitality of local people during this authentic tour of Cuba. Take in the romance of Havana with its rum bars and stunning waterfront malecon, explore the tobacco fields and limestone hills of Viñales and perhaps see how a cigar is made. There are beautiful views in the mountain resort town of Soroa, 19th century coffee plantations in Las Terrazas and adventurous options in Playas del Este including scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking.

Day 1 to 1 – Arrive Havana

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.

Havana is a city that seems to be lost in time. In every corner you will find traces of the historical influences that make the Cuban culture as rich as it is today, from the Spanish conquest and the African slave trade, to the bustling and lavish vacation paradise for wealthy North Americans in the 1950’s.

Take a lazy stroll along the Malecón, get lost in the time warp of Old Havana’s colonial cobblestone streets, take a ride in a 1940 Dodge taxi through crumbling central Havana, witness Afro-Cuban religious rituals on the street and dance salsa until dawn.

Before booking a group tour to Cuba, we recommend that you read our guide on What to Expect in Cuba here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with an Adventure Specialist

Optional Excursions: Museum de la Revolution – CUC 8 • Havana City Tour – CUC 15 • Old Timers City Tour – CUC 35 • Rum Museum – CUC 7 • Jose Marti Museum – CUC 2 • Tropicana cabaret show – From CUC 70 • Hotel National Cabaret Show – CUC 35 • Salsa lessons – CUC 12-15 • Cadillac 1 hour city tour – CUC 35 for two people • Ballet at the National Theatre – CUC 20 • Parisien Show – CUC 35

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Day 2 to 3 – Viñales

Leaving the bustle of Havana, we will pass through the scenic countryside en route to Viñales. This delightful town is close to the striking Sierra de los Órganos Mountains. On arrival, we’ll check into our home-stays and meet our friendly host families. Take some time to get to know the culture first-hand with your host family and enjoy some wholesome home-cooked Cuban food.

On our included tour of the surrounding countryside, we walk through tobacco fields where the finest tobacco in the world is grown, as well as learn about the local produce grown in the surrounding farmlands. The local guide explains the agriculture, geology, flora and fauna of the area. There’s also a chance to visit a local farmer and see how they roll a true “campesino” cigar. After a free afternoon, in the evening we’ll dine at the homestay with the option of listening to some live local Cuban music and trying out some salsa steps.

Included Excursions: Viñales countryside walk
Optional Excursions: Salsa dancing – CUC 10 • Horse riding – CUC 15 • El Estanco tobacco factory – CUC 3 • Bicycle rental – CUC 10 • Hop-on hop-off bus – CUC 5 • Mural de la prehistoria– CUC 3 • Casa de la Musica – CUC 1 • Cueva del Indio – CUC 5

Accommodation: 2 night(s) in casas particulares

Day 4 to 4 – Soroa

We leave the charms of Viñales and travel to Soroa, stopping at Las Terrazas, Cuba’s first sustainable rural community and biosphere reserve. Here we will take a guided tour of an antique 19th century French Coffee plantation and learn about the old coffee trade in Cuba and the slaves’ role in the coffee harvest. On arrival in Soroa there are nearby short hikes to waterfalls, look-out points and an orchid garden for you to explore. For those less energetic there is plenty of free time to relax.

Included Excursions: Las Terrazas Tour
Optional Excursions: Orchid garden – CUC 3 • Walking trail to waterfalls – CUC 3 • Massage – CUC 10-20

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Day 5 to 6 – Jibacoa

Today we travel onwards to Jibacoa, where we’ll have two free days to take in the sun and relax to our heart’s content staying in a hotel. If that’s not enough, why not have a soothing massage right on the beach. We will have the option to visit an orchid garden on our way to Jibacoa.

Optional Excursions:Orchid Garden – CUC 3

Alternative Itinerary for tours departing from the 27th November 2016

For tours that depart from the 27th November 2016, Jibacoa will be replaced with the stunning beachside location of Playas del Este. Still staying in a hotel, you can enjoy the sublime miles of beaches, relaxing on the white sand and swimming in the tropical waters.

Accommodation: 2 night(s) in hotels

Day 7 to 7 – Havana

After our fill of sun and surf we head back to Havana, where you will have another chance to explore the city. As a UNESCO world heritage site steeped in history, you will find plenty of options to keep you busy.

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels

Day 8 to 8 – Depart Havana

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

What’s Included

  • Arrival Transfer
  • Viñales countryside and tobacco walk
  • Las Terrazas Coffee Plantation Tour
  • 5 night(s) in hotels, 2 night(s) in casas particulares
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Travel by Private Vehicle
  • Tucan Travel tour leader, English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions

What’s not included

  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on included excursions, visas,travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Optional excursions – Please see the optional excursions on the dossier page for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.
Flight FromDestinationDateDepartsArrives
Los AngelesBali11 Dec 2016 10:0015:00
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