If you want to see Cuba beyond Havana but don’t have much time, this 5-day trip plan will show you the best of Havana plus one of Cuba’s most incredible natural wonders — the endless tobacco fields and sprawling limestone hills of Viñales National Park.
Day one: Old Havana and Cuban Cuisine
After arriving in Cuba you are met by our local guide and whisked off to your accommodations. The afternoon is spent getting your first glimpse of Old Havana, experiencing some of the culture and visiting the historic sites of the city. As night falls get ready to embrace Cuban Cuisine at one of the many outstanding family-run paladares in Havana.What else can you do?
- Attend El Cañonazo at Castillo del Morro
- Havana by night with your salsa instructor
- VIP rum & cigar tasting
- Mojito mixology class
Day two: Havana, Inside and Out
Today you’ll get to check out the iconic sights of Havana, as well as visit Partagás Tobacco Factory. After learning everything about cigars, it is time to hop in a vintage American convertible car for a cruise along the Malecón and tailored to your personal interests. Finish the day visiting the community art project of Fusterlandía. This evening experience Havana’s famously vibrant nightlife and dancing in a salsa bar, or check out some of the up and coming talent at one of the legendary Troubadour sessions.What else can you do?
- Private Cuban cooking class & market adventure
- Private visit to artist studios
- VIP entry to Fabrica de Arte, the coolest live music venue in Cuba
- Shop for vintage jewelry and handmade artisan products
Day three: Explore Havana
Today you can explore the city at leisure, using your new local knowledge to get you around town or ask us to organize something for you.What else can you do?
- Visit Hemingway’s House
- Relaxing on the white sand beaches near Havana
- Visit an organic urban farm and enjoy lunch
- Private Culinary Field Trip
Day four: A Day in the Cuban Countryside
Wonder what life is like in the Cuban countryside? Today you experience the slow and relaxed way of life in the tranquil farming town of Viñales. Enjoy horseback riding through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valle de Silencio. You also visit a tobacco plantation. In the evening, relax at your retreat at a charming family run boutique B&B or enjoy live music at the cultural center in town.What else can you do?
- Swim in the dazzling natural pool
- Explore the caves of Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás
- Enjoy the coolest (literally) cave restaurant/night club - El Palenque de los Cimarrones
- Sunset hike over the Valley of Silence
Day five: See you later Cuba
Today, you leave the tranquility of Viñales to head back to Havana to catch your flight home full of memories of Cuba and wishing your stay had been longer.
Since all of our trips are custom designed, add another night in Viñales or Havana to extend your stay!
We use a variety of accommodation styles from charming casas particulares to boutique style B&Bs or hotels. All ¨casas¨and B&Bs in our portfolio have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning, and we have hand picked our accommodations to ensure the highest standards and are well located.
Experience the real Cuba
It’s a given that during your trip, you see the highlights and historically important sites but what really sets the experience apart is our local guides. Our five star guides bring Cuba to life through their personal stories and life experiences, They are all about showing you the real Cuba to discover things you won’t find out about any other way.
Why travel with us?
Customized and private trip
We’re full of ideas and we take time to design a trip for you that ticks all the boxes. We have the knowledge and contacts to ensure that your trip is a once in a lifetime. Our five star guides bring Cuba to life through their personal stories and life experiences, They are all about showing you the real Cuba to discover things you won’t find out about any other way.
We pride ourselves on delivering an enriching ‘local’ experience in Cuba– and therefore we feel it’s our responsibility to leave a positive impact as well as reduce negative impacts. We are committed to working in a socially and environmentally conscious way, and making a positive difference. Click here for more details about our responsible travel journey.
What our clients have to say?
Over the years we’ve been creating inspirational and immersive trips for our clients, and what better testament to this than to hear the great things they have to say about their experience, and our service. We have plenty of great reviews to share, be sure and click here to read some.