Uncovering Cuba

8 Days / 7 Nights

Uncovering Cuba

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8 Days / 7 Nights

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Take an incredible 8-day adventure through the fascinating country of Cuba. Your trip begins in Havana where we immerse you in the history of the island as well as the local scene. You are then whisked off the countryside to Vinales, where you explore the rolling hills on horseback and learn about the cigar industry by visiting a tobacco plantation. Relax and snorkel in a secret cove before traveling to Trinidad and discover the local architectural highlights and hike Topes de Collante National Park.

Suggested Itinerary

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.

  • Attend El Cañonazo at Castillo del Morro
  • Join a Private Mojito mixology class
  • Enjoy a VIP rum & cigar tasting
  • Havana by night with your salsa instructor
  • More suggestions available or you tell us!

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.

  • Private Cuban cooking class & market adventure
  • Private visit to artist studios
  • Visit an organic urban farm and lunch
  • VIP entry to Fabrica de Arte, the coolest live music venue in Cuba

Day three: 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

  • 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 four: Transfer to Bay of Pigs

Time to explore the central region of Cuba, Upon arrival to Bay of Pigs you can take a relaxing nature walk to see a part of the vast Ciénaga de Zapata, the Caribbean’s largest wetland ecosystem. The walk is done with a park ranger and at the end, you get to take a dip in a cenote, über cool.

  • Visit Hemingway's House in route to Bay of Pigs
  • Spotting Flamingos in Zapata National Park
  • Learn everything about the Bay of Pigs invasion at Museo Girón
  • Enjoy diving in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean

Day five: Enjoy the Caribbean

This morning,  you can discover the lovely sheltered cove of Caleta Buena, an area where saltwater meets fresh, creates incredible marine diversity that is not found elsewhere.  You are able to enjoy diving and snorkeling.   Continue the journey to Cienfuegos for an immersive guided visit of this World Heritage Site before reaching the colonial city of Trinidad.

  • Diving from Caleta Buena
  • Kayaking in the lovely bay of Cienfuegos
  • Guided visit of Cienfuegos by bike

Day six: Get to Know Trinidad

Take an immersive walking tour around Trinidad takes you on a stroll through the cobblestone streets seeing the classic colonial buildings while learning how this gem of a city, was once of the wealthy places in Cuba. At the end of the walk, you can visit the Santander family pottery workshop known as Casa Chichi which was founded four generations ago.

  • Explore the lively streets of Trinidad
  • Visit one of the interesting museums
  • Shop for local art at one of the many galleries
  • Spend the afternoon at one of the local beaches just outside of Trinidad

Day seven: Day Excursion to National Park Topes de Collantes

Discover Cuba’s natural side at the National Park Topes de Collantes, a place of extraordinary beauty where the Sierra Escambray mountains and sea collide.  Relax, have a picnic lunch and bathe in one of the waterfalls after hiking (moderate in difficulty) around this little piece of paradise.

If hiking isn’t your thing, you can experience Valle de lo Ingenios by horseback or car.

  • Private Salsa classes with a professional instructor
  • Private cooking class with a chef at a local's home
  • Horseback riding around Valle de los Ingenios
  • Spend the afternoon at one of the local beaches just outside of Trinidad

Day eight: See you later Cuba

Today you catch your flight home full of memories of Cuba and wishing your stay had been longer.

Since all of our trips are custom designed,  why not extend your stay in Havana or spend some time relaxing at the beach!


What more?

Your accommodations

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.

 

Your accommodations
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.

Experience the real Cuba

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.

Responsible travel

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.

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