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Cuba in Depth

16 Days FROM USD 2,485

Overview

Choose this Tailor-Made itinerary or customise to create your own unique journey. Departs daily to suit your travel plans. Price based on Standard accommodation.

Explore the alluring and evocative Caribbean island of Cuba and discover its rich culture and intriguing history. From the vibrant capital Havana, with its beautiful yet shabby colonial buildings to the dramatic rocky outcrops of Vinales, this is a land of contrasts and contradictions. Soak up the colonial charm of Cienfuegos, wander the cobbled streets of Trinidad before ending your trip back amongst the faded charm of Havana. 

Trip Code: CULCDID

Travel Style: Tailor-Made Journey 

Location: Cuba

Flights: Contact us to help book your flights to South America. 

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Cuba in Depth allows you to explore the very best of Cuba, from the vibrant and energetic Cuba to the cobbled streets of Trinidad to the rustic farms of the Vinales Valley. 

  • Undertake this incredible adventure with the opportunity to spend your evenings in true Cuban homestays, allowing you to spend the evening with a Cuban family, sharing stories and truly diving into the authentic and vibrant culture. 

  • This itinerary is easily combined with other land based tours of the greater South or Central America, allowing you to experience a wide array of incredible experiences and unique location on the one amazing journey. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival, please make your way through tot he arrivals hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office. Please note this service is with driver only.

Arrival Transfer

In the morning you will be collected from your hotel to explore Old Havana through its World Heritage’s colonial architecture and cobblestoned streets as well through its daily life. The excursion will bring you to Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Wander through the small gift shops selling handmade souvenirs and photograph the magnificent buildings. On your way, your guide will show you places so can get acquainted with locals real life. Your guide will be flexible to please your interests.

On completion of your walking tour you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a private tour.

Old Havana Walking Tour

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your road transfer to Vinales. Please note the drive is approximately 4 and a half hours, depending on road conditions.

Vinales is one of Cuba's most magnificent natural settings. Dotted with radiant limestone cliffs. Vinales is famous for its traditional farms and villages as well as its colonial-era wooden houses.

Transfer Havana to Vinales

Vinales is a small and charming rural village. It's probably the easiest place to mingle with locals in Cuba, who are very sociable. Many of them love nothing better than to drink rum and dance the night away. Later you may head to an ecological farm for dinner.

Free Time in Vinales

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your half day exploration of Vinales. Visit the valley’s most interesting sites, starting with Mirador de los Jazmines, where you’ll have one of the most expansive views of the Viñales Valley. Go to the town of Viñales and on to Dos Hermanas Valley for a look at the Mural de la Prehistoria. Although a visit to a cigar factory is not included in this tour, you will visit and see tobacco plantations and learn about the process of cigar making. The abundance of the tobacco fields will vary due to the seasons of the year. The tour includes a visit to Cueva del Indio which involves travelling by boat along an underground river. On completion of your walking tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a private tour.

Vinales Tour

In the morning you will begin your transfer from Vinales back to Havana. This service will include transfers by bus and private transfer.
You will be transferred from your hotel in Vinales to the bus station. Please note this journey is approximately 5 and a half hours.

Transfer Vinales to Havana

At the appropriate time you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport for your onward flight. Please note this service is with driver only.

Depart Havana

In the morning you will board your flight from Havana to Baracoa. Flight time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Fly Havana To Baracoa

On arrival, please make your way through tot he arrivals hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office. Please note this service is with driver only.

Arrival in Baracoa

Wander around Cuba’s first village, embracing the legacy of Spanish settlers. This lively city is one of the most charming places to visit, with a waterfront lining the coast, considered by many, as one of the finest ocean drives in the world. Admire the town’s iconic fortresses, visible as you walk through the beautiful streets and picturesque church. Soak up the friendly atmosphere, colourful history and spectacular architecture.

Baracoa: Walking City Tour

Today, you will enjoy a chance to explore the city of Baracoa at your leisure.

Free Day in Baracoa

This afternoon you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the bus station in time to board the local bus to Santiago de Cuba. The journey
may take upto five hours. On arrival in Santiago de Cuba, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Baracoa to Santiago de Cuba

This morning you will be collected from your hotel to explore Santiago de Cuba. Tour the heroic city of Santiago to discover a warm and hospitable people and how the spirit of history is felt everywhere. Visit a former residential area. See La Loma de San Juan, the Revolution Square, the Santa Ifigenia graveyard to witness the changing of the guard, and the Moncada Barracks. Visit the Caney Rum bar to taste a locally brewed rum. A stopover at the Cespedes Park for 45 minutes will give you the opportunity to share with locals or simply check on the stores and take pictures. On completion of your walking tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a private tour.

Panoramic Tour of Santiago de Cuba

Early this morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the bus station in time to board the local bus to Bayamo. The journey
may take up to three hours. On arrival in Bayamo, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Santiago de Cuba to Bayamo

This morning you will be collected from your hotel to explore Bayamo. Discover the rebellious spirit of Bayamo on a walking tour featuring the city’s highlights. Wander around the town centre and whereabouts to learn about interesting episodes in the history of Cuba. Daily life here revolves around Céspedes Park, the Hymn Square and Cespedes birthplace (museum and monument). The tour includes a visit to Wax Museum and a drink. On completion of your walking tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a private tour.

Please note: Bayamo Wax Museum is closed on Monday.

Panoramic Tour of Bayamo

Early this morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the bus station in time to board the local bus to Camaguey. The journey
may take up to six hours. On arrival in Camaguey, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Bayamo to Camaguey

This morning you will be collected from your hotel to explore Camaguey. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the rich colonial-style UNESCO heritage centre of Camaguey city. Discover its irregular, intricate street network while admiring the architectural beauty of San Juan de Dios Square, Ignacio Agramonte Park and the Worker’s Square among other local attractions. On completion of your tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a private tour.

Camaguey City Tour

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to Trinidad for your onward journey.

Camaguey to Trinidad

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of music and dance, accompanied by a very attentive and nice local.

Music Night in Trinidad

This morning you will be collected from your hotel to explore Trinidad. Be the protagonist of a spectacular journey to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Valle de los Ingenios and Trinidad. Climb to the top of the Manaca-Iznaga tower and rejoice with the jaw dropping landscape. Continue to Trinidad for lunch at a local restaurant and afterwards, wander through the historical centre of the city to admire its remarkable colonial architecture. Stroll through La Plaza Mayor; visit a Museum and stop at La Canchanchara bar and a ceramic workshop. Complimentary drink at a local restaurant. On completion of your tour you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a private tour.

Trinidad & Sugar Mill Valley

Today is a free day in Trinidad. For some beachside fun and perhaps a little snorkelling, head down to Playa Ancon. Just be careful you don't stand on a sea urchin. At some point while you're here, a great activity is to go to a folklore show at one of the town's numerous open-air venues. Cuba has a rich and varied music and dance tradition that draws roots from Spain, Africa and France, and this is your chance to experience it all first-hand, from the Mambo to the rumba.

Trinidad Day at Leisure

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred by your private driver to the city of Cienfuegos.

Trinidad - Cienfuegos

Spend half a day unveiling the secrets of Cienfuegos city, the so called Pearl of the South. Enjoy a panoramic tour through the National Monument (La Punta), El Palacio de Valle and El Paseo del Prado. Stroll along the boulevard to visit the monument to one of Cuba’s most treasured musicians, Benny Moré. Make the most of your time in the city’s heart by visiting the Cathedral as well as the Thomas Terry Theatre, one of Cuba’s oldest and most beautiful theatres. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

Cienfuegos Tour With Lunch

This afternoon you will be taken to the bus station in time to board the local bus to Havana. Journey will take approximately five hours. On arrival in Havana, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Cienfuegos to Havana

At the appropriate time you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport for your onward flight. Please note this service is with driver only.

Depart Havana

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

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WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Customise your itinerary for your own personalised journey
  • Tailor-Made journeys depart daily to suit your travel plans
  • Highlights and experiences catered to your individual interests

Pricing & date

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Standard Daily 16 USD 2,485

Important Information

  • Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Sightseeing with local English speaking guides as detailed in itinerary
    Other meals where stated

    EXCLUSIONS:
    International flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides and drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • This is a Tailor-Made itinerary which can be customised to create your own unique journey. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.

  • Seasonality & Availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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