• Overview
  • Itinerary
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  • Booking

If our group tours don’t suit you and you’d like to book a private tour, with any size of party from one to a hundred, we’d be delighted to help. Dates are fully flexible.

All private tours are fully customisable. We offer our in-depth knowledge of Cuba to advise on your areas of interest, be they history, culture, sport, nature, cigars, business or just relaxation!

If you prefer to travel independently, we can assist with accommodation bookings, transport and local activities.

Day 1

  • Arrival Havana (Jose Martí) airport
  • Optional arrival at Varadero airport - flights are often much cheaper here!
  • Transfer to Havana homestay by 1950s classic car (30 mins)
  • Accommodation: Havana casa particular

Day 2

  • Breakfast at homestay
  • Walking tour of Old Havana, visiting several of the plazas (squares) that make up the historic colonial zone.
  • Visit the Bacardí Building, former home of the eponymous brand of rum and a spectacular example of 1920s architecture. The Bacardí family fell out with the Castros after the revolution and left Cuba.
  • Visit El Floridita, the birthplace of the Daiquiri cocktail and Ernest Hemingway's favourite spot for drinking them; he famously drank 13 doubles there in one afternoon!
  • We pass the spot where the city of Havana was founded almost 500 years ago.
  • We visit the famous Museum of the Revolution to learn more about the revolution and its history.
  • Accommodation: Havana casa particular

Day 3

  • Breakfast at homestay
  • 8.30 am the departure to Cienfuegos by private bus/car (5 hours) via the Bay of Pigs
  • On the way to Cienfuegos, we firstly travel along the flat central plain of Cuba where there are lots of citrus plantations. We turn off the main highway and shortly after this the landscape changes to a densely vegetated swamp where the natural fauna includes boa snakes and crocodiles. We have the opportunity to visit a crocodile farm here at Guama.
  • Once reaching the Caribbean coast we travel along the picturesque Bay of Pigs past the site where the landing of counter-revolutionary exile militia occurred in 1961.
  • We visit the museum in Playa Girón that recounts the events of this conflict which resulted in the first defeat of a US-backed takeover in Latin America.
  • There are some beautiful places to stop for a swim along the way including a sinkhole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank, so make sure to pack your swimwear. SCUBA diving with qualified instructor ($35) and snorkelling ($5) are optional activities here.
  • Cubans are known to be very proud people, and the citizens of Cienfuegos call their town la perla del sur (the pearl of the south). Founded by a Frenchman, Cienfuegos' appeal lies partly in the European flavour of its colonial hub, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades, and there is an ambience to inspire Cuba's most celebrated singer to write "Cienfuegos is the city I like the most". The historic centre of Cienfuegos was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.
  • After checking in with your host family, you will have time to walk around the city and take in the atmosphere.
  • Visit Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos, one of the most eccentric buildings in Cuba, to watch the sunset, cocktails on the roof
  • Dinner in a local restaurant
  • A night out drinking on the Malecón of Cienfuegos or in the bars - go with the guide or explore on your own.
  • Accommodation: Cienfuegos casa particular

Day 4

  • Breakfast at homestay
  • Walking tour of Cienfuegos, including its pedestrianised shopping Boulevard and handicraft market selling locally-made artisanal souvenirs
  • Visit beautifully decorated historic theatre, Teatro Tomás Terry
  • A brief visit to Tomás Acea cemetery
  • Depart Cienfuegos for Trinidad - (2 hours)
  • Lunch in roadside Paladar on the outskirts of Trinidad
  • The beautiful colonial city of Trinidad is home to numerous churches and many beautiful colonial buildings. It is another UNESCO World Heritage site, but its narrow winding streets, deliberately laid out to confuse marauding pirates, provide a huge contrast with the orderly wide boulevards of Cienfuegos.
  • The Villa de la Santisima Trinidad was founded by Velazquez in 1514 and the defender of indigenous rights in the Americas, Fray Bartolome de Las Casas, attended the settlement's first mass. The future conqueror of Mexico, Hernan Cortes, recruited sailors here for his future expedition into that land. It is a charming, small town with the green mountains in the background, and the turquoise waters and pure white sand beaches of the Caribbean Sea just a short distance away. The town was fairly inactive until the 1800s when French refugees fleeing a slave revolt in Haiti came here and brought with them sugar cane cultivation. The new residents settled and farmed in the Valley of the Sugar Mills, just northeast of the town. Vast wealth flowed into the local economy from sugar cane cultivation and the area produced one-third of the country's sugar at one point. The sugar boom was terminated by the two wars of independence, but the wealth generated by the industry remains visible in the town's grand mansions, colourful public buildings, wrought iron grillwork and cobble-stoned streets. The town and area also saw a lot of action during and following the triumph of the Revolution, as gangs of counter-revolutionaries hid out and struck from the safety of the mountains.
  • The nightlife in Trinidad is probably the most accessible and intense in all of Cuba, with numerous live music venues and many dance performances every day of the week, among the enchanting setting of old colonial buildings and cobblestone streets.
  • Short walking tour of the historic centre
  • Visit the National Museum of the Fight against the Bandits (Museum of the Fight Against the Bandits) for a breathtaking view of the city and surrounding countryside from the top of its tower
  • Visit Santeria temple to learn about Cuba's fastest-growing religion, a blend of Catholicism and traditional African religions.
  • Group dinner in a local Cuban home, obviously accompanied by rum.
  • Visit Trinidad's unique Disco Ayala nightclub ($5), located in a huge underground cavern
  • Accommodation: Trinidad casa particular

Day 5

  • Breakfast at homestay
  • Free day Optional activities include swimming in waterfalls, horse riding ($25), diving ($35), dancing class salsa ($15), and a visit to Ancon Beach, where you can enjoy long stretches of unspoiled, white sand beaches. Another option is a steam train ride ($10) to the beautiful and historically important Valley of the Sugar Mills where you can see how much sugar we have brought to Cuba.
  • If time allows, visit the beach to watch the sunset
  • Accommodation: Trinidad casa particular

Day 6

  • Breakfast at homestay
  • Journey by private bus/car to Santa Clara (3 hours)
  • Today we travel to the city of Santa Clara, which was a key city in the triumph of the Revolution.
  • Depending on road conditions we can take a number of different routes around or through the Sierra del Escambray perhaps making a few stops along the way.
  • Options include a stop at a very beautiful and secluded waterfall on the way, with al fresco swimming followed by rustic local lunch at a farmer's house.
  • Upon entering Santa Clara there is a huge statue of Ernesto Che Guevara, beneath which is the mausoleum where he is buried. We visit the museum here that is dedicated to his life.
  • We take a walking tour of Santa Clara where we come across significant sites such as the armoured train derailed by Che and his troops.
  • Visit Che Guevara monument, mausoleum and museum
  • Visit the site of the final battle of the Cuban Revolution
  • Accommodation: Santa Clara casa particular
  • Evening - option to visit the Mejunje, famous cultural centre and nightclub with live music, a favourite of young locals.

Day 7

  • Breakfast at homestay
  • Journey by private bus/car to Havana (4 hours)
  • (optional) - Visit Che Guevara's house overlooking Havana, where it was based on the Revolution.
  • Visit open-air museum showing featuring Soviet nuclear missiles (thankfully now inert!) Of the period in 1962 when the world came closer than ever to the brink of nuclear war
  • Visit the Havana Club Museum of Rum. Free samples!
  • Meet up for dinner and evening out, Cuban-style on the Malecón or in one of Havana's new elite private nightclubs
  • Accommodation: Havana casa particular

Day 8

  • Breakfast at homestay
  • End of the tour! It is completely fine to leave your things at the homestay while you wait for your flight, or go exploring the city further. We can arrange a private taxi to the airport for you if you wish.
  • Departure Havana / Varadero Airport
  • Expert English / Spanish speaking guide throughout.
  • Accommodation: Every night of the tour, in casa particulars, 2 or 3 pax per room. These are government-licensed and inspected private homestays, all rooms with private bathroom, towels, A / C. Some are fascinating examples of local architecture.
  • Transport: To complete the itinerary. Outside of Havana, this will be in your own private, licensed, air-conditioned minibus with professional driver for groups of more than 3 people. Smaller groups will be in a modern air-conditioned car with the guide as driver.
  • Breakfasts: for each day of the tour, except the arrival day.
  • Dinner: 1 group dinner in a local homestay.
  • Entrance fees to Museums and historical sites as per itinerary