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ITINERARY INFORMATION

Following on from the Cuba Revolutionary May Day Tour, this extension gives you the opportunity to visit some extra sights in Havana, including the secret bunker where the nuclear missiles that precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis were stored, and the upcoming town of Viñales in the Pinar del Rio Province. We’ll explore the sights and the nightlife, including Cuba’s second famous cave nightclub!

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the secret bunker where the USSR stored the nuclear weapons that precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Check out the unique nightlife of the formerly sleepy town of Viñales
  • Learn about the tobacco growing and cigar making process in the part of Cuba where the best tobacco is grown, with samples to try of course!
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ITINERARY

Monday 7th May

  • We aim to leave at 11.00 am, depending on Cuban bureaucracy!
  • Our first stop is Lenin Hill, which is where the first ever statue of Lenin was erected following his death, this is very derelict and not at all touristy!
  • Lunch at a Cuban style street restaurant
  • #TRIP HIGHLIGHT# We now visit the incredibly secret bunker where the Soviet Union stored the nuclear weapons that precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis. This site is of extreme historical significance and was only recently discovered. This is not on the tourist trail!
  • We now visit the former Soviet embassy, a huge example of socialist architecture, as well as some other Soviet era tower blocks for some great fusion photos of Havana’s rich history
  • We now take the 2-3 hour scenic drive to Viñales. On arrival we check into our casa before heading out for dinner and drinks in this formerly sleepy town that whilst still relaxing now has a bustling nightlife.
  • Overnight in Viñales

Tuesday May 8th

  • In the morning we head to the prehistoric wall for some amusing photos before heading over to a tobacco farm for a chance to see the process of cigar making, as well as have a try of the produce
  • Another great reason to come to this farm is for the stunning views of the surrounding rolling hills that you get from here
  • Lunch at farm accompanied by great views
  • Viñales is famous for its stunning caves, with a number being big tourist attractions, we avoid them like the plague grab our local guide and head to a cave that is (currently) relatively unknown. It takes an hours hike, and then heading through the cave network with lights before we hit the swimming part of the adventure. Truly stunning, so don't forget the go-pro!
  • We head back to the casa for a shower before heading out to a great vantage point to enjoy our last sunset with a cocktail as a group
  • We finish our last night in Viñales with an authentic home cooked Cuban meal at our casa.
  • Drinks and conversation in the rocking chairs on the patio to end our last evening
  • Overnight

Wednesday May 9th

  • Head back to Havana after breakfast
  • End of tour! Cuban Pioneers can arrange a private taxi to the airport for you if you wish.

Price inclusive of:

  • Accommodation: Every night of the tour.
  • Transport: To complete the itinerary.
  • Breakfasts: for each day of the tour, except the arrival day.
  • All lunches (excluding arrival and departure day)
  • Local English-speaking guide throughout.
  • Experienced, western Cuban Pioneer guide throughout.
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary

Price exclusive of:

  • International Flights
  • Visa/Tourist voucher (we can advise/provide depending on your passport and country of residence)
  • Insurance
  • All dinners (unless otherwise stated)
  • Drinks
  • Tips (we suggest $8 per day for guides and drivers)
  • Optional activities, day-tours and excursions (such as horse-riding and crocodile farm)
  • Departure taxes ($25CUC/person) and excess baggage fees (where applicable)