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Cuba 8 Days Original Tours

DEPART Havana END Havana

style Trip style: Small Group, Big adventures 
access_alarms Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Accommodation: B&B Homestays
Single Supplement : Single Room for the tour - US$215 extra
Local Payment: CUC200.00(Cuban Pesos)
Transport: Local bus, private mini-bus, taxi 
Activities included: Walking tour of Old Havana, Che Guevara Museum
Other Inclusions:7 breakfasts, airport arrival transfer, local guide throughout Suggested combinations: Combine with the Eastern Cuba Short Stay, or a Beach stay package!
date_range Departures: EveryWeek (Book it 10% OFF).

Please note: Itineraries for the tours in Cuba can and do change during the course of the year due to a variety of reasons. We are not always able to advise you in advance of these changes. We ask for your understanding and flexibility in these cases.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Arrival Day Havana
  • Day 2,3 - Viñales
  • Day 4 - Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs
  • Day 5,6 - Trinidad
  • Day 7 - Havana via Santa Clara
  • Day 8 - Departure Day

If your time is limited, this 8 day tour of Cuba an ideal way to sample some of the best of Cuba - the bustling and vibrant Havana, the historic Santa Clara, and the enchanting and rural sides of Cuba - with stays in Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Viñales. These places are common favourites for travellers who have come to Cuba seeking authentic cultural experiences. While Trinidad presents us with beautiful white sand beaches, colonial architecture, waterfalls, and a charming village atmosphere, Viñales offers stunning mountainous scenery, sprawling tobacco fields and friendly locals. A local Cuban tour guide accompanies the group throughout, and accommodation is nearly entirely in the homes of Cuban families.

Summary of Travel Times

  • Havana to Viñales - 3 hours
  • Viñales to Cienfuegos va Bay of Pigs - 8 hours
  • Cienfuegos to Trinidad - 3 hours
  • Trinidad to Havana via Santa Clara - 7 hours

Arrival and Departure Accommodation in Havana

The first and last nights of the tour in Cuba will be in B&B Homestay Accommodation, centrally located in Old Havana.

  • We include an arrival transfer from the Havana airport (or from anywhere else in Havana if you are already in Cuba) to the joining Homestay Accommodation.
  • On the booking form, you can request extra nights before or after the tour in the same homestay you will have for the tour.
We also offer other accommodation options in Havana for before or after the tour. Click to see options.

Late arrivals or Early departures

Late Arrival - If you plan to arrive on Day 2 or after, we can arrange for you to catch up to the group. This may involve you paying transport costs to do so.
Early Departure - The group will arrive back in Havana, around midday on Day 7, so a departure from Cuba in the evening of Day 7 is possible. An earlier departure than this is also possible and may involve you paying transport costs for us to send you back to Havana by yourself.  

Spending Money

We estimate you will need between US$450 and US$600 for local expenses during the tour, such food and optional activities (but not including the Local Payment).

my_location Day 1 - Arrive Havana

Arrive in Havana at any time. Today is the arrival day of the tour so there are no planned activities and you can check into the hotel and relax or go and explore the city. One of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Adventure among the splendorous crumbling architecture of the streets of old Havana and sit on the famous sea wall (El Malecon) to take in the view and some fresh air, and to socialize with the colourful and friendly 'Habaneros'.

my_location Day 2,3 - Viñales

Arrive in Havana at any time. Today is the arrival day of the tour so there are no planned activities and you can check into the hotel and relax or go and explore the city. One of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Adventure among the splendorous crumbling architecture of the streets of old Havana and sit on the famous sea wall (El Malecon) to take in the view and some fresh air, and to socialize with the colourful and friendly 'Habaneros'.

my_location Day 4 - Bay of Pigs / Cienfuegos

We head back past Havana to the French founded city of Cienfuegos through the densely vegetated Peninsula de Zapata swamp-lands, and along the beautiful Bay of Pigs. This is where the landing of counter-revolutionary exile militia occured in 1961. There is a musuem here that recounts the events of this conflict which resulted in the first defeat of a U.S backed take-over in Latin America. We will also make stops at a beautiful swimming hole (cenote) which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank, and if the conditions are favourable, at beach for snorkelling. 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 Son singer to write the words “Cienfuegos is the city I like best”.

my_location Day 5,6 - Trinidad

For many visitors to Cuba, Trinidad is their standout favourite destination. No other colonial city in Cuba is so well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, none the least of which is Santeria, which is one of several Afro-Cuban religions. The thing however that visitors most love about Trinidad is the nightlife. There are no less than 10 live music venues all within a short walking distance. Many of these have lovely outdoor settings, in courtyards, and within the walls of old colonial ruins. We are near the lovely Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugarmills) and Playa Ancón - where you can enjoy long stretches of unspoiled, white sand beaches. Scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming in waterfalls, and horse-riding are other optional activities.

my_location Day 7 - Havana

On the way back to Havana we stop in at the town of Santa Clara, a key city in the Cuban Revolution. Upon entering Santa Clara, there is a huge statue of Ernesto Ché Guevara, to commemorate his death and that of the revolutionaries who died along with him in Bolivia. There is also a museum here dedicated to his amazing life Its one final night of the tour in Havana, and your tour guide will have some suggestions for a farewell dinner and fun night out.

my_location Day 8 - Depart Havana

Today you are free to depart at anytime.

airport_shuttle Transportation: Private transport throughout: mini-bus, micro-bus, or taxi depending on.
visibility Included Activities : Walking tour of Old Havana, Che Guevara Museum
visibility Other Inclusions: 7 brekfasts, airport arrival transfer, local guide throughout

Hotel Included

  • International Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Insurance (Travel Medical Insurance is required to participate on the tour)
  • All meals (except for 7 breakfasts)
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
  • Airport departure transfer
  • Departure taxes (25CUC/person) and excess baggage fees

Optional Activities

  • Havana: City tour of Havana
  • Cienfuegos: free day at the beach

What to bring

  • Beach Shoes
  • hat for sun
  • rain coat
  • Camera
  • reppellent