Day 1 Havana Arrive in Havana at any time and transfer your casa particular. One of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. It contains a wealth of colonial architecture, and the old city and streets around the malecon (ocean-side walkway) are best discovered on foot.
After the group welcome meeting at 6pm, we will be heading out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant (optional). If you arrive late, the leader will leave you a message at the front desk.
It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV).
Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Havana (1B, 1L) Learn more about the city's history on an included walking tour of Old Havana. After, enjoy an included tour in vintage automobiles. Revel in the bustle, history, and rhythms of this fascinating Caribbean capital city. After lunch spend time exploring Havana with a free afternoon.
Havana City Tour in Vintage Car
Havana City Walking Tour
Informal Spanish Lesson
Day 3 Viñales (1B, 1L) A short trip west brings us to "The Garden Province" of Pinar del Rio and to the Valley of Viñales with the town of the same name. Enjoy an included cigar tour en route before getting your cameras ready for the lush vistas and pincushion hills around Viñales, called mogotes.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 189km)
Day 4 Viñales (1B) Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, take the chance to explore the area, or simply sit back and enjoying the view.
Viñales orientation tour
Day 5 Viñales/Cienfuegos (1B, 1L) Settle in for a travel day to Cienfuegos. Along the way, stop off at the Giron Museum at the Bay of Pigs to learn more about the US military involvement with Cuba. Opt to go for a swim in the beautiful waters before continuing on to the seaside town of Cienfuegos.
Giron Museum Visit
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 370km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 100km)
Day 6 Cienfuegos/Trinidad (1B) A trip south brings us through the beautiful Topes de Collantes region to the southern coastal city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad. We include a tour of the area to get your general bearings; the rest of the time is free to wander the cobblestone streets, shop, and experience the great music scene that has made this city famous.
Trinidad Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 80km)
Day 7 Trinidad (1B, 1D) Enjoy a free day in Trinidad to discover this Spanish colonial town that was founded in the 16th century and still preserves a look and feel of the past.
Day 8 Trinidad/Havana (1B, 1D) Head east along the Carretera Central to the city of Santa Clara, a key location in the history of the Revolution. On your way into town visit key historical sites, including the massive Che monument (Santa Clara is also the final resting place of Che Guevara).
Travel back to the north coast to Havana for your final night on the town with the group.
Che Guevara's Monument Visit
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Havana (1B) Depart at any time.
Check out from the hotel is approx. 12pm midday.