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Captivating Cuba an independent boutique specialist tour operator, with more than 25 years’ experience providing high-quality tailormade travel to Cuba and beyond.

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The Essential Cuba Tour

A 7 night tour of Western Cuba

A 7-night fully escorted tour that has been carefully designed from over 25 years’ experience of tour planning in Cuba.

You will gain a fantastic insight into Cuba, one of the most unique destinations in the world. Our fully escorted tour, led by an experienced English-speaking guide, will cover the most important sights of the island, but also allow you to discover the real Cuba.

We have included unique highlights in the itinerary, these include:
  • An afternoon cruising the streets of Havana in a chauffeur driven old American car
  • A visit to a famous working cigar factory in Havana
  • A visit to the fascinating City Museum overlooking the historic Plaza De Armas
  • Authentic cocktail making and tapas served at a unique private bar-restaurant
  • A day exploring picturesque Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular scenery
  • 2 weekend nights in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trinidad where history and the live music scene isat its best
  • A visit to the beautiful El Nicho Waterfalls in the Escambray Mountains
  • A farewell dinner in one of Havana’s famous private restaurants
  • A final night performance by the renowned Legendarios de Guajirito

Why Captivating Cuba

Our Tours are Guaranteed

We offer private and group tours of up to 21 people departing weekly from Havana. No matter the group size, our tours are always guaranteed to go ahead.

A Complete Package

All our tours include accommodation, air-conditioned transport and meals so you don't have to organise a thing. Upgrades are also available on request.

Includes English speaking guides, a concierge team across Cuba as well as a 24/7 UK WhatsApp service and offices in Havana, so you are always fully supported.

Tour Highlights


Welcome to Havana

After a welcome at the airport, a transfer will take you to your accommodation confirmed for the tour, which will be well located in Old Havana. Depending on your arrival time, there may be the chance to take a wander through the local area and sample Havana’s amazing street life


Havana Highlights

A day packed full of Havana’s highlights including a visit to a working cigar factory, the City Museum, a guided walk through Old Havana, exploring the city in vintage cars, an authentic cocktail lesson, and a visit to a local tapas bar.

Those who want to visit the world-famous Tropicana cabaret show can reserve tickets.


Vinales Valley & Las Terrazas

Travel west to Vinales Valley, protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site for outstanding natural beauty where there will be a boat ride through the El Indio caves, and a visit to a tobacco drying house.

Head to Las Terrazas National Park, there will be a tour of the reserve, village and an introduction to the eco-activities and farming practices.


Santa Clara & Trinidad

Explore Santa Clara, a city of major historical significance. Visit the final resting place of Che Guevara and the museum dedicated to his life. See Tren Blindado, the iconic remains of the government train that was attacked by Che Guevara and his revolutionaries.

Visit Sugar Mill Valley where the 145ft Manaca Iznaga Tower stands as a silent witness to Cuba’s history of slavery.



Take a tour of the center of Trinidad including a visit to the History Museum focusing on a family’s life in Cuba in the 1800s.

The afternoon will be free to relax, enjoy an independent lunch and further exploration of the city, or perhaps take a taxi to the nearby Caribbean beach of Playa Ancon, enjoy the beach and perhaps even sunset there.



Head to Cienfuegos, visit El Nicho Park, with dozens of waterfalls and natural pools, one of the most beautiful spots in Cuba. Walk a hiking trail, observe the flora and fauna and enjoy swimming in the cool pools.

Tour the Botanical Gardens, one of the largest in the Americas. On arrival in Cienfuegos there will be a stroll through the centre and along the seafront.


The Bay of Pigs & Havana

Discover The Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed CIA backed invasion of Cuba that was repelled by Fidel and Che and their revolutionaries. Visit the museum, explore the village and beach.

Visit Guama, take an exhilarating boat ride through the mangroves. Enjoy a farewell dinner in Havana, before heading to Legendarios de Guajirito’, with former members of the Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro-Cuban All Stars.



Today is free for you to explore Havana independently, relax or leave Havana for your beach extension in Varadero, Jibacoa, the ‘Cayos’ or eastern Cuba. For those leaving Cuba today, a transfer will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport for your departure flight home.

Interested in booking this tour or want to
enquire about tailor-made alternatives

We’d be happy to answer all of your questions. Give us a call to start planning your Cuban getaway.
Call us on +44 (0) 1438 419 111 or click below to send us a message.
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