Essential Cuba – Escorted Tour

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Project Description

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 guide, will cover the most important sights of the Island, but also allow you to discover the real Cuba!

Essential Cuba Tour Highlights

  • 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 Museum of the Revolution

  • Visit to the Las Terrazas National Reserve with a chance to spend time in the local community

  • A weekend in Trinidad when the live music scene is at its best!

  • A visit to the beautiful El Nicho waterfall in the Escambray mountains

  • A final farewell dinner in one of Havana’s famous private restaurants

  • A final night performance by the outstanding Legendarios de Guajirito!


July 2018

Sunday | Day 1

After a welcome at Havana airport, a transfer will take you to your accommodation confirmed for the tour, situated in an excellent location in central Havana.

Depending on the time of arrival, there may be the chance to take a wander through the local area and sample Havana’s amazing street life before retiring to bed ready for the tour ahead.

Overnight in Havana.

Monday | Day 2

Breakfast at accommodation.

After breakfast, you will meet our guide for the first time at your accommodation at 8.30/9.00am, then you will head to one of Havana’s fascinating working cigar factories, to see where Cuba’s famous cigar brands are still hand made by the local workers. Experience first-hand the stages in production from the dried tobacco leaves, to the famous branded boxes being ready for export around the world.

You will then continue to the Museum of the Revolution, housed in the former Presidential Palace, the museum offers a fascinating insight into Cuba’s revolutionary history. Lunch will then be served in one of our favourite restaurants in Old Havana.

After lunch, there will be a fascinating, guided stroll through Old Havana, visiting the four famous historical squares, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas. Absorb the atmosphere and amazing vibrancy of Old Havana and explore the narrow bustling streets which many have described as walking through a film set! An interesting insight into Old Havana where the guide will ensure you have seen the sights and some hidden, but fascinating locations away from the normal tourist routes.

There will then be a little free time to relax with a chance to head back to your accommodation for a rest, or you can continue to explore Havana independently.

In the early evening you will explore the other areas of central Havana in Old American cars!  Be chauffeur driven through the city in the most fantastic vehicles dating back to the 50s, a great way to enjoy this unique city!

The cars will take you to the impressive Revolution Square overlooked by the mural of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, through the downtown Vedado district of the city, and then on a spectacular drive along the Malecon, Havana’s seafront promenade. Next, past the elegant mansions and embassies in Miramar district where tonight’s very interesting dinner venue is located.

Dinner will be at La Fontana, one of Havana’s famous private restaurants, a perfect spot after a day exploring the city.  With great food and service, it’s a fitting end to a fabulous day.

For those that would like to visit the world-famous Tropicana open air cabaret show that dates back to the 1930’s, it is possible to pre-book your tickets before arriving in Cuba, or on arrival to Cuba (subject to availability). For those guests adding on this optional extra (additional charge), after dinner you can head off to the show.

Your guide can also recommend bars and music venues in the city for those that might want to enjoy the evening independently.

Overnight in Havana.

Tuesday | Day 3

Breakfast at accommodation.

After breakfast, you will leave Havana and head to Las Terrazas National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty which is protected as one of Cuba’s most important National Parks. You will visit the former coffee plantation houses where the guide will recount the history of Cuba’s coffee industry linked so closely to the slave trade.

Wander through the lakeside village, meet the local community and have a coffee in Maria’s coffee shop, whilst the more adventurous can take an exhilarating zip wire ride* through the tree tops and across the lake, quite an experience! *Optional activity to be paid locally

A short walk will take you along the San Juan River to an area of natural pools where it’s possible to swim, relax by the river, sunbathe or take a walk along the river banks.

After lunch at the farmers house restaurant, in a lovely setting within the national reserve and still the home of a local farmer, the remainder of the afternoon will be free to relax at the hotel or take a walk into the local community.

This evening dinner will be taken at a local restaurant specialising in local Cuban cuisine situated in the community below the hotel.

Overnight in Las Terrazas.

Wednesday | Day 4

Breakfast at accommodation.

After breakfast, you will head west to the immensely picturesque Vinales Valley, an area protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its outstanding natural beauty, dominated by strange limestone mountain formations called ‘Mogotes’.

The valley is also the home of Cuba’s tobacco plantations and during your time in Vinales, there will be a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio cave system, a visit to a typical tobacco drying house to see how the tobacco crops are turned into the world’s best cigars.  Take a short-guided walk through the valley stopping off at a farmer’s house for coffee and explore the picturesque Vinales village.

A fabulous and unique lunch will be served at a local organic farm affording wonderful views across the valley and there will be a chance to learn a little more about the farm and its organic methods which attracted the attention of President Obama.

After lunch, you will visit a local bar and have the fun of making some of Cuba’s famous rum cocktails with the local bar staff and there will be the chance to sample the cocktails if you wish.

Leaving Vinales in the late afternoon you will head back to Las Terrazas, before another unique dinner tonight at the organic vegetarian restaurant in the village. The fascinating menu with locally sourced ingredients will make it an interesting evening.

Overnight in Las Terrazas.

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  • Unlike other tours on the market, this tour is guaranteed to operate when there are 2 or more passengers booked, please do check with us for latest availability

  • This tour operates year-round offering a great choice of departure dates

  • The tour will be guided in English throughout

  • This tour has been designed for small groups so to maximise the experience for guests

  • Maximum group size can be up to 21, but usually with an average of 6 to 14 guests

  • Minimum age required 14 years old

  • This tour is designed and created by Captivating Cuba, and is marketed by us, other tour operators and travel agents in the UK & Ireland

  • On the last day in Havana, it is possible to arrange for you to continue your journey to the beach resorts of Varadero, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco, Guillermo or eastern Cuba or enjoy a second week exploring on our Ultimate Cuba Tour. Alternatively, why not spend a few more days in Havana

  • All transportation as required in the itinerary using fully air-conditioned transportation
  • The services of an English-speaking guide throughout from the first morning (day 2)
  • Breakfast, Restaurant Lunches and Dinners

  • Accommodation in Havana, Las Terrazas, and Trinidad. Optional hotel and room upgrades available on request

  • Admission fees to attractions, venues, and sights as listed in the detailed itinerary

As an extension to the tour, it is possible to continue your journey to the beach resorts of Varadero, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Coco, Guillermo or enjoy instead a second week exploring Eastern Cuba on our Best of Cuba or Ultimate Cuba tours. Alternatively, we can arrange further nights in Havana or elsewhere!

We are able to organise this tour on a private basis, enabling you to travel alone with the guide. On a private tour, it can also be possible to tailor the tour further if you require.  Visits can be added, as can duration, or indeed a specialist interest or requirement can be catered for.  We would be delighted to assist, please ask us if you would like a quotation.


Get your detailed itinerary of this tour including prices for your preferred dates, accommodation choices, available room upgrades, a complete list of what's included in this tour, and priceless tips from Cuba experts on how to make the most of your Cuba experience.