Essential Cuba – Escorted Tour

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

A seven 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!

  • Departures:  Every Monday, year-round

  • Duration: 7 nights / 8 Days

  • Main Sights: Havana, Las Terrazas, Vinales, Santa Clara, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos



July 2018

DAY 3. Las Terrazas National Park

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

DAY 3. San Juan River

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.

DAY 4. The Valley of Vinales

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.

DAY 4. The Valley of Vinales (Afternoon)

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.