Essential Cuba – Escorted Tour

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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

Thursday | Day 5

Breakfast at accommodation.

After breakfast, you will leave Las Terrazas and head past Havana, down the very ‘quiet’ motorway towards the east, where our first stop will be to explore Santa Clara, a city of major historical significance in Cuba.

You will visit the final resting place of Che Guevara at the very symbolic Mausoleum with time to visit the museum dedicated to his life, as well as Tren Blindado, a small museum and the iconic remains of the government train that was attacked by Che Guevara and his revolutionaries, a significant turning point in the Cuba Revolution.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant before you take the picturesque road through the Escambray mountains towards Sugar Mill Valley where the 145ft Manaca Iznaga Tower stands as a silent witness to Cuba’s history of slavery where over 30,000 slaves worked in the sugar plantations overlooked by the tower!  A ghostly visit.

As the day draws to a close you will head along the picturesque road to Trinidad, preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for a two-night stay and dinner will await in one of our chosen casa particular restaurants!

Overnight in Trinidad.

Friday | Day 6

Breakfast at accommodation.

After breakfast, you will enjoy a comprehensive tour of the center of Trinidad including visit the History Museum focusing on a family’s life in Cuba in the 1800s, and the you can sample the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane cocktail at La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, beware it is delicious, but very strong!

After lunch in a local restaurant, the remainder of the afternoon will be free to relax in the city, or perhaps take a taxi to the nearby Caribbean beach of Playa Ancon and enjoy the beach and perhaps even the sunset there.

Dinner tonight will be at a local private restaurant, it’s the final evening in Trinidad and also the weekend, therefore dancing to local live music is a must so feel free to visit one of Trinidad’s growing number of bars and listen to some excellent live music!

Overnight in Trinidad.

Saturday | Day 7

Breakfast at accommodation.

An early departure from Trinidad takes you towards Cienfuegos, with a visit to El Nicho Park, a marvel of nature with dozens of waterfalls and natural pools in an area virtually untouched, hidden among the mountains and one of the most beautiful spots in Cuba. A paradise which combines the green of the vegetation, rivers, the Black Creek waterfalls, where water plunges more than 30 meters, and we reach the area by taking a very scenic route through many quaint rural villages.

During the tour, you can walk up through numerous walking paths with ‘El Reino de las Aguas’, a gentle hiking trail of 2 km (1.2 miles). Observe the flora and fauna and enjoy swimming in the cool river pools at the end of the walk. Lunch will then be enjoyed here.

Continuing after El Nicho to the French influenced small colonial city of Cienfuegos, which sits overlooking a picturesque bay. On arrival you will take a stroll through the colonial centre and along the seafront ‘malecon’ promenade. Leaving Cienfuegos, perhaps have a snooze as you head back towards Havana for the last night on the tour.

In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner in a carefully chosen private restaurant in Old Havana, before heading to a performance by ‘Legendarios de Guajirito’, This outstanding band is made with former members of the Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Dancing is guaranteed, and the evening is a fitting finale to an unforgettable week exploring Cuba.

Overnight in Havana.

Sunday | Day 8

Breakfast at accommodation.

Today is free for you to explore Havana independently, relax or leave Havana for your beach extension in Varadero, 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.

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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.


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