Havana & Cienfuegos Tour, Cuba, April 27 - May 4, 2019

Price Per Person - $2,590

We will be spending 6 nights abroad in Cuba! We are very excited to share a fins-off tour of Havana and Cienfuegos. A variety of activities have been organized, and such as touring historic hotels, craft markets, art museums, cigar factories, sugar mills, and Manaca Iznaga Tower. Three days will be spent at each destination, to experience Cuban culture and cuisine. Celebrate Havana's 500th anniversary and more when you take a trip back in time to Cuba this spring!

Planned Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Saturday, April 27, 2019

    • Arrive Havana! The earlier you get here, the more time you have today to enjoy your first taste of this amazing city, which was founded 500 years ago in 1519. Check-in at Hotel Nacional de Cuba is at 4 pm, but you can leave your bags here and go explore independently if you arrive earlier.

    • Mid-day transfer from Jose Marti airport (HAV) is included. Earlier or later arrivals can easily take a taxi.

    • Overview bus tour of the city.

    • Dinner at a local paladar (private restaurant).

    • Evening stroll along the Malecón in front of Hotel Nacional and meet local Cubans.

    • Optional Buena Vista Social Club at Melia Cohiba or nightlife of Havana with local guide. Overnight at Hotel Nacional.

  • Day 2: Sunday, April 28, 2019

    • Breakfast at hotel.

    • Walk through Old Havana with local guide to learn about recent restoration projects as well as the history of the city. Havana celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2019!

    • Stop at La Bodeguita del Medio, one of Hemingway’s hangouts, for a drink.

    • Lunch at local private restaurant (included).

    • Learn about the Santeria religion and interact with both local people and the dancers after an Afro-Cuban performance at Callejon de Hamel.

    • Enjoy sunset Havana view with a mojito at Hotel Nacional. Free time before dinner.

    • Dinner at Ivan y Justo paladar.

    • Nightlife options: local Jazz Club, Tropicana, or on your own.

  • Day 3: Monday, April 29, 2019

    • Breakfast at hotel.

    • Visit the famous Hemingway House Museum: Finca Vigia.

    • Panoramic tour to Cojimar, the fishing community where Hemingway was inspired to write The Old Man and the Sea.

    • Lunch at local paladar .

    • Afternoon visit to Taller Experimental de la Grafica. Interact with local artists.

    • Dinner at a local paladar.

    • Evening at leisure, overnight at Hotel Nacional.

  • Day 4: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    • Breakfast at hotel.

    • Meet with your local guide and bus driver. Depart to rural community Las Terrazas.

    • Visit Las Terrazas Eco-Social Community and stop by to visit the Buena Vista Coffee Plantation and enjoy a homemade coffee with María.

    • Visit the House/Workshop of local artist Lester Campa.

    • Lunch at La Casa del Campesino Restaurant (or similar).

    • Visit the San Juan River area, and take a swim if you like.

    • Return to Hotel Nacional for some down time.

    • Dinner on your own (guide to make recommendations).

  • Day 5: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    • May Day in Havana!

    • After breakfast and check-out, we'll:

      • Observe the parade and enjoy the crowd of the May 1st at Plaza de la Revolution.

      • Depart for Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs

      • Stop at Fiesta Campesina, short restroom stop.

      • Visit to Bay of Pigs Museum.

    • Depart to Cienfuegos

      • Enjoy a late lunch at Finca del Mar paladar.

      • Check in Jagua Hotel with welcome cocktail.

      • Dinner on your own (guide to make recommendations).

  • Day 6: Thursday, May 2, 2019

    • Breakfast at hotel.

    • Visit Benny More’s professional art school and meet with teachers and students.

    • Visit to Anastacio Cardenas Cigar Factory.

    • Drive to the city center.

    • Walking tour of Cienfuegos historic center including a visit to Tomas Terry Theater and the Cathedral.

    • Free time to explore the craft market.

    • Lunch at local restaurant.

    • Depart for guided visit at the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden.

    • Return to the hotel, dinner on your own (guide to make recommendations).

  • Day 7: Friday, May 3 2019

    • Breakfast at hotel.

    • Depart to Trinidad.

    • Walking tour around the historic center.

    • Lunch at the restaurant San Jose paladar.

    • Check-in at Iberostar Trinidad.

    • Dinner at local restaurant.

    • Evening free after dinner to enjoy the charming colonial center by night.

  • Day 8: Thursday, May 4, 2019

    • Breakfast at hotel followed by a morning at leisure to enjoy the old town.

    • Depart for Jucaro. On the way stop in Manaca Iznaga, overlooking the Valle de los Ingenios - the Valley of the Sugar Mills.

    • Lunch at local restaurant.