8 DAY LIVELY CUBA TOUR
Join us in Cuba for our 8 Day Cuba Group Tour – Lively, and enjoy an adventure unlike any other. Engage in the lively culture, enthralling history and breath-taking beauty of this evocative and vibrant Caribbean island. Current economic and political transformations in Cuba suggest that there is no better time to visit the country than now. Saunter down Trinidad’s cobble-stoned streets, discover Havana’s secrets through the windows of degenerate colonial buildings and let music fill the air in the lush surroundings of Vinales’ distinctive karst valley. Salsa, cigars and antiquated cars are all on our 8 Day Cuba Group Tour agenda. It’s a unique people-to-people travel experience that stirs the emotions, as well as the senses.
Experience Cuban hospitality on one of our Cuba group tours while staying at a Casa Particular (Cuban B&B)
English-speaking local Cuban guide
Feel the beat of Cuba’s lively nightlife
Get curious exploring the spell-binding Havana Veija
Visit Cuba’s lush tobacco region, Vinales
Plunge into warm Caribbean waters
Enjoy a scrumptious cocktail over stunning views
Visit the final resting place of the immortalised Che Guevara
Take in the historic french-influenced architecture of Cienfuegos
Day 1 - Havana
Known as the capital of fun during the 40’s and 50’s, this spellbinding city immediately captures the curiosity of her many visitors. But where do you start? We recommend those booked on our 8 Day Cuba Group Tour put on their walking shoes and take in Havana’s rich history, grand monuments, world famous cigars and scrumptious cocktails. You can easily get lost in Havana Vieja (old Havana), the old city of cobble stoned alleyways and colonial buildings, ancient squares and noted churches. All of our Cuba group tours offer day one as the perfect day to get your bearings and meet your guide and group for an optional evening meal.
Day 2 - Cienfuegos
Stop off at Playa Girón/ Bay of Pigs, long associated with the USA’s first military failure in Latin America. The natural beauty of this area is stunning, with cave systems, coral formations and an abundance of sea life making it a must for snorkelers, divers and ocean lovers alike.
If Cuba had a Paris then it would probably be Cienfuegos, which stands out for its rich French-influenced architecture. A harbour city by location, the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ has seduced Cuban travellers for years due to its elegance and beauty. Founded in 1819 by Don Luis de Clouet, Cienfuegos luckily managed to remain free of pirate attacks, allowing this popular city to prosper. Explore the wide streets and promenades or enjoy a walk by the Malecon, the longest promenade on the island.“Cienfuegos is the city I like the best”, wrote Beni More, one of Cubas most important musicians in the first half of the 20th century. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.
Duration - 8 Days, 7 Nights
Start - Havana, Cuba
Finish - Havana, Cuba
Group Size - 2-10
Meals - 7 breakfasts
Accomodation -Cuban B&B's/ Casa Particular's - 7 nights
Transport - Classic American car or Taxi
Inclusions - English-speaking local Cuban guide,transportation between destinations, 7 breakfasts, airport transfer on arrival
Plus: Orientation walks at each destination, Havana city tour in classic car, visit to a Vinales tobacco barn, Che memorial & museum, informal salsa lesson in Trinidad, 1 x drink at Cienfuegos night spot
There are a range of optional activities and excursions you can enjoy on all of our Cuba group tours
Exclusions - International flights, all lunches and dinners (unless specified), travel insurance, visa & passport costs, drinks, tips, optional activities, airport taxes.
Below are the estimated travel times between destinations on this 8 Day Cuba Group Tour. For the longer journey’s our guides like to break-up the journey by stopping for lunch and at various points of interest along the way.
Havana to Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs: 5 hours
Cienfuegos to Trinidad via Santa Clara: 4 hours
Trinidad to Vinales: 7-8 hours
Vinales to Havana: 3 hours
Day 3&4 - Trinidad
Today our 8 Day Cuba Group Tour heads to the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial in Santa Clara, where Che’s remains are immortalized following their discovery in Bolivia in 1997. Santa Clara holds a special place in Cuban history, where in December 1958, Commander Ernesto Che Guevara led his revolutionary rebels in the derailment of the armoured train carrying the ammunition Batista had sent to defeat Fidel – the revolution was won.
Then it’s on to the favourite destination of many a traveler to Cuba. Trinidad was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez and is considered a jewel in Cuban colonial architecture. For some, Trinidad is a living museum, stuck in the time of Cuba’s first War of Independence when local sugar plantations were devastated by fire. The vibrant colours and soulful music littered along cobbled streets will simply take your breath away.
Take the opportunity to visit a local waterfall, historic sugar mill or one of Cuba’s best beaches – Playa Ancon. An evening at one of Trinidad’s effervescent music venues is a must!
Day 5&6 - Vinales
Set in a beautiful, lush valley of the Pinar del Rio province, Vinales is one of the most breathtaking locations in Cuba. In the heart of Cuba’s prime tobacco growing region, Vinales sits quietly surrounded by a number of stunning karst hill formations known as mogotes (pin cushions).
Experience first-hand the hospitality of a Cuban Homestay and take advantage of the many outdoor activities available to you. Breathtaking views and an ‘enthusiastic’ nightlife will surely make your stay in Vinales a memorable one.
Immerse yourself in Cuban culture by visiting a local tobacco farm and having lunch with a local farmer. All of our Cuba group tours offer the chance to take salsa lessons, and Vinales is definitely a great place to do this!
Day 7&8 - Havana
Back in Havana you have the opportunity to explore some more and experience Cuban nightlife one last time. A tour of the city by classic car is included as part of your 8 Day Cuba Group Tour with us – enjoy!