Cuba for Connoisseurs

8 days/7 nights Cuba Tour

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Cuba for Connoisseurs

All your senses will be engaged on this tour across Cuba’s best kept secrets. Taste local flavours at renowned restaurants, breathe in the aroma of the tobacco leaves, from the drying house, to the hands of the artists who roll the Habanos, and explore the bouquet of light rums that epitomize two centuries of mastery. Ever-changing, Cuba is a country of contrasts, with a unique architechture and a vibrant culture.
From the UNESCO heritage city of Trinidad to the spectacular natural landscape of the Viñales Valley to the New7Wonder City of Havana, look forward to a roller coaster of emotions. At the end, relax under the Caribbean sun at the white sandy beach of Cayo Santa María; it does not get any closer to paradise.

8 days/7 nights
Havana, Viñales, Trinidad, Cayo Santa Maria
English, German, Spanish
  • Private tour designed to indulge all your senses. No hidden fees: all activities in the program are included
  • Visit one of the best tobacco farms in Cuba
  • Dinner with Cuban artists in a mansion which is also an avant-garde art gallery
  • Dinner at La Guarida, a favourite of Hollywood stars
  • Cocktail class in the legendary Viñales Valley
  • Stroll through the old streets of Trinidad
  • Stay at Hotel Royalton Cayo Santa María, at this heavenly beach. (All Inclusive)
Day 1: Land in sight!

It was 1492; Christopher Columbus was completely mesmerized looking out at the coast from the bow of his ship La Santa Maria. Right in front of his three ships, a magical island appeared full of trees, birds and fruits; a completely new kind of beauty. More than 500 years later, we are glad to welcome you to Cuba to enjoy all the wonders that make this island known all over the world.
Accommodation with breakfast included at B&B La Reserva Vedado or similar, Havana

Day 2: My Havana

Havana is a marvellous city, a catalogue of architecture, an inexhaustible source of interaction with its people who invite you to live it passionately. Today's tour will begin with a 50's classic car ride along the Malecón (the favourite place of Havana’s locals), passing under the bay to Morro Castle for you to enjoy an exceptional view of the city. We continue along the side of the Almendares River through the green areas of Havana's city park, also known as "The forest of Havana". After the panoramic tour, we have lunch in a typical Cuban restaurant (Paladar). With new energy we will begin to walk the streets of Old Havana through its great squares. In the afternoon continue to meet several Cuban entrepreneurs, the first stop will be at Beyond Roots, the first Afro-style store on the island inspired by creating awareness of naturalness and pride of African roots. Next stop is the Oasis Nelva creperie, a true oasis in the city where great cocktails are served and the owner will be happy to exchange experiences in her green garden paradise. Last stop for today is in Zulu a venture with more than 30 years of experience in making beautiful leather bags, learn more about the story of professional women who learned how to give shape and life to the humble beauty of this natural row material with just some small cuts of leather, left overs from a shoe factory. End up the day with a nice ride back to the hotel in one of those funny tuck tuks (coco taxis).
Accommodation with breakfast included at B&B La Reserva Vedado or similar, Havana (B/L)

Day 3: The World of Tobacco

Made entirely by hand, Cuban cigars ignite the most intense passions in thousands of smokers around the world. This kind of art has its origins in America. Today we will follow the tobacco route traveling to the province of Pinar del Rio, specifically to the region of Vuelta Abajo, where the best tobacco in the world is harvested. To learn about this exciting field, we chose La Finca de Quemado de Rubí owned by Héctor Luis, one of Cuba's most famous tobacco producers, who was awarded HOMBRE HABANO for the excellence of his leaves. A tour of the farm will reveal to you the complex process of cutting, drying, aging and selection of the leaves. Then you will visit a tobacco factory where cigars are finally produced. The trip will continue to Viñales, a small rural town known for its small limestone cliffs called mogotes. Admire the mogotes in detail while having lunch in a local restaurant and tasting food directly produced in the countryside. After lunch, enjoy a fun cocktail class in a spectacular setting surrounded by beautiful mountains, an unforgettable experience! In the afternoon, you will return to Havana, but not before contemplating the valley from the viewpoint of Hotel Los Jazmines for the last picture. In the evening, special dinner at La Guarida restaurant, shooting set of the famous Cuban film Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate); a favourite of Hollywood stars and the Spanish Monarchy.
Accommodation with breakfast included at B&B La Reserva Vedado or similar, Havana (B/L/D)

Day 4: Cuban Art: The Expression of the people

Cuban art is hidden in every corner of this island. It appears around an old alley, in a small gallery, in a painting by Wilfredo Lam or through the shoes of a young ballet star. It is the art of the people. With today's tour, you will experience the diversity of Cuban art. Early in the morning after breakfast, you will visit the photo gallery of the Corrales family, who have been photographing the Cuban revolution for 3 generations. Walking through Havana you will arrive at the Museum of Fine Arts, which hosts the most important collection of Cuban art in the world from the sixteenth century until today. Lunch at the Paladar Iván Chef Justo will be a real wake up-call for your taste buds. The owner of this Paladar was Fidel's personal chef and one of the first to own a private restaurant in Cuba. After lunch, tour of Havana's most exclusive area: Miramar. Bordering fancy gardens, wide avenues with huge tree parks and imposing mansions, you will arrive at a modern art space: Eduardo Guerra home & studio. The rest of the afternoon at leisure, while a gourmet dinner with the company of artists awaits you in the evening.
Accommodation with breakfast included at B&B La Reserva Vedado or similar, Havana (B/L/D)

Day 5: The Sea and the City (260 km)

Cienfuegos is a city shaped by the sea, which shows its French origin and design, and is the pride of its inhabitants who familiarly call it the Pearl of the South. It has a very particular elongated layout that influences the daily life. You will arrive in Cienfuegos and start the tour of the city. Enjoy a typical lunch in a Paladar in Punta Gorda with a relaxing view of the bay. Later you will visit the Moorish Palace, which keeps a beautiful fairy tale-like love story and share a walk through the bay to see one of Cuba's oldest fortresses: Nuestra señora de los Ángeles de Jagua. The rest of the day is free for you to walk along the seafront in the evening and take in the sea air.
Accommodation with breakfast included at Hotel Meliá Unión (4*), Junior Suite, Cienfuegos (B/L)

Day 6: Once upon a time...Trinidad (85 km)

Today's destination is no ordinary town. Declared World Heritage and Artisan City of the World by UNESCO, Trinidad was the third town founded in Cuba by the Spaniards. During the middle of the 19th century, sugar prices and the enormous amount of sugar mills brought great prosperity to the town. Departure in the morning and journey along the southern coast to Trinidad. Walk through its old cobblestone streets adorned by its colonial houses, symbols of the power of the old sugar barons. During the visit to two local museums, you will admire the collection of ancient objects belonging to 5 centuries of history. Later, enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant and later visit the Casa del Alfarero, a craft workshop of clay pieces. Rest of the afternoon free for handcraft shopping. In the evening, you will enjoy the nightlife and the contagious Cuban music at a place you can choose from the Casa de la Trova or Casa de la Música.
Accommodation with breakfast included at high end B&B Casa de la Trinidad or similar. (B/L)

Day 7: Journey to Paradise (210 km)

Cuba would not be a paradise without its dozens of unique beaches with crystal clear waters and fine white sand. Early departure from Trinidad to the north coast of Cuba to experience the calm beaches of Cayo Santa Maria. On the way, you will visit the old hacienda Manaca Iznaga with its iconic tower and pass by the city of Santa Clara where Che won the final battle for the triumph of the Revolution. Later, a small stop in Remedios, will allow you to know one of the oldest settlements in Cuba. On the last stretch of the tour, we will enter an old sugar mill converted into a museum with steam locomotives and learn about the process of sugar production. Finally, you will pass by the pedraplén, created over 10 years ago, that joins the city of Caibarien with Cayos Las Brujas, Ensenachos and Santa María to relax and enjoy nature in this heavenly environment.
Arrival at the Hotel Royalton Cayo Santa María to enjoy the beach.
Accommodation with All Inclusive: Hotel Royalton Cayo Santa María (5*), Junior Suite, Cayo Santa Maria (B/AI)

Day 8: Farewell (400 km/343 KM)

Departure from Cayo Santa María at 1:00 p.m. towards Havana or Varadero. (Direct transfer to Havana or Varadero included only for this day, either to the airport or to the accommodation). (B)

  • Private tours are available all year round.

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This tour is possible as:

PRIVATE TOUR - Services Included
  • The tours are always carried out in air-conditioned vehicles (Taxi/Microbus/Bus) of the quality customary in the country with a professional driver and tour guide. Depending on the number of passengers, the following vehicles are used:
    • Up to 2 people: standard taxi (Please note that the vehicle has a maximum of one piece of luggage per person
      as the driver and tour guide are in the same vehicle and carry luggage according to the duration of the trip.)
    • From 3-6 pax in a minivan/microbus (6-10 seats)
  • Transfers according the program
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program
  • During the roundtrip day 1 - 8 English-speaking local guide
  • 7 overnight stays at the mentioned accommodations (according to availability)
  • 7x breakfast, 5x lunch, 2x dinner, 1All-Inclusive
PRIVATE TOUR - Services NOT included
  • All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program
  • Optional shows and excursions, including transfers (contact )
  • Extending nights in Cayo Santa María, Varadero
  • Transfer to the airport after extensions
  • For a bath extension in Cayo Santa Maria / Varadero, the return transfer is not included in the price and no refund will be offered
  • Personal expenses and tips



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