The Soul of Cuba

9 Days/8 Nights Cuba Tour

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The Soul of Cuba

Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this island on a tour of three Cuban gems: Havana, Trinidad and Varadero. Enjoy unique experiences in the 500-year-old capital city, which has just added the title of New 7 Wonder city to its long list of accolades. From the infinity pool of the Iberostar Grand Packard Hotel, admire the breath-taking view of the Morro Lighthouse and the Malecón Habanero. Discover Old Havana icons, including the Capitol Building and the Palacio del Segundo Cabo; as well as fascinating attractions, such as a classic car repair shop and studio-galleries of famous artists. Take a front row seat at a rehearsal of the dance company Havana Queens and meet a professional torcedor who will engage all your senses with a tasting of cigars, coffee and rum.

Then, leave for the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trinidad in what will feel like a journey to the 19th century to appreciate the most authentic picture of a colonial city in its golden age. End your tour in style at Varadero, one of the most beautiful beaches worldwide, with a three-night stay at the all-inclusive Iberostar Selection Varadero Hotel.

9 Days/8 Nights
Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Varadero
English, German, Spanish
  • High-end hotels at exceptional locations
  • Meet with artists such as Arian Irsula and dancers of the company Havana Queens
  • Taste premium Cuban products like rum and tobacco
  • Visit three Cuban tourist jewels: Havana, Trinidad and Varadero
  • Private tour with an exclusive guide fluent in your language
Day 1: Arrival to Havana

Personal welcome at Havana’s airport by the guide who will accompany you on the tour. Private transfer to the Iberostar Gran Packard hotel, one of the most modern and luxurious hotels in Havana. Its location in front of the bay and at the entrance of Old Havana, makes it the optimal place to explore the city.
Accommodation with breakfast included: Iberostar Gran Packard Hotel, Deluxe Room, Havana

Day 2: Havana’s passion and Cuban flavor

Havana generates a kind of nostalgic passion in those who do not have the pleasure of enjoying it every day. This charming city has the magic to tie you to its decadent architecture and its heartfelt people. In the morning, you start with a panoramic ride in classic American Oldtimers through the modern parts of Havana including the Malecón, the magical forest of Parque Almendares and of course, the famous Plaza de la Revolución. Here, you stop to admire the beautiful statue of the national hero José Martí, as well as the sculptural relief based on Korda's famous photo of “Che” Guevara. In the residential neighborhood of Vedado, a visit to the Irsula Studio gallery, whose artist, Arián, has spent years experimenting with abstract painting based on his fascination with fractals captured by cameras and special lenses is a special highlight. Lunch will be held with at the family residence of a young and extremely creative chef, who has created a unique atmosphere in his private home and gives his peculiar touch to his dishes, which are exclusively made out of fresh ingredients. To perfectly end the day, you stroll through the streets of Havana to discover the 4 most important old squares of the historic center. Walking along the emblematic Obispo Street you will find your way back to your accommodation.
Accommodation with breakfast included: Iberostar Gran Packard Hotel, Deluxe Room, Havana (B/L)

Day 3: The Cuban mix: Music, Dance, Cigars and Rum (25 km)

Start the day and warm up for today’s adventure having exclusive access to the rehearsals of the famous Havana Queens dance company. Behind the scenes you are able to see how a choreography is created and you will even be able to rehearse some steps with the dancers. Back in the city center you have a table reservation at a local private restaurant (paladar) to enjoy lunch or just some tapas accompanied by a spectacular view of the sea. (Lunch is not included, you can order what you want a la cart and pay on sight) In the afternoon you enjoy the hotels facilities. At the wonderful “Cigar – Lounge” accompanied by an experience sommelier, you enjoy the pleasant pairing of the flavor and aroma of the incomparable Cuban cigars and rum that will definitely permeate your mind and palate. The rest of the afternoon is free you may enjoy the hotel pool or simply discover the surroundings of this real and authentic city. At night, you have a special dinner at “San Cristóbal”, the restaurant frequented by Hollywood stars and even former President Obama meanwhile his official visit to Havana.
Accommodation with breakfast included: Iberostar Gran Packard Hotel, Deluxe Room, Havana (B/L/D)

Day 4: Havana – Cienfuegos – Trinidad (345 km)

Setting out for the Cuban countryside will free you from the city’s hustle and bustle and bring you spiritual relaxation. Enjoy the Cuban landscapes on the way to the city of Cienfuegos, the first stop on today’s route to Trinidad. Cienfuegos is a French-born city, modern in design and crossed by a central axis that is the Paseo del Prado. Just at the end of this avenue, after walking along the promenade, you will find one of the most eclectic buildings in Cuba. The Palacio de Valle is a mixture of styles with a Mudejar touch, which you will be able to appreciate in detail during the tour of its halls that will end with a spectacular view of the bay. Then you will enjoy a seafood lunch at Paladar Aché, a place renowned for its tasty shrimp. Once you have finished your cup of Cuban coffee, it is time to cross the coastal road across bridges and rivers that will take us to Trinidad. Founded in 1514, the city emerged among the largest population of Cuban natives in the country, which was later exterminated and gave way to ships full of slaves who took care of the growing sugarcane plantations. This turned the city into one of the richest in Cuba with families who spent fortunes on mansions, adornments of the latest European fashion and magnificent furniture made from the precious woods of the Cuban forests. After the decline in the price of sugar the city was frozen in time and, thanks to this, today you can appreciate the beautiful architecture.
Accommodation with breakfast included: Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad, Double Room, Trinidad (B/L)

Day 5: Trinidad and its handicraft traditions (10 km)

The narrow cobblestone streets of Trinidad, used by the carriages in the colonial times, are not ideal for modern cars. For this reason, and because of the beauty of the local architecture, today you will do part of the city tour on foot. Before that, you can have fun trying to mold a clay figure in “La Casa del Alfarero”, the best-known workshop in town. Pottery has been a tradition here for several generations and can be seen on the red tiles of almost every roof in the old part of town. Its color forms a beautiful spectacle at dusk next to the green of the mountains and the last rays of the sun. You will also learn about the art of Trinitarian embroidery, another craft that helped Trinidad to obtain the title of Craft City of the World granted by UNESCO. Later you will be able to acquire an embroidered piece at the handicrafts market during the tour of the old town. You can also visit the Brunet Palace, a small palace belonging to one of the richest families in Trinidad, which includes an exquisite collection of antiques from the colonial era. At noon, when the heat is intense, you will appreciate the traditional cocktails at Café Real accompanied by a delicious lunch in the patio of the old house, today one of the best preserved structures in the city. In the evening you will enjoy Cuban music with an entrance fee included to the “Casa de la Trova”. Live or recorded music with authentic Cuban rhythms will surely awaken your desire to dance, and it won’t be too difficult to have a local dancer teach you the first steps.
Accommodation with breakfast included: Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad, Double Room, Trinidad (B/L)

Day 6: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Varadero (330 km)

Today will be an intense day. Before leaving the Trinidad area, you will stop to see the “Valle de los Ingenios” (Sugar mills Valley), first from the viewpoint on the Loma del Puerto and a little later during the visit to the icon of the city: The Manaca Iznaga hacienda. The remains of this 19th century hacienda, including its legendary tower, are a living example of the economic power of Trinidad's sugar families. Next, the route includes the passage through the Guamuahaya mountain range and “El Hoyo de Manicaragua”, famous for its top-quality dark tobacco. Finally, you will arrive at Santa Clara, where the last battle was fought before the triumph of the Revolution. You will visit the impressive mausoleum that guards the remains of the Argentinean guerrilla fighter Ernesto "Che" Guevara. For lunch we recommend the Fusione restaurant (not included) with excellent dishes and a delicious “bombón” coffee that should not be missed. After lunch it's time to head to Cuba's most famous beach. After a 3 hour drive, we will reach the idyllic Varadero beach.
All-inclusive accommodation: Hotel Iberostar Selection Varadero, Double Room, Varadero (B/AI)

Day 7: Varadero, the beach of your dreams

Varadero has for years been chosen by thousands of travelers, to be among the 10 best beaches in the world. With 22 km of extension there is enough space to enjoy its white sands and to swim in its calm waters all year round. There is also a small urban center where most of the inhabitants live, with local businesses and night clubs like the Palacio de la Rumba, La Casa de la Música or “La Comparsita”. In the hotel zones you will find international marinas with facilities for fishing, water sports, excursions to virgin keys and diving. There is also an 18-hole golf course with magnificent views of the sea.
Relaxing day at Varadero beach.
All-inclusive accommodation: Hotel Iberostar Selection Varadero, Double Room, Varadero (AI)

Day 8: The Caribbean Paradise

The Caribbean Sea is famous for its paradisiacal keys full of coconut trees and birds. During your stay in Varadero you can choose (not included) a sea excursion on board of a modern catamaran to Cayo Blanco, a beautiful island off the coast of Varadero.
Suggested program (Not included. Prices and availability can be reconfirmed with our local tour guide)
- Excursion to Cayo Blanco
All-inclusive accommodation: Hotel Iberostar Selection Varadero, Double Room, Varadero (AI)

Day 9: Varadero - Havana Airport (165 km)

With beautiful memories of this unique country and a luxury stay on Cuba's most famous beach, this trip ends. You will have to leave your room at noon and wait for your included transfer to the airport in Havana or to a hotel in the capital. (B)
Important: For international flights you must be at the airport 3 hours before flight departure.

  • Private tours are available all year round.

Please check Caribbean Tours Booking Conditions.

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.)
    • With 03 - 06 participants by minivan/microbus (6 - 10 seats)
  • Transfer Havana Airport to Havana accommodation and return transfer to Havana Airport, if this takes place on the first/last day of the round trip. (When necessary the transfer to or from the airport may be carried out by a Caribbean Tours representative.)
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program
  • During the roundtrip day 1 - 6 English speaking local guide
  • 8 overnight stays at the mentioned accommodation (according to availability)
  • 8x breakfast, 3x lunch, 1x dinner, 3x All-Inclusive
PRIVATE TOUR - Services NOT included
  • All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program
  • Optional shows and excursions including transfers (contact )
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Extending nights in Varadero or Havana
  • Transfer to the airport after extensions



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