Journey to Cuba

Latin Excursions is a true believer in the unique and intense transformative travel experience that the magical island of Cuba offers. Our Cuba private tours will show you just what we mean! Located in the Caribbean Sea and situated just 90 miles from the United States, Cuba is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is rapidly becoming one of Latin America’s hottest destinations for US travellers. Cuba offers amazing coastline with more than 300 natural white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, colonial cities, picturesque mountain ranges, savannah and numerous lush valleys, a vibrant culture and soulful people. This introductory adventure starts in Cienfuegos, an architectural jewel of the nineteenth century and nicknamed “the Pearl of the South” after its magnificent bay. Continue to Havana to explore the old and new while interacting with highly respected local personalities such as architects, entrepreneurs and artists. During your stay in Cuba´s capital, visit the picturesque Viñales Valley to learn about the tobacco production and drying process. From the moment you arrive to Cuba, you will delve into its diverse culture, colonial gems, impassioned people and natural splendor.

UNESCO World Heritage sites: Iconic Old Havana and picturesque tobacco-growing Viñales Valley

Engaging and inspiring people-to-people encounters with architects, artists, musicians and local farmers

Discover culinary secrets, sampling some of Havana’s top Paladares (new privately run restaurants)

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Arrive in Cienfuegos

Located on Cuba’s south coast, Cienfuegos is a pleasant colonial gem with pockets that look distinctly like 1950s Floridian suburbia. Its private restaurants, or “paladares,” are known for their seafood. Other attractions include the magical Botanical Gardens and the countless old fashioned facades (don’t miss the Catedral de la Purisima Concepción). The marina here is the embarkation point for many catamaran excursions to the southern Keys near Cayo Largo. On the Paseo del Prado, the longest street in Cuba, people-watching and ice cream seem to be the main events.

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals L,D

Day2

Colonial Trinidad, Cuba

Day2

Explore Trinidad

Trinidad is far and away, and arguably the most beautiful town in Cuba, with multi-colored pastel hued terraces and rust-red roofs. This fertile land of mountain and sea has always brought wealth to lucky locals. In the colonial area, especially between 1750 and 1850, sugar cane was its main economic activity and fabulously wealthy Spanish families built gorgeous mansions around Trinidad’s main square. These days, their descendants rent rooms to visiting foreigners. Mountain and sea collide around Topes de Collantes, producing rich soil for crops. And, as produce is bountiful here, home-cooked meals have always been superior, even in bad economic times. The private restaurants and paladares, and even the meals offered by your own casa particular, are above par.

Activity Options:

Tour of city, countryside and beach

Dance lesson

Night music event at Plaza Mayor with canchancharas

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals D

Day3

Classic american cars in Havana, Cuba

Day3

Transfer to Havana

Any visit to Cuba must include Havana. Her faded beauty is legendary and is, hands-down, the most beautiful city in the Caribbean. It’s also rising from its ruins: a good piece of the tourist money that has hit Cuban coffers over the last two decades has been put towards revitalizing Habana Vieja, the old colonial center.

Activity Options:

Trough el Nicho Natural Reserve and Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara monument

Dinner: Tropicana or La Fabrica

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

Day4

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Day4

Havana

Spend a full day exploring this colorful and dynamic city, selecting the activities and excursions that most suit your interests.

Activity Options:

Walking City Tour - Walk through the narrow streets of Old Havana visiting the four beautiful major squares in Old Havana

Overview tour of city, countryside and beach

Night music event at Plaza Mayor with canchancharas

Vintage Car Ride

Music lesson - learn the basics of Cuban rhythms and traditional congas in a class with an accomplished percussionist

Dance lesson - Experience a Rumba lesson delivered by a dancer, professor and leader of aRumba Dance Project, with more than 20 years of keeping alive the heritage of one of the most emblematic dances in Cuba. You will have the chance to interact with locals and experience the contagious spirit of this dance

Lunch or Dinner at La Guarida, a famous restaurant gem

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities selected)

Day5

Champs de tabac

Day5

Pinar del Rio and Valley of Vinales

To the west of Havana lies the rolling green hills of Pinar del Rio. This is tobacco-growing country, with an old fashioned agrarian economy. Farmers trot down dusty tracks in spurs, plough the rust-red earth with oxen and sow seeds by hand. The valley of Vinales, spiked with limestone peaks, is a hypnotically beautiful Eden and its eponymously named little town is one of the best weekenders near Havana. Here, a functioning private-sector tourist economy means that old-fashioned country Cuban life has been spruced up for international consumption (in a good way): the porches are recently painted, and the locals are especially cheerful. For visitors, biking, caving and horseback riding in the valley are popular activities.

Activity Options:

Visit to the Natural Reserve Vinales Valley

Horseback riding tour including an introduction to tobacco and coffee farming

Tobacco tour in Viñales Valley - visit the tobacco plantations, see the famous drying houses and learn how to roll a cigar. See the real thing

Night event in Havana

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

Day6

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Day6

Havana

Enjoy another full day exploring Havana. We will custom design the day based on your interests and preferences. Sample activity options outlined below.

Optional Activities:

• Walking City Tour – Walk through the narrow streets of Old Havana visiting the four beautiful major squares in Old Havana!
• Artist Studios
• Museums visits
• Biking tour
• Dinner at Tierra
• Night event Fabrica del Arte – Visit one of the most vibrant meeting spots for the young and eclectic crowd. One of the curators will guide you through La Fabrica introducing you to young artists.

Overnight Luxury Apartment, or First-Class Apartment

Meals B, (L or D, dependent on activities)

Days7

Street scene with vintage car in Havana, Cuba

Day7

Departure day

Return to the airport for your outbound flight.

Meals B