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10 Day Captivating Cuba Tour with Flights

Havana - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Vinales

Small group tour

Return international flights included

Stay in traditional Cuban B&Bs (Casa Particulares)

Daily breakfast included

Local English-speaking guides

Optional supplement for single travellers!

From $3,299 $5,999 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Experience lively Cuba, a place unlike anywhere else you will ever visit. This 10 Day Captivating Cuba Tour will excite your senses and is the best way to begin your love affair with this incredible country. 

Cuba's rich history and culture will come to life over 10 magical days. Imagine yourself walking along the cobblened street of gorgeous Trinidad, discovering the wonder of Havana and absorbing the pulsating rhythms of Cuban culture in Viñales. This is just the beginning of what's yet to uncover on your Cuban escape!

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10

Day 1

Havana

There’s so much life in Havana, and yet this bustling city never feels overwhelming. The only difficult thing about the city is knowing where to start exploring. The best way for those embarking on the 10 day Cuba group tour to get started is with a pair of comfortable walking shoes.

The entire city is fascinating, but fortunately many of the main points of interest are within a fairly compact area. Take a leisurely stroll through Havana’s Old Town, with pauses for coffee (and Cuban coffee is amongst the best in the world), or for a magical mojito. The architecture of this part of the city is an attraction in itself. The first day of our 10 day Cuba group tours is the perfect way to ease yourself into Cuban life. You can even join your guide and fellow tour group members for dinner if you arrive in time.

Please note that the first day of the tour is a joining day with no formal activities planned. Your accommodation is organised for this evening and an optional dinner with your guide and group.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casa Particulares)

Meals included: inflight only

 

Day 2

Cienfuegos

See Playa Girón, which is otherwise known as the Bay of Pigs. This was the site of the infamous failed invasion of Cuba. Its brutal history is nowhere to be seen, and it’s now an area of profound natural beauty. You’ll want to dive straight into that beautiful ocean, and don’t worry – there will be time.

While most of Cuba was settled by the Spanish, it was actually the French who made Cienfuegos into the city it is today. French migrants flocked to the area in the 1800’s and their architectural influence on the city is obvious. On some streets you might think you’re walking through Paris (although with infinitely better weather).

At the entrance to the harbour you’ll see the Castillo de Jagua, an ancient fort that allowed the city to withstand the pirate attacks that were once common in Cuba. Many buildings in the town have been given UNESCO world heritage status, and you might think you’ve never seen such a beautiful town… until you're shown some other places.

A harbour city by location, the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ has seduced Cuban travellers for years due to its elegance and beauty. 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.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casa Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 3

Trinidad

While Che Guevara is synonymous with Cuba, his final days were actually spent in Bolivia. Cuba felt he needed a hero’s burial and memorial, and this is located in Santa Clara, to where his body was returned. You will be taken to this remarkable spot near Trinidad. It was in Santa Clara that Guevara and his rebels successfully derailed a military train carrying weapons and ammunition to be used against Fidel Castro. This act was credited with winning the revolution.

After Santa Clara you'll go to remarkable Trinidad. Founded in 1514, the central parts of the city have been lovingly maintained, and you might wonder if you’ve been transported back in time. Many buildings are painted in sensational shades of colour, making Trinidad a true treat for the eyes. Trinidad was once the heart of Cuba’s sugar industry (and a lot of sugar cane is still processed here). You simply have to take a visit to the sugar district, where many of the old mills can be found. For a fairly small city, there’s an amazing amount of nightlife as well.

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!

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casa Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 4

Trinidad

Your day is free at leisure. 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!

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casa Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 5

Viñales

Viñales is reasonably close to Havana, and has been popular with visitors for generations. In the heart of the Pinar del Rio valley, most of Cuba’s tobacco production takes place in and around Viñales. This is the place to see where those world famous cigars come from, and to get some for yourself.

The geography in the area is stunning, and the town is ringed by stark mogotes – small hills with sheer rock faces. All of our Cuba group tours offer you the chance to take salsa lessons, and Viñales is the best place to do this.

The nightlife is lively, but not as crowded as larger cities – just in case you don’t want to have an audience!

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casa Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 6

Viñales

Your day is free at leisure to explore Viñales.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casa Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 7

Havana

You'll be welcomed back to heavenly Havana for the last days of your tour. Your guides will be able to tell you about some amazing places to see that you might not have considered. On the afternoon of Day 7, you will take a tour of the city by classic car.

There are currently an estimated 60,000 pre-1960 American cars hurtling through Cuba today and before the embargo there were at least 150,000. Buicks, Chevys, and countless other cool-finned cruisers rumble down the crumbling streets of Havana, many abandoned by their American owners when they fled in 1959 and kept going by Cuban ingenuity. This iconic mode of transport is the perfect way to see wider Havana and a very different side of the city. Here you will be chauffeured around some of the most famous areas of Havana including New Havana, Old Havana, the affluent neighbourhood of Miramar and the famous cemetery of Colon.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casa Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 8

Havana

Today is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

 

Day 9

In transit due to dateline

Meals included: inflight only

 

Day 10

Australia

Arrive home

Meals included: inflight only

 

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra*, Hobart*, Adelaide* or Perth* (*surcharge applies)
  • International flights with Air Canada (subject to availability)
  • 7 nights Cuban B&Bs (Casa Particulares) 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary: 7 breakfasts
  • Private transportation combined with local Viazul bus and taxi
  • Sightseeing with entry fees as mentioned.
  • Havana city tour in classic car
  • Visit to Viñales tobacco farm
  • Che Memorial and Museum
  • Informal salsa dancing lesson in Trinidad or Viñales
  • 1 x drink at Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos
  • Havana Rum Museum
  • Cigar Factory
  • Callejon de Hammel
  • Old Havana Walking Tour
  • English speaking tour guides

 

Accommodation

Cuban B&Bs (Casa Particulares)

A Casa Particular is a Cuban Homestay or B&B. Staying in a Casa Particular is a brilliant way of immersing yourself in the life and culture of fascinating Cuba. You will meet the local people on a one-to-one basis and get a rare glimpse into the everyday life of ordinary people in Cuba. In addition, your host or hostess will be able to advise you on all things Cuban – the best restaurants, the best music and Salsa venues and any seasonal attractions that are only known to the locals!

All Traveldream deals are backed by a 14-day refund guarantee! 

 

Exclusions

  • Cuba entry visa
  • Meals not mentioned on itinerary
  • All drinks
  • Any additional requests
  • Tips (driver, representative & guide)

 

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-price voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years or older. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

A reduced single supplement of $399 will apply to be guaranteed a single room(please select this under Extra Services).

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.

Departure Dates


OCT 2019
06 th
Sunday 06 Oct 2019  ‐  Tuesday 15 Oct 2019
OCT 2019
13 th
Sunday 13 Oct 2019  ‐  Tuesday 22 Oct 2019
OCT 2019
20 th
Sunday 20 Oct 2019  ‐  Tuesday 29 Oct 2019
OCT 2019
27 th
Sunday 27 Oct 2019  ‐  Tuesday 05 Nov 2019
NOV 2019
03 rd
Sunday 03 Nov 2019  ‐  Tuesday 12 Nov 2019

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