Exploring Cuba 2023

Our 2023 Cuba tour is now full.  Please contact if you would like to be on our waitlist or to sign up for our 2024 tour.  Thank you

8 – day tour: $1745 per person

10 – day tour: $1995.

(Based on double occupancy. Single supplement available upon request)

The tour begins Sunday, February 12th and ends Sunday, February 19th.  For those who would like to stay for a couple days more we will extend the tour to Tuesday, February 21st.

If you are interested in joining this cultural, educational experience in direct support of the Cuban people, you can reserve your spot below, and please contact us if you have any questions.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of what Cuba has to offer in terms of culture & history, street photography, tropical beaches, and lush mountain waterfalls. We will be leading a group of 10 to 12 people and will have a local guide and a driver as well. Colin traveled to Cuba three years consecutively between 2018 and 2020, leading tours the last two years. He is very familiar with all of the places we will be visiting, including the cities and national parks, and has developed close connections with the locals, notably our Guide, Gelin, as well as the majority of our hosts and tour operators.

The tour will begin in Havana and guests will have the option of attending either an 8-day tour for $1,745 (two nights in Havana, two nights in both Cienfuegos & Trinidad, returning to Havana for the final night) or a 10-day tour for $1,995 (includes two days in the beautiful, mountainous farming community of Viñales and return to Havana).

Day 1

Sunday 2/12:

Havana 

Everyone arrives in Havana. One of us will meet you at the airport with our guide, Gelin, as soon as you exit customs, and take you via taxi to the casa where we will be staying. Once everyone has arrived, we will walk to a few sites around the city and go out for dinner. Room in Havana.

 

Day 2

Monday 2/13:

Havana

Walking tour of Havana in the morning followed by lunch and a classic car tour of the city in the afternoon. From the cars and architecture to the culture and vibrancy, there will be no shortage of photo ops! Dinner and room in Havana.

Day 3

Tuesday 2/14

Havana to Cienfuegos

Travel to Playa Larga, Bay of Pigs, for a snorkeling tour. The water is very clear, and we will see tropical fish and a shipwreck from the Bay of Pigs battle. After snorkeling, we will have lunch and visit the Bay of Pigs Military Museum. Dinner and room in Cienfuegos.

 

Day 4

Wednesday 2/15:

Cienfuegos and El Nicho

Travel to El Nicho Park, hike to the waterfalls and explore a cave with a local guide, then swim in the pools below the falls. We will have lunch in El Nicho and then visit Rancho Luna Beach for sunset. Dinner and room in Cienfuegos. 

Day 5

Thursday 2/16

Cienfuegos to Trinidad de Cuba

Travel to Güajimico in the morning for a snorkeling tour, then to Trinidad, where
we will stay for two nights. Go to the beach for sunset. Dinner and room in
Trinidad.

Day 6

Friday 2/17:

Trinidad de Cuba

Visit a coffee plantation in the mountains near Trinidad, then hike into Topes de Callantes Park to Vegas Grande, Cuba’s tallest waterfall to go swimming below the falls. In the afternoon we will go for a horseback riding tour of the farms in the countryside, where you can purchase honey, coffee beans, and cigars. Dinner and room in Trinidad. 

Day 7

Saturday 2/18:

Trinidad to Havana

Drive back to Havana for the final night of the 8-day tour with a possible visit to La Finca, the home of Ernest Hemingway, if time allows. Dinner and room in Havana. 

 

Day 8

Sunday 2/19:

Depart Cuba or Travel to Viñales

Breakfast at the casa and then take people to the airport for departures. For those on the 10-day tour, we will travel to Viñales for two nights. Dinner and room in Viñales.

Day 9

Monday 2/20

Viñales

Guided hike into the mountains to photograph the sunrise over Viñales
Valley. Evening guided walking tour of local farms where you can purchase
coffee, honey, rum, and cigars. Dinner and room in Viñales.

Day 10

Tuesday 2/21

Viñales to Havana

Return to Havana for late afternoon departures. If no late afternoon flights
are available, we will arrange another night of lodging in Havana and
transport you to the airport the following day.

 

What the fee includes:

  • All transportation 
  • Lodging We will be staying at privately owned casas, which operate like a bed & breakfast in the US. Each morning you will be served a full breakfast of fresh fruit, bread, cheese, local honey and jams, Cuban coffee (delicious and strong!), and two eggs prepared the way you like.
  • Classic car tour of Havana (we will explore some of the city’s best sights in classic convertibles) in addition to walking tours of the city with our guide.
  • Snorkeling Tours in both Playa Larga (Bay of Pigs) and Guajimico as well as entrance to the Bay of Pigs Military Museum.
  • Entrance to both El Nicho and Topes de Collantes national parks.
  • Horseback farm tour in Trinidad. We will visit farms by horseback, sample local coffee, honey, and sugarcane juice (with rum if you like), and have opportunities to purchase coffee beans, honey, and hand-rolled cigars.
  • Mountain sunrise and sunset farm walking tours in Viñales, if you choose the 10-day tour.
  • Guiding services of our buen amigo (good friend) and Havana resident , Gelin Eguinosa, and Colin & Mike, as well as photographic instruction for those who would like. Cuba is a photographer’s dream and we are confident that the abundance of culture and street scenes, as well as the tropical landscape, will leave you inspired and longing to come back for more!

   What the fee does not include:

    • Cuban Travel Visa ($50 to $100)
    • Travel insurance – recommended
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and bottled water
    • Any extra (and optional) excursions that are not part of the original itinerary.
    • Personal items
    • Gratuities
    • Airfare to and from Cuba

February 12th – 19th/21st, 2023

8 – day Tour $1745 per person.

10 – day Tour $1995 per person

Based on double occupancy. Single supplement available upon request

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