Discover Western Cuba


Behind the peeling pastels and crumbling masonry, behind Cadillac chrome and the tang of cigar smoke and fresh papaya, cobbled streets and colonial relics, behind economic embargoes and a cultural time warp, there’s the real Cuba.

Not Included
Tour Notes
  • Surround yourself in the fading, colonial charm, rich history and sultry nightlife of Havana
  • Vintage vehicles are used everyday, many in pristine condition
  • Stroll along dirt roads and watch as tractors and horse-drawn carriages roll by in rural Cuba, evoking a bygone time
  • Explore the lush Soroa valley, knows as the “Rainbow of Cuba”
  • Roll a cigar with a tobacco farmer in Pinar del Rio Province
Group Size: Max. 12

2018 Dates:
January: 07, 14, 21, 25, 28
February: 04, 08, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25
March: 01, 04, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25
April: 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 29
May: 03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 27, 31
June: 03, 10, 14, 17, 24, 28
July: 01, 08, 12, 15, 22, 26
August: 05, 09, 19, 23
September: 02, 06, 16, 20, 30
October: 04, 07, 14, 18, 25, 28
November: 01, 04, 08, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29
December: 02, 06, 09, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30

2019 Departures:
January: 03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
February: 03, 07, 10, 17, 21, 24, 28
March: 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 31
April: 04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 28
May: 02, 09, 12, 19, 23, 26
June: 02, 06, 09, 16, 20, 30
July: 04, 07, 14, 18, 21, 28
August: 01, 11, 15, 25, 29
September: 08, 12, 22, 26
October: 06, 10, 17, 20, 24, 27
November: 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
December: 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

*Sold out or limited space

2018 Prices:
From CA$1,345 – twin share

2019 Prices:
From CA$1,345 – twin share

Price shown in CA$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rates for one person in a single room are available on request.

Prices vary depending on the date of travel. Please inquire for your choice of departure date.

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Day 1: Havana

Bienvenido a Cuba! A complimentary arrival transfer is included with your trip. The transfer driver will have the address of your Premium Guesthouse. Instructions for your arrival will be included in your documents package. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the meeting on Day 1, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We can book an additional night of accommodation for you at the guesthouse used by the tour group (subject to availability). If you arrive early, please note most activities in Cuba can only be booked through the tourist desk in the lobbies of the larger hotels or direct with the venue. Otherwise, there are plenty of good museums to check out, including the Museo de la Revolucion and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

There will be a welcome meeting at approximately 6pm this evening. Please expect a letter in your room or a phone call on Day 1 from your leader to confirm the time and place of your meeting. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. The briefing is generally followed by an optional group dinner.

Optional Activities:
Havana – Buena Vista Social Club – CUC30
Havana – Cigar factory tour – CUC12
Havana – La Cabana Fortress canon blast ceremony – CUC8
Havana – Baseball game (Oct – Apr) – CUC3
Havana – Tourist bus day pass – CUC5
Havana – Ernest Hemingway tour – CUC70

Meals:  None

Day 2: Soroa

Today head to Callejon de Hamel, an alley located in Havana’s working class Cayo Hueso quarter. Adorned with the evocative Santeria murals of local artist Salvador Gonzalez, this lively street is Havana’s centre of Afro-Cuban culture. Every Sunday afternoon it plays host to famous Afro-Cuban rumbas. Next, head to the neighbourhood of Jaimanitas in Havana’s west, also known as Fusterlandia. The artist Jose Fuster has brightened up the area by rebuilding and decorating over 80 houses (including his own) with ornate murals and domes. The project includes a park with giant chess boards and an Artists’ Wall, which has been compared to Antonio Gaudi’s mosaic wall in Barcelona. Unfortunately, there isn’t time to enter Fuster’s house but the area is still well worth a visit. Continue on to the tiny mountain resort of Soroa in the heavily forested Sierra del Rosario. You’ll have time to get some lunch before enjoying a tour of an orchid garden, which boasts 700 species of orchid. You’ll also have the option to take a stiff one-kilometre climb up a mountain path to a lookout, and a short hike to a nearby waterfall.

Included Activities:
Havana – Visit to Jaimanitas
Havana – Visit to Callejon de Hamel
Soroa – Orchid garden tour

Optional Activities:
Soroa – Hike to Waterfall

Meals:  Breakfast

Day 3: Vinales

In the morning, stop in at a Finca de Plantas Medicinales (A Herb Farm) to learn about local herbs and their medicinal properties. Because of international sanctions against Cuba, the island nation has had to find ways to be self-sufficient. One of these is to develop its own medicines, many of which are herbal. You’ll see how herbs are grown, dried and crushed before being sent to a factory to be processed into medicines. You will also pay a visit to the nearby ecological community of Las Terrazas. Then, drive the short distance to the small town of Vinales in Pinar del Rio Province. Surrounded by limestone cliffs, the scenery around Vinales is some of the most picturesque in Cuba. On arrival, your leader will take you on a short orientation walk of the town. Afterwards, there are plenty of optional activities available to fill your afternoon. Perhaps take a hike through the surrounding tobacco fields or hire a bike to explore the region. You could even visit a bodega in town, where Cuban families collect their government-appointed rations. Vinales is a great place to mix with the locals, who love nothing better than to drink rum and dance the night away. There are only 3 bars in town so it’s hard to get lost!

Included Activities:
Las Terrazas – Finca de Plantas Medicinales
Las Terrazas – Visit to Sustainable Rural Economy Project
Vinales – Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:
Vinales – Live music venues – CUC1

Meals:  Breakfast

Note: The Finca de Plantas Medicinales is a state-run facility. Entry is not always guaranteed due to government regulations.

Day 4: Vinales

This morning your leader and a local guide will take you on a half-day walking tour. Visit a local farm where you’ll have the opportunity to experience the ‘guajiro’s’ way of life. Depending on the season, while at the farm you can choose to relax or help out with daily farm activities, such as toasting and grinding coffee or harvesting yuca, corn or tobacco. This is also your opportunity to marvel at the speed and skill of the locals cigar rolling technique.

In the evening, enjoy an informal salsa lesson. We recommend you eat dinner at a local eco-farm – the leader will assist with this if it interests you. Afterwards, perhaps practice your new moves to some live music on some of the dance floors in town.

Included Activities:
Vinales – Guided valley walking tour
Vinales – Informal Salsa lesson

Optional Activities:
Vinales – Santo Tomas cave visit & return taxi – CUC35
Vinales – Cueva del Indio – CUC5
Vinales – Bicycle hire (per hour) – CUC2
Vinales – Palenque Cave – CUC1

Meals:  Breakfast

Day 5: Vinales-Cayo Jutias

This morning make an early start. Leave the mainland and cross the water over a short causeway to Cayo Jutias, a tiny mangrove-covered key situated approximately 65 kilometres northwest of Vinales. Your destination is Pinar del Rio’s most ‘undiscovered’ beach, a long stretch of sand at the key’s northern tip. Paddle about in the water or soak up the sun on the sandy shore.

Included Activities:
Vinales – Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias

Meals:  Breakfast, packed lunch (usually consisting of a sandwich, a drink, and a piece of fruit or snack)

Day 6: Havana

Today travel back to Havana by minivan. You will visit Revolution Square, an important area where Cubans gather for large-scale political rallies. Spend your last afternoon of the trip enjoying a short tour around Old Havana. This well-preserved part of the city was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th-century fortresses and many beautiful churches. In the evening, head out on the town with your new travel friends. Havana’s nightlife is varied and lively. Put your new salsa skills into practice at its many bars and clubs or perhaps check out a cabaret show.

Included Activities:
Havana – Visit to Plaza de la Revolucion
Havana – Orientation Tour of Old Havana

Optional Activities:
Havana – José Martí Memorial Tower – CUC2

Meals:  Breakfast

Day 7: Havana

There are no activities planned for today, and you are able to depart at any time. Check-out from the guesthouse is at 10 am.

Meals:  Breakfast

  • Guided touring through Day 2-6
  • Airport transfers in Havana
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Accommodation, 6 nights in standard guesthouse
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 packed luch
  • Included activities as outlined in itinerary
Not Included
  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Optional excursions – Please see the optional excursions on the dossier page for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.
Tour Notes

The real Cuba isn’t easy to fit onto a postcard. The Cuba tours we offer try to go a step beyond the clichés. Want to try a cigar? We’ll introduce you to the Viñales farmers that make them. Want to give salsa a go? Our leaders know the best clubs in Havana. From the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Trinidad to turquoise waters in Gaujimico, this is the Cuba most travellers never get to see.

The largest island in the Caribbean is widely known for its abundance of classic cars, cigars and rum, but there is so much more to see when you scratch beneath the surface and venture into the countryside. Begin and end your Cuban tour in the capital Havana and – in the days in between – visit farms and waterfalls in Soroa and Las Terrazas. Learn salsa (and then try out your new skills) in the picturesque town of Vinales and spend some serious beach time relaxing and swimming at Cayo Jutias. The tumbledown 1950s streets of the capital certainly also need a look in, so spend an evening in Havana soaking up the culture, tastes, sights and sounds of this beautiful city. You’ll gain a huge appreciation for Cuba, a land where time has long slowed its pace.

Please note: the order of the tour components was correct at the time of publishing but may change due to local conditions. Every attempt will be made to run the tour as outlined but some changes may be unavoidable.

This tour has an activity level of 2 out of 5 and a minimum age requirement of 15.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.