Best Tour of Cuba

TCUB02: 9 Days Private Tour of Havana - Vinales - Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 3 to 4-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
From $1969 per person Free Inquiry
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Day 1 Arrival in Havana, Airport pick-up
Welcome to Cuba! When your flight lands at Havana Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), you will see our English-speaking guide waiting for you at the Arrival Hall. After a warm greeting, the guide and the driver will send you to the hotel. You can have a good rest for next day's best Cuba private tours.

Accommodation: Hotel NH Capri La Habana
Day 2 Enjoy Havana city tour
Your guide and the driver will pick you up at the hotel and then drive to Old Havana. Walking is one of the best ways to visit Old Havana. We'll first walk to the Plaza de Armas, Havana's oldest square, to see the old colonial buildings that surround it. Then visit Capitanes Generales Palace, built in 1792 and now a major local museum. Later, walk to the second oldest square Plaza de San Francisco, colonial building of San Francisco de Asis Convent, Lonja del Comercio, etc. The distinctive architecture around Old Square (Plaza Vieja) is also well worth a visit. The last square we are going to visit is Cathedral Square, where there is a famous Havana Cathedral. We plan to see it from the outside of the building.

A few minutes' walk from Havana Cathedral will take us to the restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio, a favorite place for the writer Ernest Miller Hemingway when he was in Havana. If time permits, you can try Hemingway's favorite drink, Mojito. Pass Obispo Boulevard and watch the Grand Theater of Havana, and the capitol of Havana from outside. Please have a self-paid lunch, and your guide will be happy to recommend a suitable restaurant for you.

In the afternoon, the tour guide will take you to Modern Havana by an old American Vintage car. We will go for a drive in Malecon, admiring Morro Castle from the outside and taking pictures. After arriving at the University of Havana, the guide will leave some time for you to watch the campus from outside and take pictures. Next, we'll have a short stop outside the Colombus Cemetery, which is home to more than 500 main tombs. Finally, visit Revolution Square. After today's tour, the guide and the driver will take you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel NH Capri La Habana
Day 3 Tour to Vinales Valley via Jaimanitas
After breakfast, we will drive to Fusterlandia in the fishing village of Jaimanitas. Inspired by the work of architect Antonio Gaudi, artist Jose Fuster has transformed his home and the surrounding areas into a Mosaic paradise by tiles. Next we will drive about 2.5 hours (172 km) to the Vinales Valley, where Cuba's finest tobacco is planted on the fertile land. Upon arrival, visit Montesino's cigar farm first, where tobacco leaves are used to make first-class cigars. Then go to visit the Finca Agro-ecological El Paraiso Ecological Farm, where you can not only learn about organic farming, but also enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch while enjoying the valley view.

After having lunch, we will send you to the hotel, and you can arrange your time in the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel E Central Vinales
Day 4 Explore Vinales Valley
Today you'll explore Vinales Valley on foot under the lead of a local guide. Walk through Coco Solo and Palmarito Hills in Vinales Valley and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. The whole journey will take about 4 hours.

In the afternoon, we will come to Indian Caves and take a boat to appreciate the precious stalactites. Then we'll visit Mural de la Prehistoria, and finally return to the hotel for rest. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel E Central Vinales
Day 5 Drive to Cienfuegos through Bay of Pigs
As for today's arrangement of our Cuba private tour, we will drive to Cienfuegos, within about 5 hours (415 km). Get off on the way to visit the Bay of Pigs, and you can walk on the beach to experience the tranquility and beauty of the sea.

Upon arrival at Cienfuegos, the guide will lead you visiting Plaza Jose Marti, Terry Theater, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Ferrer's Palace, and Palacio Del Valle, for a better experience of the local French atmosphere. Later we will go to Malecon to enjoy the coastal views. Finally, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Melia San Carlos
Day 6 Transfer to Trinidad, Half day Trinidad tour
After breakfast, we will head to Trinidad by car for about an hour. The first attraction is the Cantero Palace, now called Museo de Historia Municipal. Then we will go to Canchanchara Bar for a welcoming drink. Next we will visit Romantic Museum, Plaza Mayor, and a Pottery Workshop. After that, we will send you to the hotel for buffet lunch. The rest of the day is free for you. You can stroll around the cobblestone streets and take pictures of the colorful local houses. Remember to return to the hotel before dinner time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Memories Trinidad Del Mar
Day 7 One day Trinidad tour
On the 7th day of our best tours of Cuba, we will first head to Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve by car. Follow the La Batata Trail with the local guide to a small waterfall, and then you can swim in the pool here. After trekking, we will take you back to the hotel for lunch and a short rest. 

In the afternoon, we will visit Valley of the Sugar Mills, once the center of the country's sugar industry. Some of the buildings remain in their original state and have not been renovated. Then we will climb the Manaca Iznaga Tower to overlook the views of the scenic valley. Return to hotel for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Memories Trinidad Del Mar
Day 8 Drive back to Havana with a visit to Santa Clara
Today we will drive about four hours (316 km) back to Havana. Get off the car in Santa Clara on the way and visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum. Che Guevara is a great international Communist fighter and central leader in the Cuban revolution. Then we will wander around Vidal Park, where the sculpture 'Boy with Boots' is a highlight. In the end of the day, you can check into the hotel after arriving in Havana.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel NH Capri La Habana
Day 9 Departure from Havana, Airport see-off
Today our best Cuba tours will be over. We will see you off and send you to Havana Airport according to your flight's schedule. May you have a pleasant trip home!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Apr, Nov-Dec$2479 $2231$2199 $1979
May-Oct$2239 $2015$1969 $1772
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Service of English speaking guide
  • Service of private driver and air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flights into and out Cuba
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Cuba visa fees
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