Sunday. Upon arrival at Havana Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to independently explore this city seemingly stuck in time, in every corner are historical influences from the Spanish conquest and the African slave trade, to the bustling and lavish vacation paradise for wealthy North Americans in the 1950’s.
Havana - Vinales. Leaving the bustle of Havana behind, we pass through the scenic countryside en route to Vinales. This delightful town is nestled in the striking Sierra de los Organos Mountains. On arrival, we’ll check into our home-stays and meet our friendly host families.
Later we take a walk through tobacco fields where the finest tobacco in the world is grown. There’s also a chance to visit a local farmer and see how they roll a true “campesino” cigar. This evening we’ll have the option to dine at the homestay and listen to some live local Cuban music and trying out some salsa steps.
On day 3 we travel to Pinar del Rio (or Concelacion) where depending on the opening hours and time available you may get the chance to visit a Guayabita factory to see where the local liquor is made. The afternoon is free - enjoy optional activities such as horse riding or cave tours, or just relaxing by the pool for the less active.
Overnight: Vinales (homestay) | Breakfast x 1
Vinales - Soroa. We leave the charms of Viñales and stay overnight in Soroa where there are nearby short hikes to waterfalls, look-out points and an orchid garden for you to explore. For those less energetic there is plenty of free time to relax.
Soroa - Jibacoa. On day 5, we will travel by bus from Soroa to Las Terrazas, Cuba's first sustainable rural community and biosphere reserve. Here we will take a guided tour of an antique 19th century French coffee plantation and learn about the old coffee trade in Cuba and the slaves' role in the coffee harvest. In the afternoon we travel onwards to Jibacoa, where we'll have two free days to take in the sun and relax to our heart's content staying in an all-inclusive hotel. If that's not enough, why not have a soothing massage right on the beach.
Overnight: Jibacoa | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Jibacoa - Havana. After your fill of sun and surf we head back to Havana, where you will have another chance to explore the city. As a UNESCO world heritage site steeped in history, you will find plenty to keep you busy.
Overnight: Havana | Breakfast
Havana. Today your Cuban adventure comes to an end. Tour arrangements finish upon hotel checkout.
Our tour was amazing, lived up to and exceeded all of our expectations. Our tour leader is what made the difference, the knowledge he was able to share with us about his beautiful country was invaluable.”