Tour introduction and overview of activities

A Cuba expedition focused on people-to-people education, nature and cultural exchanges. The program is geared to naturalists, and lovers of the arts, history and architecture. The tour has a very diverse itinerary and features comfortable accommodations and tasty Cuban cuisine.

Cuba’s big! Its land mass is 42,426 square miles – about 80 percent the size of Alabama. Cuba is nearly as large as Louisiana, and larger than Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio or Indiana. Altogether it’s bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined.

Day 1 – Saturday :: Arrival and hello Cuba

  • Arrival at Havana’s José Martí International Airport. Collect your bags and go through customs. You’re welcomed at the airport lobby by guide and professional bus chauffeur. Bus transfer will be provided directly to your private house.
  • Free time to settle in and rest up at your private house.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Evening is free to explore the sights and sounds of the city.

Day 2 – Sunday :: Exploring Old Havana, our common heritage

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Morning Yoga on a rooftop of Hotel Raquel in Old Havana. Opportunity for amazing photos too!
  • Followed by a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll visit four of the five historic plazas that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere. It contains the largest collection of remaining colonial-era architecture. This is a private tour led by your Cuba Education Tours guide.
  • Lunch not included
  • Return to your hotel to rest and freshen up.
  • Dinner not included
  • Evening is free to explore the sights and sounds of the city.

Day 3 – Monday :: Cuba society and Museum of the Revolution

  • Breakfast at private house (included)
  • Morning yoga session at a park in Vedado or near Malecón.
  • In Hotel Florida, special presentation and dialogue: "Overview of Cuba today" by Dr Marta Núñez Sarmiento
  • Lunch at Mojito-Mojito private restaurant (included)
  • Visit The Museum of the Revolution. The Museum of the Revolution is a museum located in the Old Havana section of Havana. The museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents from Mario García Menocal to Fulgencio Batista. It became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban revolution.
  • Dinner not included . (Dinner on your own at La Guarida)
  • Evening is free to explore the city

Day 4 – Tuesday :: Community projects and Afrocuban arts

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning yoga session at a park in Vedado or near Malecón.
  • Visit House The Boy and the Girl a comunity Project located in Central Havana.
  • Quick stop at Eduardo Pimentel’s studio in Vedado.
  • TOUR HIGHLIGHT: Lunch prepared by private restaurant El Ajiaco, included
  • Visit Cojímar, small fishing Village one of Hemingway’s favorite’s places
  • Visit the Museum of Regla featuring Afrocuban artifacts; meet with a Santería priest
  • Visit the Church of Regla, a temple that dates from 1811, which is devoted to a Black Virgin Saint
  • Return to hotel.
  • Dinner at Café Taberna restaurant (included).
  • EVENING HIGHTLIGHT: Enjoy a performance by Buena Vista social Club at Café Taberna, included

Day 5 – Wednesday :: Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Early departure to Cienfuegos
  • Cienfuegos: Cuba’s loveliest city of French colonial architecture on Cuba’s most scenic ocean bay.
  • Visit to Palacio de Valle upon arrival. The eclectic building was erected at a cost of a million and half pesos. French, Arabic, Italian and Cuban artisans worked with marble, alabaster, brass, glass and ceramic imported from Spain, Italy and United States. The entrance is primitive Gothic style and leads to a dining room of Mudejar influence, which imitates the famous Patio of the Lions, of Alhambra, in Granada.
  • Lunch at Casa Prado private restaurant. (included)
  • Couch tour of the city of Cienfuegos
  • Guided walking tour of Cienfuegos historical center: Paseo del Prado, Plaza José Martí, Tomás Terry Theater, Casa de la Cultura, The Cathedral .
  • Continue to Trinidad
  • Check in at Las Cuevas (included)
  • Dinner at Vista Gourmet private restaurant.

Day 6 – Thursday :: Trinidad: UNESCO World heritage

  • Breakfast at hotel (included)
  • Morning yoga session at the beach
  • Departure to Trinidad. Walking tour of Trinidad. Declared a national monument by the Cuban government and World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, this city is very much as it was four centuries ago; the beauty of its baroque architecture and cobblestones squares harking back to a bygone era when Trinidad was a key player in the Caribbean slave trade. It´s also brags spectacular Valle de los Ingenios, a unique Sugar Mill Valley.
  • It contains beautiful churches (such as the Great Parish Church, a neoclassical edifice built in 1892) and public squares, the most important of which is Main Square-surrounded by buildings of great beauty and historic and architectural interest and considered the second most important square in the country, after Havana’s Cathedral Square.
  • Stroll around beautiful Plaza Mayor, visit Museo Arquitectura Colonial. Enjoy time at a local artisan street market with splendid woodcarvings, fabric art, crochet pieces, and straw work.
  • Lunch at Sol Ananda private restaurant, included.
  • Visit the Valle de los Ingenios where once Sugar Mills stood.
  • Free time for horseback- riding or hiking activity
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner not included

Day 7 – Friday :: Trinidad, Bay of Pigs and Havana

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Morning yoga session at some area near the hotel
  • Departure to Havana
  • En route visit Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs)
  • Visit Museo Playa Girón to learn about the CIA backed invasion of Bahía de Cochinos
  • Lunch at Hostal Enrique in Playa Larga (included)
  • Continue to Havana
  • Check in at hotel
  • Farewell dinner at Café del Oriente (included)

Day 8 – Saturday :: Havana and home

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Check-out of hotel
  • Transfer to José Martí International Airport for flights home
While in Cuba, our attentive island team ensures your trip is magical and memorable.
Tour meals at your hotel and at fine restaurants
  • All taxes. Prices listed are the total amounts you pay. All amounts are quoted in US dollars
  • Airport transfers: We meet you at José Martí Int’l Airport in Havana and take you to your hotel upon arrival. We return you to José Martí Airport for departure
  • Hotel as listed in tour itinerary or similar
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary
  • All activities, services and meals as described in tour itinerary except those noted as “optional” or “not included in cost”
  • Modern air-conditioned bus and professional chauffeur
  • Bottled water on bus
  • An expert Cuban English-speaking guide and translator whose background matches tour content throughout the program
  • Mandatory official Cuban medical insurance coverage during your island stay
  • Ongoing support from Cuba Education and Explorer Tours staff in Canada before, during and after your stay
  • Emergency collect call access to our North American staff while in Cuba
  • Emergency cash advances for our tour participants who face complications accessing funds from aboard while in Cuba