Havana airport pick-up on Day 1 and transfer to your casa particular. Take a local Havana walking city tour with a local guide on Day 2, then take a bus to Vinales in the countryside on Day 3. Enjoy a half-day finca visit and learn about the tobacco culture on Day 4. Then travel to Trinidad on Day 5 for a fun salsa lesson! On Day 6 embark on a horseback ride to a nature park where you can swim through a waterfall. Then return to Havana on Day 7 for a night-out tour to go drinking and dancing with a local guide and enjoy your last night! Say goodbye to this wonderful country on Day 8 as you are dropped off at the airport where your trip comes to an end.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Havana Airport Pick-up
You will be picked up from the Havana airport upon arrival and taken to your casa particular for the night.
Day 2: Local Havana Walking Tour (B)
Begin your authentic cultural experience in Havana, famous for its wonderful architecture, by going on an exciting tours with a fun local guide to get to see the real Cuba. Learn how to use the local peso, see the city's unknown gems and hop into local shared taxis and unusual forms of local transportation. Stop at a local shop for a coffee, snack or cold beer with your guide to immerse yourself in parts of Havana rarely seen by tourists. Overnight in Havana.
Day 3: Bus Havana to Viñales (B)
Hop on a morning bus today to Viñales in the Cuban countryside (approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Havana). Upon arrival you will get settled with your host family and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. You will be well situated so you can easily walk to the center of town and get to bars and restaurants. Spend some free time to explore the city with the help of your hosts' recommendations. Overnight in Vinales.
Day 4: Viñales Half Day Finca Visit & Tobacco Culture (B)
Take a fun half day Finca Walk or Horse Ride today to explore life in the Cuban countryside and on the tobacco farms surrounding Vinales. Enjoy the simplicity of life and breathe fresh country air as you meet friendly locals who welcome you with their generous smiles. Overnight in Viñales.
Day 5: Bus Viñales to Trinidad & Salsa Lesson (B)
Today you will catch an early bus to the beautiful colonial town of Trinidad, a perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where time stopped back in 1850. After checking-in to your new casa particular, take advantage of a free afternoon to wander around and see the numerous churches and beautiful colonial buildings of Trinidad. In the evening, take a salsa lesson with a local instructor! Overnight in Trinidad.
Day 6: Cubanito Natural Park & Waterfalls Excursion (B)
Depart your casa particular at 9am and begin your full day adventure with 1-2 hour horseback ride. (You may opt for biking, walking or taxi instead of horseback if you’d prefer--no extra charge. All options are accompanied by a guide.) Ride through the ancient streets of Trinidad and into the rolling countryside, arriving at Cubanito Natural Park. Enjoy a 30 minute hike along the scenic river with lots of opportunities for spotting birds and flora along the way. Arrive at the grotto and waterfall, where you can jump into the fresh clean waters of a deep pool surrounded by high rock walls. Swim through the waterfall and into the cave behind for a magical experience. After some chill time and a picnic or snack lunch (not included) we will walk back to the horses for the ride back to your casa particular, arriving around 3pm.
NOTE: Please remember to bring your swimsuit!!
Day 7: Bus Trinidad to Havana & Havana 'By Night' Tour (B)
Today, take a morning but to Havana. Check-in to your casa particular and get ready for a fun night out, dancing salsa and partying on the Havana 'By Night' Tour! After a walk along the Malecon to get in the mood, some street music and dancing, head indoors to one of the great Salsa Bars and Music clubs with Cuban guides as your chaperones. Casa de la Musica, Jazz Café and the famous after hours clubs in Vedado depending on your guide, and where the night takes you! Overnight in Havana.
(Please bring an extra 15CUC per person for cover fees, taxis and drinks on the Havana Night Out Tour)
Day 8: Havana Airport Drop-off (B)
Today, it is time to say goodbye to this wonderful country. After being transferred to the Havana airport today in order to catch your flight back home, this amazing trip will come to an end.
Please Note: This itinerary can change during the course of the year due to a variety of reasons. We are not always able to advise you in advance of these changes. We ask for your understanding and flexibility in these cases.
Visa Info: To enter Cuba, all foreign travellers will need to obtain a 'tourist card' (Cuban visa) and a valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of travel). A tourist card can be obtained from a number of different places - at the airport, at their local Cuban consulate, from their airline company. Many travellers conveniently buy it at the airport - please check beforehand that your local airport actually sells it.
Accommodation Details: A Casa Particular is a private homestay accommodation in an authentic Cuban family home which is licensed by the Cuban government. Cuban families often rent some bedrooms to tourists and offer meals which are served in the family dining room. It is a wonderful way to experience the warm Cuban hospitality and learn about their unique way of life. In a society with limited TV and internet access, Cuban people are famed for their friendly attitudes and for making eager conversation with foreigners so they can learn about the outside world. They are also happy to share their insights about life in Cuba and there’s no doubt that the interaction at a Casa Particular will be enlightening and intriguing.