This Cuban Life

Although this tour is specially designed to meet US legal travel requirements, travelers from all other countries seeking a fun and unique cultural experience are welcome to join!

Tour Description:

This tour is a fantastic introduction to Cuba that gets you out of Havana so that you can see what many visitors to Cuba do not, that Havana is not Cuba and Cuba is not Havana.  Visit the rural Viñales Valley with its gorgeous landscapes and friendly locals, stroll the romantic sea wall in Cienfuegos, a city with a French influence.  Spend time in Trinidad, a traveler favorite, with its colorful buildings and cobblestone streets.  The focus on this tour is to learn about ordinary life in Cuba, and how individuals are impacted by the government, social structure, and the embargo. You’ll learn about Cuba’s proud and patriotic culture, its tumultuous history, its thriving arts scene, and its burgeoning entrepreneurial spirit. You’ll meet with locals from different walks of life and learn about family life, favorite pastimes, the school system and the workplace. You’ll learn about the challenges that Cubans face in getting access to necessities, comforts, and luxuries, and the interesting and often ingenious ways they've developed of "resolviendo" (resolving) to get what they need.

 

Questions? Visit our FAQ pages: US travelers FAQ here, Non-US travelers FAQ here

Itinerary Summary:

*Travel times may vary. Times shown include stops.

Day 1: Arrival in Havana

Day 2: Havana

Day 3-4: Viñales via Las Terrazas (Travel time 3 hours)

Day 5: Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs (Travel time 8 hours)

Day 6-7: Trinidad (Travel time 3 hours)

Day 8: Havana via Santa Clara (Travel time 7 hours)

Day 9: Departure Day

NEW DEPARTURES ADDED: Apr 12, Oct 2

Detailed Itinerary:

TO SEE A MORE DETAILED ITINERARY (or to book a tour) CLICK HERE

See our FAQ page for more information

Group size:

12 travelers maximum

Price:

Prices start at US$1600 person, see tour dates link for pricing info. 

Optional Single Supplement US$300. We welcome solo travelers! You don't pay a single supplement unless you want to guarantee your own room.  Read more about the single supplement 

We require a US$400 per person non-refundable deposit to reserve your place on the tour. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the tour departs. Tours can be booked up to 10 days in advance, full amount would be due at booking. 

What is included:

  • 8 nights accommodation in privately owned comfort class Bed & Breakfasts (casa particulares), double occupancy
  • Private local Cuban guide throughout
  • Private transportation in air conditioned bus
  • All activities 
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners 
  • Airport arrival transfer
  • Gratuities for included activities
  • Full itinerary of meaningful activities required to comply with general license for People to People travel OFAC 515.565(b)

What is not included:

  • International airfare (Tour starts and ends in Havana)
  • Mandatory medical insurance (approx US$36 per person)
  • Meals not included- 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Airport departure transfer (approx 25 CUC in taxi)
  • Cuban Tourist Visa (aka Tourist Card) -- Read more HERE
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities for guide and optional activities

Budget for Additional Costs:

Spending money for meals, souvenirs,  additional gratuities: US$300-500

Roundtrip flights from Cancun to Havana: US$375-450

Roundtrip flights from Miami to Havana (including visa & medical insurance): US$450-550

Travel insurance: Price Varies.  We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance in case of unforeseen circumstances that cause you to cancel or delay your trip.  We don't sell travel insurance but you can shop for insurance policies online at www.insuremytrip.com

Tour Dates:

Click below to see the departure dates or book a tour.

Other dates may be available upon request

Tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to depart. Please do not book international flights until the tour is guaranteed.