The purpose of this itinerary is to give you an idea of the types of activities you will engage in during the tour, however, it may change based on factors such as availability, weather, and to take advantage of spontaneous activities and events.

Day 1: Arrive Havana

Welcome to Cuba!  Today we arrive in Havana and settle into our B&B accommodations. We’ll meet the local tour leader and have dinner together at a local paladar (privately owned restaurant). Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Havana

The best place to start any Cuba experience is in the Old City. In the morning we take a guided walking tour of Old Havana. In addition to visiting historical sites, we will learn about the impact of the dual-currency economy by visiting commercial centers, where goods are purchased in CUC, and ration or peso stores, where goods are purchased in CUP. We end our day with a visit the fishing village of Jaimanitas and the home of the famous artist Jose Fuster. Fuster has made his entire home, and much of the surrounding neighborhood, into an artwork using tiles in mosaic forms. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Viñales (via Las Terrazas)

Viñales is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of Cuba, among the limestone pincushion hills (“mogotes”) of the Pinar del Rio province.  On the way to Viñales we visit in the community of Las Terrazas where we will meet up with our local community leader who will share with us some insight into how the local society works. We will reach Viñales in time to tour an organic farm and learn about sustainable farming in Cuba. Here we meet our local farmer and his family who will show us around the organic farm and explain to us the methods used to cultivate crops without the use of pesticides. With the beautiful sunset as our backdrop, we will enjoy a deliciously fresh and diverse meal prepared by the family, a truly authentic farm-to-fork experience!  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Viñales 

Today we spend the morning learning the tradition of Cuban cigars from a farmer and expert cigar maker. Get an insight as to how the communist system works, how much tobacco they will keep, how much produce they give back to the government, how they make ends meet! You will learn about the process from tobacco planting to rolling the final cigar. In the afternoon we learn to cook Cuban-style with a cooking demonstration of 'platos tipicos' Cubanos like congri, potaje, garbanzo soup, ajiaco, and flan. Fun to cook, but even better to eat!  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Cienfuegos (via Bay of Pigs)

Today we depart for Cienfuegos the “Pearl of the South”, a city founded by the French, which lends it a distinctly European flavor, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades. We drive along the picturesque Bay of Pigs where today there is a museum here that recounts the events of this conflict which resulted in the first defeat of a U.S backed take-over in Latin America.  Time permitting we will stop for a swim along the way in the vivid turquoise ocean or take a dip in a sink hole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank. Make sure to pack your swimsuit!  Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Trinidad

The colonial city of Trinidad is home to numerous churches and many beautiful colonial buildings. We begin with a cultural tour of Trinidad. The city had some very wealthy residents in the 18th and 19th centuries who made fortunes out of the sugar industry, and some of their houses have been made into museums. Visiting these will give you a fascinating insight into their lifestyle during that time. On the other end of the social scale were the African slaves, who had a profound influence on the city's culture, music, and religious beliefs, and as part of our walk around the town, we drop by an Afro Cuban temple to Yemaya, an important figure in the Santeria religion. In the afternoon we visit a private dance company and learn about the cultural and social importance that dancing has to Cuba, and take a group salsa lesson in their private dance studio. Nightlife in Trinidad is probably the most accessible and intense in all of Cuba, with numerous live music venues and many dance performances every day of the week, all amongst the enchanting setting of old colonial buildings and the cobblestone streets.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Trinidad 

Today we will learn about the history of the area and the local industry and biodiversity as we take a short hike to a waterfall outside of the city. On the way we stop in a very simple campesino’s home to learn about life in the rural areas of Cuba. After cooling off in the natural pools, we return to Trinidad where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore.  For dinner tonight we have a special meal (maybe on the beach!) with live music and a delicious array of Cuban specialties. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Havana (via Santa Clara)

On the way back to Havana we first pass by Manaca-Iznaga plantation in the Valle de los Ingenios where we will learn more about Cuba’s slave trade. A 147 ft tower was built here to look over the slaves as they worked. Continuing onwards, we stop in at the town of Santa Clara, a key city in the Cuban Revolution. Upon entering Santa Clara, we will see the iconic statue of Ernesto Ché Guevara, built to commemorate his death and that of the revolutionaries who died along with him in Bolivia. We will have our lunch at a small family farm near Santa Clara and head back to Havana where we will have some free time to freshen up before our farewell dinner, and of course, one final fun-filled night of music and dancing! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Departure day

Say good-bye to your guide and driver as you head home with your memories (and maybe a cigar or two!). We hope you will return soon!