The Cuban Way Of Life

The Cuban Way Of Life

8 days/7 nights, Cuba tour from/to Havana

For over 500 years Cuba developed into a melting pot of races and cultures. The subsequent 60 years of socialist revolution have completed the picture of a singular life philosophy. A lo cubano (the Cuban way) implies ingenious and authentic solutions to everyday life challenges. In this tour you will see firsthand the talent of Cubans overcoming the lack of resources. Stroll down the patchy streets of Old Havana, delve into the daily life of locals and admire the gorgeous classic cars as well as the remarkable personal effort needed to keep them running. Enjoy a cultural exchange in the community project of the artist Mario Pelegrín, support the bird preservation initiative at Bernabé’s patio or simply relish the pristine nature. Get to know historical sites like Bay of Pigs and charming cities such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos. At the end of the tour, you will have thousands of stories to tell…a lo cubano.

Destinations

  • Havana
  • Soroa
  • Viñales
  • Playa Larga
  • Cienfuegos
  • Trinidad
  • Topes de Collantes
  • Santa Clara

 

Main attractions:

  • Admire the lively Cuban capital.
  • Get a close glimpse of everyday Cuban life.
  • Havana City tour.
  • Admire the famous Mogotes, gigantic limestone cliffs in Viñales.
  • Stop at Playa Girón to learn more about the Bay of Pigs invasion.
  • Tour in Trinidad City, a UNESCO world cultural heritage.
  • Visit an important cigar factory in Cienfuegos.
  • Tour Santa Clara city and visit the mausoleum of Che Guevara.

 

Tour features:

  • Tour Duration: 8 Days.
  • Tour Style: Cultural and Natural.
  • Pick Up: Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel in Havana.
  • Travel Included: Accommodation and amazing gastronomy experiences (please check the tour itinerary for further details).

Day 1: Arrival Havana

Reception at the airport in Havana and transfer to the casa particular. Dinner at own expense.

Included services: All mentioned transfers. Surcharges applies for transfers (Varadero - Havana) upon arrival in Varadero. Contact us for transfer rates.

Included meals: -

Accommodation: Casa Particular, Havana

 

Day 2: Havana on wheels (20 km)

Commuting in Havana is a challenge for Cubans due to the poor public transportation. Have fun exploring Havana on all kind of wheeled vehicles. Kick off your day hoping on a bicitaxi to contemplate the city waking up. This tricycle is used by many Cubans to make groceries and move around the neighborhoods. Once in Old Havana, discover the colonial past of the city in a walking tour of its four main squares. Give the midday heat a miss with a lunch and a refreshing Mojito at a local restaurant. Take a horse-drawn carriage for a tour around the bay up to the heart of mid-century Havana: The Central Park. Admire the Cuban architecture in all her splendor with renowned buildings like the Havana Capitol, the Great Theater Alicia Alonso and the Inglaterra Hotel. To make the picture perfect, tens of classic cars of the 50s taxiing around set up the scene. Get comfortable on the back seat of one of those, called by locales almendrones, for a panoramic tour of the entire city. Visit the Revolution Square, the Metropolitan Park, the neighborhood of Miramar with its 5th Avenue and the Malecón, ending at your homestay.

Included services:

  • Bicitaxi ride,
  • Carriage ride,
  • Tour in a vintage car

Included meals: breakfast and lunch.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, Havana

 

Day 3: Art and rhythm (25 km)

The people you are going to meet today have something in common: their passion for arts. Your day begins with a visit to the Romerillo Museum, a community initiative by Kcho, one of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary Cuban artists. Kcho introduces the community to the finest art works by exhibiting incredibly precious pieces in rather ordinary settings, like grocery stores and public parks. Continue to visit a rehearsal of the company Havana Queens, a project born of the association of the Cuban choreographer Rosario Blanco and the Swiss producer Patrick Hofer. You will learn about the various Cuban rhythms and will have the opportunity to meet and greet the dancers. Head for a tour of the neighborhood of San Isidro, in Old Havana. Full of controversies and home to renowned dissident artists, the place is filled with contestatory paintings crafted by graffiti artists on the walls of crumbling buildings. You will notice a flourishing movement of young artists and entrepreneurs galvanizing the dynamics of the community with art galleries and local business. Arrive at San José Warehouse, the largest craft market in Cuba, where you will be able to purchase a souvenir. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, dinner at Casa Miglis restaurant with an entertainment show courtesy of Havana Queens to see in action the dancers you met earlier today.

Included services:

  • Visit to the Romerillo Museum, a community initiative.

  • Dance ensembles "Havana Queens".

Included meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, Havana

 

Day 4: Havana - Soroa - Viñales (250 km)

Trade the noise and agitation of Havana for a stunning natural scenery. In the morning, head for Pinar del Río province. Stop in Soroa to admire the orchid garden with a collection of more than 350 species. Leave for a visit to Patio de Pelegrín, a community project created by the artist Mario Pelegrín. This initiative channels the energy of the youth into arts and introduces them to a variety of art forms. Alongside Pelegrín and his team, prepare a traditional dessert. Your trip continues. Arrive in Viñales and appreciate from the lookout point of Los Jazmines the breathtaking valley dotted with its iconic Mogotes. Visit the house of a veguero, where you will be briefed on the world of tobacco. Check in at a Cuban family home in the town of Viñales.

Included services:

  • Visit to the orchid garden.
  • Visit to a social program.
  • Visit to Casa de Veguero.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, Viñales

 

Day 5: Viñales - Playa Larga (400 km)

Nature does not cease to amaze. You will not need an alarm clock today, as one of the neighbor’s roosters will happily help with that. Head for the Zapata Swamps, the largest marshlands in the insular Caribbean. Lunch en route and stop at the Zunzún’s House, the private patio of Mr. Bernabé. In this birds’ paradise you will be able to appreciate freely flying hummingbirds, the tinniest bird in the world, as well as other species that use the area as a migration corridor. Not far from there, you will discover the Cueva de los Peces, known as the deepest and most beautiful cenote in Cuba. There is a lagoon that connects with an extensive system of underwater caverns going more than 30 kilometers, from Playa Larga to El Toro Cove. You will have the option to spend the rest of your day at the beach near your homestay. At night, enjoy a homemade dinner at your casa particular.

Included services:

  • Visit to Cueva de los Peces.
  • Visit to Casa del Zunzún.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Casa Particular, Playa Larga

 

Day 6: Playa Larga - Cienfuegos - Trinidad (220 km)

Early in the morning, hit the road bordering Bay of Pigs in direction to Playa Girón, battleground of the 1961 invasion of Cuban mercenaries supported by the US Navy and Air Force, which resulted in the first great defeat of the US military in America. At the Museum of Playa Girón you will learn details of the clash, including the weaponry utilized. Arrive in Cienfuegos, a city of distinctive wide avenues and neoclassic architecture, which was founded and designed to the smallest detail by French settlers. Visit the Terry Theater, built in 1890; the Martí Park and the boulevard. After lunch at a paladar (privately owned restaurant), continue alongside the south coast down to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage for its well-preserved colonial architecture dating back to the golden years of the sugar industry in the 19th Century. Tour its cobblestone streets and plazas.

Included services:

  • Stand tour in Cienfuegos.

  • Visit to the Terry Theater.

  • Stand tour in Trinidad.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Casa Particular, Trinidad

 

Day 7: Topes de Collantes - the Cuban nature (45 km)

Being Cubans nature lovers, it is no wonder there are so many protected areas in the country. One of them is the Protected Natural Landscape of Topes de Collantes. This gorgeous place treasures nearly half the endemic species in Cuba and the best Arabic coffee bean in the country. To visit it, depart in the morning from Trinidad and go along a sinuous road leading to the sun watch situated right at the highest part of the park. Then, you will hop on an authentic local vehicle to do the excursion to the Guanayara Park. Admire the coffee plantations, trek through the dense vegetation, descend to the beautiful waterfall El Rocío, bathe in the Poza del Venado and enjoy a traditional lunch in the gardens of the Casa de la Gallega estate. In the afternoon, return to Trinidad.

Included services: Natural Landscape of Topes de Collantes

Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Accommodation: Casa Particular, Trinidad

 

Day 8: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Varadero/Havana (330 km/400 km)

Leave behind Trinidad on a 16 km drive leading to the villa’s most iconic site: the Manaca Iznaga Tower. Outlasting the slavery times, this tower overlooks the Valle de los Ingenios, a sugar cane industry powerhouse in the colonial period. Continue to Santa Clara, the city that witnessed the most important victory of the iconic guerrilla fighter Ernesto “Che” Guevara, one that effectively determined the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Visit the “Che” Guevera Memorial, the final resting place of the epoch-making revolutionary.  Stop at Café Revolución to enjoy a refreshing drink and appreciate an interesting collection of objects and photos from those first years of the Revolution. En route to Havana, stop in Varadero to drop off clients opting for a beach extension.

Included services:

  • Visit to the Sugar Mill Valley and the Iznaga estate,

  • Visit to the Che monument,

  • Transfer.

Included meals: breakfast

Important: Due to the duration of the trip (Trinidad - Havana/Varadero) timely connection to an international return flight cannot be guaranteed. For travelers who have a flight on the same day the tour ends, we suggest reserving a private transfer from Trinidad to the airport in Havana.

Cuba Real Tours guarantee this tour departure every Monday with a minimum of 2 pax! It means that if you book "The Cuban Way Of Life" trip, you'll definitely be heading off on the adventure of explore Cuba’s kaleidoscope of colour and charisma.

Guaranteed Departures - 2022:

Every Monday!

03/01/2022

10/01/2022

17/01/2022 *last minute offer applies

24/01/2022

31/01/2022 *last minute offer applies

07/02/2022

14/02/2022

21/02/2022

28/02/2022

07/03/2022

14/03/2022

21/03/2022

28/03/2022

04/04/2022

11/04/2022

18/04/2022

25/04/2022

02/05/2022

16/05/2022

30/05/2022

06/06/2022

20/06/2022

04/07/2022

11/07/2022

25/07/2022

08/08/2022

15/08/2022

22/08/2022

05/09/2022

19/09/2022

03/10/2022

17/10/2022

24/10/2022

31/10/2022

Please note PRIVATE version is available any day of the year!

Included Services:

  • Roundtrip in air-conditioned vehicle (taxi / microbus / bus) in customary quality with chauffeur:
    • With 01 - 02 participants by taxi (Please note that max. 1 piece of luggage p.p. fits into the car boot.)
    • With 03 - 05 participants by minivan / microbus (6 - 8 seats)
    • With 06 - 12 participants in microbus (12 - 20 seats)
  • Transfer Havana airport to Casa Particular in Havana and transfer back to Havana if the transfer is on the last day of the round trip. If not, the transfers have to be booked separately.
  • During the roundtrip day 1 - 8 English speaking local guide. Other languages upon request at the same price.
  • Due to possible guide shortage, the airport transfer might be carried out by a Caribbean Tours representative.
  • 7 overnight stays at private accommodation
  • 7x breakfasts, 5x lunch, 2x dinner

Services Not Included:

  • All meals and drinks not mentioned in the program.
  • Extra nights e.g. in Cayo Santa María, Varadero or Havana.
  • Transfer to airport after the extending nights in Varadero, Cayo Santa Maria or Havana.
  • Personal expenses and tips.
Havana ⇢ Viñales ⇢ Playa Larga ⇢ Cienfuegos ⇢ Trinidad ⇢ Santa Clara