The Cuban Way of Life

Take a sneak peek into Cuban households and enjoy life the way locals do.


Description

Let yourself be lead to the most beautiful places of Havana and admire the lively capital from a bird’s-eye view. Visit privately owned car workshops, enjoy a course on the art of making Cuban cocktails and a salsa course. Get to know the capital Havana and its nightlife before heading to the beautiful green landscapes of Soroa and Viñales. Snorkel at the paradisiac beach of Playa Larga. Experience the National Park El Nicho and its captivating waterfalls and walk through the romantic cobbled streets of the colonial city Trinidad - a must see.


Places visited during this trip

Day
Place
Place
Activities:
  • Reception at the airport in Havana and transfer to the hotel. Dinner at own expense.

    Included services:

    • Transfer

    Included meals today: -

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Havana

Activities:
  • This day starts with a very special city tour: The old town of Havana and its most beautiful sites from a bird’s-eye view. Begin with a drive to the other side of the bay for a morning panoramic view over Havana´s old town. At the famous statue of Jesus Christ, you can take the first of many beautiful pictures of the day. Cross the bay on the ferry Lancha de Regla which is used mostly by locals. Here the sightseeing walking tour through the historical city center starts. In addition to outstanding photo opportunities, gain insights into the history of the colonial period and the Cuban way of life. Various roof terraces are visited and each one hides something special: a 360 - degree view of the city, a course on the art of Cuban cocktails and an introduction to the Cuban salsa rhythms. Along the way, lunch in a private restaurant. At night, take the chance to prove what you have learned in a local Salsa club - depending on the weather, either under the stars in the famous “1830” along the Malecón or in the legendary Hotel Florida.

    Included services:

    • Ferry ride,
    • Entrance Cámara Oscura,
    • Cocktail class,
    • Cuban Salsa introduction course

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Havana

Activities:
  • In Havana´s famous coco-taxis, you will visit several privately owned car workshops in which Cubans restore vintage cars and other vehicles including VW Beetle, Chevrolet and many more. A camera, is an accessory that should not be forgotten on this tour through the world´s largest open-air museum of vintage cars. End this adventurous experience with a panoramic tour with a vintage Chevrolet passing through Havana´s most famous districts. Lunch in a private restaurant. In the afternoon time at leisure.

    Included services:

    • Tour with coco-taxis,
    • Visit to car workshops,
    • Panoramic tour with a vintage Chevrolet

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Havana

Activities:
  • From the hustle and bustle of Havana into the nature of Viñales. Drive along the tobacco route to Pinar del Río, the greenest of all Cuban provinces with the best tobacco soil of the world. Stopover in Soroa and visit to the orchid garden with over 350 species of orchids and cocktail in the "cloud castle" with beautiful views over the countryside. Visit to Patio Pelegrín, an aid program of the artist Mario Pelegrín especially for kids and teenagers. With the access to artistic creation not only the development of their own creativity is stimulated but also they are offered senseful recreational activities. Together with Mario Pelegrín and his team the lunch for today will be prepared.

  • In the afternoon panoramic tour through Viñales valley with its imposing limestone rocks (Mogotes) to Viñales village where time seems to be at a standstill. Visit a Casa de Veguero, the house of a tobacco farmer with its drying hut for tobacco leaves. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own and explore the village of Viñales. Dinner at own expense.

    Included services:

    • Visit to Patio Pelegrín,
    • Panoramic tour through Viñales Valley,
    • Visit to a house of a tobacco farmer,
    • Cocktail

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Viñales

Activities:
  • After a long drive you will finally see the Caribbean sea! Stop at the Cueva de los Peces in the Bay of Pigs. This environment was built through karst lagoons and a wide system of caves flooded with water. A variety of species of the local flora and fauna can be found here. Options to go snorkelling or bathe. You can spend the rest of the day on your own at the beach of Playa Larga and take advantage of the nice coral reef to go snorkelling. Dinner at the Casa Particular.

    Included services:

    • Visit to Cueva de los Peces

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Playa Larga

Activities:
  • In the morning drive to the Nation Park "El Nicho". Walking accompanied by a local guide to the Salto El Nicho, cascading over rocks into cool swimming holes. Possibility to take a bath.

  • Drive to Cienfuegos, a charming coastal city characterized by French colonial architecture. Stroll through the city center, see the main square Parque Martí with the nostalgic theatre Tomás Terry. Visit to the Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte. This cultural center in a palatial building organizes extracurricular activities such as dancing and making music, for local pupils.

  • After this interesting visit, have a cocktail on the roof terrace of the Moorish “Palacio de Valle” on the peninsula Punta Gorda. Afterwards, drive along the coastal road to Trinidad - UNESCO World heritage site with unique colonial architecture. Dinner at the Casa Particular.

    Included services:

    • Guided hike in the National Park El Nicho,
    • City tour through Cienfuegos,
    • Visit to theatre Tomás Terry,
    • Visit to Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte,
    • Ride by bicitaxi,
    • Cocktail

    Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Trinidad

Activities:
  • In the morning sightseeing walk through the romantic cobbled roads, passing the main square surrounded by the splendid mansions of the former sugar barons and visit to the Casa del Alfarero, a pottery workshop. In continuation be part of a guided tour through one of the numerous museums in Trinidad.

  • Then drive through the Sugar Mill Valley to the hacienda Iznaga, home of the former sugar barons with its legendary slave tower. Typical Cuban lunch on a finca. Chance for a thrill on the optional ziplining adventure: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sugar Mill Valley while gliding the five ziplines. In the evening you have the opportunity (optional) to experience the smooth nightlife with live music and dance, e.g. in the “Casa de la Música” or the “Casa de la Trova”.

    Included services:

    • City tour through Trinidad,
    • Visit to the Casa del Alfarero,
    • Visit to a museum,
    • Panoramic tour through the Sugar Valley

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Trinidad

Activities:
  • Drive from Trinidad to Santa Clara. This town is inseparably linked with Che´s history. With the famous battle of Santa Clara, Che marked the final victory over Batista’s regime and became the hero of the revolution. It is here where he found his last rest. Visit to the mausoleum and the armored train, a relic from the revolutionary war.

  • Subsequently drive to Varadero (for beach extension) or to the hotel/airport in Havana or in the afternoon for beach extension in Cayo Santa María/Cayo Ensenachos transfer to the beach hotel.

    Important: The mausoleum of Che Guevara is closed on Mondays and can be closed on other days without prior notice. Caribbean Tours assumes no guarantee for the opening times. However, the monumental memorial itself with an imposing statue of Che alone is worth a visit.

    Transfer to Cayo Santa María / Cayo Ensenachos in the afternoon on day 8 is included. The transfer back to the hotel / airport in Havana, Varadero or Santa Clara will be charged separately.

    Included services:

    • Visit to the memorial of Che,
    • Visit to the armored train (Tren Blindado),
    • Transfer

    Included meals today: breakfast

Additional information

Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

Maximum number of participants: 12 persons

Services not included:

  • All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Extending nights e.g. in Varadero or Cayo Santa María
  • Transfer to Havana airport after the extending nights