A Taste of Cuba

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Grand American Adventures

A slow paced and colourful country with salsa music pulsating through its veins, this is Cuba. Admire Havana's colourful and architecturally rich history as you explore a city where the old and new converge. Travel deep into the Cuban countryside to visit lush landscapes, rolling tobacco plantations and world heritage sites on your voyage of discovery. Swim in the Caribbean Sea, sip cocktails, savour a cigar and dance with the locals to the beats of salsa music on this one of a kind tropical island.

Highlights
  • Atmospheric Havana with its colonial charm
  • Visit colourful Trinidad's maze of cobblestone streets
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara
  • Mojito cocktail class and salsa dancing with the locals
  • Visit to a cigar factory in Pinar del Rio
  • Visit the site of the famous US invasion at the Bay of Pigs
  • Walking tour of Old Havana's plazas
  • Swimming in Caribbean waters
  • Walk through tobacco plantations in Vinales Valley
  • Cuban tourist card (UK residents only)
Extras

We offer a whole range of travel extras, from additional hotel nights to flights and insurance, so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip.

Book Extra Nights in Havana

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team. HAVANA - COMODORO HOTELCalle 3Ra Y 84, Miramar, Havana, CubaThis beachfront hotel is located in the exclusive Miramar neighbourhood, close to the old part of Havana. Facilities include multiple restaurants and bars, swimming pool, internet access and a free shuttle bus to Old Havana. Full room (Your own single or double room)From £130-155 | US$169-202 | Eur156-186 | AU$221-264 | NZ$232-277Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONGrand American Adventures offers free airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip, so no matter which flight you choose to arrive on, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance; unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the tour start )or pre-tour) hotel; transfers to other hotels in the same city may attract an extra charge; transfers may be shared with other customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times.

Book Extra Nights in Havana

Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team. HAVANA - AMBOS MUNDOS HOTELCalle Obispo No: 153, Esq. a Mercaderes, Havana Vieja, CubaConveniently located in the Old Havana District this hotel offers TVs and private bathrooms in all rooms, a swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. An on-site restaurant and bar is available, as well as currency exchange, shop and laundry services. Full room (Your own single or double room)From £274-340 | US$356-442 | Eur329-408 | AU$466-578 | NZ$489-607Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONThe hotel offers a free 24 hour shuttle service. Contact the hotel upon arrival using the hotel shuttle phones in the baggage claim area, or call the hotel directly on 907-276-0110. A tip of US$2 per person is recommended. If you prefer to take a taxicab, they leave from the designated taxi area near baggage claim. The fare should be approximately US$15-17 including tip.

Book Flights (UK Only)

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. Why Book Your Flights with Grand American Adventures?Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per personDate changes free of charge (subject to terms)We are ATOL protected and IATA licensedPersonal service - you're more than just a numberCall us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers or request a flight quote online

Travel Insurance

At Grand American Adventures we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ?See our insurance page for more information.

Optional Activities During Your Tour

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

Accommodation Types
  • Hotel
Food And Meals
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Destinations visited
  • USA
  • Cuba
  • Havana
  • Vinales
  • Cienfuegos
  • Santa Clara
  • Central America
  • North America
Tags
  • Cultural

Day: 1

Welcome to the capital of Cuba where you'll get to experience colonial architecture, classic cars and grand plazas. No visit to Havana is complete without soaking up the sights within the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town, which still retains the architecture that was present during the 16th and 17th centuries. Undeniable colonial highlights include the fortifications of Castillo del Morro, La Cabana and San Salvador de la Punta, which were all originally constructed to protect Havana from invaders attacking from the sea. Further Spanish and religious importance can be found within the Cathedral de San Cristobal and the Church of San Francisco de Asis, both of which have played their part in cementing Havana's heritage firmly on the cultural map. You will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions the following morning, please see the noticeboard in reception for the meeting time.

  • Havana

Day: 2

Bid Havana adios for now as you head for the amazing limestone rock formations of Vinales Valley. This is your first chance to discover life outside of the city as well as learning more about Cuba's most famous export on a tour of a tobacco plantation. Visit a cigar factory in Pinar del Rio and pick up some local artisan souvenirs before heading out for a sunset meal.

  • Havana
  • Vinales

Day: 3

Swim in crystal clear waters en route to the Bay of Pigs where you can find out more about Cuba's passionate and revolutionary heritage. Your next stop is the beautiful coastal city of Cienfuegos. The UNESCO World Heritage listing for Cienfuegos is entirely justified as not only is the city blessed with some exceptionally well-preserved colonial architecture but it's also revered as being one of the best examples of 19th century Spanish urban planning. The Arco de Triunfo, the Cathedral de la Purisma Concepcion and the Palacio de Valle are all well worth a visit. If you prefer to take it easy, soak up the sun in one of the many of parks, beaches and botanical gardens.

  • Cienfuegos

Day: 4

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, a fantastic place to stroll over cobbled streets, visit museums, and listen to the click-clack of hooves signalling yet another horse-drawn cart. Often considered to be the best-preserved example of a colonial town within the whole of Cuba, it will come as no surprise that today is often regarded as one of the unforgettable highlights of the tour. An evening of dancing is highly recommended and there's no better venue than the aptly named Casa de la Trova, which presents a traditional and passionate introduction both to the people and the music of Latin America.

  • Trinidad

Day: 5

Today is a free day in Trinidad, so choose to wander the colourful cobbled streets and enjoy your day as you see fit. What better way to make use of the sunshine than on an optional catamaran trip? There are loads of extra excursions to enjoy in Trinidad with Caribbean islands (Cayo Macho or Cayo Blanco) and national park walking trails (El Cubano) always proving to be popular choices. Even if you don't opt to set sail on a catamaran, you'll still find plenty of excuses to enjoy a tropical cocktail or two as the sun sets on yet another perfect day in paradise.

  • Trinidad

Day: 6

Viva la Revolucion! This won't be the first or the last time that you'll hear about Che Guevara. As you leave Trinidad and travel to Santa Clara you'll visit the Che Guevara Museum and Mausoleum to learn more about Cuba's famous revolutionary icon. There's no better place to find out more about Che Guevara than in Santa Clara, and no matter what you may think of his politics it's impossible to deny that this is one of history's most enigmatic revolutionary heroes. Then it's time to head back to Havana where tonight, you can visit the either the Parisien or Tropicana Cabaret.

  • Santa Clara
  • Havana

Day: 7

Rediscover some old haunts and explore some new ones on a walking tour of the city. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the haunts around Havana. Learn how to shake it with the best of them at a traditional cocktail class followed by salsa dancing with the locals. If you're looking to find out more about Cuba's often volatile past then the Museum of the Revolution (which is now the home of the former Presidential Palace) is well worth a visit.

  • Havana

Day: 8

Your tour ends in the morning after breakfast. You can either continue your tour of this fascinating country, or bidding farewell to Cuba and your newfound friends.Extend your time in Cuba by travelling just a few hours from Havana to the idyllic island of Cayo Levisa. Stay in an en suite beach cabin and wake up each day to a beautiful 4km stretch of golden sand and inviting turquoise waters. There are no roads or other buildings on the small island just off the Northwest coast of Cuba, only the hotel and its bar and restaurant. All meals are included and for those who don't just want to relax in the sun, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports, such as snorkelling and diving. Extensions can be arranged for any length of stay, and include transfers to and from Havana. Prices available on request. 

  • Havana
  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All transportation by private vehicle

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Why Grand American Adventures?

Grand American Adventures specialises in small group holidays to the Americas, with their fountains of knowledge and experience they are committed to bringing you some of the finest small group adventures. They believe in doing more than just visiting a place, it’s about really getting out there and having an adventure. It's not just about where you go, it's how you experience it. Tours encompass the most exciting sights and highlights, visit off-the-beaten-path locations not found if travelling alone and a whole range of exciting activities.

They offer one of the widest ranges of small group holidays in North America, along with adventures through Central and South America. With more than 60 exciting itineraries, you can experience epic journeys travelling the USA through the national parks, celebrate the music and history of the deep south or Cuba, delve into cowboy life on a traditional ranch stay, walk in the Canadian Rockies or the Inca Trail, cruise the Amazon or raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

With a maximum group size of just 13 on most tours, it feels more like travelling with friends than being on an organised tour. These small group adventures are made up of singles, couples and friends from all around the world. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel and discovery, and a small group will allow you to get further off the tourist trails for a more intimate experience. Plus, there are no single supplements if you’re happy to share a room or tent with a fellow traveller of the same gender.

Grand American Adventures’ Tour Leaders are chosen for their professionalism, unbridled passion to explore and a desire to travel while sharing the experience. They have hiked hundreds of miles of national park trails, slept under the stars and done almost every activity there is, and are keen to introduce you to the places that they call home. They will get you from A to B, organise activities and no doubt show you secret spots along the way. Ultimately they are there to make sure you get the most out of your adventure.

The company has always had a level of concern and commitment to the natural surroundings and the local people they encounter on their tours. They endeavour to operate tours that create a positive impact on the areas they visit and a lasting impression for those who travel with them. This is achieved with their philosophy of 'leave no trace', constant reviews of operational processes, and working with locals to give something back to the communities they come into contact with. They support a number of responsible charities and organisations wherever possible and they also give you the option to offset your carbon emissions for your tour.

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