A Taste of Cuba

A Taste of Cuba

Start: Havana Finish: Havana

Visiting: Havana , Vinales , Tobacco Place , Cienfuegos , Bay of Pigs , Zapata Peninsula , Музей Гірон , Trinidad , Casa Templo de Santeria Yemallà , Playa Ancon , La Boca , Manaca Iznaga , Valle de los Ingenios , Santa Clara , Che Guevara Mausoleum

Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: AUW

Trip Styles: Adventure

Activities: Birdwatching , Sightseeing

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 18

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English

Interests: Cultural , Foodie , History , Ruins-Archaeology


From: $2249

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Tour Overview

Beginning and ending in the vibrant city of Havana, this trip visits four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one week. The Vinales Valley, Old Havana and the colourful colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Along the way discover Cuba's fascinating history, learn how to dance Cuban salsa like a local and have a go at making the perfect mojito!

Highlights

  • iconLearn to dance salsa in Trinidad
  • iconCuban Tourist Cards included for all UK residents
  • iconVisit to a tobacco farm and walk through tobacco plantations in the UNESCO Vinales Valley
  • iconSpend four nights in Cuban guesthouses
  • iconVisit Playa Ancon
  • iconThree nights staying in a hotel in Havana
More Information on the local operators website

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Havana.

Location: Havana

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Capri or Hotel Victoria (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Land only clients will meet the group at the start hotel.


icon Day 2 : To Vinales Valley; walk through tobacco plantations.

Location: Vinales, Tobacco Place

Accommodation: Casa Particulares

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we travel to Vinales Valley, in the west of Cuba. Famous for its
rolling tobacco plantations and collection of limestone karsts dotted along
the valley, it's not hard to see why Vinales was awarded UNESCO World
Heritage site status. Joined by a local resident we walk through the 'Valley
of Silence' to soak up rural Cuban life as farmers tend to their crops using
traditional farming methods. We'll also visit a tobacco farm to learn about
one of the island's most famous exports and meet with a local tobacco farmer
to help understand the growing process. After checking into our overnight
accommodation in Casa Particulares, we visit an organic farm in the hills of
Viñales for a sunset dinner overlooking the valley.

icon Day 3 : To Cienfuegos via the Bay of Pigs.

Location: Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs, Zapata Peninsula, Музей Гірон, Cienfuegos

Accommodation: Casa Particulares

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we set off on a long drive eastward to Cienfuegos. We stop for
lunch at the Bay of Pigs at a small beachfront restaurant with a large Cuban
welcome. The speciality here is fresh fish caught by local fisherman just off
the coast. Time permitting, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea. This
region of the Zapata Peninsula is a National Park and swamp providing a
habitat for some of the most important bird species in Cuba. We are joined by
a local nature expert who will introduce us to the natural landscape and
characteristics of the area. We will also have some time to explore the Giron
Museum, which exhibits items from the failed invasion by CIA-backed Cuban
Americans. Afterwards we will carry on our transfer to Cienfuegos. The city
of Cienfuegos is full of architectural delights and Cuban spirit, with a
beautiful main square and restored buildings. On arrival we check into our
casas for the night. Tonight, we enjoy a Cuban themed evening which will
include Cuban music, delicious roast pork, rum and dominoes prepared by our
fabulous host Lily.

Today's travel time is approx. 7 hours.



icon Day 4 : Bici taxi tour of Cienfuegos; to Trinidad UNESCO World Heritage Site; walking tour of Trinidad.

Location: Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Casa Templo de Santeria Yemallà

Accommodation: Casa Particulares

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we will start by having a city tour on Bici Taxis. One of the
best ways to get around is by Bici Taxi, a fun tour using Cuba’s
eco-friendly and typical city transport. Each Bici Taxi can accommodate two
people and will be pedalled by a local resident (most of whom like to
introduce their guests to reggaeton music!) The Bici Taxi tour is a great
time to talk to local Cienfuegos residents and have a go at practising your
Spanish.

Afterwards we depart Cienfuegos and drive down the coast to Trinidad.
Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988 and is perhaps the
best-preserved colonial town on the island. Exploring Trinidad can feel like
entering a time warp, its colourful, cobbled streets and horse drawn
transportation whisking us back. There are many interesting museums housed in
old colonial buildings and music drifts through the streets and plazas,
bringing the town to life. We have a walking tour with a local resident who
will give us an insider perspective of what it’s like to live in
Trinidad. The tour of the city will also include a visit to the ‘Casa
Templo de Santaria de Yemaya’ where we will find out about the Santeria
Afro-Cuban religion.

We'll stay overnight in charming Casa Particulares, private Bed and Breakfast
accommodation in local Cuban houses. Our dinner this evening will be at a
private paladar where a local collective of musicians will perform
interpretations of classic Cuban trova songs. This is sure to be a lively
evening and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Cuban music with its distinct
rhythms.



icon Day 5 : Discover Playa Ancon; cocktail and salsa class in Trinidad.

Location: Playa Ancon, La Boca, Playa Ancon, Trinidad

Accommodation: Casa Particulares

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we transfer to Playa Ancon making a short stop to visit the
picturesque fishing village of La Boca. This is a popular spot with local
fishermen, who we will meet and get a chance to speak to about the fishing
industry in Cuba. Then we will carry on to Playa Ancon and enjoy some time
on the beach. It is a great place to swim or you can simply just dip your
toes and relax. Afterwards we have an authentic Cuban lunch prepared for us.
Back in Trinidad we join the Santander family and enjoy a pottery-making
class. Here we will learn the skills that have been passed down by several
generations of this Cuban family before making our very own pottery with the
guidance of a family member.

Also this afternoon we meet a Cuban barman who is an expert at making the
perfect mojito! They will give a mojito making lesson and everyone in the
group will have a go at mixing their own in the authentic Cuban
way. Afterwards we’ll take part in a salsa class with Cuban dance
partners. There will be one dance partner for each member of the group, to
assist with teaching the correct salsa moves. Trinidad is known for its
nightlife, so after we’ve learnt the basics of salsa we’ll go to the
town’s ‘Casa de la Trova’ live music venue to listen to local musicians
playing authentic Cuban music. This venue is always lively and sociable, with
plenty of local Cuban’s keen to let us practice our dancing with them! 


icon Day 6 : To Manaca Iznaga and Che Guevara's Mausoleum in Santa Clara; to Havana.

Location: Trinidad, Manaca Iznaga, Valle de los Ingenios, Santa Clara, Che Guevara Mausoleum

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Capri or Hotel Victoria (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we will visit a traditional embroidery project in Trinidad
which showcases traditional embroidery project in Trinidad.

As we have a long transfer today, we will bring packed lunches with us from
the hotel. Leaving Trinidad we head to Manaca Iznaga, where we learn about
the sugar growing history surrounding the Valle de los Ingenios, a hugely
important industry for Cuba during the 18th and 19th centuries.

We will also visit an idyllic country farmhouse run by a charming couple, a
botanist and farmer. On the property they grow medicinal plants, fruit, and
have a small coffee plantation. As well as being welcomed into their house
for a ‘cafecito’ we’ll have a short walk around the property with the
owners, learning about small-scale agriculture techniques and industry in
rural Cuba.

Our next stop is Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the Cuban
Revolution in December 1958, just before Fidel Castro took Havana. Che
Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago
de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the Revolution. We visit the
Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia before driving
back to Havana for dinner at a private paladar.

Today's travel time is approx. 5 hours


icon Day 7 : Havana city tour on foot and by classic car.

Location: Havana

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Capri or Hotel Victoria (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we set off for a walking tour of old and new Havana, Cuba's
capital and the largest city in the Caribbean. Havana is a busy, bustling,
energetic capital. The area of Old Havana is often described as a living
museum, with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces. This is the
finest surviving Spanish colonial complex in the Americas. Preserved by a
combination of minimal war damage, post-revolution restoration work and the
millions of dollars invested since it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage
site in 1982. During our tour we visit a ration store, food market and
artisan market.

There is no better way to see Havana than by classic car, and so in
the early evening we continue our tour of the capital in style, travelling
in immaculately looked after classic cars in vibrant colours. Visiting both
the old and new areas of the city, we discover the distinct neighbourhoods of
the capital, stopping at points of interest for explanations and stories.
Feel free to ask questions about why the streets of Cuba are filled with
classic American cars manufactured in the 1950’s and how on earth the
owners manage to maintain them!


icon Day 8 : End Havana.

Location: Havana

Meals: Breakfast

This morning is free to relax or do some last minute sightseeing in Havana's
old town before those on group flights transfer to the airport in the
afternoon.
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What's Included

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    Tourist card visa for UK residents

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    Tour leader throughout

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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    All accommodation

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    All transport and listed activities

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    Arrival and departure transfers (if booking incl. group flights)

What's Not Included

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

Food

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners included. Cuba is not renowned for its culinary excellence and some ingredients are just not possible to get hold of (due in no small part to the long trade embargo implemented by the US). As such, flavours tend to be relatively simple, with most mealtimes consisting of meat or fish accompanied by rice and salad/vegetables. Seafood is widely available on the coast, including cheap and abundant lobster! Vegetarians will probably find they have the most limited choice. Snack food is not freely available in Cuba so you may wish to consider taking some with you. Paladares are likely to be a highlight of any visit to Cuba - they are one of the few types of private enterprise allowed (although still heavily regulated), where families or entrepreneurs are allowed to set up a restaurant. The atmosphere this creates and opportunity to integrate with local Cubans will no doubt enhance your stay! We recommend that you allow CUC 30 pp per day for the lunches and evening meals on the days where food is not included. Drinking water will be provided on the coach. Please bring your own refillable water bottles.

Check out our Q&As

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A. We are advised that there is no risk of malaria. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten.

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Minimum 16 age or above pessanger can go on this tour.

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

18

Are all entrance fees included in the price?

No

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    What is the maximum group size?

    18

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Arrival and departure transfers (if booking incl. group flights)

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 star

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews

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A Taste of Cuba
A short but comprehensive introduction to Cuba - perfect for people that are short on time. A short but comprehensive introduction to Cuba - perfect for people that are short on time.

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A TASTE OF CUBA
 Cuba is a wonderful island with diverse countryside, sunshine, beaches, beautiful and historic spanish cities, cars, cigars and very friendly people.  I was very lucky as I travelled with a really nice ....more  Cuba is a wonderful island with diverse countryside, sunshine, beaches, beautiful and historic spanish cities, cars, cigars and very friendly people.

  I was very lucky as I travelled with a really nice group which also makes the holiday special.

This is a cultural and historical experience not to be missed.

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A TASTE OF CUBA
A trip which "does exactly what it says on the tin". A trip which "does exactly what it says on the tin".

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A TASTE OF CUBA
Great way of seeing some of Cuba if you are short on time - will make you want to visit again!  Also great as a single traveller. From inspiring Havana ....more Great way of seeing some of Cuba if you are short on time - will make you want to visit again!  Also great as a single traveller.

From inspiring Havana to beautiful Trinidad, dancing, some great cooking, a bit of Che, beaches, beautiful scenery, thousands of photos and some rum - what's not to like?!; ....less
A TASTE OF CUBA
A really fantastic trip in so many ways. Although only a week we packed so much into it that it felt like longer! It truly provided a great taste of ....more A really fantastic trip in so many ways.

Although only a week we packed so much into it that it felt like longer! It truly provided a great taste of Cuba.

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A TASTE OF CUBA
Really enjoyed the trip with only one or two gripes as follows.   I don't understand why you booked a trip to be in Cuba over May Day.  This meant we didn't get to ....more Really enjoyed the trip with only one or two gripes as follows.

   I don't understand why you booked a trip to be in Cuba over May Day.

  This meant we didn't get to see any of the parade because we were in Vinales, couldn't see Che Guevara's mausoleum and, although I don't smoke cigars, some people might have liked to see the inside of a cigar factory and there were some very long days on buses although, in fairness, we had been warned.

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A 'taste' of what Cuba has to offer
A busy itinerary which visits all the key places. I enjoyed the variety of the trip from the countryside to busy cities and felt I learnt a lot about ....more A busy itinerary which visits all the key places.

I enjoyed the variety of the trip from the countryside to busy cities and felt I learnt a lot about Cuba along the way.

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A TASTE OF CUBA
I loved this trip although I was absolutley shattered at the end of it.  Havana was amazing and lived up to my expectations but my favourite place was Guajimico.  This was ....more I loved this trip although I was absolutley shattered at the end of it.

 Havana was amazing and lived up to my expectations but my favourite place was Guajimico.

 This was a basic hotel where each guest has a 'chalet' set in the forest, the best (or worst) depending on your view was that it was surrounded by massive land crabs.

 We danced until the early hours making the most of our Salsa class.

 Wildlife figured greatly on this trip including spiders and scorpions but what do you expect in a tropical destination!; ....less
Cuba
Have just come back from a Taste of Cuba trip. What an amazing time we had, Rayselis the guide was so passionate about her country and so knowledgeable. We visited ....more Have just come back from a Taste of Cuba trip.

What an amazing time we had, Rayselis the guide was so passionate about her country and so knowledgeable.

We visited local community run projects, got to eat in local restaurants and generally have a good time with the Cuban people.

I would recommend this trip if you want to see Cuba rather than just sit on a beech.

Cigar rolling, rum drinking, salsa dancing , pottery throwing, amazing.

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A taste of Cuba
A good week. Being on a tour sliced through the hassle of organisation and was a great queuebuster when visiting museums and events. Great variety of things to ....more A good week.

Being on a tour sliced through the hassle of organisation and was a great queuebuster when visiting museums and events.

Great variety of things to see and do in a very colourful varied interesting country; ....less

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Starting

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