Cuba Meetup Tour
Sip mojitos with locals and learn to salsa dance in Havana. Explore old cobble stone streets while vintage cars wizzes by in Trinidad. Learn to roll a cigar and make a mojito in Viñales.
Cuba is where time stood still. Old architecture has barely been touched, the faint sweet scent of cigar smoke wafts in the air, and smiling locals are ready for a chat anytime. The cities are full of culture, music, and color. The beaches are made of pristine white sand and crystal clear water. The mountains are green and covered in coffee and tobacco fields with killer sunsets. This is a special country, and the time to visit is now before it all changes.
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Classic car ride past the Malecón
Mojito making workshop with a sunset view
Learn to salsa dance
HAVANA AIRPORT PICKUP
HAVANA TO VIÑALES
Our local guide will show us the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, Central Park, and more. Your senses will be consumed by colorful art, smiling locals, and a faint sweet smell of cigar smoke. We’ll grab lunch before we hit the road for the very scenic drive to Viñales. In Viñales we will get an informal Spanish lesson by our local guide in the busy town square. Meals: breakfast, lunch
We’ll stroll the pathways with our local guide weaving through the farms and stop to learn how to roll cigars. We’ll visit a local’s house with stunning sunset views to learn how to make a classic Cuban cocktail followed by a Cuban feast overlooking some of the best views in Viñales! After an informal salsa lesson in the evening, we can dance the night away to live music with a mojito or two. Meals: breakfast and dinner
BAY OF PIGS TO CIENFUEGOS
Here we’ll get a bit of a history lesson from our guide and have the chance to go for a swim and even a snorkel in the crystal clear blue waters. After we get our fill of the sun and sand, we will hop back in the van for a quick drive to Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is a beautiful seaside town with stunning architecture and breathtaking views. Enjoy some solo time here or find some dinner with the group. There are a couple of beautiful cigar bars, a chocolate and coffee cafe, and some live music spots to practice your salsa skills! Meals: breakfast, lunch
CIENFUEGOS TO TRINIDAD
After a short drive, we will arrive in the colorful UNESCO World Heritage town of Trinidad, where street art mingles with old architecture. Our local guide will walk us down the cobbled streets and explain the history of this famous town. After lunch, you will have some time to explore, talk to the friendly locals smoking a cigar in the center of town, and choose one of the lovely Cuban restaurants for dinner. Meals: breakfast, lunch
Playa Ancon, a stunning beach where you can snorkel or sunbathe – Valle de los Ingenios with sugar cane fields as far as the eye can see – Sierra del Escambray, trekking in the mountains. You can also stick to the town where there is plenty to see. Check out some live music, even a folklore dance, rent a vintage bicycle, or just roam around with your camera. Meals: breakfast
SANTA CLARA TO HAVANA
We will stop in the mausoleum and memorial and stop for lunch. Once we get to Havana, we’ll check into our accommodation and enjoy a free evening. Meals: breakfast, lunch
You’ll hear live music played by performers on the street, marvel at the intricate architecture, and see smiling locals looking for a chat or a dance. We’ll start the day with a soulful and quintessentially Cuban ride in a vintage car. We’ll drive through the city and along the Malecon, a wall along the sea. You will then have the rest of the afternoon free to explore, grab some lunch, and get ready for our last night together. We’ll meet for dinner at the casa before hitting the town! Meals: breakfast, dinner
After breakfast, at 11am, we will check out of the villa and help you arrange transport to wherever your next stop is. Meals: B
It’s extra important to support locally owned businesses in Cuba, and where we stay a highlight of the tour. Casa Particulares are people’s homes they open up for guests. It makes for the best meals, unparalleled hospitality, and an inside look at Cuban culture. Since we aren’t staying at hotels, people’s homes often don’t have a website or even a proper name. These are photos from our collection of favorite homes to stay to give you a sense of the accommodation you can expect.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- 8 Breakfasts
- 4 Lunches
- 3 Dinners
- Local transportation
- Airport pickup (see arrival details)
- All entrance fees and activities in the itinerary unless specified as optional
- Havana cathedral
- Plaza de Armas
- San Fransicode Asis
- Plaza Vieja
- Central Park
- Informal spanish lesson
- Informal salsa lesson
- Local home experience
- Bay of Pigs
- UNESCO world heritage town of Trinidad
- Playa Ancon
- Valle de los Ingenios
- Sierra del Escambray
- Santa Clara mausoleum and memorial
- Vintage car ride
Check in is at 3pm. We will pick you up from the airport in a few rides through out the day depending on arrival times. If you are earlier than 3pm, we can hold your luggage while you explore until your room is ready.
- A deposit of $500 is required to hold your spot.
- Final payment is due 60 days before departure.
- Pay as much as often as you like until the due date.
- If you cancel your spot earlier than 60 days before departure, you can apply your payment to any trip within the next year.
- No refunds on deposits.
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
Is this trip right for you?
- Wifi is scarce and often expensive, not available at any accommodation. Consider it a chance to immerse yourself in Cuba.
- The casas particulates we use are much nicer than an average Cuban home and each room is unique. No matter where you stay, power cuts and breaks in hot water supply are sometimes unavoidable, as in any developing country. Consider it a part of the local experience.
- US credit cards and bank cards or those affiliated with a US bank are not accepted. Bring cash to exchange at the airport and at banks.
- Cuba runs on its own time, so strict adherence to a schedule will only leave us disappointed. So sip a mojito and turn off your phone like the locals.
- Things like professionally decorated rooms, high thread count sheets, and sometimes even air conditioning are scarce. Accommodation will be clean, comfortable, and full of character but not luxurious.
Most nationalities need a visa to enter Cuba. Americans can visit Cuba if they choose “support of the Cuban people” as the reason for their visit, and they use their money to support locals, not government owned businesses. Our itinerary supports locals.
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