About this tour
Stay in Casa Particulares, meet the locals, immerse yourself in Cuban culture, and feel the rhythm of this lively Caribbean gem
Our 8 Day Cuba Group tour – Lively Cuba, condenses some of the very best sites, sounds and sensations of Cuba into a fun-filled, culture-ladened adventure.
OUR 8 DAY CUBA GROUP TOUR – LIVELY CUBA – BEGINS EVERY SUNDAY IN HAVANA
8 Day Cuba Group Tour Itinerary Snapshot
- Day One: Tour arrival Day in Havana
- Day Two: Cienfuegos via Day of Pigs
- Day Three: Trinidad via Santa Clara
- Day Four: Trinidad
- Day Five and Six: Vinales
- Day Seven: Havana
- Day Eight: Departure Day
Come with us to a place unlike any other. Our 8 day Cuba group tour will indulge all of your senses and is the best way to begin your love affair with this vibrant destination. Cuba’s rich history and culture will come to life over 8 magical days, and we are quite sure that you won’t want to leave. Cuba is in in a state of fascinating transition, and is ready to open itself up to the world like never before. Imagine yourself ambling along the cobblestoned streets of gorgeous Trinidad and discovering the magic of Havana. Another highlight is the Karst Valley in the achingly beautiful town of Viñales. The air is fresh and sweet, filled with rich aroma of tobacco and pulsating Salsa beats. Even the noise of those stunning 1950’s cars will be music to your ears. We cram a lot into 8 days, and yet you will be both stimulated and soothed.
On our 8 Day Cuba Group Tour you will have a Locally Sourced Cuban guide travel with you from destination to destination and you will stay in Cuban B&B’s (Casa Particulares).
- Rest your weary head at a Cuban Bed and Breakfast, known as a Casa Particular. Experience the warmth of Cuban hospitality by staying with a Cuban family, who will make you feel right at home
- No Spanish? No problem. Our local Cuban guides speak English so you’ll never feel left out during your 8 day Cuba group tour
- Try out some sultry salsa steps by dancing the night away. We’ll show you the best spots
- Lose yourself in Havana’s magnificent Old Town (La Habana Vieja). Of course, we won’t actually let you get lost since we know this city like the back of our hands
- Visit vibrant Viñales – the home of Cuba’s tobacco production
- Immerse yourself in azure Caribbean waters
- You haven’t experienced a true Cuban cocktail until you’ve had one in Cuba, with amazing views to match
- Take in the final resting place of the iconic Che Guevara
- Visit an organic farm for a delicious lunch in Vinales
- Be amazed by the French inspired architecture of Cienfuegos.
Supporting the Cuban People
All of our group tours are dedicated to supporting the Cuban people, patronizing privately owned small businesses across Cuba.
Your itinerary is designed to introduce you to the local Cuban people and steer funds towards its citizens. On our group tours you will stay in Casa Particulares (privately run Cuban B&B’s) and eat at Paladares (privately run restaurants). You will also have the chance to interact with Cuban’s from all walks of life, listening to their stories, and sharing your own.
On our 8 Day Cuba Group Tour, we like to include a number of ‘must do’ activities and still leave you with some free time to choose from a range of optional activities or explore independently.
GUIDED ORIENTATION WALKS AT EACH DESTINATION
1 x DRINK AT TH PALACIO DE VALLE IN CIENFUEGOS
CHE GUEVARA MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM
INFORMAL SALSA LESSON IN TRINIDAD
VINALES TOBACCO FARM
LUNCH AT AN ORGANIC FARM IN VINALES
HAVANA CITY TOUR IN A CLASSIC CAR
MOJITO MAKING CLASS AND FAREWELL DINNER ON A ROOF-TOP IN OLD HAVANA
Meet our team of Local Cuba Tour Guides
Our Cuba tour guides truly love showing the delights of Cuba to guests. By the time your 8 day Cuba group tour has finished, some of that passion for Cuba will have inevitably rubbed off on you!
Is this Cuba tour for me?
Our group tours are perfect for those who want the freedom and flexibility to travel at their own pace, along with the security, camaraderie and cultural insight that comes from travelling with a local English-speaking guide and small group.
- Cuban B&B’s (Casa Particulares) are family run business which are set-up to provide B&B style accommodation to foreigners – a unique cultural experience. Casa’s are generally much nicer than normal Cuban dwellings but can be more basic than foreigners are used to. It is important to remember that each room at a Casa is unique in its size and set-up. Whether you stay in a hotel or Casa, sometimes power cuts and breaks in hot water are unavoidable in any developing country.
- Part of the experience of traveling through Cuba is experiencing Cuban resourcefulness. Spare parts are often difficult and expensive to come by, so don’t be surprised if your notice that ‘Cuban innovation’ has been used to keep various things working.
- Access to the internet in Cuba is getting better but can still be variable, slow and unreliable. It is also relatively expensive to get online at a hotel or one of the various Wifi zones that have been set-up across the country. Traveling through Cuba offers a great opportunity to take a break from your electronic devices and have a truly relaxing experience.
- Cuba is a unique travel destination and that is what makes it so popular. It is part of the ‘laid back Caribbean’ and things don’t always go to plan or schedule. A great sense of humour and patience are qualities that will go along way in making your stay in Cuba an enjoyable one.
Estimated Travel Times
How long does it take to travel between destinations on this 8 Day Cuba Group Tour? It’s not as though we’re going to whisk you from town to town as fast as possible. A leisurely pace of life is something the Cuban people pride themselves on, so on a longer journey we will of course stop for lunch, a chance to stretch your legs, and to take a closer look at the beautiful countryside.
From Havana to Cienfuegos (via Bay of Pigs): 5 hours
From Cienfuegos to Trinidad (via Santa Clara): 3 hours
From Trinidad to Viñales: 7 to 8 hours
From Viñales to Havana: 3 hours
For the greatest efficiency and comfort, all of our Cuba group tours use air-conditioned private transportation between destinations wherever possible.
Spending Money on Tour
Everyone is different in the amount of money they will spend on one of our Cuba group tours. Your main expenses on our 8 Day Cuba Group Tour will be food, drinks, airport departure transportation, souvenirs, optional activities, and tips. For our 8 Day Cuba Group tour we estimate that you will need approximately CUC50.00 – CUC60.00 per person, per day to cover your local expenses.
Our Single Supplement Policy
If you’ve ever been a solo explorer, you’ll know the annoyance of having to pay a supplement in order to have a single room. That’s not our style, so we waive the single supplement on all our Cuba group tours. You still have the option of sharing a room if you want – it’s entirely up to you.
Our small Cuba group tours include your arrival transfer from the airport to your joining accommodation (Havana airport only) on arrival. When you’re ready to leave, your local Cuban guide can arrange your airport transfer on departure at local prices.
As a minimum, you will need an average level of fitness and mobility to join this tour. Partaking in small group travel can be more physically demanding than your more conventional holidays. You should be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb a couple of flights of stairs, step on and off buses and other forms of transport, and carry your own luggage.
Getting Ready to Travel to Cuba
Do you need any further information about what to expect when you visit this magnificent country? Take a look at our comprehensive Cuba travel guide to learn more, and to start planning your Cuban adventure.
Day One: Havana
There’s so much life in Havana, and yet this bustling city never feels overwhelming. The only difficult thing about the city is knowing where to start exploring. The best way for those on our 8 day Cuba group tour to get started is with a pair of comfortable walking shoes. The entire city is fascinating, but fortunately many of the main points of interest are within a fairly compact area. Take a leisurely stroll through Havana’s Old Town, with pauses for coffee (and Cuban coffee is amongst the best in the world), or for a magical mojito. The architecture of this part of the city is an attraction in itself. The first day of our 8 day Cuba group tours is the perfect way to ease yourself into Cuban life. You can even join your guide and fellow tour group members for dinner if you arrive in time.
Please note that the first day of the tour is a joining day with no formal activities planned. We do organise your accommodation for this evening and a optional dinner with your guide and group.
This tour does not spend a lot of time in Havana, so we do recommend booking an extra night or two here if you have the time (or book our 10 Day Vivacious Cuba Group Tour). Our team would be more than happy to provide any recommendations or advice as to the best sights, excursions and activities to focus on. We can also arrange half and full days tours in Havana and its surrounding regions.
Day Two: Cienfuegos
We’ll show you Playa Girón, which is otherwise known as the Bay of Pigs. This was the site of the infamous failed invasion of Cuba. Its brutal history is nowhere to be seen, and it’s now an area of profound natural beauty. You’ll want to dive straight into that beautiful ocean, and don’t worry – there will be time.
While most of Cuba was settled by the Spanish, it was actually the French who made Cienfuegos into the city it is today. French migrants flocked to the area in the 1800’s and their architectural influence on the city is obvious. On some streets you might think you’re walking through Paris (although with infinitely better weather). At the entrance to the harbour you’ll see the Castillo de Jagua, an ancient fort that allowed the city to withstand the pirate attacks that were once common in Cuba. Many buildings in the town have been given UNESCO world heritage status, and you might think you’ve never seen such a beautiful town… until we show you some other places.
A harbour city by location, the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ has seduced Cuban travellers for years due to its elegance and beauty. Explore the wide streets and promenades or enjoy a walk by the Malecon, the longest promenade on the island.“Cienfuegos is the city I like the best”, wrote Beni More, one of Cubas most important musicians in the first half of the 20th century.
Day Three and Four: Trinidad
While Che Guevara is synonymous with Cuba, his final days were actually spent in Bolivia. Cuba felt he needed a hero’s burial and memorial, and this is located in Santa Clara, to where his body was returned. Our 8 day Cuba group tours will take you to this remarkable spot near Trinidad. It was in Santa Clara that Guevara and his rebels successfully derailed a military train carrying weapons and ammunition to be used against Fidel Castro. This act was credited with winning the revolution.
After Santa Clara we’ll take you to remarkable Trinidad. Founded in 1514, the central parts of the city have been lovingly maintained, and you might wonder if you’ve been transported back in time. Many buildings are painted in sensational shades of colour, making Trinidad a true treat for the eyes. Trinidad was once the heart of Cuba’s sugar industry (and a lot of sugar cane is still processed here). You simply have to take a visit to the sugar district, where many of the old mills can be found. For a fairly small city, there’s an amazing amount of nightlife as well.
Take the opportunity to visit a local waterfall, historic sugar mill or one of Cuba’s best beaches – Playa Ancon. An evening at one of Trinidad’s effervescent music venues is a must!
Day Five and Six: Vinales
Viñales is reasonably close to Havana, and has been popular with visitors for generations. In the heart of the Pinar del Rio valley, most of Cuba’s tobacco production takes place in and around Viñales. This is the place to see where those world famous cigars come from, and to get some for yourself.
The geography in the area is stunning, and the town is ringed by stark mogotes – small hills with sheer rock faces. As part of your tour we will organise a visit to a local organic farm for a delicious lunch.
The nightlife is lively, but not as crowded as larger cities – just in case you don’t want to have an audience!
Day Seven and Eight: Havana
We’ll welcome you back to heavenly Havana for the last days of your tour. Your guides will be able to tell you about some amazing places to see that you might not have considered. A tour of the city by classic car is included in your 8 Day Cuba Group Tour, so you’ll get to see Havana as a local would.
As a special treat at the end of your tour we’ll take you to a special rooftop in Havana’s Old Town that makes a sublime mojito (or a non-alcoholic alternative). You’ll be taught how to make a classic Cuban cocktail before enjoying a farewell dinner with your group and guide, with an unbeatable view over the rooftops of the city.
Then it will be time to say goodbye, but we are sure you’ll come back to see us as soon as you can…
Please note that Day Eight is the tours departure day, meaning you are free to depart at any time.
Inclusions and exclusions
8 days, 7 nights
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 x farewell dinner
Cuban B&B's/ Casa Particulares - 7 nights
Private air-conditioned transportation wherever possible
- Orientation walks at each destination
- Havana city tour in classic car
- Cocktail making class and farewell dinner on a Old Havana roof-top
- Visit to a Vinales tobacco farm
- Lunch at a organic farm in Vinales
- Che memorial & museum
- Informal salsa lesson in Trinidad or Vinales
- 1 x drink at the Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos
There are also a range of optional activities and excursions you can enjoy on all of our Cuba group tours
International flights, all lunches and dinners (unless specified), travel insurance, Cuba Visitor Visa & passport costs, drinks, Tips & Gifts, optional activities, – see our Cuba Travel Library or ‘Ask Us’ for more details.
Accommodation on Tour
Our Cuba group tours use only the best Casa Particulares – Cuban B&B’s. These Cuban Bed and Breakfast establishments offer a taste of authentic life on the island. You will be staying as a guest of a family in private accommodation. You’ll have privacy while still being able to interact with the locals as much as you want. It’s a stark difference to most types of accommodation, and you will truly be made to feel welcome – you might forget that you’re a paying guest and not a long lost family friend!
A number of accommodation options are in older buildings without an elevator. If you have issues with mobility and will be unable to comfortably climb several flights of stairs, please let us know. We can happily find you a wonderful alternative to suit your needs. We’ve got you covered if you want to spend a few extra days in Havana before or after your Cuba group tour. Just use our easy online form when you make your booking.
One of our favourite Casa’s in Havana, Casa Alta-Habana is located right in the heart of Havana Vieja just next to the beautiful Plaza Vieja.
- 25th February, 2018
- 4th March, 2018
- 11th March, 2018
- Spaces available
- Guaranteed departure
- Very limited availability
- Tour sold out
- 25th February, 2018
- 4th March, 2018
- 11th March, 2018
- Spaces available
- Guaranteed departure
- Very limited availability
- Tour sold out
8 Day Cuba Group Tour – Lively Cuba
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About the location payment
For the tours we run in Cuba, we ask that a ‘on location payment’ is made to your tour guide at the beginning of your tour in Cuba. The 'on location' payment is not compulsory and you can pay the full amount of the tour by credit card or bank transfer if you prefer (remember 1USD = 1CUC) . These payments act as a safety blanket for our clients, help ensure our tours run to schedule and keep our prices very competitive.