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Cuba New Years Tour – Viva Cuba

US$975

This includes a 200cuc location payment

About this tour

Homestays, Parrandas de Remedios Festival, Trinidad Christmas Feast, New Year's Eve Party in Havana

Want to come to Cuba for new years? Get ready to immerse yourself in Cuban celebrations and dance the night away on this once in a lifetime tour experience

OUR CUBA NEW YEARS TOUR DEPARTS ON DECEMBER 23rd

So you have made the fantastic decision to come to Cuba for New Years

Cuba New Years Tour Itinerary Snapshot

  • Day One: Tour arrival Day in Havana
  • Day Two: Santa Clara/ Remedios
  • Day Three, Four and Five: Trinidad
  • Day Six: Cienfuegos
  • Day Seven and Eight: Vinales
  • Day Nine and Ten : Havana
  • Day Eleven: Departure Day

Join us in Cuba for our 11 Day Cuba New Years Tour – Viva Cuba , and enjoy a celebration unlike any other. This tour is the perfect way to explore Cuba while partying with the locals over the festive period. On this Cuba new years tour you will visit the excitable Parrandas de Remedios festival, get the chance to step back in time during a Christmas celebration in Trinidad and attend a special roof-top dinner at a New Year’s eve party in wonderful Havana. There is also the chance to visit Cienfuegos and Vinales for so much needed R&R. Get ready to explore Cuba on our Cuba New Years tour, while you dance the night away! Viva Cuba!

  • Experience Cuban hospitality at a Casa Particular
  • Feel the beat of Cuba’s lively nightlife
  • Visit one of Cuba’s traditional festivals – Parrandas de Remedios Festival with your local Cuban guide
  • Celebrate Christmas in Trinidad and feel like you have taken a step back in time
  • Explore Cuba’s lush tobacco region, Vinales
  • Enjoy a scrumptious cocktail at one of Havana’s many music venues
  • Experience a roof-top dinner and Cuba New Year’s eve party

Meet our team of Local Cuba Tour Guides

Our Cuba Tour Guides

Our team of passionate Cuba tour guides are dedicated to making your Cuba New Years Tour the best it can possibly be.

Estimated Travel Times

Below are the estimated travel times between destinations on this 11 Day Cuba New Years Tour. For the longer journey’s our guides like to break-up the journey by stopping for lunch and at various points of interest along the way.

Havana to Santa Clara: 4 hours
Santa Clara to Trinidad: 3 hours
Trinidad to Cienfuegos: 1 hour
Cienfuegos to Vinales: 8 hours
Vinales to Havana: 2-3 hours

For this Cuba New Years tour we we use a mixture of private transportation, local Viazul bus and taxi. Depending on group size the majority of the tour will be done using private transportation.

Accommodation

For our Cuba New Years Tour, use authentic Casa Particulares (Cuban B&B’s). Staying at a Casa Particular and interacting with Cuban locals provides an enriched cultural experience and is often a highlight for many of our tour participants. At the end of your stay in Havana we like to use Casa Particular accommodation in Havana Centro or Havana Vieja. Please note that a lot of the best Casa’s in these areas are up several flights of stairs. If these stairs are likely to cause you problems, just let us know ahead of time and we will source a suitable alternative.

You are welcome to request extra accommodation before or after your tour with us in Cuba. This can be done using our online form at the time of booking.

Spending Money on Tour

Everyone is different in the amount of money they will spend on tour. Your main expenses on our Cuba New Years Tour will be food, drinks, airport departure transportation, souvenirs, optional activitiesairport departure tax (25CUC) and tips. We estimate that you will need between USD$500 – USD$700 for expenses (not including the on location payment).

Our Single Supplement Policy

We believe that you should be able to have the privacy that comes with having your own room on tour, and not have to pay anything extra for this. That’s why it is our policy is to waive the single supplement fee on all of our Group tours. Of course you can still choose to share a room with a fellow traveller, as this can often be part of the fun of traveling – it’s your choice!

Airport Transfers

We include an airport transfer on arrival for all of our small group Cuba tours. On departure, your local Cuban guide will help organise your transfer at market rates (no commission).

Getting Ready to Travel to Cuba

If you are planning on coming to Cuba for New Years, please consult our comprehensive Cuba travel guide for all of the information you will need to plan your next Cuban adventure.

Tour video

Map

Cuba New Years Tour Map

Itinerary

visit wonderful Havana on a Cuba group tour

Day One: Havana

So you have decided to come to Cuba for New Years – great decision! Known as the capital of fun during the 40’s and 50’s, this spellbinding city immediately captures the curiosity of her many visitors. But where do you start? Put on your walking shoes and take in Havana’s rich history, grand monuments, world famous cigars and scrumptious cocktails. You can easily get lost in Havana Vieja (old Havana), the old city of cobble stoned alleyways and colonial buildings, ancient squares and noted churches. The perfect day to get your bearings and if you arrive early enough you can meet your guide and group for an optional evening meal.

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.

 

Day Two: Santa Clara for Parrandas de Remedios Festival

On Day Two we set off in Comfortable transportation to the lively Parrandas de Remedios Festival in the small town of Remedios, just outside of Santa Clara. At the end of the year, this town hosts one of Cuba’s greatest street parties and religious carnivals. We arrive for the festivals climax on 24th December! Expect a night of dancing, drinking, fireworks and impressive floats as a fierce competition between the neighbourhoods of San Salvador and El Carmen takes place (all in good fun of course).

Day Three, Four & Five: Trinidad

Now it’s on to the favourite destination of many a traveler to Cuba. Trinidad was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez and is considered a jewel in Cuban colonial architecture. For some, Trinidad is a living museum, stuck in the time of Cuba’s first War of Independence when local sugar plantations were devastated by fire. The vibrant colours and soulful music littered along cobbled streets will simply take your breath away.

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!

There is a disco in a cave close-by to explore and we will arrange a Christmas dinner and celebration for the group as well.

Visit Cienfuegos on our Cuba Group Tours

Day Six: Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is the next destination on the agenda.

If Cuba had a Paris then it would probably be Cienfuegos, which stands out for its rich French-influenced architecture. A harbour city by location, the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ has seduced Cuban travellers for years due to its elegance and beauty. Founded in 1819 by Don Luis de Clouet, Cienfuegos luckily managed to remain free of pirate attacks, allowing this popular city to prosper. 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. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.

Visit Vinales our our 8 Day Cuba Group Tour

Day Seven & Eight: Vinales

Set in a beautiful, lush valley of the Pinar del Rio province, Vinales is one of the most breathtaking locations in Cuba. In the heart of Cuba’s prime tobacco growing region, Vinales sits quietly surrounded by a number of stunning karst hill formations known as mogotes (pin cushions).

Experience first-hand the hospitality of a Cuban Homestay and take advantage of the many outdoor activities available to you. Breathtaking views and an ‘enthusiastic’ nightlife will surely make your stay in Vinales a memorable one.

Immerse yourself in Cuban culture by visiting a local tobacco farm and having lunch with a local farmer. Salsa lesson anyone?

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Day Nine, Ten & Eleven: Havana

It’s time to make your way back to Havana for some fantastic New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

For new years eve we will organise a special roof-top dinner with Cuban music food, drink, music and dance. This is a great chance to interact with the locals and celebrate a new year of opportunity – Cuba Style!

On the final two days of your tour you will have the opportunity to explore some more and  experience Cuban nightlife one last time. We will also host you on a Walking Tour of Old Havana and a tour of greater Havana in an iconic Classic American Car.

Please note that Day Eleven is the tour departure day, meaning you are free to depart at any time.

Viva Cuba!

Inclusions and exclusions

Duration

11 days, 10 nights

Start

Havana, Cuba

Finish

Havana, Cuba

Group size

2-16

Meals

10 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner included

Single supplement

0

Accommodation

B&B's (10 nights)

Transport

Mostly Private Transportation

Inclusions

English-speaking local Cuban guide, transportation between destinations, 10 breakfasts, airport transfer on arrival

Plus:

Remedios Festival, Group Christmas feast, walking tour of Old Havana, orientation walks at each destination, Havana New Years Eve Party, airport transfers, and informal salsa lesson in Trinidad

Exclusions

International flights, all lunches and dinners (unless specified), travel insuranceCuba Visitor Visa & passport costs, drinks, tips & Giftsoptional activitiesairport taxes – see our Cuba Travel Library or ‘Ask Us’ for more details.

Departures calendar

Upcoming departures

  • 23rd December, 2017
  • Spaces available
  • Guaranteed departure
  • Very limited availability
  • Tour sold out

Cuba New Years Tour – Viva Cuba

US$975

This includes a 200cuc location payment

Please review our booking conditions

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.