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Cuba New Years Tour – Viva Cuba

US$975

About this tour

Cuban B&B's, 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

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!

On our 11 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).

  • 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

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.

Included Activities

On our 11 Day Cuba New Years 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 THE PALACIO DE VALLE IN CIENFUEGOS
INFORMAL SALSA LESSON IN TRINIDAD
CHRISTMAS FEAST

VINALES TOBACCO FARM
LUNCH AT AN ORGANIC FARM IN VINALES
OLD HAVANA WALKING TOUR
CLASSIC CAR TOUR OF HAVANA
HAVANA NEW YEARS 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.

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

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.

You can download our Cuba drive times map here

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

Transportation

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.

Airport Transfers

Our small Cuba group tours include your arrival transfer from the airport on arrival. When you’re ready to leave, your local Cuban guide can arrange your airport transfer on departure at local prices.

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

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?

Travel to Havana on our Cuba Group tours

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, 2 lunches & 1 dinner included

Single supplement

0

Accommodation

B&B's (10 nights)

Transport

Private Transportation wherever possible

Inclusions

English-speaking local Cuban guide, transportation between destinations, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 farewell dinner, airport transfer on arrival

Plus:

GUIDED ORIENTATION WALKS AT EACH DESTINATION
1 x DRINK AT THE PALACIO DE VALLE IN CIENFUEGOS
INFORMAL SALSA LESSON IN TRINIDAD
CHRISTMAS FEAST

VINALES TOBACCO FARM
LUNCH AT AN ORGANIC FARM IN VINALES
OLD HAVANA WALKING TOUR
CLASSIC CAR TOUR OF HAVANA
HAVANA NEW YEARS EVE PARTY

There are also a range of optional activities and excursions you can enjoy on all of our Cuba group tours

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.

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.

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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.

Departures calendar

Upcoming departures

  • 23rd December, 2017
  • 23rd December, 2018
  • Spaces available
  • Guaranteed departure
  • Very limited availability
  • Tour sold out

Cuba New Years Tour – Viva Cuba

US$975

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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.