About this tour
English-speaking local guide, the 'Best Of' excursions, Classic Car Tour, Trinidad Walking Tour, Vinales Day Tour, All-inclusive beach-stay
The bright sunlight bathing everything in a warm glow. The rich and sweet scent of cigar smoke. The seductive beats of salsa music drifting out of bars that will have you involuntarily tapping your feet. The powerful revving of the engine of one of those classic cars as it accelerates down the street. There’s so much to see and do in Cuba, and if you’re on 0ur 10 Day Exquisite Cuba Private Tour, you’ll get to experience it all.
What’s Included on the Tour?
- A local guide fluent in both English and Spanish. There won’t be a language gap!
- A selection of the best (and most unique) activities, excursions and day tours at each destination
- Accommodation in historic hotels and/or Casa Particulares (traditional Cuban B&B’s)
- Beach-stay at a Casa in Varadero 4*
- Opportunity to upgrade your beach-stay to a all-inclusive resort in Varadero or Jibacoa
- Comfortable private transportation between destinations
- Airport transfers
What Are Some of the Tour Highlights?
- A comprehensive full day tour of Havana with the Havana Tour Company
- A visit to the Che Guevara Memorial and Mausoleum
- Spend time exploring the historic Valley of the Sugar Mills in Trinidad
- See how tobacco is cultivated in the stunning Pinar del Rio province
- Immerse yourself in Cuba’s music and dance scene
- Meet prominent and emerging Cuban artists
- A guided walk at each destination
- A beach stay in Varadero or another popular beach
Our Private Cuba Tours Schedule
Please view our comprehensive 10 Day Private Cuba Tour itinerary below.
- Day One: Arrival in Havana
- Day Two: Havana
- Day Three: A Day Trip to Viñales
- Day Four: Havana
- Day Five: Cienfuegos, with a stop at the Bay of Pigs
- Day Six: Trinidad, with a stop at Santa Clara
- Day Seven: Trinidad
- Days Eight and Nine: Varadero
- Day Ten: Return to Havana for Departure
This Private 10 Day Cuba Tour is priced from USD$1295.00 per person (2 people sharing) staying in Casa Particular (Cuban B&B) accommodation. If you wish to upgrade to hotel/ resort accommodation for your time (or part of your time) in Cuba, just contact us and our team will be more than happy to provide you with some recommended hotel accommodation options and updated pricing. We are also able to offer some fantastic group booking discounts as well.
Meet our team of Local Cuba Tour Guides
Our team of passionate Cuba tour guides are dedicated to making your Cuba tour the best it can possibly be.
Estimated Travel Times
Below are the estimated travel times between destinations on this 6 Day Private Cuba 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 Vinales return: 5 hours
Havana to Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs: 4-5 hours
Cienfuegos to Santa Clara: 1 hour
Santa Clara to Trinidad: 1 hour
Trinidad to Varadero: 4 hours
Varadero to Havana: 1.5 hours
For this 10 Day Private Cuba tour we use private transportation throughout.
We include an airport transfers for this tour.
Getting Ready to Travel to Cuba
Please consult our comprehensive Cuba travel guide for all of the information you will need to plan your next Cuban adventure.
Day One – Arrive in Havana
Bienvenido! Welcome to Cuba.
We’ll have someone waiting for you at the airport when your flight arrives. There are no scheduled activities for the first day, so it doesn’t matter what time you arrive. After you’ve been taken to your joining accommodation in Havana’s Old Town, it’s time to get acquainted with this treat for the senses.
Havana was not always the capital of Cuba. That title first belonged to Baracoa, on the other side of the island. Baracoa was only reachable by sea until a few decades ago when a road was finally built. As a capital, Baracoa was impractical, and Havana was already Cuba’s economic and cultural heart, so it made sense to bestow the crown on this gem of a city.
Havana has been through a lot when compared to many other cities around the world. It’s the seat of power in a country that has been fought and fought over for centuries. The French, the British, the Americans, Cuban rebels, and even countless pirates have all tried to conquer Havana, with varying degrees of success.
While they were constructed a very long time ago, you can still see the walls and fortifications of Old Havana, built to defend the city when it was little more than a village by the sea. Ask your guide on our private Cuba tours where to find some of these landmarks. Look at (and sometimes you can even touch) these walls, and try to imagine what it would have been like to hide behind these structures when pirates were attacking.
On arrival, your guide will drop by your joining accommodation to to say hello. You can also ask any questions you might have and discuss the tour itinerary in further detail. If you’re feeling peckish, your guide can also take you to a local restaurant for a delicious reasonably priced dinner.
- Introductory meeting with your guide
- Transfer from airport
Day Two – Havana Full Day Tour (B,L)
A focal point of your explorations of Havana is the city’s Old Town. It’s been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982, and you’ll soon see why it deserves the honour. The Old Town is the village from which the city grew, although it was once all there was to Havana.
You’ll start the day with a hearty Cuban breakfast, before your guide picks you up at 9am. Dress comfortably, and you’ll soon be walking the streets of Old Havana, taking in such sights as La Catedral San Cristobal de la Habana, Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (now a restaurant) and the Plaza de Armas, complete with a statue of Manuel de Cespedes, one of the leaders of the independence movement. The walking tour also takes in the Museo de la Revolución and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, with stops at Saint Francis of Assisi Square, Arms Square, the Old Square and Cathedral Square.
You might want to take a break for a cold drink at this point before continuing with a walk past the Malecón (a gorgeous seaside esplanade), Revolution Square, Central Park, the Opera House, the Capitol Building, the former Bacardi Building, and the former Presidential Palace … all with plenty of opportunities for photos.
Lunch is included, and we’ll take you to an excellent traditional Cuban Paladar (a family run restaurant serving great Cuban cuisine).
Once lunch has been finished (at approximately 2pm), your guide will take you on a tour of greater Havana in one of those iconic classic cars. Due to the current US imposed trade embargo on Cuba, new vehicles have been hard to come by in Cuba. Cuban’s have instead become experts at keeping the cars they already have from yesteryear running. They look authentic, but under the hood is a different story. The engines are hybrids made from parts cannibalised from other vehicles or imported with great expense and difficulty. Whatever it takes to keep these beauties running!
This stylish mode of transportation is the perfect way to see wider Havana and a very different side of the city. Sit back, relax and be chauffeured around some of the most famous parts of Havana including New Havana, Old Havana, the affluent neighbourhood of Miramar and the famous cemetery of Colon.
At the end of the tour, we’ll take you to the world-famous Hotel Nacional in Havana Vedado for a drink as you watch the sun set over the Malecón. The rest of the evening is your own, but if you’re not sure what to do, your private Cuba tours guide has a few optional extras for you. You might want to have dinner at one of our favourite Paladar’s – Café Laurent in Havana Vedado. If you’re in the mood for a late night, head to The Vixen and the Crow – a smoky jazz club that feels like it belongs in a movie.
- A Walking tour of Old Havana
- Lunch at a fantastic Cuban Paladar
- Classic Car Havana Tour
- 1 x Drink at Hotel Nacional
Day Three – Viñales (B,L)
Viñales is a popular day trip with both Cubans and visitors alike, since it’s just a few hours drive from the hustle and bustle of Havana. It offers respite from the city, and is a place of deep beauty – the quintessential sleepy village.
Viñales is a popular spot on our private Cuba tours, since many guests like to see where cigars come from. Most of Cuba’s cigars are made from the tobacco grown in the fields that surround the town.
Today your guide will take you on a walking tour of the Viñales township and surrounding farmlands, followed by lunch at an authentic Cuban Paladar.
We’ll show you the various stages of tobacco cultivation, and the rich sweet scent of the drying house is a memory that will stay with you forever.
One of the highlights of this part of Cuba is a short five kilometre hop to the north, where we’ll show you the Indian Caves (Cuevas del Indio), which is a network of underground caves and waterways. We’ll take you on a thrilling underground boat ride, so hopefully you’re not afraid of the dark!
- A walking tour of the Viñales township
- Mural de la Prehistoria
- Underground caves boat ride
- Tobacco Farm and drying house
- Los Jazmines look out point
Day Four – Havana (B)
There are a few things you might think about when you think of Cuba. Castro, Guevara, those amazing cars… and of course rum and cigars. Today you will get up close and personal with these well-known indulgences. But don’t drink too much! There’s a lot to see…
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation after breakfast and take you to the Havana Rum Museum, housed in a grand former palace. There are plenty of varieties of rum to see, and of course – to taste. There’s a souvenir shop where the souvenirs are primarily strong alcohol.
After your own personal Cuban version of The Rum Diary, we’ll take you to the Hotel Conde de Villanueva, a lavishly restored 18th century mansion in the historic centre of the city. The hotel has one of the most popular cigar shops in town. Some wealthy Havana residents even have personal humidors here to store their expensive cigars until they’re ripe for enjoyment.
You’ll see a “torcedor” (cigar roller) at work, and can then sample some exquisite Cuban coffee. If you’re a smoker, or want a unique gift, you can purchase the cigars that have been freshly rolled by the torcedor.
Ernest Hemingway spent so much time at El Floridita that the bar paid homage by adding life size statue of the man himself. Enjoy a refreshing daiquiri before moving on the Partagas Cigar Factory to learn more about the historical and cultural significance of Cuban cigars.
Now it’s time to indulge your other senses as we explore Havana’s art scene with a visit to Callejon de Hammel. This vibrantly decorated alleyway in central Havana is where many of Havana’s established and emerging artists work. It’s delightfully dishevelled and so full of life here. Our Cuba private tours allow you to visit various studios and watch the artists at work, and hear them talk about how their country’s history has influenced their work. Your itinerary will also include any artistic events that are being staged in the city at the time of your visit.
Once again, the evening is yours and there are a wealth of optional activities to choose from. If you feel like visiting a true Havana institution, your guide can arrange for tickets and transfers to the Tropicana Cabaret (cost not included in your tour), Cuba’s oldest and most prestigious cabaret, set over lush tropical gardens in Havana’s Marianao neighbourhood. This iconic venue has been amazingly been operating since 1939 and is a slice of old school glamour.
- A visit to the Havana Rum Museum
- Partagas Cigar Factory
- El Floridita bar – Enjoy a traditional Cuban cocktail as you follow in the footsteps of Hemingway
- Visit Callejon de Hammel, as well as the homes and galleries of prominent and emerging Cuban artists
Day Five – Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs (B)
The US weren’t too happy when Castro became President and tried to do something about it. The Bay of Pigs/Playa Girón is where an army of Cuban exiles with CIA backing gathered, all ready to take the country back. They were not successful, as you’ll learn when you visit the local museum dedicated to the historical events that took place here.
If the day is warm (and most of them are), you might want to take a dip in the crystal clear oceans of Playa Giron. The water is warm and clear, and the impressive underwater visibility coupled with the abundant underwater life make this a top spot for snorkelling.
Once you’ve (reluctantly) left the water, it’s time to make your way to the city of Cienfuegos.
Cienfuegos translates as “one hundred fires.” The town doesn’t have a tendency to burn down, but is instead warm and bright, just like a fire.
In addition to the Spanish, a number of French migrants made their home in Cuba, both from France and the (then) primarily French territories in Louisiana. Cienfuegos has obvious French influences, and some parts of the city bear a striking resemblance to Paris. Cienfuegos is more well-preserved than other Cuban cities since it was generally bypassed by pirates in favour of larger targets.
Our private Cuba tours include an exploration of the wide streets and promenades, ending at the ocean where you’ll enjoy a cocktail at the city’s Palacio de Valle- a lavish Yacht Club.
- Cienfuegos Walking Tour
- 1 x Drink at Palacio de Valle
- A visit to the Bay of Pigs and museum
Day Six – Trinidad via Santa Clara (B)
Despite the fact that Che Guevara was born in Argentina and died in Bolivia, he will be forever associated with Cuba and its revolution. Santa Clara was chosen as the location for his final resting place as this was the location of one of the fiercest last battles of the revolution – a battle led by Che. Aleida March, who was Che’s second wife, was born here.
After Santa Clara, our private Cuba tours will take you to the sun-drenched streets of Trinidad. Many travel guides will describe a location as a “place where time stands still” and we can’t think of any better way to describe Trinidad.
Trinidad is like stepping into a time machine, and it can be amazing to think that you’re still in the 21st century. The city is a living museum, stuck in the time of Cuba’s first War of Independence when local sugar plantations were devastated by fire.
You’ll have almost two days with which to explore every nook and cranny of Trinidad. Take a walk around the town, and your guide will have a number of suggestions regarding the best optional activities to do at the time of your visit, or you might be perfectly happy to explore on your own.
Trinidad’s focal point is its central square, the Plaza Mayor. Come back here after dark and enjoy some fantastic salsa music at the Casa de la Musica. You should also try a mojito or two (or three).
- Che Guevara Memorial in Santa Clara
- A walking tour of Trinidad
- A visit to the Casa de la Musica for a fantastic evening of Cuban dance and music
Day Seven – Trinidad (B)
Today we’ll take you to the Valle de Los Ingenios, a valley near Trinidad that was once the centre of Cuba’s sugar production. It’s another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it continues Trinidad’s theme of feeling like a place where time stood still. There are dozens of disused sugar mills, all of which would have been transformed into luxury homes in any other country. Sugar production flourished in Cuba as a result of slave labour, and you can see the crumbling ruins of old slave accommodations.
Many escaped slaves would head for the hills – namely Sierra del Escambray. This 90 km stretch of mountains is the next stop on our private Cuba tours. The hills and surrounding countryside are covered in lush foliage, home to many varieties of flora and fauna.
After a hot day of walking, it’s time to hit the beach. Playa Ancon is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it’s a perfect way to wind down after your day of history.
Back in Trinidad your guide will be able to recommend the very best restaurants and music venues to visit for an evening of fantastic Cuban entertainment.
- A visit to the Valley of the Sugar Mills
- Playa Ancon
Days Eight and Nine – Varadero (B,L,D)
No visit to Cuba would be complete without some serious beach time.
Spectacular pristine beach bordered by lush tropical vegetation is what you can expect when visiting Varadero. On arrival you will be greeted by kilometres of immaculate beaches with wide stretches of fine white, sparkling turquoise waters, copious vegetation playing host to endemic wildlife.
Varadero offers the perfect chance to relax and unwind, while taking advantage of one of the Caribbean’s best beaches.
Please note that we can also organise your beach-stay at another destination such as Jibacoa or Cayo Levisa.
Day Ten – Back to Havana for Departure
On the final day of your tour it’s time to bid a fond farewell to Cuba. We will organise a transfer back to Havana to catch your departing flight.
Inclusions and exclusions
10 Days, 9 Nights
9 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Cuban B&B's (9 nights)
Orientation walks at each destination, Full Day Havana Tour, Vinales Day Tour, Cigar Factory and Rum Museum, Visit Callejon de Hammel and meet prominent and emerging artists, Che memorial & museum, Casa de la Musica, Trinidad Township Tour, Valley of the Sugar Mills Tour, Cienfuegos Walking Tour, Beach-stay in Varadero.
There are a range of optional activities and excursions you can enjoy on your 10 Day Private Cuba Tour
International flights, all lunches and dinners (unless specified), travel insurance, Cuba Visitor Visa & passport costs, drinks, tips & Gifts, optional activities, airport taxes – see our Cuba Travel Library or ‘Ask Us’ for more details.
It’s your choice of Historic Hotels or authentic Casa Particulares (B&B’s)
Our Private Cuba Tours use Casa Particulares – Cuban B&B’s. These Cuban Bed and Breakfast establishments offer a taste of authentic life on the island. 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!
There is also the opportunity to upgrade to 4-5* accommodation in some or all of the destinations you will visit. Just let us know your requirements and we will tailor the perfect Cuba tour itinerary for you.
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.
For our 10 Day Exquisite Cuba Private Tour, we use an all-inclusive 4* resort in Jibacoa.
One of our favourite Casa’s (B&B’s) in Havana, Casa Alta-Habana is located right in the heart of Havana Vieja just next to the beautiful Plaza Vieja.
Or perhaps you would like to spend the night at the beautiful San Felipe 5*, the historic Hotel Raquel 4* or the classical Boutique la Union during your time in Cuba? We can book a range of hotels and resorts in Cuba as part of your Private Cuba Tour with us.
Tours depart every day on request.
- Spaces available
- Guaranteed departure
- Very limited availability
- Tour sold out
Tours depart every day on request.
- Spaces available
- Guaranteed departure
- Very limited availability
- Tour sold out
10 Day Private Cuba Tour – Exquisite Cuba
Based on two people sharing - B&B accommodation
Hotel upgrades available
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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.