About this tour
English-speaking local Cuban guide, the 'best of' excursions, Casa Particular accommodation
Our authentic 6 Day Private Cuba Tour – Classic Cuba – is the perfect way to experience some of the highlights of Cuba’s rich history and culture in a limited timeframe.
Come and see for yourself why this little Caribbean gem is a hot and happening travel trend! Get a taste of the lively Latin culture and learn about the islands’ turbulent and troubled history. Be transported back in time as you stroll through the cobbled streets of Trinidad and the Old Town in Havana, while the sounds and rhythms of Cuba creep into your soul and captivate you. Our Classic Cuba Tour is designed to give those with limited time a great overview of the places and things that make Cuba so unique – Join us for your Cuban interlude.
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)
- Comfortable private transportation between destinations
- Breakfasts and 1 x lunch
- Airport transfers
What Are Some of the Tour Highlights?
- Experience Cuban hospitality at a Casa Particular/ B&B
- English-speaking local Cuban guide
- Feel the beat of Cuba’s lively nightlife
- Get curious exploring the spell-binding Havana Veija
- Enjoy a scrumptious cocktail over stunning views
- Visit the final resting place of the immortalised Che Guevara
- Take in the stunning French-influenced architecture of Cienfuegos
Our 6 Day Private Cuba Tour Itinerary
Please view our comprehensive 6 Day Private Cuba Tour itinerary below:
- Day One: Arrival in Havana
- Day Two: Havana Full Day Tour
- Day Three: Trinidad via Santa Clara
- Day Four: Trinidad
- Day Five: Return to Havana via Cienfuegos
- Day Six: Depart Havana
This Private 6 Day Cuba Tour is priced from USD$875.00 per person (2 people sharing) staying in Casa Particular (Cuban B&B) accommodation. If you wish to upgrade to hotel 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 Santa Clara: 4 hours
Santa Clara to Trinidad: 2 hours
Trinidad to Cienfuegos: 1.5 hours
Cienfuegos to Havana: 4 hours
For this 6 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 – HAVANA
Settling into the magic of Cuba! On Day One you will get your first taste of genuine Cuban hospitality as you move into your Casa Particular (Cuban home stay, or B&B, Cuban style!) in Central Havana. Here you will meet your guide to discuss the finer details of your tour itinerary and accompany him or her to a local Paladar, which is a family-run restaurant, for your evening meal. Afterwards there is the opportunity to sample some of Havana’s lively nightlife at one of the city’s famous Havana Jazz Clubs. A great way to start your Classic Cuba Tour!
DAY TWO – HAVANA FULL DAY TOUR (B,L)
Ready for your first full day of our Cuban private tours? Get up after a great night’s sleep, fortify yourself with a nice breakfast, and your guide will be there at 9am to pick you up.
Wear comfortable shoes because the best way to see Old Havana is on foot. You will visit La Catedral San Cristobal de la Habana, described by the novelist Alejo Carpentier as ‘music set in stone’. You will also see famous landmarks such as 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. You will also admire from the outisde two of Havana’s best museums – the Museo de la Revolucion and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. There will be plenty of time to explore these places further, later in your tour.
There will be plenty of opportunities to take a break in the shade and enjoy a cool drink, where you can talk with your guide about some other parts of Old Havana you might want to see, such as Saint Francis of Assisi Square.
Your walking tour then continues at a leisurely pace and takes in 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. Naturally, there will be plenty of opportunities for photos.
Lunch is included and our Cuba private tours use an authentic family run restaurant offering traditional cuisine.
After refuelling with lunch, it’s time to hit the road. At 2pm your guide will take you around greater Havana in one of those iconic classic cars.
There are thousands of these cars on Cuban streets and they’re a necessity as well as a novelty. After the US put a stop to imports, it was financially difficult for Cuba to import vehicles from other parts of the world, and so the cars that were already in the country had to stay maintained and road ready. Sit back, relax and be chauffeured around some of the most famous areas of Havana including New Havana, Old Havana, the stunning neighbourhood of Miramar and the famous cemetery of Colon.
As the day draws to an end, you will visit Hotel Nacional in Havana Vedado for a drink and a wonderful view of the Malecón as the sun goes down.
You have a few options in the evening. Your guide can take you for a cocktail in the La Terraza bar and to visit one of our favourite Paladar’s (family-run restaurants) – Café Laurent in Havana Vedado.
You might also want to visit Havana’s most famous jazz clubs – the delightfully named Vixen and the Crow. This club is located on La Rampa, and is open nightly. Enter through a red English phone box and descend into a cramped, smoky basement. The freestyle jazz here is second to none, and in the past the club has hosted such big names as Chucho Valdés and George Benson.
- Old Havana walking tour
- Lunch at a fantastic Cuban Paladar
- A tour of Havana in a classic car
- 1 x drink at Hotel Nacional
DAY THREE – TRINIDAD VIA SANTA CLARA (B)
It’s remarkable to take in the serenity of contemporary Santa Clara and consider that it was the site of the vicious last battle of the Cuban Revolution. The town has recovered since 1958 and is now a place of profound beauty. The fact that the city was extensively damaged has meant that buildings were replaced in an eclectic style, making for a truly unique cityscape.
Given the town’s importance in the revolution, it was decided that it should be home to the final resting place of Che Guevara. His memorial is a fitting tribute to the hero of the revolution and has an austere loveliness. Naturally, your guide will be able to tell you just why Che has become such an iconic figure – so much more than a face on tee-shirts.
After Santa Clara, your 6 Day Cuba Private Tour will take you to the sun-drenched streets of Trinidad. The US-based Amish religion are known for trying to live as though the modern world doesn’t exist, and so they might rather enjoy Trinidad!
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. Modern intrusions are a rare sight and it’s possible to imagine yourself transported back in time. Here you have almost two full days to explore Trinidad and its surroundings. After your induction walk around the town, your guide will make a number of suggestions regarding the best optional activities to do at the time of your visit. Time seems to have stood still in Trinidad, and you will have plenty of time to fully enjoy this experience.
Spend your first afternoon simply strolling the cobbled streets and admiring the colonial architecture. Make sure you remember the way to the Plaza Mayor (central square), since you’ll want to come back here when the sun goes down. Here you’ll find Trinidad’s Casa de la Musica, with salsa dancing until your feet hurt. If you’re a bit shy to try salsa dancing, then you should perhaps enjoy a reasonably priced mojito (or two) to give you some courage.
- 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 FOUR – TRINIDAD (B)
Your time in and around Trinidad is all about creating memories that will linger forever. You will never forget taking in the panoramic views of the Valle de Los Ingenios, a valley near Trinidad that was once the focal point of Cuba’s sugar production. There are dozens of disused sugar mills, slave quarters and manor houses and it’s wonderfully eerie to walk amongst them and imagine what life here was once like. After the end of slavery, many of the once captive men and women spread out around Cuba, giving the country its distinctive Afro-Caribbean culture which has been mixed with the country’s Spanish heritage to create Cuba as we know and love it.
Next, our Cuba private tours allow you to head for the hills – namely the 90 km stretch of mountains known as Sierra del Escambray. This area is popular with hikers, and you can explore all you want, although you might not want to spend all day here since you would miss out on the beach!
We’ll take you to Playa Ancon, a precious ribbon of white beach on Sancti Spíritus’ iridescent Caribbean shoreline, is usually touted – with good reason – to be the finest arc of sand on Cuba’s south coast. If the day is hot, remember to bring your swimsuit so you can enjoy the azure sea that looks so inviting that it’s almost a cliché.
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
DAY FIVE – HAVANA via CIENFUEGOS (B)
Today you’ll visit Cienfuegos on your way back to Havana.
It wasn’t only the Spanish who settled Cuba, and a number of French migrants came to the island to seek their fortune. Cienfuegos was their city, and the French influence is rather obvious when you look at the architecture that will surround you. Cienfuegos is more well-preserved than other Cuban cities since it was generally bypassed by pirates in favour of larger targets.
Your guide will lead you on 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.
After a break for a lunch of your choosing (lunch is not included today), it’s time to leave Cienfuegos behind and take a short drive to the Bay of Pigs. The Bay of Pigs/Playa Girón is where the US attempted an ultimately unsuccessful takeover of Cuba with an army of Cuban exiles. The area’s brutal history is a stark contrast to its current peace and beauty, and you’ll have a look at just what happened here in the fascinating local museum dedicated to the events.
This is another place to have your swimsuit ready since the placid waters are calling your name. 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 back to heavenly Havana.
- Cienfuegos Walking Tour
- 1 x Drink at Palacio de Valle
- A visit to the Bay of Pigs and museum
- Snorkel at the Bay of Pigs
DAY SIX – HAVANA (B)
For the duration of your trip, your guide will have been telling you all about his or her favourite places, and now is your opportunity to visit some of these places in Havana. You can spend the last of your time exploring any area of the city you might want, before bidding Havana and Cuba a fond farewell… until next time. We’ll arrange transport back to the airport to catch your departing flight.
- Airport transfer to catch your departing flight.
Inclusions and exclusions
6 days, 5 nights
5 breakfasts included and 1 x lunch
Cuban B&B's (5 nights) - hotel upgrades available
Orientation walks at each destination, Havana city tour in classic car, Old Havana Walking Tour, Che memorial & museum, Valley of the Sugar Mills, Playa Ancon, Palacio de Valle
There are a range of optional activities and excursions you can enjoy on your 6 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 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’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 requirement 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.
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?
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
6 Day Private Cuba Tour – Classic Cuba
Based on two people sharing - B&B accommodation
Hotel upgrades available
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.