Fortress of El Morro in Havana, Cuba

Essence of Cuba Tour: Culture, Landscape & History

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Havana, Valley de Vinales, Cayo Santa Maria, Trinidad...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Your 10-day custom-tailored Cuba tour will guide you through the island's diverse, from coral reefs to rainforest, imposing Spanish fortresses to sweeping sugarcane fields.  The sun casts slanted shadows over the grandeur of Old Havana. The hills of Vinales spring out of the rich soil of the valley. Turquoise water brushes against white-sand shores. With unspoiled beaches, grand colonial architecture, and a spirit of rebellion, Cuba will easily captivate you.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the famous shores of the Bay of Pigs to view the setting of the historic Cuban-American confrontation
  • Explore the restored cobbled streets and colonial architecture of Old Havana during a Classic American Car Tour
  • Stroll through the antique streets of Trinidad, which continue to emit the captivating Cuban spirit
  • Discover the magnitude and grace of the stunning Che Guevara memorial in Santa Clara
  • Indulge in immaculate white sand beaches on the shores of Cayo Santa Maria and the undisturbed Cayo Jutias
  • Learn how to roll a perfect Cuban cigar during a private tour of a tobacco farm
  • Witness the remarkable natural undulating landscape of Valley de Vinales
  • Enjoy the relaxed pace of the village of Cojimar, immortalized as the setting of Ernest Hemingway’s award-winning novel, The Old Man and the Sea
  • Relish the music, dancing, and lavish costumes of a traditional Cuba Cabaret

Detailed Description

Travel to the distinct world of Cuba on a 10-day tour, immersing you in the unforgettable culture, landscape, and history of the famous Caribbean island nation. The moment your flight lands at Havana International Airport, the image of a unique world overtakes what you thought you knew. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and leads you to the heart of Old Havana. Enjoy the aroma of fresh yerba buena emanating from perfectly mixed mojitos. Listen to the sounds of seductive salsa. The following day, your guide leads you on a walking tour of the old city. Stroll down narrow cobblestone alleys.

Witness the unique history and fabulous refurbished architecture housing enthusiastic locals. Jump into a classic car to tour the surrounding monuments of Havana. Visit a museum dedicated to Ernest Hemingway’s before enjoying a celebrated cabaret show in the evening. Then, you travel to the province of Pinar del Rio, west of Havana, and home to Cuba’s best tobacco farms. Follow a local farmer along his grounds for a spectacular lesson in tobacco cultivation, along with a hands-on introduction to rolling the perfect cigar.

In the afternoon, you arrive in Vinales eager to explore the trails of the National Park on foot, or on horseback, to see the remarkable “Mural de Prehistoria.” Travel to Cayo Jutias to enjoy the tropical sunshine and pristine, undiscovered beach. Next, you travel to the bayside city of Cienfuegos, stopping at the Bay of Pigs along the way. Visit the local museum for an immersive experience into the historic Cuban-American conflict. Explore the hidden beauty of the surrounding region before touring the pearled beauty Cienfuegos in the afternoon. Afterward, you travel to the city of Trinidad.

Wander along the cobbled lanes, visit historic sugar plantations and enjoy a musical evening at a local hotspot. Discover the revolutionary spirit filling the city of Santa Clara, home to the Che Guevara Monument, before arriving in the serene setting of Cayo Santa Maria. Enjoy a full day at your leisure delighting in the beauty of the island. Return to Havana, visiting the fishing village of Cojimar before settling into your hotel in the old city. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel on your final day and escorts you to Jose Marti Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$4,225 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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