The rhythms of Cuba are orchestrated by the musical notes of salsa, the captivating dances of Santeria, and the wholesome birdcalls of the jungle mountains. Your custom tailored tour immerses you in the purity of the island’s emerald-clad bio-reserves to the open embrace of locals, eager to impart an understanding of their culture through a slice of their daily life. Hummingbirds dip their beaks into freshly opened flowers. Kids fly kites on the rooftops of Havana. Glassy water reflects flamingoes’...
Havana – Cuba First
The beauty of Havana emanates from historic buildings, classic American cars, and an ineffable spirit. Your private transfer awaits your arrival at baggage claim at Jose Marti International Airport. The moment you disembark the plane, you feel as though you have entered a different world, set in the past of Soviet relations and Caribbean colors. Once out of the airport, you find blue, white, and red murals decorating the walls of the Havana suburbs. Socialist-friendly messages stand out with black block lettering. The tower of Revolution Square rises above the cityscape at a height of 358 feet.
During state celebrations, the plaza, which encompasses five square miles, fills with Cubans eager to hear political figures speak about the nobility of Cuban people. The tower was designed to resemble a star. It faces the silhouette of revolutionary figure Che Guevara, which decorates the side of the Ministry of the Interior. When you near the heart of the Old City, the image of classic Havana brims with life. Live music calls out from restaurants and cafes, filled with bands dancing to the rhythm they create. Classic cars park in front of a mixture of crumbling facades and refurbished colonial homes. Artists set out their canvases and capture the life of the city in paint, because a photo can never seize the spirit of the people properly.
Havana – The Beauty of Vintage
Havana – Galleries and Galas of Havana
Vinales – Raising Pinar del Rio
Vinales – Marvels and Mogotes
Soroa – Cigars and Rainbows
Soroa – Entering the Rainbow
Trinidad – Remnants of the CIA
Trinidad – The Colonial Age of Cuba
Trinidad – The Choices of Trinidad
Havana – Between Trinidad and Havana
Havana – The Brightside of Havana
- Learn about the traditions and images of the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria with a visit to an actual sanctuary
- Travel the trails of Vinales in search of hidden caves, vibrant tobacco farms, and the imposing limestone karsts for which the region is known
- Try your hand at rolling at a traditional Cuban cigar as taught to you by a seasoned tobacco farmer
- Search the tree canopy for orchids and unique avifauna, including bee hummingbirds in Sierra del Rosario Bio Reserve
- Immerse yourself in the life of acclaimed American author Ernest Hemingway with a visit to his Cuban home, known as Finca Vigia
- Explore a traditional Cuban cigar factory to see how a professional roller creates the celebrated cigar
- Discover the small but fascinating museum of the Bay of Pigs, which depicts the Cuban perspective of the unforgettable CIA-sponsored invasion of Cuba
- Witness the graceful allure and colorful plumage of flamingoes at Laguna Guanaroca
- Visit Palacio de los Capitanes to see the “Sistine Chapel of Havana”
Spanish spirit, Afro-Cuban heritage, and lush landscape open the door to a unique world during your 12-day cultural tour of Cuba. Renovated fortresses once stopped pirates and hostile navies from entering the cities. Plantation ruins tell stories of a sordid but lavish past based on the backs of slavery. Indigo water brushes against white sand beaches near fishing villages still holding onto their traditional methods. The country holds endless wonder second only to your imagination, filled with classic cars and an endurable spirit unlike anywhere else in the world. You arrive at Jose Marti International Airport.
Your private transfer escorts you to the heart of the city by way of Revolution Square for an introduction to the character of the city. The next day, your private guide leads you through the cobblestones streets of the Old City. Take in the colonial buildings and historic murals. Meet with local students involved with helping to preserve the treasures of the city. You visit the spirit of Hemingway at his home in Finca Vigia. Explore the grounds that provide a window into the life of the artist.
Discover the quiet charms of the fishing village Cojimar on your way back to Old Havana. Indulge in a meal at the vibrant restaurant of Bodeguita del Medio. The following day takes you into the countryside of Pinar del Rio. Take the time to tour a small tobacco farm in the region and learn how to roll a cigar from the farmer. Settle into the beautiful hotel overlooking the small town of Vinales. Next, you traverse the valleys of the region at your pace, keen on exploring the networks of caves winding through the mogotes.
Enjoy a brief tour of the tobacco factory in Pinar del Rio before settling in the tropical setting of Soroa. You follow your guide along the trails of the Sierra del Rosario Reserve in search of magnificent flora and fauna, along with the local waterfall. Travel to the Bay of Pigs to see the small but informative museum dedicated to the Cuban-American incident. Continue to the colonial town of Trinidad, where you can spend the night learning to dance the celebrated salsa.
Afterward, you stroll along the remarkable streets on a guided tour, absorbing the history and mystery all around you. The day is at your leisure to enjoy the splendor of the nearby plantations or the majesty of the hiking trails in the Escambray Mountains. Then, you make your way to the city of Cienfuegos, nestled between the bay and the mountains. Relish the beautiful streets and surrounding scenery, including Laguna Guanaroca before returning to Havana. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel on your final day and escorts you to Jose Marti International Airport for your flight home.
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$3,895 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.
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