Whether traveling with your own small group or your extended family in comfort, explore the trails of rural Cuba. Wander through the rainforest in search of orchids and waterfalls, lounge on white sand beaches at the secluded edge of the country, witness a tobacco farmer roll a perfect cigar, with each moment accentuated by the pleasure of good company. Legends of pirates and plantation owners strike similar tones of mystique. Restaurants hum with live music spilling out onto the cobblestone streets....
Havana – Embracing Havana
As the plane descends, you view tall grass rippling across the countryside, edging the runway. Palm trees rise intermittently above the grass, creating the perfect image of a tropical paradise. Your flight arrives in Havana, and the group is excited for your first view Cuba. Your transfer meets the group at baggage claim, helping you navigate the bustling energy of Havana evident even in the airport. Travel along the Calzada del Cerro. Vibrant murals painted the same colors of the Cuban flag promote the wonders of the Cuban spirit. The closer you travel to Old Havana, the more classic American cars you see on the road.
The polished frames harken back to a different time. The cars contrast the dilapidated colonial buildings lining the avenues of Central Havana. The history of the city is palpable in the framework of former grandeur. The people maintain a relaxed pace, contrasting the frenetic movement of horses and cars in Old Havana. On the cobbled street of Calle Obispo, historical ceramic medicine jars fill the wood-clad walls of the old pharmacy. The jars connote the types of remedies physicians once used, and in some cases continue to prescribe to their patients. Chandeliers dangle from the center of ceilings, decorating with crown molding. The art deco décor provides as interesting and inspiring as the medical history of the antique pharmacy.
Vinales – A Perfect Cuban Day
Vinales – An Exploration of Vinales
Maria la Gorda – Simple Discoveries
Maria la Gorda – A Bale for the Ages
Soroa – Plantations a Plenty
Havana – Flock to the Trees
Havana – A Group Goodbye
- Fly through the rainforest canopy in Las Terrazas on a unique zipline tour of the eco-community
- Discover the colonial architecture of Old Havana on an energetic tour encompassing the indelible music, cuisine, and culture of the city
- Learn how to roll a cigar like a Cuban during your tour of a Tobacco farm
- Horseback ride along red soil trails to visit a distinct cave carved into the limestone mogotes (residual hillock of limestone) of the Vinales Valley
- Stroll along the grounds of a vintage plantation, which continues to dedicate small plots of land to cultivate fantastic coffee crops
- Witness the nesting grounds of green turtles on the secluded beaches of Maria la Gorda at the western edge of the country
- Hike beneath the rainforest canopy to a stunning waterfall in the region of Soroa
Pincushion hills conceal deep caves and natural springs. Green turtles glide across coral reefs. Classic American cars cruise down the seaside boulevard of the Malecón. Your 8-day group tour of Cuba, best experienced from May to September, immerses you in ineffable experiences from Havana westward. The journey begins with your arrival in Cuba’s energetic capital city. Your transfer greets you at Jose Marti International Airport and escorts you into the heart of the city for your first taste of the captivating culture. Stroll along the history cobblestone streets for a brief introduction before enjoying a meal of classic Cuban cuisine.
The following day, you travel to the stunning region of Pinar del Rio. Tour a local tobacco farm guided by the farmer who works the land. Once in Vinales, you can relax and enjoy the slower pace of the countryside. Spend the day exploring Vinales at your leisure. Mount a horse, strap on some hiking shoes, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the trails winding through Vinales National Park. Visit numerous caves and witness the magnificent mural draping across a cliff. Next, travel to Maria la Gorda, located at Cuba’s most western point. Spend time on the beach at your leisure, sailing the crystal-clear sea in the evening on a group sunset cruise.
Then venture to Cabo San Antonio to comb the beaches and the water for green turtles. Enjoy a visit to Roncali Lighthouse before returning to your accommodation for the night. The next morning, you travel to Soroa, known for maintaining antique coffee plantations. Trek the trails winding through the mountains to view waterfalls and natural springs. Meet local children in the eco-community town of Las Terrazas. Soar through the rainforest canopy on a unique tour of the town before returning to Havana. On your final day, your private transfer meets the group at the hotel and escorts you to Jose Marti International Airport for your flight home.
This itinerary can be customized to accommodate group activities, regardless of the size of your group. Click here to browse the other spectacular Cuba itineraries we offer, and gain further inspiration to perfect your own Cuba vacation of a lifetime.
$3,379 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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