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Discover the Allure of Cuba: A Luxury Small-Group Tour

Step back in time and uncover the enigma that is Cuba and experience the captivating culture of this Caribbean country on a unique, nine-day luxury small group tour (max. 12 travellers). Cruise through Havana in colourful vintage American cars, snorkel the Caribbean coastline, feel the pulse of the music run through you in a traditional salsa class, marvel at Trinidad’s beautiful colonial buildings and visit the burial site of revolutionary Che Guevara. Includes eight nights of luxury accommodation, daily breakfast and a selection of lunches and dinners, private airport transfers, all transportation, expert local guides, insider experiences and so much more.

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Colonial architecture. Cigars. Colourful vintage cars. Sugar plantations. Salsa dancing. Tobacco farms. Idyllic powder-white beaches. Whatever springs to mind when you think of Cuba, this beautiful Caribbean country remains something of an enigma to those who have yet to discover its magic first-hand. Embrace the sovereign state that time forgot on this unforgettable nine-day Cuban escape.

The Accommodation – Characteristically Cuban combined with modern luxury

Spend four nights at the five-star Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski – Havana’s newest and best hotel. Once the first European-style department store, the hotel’s exterior keeps its traditional Cuban character while its interior oozes luxury in every way. From its lavish furnishings and ornate bathrooms to its floor-to-ceiling French-style doors and the spectacular rooftop pool that overlooks the colourful city, this brand-new hotel has taken Cuban luxury to new heights.

Explore Cuba’s azure south coast with two nights at Cienfuegos’ Hotel La Union. Located in the heart of the city’s historic centre, La Union epitomises classic Cuban architecture and style. Having housed many of the world’s elite in its time, the boutique hotel holds true character within its walls.

Spend two magical nights in the refurbished Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad – a pastel green-coloured 16th-century World Heritage building. The serene property takes old-world Cuba and adorns it with modern accents, providing a luxe and relaxing sanctuary in the gorgeous colonial cobbled streets of vibrant Trinidad.

The Experiences – From riding in 1950’s vintage cars to visiting hundred-year-old tobacco farms and everything in between

Though not a luxury destination in the traditional sense, the old-world culture, colourful streets and charming mystery of Cuba are an ode to the soul of a country that has kept itself distant from the emerging world. These are, in fact, some of its most alluring characteristics; ones that may not be preserved for much longer.

Stroll the 16th-century streets of Old Havana—labelled a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and sip a mojito from the bar where they were introduced to the world. Immerse yourself in the true culture as you stroll the buzzing streets, admire the colonial-style architecture and meet the locals that ooze romance and hospitality. See Revolution Square and be amazed as you pass through Paseo & President Avenues - home to many of Cuba’s striking mansions that once housed many of the rich and famous.

Be transported to 1950’s Havana, when communist leader, Fidel Castro, banned imports of foreign cars and car parts. Cruise the city in iconic vibrant American vintage cars—we’re talking pastel-pink Chevys and baby blue Fords—that have been maintained since the 50’s.

End a spectacular day at the famed Hotel Nacional de Cuba – a popular hangout for the past’s rich and famous including The Rat Pack. If you wanted to catch a glimpse of Frank Sinatra or Sammy Davis Jr in the 50’s and 60’s, you’d be sure to head to Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

Discover the region where the country’s best tobacco crops have been supplying cigar factories for centuries. Visit a tobacco farm, learn the traditional methods of how Havana cigars are made by locals and meet with a farmer whose family has been farming these crops for generations.

Witness the glistening blue waters of the Bay of Pigs and hop in yourself, swimming and snorkelling through the unique cenotes (natural underground reservoirs) – home to pure waters and sea life.

Explore another magical part of Cuba – the stunning south coast – with two days in the striking Cienfuegos, known as ‘Cuba’s Paris’ or the ‘Pearl of the South’. Become captivated by this town from 1819 as you admire sweeping views of the azure bay, witness the Neo-Classical architecture and study the historic landmarks that give Cuba its character.

Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Trinidad, a perfectly-preserved Spanish city where it’s as if the clocks stopped in 1850. Best explored by foot, you can lose yourself in the rainbow-coloured side streets, interact with the locals and be mesmerised by the colonial-style mansions. Wander the 19th-century cobblestone street alongside donkeys, local vendors sitting outside their bodegas and street bands performing.

Embrace one of the fundamental parts of Cuba and of the Spanish culture with a classic salsa class at Casa de la Trova – one of the favourite local bars in Trinidad – where local dancers will teach you to move to the rhythm and let it all go.

Your Package Includes:

  • 8 nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Havana’s newest five-star Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski, two nights at the traditional Hotel La Union in Cienfuegos and two nights in old-world luxury at Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad.
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • Private return airport transfers and air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • The services of expert local, English-speaking guides
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences
  • Cruising around Havana in iconic American vintage cars
  • Snorkelling the cenotes of the Caribbean coast
  • Salsa class in Trinidad
  • Walk the steps of Hemingway and enjoy a Cuban mojito in the bar where it was invented
  • Visit a tobacco farm and see how Cuban Cigars are made
  • Explore the Bay of Pigs' Battle Museum
  • Meet the local artists at project Trazos Libres
  • Visit Sugar Mills Valley and Manaca Iznaga

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

*Please note: *It is important to remember that Cuba is not a luxurious country in the traditional sense. Their tourism industry is still emerging, as is their connection to the rest of the world. This is what makes Cuba so unique and adds to the allure of this charming country.

Valid for select departure dates:

LOW SEASON:

15 June 2019

6 July 2019

7 September 2019

12 October 2019

HIGH SEASON:

23 March 2019

23 April 2019

11 May 2019

30 November 2019

7 December 2019

*Important: *Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Havana by 4pm on your chosen tour date.

*Instant Booking: *To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

*Twin-share package: *The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Maximum tour capacity is 12 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Guests must be aged 18 years or older. If you wish to travel with children, please enquire about a private tour. Surcharges will apply.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski, Havana

Hotel La Union, Cienfuegos

Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include international flights, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10 per person (CUC 10), per day is the industry standard).

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces and climb stairs.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

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Day 1: Havana

On arrival at Havana International Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time the rest of the day is at your leisure.

This evening you meet your local guide and the rest of your group for a welcome dinner at one of our local favourites.

Accommodation: Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Havana

This morning after breakfast we head out to discover Old Havana on foot and visit Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de la Cathedral, along with many of the city’s other historical squares and UNESCO sites, which make Old Havana very special. We also visit the classic bohemian La Bodeguita del Medio, considered the birth place of the Cuban Mojito Cocktail. Of course, we also get to enjoy one while we are here.

After some free time for lunch we enjoy a classic Havana experience with a panoramic tour of Modern Havana in an old American vintage car. Passing through iconic places such as Revolution Square Stop, the Colon Cemetery - one of the most historical cemeteries of the world and the most significant in Latin American, and cruising along Paseo & President Avenues taking in all of the old and beautiful mansions of the Vedado we end the afternoon at the famous Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Here we visit the Hall of Fame to see the who’s who of past guests.

Accommodation: Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Viñales Valley

After breakfast we depart for the Viñales Valley, located in the western province of Pinar del Rio and one of the natural wonders of Cuba. Here we visit the Factory of Francisco Donatien and get to see firsthand how Havano Cigars are made by the locals in age old traditional methods of hand rolling. Afterwards we visit a tobacco farm located in the region of San Juan and Martinez where the country’s best tobacco crops have been supplying cigar factories for centuries. Here we meet with one of the farmers and learn all about tobacco growing, the production, grading and drying process before it gets sold into the industry.

We enjoy lunch at the farm before continuing to Viñales with a stop en route to visit the famous wall painting of Mogotes. Once in Viñales we tour the town and enjoy a drink in one of the bars with a local Cuban entrepreneur - a great opportunity to get an insider’s take on how tourism in the area has helped the economic development of a countryside town.

Head back to Havana where the evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski

Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

Day 4: Havana –Bay of Pigs – Cienfuegos

This morning we depart for Trinidad via Peninsula de Zapata (Bay of Pigs) where the landing of the counter-revolutionary exile army occurred in 1961. Named for the wild pigs that once inhabited the area we travel through the densely vegetated swamp-lands, and along the beautiful bay before arriving at some of the small beaches and natural sinkholes known as cenotes that line the route. Here we enjoy the morning snorkeling and swimming in the stunning Caribbean coastal waters.

Afterwards we visit the Bay of Pigs' Battle Museum at Playa Girón, the actual site of the CIA-backed invasion, which recounts the events of this conflict that resulted in the first defeat of a U.S backed force in Latin America. Fighter jets and tanks sit outside the entrance and inside, there are exhibits dedicated to the history and events surrounding the invasion.

We continue on to Cienfuegos, declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage Site of Humankind arriving in the late afternoon where after a chance to check and in and refresh from the day we head to dinner at a local family run restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel La Union

Meals included: Breakfast & dinner

Day 5: Cienfuegos

This morning we explore the city of Cienfuegos. Founded in 1819 by French colonists it boasts a beautiful setting on a sweeping bay and two long pedestrian promenades with neo-Classical architecture. We start with a walking tour passing José Martí Park and the Tomás Terry Theater, and along the pedestrian San Fernando Boulevard and Santa Isabel Boulevard. As you pass each landmark, your guide will explain its significance and you’ll hear all about Cuban life in this part of the country. We’ll also visit the Alameda (Central Park), and the Seaboard - one of the prettiest bays in all of Cuba.

We also take a panoramic drive through the Punta Gorda area, with beautiful panoramas and historic buildings such as Palacio del Valle before visiting local project Trazos Libres (Free Strokes), a community cultural project which supports and collaborates with local artists to ensure that the richness of Cuba’s artistic traditions continue by creating interactive installations exploring themes of Cuban culture.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to make your own discoveries or spend some time finding treasures in the boutique stores.

Accommodation: Hotel La Union

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Cienfuegos - Trinidad

This morning we depart for the City of Trinidad. Established by the Spaniards in 1514 and lined with cobblestone streets and colorful houses, the town of Trinidad offers great photo opportunities at every turn. Visit Santa Ana and Major Square as well as Cantero Palace. Refresh with a drink stop at the Canchanchara Bar before visiting the Santeria Cult House and the Fair.

After a chance to check in and a break for lunch (free time) we visit Sugar Mills Valley and Manaca Iznaga. Erected in 1750 the tower was used to observe and control the slaves working in the sugar cane fields around the plantation. At 7 stories high and 136 steps to the top, it’s worth the climb for the view of the valley. The bells that once regulated the mill’s daily life are still intact. Taste some of the fresh sugar cane juice while hearing about the history and legends of the site.

Returning to Trinidad the evening is at your leisure to enjoy the lively and colorful nightlife.

Accommodation: Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Trinidad

This morning after breakfast you learn to move like the locals with a traditional salsa class at Casa de la Trova - one of Trinidad’s favourite bars. The rest of the day is at your leisure to make your own discoveries.

This evening enjoy dinner at one of the best restaurants in town and afterwards put your lesson from this morning to practice and dance the night away with the locals and enjoy the rhythms of the Afro Cuban bands back at Casa de la Trova.

Accommodation: Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad

Meals included: Breakfast & dinner

Day 8: Trinidad - Santa Clara- Havana

This morning we head back to Havana with a stop in Santa Clara en route – here you get to visit the Memorial Monument and Mausoleum of Che Guevara, a national hero of the modern Cuban revolution. After a stop for lunch you arrive back in Havana to a free afternoon and evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski

Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

Day 9: Tour ends

Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Your tour begins and ends in Havana. Flights to Havana can be booked from most major Australian cities and can require two or more stops en route. Flight times will vary depending on routing, departure city and flight provider. Flights can be booked through Qantas, LATAM, Air Canada, COPA and more.

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 48 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

Private return airport transfers are included in your tour on the first and last day only. Please arrive into Havana before 4pm on Day 1 and depart any time after breakfast on Day 9.

A visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each traveller’s responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Click here to visit the website.