FOR THE LOVE OF
Cuba is an island packed with an interesting political history and vibrant people with a great love for music and dancing. Located in the northern Caribbean, Cuba is culturally considered to be part of Latin America and is known for it's colonial architecture, welcoming locals, and legendary cigars. The beautiful areas we will visit, including Viñales and Havana, all offer unique experiences that help you to fully immerse into the rich culture.
day by day
Day 1 - Havana
Arrive in Havana by 2pm to be escorted to your centrally located villa (or penthouse) in the heart of Havana.
Take some time to settle in, or choose to explore the surrounding area a little on your own. We will meet up at 6:30pm for mojitos, live local Cuban music, and a spectacular view of the city from our private terrace in Old Havana- a perfect way to kick off our trip to Cuba!
After sunset, we will make our way to our first dinner together at one of Havana's most beautiful and historic restaurants. Spend time getting to know your new trip mates over a delicious Cuban meal, and see where the night takes us.
Day 2 - Havana
Have an early breakfast before we start a culturally immersive day.
At around 9am, we will hop into some classic 1950's convertible cars and cruise throughout Havana's historic neighborhoods. We'll have time to grab some lunch at one of our favorite hidden hole-in-the-wall paladares, before exploring Centro Habana with a young Cuban artist. We will learn about the entrepreneurial art scene in Havana through this local's eyes.
After a full afternoon, head back to the villa to freshen up and get ready for a fun dinner. Our late dinner will be held at one of Havana's newest and trendiest restaurants, located inside the famous Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Take advantage of the VIP seating and explore the thought-provoking art that this Cuban installation has to offer.
Day 3 - Viñales
Today, we will take a day trip to the quaint Cuban town called Viñales, a World Heritage designation that is located in the valley between the tobacco farms and limestone cliffs.
On our drive, we will stop for a fresh lunch at an organic farm and take in the stunning views of Viñales. When we arrive in the Tobacco Country, we will visit the home of a local family to learn about their lives and then we will have the unique opportunity to tour the farm via an oxcart ride. We will also learn about the technique of rolling cigars from a local Cuban farmer.
After a long day, we will return to Havana in the evening where a traditional Cuban feast will be waiting for you at the villa.
Day 4 - Havana
This morning you have the option of joining a bike tour of Havana for some fresh air and unique sites of Havana. Biking not for you? Ask your driver to take you to learn about Havana's famous Fusterlandia.
Morning Bike Tour - $40
The afternoon should be spent visiting historical sites in Havana. Make sure you ask your trip manager for suggestions and have fun interacting with the locals.
At 5pm, meet back up with the group to learn how to dance Salsa, led by one of Havana's best dancers.
Tonight we will come together for our last group dinner at a beautiful seaside paladar. After a tasty meal and a couple drinks, we will head to one of the local's favorite spots, and put our salsa dancing skills to the test. Cue the Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights soundtrack...
Cuba, where wine is flowing,
And where dark eyed Stellas
Light their fella's panatellas.
(I'll See You In) Cuba
Day 5 - Havana
Unless you decide Cuba is better than work and refuse to leave, this is your last day in Cuba. Sad!
To make the most of it, you have a private driver available for any last day educational activities. He or she will then drop you off at the airport for your flight.
We recommend booking flights for later in the day, allowing you to continue to explore the city of Havana today.
Fly out of Havana Airport . Also, you'll want to arrive to the airport at least 2.5 hours before your flight as wait times can be unpredictable in Havana.
Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world and is known for having one of the best healthcare system in the world.
The average Cuban salary equates to only about $29.60 per month.
The only cars that Cuban citizens can legally own are cars created and bought before 1959. All newer cars are owned by the government.
The national language is Spanish
The two national currencies are Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) and Cuban Peso (CUP). Most service industries will operate in CUC, which is close to the US dollar. Places off the beaten track will also accept the local CUP, which is of a lower value.
In restaurants and hotels you may add a 10% tip in CUC if there is no service charge
The closest airport is José Martí International Airport (HAV)
Bottled water is your best bet for staying healthy
Tourist Visas (tourist cards) are required for travelers
Double check your passport is valid for 6-months after your return date
Cuba is on the Coordinated Universal Time Zone
Outlets and voltages are identical to USA
Travel to Cuba is legal under the Support for the Cuban People exception provided you have a full schedule of activities that enhance contact with the Cuban People. We have designed this trip to have as much contact with the Cuban people as possible and be totally compliant with US travel restrictions.
Plan to be digitally disconnected on this trip. Roaming in Cuba is outrageously expensive and wifi is hard to come by.
You need a visa to enter Cuba, which can be purchased at your departing airport for $50 (except for American Airlines charges $100). Please have your the pre-departure packet we give you printed out.
Due to the nature of legal travel to Cuba, this trip is more activity-packed and all-inclusive, which is why the per-day cost is higher than most of our trips. The good news is you most likely won't spend more than an extra $100 for the whole trip.