Essence of Cuba
Arrival to Havana’s International Airport.
Welcome to Cuba!
A member of Cuba 360 will pick you up at the airport, look for our logo with your name on it (or the name of the person who booked the holiday). Next, you will be transferred to your accommodation where you can relax for the rest of the day, or walk around the city, if you prefer so.
Walking tour of Old Havana, escorted by your guide. Discover the magic that hides in every corner of this audacious city. More than 500 years of history make Havana the perfect place to unleash your curiosity, especially for those who enjoy architecture. Hundreds of buildings from the 19th, 18th, 17th, and even 16th centuries spread around the narrow streets of this romantic city.
Jump in a classic convertible car and visit the highlights of the more modern part of Havana, with stops at points of interest.
Head to Viñales Valley, one of Cuba’s most magnificent natural settings. Known for its fertile soil, which along with its natural micro-climate, make the land suitable to grow some of the finest tobacco in Cuba, hence, the world. Visit the Prehistoric Mural, stunning wall painting on the side of a mountain, and the Indian Cave with a boat trip through a subterranean river.
It’s beach day! Day trip to Cayo Jutias, a key located 60 km north of Viñales. The ride can be a bit rough since there are a few potholes in the way, but it’s totally worth it. One of the best features of this place is that you can walk a couple meters away in any direction and you will find yourself alone in an almost virgin beach.
Head to Trinidad, a perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where the clocks stopped in 1850 and other than by the watches of tourists have yet to restart.
Walking tour around the city with the opportunity to visit local museums and art galleries.
It’s beach time. Head to Playa Ancon, less than 15 min away from Trinidad. Ancon is known as the best beach in Cuba’s south coast. Have lunch at the beach or at the fishing community of Casilda, where food goes straight from the sea to the dish.
Welcome to the maze! Camaguey (originally named Puerto Principe) was the 4th village founded by the Spanish crown on the southern coast of the region where it’s settled now. It was relocated in 1528, after some native rebellions and pirate attacks, being the last the reason why the city was designed like a maze, in order to confuse the attackers. Today, Camaguey is the third biggest city in the island. With some of the best art galleries in the country and also the largest amount of churches, this place gives the visitor the idea of being somewhere else in Europe, rather than Cuba.
Camaguey-Bayamo-Santiago de Cuba
On the way to Santiago de Cuba, stop at Bayamo, founded by the Spanish crown in 1513, being the second oldest city in Cuba. Bayamo is well known around the country for being the start point of the independence war against the Spanish. The national anthem of Cuba, “El himno de Bayamo” was written and first singed in here.
Santiago de Cuba was Cuba’s capital, back in the early 16th century, before being massively damaged by an earthquake and the constant pirate attacks. This is the place where the internationally recognized Bacardi family built their rum empire between 1870’s and 1950’s.
Santiago de Cuba
Enjoy a walking tour around the city, with stops at spots of interest.
At lunch time, head to Cayo Granma, a small key and fishermen community located just at the center of Santiago’s bay. Take a ride in a boat an enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants that sprinkle around the shore of the key.
Santiago de Cuba-Guantanamo Bay-Baracoa
On your way to Baracoa, stop at La Gobernadora, a viewpoint located a couple miles away from the infamous Guantanamo Bay. There is a small watchtower from where you can see the US military base, but you will need a potent lens in order to actually distinguish any building.
Baracoa is the oldest city in Cuba, founded by the Spanish crown on 1511. The city was, for a long time, isolated from the rest of the country because of the absence of any roads since it’s surrounded by mountains.
One of the main reasons why Baracoa has become a very popular place is the local cuisine. Most of the dishes are fully prepared with local products, such as cocoa, coconut, and large variety of seafood.
Visit a cocoa plantation and enjoy some of the handmade products. Discover Yumuri river and take a boat ride, making a stop to have a swim at the crystal clear waters. Have lunch at the beach, and relax for the rest of the afternoon.
Flight back to Havana.
Head to Varadero, the most popular beach in Cuba and a must for those who visit it specially looking for the sun and the sand. Varadero is a 25 km peninsula, most it is covered by resorts and white sandy beaches. Some of the spots to visit around include Al Capone’s beach house and the Cueva de Saturno (Saturn Cave). Time to work on that killer tan that everybody is surely going to notice when you go back home. Relax and enjoy the terrific beach, maybe do some kayaking, or go around in a catamaran.
Departure from Havana’s International Airport.
Transfer to the airport.
It’s the moment to say goodbye to Cuba. It’s sad but you have to go back to your country, until the next time. We will miss you 🙂
Small group tour:
$1595/ per person.
Price on request.
- Private guide for the whole duration of the tour.
- Accommodation in “casas particulares” (guesthouses). Single room supplement is available, otherwise, you might have to share. Air conditioning system and a private bathroom are guarantied.
- Transportation to all the places listed in the itinerary, including domestic flights (if needed) and transfers from and to the airport.
- Entrance fees for every activity and/or excursion on the itinerary, except if otherwise specified.
- Daily breakfast.
- Cuba 360’s souvenir pack.
What's not included:
- International flights.
- Personal purchases.
- Travel insurances.
- Visas. You will need a visa to enter Cuba, it’s a mere formality though. For more information check our blog.
- Tips and gratuities.