Introduction
For all you’ve heard about life in post-revolution Cuba, one of the country’s great surprises is how much of its pre-Castro history has been preserved—and how that past and present coexist today. This fascinating people-to-people expedition begins in the colorful colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, where we explore cobblestoned streetscapes, walk in lush mountains and snorkel on the tropical coral reef in the Bay of Pigs. In Havana, we wander in the 500-year-old city center and out to Hemingway’s home. Throughout, you’ll interact closely with farmers, artists, a Santeria priest, horticulturists, cooks and everyday Cubans from all walks of life. You’ll get a sense of Cuba from its pre-colonial days right up to the latest moment in today’s normalization process. And you’ll be rewarded with a well-rounded understanding of Cuba that’s second to none.
Picture yourself...
  • Walking to a working finca in the scenic Escambray Mountains
  • Snorkeling over a pristine reef in the Bay of Pigs
  • Chatting with vintage car restorers in their workshop
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 – HAVANA AND THE BAY OF PIGS
Our time in Havana includes a colorful spectrum of activities, such as shopping in a market on a Cuban family’s budget…visiting the artists and musicians at La Muraleando…a guided walk in Old Havana…a visit to Hemingway’s home…and a cooking instruction in a traditional restaurant. Before we head east, we’ll stop by the Nostalgic Car workshop, where we learn about the local passion for owning and restoring vintage American autos—then we hop into some of the finest for a drive to Revolution Square and other points of interest before arriving at our hotel. On our way to Cienfuegos is a stop at the Bay of Pigs where we’ll visit the museum where the Cubans commemorate their victory in the failed 1961 invasion. The happy shock of the bay is that it contains a pristine coral reef where we’ll take time for some colorful snorkeling

DAYS 4-6 – CIENFUEGOS AND TRINIDAD
In Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage city known as the “Pearl of the South.” From our seaside hotel, we’ll go for a walk in this well-preserved city renowned for its surprisingly French style. In the nearby Escambray Mountains, we’ll walk on a trail carved just for us past a waterfall and coffee plantations to a private lunch at our friend’s finca. We’ll also visit 500-year-old Trinidad, a city of sparkling pastel buildings. You’ll meet our friend Israel who is a white-magic priest in Yemaya Temple and have time to wander and shop on your own. Back in Cienfuegos, a horticulturalist will host us at the mind-boggling expanse of the Botanical Gardens, and one of our guide’s favorite choral groups will treat us to a private concert.

DAYS 7 – SANTA CLARA
On our final morning, we’ll stroll the streets of Cienfuegos one last time before we take off to Santa Clara. There we will pay a visit to the Che Guevara Memorial before parting ways at the Santa Clara airport.

 
Cuba: Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Havana
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7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Havana, Cuba - 10:00am - Melia Cohiba Main Lobby

Ending Point: Santa Clara, Cuba - 3:00pm - Santa Clara Airport

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Guest Reviews
“The cultural exchange, learning about the history and politics of the country, talking with people and being immersed in their environment was immensely rewarding. I rate this trip as one of my favorite (if not my very favorite) foreign travel experience (of many) for all these reasons.”
Lynn O'Neil, Monterey, CA

“Our local guides were always there to interpret when needed and show us the fun side of the Cuban people. They were excellent.”
Carmine Yost, Eureka, CA

“We thought the food was outstanding at all the paladars we visited. We weren't sure what to expect in terms of food but were pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of all the meals.”
Julia Bingol, Charlotte, NC

“I liked learning about history from a Cuban perspective. It was nice to see a wonderful people live such a simple life and be happy. It was an amazing adventure that's hard to describe. The island has a magical feeling about it and you can't explain it unless you experience it.”
Eleyna Simon, Las Vegas, NV

“When I finish a tour with Classic Journeys guests, I’m not tired because I don’t feel like I am working. Instead, I feel like I am exploring with friends.”
Manuel, Classic Journeys Guide

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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
September 18-24, 2017$4995.00$895.00
October 16-22, 2017$4995.00$895.00
November 13-19, 2017$5295.00$895.00
December 11-17, 2017$5295.00$895.00
Dec 27, 2017-Jan 2, 2018$5295.00$895.00
January 22-28, 2018$5295.00$895.00
February 11-17, 2018$5195.00$895.00
March 4-10, 2018$5195.00$895.00
April 22-28, 2018$5195.00$895.00
May 13-19, 2018$5195.00$895.00
June 10-16, 2018$4995.00$895.00
September 16-22, 2018$4995.00$895.00
October 14-20, 2018$4995.00$895.00
November 11-17, 2018$5295.00$895.00
December 9-15, 2018$5295.00$895.00
Dec 30, 2018-Jan 5, 2019$5295.00$895.00
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
All meals, except dinner on day 5 and lunch on your own on day 6.
Visas can be purchased at the ticket counter of whichever airport your Havana-bound flight departs from. They are usually around $100 depending on which airline you book. 
Cuba: Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Havana
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Cuba’s climate is “semi-subtropical”, which means it is warm all year with relatively small seasonal variations. To take advantage of that fact—and to offer you the most flexibility to participate in our program—Classic Journeys schedules departures in many months of the year. From November to April, which is the dry season, daytime temperatures average 78-85 degrees. The rainy season extends from May through October. At the peak of summer in August, temperatures climb into the 90s. The official hurricane season runs from June through early November, though hurricanes are more likely to occur from August through early October.

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Hotels
Melia Cohiba

The Melia Cohiba soars into the sky near the Malecon, Havana’s waterside promenade. All rooms have been recently renovated, and most have ocean views. Facilities include an outdoor pool, as well as an array of dining options within the property.

Hotel Casa Verde

In a style best described as 'tropical Victorian,' this former mansion is in the Punta Gorda neighborhood with wonderful views of the bay. With just eight rooms, all decorated in traditional style, it’s a quiet and convenient retreat from the city.

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