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  expedition includes the colorful colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, where we explore cobblestoned streetscapes, walk in lush mountains and snorkel on the tropical coral reef in the Bay of Pigs. In Havana, you wander in the 500-year-old city and out to Hemingway’s home. Throughout, you’ll interact closely with coffee growers, artists, a Santeria priest, dancers, horticulturists, and everyday Cubans from all walks of life. Ultimately, you’ll gain a sense of Cuba from its sugarcane-fueled colonial days right up to the latest moment. And you will be rewarded with a well-rounded understanding of Cuba that’s second to none.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 – HAVANA AND THE BAY OF PIGS
For a real-life look at everyday Cuban life, chat with the locals as they shop farmers' stalls at an organic market. With supplies in hand, you walk to a chef's private home for a cooking instruction followed by lunch in the family dining room. Later, meet the husband-and-wife team whose independent small business specializes in restoring classic cars. Then their craftsmen take you for a tail-finned spin through the streets of Havana. You'll be welcomed into a traditional cigar-making factory where a friend who is an aficionado fills you in on the role of the trade in Cuban life. You also have chances to chat with a photojournalist who documented Castro's life and meet local artists alongside an art curator. Your time in Havana is capped with a visit to Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's Cuban home followed by lunch in the village that inspired "The Old Man and the Sea."

En route to Trinidad, you'll stop at the Bay of Pigs for a chance to snorkel on its pristine coral reef and to picnic with Cuban hosts and engage in a candid conversation about the failed 1961 invasion.

DAYS 4-6 – TRINIDAD AND CIENFUEGOS
In the Escambray Mountains near Trinidad, the next generation of a family of coffee growers welcomes you to their plantation to see how coffee is grown and processed and to share a tasting with you.  A local journalist leads you on a visit of 500-year-old Trinidad, and you'll meet a white-magic Santeria priest in Yemaya Temple and get a rumba lesson at a private dance studio. In the Valley of the Sugar Mills, you get an up-close, guided look at the culture and politics of the 19th-century sugar trade. A horticulturist will host you in the mind-boggling expanse of the lush Botanical Gardens.

DAYS 7 – CIENFUEGOS AND SANTA CLARA
On your final morning, you will join a local historian for a personal look at Cienfuegos, the pastel city known as the "Pearl of the South," and a visit with the artists in a graphics studio. Midday, you will reach Santa Clara for your homebound flight.
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
Cuba: Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Havana
Culture + Walking
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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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 15-21, 2019$4595.00$695.00
October 13-19, 2019$4595.00$695.00
November 10-16, 2019$4595.00$695.00
December 8-14, 2019$4595.00$695.00
Dec 29, 2019-Jan 4, 2020$4595.00$695.00
January 19-25, 2020$4695.00$695.00
February 9-15, 2020$4695.00$695.00
March 1-7, 2020$4695.00$695.00
April 19-25, 2020$4695.00$695.00
May 10-16, 2020$4695.00$695.00
June 7-13, 2020$4695.00$695.00
September 13-19, 2020$4695.00$695.00
October 11-17, 2020$4695.00$695.00
November 8-14, 2020$4695.00$695.00
December 6-12, 2020$4695.00$695.00
Dec 27, 2020-Jan 2, 2021$4695.00$695.00


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Visa Information
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. 
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights
  • 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 days 2 & 5 and lunch day 6
• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
• Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Cuba: Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Havana
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights
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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