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Cuba Highlights: Havana & Cienfuegos

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  • $2999
    Air+Tax Included
  • 8
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HAVANA, LAS TERRAZAS, CIENFUEGOS, TRINIDAD, & SANTA CLARA

Be captivated by the spirit and beauty of Cuba with immersive experiences that bring you up close and personal with the history, people, and culture. In Havana, you’ll tour historic sights, colorful plazas, and a cigar factory where you’ll meet the rollers. You’ll also take an exciting cooking class, meet performance artists, and ride in classic cars to an authentic dinner with Cuban baseball players. Get close to nature with stops at Las Terrazas, an eco-community in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, and the El Calvo waterfalls and natural pools. On a day trip, explore the town of Trinidad, and while in Cienfuegos, enjoy music, meet more local artists, and connect to the community.

New in 2021: With our afternoon flight from Miami to Havana, a pre-night in Miami is no longer needed. On our new 7-day program to Cuba, you’ll enjoy many of the same highlights and immersive experiences from Fuster’s home to a cooking class to Las Terrazas with an extra night in Havana instead of Santa Clara!

Itinerary at
a Glance

2020 Itinerary:

  • 1 night in Miami
  • 3 nights in Havana
  • 2 nights in Cienfuegos
  • 1 night in Santa Clara

2021 Itinerary:

  • 3 nights in Havana
  • 2 nights in Cienfuegos
  • 1 night in Havana

Tour
Highlights

  • A true “people-to-people” experience with cultural exchanges such as visits with artists, musical performances, and local organizations
  • Ride in American classic cars (Havana)
  • Traditional Cuban cooking/cocktail class
  • Home of Ernest Hemingway (La Finca Vigia)
  • Cigar Factory tour
  • Walking tour of Old Havana
  • Jose Fuster’s home and art gallery
  • Visit to Las Terrazas a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a swim in the San Jose river
  • Cienfuegos city tour
  • Walking tour of colonial Trinidad
  • Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Health insurance in Cuba (mandatory)
  • 2020 Departures: Pre-night in Miami Airport hotel and Cuban visa (for US citizens) and Cuban departure tax*
  • Intra-Cuba ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels in Cuba
  • 2020 Itinerary: 19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
    2021 Itinerary: 17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive People-to-People experiences and cultural tours including admission fees, following U.S. regulation CFR 515.565
  • Experienced Cuban English-speaking guide

*With a later flight to Havana from Miami, a pre-night in Miami is no longer required bringing the tour length down to 7 days for 2021 departures. On these 2021 departures, your Cuban visa can be purchased at the Miami airport’s Cuba check-in desk for $100 per person.

2020 Itinerary - 8 Days

Please note the tour itinerary is subject to change.

Pre-Night in Miami

Your captivating Cuba trip begins today with a night in Miami. After independent check-in at your hotel, join your U.S. Tour Director for an orientation meeting.

Depart Miami/Arrive Havana (Cuba)

Before your flight to Cuba, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Upon arrival in Havana, you’ll be greeted by your English-speaking Cuban guide and taken for a tour of Home of Ernest Hemingway (La Finca Vigia). If time allows, we’ll stop for an authentic Cuban lunch in the town of Cojimar. Then, on the way to the hotel, you’ll take a panoramic tour of the major sites, Plazas, and Old Havana with an in-depth overview of the history and architecture of the city by the local Cuban guide. After hotel check-in and a briefing from your guide, create a delicious Cuban meal with a cooking class at a…

Havana

Wake up with breakfast at the hotel and begin your day with a tour of a cigar factory where you’ll interact with the cigar rollers and learn about the cultural and economic importance of cigars. Then, head out on a walking tour of Old Havana which features special stops at a graphic artists workshop, and a rations store. You’ll savor a great lunch at Fuster’s Art Gallery and Workshop (known as the Cuban Gaudí), and visit the headquarters of the Habana Compas Dance Company to see a performance and meet with the dancers and directors. Enjoy a brief stop at Callejon de Hamel on…

Las Terrazas

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel and then depart for Las Terrazas, an eco-community in Pinar del Rio, located within the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. Stop at the reforestation projects, local school, and polyclinic. You’ll also visit with local artists and have a delicious lunch at a local café. Weather permitting, cool off with a swim in the San Juan River. If time permits, we’ll stop at the San Jose Market before returning to the hotel. Optional activities will be available.

Meliá Cohiba Hotel | Breakfast, Lunch

Havana/Cienfuegos

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then head out to Cienfuegos, stopping first at Matanzas, the City of Bridges, for a brief city tour. Break for lunch at a local paladar in Matanzas and then continue onward to Cienfuegos. Upon arrival, tour the city and see the Terry Theater, along with other art studios where you’ll meet with the artists to learn more about their work, their artistic influences, and the life of an artist in Cuba.. After this, take in a performance by the Guitar Orchestra of Cienfuegos or the Choir of Cienfuegos and then enjoy a traditional Cuban dinner at Los Laureles…

Trinidad Excursion

Fuel up for an exciting day in the town of Trinidad with breakfast at the hotel. Your first stop will be the Valley of the Sugar Mills to learn about the importance of the area’s sugar production through discussions with the local farmers and workers. Lunch will be had at Barrancon with live music before taking a walking tour of Trinidad. The tour includes one Museum (Palacio Cantero or the Architecture Museum), and a visit a local agricultural market in Trinidad. After, delight in an Afro-Cuban musical performance at the Congos Reales and then explore more of the area with some free…

Cienfuegos/Santa Clara

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then we’ll visit the Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos, which is considered a National Monument in Cuba. Here, we’ll learn more about the interesting varieties of tropical plants and trees. After lunch at a private restaurant (paladar), we’ll continue to Santa Clara. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a paladar.

Hotel América | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Clara/USA

Have a final breakfast at the hotel this morning and then check out. You’ll visit the Che Memorial and then enjoy the Abuelos de Fiesta, a community project where seniors share their knowledge with younger Cubans, through traditional dances and games. Your trip comes to an end with a light lunch before being taken to the airport for departure.
Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

2021 Itinerary - 7 Days

Depart Miami/Arrive Havana (Cuba)

Our unforgettable Cuban adventure begins as we depart Miami today. Upon arrival in Havana, we’ll be greeted by our English-speaking Cuban guide and taken for a tour of Home of Ernest Hemingway (La Finca Vigia). Then, on the way to the hotel, we’ll take a panoramic tour of the major sites, Plazas, and Old Havana with an in-depth overview of the history and architecture of the city by the local Cuban guide. After hotel check-in and a briefing from our guide, we’ll create a delicious Cuban meal with a cooking class at a top paladar (restaurant), Jardin de los Milgaros,…

Havana

Wake up with breakfast at the hotel and begin your day with a tour of a cigar factory where you’ll interact with the cigar rollers and learn about the cultural and economic importance of cigars. Then, head out on a walking tour of Old Havana which features special stops at a graphic artists workshop, and a rations store. You’ll savor a great lunch at Fuster’s Art Gallery and Workshop (known as the Cuban Gaudí), and visit the headquarters of the Habana Compas Dance Company to see a performance and meet with the dancers and directors. Enjoy a brief stop at Callejon de Hamel on…

Las Terrazas

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel and then depart for Las Terrazas, an eco-community in Pinar del Rio, located within the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. Stop at the reforestation projects, local school, and polyclinic. You’ll also visit with local artists and have a delicious lunch at a local café. Weather permitting, cool off with a swim in the San Juan River. If time permits, we’ll stop at the San Jose Market before returning to the hotel. Optional activities will be available.

Meliá Cohiba Hotel | Breakfast, Lunch

Havana/Cienfuegos

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then head out to Cienfuegos, stopping first at Matanzas, the City of Bridges, for a brief city tour. Break for lunch at a local paladar in Matanzas and then continue onward to Cienfuegos. Upon arrival, tour the city and see the Terry Theater, along with other art studios where you’ll meet with the artists to learn more about their work, their artistic influences, and the life of an artist in Cuba.. After this, take in a performance by the Guitar Orchestra of Cienfuegos or the Choir of Cienfuegos and then enjoy a traditional Cuban dinner at Los Laureles…

Trinidad Excursion

Fuel up for an exciting day in the town of Trinidad with breakfast at the hotel. Your first stop will be the Valley of the Sugar Mills to learn about the importance of the area’s sugar production through discussions with the local farmers and workers. Lunch will be had at Barrancon with live music before taking a walking tour of Trinidad. The tour includes one Museum (Palacio Cantero or the Architecture Museum), and a visit a local agricultural market in Trinidad. After, delight in an Afro-Cuban musical performance at the Congos Reales and then explore more of the area with some free…

Cienfuegos/Havana

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then we’ll visit the Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos, which is considered a National Monument in Cuba. Here, we’ll learn more about the interesting varieties of tropical plants and trees. After lunch at a private restaurant (paladar), we’ll continue to Havana. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a paladar.

Meliá Cohiba Hotel | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Havana/USA

Have a final breakfast at the hotel this morning and then check out for our flight back to Miami.

Breakfast

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599

*Note: All trips begin with a mandatory meeting at the designated hotel in Miami on Day 1 and depart from Miami for Havana on Day 2. For example, a Dec. 27 tour has its Miami orientation meeting in the evening on Dec. 27 and departs from Miami for Havana on Dec. 28.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Reviews

NANCY L

A group of about 20 of us went on this tour February 5-12 2020. With one exception, the tour was great. I traveled with a couple of friends; the others we met were pleasant and on-time! Cuba is eye opening, once clearly a beautiful place and now deprived of most but the basic necessities--decent education system notwithstanding. Well traveled by other tourists, just not those from the US. Really interesting to learn about life under a communist dictatorship. Two of the three hotels are top notch; the third adequate for the one night we were there. Bathrooms throughout except in hotels were pretty awful. Good tour leaders. Saw a lot in the six days (not a minute at the beach or pool).. Now the major downside: two-thirds of the group, at least 15 people, got violently ill with a stomach virus about 22-26 hours after leaving Cuba, we assume from the food at the final hotel (breakfast and a box lunch). A timely and dramatic lesson on how quickly a virus can spread. All recovered in 48 hours. The real rub--not getting sick, but the complete lack of response by Smartours when multiple people brought this to their attention multiple ways. Very surprising that no indication of concern or, to our knowledge, any investigation as to source was forthcoming. At this point, the lack of response/concern is actually more troubling than the illness itself and not a good indicator of "corporate culture." Something to consider...

NANCY L

A group of about 20 of us went on this tour February 5-12 2020. With one exception, the tour was great. I traveled with a couple of friends; the others we met were pleasant and on-time! Cuba is eye opening, once clearly a beautiful place and now deprived of most but the basic necessities--decent education system notwithstanding. Well traveled by other tourists, just not those from the US. Really interesting to learn about life under a communist dictatorship. Two of the three hotels are top notch; the third adequate for the one night we were there. Bathrooms throughout except in hotels were pretty awful. Good tour leaders. Saw a lot in the six days (not a minute at the beach or pool).. Now the major downside: two-thirds of the group, at least 15 people, got violently ill with a stomach virus about 22-26 hours after leaving Cuba, we assume from the food at the final hotel (breakfast and a box lunch). A timely and dramatic lesson on how quickly a virus can spread. All recovered in 48 hours. The real rub--not getting sick, but the complete lack of response by Smartours when multiple people brought this to their attention multiple ways. Very surprising that no indication of concern or, to our knowledge, any investigation as to source was forthcoming. At this point, the lack of response/concern is actually more troubling than the illness itself and not a good indicator of "corporate culture/customer service." Something to consider...
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