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Cuba Highlights: Havana & Cienfuegos

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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.

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Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 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)
  • Intra-Cuba ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels in Cuba
  • 18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 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

Tour Itinerary

Please note the tour itinerary is subject to change.

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). If time allows, we’ll stop for an authentic Cuban lunch at a local paladar (restaurant). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. Next, we’ll visit a polyclinic before enjoying lunch at a private restaurant (paladar), and then continuing 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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Reviews

Susan E

I took this tour in February 2020. This tour was very informative about the Cuban history, people, and culture. We had two tour guides with us throughout the tour; one from the US (Doug) and the other from Cuba (Claudia). Both tour guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and organized. Kudos also to our amazing bus driver. We were able to tour many places throughout the week, starting with Havana, next to Cienfuegos, and ending in Santa Clara. The tour provided us with many opportunities to be enriched by the Cuban people: Entertainers, medical staff, senior citizens, and naturalists. Only one meal was not provided through the tour group which offered an opportunity for us to explore on our own. Surprisingly, we were provided with lots of "welcome" and complimentary beverages......the mojitos were amazing!! Our tour group consisted of 23 people and everyone seemed to get along well and have an enjoyable time. Highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in learning more about Cuba.

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...

Deborah

Just got back from Cuban Highlights tour Jan 2019. Our local guide, Ned Enedis was wonderful. She was so passionate about her country. She was very informative and gave us so much information. It was a very educational tour. However the hotels had a lot to be desired. Hotel Melida Cohiba in Havana was good. Hotel Jagua and Hotel Los Americas was a lot to be desired. Very poor. We spent too much time in the van/bus and not enough time exploring the areas. Never got to the cigar factory. Cuban cooking class was a joke. Valley of the sugar mills was poor. Walking tour of Trinadad was not very good. Not enough time to explore own our on. Overall, quite a disappointment.

Judy

Excellent tour, a must do for those who Love good culture,lovely people, great value for the money, quality experiences.
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