Classic Cuba Tour

9 Days / 8 Nights

Havana | Playa Larga | Cienfuegos | Trinidad

Overview

Cuba’s most famous cities, Havana and Trinidad, stir visions of brightly painted Colonial buildings, pounding mambo rhythms and barrios that bustle well into the night. 

Colorful_Streets_of_Havana_1.jpgWith U.S. travel to Cuba long forbidden until recently, these images may seem hazy, like paintings unfinished. Alongside Insight Cuba, you are finally able to complete the picture. 

Your eight-day Classic Cuba Tour begins in the boisterous harbor city of Havana and ends in the artistic enclave of Trinidad, with a stop in Cienfuegos, a jewel of a city known as “the pearl of the South,” along the way. At each destination, a generous Cuban spirit unfolds as the locals open their hearts and shed light on their colorful and often complex way of life.

As your first morning in Havana breaks, set out with your Cuban guide through the historic corridors of Old Havana. The UNESCO heritage area is spangled with 16th and 17th century buildings and cobblestone squares animated by the impromptu blare of trombones and lilt of guitars. Linger in the company of musicians. This is true city rhythm. It’s the beat of life as the Cubans themselves know it.

As you journey on to Trinidad, outlying sugar cane fields give way to an urban playground juxtaposed by modest red-tiled residences and rambling Colonial mansions and museums. Here, you can expect heavy doses of culture and history. Talk with local residents about the influence of African traditions and religion on society and culture and meet the professional singers, dancers and musicians of Ballet Folklórico de Trinidad, who regale you with the history of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance. 

Scroll down to see what's included, the sample itinerary, departure dates, and pricing

What's Included

  • One night at the Sofitel Miami Hotel, including breakfast and airport transfer New 

  • Private welcome reception and pre-tour briefing New 

  • Superior accommodations at the Melia Cohiba in Havana

  • Standard accommodations in provincial hotels in Trinidad or Cienfuegos

  • Insight Cuba exclusive-guided programming, including; unique handpicked people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba's famous places and those rarely seen; and private visits and lectures with Cuba's renowned experts New 

  • Experienced Insight Cuba Tour Leader

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • All meals while in Cuba, except for two paladar evening dining experiences on your own

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury license and Insight Cuba letter of authorization

  • Small group size (usually 16 or fewer guests; never more than 24)

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • Flight package (cost additional) including; round-trip charter air from Miami to Cuba; priority check-in at Miami International Airport; and baggage fee for first checked bag New 

  • All in-country ground transportation, and airport transfers

  • Travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, and trip cancellation coverage (up to $1,000)

  • Fresh bottled water while touring

  • Insight Cuba Travel guidebook

  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline

  • Gratuities for luggage handling, restaurant service, and programmed activities throughout tour* New 

*Customary end-of-tour gratuities for the Cuban guide, driver, and tour leader are left to the guest’s discretion and should be based on your satisfaction with the level of service received.

New Tour addition as of Dec 4, 2013.

Sample Itinerary

*A significant portion of your in-country programming is customized for each group to maximize your cultural experience. Many of the places we visit are not tourist destinations and are thus not always available. Therefore, this program should be considered as a sample only – please keep in mind that your particular tour may vary. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure.

Days 1-2: Miami / Havana

Your trip begins at the Sofitel Miami Airport hotel, where your small group will gather for an early evening briefing and reception. Following breakfast at the hotel on your second day, you’ll board the charter flight to Havana. After you clear immigration and customs, your Insight Cuba tour leader and Cuban guide will accompany you to your hotel in the heart of Havana. Get your first taste of Cuba with an afternoon orientation.

Meals Day 1 | Enjoy dinner on your own, at your leisure

Meals Day 2 | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Havana

Start your day by meeting an expert in Cuban architecture, who will discuss Old Havana’s rich architectural heritage and UNESCO designation. After lunch, you’ll visit an incredible organization to learn about Afro-Cuban art, music, and dance. Later, meet with university students and professionals for candid discussions about daily life in Cuba, before visiting an artist in his studio. You’ll end the day with dinner at La Floridita, one of Hemingway’s favorite spots for drinking daiquiris.

Meals | Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Havana

Today, you’ll visit a local historian at the Colon Cemetery. Then, meet with an internationally recognized dance group for backstage access to a dress rehearsal. After lunch, you’ll have a riveting meeting at the Literacy Museum about a historic moment in Cuban history when the island’s youth mobilized across the country to teach rural inhabitants how to read. Later in the day, you’ll have the special privilege of meeting performers from La Colmenita, a children’s touring group that performs locally and internationally. In 2012, they performed at the United Nations.

Meals | Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Havana

This morning, you’ll visit a local farmers market, where you’ll experience firsthand Cuba’s dual currency at work. Before lunching at a local paladar in Old Havana, you’ll meet with an organization that teaches trade skills for the new economy. After lunch, you’ll meet with an art specialist for an insightful tour of Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts. Tonight, dine on your own at a paladar, a private, family-owned restaurant. Your tour leader, a dining-scene expert, can make outstanding recommendations.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Days 6: Havana / Playa Larga / Trinidad

Today, you’ll leave Havana for Playa Larga, where you’ll visit Korimacao Community Project, a respected school of the arts, known for developing musicians, dancers, poets, and actors. From Playa Larga, you'll continue your journey to the charming island town of Trinidad.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7: Trinidad

We’ll stop at the Museum of Architecture to learn about Trinidad’s architectural and historic preservation and UNESCO designation. Afterwards, meet a world-renowned local artist who recently had her work displayed at the United Nations.

After lunch you’ll have an exclusive visit with the singers, dancers, and musicians of the Ballet Folklórico de Trinidad. Then, you’ll have an exclusive visit with our friends in their home for a taste of Cuban hospitality, warmth, and a chance to get to know them surrounded by their families and community. Later, you’ll visit a casa particular, a bed-and-breakfast-like accommodation in a private home. Tonight, dine on your own at a paladar, a private, family-owned restaurant. Your tour leader, a dining-scene expert, can make outstanding recommendations.

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Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Trinidad / Cienfuegos / Havana

This morning, you’ll depart for Cienfuegos and a cooperative artist center. Next, you’ll meet the singers and artistic director from the internationally acclaimed Coro del Cienfuegos. After lunch, you’ll travel back to Havana. In the evening, share your favorite stories during a farewell dinner.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Havana / Miami ¡Adios, Cuba!

After breakfast, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home.

Meals | Breakfast

Tour Dates & Prices

Classic Cuba Tour

DateDouble Occupancy (per person)Status
Mar 3, 2014 – Mar 11, 2014$4,895  Sold Out
Mar 10, 2014 – Mar 18, 2014$4,895  Sold Out
Mar 17, 2014 – Mar 25, 2014$4,895  Sold Out
Mar 24, 2014 – Apr 1, 2014$4,895  Sold Out
Mar 31, 2014 – Apr 8, 2014$4,895  Sold Out
Apr 7, 2014 – Apr 15, 2014$4,895  Sold Out
Apr 21, 2014 – Apr 29, 2014$4,895  CALL NOW
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May 5, 2014 – May 13, 2014$4,695  Sold Out
May 19, 2014 – May 27, 2014$4,695  CALL NOW
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Jun 2, 2014 – Jun 10, 2014$4,695Only 5 spots left! Book Now!
Jun 30, 2014 – Jul 8, 2014$4,495 Save $300!Book Now!
Aug 25, 2014 – Sep 2, 2014$4,495 Save $300!Book Now!
Sep 20, 2014 – Sep 28, 2014$4,595 Save $300!Book Now!
Oct 25, 2014 – Nov 2, 2014$4,495  Book Now!
Nov 22, 2014 – Nov 30, 2014$4,695  Book Now!
Dec 20, 2014 – Dec 28, 2014$4,895  Book Now!
Dec 27, 2014 – Jan 4, 2015$4,995  Book Now!
Jan 10, 2015 – Jan 18, 2015$4,895  Book Now!
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Feb 14, 2015 – Feb 22, 2015$4,895  Book Now!
Feb 21, 2015 – Mar 1, 2015$4,895  CALL NOW
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Mar 7, 2015 – Mar 15, 2015$4,895  CALL NOW
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Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 22, 2015$4,895  Book Now!
Mar 28, 2015 – Apr 5, 2015$4,895  Book Now!
Apr 11, 2015 – Apr 19, 2015$4,895  Book Now!
Apr 25, 2015 – May 3, 2015$4,695  Book Now!
May 23, 2015 – May 31, 2015$4,695  Book Now!
Jun 13, 2015 – Jun 21, 2015$4,695  Book Now!
Jun 27, 2015 – Jul 5, 2015$4,695  Book Now!
Jul 18, 2015 – Jul 26, 2015$4,695  Book Now!

Single Supplement: For single-occupancy pricing, add $500.

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Flight Package

Classic Cuba Tour

  • Round trip air from Miami to Havana
  • Cuban visa
  • Baggage fee for first checked bag
  • Priority check-in at Miami International Airport
DEPARTURESFLIGHT PACKAGE
Jan 8 - Dec 19$595
Dec 20 - Jan 7$645

-Flight Package Prices are subject to change unless accompanied by confirmed booking

  • “The trip Insight Cuba offered that included Havana and Trinidad was exactly what I was looking for. I liked going to the various schools and museums to get a real feel of the country.”

    Barry M.

    Classic Cuba Tour
  • “We had so much fun at the block party in Trinidad. The kids were adorable and we loved dancing and joining in with all the Cubans. It was definitely a high point for the trip.”

    Janet T.

    Classic Cuba Tour
  • “ The music was fabulous. Loved the paladar we went to one night. Also had two rides in vintage 50's cars. People were extremely warm and welcoming.”

    Patricia S.

    Classic Cuba Tour
  • “ Thought this trip was one of our best and we have been lucky to travel a lot! ”

    Janice M.

    Classic Cuba Tour