Scenic Cuba Tour

9 Days / 8 Nights

Havana | Viñales Valley | Pinar del Río | Las Terrazas

Overview

Cuba is a country that can’t be singularly defined. Just when you think you have it pegged by the raw energy and hustle of Havana, its urban hub, its softer side – the outlying rustling tobacco fields, the farms tended by ox-driven plows – beckons to be explored.

Pinar_Del_Rio_v6.jpgExperience both worlds with our nine-day Scenic Cuba tour under the care of our expert Cuban guide and experienced Insight Cuba tour leader, both dedicated to fostering authentic connections between you and local residents. Explore city life in Cuba’s biggest metropolis before voyaging afield to the western province of Pinar del Río, known for its quiet, red-earth pastures and breathtaking national park, Viñales.
 
While these two destinations hit your senses in wildly different ways, the warmth and spirit of their people is steadfast. Lifelong residents reveal the real Cuba to you in ways never before possible.

The first part of your trip is spent in Havana, where cobblestone streets are flanked by beautiful 16th-century Colonial courtyard buildings, Buena Vista-style guitar rifts flutter from cafes and romance sparks near the Malecón, the city’s magnificent seaside boulevard where couples often stroll and Cuban leisure life bustles. From Havana, travel to the province of Pinar del Río. This is western country – a tranquil land with a temperate climate and decidedly fewer tourists than the big city. Here you'll be introduced to the Sierra del Rosario, a wooded range and UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve that flaunts waterfalls and flower-lined paths, and Cuba's version of Yosemite Valley, Viñales.

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 New 

  • Standard accommodations in Pinar del Río

  • 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.

Day 1-2: Miami / Havana

Your trip begins at the Sofitel Miami Airport hotel, where your small group gathers for a briefing and reception. Following breakfast at the hotel, board your flight to Havana. After clearing immigration and customs, you’ll head to Jaimanitas to meet Jose Fuster, “the Picasso of the Caribbean.” Fuster has turned his home and community into art projects, transforming old facades into colorful murals. Visit the famous Callejón de Hamel, Centro Habana’s outdoor art gallery and performance space. Check in to our hotel in the heart of Havana, and enjoy an orientation and welcome dinner. 

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

Meals Day 2 | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Havana

After breakfast, visit a community project involving traditional embroidery. Next, meet artists and musicians behind Muraleando where artists converted an old water tank into a performance space. Lastly, meet university students and professionals for candid discussions about daily life. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Havana

Start your day with a walking tour of Old Havana en route to one of Cuba’s renowned photography organizations.  After lunch, visit a casa de la cultura. You’ll likely be treated to an art demonstration or musical performance. Later, meet the teachers and headmistress of La Casa del Niño y la Niña, an after-school program for children.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Havana

Today begins with a presentation by a social psychologist about contemporary issues in Cuba. Afterwards, visit the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematography for a presentation on Cuban film by filmmakers. Next, students and chefs at the Culinary School of Havana teach you about culinary arts in Cuba, while preparing your lunch. Then, you’re off to a Santaria house of worship, where African traditions and religion are practiced.  Wrap up with a farmers market visit.

Dinner is on your own. Your tour leader will recommend the best paladares, private, family-owned restaurants.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Havana / Pinar del Río

After breakfast, begin a beautiful journey to Pinar del Río, with a stop at a remarkable artist’s home. Over lunch, learn about his farm and how he makes traditional dulces. Next, visit a small theater where you’ll meet area musicians and a director of the Pinar del Río theater group, which performs around the world. Dine at a paladar.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Pinar del Río / Puerto Escondido / Viñales Valley

This morning, visit Puerto Escondido to meet with representatives from a community center and garden, built by local children. You’ll have to walk through a cave to reach El Palenque! Lunch on their savory smoked pork. Then, travel to the Viñales Valley, Cuba’s Yosemite, to a private garden, then to a tobacco farm. Dinner is on your own.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Pinar del Río / Las Terrazas / Havana

Today, you’ll visit a tobacco factory to see how Cuba’s handcrafted cigars are made. Afterwards, visit a renowned artist and his family and view his controversial art. After lunch, meet residents and leaders from Las Terrazas, a community and nature preserve.  After delicious refreshments, return to Havana for a farewell dinner and music. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Havana / Miami ¡Adios!

After breakfast, you’ll board your flight home. 

Meals | Breakfast

Tour Dates & Prices

Scenic Cuba Tour

DateDouble Occupancy (per person)Status
Mar 7, 2014 – Mar 15, 2014$4,695  Sold Out
Mar 21, 2014 – Mar 29, 2014$4,695  Sold Out
Apr 4, 2014 – Apr 12, 2014$4,695  Sold Out
Apr 18, 2014 – Apr 26, 2014$4,695  Sold Out
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Jun 27, 2014 – Jul 5, 2014$4,495  Sold Out
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Nov 7, 2014 – Nov 15, 2014$4,495  Book Now!
Dec 5, 2014 – Dec 13, 2014$4,695  Book Now!
Dec 19, 2014 – Dec 27, 2014$4,695  Book Now!
Dec 26, 2014 – Jan 3, 2015$4,795  Book Now!
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May 22, 2015 – May 30, 2015$4,595  Book Now!
Jun 12, 2015 – Jun 20, 2015$4,595  Book Now!
Jul 3, 2015 – Jul 11, 2015$4,595  Book Now!

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

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Flight Package

Scenic 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

  • “Such a rich variety of experiences and contacts with people there.... It truly is a trip of a lifetime... I am so glad I chose this tour and Insight Cuba!”

    Dawn L.

    Scenic Cuba Tour
  • “It was a fabulous trip, and exceeded our expectations....This was a life-time and life-changing trip. I am sure the lessons I learned will continue to emerge as I ponder the trip, challenge my thinking, and hear more about Cuba in the news in the years to come.”

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    Scenic Cuba Tour
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