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Undiscovered Cuba Tour

12 Days / 11 Nights

  • Havana
  • Santa Clara
  • Camagüey
  • Bayamo
  • Baracoa
  • Santiago de Cuba

Explore Havana Vieja | Shop at a Farmer's Market | Meet Chefs at the Culinary School | Visit the Film Institute | Visit Private Art Galleries and a Ballet Company | Visit a Cucurucho Farm | Explore San Pedro de la Roca Castle | 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A map of Cuba's major cities and destinations

The intriguing island nation of Cuba is roughly 780 miles long. It’s a rich, geographically disparate stretch where virgin forests hug rustling tobacco fields, colonial cities sprout from the foot of rugged mountains, and rivers reach blue tentacles around fertile valleys. We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to see it all.

In fact, that’s exactly why we created the 12-day Undiscovered Cuba Tour. For those of you with a desire to leave no stone unturned, this is the ultimate tour. From the moment you touch ground in Havana, your Cuban guide is here to not only help navigate country roads and labyrinth streets, but to offer a unique perspective and understanding of the place they call home.

Havana
Day 1

After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll take a short drive to the Meliá Cohiba for hotel check in and tour orientation.*

Meals | Dinner

*Check-in begins roughly at 3pm ET. The tour start time will vary slightly depending on flight arrivals. 

 
Havana
Day 2

Take a walking tour of historic Old Havana on your way to meet students and professors from La Escuela Taller Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, an architectural restoration school. Next, we’ll be welcomed as special guests at the Angela Landa primary school, where the children’s smiles will warm your heart. You’ll round out the day with a visit to a community that preserves traditional and artisanal sewing techniques through continued youth-education initiatives. Dinner tonight is at the acclaimed Union Francaise de Cuba.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Havana
Day 3

This morning, you’ll meet a diplomat and educator for a fascinating talk about US-Cuba relations. Next, take an excursion to a local farmers market and experience firsthand Cuba’s dual-currency system. After lunch, meet the performers of La Chinche Theater Company. This afternoon, you’ll also visit with the teachers and headmistress of La Casa del Niño y la Niña, an after-school program in Central Havana. You’ll end the day discussing US and Cuban life with business professionals and students.

Tonight, you’ll dine on your own at a paladar, a private, family-owned restaurant. Your insightCuba tour leader can make the best recommendations.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Havana / Santa Clara
Day 4

Today, you'll journey to the colonial town of Santa Clara. Your first stop will be a community project where residents have converted a defunct industrial area into a nature park. After lunch, you'll visit the Che Guevara Memorial before heading to a special meeting with members of a traditional music troupe. They will demonstrate their unique style of music, common in theatrical performances and silent movies at the beginning of the 20th century. Afterwards, you’ll check in to your hotel in Santa Clara.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Clara / Camagüey
Day 5

After breakfast, you’ll depart for Camagüey, where you will have lunch. Afterwards, meet with a sculptor and painter in her studio. In keeping with the day’s artistic theme, you'll meet with a local contemporary ballet company. Tonight, you'll dine at the elegant Restaurante 1800.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camagüey
Day 6

On your second day in Camagüey, visit an inspiring community project for children. Then, meet creative minds at the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). You’ll also tour artists’ galleries and studios. After lunch, take in live music at the renowned Casa de la Trova and meet one of Cuba’s legendary musicians. End the day with a panoramic tour of the city with a local historian—by bicitaxi (bicycle taxi)!

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camagüey / Bayamo / Santiago de Cuba
Day 7

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart for Santiago by way of Bayamo. You’ll stop for lunch, then meet with the members of the Choir of Bayamo. On the way to Santiago, you’ll stop at Cuba’s most important church, La Caridad del Cobre, visited by the Pope each time he’s in Cuba. Enjoy dinner at the famous Meliá Santiago hotel.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santiago de Cuba
Day 8

This morning, you’ll explore the old town with a local historian, then visit an art school. Next, enjoy the personal attention of a percussion or dance lesson. Lunch today will be at lovely Cayo Granma—a 20-minute boat ride across the water. Then, you’ll meet the staff at a local polyclinic and learn about socialist healthcare in Cuba. We’ll finish the day with an inspirational visit to the Youth Impact Project in los Maceos, where amateur artwork is celebrated.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santiago de Cuba / Baracoa
Day 9

The day begins with a presentation by an expert on Afro-Cuban culture and traditions. Afterwards, a local historian will show you around Santiago de Cuba’s Plaza Delores. Over lunch, take in the breathtaking view at El Morro de Castillo, the colonial Spanish fort, before journeying to Baracoa.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Baracoa
Day 10

Your first morning here will include a visit with a renowned historian to learn about Baracoa's traditions. Afterwards, take a short boat ride down the Rio Toa and visit a friend’s home. After lunch at Rancho Toa, you’ll visit the Fabrica de Cucuruchos, where locals make sweets from palm leaves, coconut, sugar, and pineapple. Lastly, you’ll visit downtown Baracoa and see the cross at the Iglesia with a local expert. Tonight, dine on your own at a paladar. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Baracoa / Santiago de Cuba
Day 11

After breakfast, you’ll be treated to an exclusive visit with insightCuba’s friends in their homes for a taste of Cuban hospitality, warmth, and education about casas particulares, Cuba’s private ‘bed & breakfast’ type accommodations. Next, take a walking tour of Baracoa with a local historian, then visit an artist’s studio. After lunch, meet a cacao farmer and a musician from a well-known Cuban band. Later this afternoon, you’ll depart for Santiago and a farewell dinner.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santiago de Cuba ¡Adios Cuba!
Day 12

After breakfast, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home from Santiago de Cuba's Antonio Maceo International Airport.

Meals | Breakfast

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.

  • Private welcome reception and tour orientation

  • Superior accommodations at the Meliá Cohiba Hotel in Havana

  • Superior accommodations at the Meliá Santiago Hotel when in Santiago de Cuba

  • Standard accommodations outside of Havana and Santiago de Cuba

  • InsightCuba 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

  • Experienced insightCuba tour leader

  • Expert Cuban guide

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

  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license

  • 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 Havana and Santiago de Cuba to Miami, Cuban visa, priority check-in at Miami Internatiional Airport, Cuban departure tax and baggage fee for first checked bag

  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers via luxury motor coach

  • Private Cuban Driver

  • Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance

  • Fresh bottled water while touring

  • InsightCuba travel guidebook

  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline

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

*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.

Undiscovered Cuba Tour
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Flight
(per person)
Sep 11 – Sep 23, 2016$6,295$665  
SOLD OUT
Oct 30 – Nov 11, 2016$6,295$665
Only 8 spots left!
Plus Overnight in Miami
Nov 13 – Nov 25, 2016$6,395$665 Plus Overnight in Miami
Nov 27 – Dec 9, 2016$6,595$665
Only 8 spots left!
Plus Overnight in Miami
Dec 12 – Dec 23, 2016$6,295$665  
Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017$6,495$765  
Jan 16 – Jan 27, 2017$6,295$665  
Feb 13 – Feb 24, 2017$6,295$665  
Mar 6 – Mar 17, 2017$6,295$665  
Mar 27 – Apr 7, 2017$6,295$665  
Apr 17 – Apr 28, 2017$6,295$665  
May 8 – May 19, 2017$5,995$665  
May 29 – Jun 9, 2017$5,995$665  
Jun 19 – Jun 30, 2017$5,995$665  
Jul 10 – Jul 21, 2017$5,995$665  
PRIVATE GROUP
Jul 31 – Aug 11, 2017$5,995$665  
Aug 21 – Sep 1, 2017$5,895$665  
Sep 25 – Oct 6, 2017$5,995$665  
Oct 30 – Nov 10, 2017$5,995$665  
Nov 20 – Dec 1, 2017$6,295$665  
Dec 11 – Dec 22, 2017$6,295$665  
Dec 25, 2017 – Jan 5, 2018$6,495$765  

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single-occupancy pricing, add $800 for departures prior to October 31, 2016 and $1500 for departures from November 1, 2016 onward.

Want a Roommate?: Solo travelers wishing to pay the double occupancy rate may share a room with another guest.

Group Rates: 5% off land for groups of 5 - 9 guests. 10% off land for groups of 10 or more.
Not combinable with any other offer or a private group. Will be applied at final payment.

Undiscovered Cuba Tour

$665*

  • Round trip air from the U.S. to Cuba
  • Cuban visa and required Cuban Health Insurance
  • Cuban airport departure tax

*Add $100 for depatures Dec 20 - Jan 7. Flight Package prices are subject to change unless accompanied by confirmed booking.

**If you choose to book round trip air on your own, please call a travel specialist at 800-450-CUBA (2822) with your flight details.

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