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Undiscovered Cuba Tour

12 Days / 11 Nights

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

Explore Habana 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

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.

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. 

Day 2

Begin the day meeting with the creative minds at the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) to learn about social, political and economic challengences Cuba faces today. After our walking tour of Old Havana, we’ll be welcomed as special guests at La Escuela Taller Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, an architectural restoration school. You’ll round out the day with a poolside discussion about life in Cuba with local students and young professionals. Dinner tonight is at a popular paladar. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Then meet with chefs at the Culinary Association to discuss and participate in culinary activities. After lunch at the culinary school, you’ll participate in a discussion with leaders in Cuba's film industry and take a tour of the film institute. 

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. Start off your time in Santa Clara by meeting with a specialist at a community children's project at a local art gallery.  After lunch, you'll visit 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. Then visit the Che Guevara memorial and musem. 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 in the beautifully restored square, Plaza de Carmen. Afterwards, meet with a sculptor and painter in her studio. In keeping with the day’s artistic theme, you'll visit a local art school. Then visit a polyclinic to learn more about medical practices in Cuba. Tonight, you'll dine at the elegant Restaurante 1800.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

On your second day in Camagüey, visit an inspiring community project for children. Then, meet creative minds at Camagüey's National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). After lunch at a paladar, meet with the dancers of a local ballet company. Dinner tonight will be with the group at the hotel. 

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, partake in a discussion with musicians to learn about the rhythms of Santiago, and have the opportunity participate in a dance lesson. Lunch today will be at lovely Cayo Granma—a 20-minute boat ride across the water. After visiting El Morro de Castillo, the historic colonial Spanish fort, you’ll explore the old town by way of bus. Enjoy an evening and dinner on your own tonight in Santiago. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Santiago de Cuba / Baracoa
Day 9

The day begins with a presentation by an expert on Afro-Cuban culture and traditions with a university professor. Afterwards, a local historian will show you around Santiago de Cuba’s Plaza Delores. After lunch, we will travel along one of Cuba's most scenic highways to Baracoa.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

*Please note that as Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage to the coastal city of Baracoa, we have made a modification to this itinerary.  Instead of visiting Baracoa, we will visit Guardalavaca, a beautiful beach town in Holguin province and will now fly out of Holguin. For more details please call us: 800-450-CUBA.

Day 10

Your first morning here will include a visit with a renowned historian to learn about Baracoa's traditions. Afterwards, continue your lesson in Baracoa's history and visit a local war museum. After taking a short boat ride, stop for lunch at Rancho Toa before visiting the Fabrica de Cucuruchos, where locals make sweets from palm leaves, coconut, sugar, and pineapple. Tonight, dine on your own at a paladar. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

*Please note that as Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage to the coastal city of Baracoa, we have made a modification to this itinerary.  Instead of visiting Baracoa, we will visit Guardalavaca, a beautiful beach town in Holguin province and will now fly out of Holguin. For more details please call us: 800-450-CUBA.

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. After lunch, meet with musicians from a well-known Cuban band to learn about the traditional music and dance of Baracoa. Later this afternoon, you’ll journey back to Santiago, where you'll have a farewell dinner.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

*Please note that as Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage to the coastal city of Baracoa, we have made a modification to this itinerary.  Instead of visiting Baracoa, we will visit Guardalavaca, a beautiful beach town in Holguin province and will now fly out of Holguin. For more details please call us: 800-450-CUBA.

Santiago de Cuba / Holguín ¡Adios Cuba!
Day 12

After breakfast, depart for Holguín and visit and artist community, where you’ll meet local painters. Then, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight from Holguín’s Frank Pais Airport back home.

Meals | Breakfast

Activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. 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

  • 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**

*Transfers available for group blocks or recommended flight arrival and departure times.

**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)
Cuban Visa
Sep 11 – Sep 23, 2016$6,295   
Oct 30 – Nov 11, 2016$6,295  Plus Overnight in Miami
Nov 13 – Nov 25, 2016$6,395  Plus Overnight in Miami
Nov 27 – Dec 9, 2016$6,595 
Only 8 spots left!
Plus Overnight in Miami
Dec 12 – Dec 23, 2016$6,295   
Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017$6,495   
Jan 16 – Jan 27, 2017$6,295$99  
Feb 13 – Feb 24, 2017$6,295$99  
Mar 6 – Mar 17, 2017$6,295$99  
Mar 27 – Apr 7, 2017$6,295$99  
Apr 17 – Apr 28, 2017$6,295$99  
May 8 – May 19, 2017$5,995$99  
May 29 – Jun 9, 2017$5,995$99  
Jun 19 – Jun 30, 2017$5,995$99  
Jul 10 – Jul 21, 2017$5,995$99  
Jul 31 – Aug 11, 2017$5,995$99  
Aug 21 – Sep 1, 2017$5,895$99  
Sep 25 – Oct 6, 2017$5,995$99  
Oct 30 – Nov 10, 2017$5,995$99  
Nov 20 – Dec 1, 2017$6,295$99  
Dec 11 – Dec 22, 2017$6,295$99  
Dec 25, 2017 – Jan 5, 2018$6,495$99  

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


Flights from October 1 - November 30, 2016:

$665 per person and includes Cuban visa, Cuban airport departure tax, required Cuban health insurance, and priority check-in at Miami international airport. 

All guests booking a tour departing Oct 1- Nov 30, 2016 are automatically booked on a scheduled charter flight from Miami to Cuba round trip. (Commercial flights are not yet available.) This flight departs in the morning from Miami and includes an overnight stay at the Hotel Pullman Miami Airport, private welcome reception, pre-tour briefing, breakfast and transfers.

Please note that the flight charge will be added to your tour fee, once you are registered on a tour.

Flights from December 1- 31, 2016:

$665* per person and includes Cuban visa, Cuban airport departure tax, and required Cuban health insurance. 

For guests booking a tour departing Dec 1- Dec 31, 2016 we have blocked seats on American Airlines from Miami to Cuba. This flight departs in the morning from Miami and requires an overnight stay in Miami not included in the tour price.

*Add $100 for departures Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2016.

Flights January 1, 2017 and onward:

Once you are registered on one of our tours, we will handle all of your flight needs.


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