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Undiscovered Cuba Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights - Havana, Santa Clara, Camaguey, Bayamo, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin

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

Undiscovered Cuba tour map, Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara, Camaguey, Bayamo, Baracoa, Holguin

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.

jose fuster art havana cuba
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. 

 
Old Havana Cuba Streets
Havana
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

Kids in Havana Cuba
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. 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

Santa Clara Cuba Architecture
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

dancers take to the streets of Camaguey, Cuba
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

The colorful colonial architecture of Camaguey, Cuba
Camagüey
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

Basilica del Cobre El Cobre Cuba
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

Art Students in Cuba
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

A traditional means of transportation in Baracoa, Cuba
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

A beach near Baracoa, Cuba
Baracoa
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

A cuban family poses for a photography in Santiago, 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

A vintage car is seen in the streets of Santiago, 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

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Due to the unique nature of our programming, each departure is custom designed and not every activity listed on this itinerary is always available. Please rest assured that our team in both Cuba and the U.S. take special care in planning each excursion and draws from almost two decades of experience, relationships, and activities to make each itinerary exceptional. Each tour provides a full-time schedule of educational people-to-people exchange activities and is fully compliant with U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations regarding travel to Cuba. These same regulations provide that guest participation on each tour is mandatory. 

  • 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 in provincial hotels or casa particulares (private homes) 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

  • 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**

  • Flight concierge service (flight cost additional) 

  • Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance***

*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.

***Trip-cancellation coverage available for an additional fee through Allianz.

Undiscovered Cuba Tour
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Cuban Visa
Sep 25 – Oct 6, 2017$5,995$99  
SOLD OUT
Oct 30 – Nov 10, 2017$5,995$99  
Nov 20 – Dec 1, 2017$6,295
$5,795
$99  
SOLD OUT
Dec 11 – Dec 22, 2017$6,295
$5,795
$99  
Dec 25, 2017 – Jan 5, 2018$6,495$99  
Jan 22 – Feb 2, 2018$5,995$99  
Feb 19 – Mar 2, 2018$5,995$99  
Mar 12 – Mar 23, 2018$5,995$99  
Apr 23 – May 4, 2018$5,995$99  
May 14 – May 25, 2018$5,995$99  
Jun 4 – Jun 15, 2018$5,795$99  
Jun 25 – Jul 6, 2018$5,795$99  
Sep 3 – Sep 14, 2018$5,595$99  
Oct 29 – Nov 9, 2018$5,795$99  
Nov 26 – Dec 7, 2018$5,995$99  
Dec 17 – Dec 28, 2018$5,995$99  
Dec 31, 2018 – Jan 11, 2019$6,295$99  

NEW!! PREPAYMENT DISCOUNT: Pay in full at the time of booking and receive $200 OFF the full price! *Must book 120 days in advance of the departure date. This may not be combined with any other promotions. Normal terms and conditions apply. 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single-occupancy pricing for all dates prior to Nov 20, 2017, add $1500. For all dates from Nov 20, 2017 and onward, add $1095.

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

Once you have booked your tour, our flight concierge will gladly assist you with all of your flight needs. Call us at 914-380-8303 or click here for an air quote.

The recommended flights* for all guests on this tour are: 

American        1447    MIAMI-HAVANA (MIA-HAV) 

American        1345    MIAMI-HAVANA (MIA-HAV) 

American        1482    HOLGUIN-MIAMI (HOG-MIA) 

Flight times may vary, please consult the airline's website for the most up to date flight information on your particular dates of travel.  

*Group airport transfers are included for recommended flights only.

Visit our Flights to Cuba page for important information on the best way to book your flights, non-recommended flights, as well as group airport transfersPlease note that the tour you have chosen is a land based tour only, flights costs and Cuban visas are not included in your tour package.

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