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highlights: Varadero, Cuba's Most Popular Beach Destination / Walking Tour of Old Havana / Town of Cardenas / Sugar Cane Museum / Museum of Fine Arts / Varahicacos Ecological Reserve / 1-UNESCO World Heritage Site 


Cuba is a colorful country with warm and friendly people, Spanish colonial cities and 3,500 miles of unspoiled Caribbean coast line, making it one of the most sought after destinations in the Caribbean. We’ll take you to the heart of it all.

Join insightCuba, the most trusted name in legal people-to-people travel and get an inside look at two of Cuba’s most popular cities, Havana and Varadero. We’ll show you what makes each of these cities so popular, with people-to-people excursions that let you dive right in. 

Smiling Cuban gentleman greeting Americans in Old Havana
Day 1

Arrive at Varadero’s Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport. After clearing immigration and customs, you’ll head to the Meliá Varadero resort for check-in, lunch, and orientation*. Then we'll head to the town of Varadero to meet with a local ceramic artist at his workshop. Later we’ll return to the hotel for a welcome dinner.

Meals | Lunch, Dinner

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

Turquoise blue Caribbean water in Varadero, Cuba
Varadero / Cardenas
Day 2

After breakfast, we'll go on an excursion to Cardenas, a small town just south of Varadero, for a visit to the farmer's market. After, visit the Sugar Cane Museum to learn about sugar processing and how sugar cane is used to make Cuba’s infamous rum. Then ride the famous Sugar Cane antique train. We’ll return to the hotel for lunch. After lunch, we’ll visit the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, known for its hiking trails and unique flora and fauna. We'll visit one of the areas’ caves where pre-Columbian pictographs and 2000-year old burial plots can be found.   

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Classic American Cars in Havana, Cuba
Varadero / Havana
Day 3

After breakfast, we’ll drive along the beautiful coast for a day of exploration in Havana. We’ll begin our full-day excursion with a walking tour in Old Havana, a splendid UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most incredible examples of preserved Spanish Colonial architecture. You’ll stop for a visit at a local artist studio before getting a special panoramic look at this historic neighborhood. After lunch on your own in Old Havana, we'll visit the Museum of Fine Arts. Afterwards, we'll hop into a restored pre-1959 classic American car and cruise over to the Hotel Nacional for some great views. After dinner on your own, we’ll return to our hotel in Varadero.

Meals | Breakfast

Driving in classic American car in Cuba
Varadero ¡Adios, Cuba!
Day 4

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

  • Private Cuban driver

  • Three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners

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

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers*

  • InsightCuba travel guidebook

  • 24-hour emergency customer-service hotline

  • Flight concierge service (flight cost additional)

*Only one round trip transfer is available for recommended flight arrival and departure times. All others will transfer via taxi.

Not included: Airfare, Cuban visa, and gratuities.

Varadero + Havana
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Cuban Visa
Nov 22 – Nov 25, 2018$2,495$99  
Dec 13 – Dec 16, 2018$2,495$99  
Dec 27 – Dec 30, 2018$2,595$99  
Dec 30, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019$2,695$99
Only 7 spots left!
SpecialSAVE $300 Per Person Enter Code: NEW YEAR
Jan 10 – Jan 13, 2019$2,495$99  
Jan 24 – Jan 27, 2019$2,495$99  
Feb 7 – Feb 10, 2019$2,495$99  
Feb 21 – Feb 24, 2019$2,495$99  
Mar 7 – Mar 10, 2019$2,495$99  
Mar 21 – Mar 24, 2019$2,495$99  
Apr 4 – Apr 7, 2019$2,395$99  
Apr 18 – Apr 21, 2019$2,395$99  
May 9 – May 12, 2019$2,395$99  
May 30 – Jun 2, 2019$2,395$99  
Jun 13 – Jun 16, 2019$2,395$99  
Jun 27 – Jun 30, 2019$2,395$99  
Jul 4 – Jul 7, 2019$2,395$99  
Jul 25 – Jul 28, 2019$2,395$99  
Aug 15 – Aug 18, 2019$2,395$99  
Sep 5 – Sep 8, 2019$2,395$99  
Sep 26 – Sep 29, 2019$2,395$99  
Oct 17 – Oct 20, 2019$2,395$99  
Nov 7 – Nov 10, 2019$2,495$99  
Nov 21 – Nov 24, 2019$2,495$99  
Dec 5 – Dec 8, 2019$2,495$99  
Dec 19 – Dec 22, 2019$2,495$99  
Dec 29, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020$2,695$99  

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single-occupancy in 2018, add $595. For 2019 add $395. 

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. 

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, private departures, or custom-made tours. Will be applied at final payment.

CHILD DISCOUNT: Discount applicable only with two full paying adults. Adults and children must stay in the same room.

Children 8 – 11.99 years old receive a 50% discount 

Terms: Children must be the prescribed age above at the time of travel. Discount applies only to Varadero+Havana Getaway package and does not include air or Cuban visa.

Varadero + Havana

Once you have booked your tour, our flight concierge will gladly assist you with all your flight needs. Call us at 914-380-8303 or click here for an air quote. Please note that domestic and international flight costs are not included in your tour or travel package.  

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

American        2741    MIAMI-VARADERO (MIA-VRA)  

American        2742    VARADERO-MIAMI (VRA-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.

PURCHASING AIR ON YOUR OWN: You are welcome to book on your own, however please keep the following in mind:

Recommended flight and group airport transfers - Group airport transfers in Cuba are provided for recommended flights only. If you require a transfer from the airport to the hotel, please either book the recommended flight above, or call our flight concierge team to assist you

Non-Recommended Flights without group airport transfer - You may book a flight other than the recommended flight, however, group airport transfers are not included. To join the group or meet your tour guide, you will need to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel, at you own expense, on both arrival and departure day. Airport transfer costs from the airport in Varadero to the hotel generally cost CUC$25 (US$30) each way.

Authorized airlines - Not all airlines are authorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation to fly to and from Cuba. American Airlines is the only airline to provide service to Varadero, Cuba. While this information may change, the currently authorized airlines are: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. Please contact the carrier for up to date flight schedules and routes.

Correct Airport - Please note that flights for this tour are round trip to Varadero, Cuba, and not Havana. If you purchase air on your own, please make sure to book the proper airport or destination. Booking the wrong airport can result in expensive ticket change fees, or airport transfer.

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