(323)657-3496 Email Us Travel Agents

Trip Summary: Cuba | 8 Days

Trip Dates:   Year Round

Group Size: Max 8 Participants

Price From: $3600

Dates & Prices:

+ 4 Day Extension to the Eastern Cuba: starting from $1200 / person

Searching Availability...

Comprehensive package including accommodation for all nights, all in-country transport by bus and plane, private driver, expert local guides, and all meals and activities as listed on the itinerary. *International airfare, visa fees, and gratuities are not included.

Expedition Route:

This Acanela Expedition © is an adventure with unique cultural interactions and beautiful accommodations in traditional colonial villas throughout Cuba. Embark on this small group exploration prepared to have many hands-on encounters with locals while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.

Contact Us: 1-323-657-3496

Call to speak with one of our agents about this trip, or email us at: expeditions@acanela.com

Trip Highlights:

  • Experience Cuba’s culture, art, cuisine, and history through unique city tours

  • Learn how to prepare delicious, traditional dishes from one of Havana’s best chefs

  • Tour Trinidad, one of Cuba's best preserved colonial cities

  • Visit the historic Bay of Pigs

  • Explore Ernest Hemingway’s home—remaining as he left it in 1960

Journey Overview & Trip Highlights
see more details >

Day 1 Arrive in Havana, Cuba
see more details >

Arrival Airport:Jose Marti International Airport

Welcome to Havana, Cuba- a land full of adventures designed to create memories that will last a lifetime. Upon arrival at the Jose Marti Airport, your guide and diver will greet you. After a quick orientation of the city, you will enjoy a leisurely drive through the city to your hotel. Get to know artists, dancers, and musicians who have helped transform a downtrodden neighborhood into a living work of art. Explore the city surrounded by music and dance—the pulsing undercurrent of life in Cuba. Visit the Escuela de Arte in San Antonio de los Baños and enjoy a thorough immersion in popular culture, son and salsa tosantería—the island’s syncretic religion fusing African and Catholic faiths. Accommodation: Havana Colonial Casa- La Colonial 1861

Day 2 Vinales
see more details >

Today we’ll visit the countless wonders of Viñales. This rural town is known for its unique mogotes—steep, rocky hills rising from sprawling plains. The region relies on agriculture, particularly tobacco cultivation, and we’ll learn how the local flora and fauna help with its production. We’ll see how the traditional Cuban Cigar is crafted and have the opportunity to try one ourselves. With plenty of caves to explore and cliffs to hike, it’s impossible to be bored. Make sure to stop by the “Mural of Prehistory,” a giant, vibrant painting on the mogote Pita that’s a truly incredible sight. After an exciting day spent in the countryside, we’ll return to Havana. In the evening, we’ll have the option of attending a salsa lesson. Salsa is found all throughout the Caribbean, but each country has their own specific style. The traditional Cuban style is called Casino, which many consider an integral part of the country’s society and culture. Accommodation: Havana Colonial Casa- La Colonial 1861

Day 3 Old Havana
see more details >

Begin the day touring Old Havana, teeming with captivating sights and sounds for the inquisitive traveler, such as Plaza de Armas—the city’s oldest square, El Templete—a monument honoring the location of the city’s foundation, Catedral de la Habana, and the Museo de la Revolución. However, even with all of these amazing places, the highlight for most visitors is simply being part of the exciting commotion of daily street-life. So put on your walking shoes and soak up the atmosphere of this lively city. We’ll end the day with a traditional Cuban dinner, learning the history of the country’s cuisine and how to prepare popular meals in a professional and relaxing setting. We’ll share our delicious dishes with our Cuban hosts as we listen to tales of Cuba's history around the dinner table. Accommodation: Havana Colonial Casa- La Colonial 1861

Day 4 Havana and Hemingway's House
see more details >

We’ll start our day in Havana with a must-see destination—Ernest Hemingway's Cuban home, Finca Vigía, located in the small, working-class neighborhood of San Francisco de Paula. Explore the beautiful home that remains as Hemingway left it in 1960, and listen as a guide shares a Cuban perspective on the writer’s strong connection to the local people. After a delicious lunch we will continue on to visit Miramar área (Parque de los Ahorcados). Accommodation: Havana Colonial Casa- La Colonial 1861

Day 5Havana/Trinidad
see more details >

This morning we will depart for Trinidad. We will make stops along the way to explore the beautiful nature, scenery, and culture around you. Our first stop is to Cienfuegos, to explore Cuba's oldest botanical garden with a botany expert and learn about the country’s efforts to maintain its rich biodiversity and extraordinary plant life. Visit the present-day inhabitants of a former sugar mill town and then continue on to Trinidad where we will unwind with a delicious, traditional dinner. Accommodation: Trinidad Colonial

Day 6 Trinidad
see more details >

Today we will visit the Valle de los Ingenios and Playa Ancon Beach, two beautiful destinations near Trinidad that can’t be missed. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach—the region’s calm waters are ideal for sailing, boating, snorkeling, and kayaking. After a day full of adventure, we’ll head back to Trinidad and unwind with a delicious, traditional dinner.
Accommodation: Trinidad Colonial Casa

Day 7 Trinidad/Havana
see more details >

After a delicious breakfast, depart back to Havana, stopping at the famous historical site of the Bay of Pigs (a 3 hour drive from Trinidad). Trace the dramatic events that occurred here at a small museum, and then step foot on the Playa Girón, one of two landing sites for the 1961 U.S.–backed invasion. Accommodation: Havana Colonial Casa- La Colonial 1861

Day 8 Departure
see more details >

Wake up to one last morning in Cuban paradise. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing for Havana’s José Martí International Airport to catch your flight back home. If you’re seeking even more adventure, join us on our 4-day extension to Eastern Cuba.

Departure Airport: Jose Marti International Airport

4-Day Extension to Eastern Cuba
see more details >

Head to Eastern Cuba for an incredibly immersive historical experience! We’ll start in Santiago de Cuba—a city built in the early 16th century by Spanish conquistadors and known as the “cradle of the Revolution.” We’ll also travel to Baracoa, where Christopher Columbus first set foot on the country’s land. Get to know the local people and artisans, while participating in the region’s vibrant music and dance scene. Eastern Cuba is overflowing with lively culture, rich history, and some of the most stunning natural views; you don’t want to miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Day 8 Havana/Santiago de Cuba
see more details >

After an 8-hour journey, we’ll arrive in Santiago de Cuba—a city built in the early 16th century by Spanish conquistadors. It’s known as the “Cradle of the Revolution” and served as a battleground during the Spanish-American War. Today we’ll visit many historical sites, including the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca. After an afternoon full of education, the evening will transition into a cultural exploration as we experience Santiago de Cuba’s vibrant, traditional music scene. Learn about the country’s unique rhythm that originates from Haitian French-speaking slaves and proximity to Jamaica. Accommodation: Traditional Casa Particular

Day 9 Santiago de Cuba
see more details >

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll embark on a journey into the countryside. Our first stop will be the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, one of Latin America’s most preserved cemeteries and the burial site of national heroes and presidents. Afterwards, spend the afternoon meeting Cuban artisans and learning about their trades. Try your hand at cooking a traditional dish, watch how sculptors perfect their art, and even observe a painting class. Accommodation: Traditional Casa Particular

Day 10 Baracoa
see more details >

We’ll continue on to Baracoa, the island’s first Spanish settlement. When Christopher Columbus first encountered Cuba, he landed in Baracoa Bay and called it, “the most beautiful land that human eyes could set upon.” The scenic drive will take us along the picturesque coast and through lush mountains. Depending on the season, we’ll visit Humboldt National Park—home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. We’ll take a walking tour of the city and meet the Taíno people, who live in the surrounding villages. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner with locals and learn about traditional music and dance with some of the region’s best instructors. Accommodation: Traditional Casa Particular

Day 11 Departure
see more details >

Sadly, we only have one last day of exploration in Baracoa. Traverse the stunning mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and beaches. Visit a local fishing community to learn how the fishing industry and produce markets operate on such a remote part of the island, and then head to a cacao farm and watch them make chocolate straight from cacao beans. In the afternoon, enjoy a farewell reception with a local family before departing for the airport. Until next time, Cuba!

Suggested Itineraries

Cuba Travel Guides