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Cuban Trogon - Authentic Cuba

Cuban Trogon [Tocororo locally], Priotelus temnurus, is Cuba’s national bird – its red, blue and white colors match the island’s flag. Click photo to learn more.

An island expedition focused on people-to-people encounters, nature and cultural exchanges. The program is geared to nature lovers and people addicted to the arts, history and architecture. The tour has a very diverse itinerary featuring comfortable accommodations and tasty Cuban cuisine.

You’ll stay in four-star hotels in Havana, and while in Trinidad, at an all-inclusive beach resort. The historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos are the island’s top destinations after Havana. The excursion to the top of the Escambray mountain range in Soviet Army trucks is but one of many highlights of this trip.

The program includes visits to several UNESCO world heritage sites, tobacco farms, museums, and Ernest Hemingway’s home. You’re surrounded by music and art, and have ample occasions to engage in the realities of island life with everyday Cubans. We hope you’ll join us on this spectacular vacation to Cuba. Similar tours run thousand more.

Cuba’s big! Its land mass is 42,426 square miles – about 80 percent the size of Alabama. Cuba is nearly as large as Louisiana, and larger than Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio or Indiana. Altogether it’s bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined.

Day 1 – Saturday :: Hello Cuba, bienvenido a La Habana

  • Arrival at Havana's José Martí International Airport
  • Meet your tour guide and bus driver
  • Transfer to your hotel in Havana
  • Check-in to hotel and welcome cocktail
  • Arrival dinner at hotel

Day 2 – Sunday :: Getting to know Old Havana and its people

  • Breakfast in hotel (included)
  • Walking tour of Old Havana
  • Tour of the Museum of Modern Art
  • Lunch at the private restaurant Cha Cha Cha
  • Open discussion on "Cuban Society Today" led by a longtime member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba
  • Return to hotel to freshen up
  • Welcome dinner at paladar Cuba 54 (included)
  • ESPECIAL: Attend El Cañonazo, the 9 PM Cannon Firing Ceremony (included)

Day 3 – Monday :: The natural splendor of rural Cuba

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning departure to Las Terrazas eco-community
  • Visit ancient coffee plantation
  • Lunch at Casa del Campesino on the banks of the Río San Juan
  • Return to Havana hotel to freshen up
  • Dinner at paladar Café Laurent followed by a dance show at Buena Vista Social Club performance

Day 4 – Tuesday :: Urban agriculture, Hemingway house

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Vivero Organopónico Alamar, an urban collective farm
  • Lunch at Ajiaco paladar [restaurant] serving farm-fresh organic meals
  • Visit Hemingway’s Finca Vigía museum and glimpse his life in Havana
  • Return to your hotel and freshen up
  • Dinner (not included), an opportunity to explore Havana’s private restaurants

Day 5 – Wednesday :: Historic Cienfuegos and Trinidad de Cuba

  • Breakfast at hotel (included)
  • Early departure to Cienfuegos and Trinidad
  • Lunch at restaurant Villa Lagarto (included)
  • Tour the beautiful historic city of Cienfuegos
  • Onwards to Trinidad
  • Check-in to your all-inclusive resort hotel
  • Trinidad group welcome dinner

Day 6 – Thursday :: Mountaintop excursion in Soviet Army trucks

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Climb to the top of Topes de Collantes in the Escambray Mountains in Soviet Army trucks
  • Visit Hacienda Codina, the ruins of a Spanish coffee plantation
  • Lunch at Hacienda Codina to taste Cuban country cooking
  • Bus tour of the breathtaking Valle de los Ingenios [Sugar Mill Valley]
  • Return to hotel to freshen up and relax
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 7 – Friday :: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Check-out of hotel
  • Walking tour of Trinidad’s historic central plaza and its surrounding buildings
  • Visit a centuries-old family run pottery studio where we'll get to know its artisans
  • Lunch at private restaurant Vista Gourmet (included)
  • Return to Havana
  • Check-in to hotel and freshen up
  • Farewell dinner in Old Havana at Café del Oriente

Day 8 – Saturday :: Say goodbye to Cuba – for now

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Transfer to Havana’s José Martí International airport
  • Air departures
  • Missing Cuba so much already
Cuba travel is a challenge. Our staff and Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly despite Third World conditions on the island. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers understand this is part of their Cuban adventure.

Tour cost based on double room occupancy (sharing a double room during tour). Cost of a single room for duration of tour is $300.

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Dec 23 to Dec 30, 2017
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  • Small group size, usually sixteen or fewer guests, never more than twenty-four
  • Certificate of Legal Cuba Travel in compliance with US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations (OFAC) section, 1 C.F.R. § 515.565(b)
  • Havana airport and hotel transfers on tour start and end days
  • Quality Cuban hotels
  • An expert English speaking Cuban guide throughout the program
  • Modern air-conditioned bus and professional chauffeur
  • Bottled water on bus
  • All activities, entrance fees, services, speakers and meetings in tour itinerary
  • Flexible monthly tour payment options
  • Emergency telephone and internet access to America from Cuba
  • Cash advances for participants facing money problems while in Cuba
  • Participants become Club Cubano alumni and receive future tour discounts
  • Ongoing support from our US and Cuban staff before, during and after travel