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From Cuban Cigars to American Cars

9 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Venture down the colourful, cobblestone streets and past grandiose colonial façades.

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9 Days, 1 Country, 6 Cities

From Cuban Cigars to American Cars

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Camaguey, Cuba

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Havana, Cuba

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    • Please note: Due to the nature of the destination and this itinerary, hotels and inclusions are subject to change.
    • Health Insurance: The Cuban government requires all visitors to have health insurance that covers the territory of Cuba; for U.S. citizens, this means local Cuban health insurance.
    • For your convenience, we have included a non-discountable and non-commissionable amount of USD $128 which covers all donations and tips to your local Cuba guide, Local Specialists, Cultural Insights, hotel and restaurant staff, with the exception of your Trafalgar Travel Director and Driver.
    • Guaranteed Room Share and Triple rooms are not available on this itinerary.
    • Please note: This journey requires walking on uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, and participaton in a full-time people-to-people schedule of activities crafted exclusively for Trafalgar guests. Our itinerary and people-to-people activities have been planned well in advance and may therefore be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control; it is best enjoyed by the experienced traveller in good health who can take such variations in stride.
    • Full passport details required by the final payment due date.
    • Visa Requirement: Cuba requires that all visiting travellers have a Cuban Tourist Card (Visa) to enter the country.
    • Cuba Departure Tax ($25 USD and subject to change due to government regulations) is not included in the above prices.
    • Hidden Journey itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
    • Prices above do not include any air travel.
    • Tour Participation: United States law requires that all participants in this itinerary adhere to a schedule of people-to-people activities at all times during the trip. Our Cuba itinerary has been designed around a full-time, people-to-people educational exchange schedule of activities, designed to foster meaningful interactions between Trafalgar guests and individuals in Cuba. Due to special visitation requirements for Cuba, all participants, regardless of nationality, will be required to complete and sign an affidavit confirming that they are travelling under a people-to-people license and are aware of these travel rules.
  • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
  • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
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  • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
  • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

About this trip

Venture down the colourful, cobblestone streets and past grandiose colonial façades, tracing the history and traditions of a cosmopolitan island nation from the comfort of a 1950's Oldtimer. Discover a time when pillaging pirates roamed these waters and a revolution stopped the clocks, retaining Cuba's intoxicating vintage charm.


Trip type: Hidden Journey

Trip code: DCUB

8 Nights

accommodation

20 Meals
  • 8 full breakfasts

  • 7 lunches (including Be My Guest)

  • 5 dinners

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Camagüey, Havana

    • Scenic drive to Cayo Santa Maria

    • View Camagüey Cathedral, Plaza de los Trabajadores

    • Visit the site of the most decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution, Remedios, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs Museum, Casa de Enrique


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 full breakfasts

    • 7 lunches
      (including Be My Guest)

    • 5 dinners


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


 

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Day 1

Arrive Camagüey (2 Nights)

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Day 2

Camagüey Sightseeing

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Day 3

Camagüey – Santa Clara – Cayo Santa Maria (2 Nights)

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Day 4

Remedios and Caibarien Excursion

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Day 5

Cayo Santa Maria – Trinidad

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Day 6

Trinidad – Cienfuegos – Havana (3 Nights)

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Day 7

Havana Sightseeing

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Havana Sightseeing

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Day 9

Depart Havana

Day 1

Arrive Camagüey (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Camagüey (2 Nights)

Welcome to Cuba. Upon arrival at Camaguey International Airport, you will be met by your Travel Director and your bilingual local guide and taken to your hotel in the heart of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 6 p.m. gather with your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception served at a local restaurant where you will have your first taste of Cuban cuisine.

Hotel

Encanto El Marques and Hotel Encato La Sevillana

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Encanto El Marques and Hotel Encato La Sevillana

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Camagüey Sightseeing Day 2 - Camagüey Sightseeing

Start the day with a city exploration by bicitaxi. Stop by the main Cathedral and pass the Plaza de los Trabajadores. Later, your local guide will introduce you to the Casanova family. Explore their studio and pottery workshop and watch them make small versions of tinajones (earthen clay pots), a Cultural Insight. After lunch, visit the stars of the Camagua dance company. They will play Afro-Cuban beats and demonstrate moves that have been handed down for generations, a Cultural Insight. Stop at the Carsueños community project, a Cultural Insight, where you will interact with a local woman whose sewing skills produce charming woven dolls reflecting different Cuban customs and are given to children in local hospitals. Meet leather sculptor Pepe Gutierrez who creates some of the most impressive leather art pieces by using a unique technique that few others use, a Cultural Insight. Stop at the workshop and gallery of Lorenzo Linares whose landscape paintings capture the majesty of Cuba's classic scenes are a Cultural Insight. The rest of your day is free.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 2

Day 3

Camagüey – Santa Clara – Cayo Santa Maria (2 Nights) Day 3 - Camagüey – Santa Clara – Cayo Santa Maria (2 Nights)

Today's scenic drive to Cayo Santa Mario takes you across the plains of this Caribbean island. Arrive in the town of Sancti Spiritus for an included lunch. Depart for Santa Clara, famous for being the site of Che Guevarra's most decisive battle against the Fulgencio Batista government during the Cuban Revolution. Che's remains were brought from Bolivia to Santa Clara, and you'll have the chance to visit his mausoleum and learn about his life and death. Cross a scenic causeway over azure blue waters before arriving at your beachside resort.

Hotel

Iberostar Ensenachos

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotel

Iberostar Ensenachos

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Remedios and Caibarien Excursion Day 4 - Remedios and Caibarien Excursion

Head for the peaceful, colonial-style town of Remedios. Visit the community project of Todo Sobre Remedios and artist Roaidi Cartaya, whose efforts aim to preserve this small settlement's history and soul, including the annual parrandas floats and parade, a Cultural Insight you will learn about. Lunch will be served in Caibarien. Return to your hotel where the afternoon is free.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Cayo Santa Maria – Trinidad Day 5 - Cayo Santa Maria – Trinidad

Today's journey takes you to Trinidad, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most picturesque stops yet. Here your local guide will take you through the old cobblestone alleyways and streets lined with musicians, boutiques, family-owned shops and art galleries. Visit the gallery of artist Lazaro Nieblas who creates realistic portraits using reclaimed wood panels from Trinidad's classic shutters and doors, a Cultural Insight. Have a fusion-style lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Yemaya Temple which is used for the practice of the Santeria religion. A Santeria priest will explain the core components of this unique religion, a Cultural Insight. The rest of the day is free for you to explore before dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotel

Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Trinidad – Cienfuegos – Havana (3 Nights) Day 6 - Trinidad – Cienfuegos – Havana (3 Nights)

Begin your day with a stroll through the historic town of Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter the Thomas Terry Theater which recounts a marvelous era of stage production, and wander along the pedestrian Bulevar leading toward the Bay of Cienfuegos. Travel to the Bay of Pigs, the site of the USA-Cuban conflict in 1961. Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum to learn about how the ramifications of this historical event continue to influence the state of Cuba today. Lunch will be served at Casa de Enrique where you'll get to know the family who owns it. Tonight, dinner is served in a restored mansion.

Hotel

Iberostar Parque Central

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotel

Iberostar Parque Central

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Havana Sightseeing Day 7 - Havana Sightseeing

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Havana today. Start with a visit to a local tobacco factory to learn how the famous Cuban cigars are made, a Cultural Insight. Explore Old Havana, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Enjoy a walking tour with a local architect, a Local Specialist. Pass by some of the iconic plazas and architectural facades. This afternoon, you will be greeted by Miguel Rojas and his wife Yamila Lopez for a Be My Guest lunch in their beautiful home with a roof top garden where they grow their own vegetables. Visit the San Jose craft market where you can browse hundreds of stalls. Back at the hotel, enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 7

Day 8

Havana Sightseeing Day 8 - Havana Sightseeing

In the morning, visit Miramar 601 gallery and meet with talents Alejandro Guanche and Aramis Santos who will showcase their contemporary works, a Cultural Insight, and tell you what life is like as an artist in modern Havana. Stop at La Lucecita, a Cultural Insight that inspires local children through music and dance. Enjoy an included lunch while a Cuban baseball player shares his stories and experiences from playing this popular sport at home and abroad a Cultural Insight. After, enjoy some free time at your hotel. Later, you're in for an exciting Cultural Insight as you take a spin in one of the ubiquitous vintage American cars you've been eyeing during your journey across Cuba. You'll be dropped off for your Farewell Dinner where you can toast to a wonderful Cuban experience.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Depart Havana Day 9 - Depart Havana

It's time to bid farewell to Cuba and your newfound friends as you are taken to Havana International Airport.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Meet Miguel Rojas and his wife Yamila Lopez for lunch in their beautiful home with a roof top garden where they grow their own vegetables

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about the production process for tinajones, earthen clay pots. Visit members of the Camagua dance company who are striving to uphold Cuba's musical traditions. Stop at the Carsueños community project to meet a local woman who creates woven dolls especially for children in local hospitals. Pay a visit to two local artists, Pepe Gutierrez and Lorenzo Linares whose art reflects important Cuban traditions. Meet artist Roaidi Cartaya who works tirelessly to preserve Remedios's history and soul. Visit the gallery of reclaimed wood artist Lazaro Nieblas. In Trinidad, meet a Santeria priest who will explain the beliefs and traditions of this unique religion. Learn all about how the famous Cuban cigars are made at a local tobacco factory. Witness the contemporary artwork of talents Alejandro Guanche and Aramis Santos. Stop at La Lucecita, a local project that inspires through music and dance. Meet a Cuban baseball player who shares what it's like to play the sport in his home country and abroad. Ride in a vintage automobile, an icon of Cuban culture

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    See the sites of Havana with a local architect

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Camagüey, Havana

    • Scenic drive to Cayo Santa Maria

    • View Camagüey Cathedral, Plaza de los Trabajadores

    • Visit the site of the most decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution, Remedios, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs Museum, Casa de Enrique


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 full breakfasts

    • 7 lunches
      (including Be My Guest)

    • 5 dinners


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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