Destination: Western Cuba 1, Overview

WESTERN CUBA 1
Destinations include: Havana, Pina Del Rio, Vinales, Ciefuegos, Trinidad

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Cuba is one of the most enchanting and captivating countries in the world. a pulsating and multifaceted blend of history, music, dance, gracious people and vibrant island culture. Join photographer Daryl Hawk on this unique opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and to discover the allure of Cuba through the lens.

Cuba’s Spanish-colonial cities and cobblestoned streets stir visions of brightly painted buildings, pounding mambo rhythms and barrios that bustle well into the night. This exciting eight day tour of Cuba’s most famous cities will add the brushstrokes you’ve been longing to add to the unfinished canvas of your vision of Cuba. Your experience begins in the boisterous harbor city of Havana and ends in the artistic enclave of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, known as the “pearl of the south”. Over the course of the eight days, you’ll learn about the country’s culture and history through meaningful interactions with local community members. Experience the land from the perspective of farmers and naturalists. Feel the warmth and passion of the artists and musicians who invite us into a very personal view of their intriguing daily lives. And throughout your journey, engage with entrepreneurs, conservationists, and students who are shaping Cuba’s society. This will be a journey you will never forget!

Unconventional Travelers set out with the objective of providing quality small group tour services in Cuba using local Cuban tour guides. Our guides are able to provide the specialist knowledge to our travelers about Cuba, its culture, history and society. You will have authentic experiences, better you photography skills, but also there will be free time for you to pursue your own interests as well. Using the system of staying in casa particulares (small family run guesthouses) was a perfect fit for this objective. Running our Cuba tours in a socially and environmentally responsible way is paramount to us. Knowing that we have a positive impact on the people and the environment in Cuba is not just a business policy but something we deeply care about.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

DAY 1 | HAVANA | HOTEL MELIA COHIBA

  • Flight arrival at jose Marti International Airport in Havana.
  • Depending on arrival time, stop for lunch and/or visit Revolution Square prior to hotel check-in.
  • 4:00 pm check-in* at the Melia Cohiba Hotel
  • Welcome Dinner

Meals: Lunch for arrivals prior to 2pm, Dinner

DAY 2 | HAVANA | MELIA COHIBA HOTEL

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Walking tour of Old Havana
  • Visit at a paladar in Old Havana
  • Visit Jose fuster’s Fusterlandia
  • Visit to a farmer’s market
  • Enjoy dinner on own

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

*if you arrive at the hotel prior to the 4pm check-in time, your room may not be ready. Please feel free to store your luggage with the concierge and become familiar with the hotel, walk around local neighborhood including the famous Malecon Outside the hotel, or take a taxi anywhere you prefer.

DAY 3 | HAVANA | MELIA COHIBA HOTEL

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Ernest Hemmingways Finca Vigia
  • Lunch at a local paladar
  • Ride the ferry across the Bay of Havana to Casablanca
  • Visit to Finca Vigia, Hemmingway’s home in Cojimar
  • Enjoy dinner on own

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 | HAVANA | PINAR DEL RIO | HOTEL VUELTABAJO

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for the Vinales National Park where we’ll meet our local guide, who will take us on an easy and scenic walk* into Vinales Valley to meet with a tobacco farmer and visit a tobacco drying house. During the two-mile walk, we’ll stop at an organic farm to enjoy freshly made juice or coffee.
  • Lunch at Finca Paraiso
  • Check into Hotel Vuelta Abajo
  • Enjoy dinner on own

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 | PLAYA LARGA & CIENFUEGOS | PRIVATE HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check out of the Hotel and depart for Cienfuegos
  • Enjoy lunch at a local paladar in Playa Larga
  • After lunch, visit the Bay of Pigs museum before continuing to Cienfuegoe
  • Check in to your private home in Cienfuegos
  • Enjoy dinner on own

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 | CIENFUEGOS & HAVANA | PRIVATE HOME

  • Breakfast in your private home
  • Check out of your private home and depart for Havana
  • Visit the graphic art cooperative center Art in Your Hands
  • Meet with the Concert Chamber Orchestra of the South
  • Enjoy Lunch in Cienfuegos
  • Enjoy dinner on own

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 | CIENFUEGOS & TRINIDAD | PRIVATE HOME

  • Breakfast in your private home
  • Visit Trinidad’s Museum of Architecture
  • Walking tour of Trinidad
  • Lunch at La Taberna EI Barracon
  • Meet with local artists in their studios
  • Return to Cienfuegos
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Details

We would love you join us for a customized trip to suit your specific needs and schedule.

What’s Included

  • 3-nights at the Melia Cohiba Hotel in Havana
  • 1-night at the Vueltabajo Hotel in Pinar del Rio
  • 3-nights at Casa Particular in Cienfuegos
  • Exclusive-guided excursions and activities
  • Expert English speaking Cuban guide
  • Breakfast and Lunch while in Cuba
  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • All ground transportation including airport transfers
  • Private Cuban Driver (depending on size of your group)
  • Fresh bottled water while touring
  • Travel guidebook
  • 24-hour emergency customer service hotline
  • Gratuities for luggage handling, restaurant service, and programmed activities throughout tour*

*Customary end-of-tour gratuities for the Cuban guide and driver are left to the guest’s discretion and should be based on your satisfaction of the level of service received.

Not Included

  • Airfare, baggage fees, and Cuban visa ($99 additional)
  • Customary end-of-tour gratuities for the Cuban guide, private driver, and InsightCuba tour leader.

Pricing

  • Group 3 – 10 or more pax
  • Double occupancy per person $2300
  • Single occupancy per person $2500
  • To register and for more information, contact us here.

NOTE REGARDING ITINERARY:

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 extra care in planing each excursion and draws from almost two decodes of experience, relationships, and activities to make each itinerary exceptional.