The trip Americans pick to support the Cuban people

Cuba Explorer’s Western Cuba culture tour

Day 1 • Saturday • Bienvenido a La Habana

  • Arrival at Havana’s José Martí International (HAV) airport.
  • Transfer to, and check-in at your boutique accommodations is prearranged.
  • Enjoy a welcome cocktail, freshen up, and settle in.
  • Group arrival dinner with your guide and tourmates.
  • Evening exploration with tourmates and time to meet Cubans.

Day 2 • Sunday • Getting to know Old Havana and its people

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your boutique accommodations.
  • Walking tour of the four historic plazas in Old Havana with a local guide. Meet residents and shopkeepers along the way, many of whom are beneficiaries of our humanitarian travel project.
  • Curated visit to Havana’s Museum of Modern Art [Bellas Artes].
  • Group welcome lunch at the private restaurant Mojito Mojito.
  • Q and A gathering and discussion with an island expert on Cuban society and relations with the USA.
  • Return to your boutique accommodations and freshen up.
  • Group welcome dinner at the private restaurant Barbra in Central Havana.
  • Meet the musicians of the renowned Buena Vista Social Club, and enjoy a performance of their enchanting melodies.

Day 3 • Monday • The natural splendor of rural Cuba

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your boutique accommodations.
  • Day excursion to Las Terrazas in Artemisa province. We’ll meet Cubans who will explain the workings of this self-sustaining eco-community.
  • Enjoy a country-style lunch at La Casa del Campesino restaurant collective.
  • Return to your boutique accommodations and freshen up.
  • Dinner not included, an occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries.
  • Time to explore the city with tourmates and make new Cuban friends.

Day 4 • Tuesday • Urban agriculture, Hemingway house

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your boutique accommodations.
  • Visit the UBPC Vivero Organopónico Alamar, 9 miles east of Havana. It’s an urban organic farm operated by an independent collective with over 400 members.
  • Lunch at Ajiaco paladar considered one of the best private eateries in the country.
  • Visit Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigía home and meet the docents and curators who maintain his vast library, manuscripts, and personal belongings.
  • Return to your boutique accommodations and freshen up.
  • Dinner not included, an occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries.
  • Time to explore the city with tourmates and make new Cuban friends.

Day 5 • Wednesday • Historic Cienfuegos and Trinidad de Cuba

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your boutique accommodations.
  • Enroute to Trinidad de Cuba, we'll visit the beautiful city of Cienfuegos and learn its history from Cubans.
  • Lunch at the family restaurant Villa Lagarto overlooking the bay of Cienfuegos.
  • Onward to incredible Trinidad de Cuba. Check-in to your lodging, enjoy a welcome cocktail, freshen up, and get comfortable.
  • Trinidad group welcome dinner at El Bolo Vista Gourmet private restaurant.
  • Time to explore Trinidad with tourmates and new Cuban friends.

Day 6 • Thursday • Mountaintop excursion and nature romp

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your boutique accommodations.
  • Morning visit to Topes de Collantes in the Escambray Mountains. We’ll meet and discuss rural life with locals.
  • Lunch at the mountaintop restaurant Hacienda Codina.
  • We’ll stop at the expansive Valle de los Ingenios where sugar cane was cultivated for centuries. We’ll hear the stories of the lives of slave laborers from Cubans.
  • Return to your boutique accommodations and freshen up.
  • Dinner not included, an occasion to sample Trinidad’s stellar private eateries.
  • Time to explore Trinidad with tourmates and new Cuban friends.

Day 7 • Friday • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Trinidad

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your boutique accommodations.
  • Explore Trinidad’s historic center and ancient buildings with Cubans.
  • We’ll visit a ceramics workshop operated for five generations by members of the Santander family.
  • Lunch at the popular private restaurant Guitarra Mía.
  • Return to Havana. Check-in to your lodging, enjoy a welcome cocktail, freshen up, and get comfortable.
  • Farewell group dinner at the private paladar El Atelier where the Obama family dined in 2016.
  • Time to explore Havana with tourmates and new Cuban friends.

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

  • Greet the day with tasty breakfast at your boutique accommodations.
  • Transfer to Havana’s José Martí International (HAV) airport for flights home.