Tour introduction and overview of activities

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This exclusive program promises comfortable, safe, fun people-to-people cultural, arts, culinary and historical travel. It is fully escorted. From the minute you land in Havana until you return home, you are in the conscientious care of our fulltime multilingual Cuban guide, together with our professional bus chauffeur. They’re available to assist you in every way.

What makes this trip different is that you will also be accompanied by a well-known writer and historian, Dr. Robert S. McElvaine, who has led a score of trips to Cuba this decade. His informative, fun and educational tours receive rave reviews from participants. The interplay between Professor McElvaine and your Cuban guide adds richly to insights on Cuban history and culture. Together they create a rewarding group dynamic and a most pleasurable sojourn.

Click here to see a film from previous McElvaine Cuba trips:

“Our Cuban Adventure was the trip of a lifetime! Your narrations, Revolution[ary] insights, culinary connections … It was an honor and privilege to get to know you!” writes a world-traveling musician from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tour map

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.

Itinerary summary

Day 1 – Saturday :: Havana

  • Airport arrival
  • Transfer to Hotel and check in
  • Dinner at restaurant El Aljibe, included
  • Evening is free for you to explore the sights and sounds of the city; your guide will gladly provide entertainment suggestions including discos and hip hop venues

Day 2 – Sunday :: Havana

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Architecture tour of Old Havana escorted by your tour guide and a prominent architect from the Office of the Historian of Old Havana.
  • Lunch at the private restaurant Los Mercaderes (included)
  • Enjoy a ride in vintage cars. Get to know the modern Havana and its architecture. Opportunity to visit the Hotel Nacional and the Revolution Square.
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner at Vista Mar private restaurant (included)

Day 3 – Monday :: Havana

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Q&A panel discussing Cuban culture.
  • TOUR HIGHLIGHT: Cooking class and lunch at El Ajiaco private restaurant
  • Visit a well-known Cuban dance company. Time to exchange with the dancers. Be sure to bring your camera.
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner not included.
  • Evening is free for you to explore the sights and sounds of the city; your guide will gladly provide entertainment suggestions

Day 4 – Tuesday :: Arts

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit the Museum of the Revolution
  • Visit the Art Studios of famed Cuban painter José Fúster
  • Lunch at Fúster's (included)
  • Visit the private art gallery La Lavandería, included
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner not included

Day 5 – Wednesday :: Cienfuegos and Trinidad

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Early departure to Trinidad
  • En route visit Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs)
  • Visit a Museo Playa Girón to learn about the CIA backed invasion of Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs)
  • Onwards to Cienfuegos
  • Lunch at private restaurant Villa Lagarto, included
  • Tour of World Heritage site in Cienfuegos
  • Onwards to Trinidad
  • Check in Hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar
  • Dinner in hotel, included
  • Evening is free for you to explore the sights and sounds of the city; your guide will gladly provide entertainment suggestions

Day 6 – Thursday :: Trinidad and Topes de Collantes

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit Topes de Collantes in the Escambray Mountains
  • Visit Hacienda Codina, a Spanish coffee plantation
  • Lunch at Hacienda Codina (included)
  • Return to Trinidad
  • Walking tour of Trinidad
  • Visit a family run pottery factory
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner in hotel (included)
  • Evening suggestion: Casa de La Música or Casa de La Trova

Day 7 – Friday :: Trinidad and Havana

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Early departure to Havana.
  • Visit to Finca Vigia
  • Lunch not included
  • Check in Hotel
  • Farewell dinner at Río Mar Private restaurant (included)

Day 8 – Saturday :: Havana and home

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Transfer to José Martí Airport
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.

Included in tour cost

Tour meals at your hotel and at fine restaurants
  • Small group size, rarely more than twelve guests
  • Certificate of Legal Cuba Travel in compliance with US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations (OFAC)
  • Havana airport and hotel transfers on tour start and end days
  • Quality Cuban hotels
  • An expert English speaking guide and tour leader 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

Not included in cost