What Makes This Tour Special

  • Learning to roll your own Cuban cigars and brew a true café Cubano on a tobacco-and-coffee plantation tour
  • Concocting the perfect mojito and daiquiri with Cuban rum and the freshest ingredients
  • Cooking classic Cuban dishes and criollo cuisine (which blends Spanish, African, and Caribbean flavors) during our interactive class
  • Experience the paradox of a socialist country embracing capitalism
  • Visit the UNESCO-designated Hemingway estate, Finca Vigía, preserved exactly as it was when the author died
  • Riding in style along the streets of Havana in vintage cars
  • Dancing the night away on the Malecón, listening to live music at one of Havana's most soulful and quintessentially Cuban meeting places
  • Exploring the gorgeous Valle de Viñales where you will see and taste Cuba's organic, sustainable agriculture 
  • Be surrounded by music, art and dance in a society where the arts have flourished 
  • Rum & cigar tastings — learn how to make the perfect mojito, daiquiri and piña colada

About The "Cuban Experience" Tour

Upon entering the country you immediately sense the excitement. Havana’s bustling international airport accommodates curious travelers all anticipating this socialist cum capitalist society’s rich history and culture. Because of Cuba’s highly educated population (95.9% literacy rate and 92% of the population with university degrees) music, dance and the culinary arts have flourished.  

On this adventure, we’ll learn to cook classic Cuban dishes while hearing chefs talk about their unique challenges with limited supplies and materials—and how that encourages their creativity. We’ll visit local farms and plantations, learning about the diverse strategies farmers use to maintain their sustainable and organic crops. We’ll eat in the best privately owned restaurants, or paladares, tasting local cuisine that bursts with flavor and seeps into your soul. We’ll go outside of Havana to visit small communities and seaside villages, and we’ll slow down in the Viñales Valley, where traditional techniques are still used to grow tobacco. Then we’ll return to Havana to dance the night away with locals on the Malecón, the iconic seaside walkway.  

On this legally authorized, five-night, six-day tour you’ll experience the real Cuba. We include engaging activities plus plenty of free time to explore on your own. You'll wander the winding streets of Habana Vieja (Old Havana), pop into small artist galleries and local shops, eat lunch with locals and get to know this amazing country and its people!

Included in this Tour

  • Five breakfasts, freshly prepared
  • Four lunches, including a farm-to-table luncheon in the beautiful Cuban countryside
  • Four dinners prepared by Cuba’s top chefs in the best paladares (private restaurants)
  • Interactive cooking class and meal with a celebrated local chef, including a demonstration and tasting of the “perfect mojito”
  • Architecture and cultural discussion/tour, including Old Havana’s historic plazas, Morro Castle, Plaza de la Revolución and the Miramar District
  • Airport transfers to the casa particular; all ground transportation, including classic car rides
  • All taxes and most gratuities
  • Please see FAQs below for additional information and exclusions
  • Five nights’ premium accommodations in a fully staffed casa particular (private home) with beautiful riverside views
  • "True" Cuban rum and cigar tastings - the non-exported stuff you can't get in the USA
  • Visit to the Viñales Valley with a sustainable, organic farm tour
  • Visit to UNESCO-designated Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemingway’s private Cuban estate
  • Visit of the private home and studio of world-renowned artist José Fuster
  • Shopping in the antique market and/or artisan’s market for one-of-a-kind finds
  • Tours of a tobacco plantation and cigar factory
  • All entrance fees to cultural and historic sites

Package Options

 Double $3,099/pp
Solo Traveler Premium $499*
 

2017 Tour Dates

November 2nd - November 7th