Cuba

  • days: 11
  • from $6,410

International Flights Not Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Cuba

Description

Take a fascinating step back in time in colonial Cuba. A truly unique melting pot of Spanish, Caribbean, native Indian and African cultures, blended together to create the Cuban way of life, full of dance, music and colour. Discover the timeless towns, try local specialties and explore the natural wonders.

Spectacular South

Enjoy a night of traditional music and dancing at famous 'Casa de la Trova' in Santiago de Cuba on the country's southeast coast. Cruise to Cayo Granma on board a catamaran and tour historic Camaguey by bicycle taxi.

Traditional Trinidad & Cienfuegos

Continue to the charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Trinidad, Cuba’s best preserved colonial city. Explore the heritage-listed centre and try the town's classic cocktail. Then discover the ‘Pearl of the South’, the spectacular natural bay of Cienfuegos and the beautiful El Nicho waterfalls that cascade over rocks into cool swimming holes.

Classic Havana

Quirky and colourful Havana will beguile you with its charm. Explore the city by classic car, discovering the murals and sculptures in the streets of Jaimanitas, Casa Fuster and Callejon de Hamel. Soak up the liveliness of the old-town and enjoy a dinner at a local paladar.

Note: Cuban Charm

A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Itinerary

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TRAVEL TIP! Cuban Charm: A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Havana

Welcome to Cuba and its vibrant capital, Havana! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2. Havana

Discover the history and charm of Old Havana on a walking tour this morning. You'll visit Camara Oscura offering a panoramic view over Old Havana, and the Museum Capitanes Generales. This afternoon visit the neighbourhood of Cayo Hueso in the cultural centre of Callejon de Hamel and learn about Cuban life today. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. [B,D]

Day 3. Havana - Holguin - Santiago de Cuba

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Holguin, then transfer to the beautiful colonial city of Santiago de Cuba, on the island's southeast coast. Tonight visit famous 'Casa de la Trova' for some fun live Cuban music and dancing. [B]

Please Note: Depending on flight availability and schedule it may be possible for a direct flight to Santiago de Cuba. 

Day 4. Santiago de Cuba

Discover more of the city on a tour this morning, visiting the Museum Casa Diego Velazquez and the Museum del Ron. This afternoon board a catamaran and cruise to Cayo Granma where you'll visit the impressive San Pedro del Morro Fortress and enjoy lunch. [B,L]

Day 5. Santiago de Cuba - Camaguey

Travel northwest towards Camaguey, stopping to visit Basilica El Cobre, in honour of Cuba's patron saint. [B]

Day 6. Camaguey - Trinidad

Enjoy a tour of charming Camaguey's historic centre by bicycle taxi. Then depart for Trinidad, where you'll visit the famous Canchanchara bar to try the namesake cocktail. [B]

Day 7. Trinidad

Drive through rows of sugarcane fields in the Valle de los Ingenios and enjoy views from the Manaca Iznaga tower. Then discover heritage-listed Trinidad on a tour and visit the Museum Historico Municipal. [B]

Day 8. Trinidad - Cienfuegos

On the way to Cienfuegos, stop at El Nicho National Park, home to Cuba’s most spectacular waterfalls. This afternoon explore beautiful Cienfuegos on a walking tour, visiting the impressive Teatro Tomás Terry and the historic town centre. [B]

Day 9. Cienfuegos - Havana

Return to Havana, visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum* in Santa Clara along the way. [B]
*Please note: Mausoleum of Che Guevara is closed on Mondays.

Day 10. Havana

A day at leisure to explore charming Havana. Later this afternoon you’ll witness the contrasts of ‘New’ Havana by classic car, with sightseeing including the artistic area of Fusterland and the Fort of Havana. Enjoy a final dinner at a local paladar this evening. [B,D]

Day 11. Depart Havana

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. [B]

Inclusions

Travel

  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • 1 economy-class flight within Cuba
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary 
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation & Meals

  • 10 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver-guide

Sightseeing

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana.
  • Tour of New Havana including Hamel Island.
  • Get a taste for the Cuban spirit and spend an evening at famous 'Casa de la Trova' in Santiago de Cuba.
  • City tour of Santiago de Cuba including Museum Casa Diego Velazquez, Museum del Ron and Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.
  • Travel by catamaran to Cayo Granma and visit San Pedro del Morro Fortress.
  • Stop at El Cobre and visit Basilica del Cobre.
  • Take a bicycle taxi tour through the historic centre and alleys of Camaguey.
  • Visit the Canchanchara bar in Trinidad to try its namesake cocktail.
  • Drive through the rows of sugarcane fields in the Valle de los Ingenios and visit the Manaca Iznaga tower for amazing views over the valley.
  • Take a city tour of Trinidad, one of Cuba's most enchanting cities, including the Museum Historico Municipal.
  • Stop at El Nicho Waterfalls, take a guided walk to Salto El Nicho and enjoy some free time for swimming.
  • Cienfuegos, the 'Pearl of the South'. Enjoy a city tour. See the historic town-centre, Thomas Terry Theatre, the Main Square, Malecon and Prado.
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara, the monument of the blinded train and the historic centre in Santa Clara.
  • Tour timeless Havana by classic car including Malecon and Plaza de la Revolucion. Fusterland, Fort of Havana and cocktail at Hotel Nacional.

Please note: The Mausoleum of Che Guevara is closed on Mondays. If this extension is started on a Sunday you will be unable to visit the Mausoleum.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Please note: The Mausoleum of Che Guevara is closed on a Monday, therefore if this extension is started on a Sunday, the Mausoleum of Che Guevara will not be available to visit. 

Starts Ends Save Total Cost* Status Book
22/12/19 02/01/20   $8,515 On Request  
03/01/20 31/03/20   $7,765 On Request  
Starts Ends Save Total Cost* Status Book
01/11/18 31/03/19   $8,955 On Request  
01/04/19 30/04/19   $7,185 On Request  
01/05/19 31/10/18   $6,410 On Request  
01/11/19 21/12/19   $7,545 On Request  
Valid From: This tour does not include flights from Australia to Cuba. Please contact our office for the latest special fares to match your independent tour.
Other departure cities:
Tips: Tipping payable locally
Taxes:
Single supplement: On application

Prices are per person based on twin share. Single supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Please contact our office for details.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Note: Cuban Charm

A trip to Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, a country largely untouched until now. This means that hotels, transport and facilities sometimes lack creature comforts. Accommodation may be of varying standards as tourism demands are surpassing current infrastructure and it is possible there can be unexpected changes. As such, travel in Cuba requires an adventurous spirit, flexibility and an open mind.

Iberostar Parque Central, Havana

The Iberostar Parque Central Hotel is located in the heart of Havana and close to iconic sites such as the Capitol Building, the Paseo del Prado and the Havana Pier. Its rooms are decorated in a cosy, classic style and are distributed among two buildings connected by an enclosed walkway, a unique feature of the hotel. If you'd like to dine in the hotel, you can choose from 3 dining options - the Buffet Restaurant specialising in local and international cuisine, an Italian restaurant or the Steakhouse. Relax in one of the bars where you can sip on an ice-cold mojito or a hot Cuban-style coffee, they also have a cigar lounge. After a day's sightseeing you can take a dip in the stunning rooftop pool which provides an amazing view of the city below.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool

Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel, Santiago de Cuba

The Meliá Santiago Hotel is strategically located near the historical quarter of the city. Situated right on the busy Avenida de las Americas you will be close to shopping, restaurants and the historical city centre. There are several cafes, bars and restaurants within the hotel itself that offer a variety of international dishes. They also have a beautiful swimming pool where you can take a refreshing dip and you unwind after your day's sightseeing.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel La Avellaneda, Camaguey

Within walking distance of Camaguey's main tourist attractions and shops, the charming Hotel La Avellaneda boasts classic colonial architecture, a typical Cuban internal courtyard and spacious guestrooms appointed with colonial-style furniture. The boutique property also exhibitis poems of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, well known for being one of the most distinguished writers of the Spanish Romanticism.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Grand Hotel Iberostar, Trinidad

Located in the heart of Trinidad, the Grand Hotel Iberostar is a jewel of colonial architecture founded in the 16th century and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. The local architectural touches, carefully decorated spaces, and modern accents impart comfort and create a truly unique atmosphere. The hotel also has a main restaurant for dinner (including vegetarian menu), lobby bar and games room.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar

La Union Hotel, Cienfuegos

Located in the heart of the city of Cienfuegos, La Union Hotel combines the charm of its neoclassical architectural structure and colonial surroundings with modern facilities. Originally a colonial mansion built in 1869, it features marble pillars, antique furniture, two inner patios, a pool, bar, restaurant and a great roof top terrace offering delightful views of the town below. It's also just a short stroll from Parque Jose Marti in downtown Cienfuegos.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Weather

Weather

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Dry Season: November to April

Wet Season: May to October

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Currency

Currency

Convertible Peso

The official currency of Cuba is the Convertible Peso (CUC$).

  • 1 Convertible Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 centavos
  • No USD dollars accepted in Cuba, not Credit cards issued by USA banks

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa for Cuba will be available at the airport. This may be at check-in for your flight to Cuba, at the departure gate or at a separate counter. How much the Cuban visa card costs and the process of how it's obtained will depend on which destination you are entering Cuba from.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Reviews for Cuba

This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 4 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Cuba Charming Cuba 4
On arrival in Cuba we were meet by our Guide Jaime who never left our sides, and provided an excellent history and cultural tour throughout the island. Many experiences, highlights being: a 12 hour Taxi from Havana to Santiago de Cuba (due to flight cancelled). Visiting Buena Vista Social Club (Havana) , riding in a purple Model T Ford around Havana, and bicycle taxis to dinner. Learning of the Cuban perspective of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and their fight for freedom showed that we only know the American point of view. People are friendly, colourful and make you feel welcome. We had no trouble with money as our cards worked, and were able to access ATM's in the large towns. Food left a lot to be desired outside of the main cities but we worked our way around it! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone able to just 'go with the flow'! (that's the Cuban way) Betty & Maree McGowan & Burke - June 2018
Cuba Loved the visit to Baracoa and Guantanamo Province 4
I think it would be a pity if future tours did not explore the southern end of the Island. Loved the art and found the contrast between old and new fascinating. Carmel Stott - April 2016
Cuba Experienced Cuba before embargo lifted - fantastic 4
Cuba was amazing. Bunnik Tours delivered by taking us everywhere and letting us experience everything. Loved the horse and cart and the classic car in Havana, the sunset cruise in Camaguey and everything else. The accommodation was brilliant. Loved the casa particular in Trinidad, the colonial hotel in Havana and everything in between. The sightseeing surpassed my expectations. Claire Woodhall - March 2015
Cuba This was my third trip with you guys and I will be back and will keep recommending you to my friends. 4
Mirta was FABULOUS! Enthusiastic, accommodating and went above and beyond the call of duty. A delight. The music and dancing - everywhere you looked! Havana, To see the vintage cars and a place steeped in history and stopped in time! Baracoa - everything about it! Cuba and its history generally - walking through paths trod by Che & Fidel. Susan Casali - May 2014

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Special Experiences!

  • Cruise through Havana's famous districts by classic car.
  • Wander the cobblestone streets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Trinidad
  • Get a fun taste of live Cuban music and dancing at Casa de la Trova

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 1

Transportation

A/C Vehicle, catamaran, classic car

Tips

Tipping payable locally

Tour Highlights

• Discover Old Havana on a walking tour • Get a taste for the Cuban spirit and spend an evening at the famous 'Casa de la Trova' • Enjoy a catamaran cruise to Cayo Granma and visit San Pedro del Morro Fortress • Tour the historic centre of Camaguey by bicycle taxi • Stop at Trinidad's Canchanchara bar and try the namesake cocktail • Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara in Santa Clara • Cruise Havana by classic car

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This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 4 reviews.