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Essential Cuba

8 days, 7 nights from €1400 per person (based on two sharing). Enquire for special group rates!

With the recent passing of the political giant, Fidel Castro of Cuba – this magnificently preserved nation of history is once again at the forefront of the world’s imagination. This is Cuba, one of few countries where even if you have not yet visited, you can easily imagine the smell of Cuban cigar smoke, gasoline from a genuine 1950’s Chevrolet, the taste of exquisite rum and the music pumped atmosphere of this magical and significant island. Only when you step foot here for the first time does all this come together as the excitement of Cuba takes over.

Holidays in Cuba are common for many international visitors, friends will often report a similar experience to each other. In true Global Village Tours style, we try to show you the grittier, more political and most authentic side of this rapidly shifting country while at the same time hitting the best beaches, strolling through cobbled streets, looking in awe at the surrounding colonial facades. Can you picture a country with little or no advertising? A place where you are not bombarded constantly by the trappings of consumerism?

Take a look at our sample itinerary below - With Global Village Tours, you can skip the resorts, tourist bars and restaurants and we will take you on a Cuban adventure like no other tour company can. As we blaze our way towards the key revolutionary city of Santa Clara, you will drive through the Sierra del Escambray – leaving the trail and hiking to a secluded waterfall for a swim before stopping for lunch at a local farmer’s house. There will be plenty of rum involved (if you like!) and as you spend the night at a variety of beautifully authentic homestays you will be offered an unlimited supply, as is the Cuban tradition of hospitality.

No Cuban tour is complete until you travel to Havana. One of our main tours of the year is centred on the Cuba May Day Celebrations. You can do this tour by yourself or as part of our group tour with other like-minded travelers. The streets are something of a sensory overload – thronged with beautiful local people of indigenous black, white and Mestizo backgrounds. Get stuck in, this is authentic travel!

Optional Highlights for your Trip

  • Ride to Havana City from Jose Marti Airport in an iconic Cuban 1950’s Chevrolet
  • Pay a visit to La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South)
  • Have the swim of a lifetime in the Bay of Pigs
  • No expensive resorts or tourist compounds
  • Accommodation at authentic Cuban homestays ‘casas particulares’
  • Experience the pulsating nightlife in Trinidad’s back streets
  • Visit to a Santeria temple to see Cuba’s favourite new religion
  • Drink in El Floridita, the birthplace of the strawberry daiquiri and Ernest Hemingway's favorite spot for drinking them!
  • English and Spanish-speaking local tour guide, passionate about Cuba
  • Dive under a beautiful and secluded waterfall for al fresco swimming
  • With us, enjoy the best local Cuban food and
  • Enjoy Cuba’s most famous export, unlimited rum at your homestay!

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
  • Arrival into Jose Martí International Airport and transfer to Havana.
  • Also, you have an optional arrival at Varadero airport - be sure to check your international flights here also as they are often less expensive.
  • Meet our guide, nobody knows the country better!
  • Transfer to Havana in a 1950s classic car (30 mins or 2 hours if you fly into Varadero) and arrival at your authentic Cuban casa particular homestay to relax or catch some sleep after your flight.
  • Opportunity to take a stroll around the neighbourhood and soak up the atmosphere!
  • Food and plenty of rum in the evening you would like it!

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Insider Info

Global Village Tours are one of the few tour companies that can show you the real Cuba, no expensive resorts or tourist traps. Our itinerary and pricing is a guide only and each trip can be tailored to your individual requirements or that of your group. If you would like to spend extra days and nights in Cuba we can easily arrange this. The tour price reduces substantially for small, medium and of course large groups. If there are particular areas of any of our destinations, specific sites of interest you wish to visit or activities you would like to do, this can be arranged as part of your own designed itinerary. For example, if you wish to learn about the history, culture or sports of any of our destinations or of course just relax on a holiday - all of this can be catered for. We can offer options on luxury or budget accommodation. All our tours are developed with local expert staff and guides to make your experience both authentic and safe.

Included in this tour

  • Expert English/Spanish speaking guide throughout.
  • Accommodation: Every night of the tour, in casa particulars, 2 or 3 pax per room. These are government-licensed and inspected private homestays, all rooms with private bathroom, towels, A/C. Some are fascinating examples of local architecture.
  • Transport: To complete the itinerary. Outside of Havana this will be in your own private, licensed, air-conditioned minibus with professional driver for groups of more than 3 people. Smaller groups will be in a modern air-conditioned car with the guide as driver.
  • Breakfasts: for each day of the tour, except the arrival day.
  • Dinner: 1 group dinner in a local homestay.
  • Entrance fees to museums and historical sites as per itinerary
  • Unlimited rum in homestay

Not included in this tour

  • International Flights
  • Visa (we will advise you depending on your passport and country of residence)
  • Insurance
  • All meals (except for breakfasts and one homestay group meal)
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Optional activities, day-tours and excursions, entrance charges to bars and clubs
  • Excess baggage fees

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