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Cuba Excursions

Did you know that Hemingway spent the last 20 years of his life in Cuba? Havana is 500 years old? Hotel Nacional was built by an architecture firm from Boston? Ropa Vieja literally translate to dirty clothes?

All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal. The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

Highlights of Cuba Excursions

  • 3 cities: diverse Havana, French influenced Cienfuegos and Spanish colonial Trinidad
  • Breathtaking countryside of Viñales with tobacco plantations and cigar rolling workshop
  • Idyllic eco village of Las Terrazas with artist studios and best coffee on the island
  • Legendary Cuban music concert
  • Ride on Malecon in convertible cars
  • Pristine Playa Ancon

Dates & Cost

DATES

DAYS

COST (double / single)

April 24th – 2nd, 2021

9 days

$2695 / 3095

Now $2395 / 2795

Cuba Itinerary

Day 1
Havana

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full of friendly people and warm weather. You will have the opportunity to exchange the currency (at official bank rate). In the evening we will head to Paladar San Cristobal – one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner -Carlos Cristobal and have a welcome dinner (with rum and cigar) and a guided tour of this spectacular establishment.

All day             Arrivals at the airport and hotel. Check-in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange. Sunset at La Guarida (with 360 view from the rooftop). Dinner at  Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)

Meals included: dinner

Day 2
Havana

Morning      Architecture tour of Old Havana with focus on colonial history of the City. Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja Plaza de La Catedral Plaza de Armas Plaza de San Francisco Calle Obispo Calle Mercaderes , Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building , Ambos Mundos Hotel (Hemingway room), Theatre Alicia Alonso, Floridita (Hemingway bar), Lunch at Mama Ines – run by chef Erasmo that cooked for Fidel

Afternoon   Drive in Convertible cars via Hotel Nacional, Malecon

Evening       Dinner at Otra Manera. Cannon ceremony and sunset across the bay (ferry ride) with sunset over Havana

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3
Trinidad

Morning      Drive to Trinidad via Playa Larga. Tour of Trinidad with workshop on Santeria religion, colonial architecture and history, tasting the local drink canchanchara. Lunch at Finca

Afternoon   Free time in Trinidad

Evening       Live music and dance

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 4
Trinidad

Morning      Hike in Topes de Collantes – with workshop on Cuban fauna and flora, Jardin de Cafe with 25 different varieties of coffee, Salto del Caburni. Lunch at Hacienda Codina

Afternoon   Sunset on the coast

Evening       Live music and dance

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5
Sancti Spiritus and Camaguey

Morning      Drive to Sancti Spiritus. Tour of the Old town. Lunch at Papo’s Boulevard

Afternoon   Departure to Camaguey. Tour of Camaguey

Evening       Dinner at Casa Austria. Drive to Holguin

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6
Holguin/ Baracoa

Morning      Historic tour of Holguin. Coastal ride via Playa blanca, Playa Pesquero, Guardalavaca. Lunch at the beach coast.

Afternoon   Drive to Baracoa

Evening       Dinner at Restaurante La Terraza – Casa Nilson. Music at Casa de la Trova

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 
Baracoa

Morning       Cocoa plantation tours, chocolate tasting, isolated sea coast tour. Lunch at Finca

Afternoon    Drive to Punta de Maisi – very end tip of the island of Cuba. Lunch at Punta de Maisi

Evening        Drive to Santiago de Cuba

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 8
Santiago de Cuba

Morning      Historical tour of Santiago: El Tivolí, Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, Padre Pico steps, Balcón de Velázquez, Parque Céspedes, Casa de Diego Velázquez, Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Cuartel Moncada. Lunch at Rumba Cafe.

Afternoon   Visit to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, where Jose Marti and Fidel Castro are buried. Drumming lesson.

Evening       Goodbye dinner at Company Gallo

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9
Santiago de Cuba

All day        Free time. Departures

Meals included: breakfast

Tour Operator

info@colibritraveltours.com

Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237  Jorge +53 5-344-2776

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Country Code for Cuba +53

Police 106

American Embassy: (+53) 7-839-4100 Address: Calzada St between L&M

Asistur English speaking tourist information: 7-866-8527 (regular hours), 7-866-4121 (24h emergency)

Hospital: Clínica Central Cira García Hospital in Miramar, +509 34 86 8761

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

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Accommodation

We stay in 4/5 stars boutique hotels that best reflect the local architecture and flavors.

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Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

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Example from past accommodations

Inclusions

What’s included?

What’s not included

Essential Travel Information

for Cuba excursions 
visa requirements, health, currency and more

▹ Visa requirements for Cuba excursions

Cuba requires each traveler to obtain a visa (tarjeta de turista) before entering the country. Colibri Travel & Tours can provide each of our travelers with a visa (75 USD including shipping/handling). Alternatively you can purchase your visa at the gate from the airline. It is mandatory that all airlines operating in Cuba have the blank visas available before boarding (cost: 50-100 USD depending on airline). Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.

 

▹ How to make flight reservations for Cuba excursions

If you are booking a flight on your own you will be asked by the airline to choose a travel category. Please choose: “ Support for the Cuban people”.
Colibri Travel & Tours  can help with flight bookings.

 

▹ Health, Vaccinations

✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Cuba. The most common tropical disease in Cuba is dengue. There is no vaccination against dengue and the best protection is mosquito spray.
✔︎ Please make sure to have mosquito spray and sunscreen (travel size) always with you.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.

Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.

 

▹ Electricity

Cuba operates on both US and European types of outlets and electricity so there is no need for a converter.

 

▹ Connectivity, Internet

✔︎ Please contact your phone provider to make sure that your phone will work in Cuba. International calls from Cuba are expensive (2 USD/min, 50c – text).
✔︎ The internet in Cuba is limited and can be accessed via a special internet card. Colibri will provide the cards ( $1.50 per 1 hour). We will make sure that you will be able to connect each day for 1-2 hours. Please remember that the connection is generally slow.

 

▹ Time zones
Cuba is on Eastern Time (ET) zone so 12 pm in New York is also 12 pm in Havana.

 

▹ Currency, cash, credit cards

✔︎ You will be using Cuban currency for tourists CUC (peso convertible) and we will help you exchange the money after arrival in Havana. Cuban currency is not traded abroad so you can only exchange money in Cuba.
✔︎ Please note that you can’t use US credit cards or travel checks in Cuba due to the US embargo so you must travel with cash. We recommend bringing at least $50-70 per day per traveler (more if you plan to shop for art, cigars etc) for personal use and $300-500 emergency cash.
Here is our blog with detailed information on money in Cuba.

 

▹ Transportation and arrival information

✔︎ If you add airport pick up our driver will meet you at the airport with a sign that says: Colibri Travel & Tours. If you do not see your driver immediately stay right by exit from the secure area for another 15 min. If you still can’t find each other please give us a call. Driver’s name and phone number will be provided within 24 hours before your departure.
✔︎ If you choose to arrange for your own transportation we will meet you at the hotel or casa. In this case please make sure that you have the address and phone number.

 

▹ Baggage allowance

✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.

 

▹ Tipping

✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.

 

▹ Itinerary

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

 

We LOVE to talk about travel. If you have any questions please give us a call: 617 301 1237 or email us: info@colibritraveltours.com.

We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the questions!

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Reviews

While Cuba is a fascinating country, it wouldn’t have been nearly as wonderful without your commentary, creativity, and enthusiasm. I was so utterly impressed with your knowledge of Cuba’s history, your remarkable ability to navigate the Cuban bureaucracy, and your unending flexibility and willingness to make our requests come to fruition. I don’t think that there was a detail that you didn’t attend to. Add to that your wonderful sense of humor, sensitivity and great spirit – and you are hard to beat! I would follow you on any trip you plan knowing it would be just as exciting, informative and fun as Cuba excursions was.

Gail G. of Brookline, MA

As a recent participant on a Cuba Study tour through UMass Bosont guided by Colibri Travel & Tours, I have nothing but high praise for Colibri’s preparations and follow through for all phases. As a frequent foreign traveler who avoids group tours I can say I was pleasantly surprised by their ability to cater to those folks who needed more guidance while leaving us solo types to explore as we wished. The local contacts they made for guide and driver were excellent. Our accommodations were far from spartan yet allowed people to soak up local flavor through the Cuban equivalent of Bed and Breakfasts. Finally, as on all trips, both solo, and group, unforeseen logistical problems arose which Sylvia handled with professional competence and aplomb. Kudos to Colibri.

Joe M. of Seattle, WA

We want to thank Colibri Travel & Tours for organizing our Cuba excursions with great meals, and the excellent tour leaders, Jorge and Alex, who made the whole trip a truly unforgettable experience! It was absolutely superb in every way. The organization of the itinerary was excellent and accurate on every detail. Our group was lucky to have the most amazing, intelligent and funny tour directors ever - Sylvia. She provided valuable insight into the Cuban politics and the daily lives of the Cubans. What we loved about this travel company is that they gave us as much as they could in the time frame allotted but also gave the option of having our own personal time and helped arranged activities that we wanted.

Pete J. of Portland, MA

Sylvia was amazing...in a country where things may not go as planned, Sylvia made everything appear seamless. Her knowledge of Cuba is astounding. She's unflappable...if plan A doesn't work she has a plan B, C and D and does it with a smile. What my wife and I experienced was eye opening, what Sylvia showed us, where she took us, what she taught us, made the trip more than we ever envisioned.

Doug S. of Jamaica Plain, MA

We had a great experience with Colibri Travel & Tours. They were super quick to respond to every email we sent prior to our trip. All details were set and we knew exactly where to meet our driver at Havana Airport. Jorge was wonderful! His knowledge of the Cuban history was incredible and his English was perfect!

Dan B. of Manchester, NH

This is my 5th experience with Colibri Travel & Tours, and once again, it failed to disappoint. I went to Cuba last year and Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Poland the previous years. As usual, a wonderful time was had by all, and big thanks to Sylvia and her staff for being prompt and accommodating. You are highly recommended!!

Adriana S. of Chicago, IL

Colibri Travel & Tours is awesome! Our guide Jorge was warm, welcoming, smart, fully knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. We enjoyed deep conversations, as we were very curious about daily life in Cuba. As for accommodation, we stayed in stunning villas in Havana and charming “campesino” fincas in the countryside. We loved every bit of our Cuba excursions.

Maria & Tony C. of Boston, MA