Cuba Trips for 2023/2024 Season
Best of Cuba in 8 days
Havana, Las Terrazas, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
See and experience the best of Cuba, from beautiful colonial cities to stunning nature. Enjoy Latin jazz concerts, dance salsa, make mojitos, ride convertible cars and get to know Cuban people.
Havana Jazz Festival Tour in 8 or 9 days
The Havana Jazz Fest is simply the best in the world! Choose from different travel packages that offer an unforgettable experience. You can join receptions with Cuban artists, enjoy private VIP concerts, and take day trips outside of Havana to enhance your jazz festival journey.
Long weekend in Havana and Countryside in 5 days
Havana, Las Terrazas, Matanzas
Spend a fascinating long weekend in Cuba: enjoy sightseeing in lively Havana, live music performances, take a convertible car ride through the city, and embark on two exciting day trips.
New years hiking trip across the island in 12 days
(with Pico Turquino- the highest peak)
Embark on a 12-day New Year’s hiking adventure across Cuba’s diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches to lush rainforests. Discover hidden waterfalls, encounter friendly locals, and celebrate amidst the vibrant Cuban culture. A thrilling and unforgettable start to the year ahead.
Cuba: Ladies Only Trip in 8 days
Havana, Las Terrazas, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
Join our best solo trip for women to the vibrant streets of Havana. Embrace your feminine power, dance to the rhythms of salsa, and discover the magic of Cuba with like-minded ladies. Explore colonial cities, engage in unique activities, and create lasting connections.
Cuba La Isla Bella! Across the island in 10 days
Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Baracoa, Holguin, Camaguey, Moron, Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad, Havana
Join us for a real expedition crossing the entire island! Perfect for second time travelers interested in seeing the lesser-known eastern Cuba or first-time visitors with an appetite for off the beaten path exploration.
Cuba: Nature, Art, People in 7 days
Havana, Viñales, Las Terrazas, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Ciénaga de Zapatas
For nature lovers! With only two days in Havana, this tour presents the natural wonders of Cuba, including the limestone mogotes and tobacco farms, the biosphere reserve and birds paradise, the caves and ocean coast, and finally, the pink flamingos and rare Cuban crocodiles.
Cuba Trips Reviews
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.
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.
Jamaica Plain, MA
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!!
Essential Travel Information
Essential Travel Information
for Cuba trips
visa requirements, health, currency, and more
▹ Visa requirements for Cuba trips
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 the 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 trips
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 traveler 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 adding 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.
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 in Eastern Time (ET) zone so 12 pm in New York it 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 travelers 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. The 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 motorcoaches 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, documents, and a set of clothes, pajamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays.
✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep currency 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always happy to talk to our travelers and answer the questions!
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DISCLAIMER: Itinerary Changes
Colibri Travel & Tours reserves the right to change the itinerary before and during the trip. Changes may be required due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors. The order and timing of activities may also change to ensure our travellers’ safety and best experience. We will send an updated itinerary 2-3 days before departure. Your tour leader will go over next day activity and will also update you if any changes need to be made.