Everyone is scrambling to visit Cuba, a diverse island paradise seemingly stuck in the 60s. Cuba has something for everyone, including: historic city tours, bike rides through tobacco country, scuba diving, flamingo watching, waterfall jumping, visits to old sugar plantations, salsa dancing and percussion classes, and so much more! While most travel to Cuba takes place in the West (Havana, Vinales, and Trinidad), Eastern Cuba offers some of the richest history and stunning natural landscapes, is the birthplace of salsa music, and is home to spectacular national parks, wildlife reserves, and white sand beaches.
Group Trips to Cuba
Join me to explore Cuban culture, history, religion, food, and music, and to get to know the kind, generous, and endlessly optimistic Cuban people. I offer two distinct trips to Cuba, detailed below. Both tours are fast-paced, action-packed trips, geared at curious travelers that enjoy non-traditional, off-the-beaten-path, local travel experiences. They are perfect for travelers who avoid run-of-the-mill big bus tours and who like to engage with locals and see and do a bit of everything. Click on each tour for more details.
During this 11-day off-the-beaten-path group tour, you’ll get to do a bit of everything: cycling, hiking, historic walking tours, and roundtable discussions with small business owners. You’ll visit tobacco farms, museums, old palaces, art galleries, former sugar plantations, and non-touristy areas that few travelers ever see. You’ll soak up tons of culture through private tours and one-on-one engagement with local journalists, artists, and personal friends of mine in Havana, Vinales, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos, who offer a fresh perspective on life in Cuba.
On this one-of-a-kind 7-day photo tour of Cuba, you’ll learn about the island’s culture, history, art, music, & architecture, all through a camera lens. Professional Cuban photographers will share tips to improve your own photography and will capture photos of you in both classic and largely unknown locations in Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos. You’ll see a side of Cuba that few tourists encounter and create meaningful connections with locals and fellow travelers, all while capturing once-in-a-lifetime pictures.
planning your own trip to cuba
In addition to leading group tours to Cuba, I also help individuals, couples, and groups plan their own personalized trip to Cuba (among other locations). Instead of spending dozens of hours researching and stressing out over conflicting information online, you just tell me about your interests, budget, trip goals, and travel style, and I handle the rest. I have helped many solo travelers and couples travel through Cuba (you can find testimonials here) and I absolutely can help plan your trip.
I offer full-service packages that include booking accommodations, guides, drivers, and planning the full itinerary but I also offer basic consultations to help travelers figure out what cities to go to, how much time to spend there, what to do, and how to get around, etc. Contact me for more information on how to plan your own trip to Cuba.
Related Articles on Cuba
For more information to help you decide what places you’d like to explore during your time in Cuba, see my previous blog posts to get a feel for the day-to-day life that few tourists encounter, what to pack, what to expect, and what to know.
Sample Activities for a Solo Trip to Cuba
- Explore tobacco plantations, secret swimming holes, and caves with nature guides!
- Explore religious, political, and cultural history with Cuban journalists
- Bike through the streets of Old Havana
- Explore Cuban street food with local chefs and foodies
- Schedule a professional photo shoot with a Cuban photographer
- Stay at the homes of local families
- Scuba dive and snorkel in the infamous Bay of Pigs
- Go horseback riding to hidden waterfalls in the forest in Vinales or Trinidad
- Attend guided educational tours focusing architecture, mob life, or Santeria/Afro-Cuban religion