February 2019 trip to Cuba
Cycling, Cigars & Classic Cars
With the ever tightening restrictions and confusing information about whether it's legal to travel to Cuba, I'm getting more and more requests for group tours to Cuba. I led four group trips to Cuba last year and my February 2019 trip is quickly selling out and the next trip won’t be until December 2019.
Join me for an unforgettable small group trip to Cuba. We’ll visit the best places to go in Cuba, including four different cities, each of which offering its own flavor and flare. This educational/cultural tour includes lots of walking, hiking, and biking. This is a fast-paced, action packed trip, 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 or who prefer traveling alone.
This is a group tour for people who don’t do group tours.
February 16th - 26th (11 days)
7-day trip to Havana and Viñales offered February 16th-21st
Saturday, February 16th
Arrive in Havana, get settled. Visit the stunning Hotel Nacional and enjoy a historical walking tour of the Vedado neighborhood. Evening visit to the Cuban Arts Factory arts space/concert hall/bar/club.
Sunday, February 17th
Attend a traditional Afro-Cuban rumba dance performance at a community arts project and Santeria art gallery.
Historical tour of the Museum of Revolution and surrounding historic hotels, churches, plazas and elegant mansions of one-time wealthy merchants.
Monday, Februrary 18th
History and culture bike tour of Havana (Revolution Plaza, Old Havana, “The Forest”, Cemetery). The ride will be about 15-20 miles at a relaxed pace, making frequent stops.
Evening stroll along the bustling Malecón, where all of Havana congregates at night.
Tuesday, February 19th
Four-hour drive to tobacco country, Viñales, where we’ll visit a tobacco plantation to learn how cigars are made and hike to a stunning view of the valley before enjoying a home-cooked dinner at our “casa” overlooking the mountains.
Wednesday, February 20th
Full-day bike tour (approximately 15 miles at a leisurely pace), during which we’ll visit a subterranean river, enjoy stunning views of the mountains and tobacco valleys.
Thursday, February 21st
Four-hour drive back to Havana.
7-day participants have the evening free and leave from Havana the morning of Friday, February 22nd
11-day participants are off to the Bay of PIgs!
Friday, February 22nd
Snorkel or scuba dive in the Bay of Pigs in the morning or enjoy an educational flora and fauna tour of the swamp wetlands.
Afternoon visit to the Bay of Pigs memorial museum documenting the failed US invasion before watching the sunset on the beach.
Saturday, February 23rd
Two-hour drive to the colonial city of Trinidad for a cultural, historical, and religious tour of the city with local journalists.
Evening visit to enjoy live Afro-Cuban music and dance performance.
Sunday, February 24th
Participants are free to explore local beaches and hiking trails or take dance or percussion lessons.
Monday, February 25th
Historical tour of a former sugar plantation and refinery before the four-hour drive back to Havana. Stop in the city of Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial.
Evening is free for live music, dancing, resting, or last-minute shopping.
Tuesday, February 26th
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Pricing includes all activity admission, round trip airport transfers, transportation between and within cities, guides, B&B accommodations, all breakfast, and half the dinners.. Contact me for more information!
$2199 per person for the 7-day trip if booked by November 15th ($2299 by December 15th)
$3099 per person for the 11-day trip if booked by November 15th ($3199 by December 15th)
*Prices are based on double-occupancy. If you wish to have your own room, please add $399 per person for the 7-day trip or $499 per person for the 11-day trip. In the past, guests have enjoyed inviting friends and family to share a room, though I will try to pair up interested singles looking for a roommate.
A 50% deposit is required by the indicated date to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due by January 15th, 2019.
IMPORTANT: Proof of travel insurance is required for this trip. Read my article Why You Should Buy Travel Insurance to learn why it’s so important. You may chose your own travel insurance provider but I recommend World Nomad's. I've used their insurance for many years, as have many of my clients, and they offer comprehensive coverage and excellent customer service at a reasonable price.
Related Articles about Cuba
See my previous blog posts to help you plan your upcoming trip to Cuba and to get a feel for the day-to-day life that few tourists encounter.