Havana, Western Cuba, & Viñales

Program Highlights 

All inclusive experience covering flights, meals, entertainment, and more | 6 nights in Havana, 2 nights traveling to the West and stunning region of Viñales | Lodging at seaside casa and excellent accommodations | Private visits with renowned artists in their home studios | Walking tour through Old Havana | Salsa lesson with professional dancers | Live music and dance shows | Horseback riding or hiking through the lush region of Viñales | Caribbean cuisine from renowned chefs | Interaction with Cuban creative artists, musicians, and others

Date 
January 23rd to January 31st, 2025 
Itinerary
9 days / 8 nights
Maximum Number of Travelers
12
Cost
$4,290 per person based on double-occupancy 
with U.S. city to Havana, Cuba round trip flight (yes, air travel included!)
Lower price to $4,090 (!) with an additional discounts for:
$100 discount for early registration by October 1st, 2024
$100 discount for balance due payment by check (all deposits still by credit card)
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Tesca Travel adheres to all U.S. government rules and regulations and operates legal tours to Cuba under the O.F.A.C. general license category Support for the Cuban People. Each trip follows a full-time schedule of activities that support civil society in Cuba and result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba. For more information visit our FAQS page

Itinerary Summary

Day One - Travel To Cuba 

Journey from your U.S. home city to Cuba's José Martí International Airport. Take in the magical evening lights of Havana as you head to your casa to settle in and rest up for the week of adventures to come.

 

Day Two - Old Havana, A World Treasure

Learn about the city’s storied past from a top Cuban historian, then head off to explore Old Havana itself. See the architectural gems that echo they city's 500 years of history. Visit with Cubans who make their home in this living museum. Watch a salsa dance demo then practice your own moves by learning from Havana pros. End the day with an open-air meal at one of Havana's hippest new restaurants. 

 

Day Three - Caribbean Music and Dance

Walk through Havana's soulful neighborhood of Centro and enjoy a live rumba and traditional creole lunch. Stroll through the aisles of Havana's largest artisan market. We dine at a rooftop restaurant, one of Havana's best. The day wraps up overlooking the harbor and attending the ‘closing of the gates’ ceremony, a tradition since colonial times in Cuba. 

 

Day Four and Five - Western Cuba's Amazing Beauty

Embark on a two-night trip to experience the incredible region of Western Cuba. Visit with Cuban tobacco farmers, hike through lush green valleys, or even try a horseback ride through the breathtaking geography. There will be time to explore the small town of Viñales and check out its rustic nightlife. Our serene lodging overlooks the valley with vistas that are the most stunning in all of Cuba. 

 

Day Six - Journey Back to Havana

Stops along the way back to Havana include include Gaudi-inspired ‘Fusterlandia,' a multi-installation artistic wonderland created by artist José Fustar. Back in  Havana, take the afternoon for a siesta or further explore the surrounding neighborhoods. Regroup in the early evening at an outdoor venue where live bands play under the stars while Cubans of all ages smile, spin, and salsa the night away. 

 

Day Seven : Cultural Icons of the Past and Future 

Begin the day with exceptional access to a midmorning rehearsal by one of Havana's leading dance companies. Then visit Ernest Hemingway's home just outside the city limits. After some free time back in town, regroup to spend an evening at a cutting-edge gallery and performance center. There, take in the best of modern Cuban music, dance and art. Enjoy the venue's restaurant, offering a fun and inventive take on contemporary Cuban cuisine. 

 

Day Eight: Young Artists and Farewell Fiesta 

Walk  through an inspiring community arts project that brings together professional artists and musicians who are working with Cuban youth.  Back at the casa there will be a farewell fiesta with all of our Cuban friends and connections from the week. With the sun setting, enjoy a ride through Havana in a 1950's classic convertible. Live music and local delicacies ends the last evening in Havana.

 

Day Nine: Return to United States 

An late afternoon departure affords a leisurely brunch and time to revisit some of your favorite spots. Early afternoon we depart for the airport and the journey back to the United States.