Day 1 :: Arrival in Havana
Day 2 :: Vinales Valley / walk through tobacco plantations
Day 3 :: Cienfuegos via the Bay of Pigs
Day 4 :: Day in Trinidad
Day 5 :: Free day or optional catamaran trip.
Day 6 :: To Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara
Day 7 :: Havana city tour & evening salsa class and mojito lesson
Day 8 :: Depart Havana
All breakfasts and 1 lunch
All accommodation (see itinerary)
All transport and listed activities
Tour leader throughout
Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Single accommodation (available on request)
Visas or vaccinations
Regular tourists who plan to spend up to two months in Cuba do not need visas. Instead, you get a tarjeta de turista (tourist card) valid for 30 days, which can be extended once you’re in Cuba.
Health and Safety
Cuba is generally safe as long as you’re reasonably careful about what you eat and drink. Mosquito-borne illnesses are not a significant concern on most of the islands within the Cuban archipelago. Tap water in Cuba is not reliably safe to drink, stock up on bottled water.
Cuba is generally safer than most countries, with violent attacks extremely rare. Petty theft is common, but preventative measures work wonders. Pickpocketing is preventable: wear your bag in front of you on crowded buses and at busy markets, and only take the money you will need when you head out at night. Hustlers can be a nuisance.
Good to know
Cuba is a 100% cash economy. It operates on Cuban pesos. It’s best to take a common currency like sterling or euro into the country and exchange it once you land.
Buses are the most efficient and practical way of getting around. The state-run Víazul network links most places of interest to tourists on a regular daily schedule. Rental cars are quite expensive and driving can be a challenge due to the lack of signposts and ambiguous road rules. Taxis are an option over longer distances if you are traveling in a small group.