Cuba is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination. With its rich history, lush tropical landscape and incredible people, the country has a lot to offer. It is a remarkably beautiful island; it’s a country that has maintained its character and authenticity throughout the years. If you want to experience some of Cuba’s unspoilt sights, the Wonders of Western Cuba Tour will give you a great taste of just that.
Cigar Rolling, Old Havana Walking Tour, Salsa Lesson, Valley Walking
Are you ready to discover the forbidden island? With its rich history, lush tropical landscape and incredible people, Cuba has a lot to offer. It is absolutely stunning; if you are looking for something authentic, down to earth, welcoming and relaxed. This is the place for you. The Western Cuba Tour will take you out of the hustle and bustle of the big smoke of Havana and into the unspoilt sights of Western Cuba.
As always, we start in Havana... Old Havana to be exact, where you can admire the grandiose baroque churches, pastel-colored houses, and vibrant street arts before we head out to the beautifully rural, Viñales. Here the landscape offers the amazing sights of large limestone cliffs covered with flat flora and plant life and traditional tobacco farms. Music and dancing are never far, wherever you go! So why not fine tune your salsa skills? With such amazing scenery, you must come and enjoy a totally organic farm-to-plate dinner as you watch the sunset from the top of the hill. And since you are in the state of relaxation, on the way home, will take you to the slow-paced, yet stunning town of Soroa’s, to reconnect with nature at this luscious green oasis.
Of course no Cuban trip can conclude without a car ride in one of the amazing 1950s classic cars!
Stunning natural wonders, exciting culture, historic landmarks, energetic dance scene and of course the excitement of an authentic Cuban Cigar is what is on offer in this 6 day Western Cuba tour. Why not give it a go? You may just fall in love with the place...
What you will love about this trip
Discover the Love story of Cuba in Old Havana
Learn to roll your own cigar from a Cuba Tobacco Farmer
Shake that booty to the Latin rhythms of Cuba in Vinales
Reconnect and ground yourself with the beauties of Orchids at the ‘Rainbow of Cuba’
Discover the hidden gem only Cuban’s know about
Enjoy an iconic Classic Car Ride in Havana with a cocktail in hand
Is This Trip Right For You?
Be aware! We NEVER use hotels! Our aim is to give back to the community, as such we always use Casas as our accommodation option. Of course we are aware of western comfort requirements, so as a standard, we ensure pillows, air conditioning and private bathrooms.
In saying that... Do remember that you are in a country with lower infrastructure standards. As such, power cuts, especially in cyclone season are expected. Water pressure may be low and hot water in short supply. This really just adds to the adventure.
Previously Cash was king! Some service providers now insist on the use of credit cards to reduce cash handling, but be aware that some cards may not work in Cuba. So have several options available.
Internet access is available, but is limited. Why not choose this time to switch off and relax? If it is not entirely possible, we will assist you to get connected.
Come without expectations, as things don’t always go to plan. And bring your sense of humour, in case you need to deal with things in 'Cuban time'!
The roads can be a challenge, whilst we ensure we get you there safely, it may take longer than you would expect in any other part of the world. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
Places You’ll See
Further Information About Our Tours
Want more info in preparation of your trip? Our Trip Information page provides further information regarding things you need to know, accommodation transfers, emergencies, passport & visa info, what to pack and more, that you may need to know about this adventure. Click here to read
We also provide you with detailed joining instructions prior to your travel. 😎
Standard Guesthouse (5 nights)
Old Havana Walking Tour
Havana – Classic Car Ride with Cocktail
Vinales – Orintation Walk
Vinales – Valley Walk With Tobacco Farmhouse
Vinales – Salsa Lesson
Vinales – Organic Farm Dinner
Soroa – Soroa Orchid Gardin
Soroa – Dinner at Traditional Paladares
Las Terrazas – Eco-Community Visit
Day 1 – Havana
Welcome to Cuba!
A complimentary transfer from the airport to the guesthouse is included with your trip to ease you into the life in Cuba. You can check in at any time, your casa hosts will be waiting for you. If you arrive early, enjoy your free time till your welcome meeting at 6pm.
Depending on your arrival into the country and how you feel there are some options for you to discover Havana.
May be even get your supply of Wi-fi cards sorted for your stay…
Revolution museum – CUC5
National Museum of Fine Arts – CUC5
Tourist bus day pass – CUC10
Camera Obscura entrance – CUC2
Ernest Hemingway tour – CUC70
Cigar factory tour – CUC12
Morro Castle – CUC3
Jose Marti Memorial Tower – CUC2
No meals included this day
A complimentary arrival transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised.
Please see ‘Joining instructions’ for more information about exiting the arrivals hall and connecting with your arrival transfer driver who will take you to your guesthouse.
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let us know.
Day 2 – Vinales
UNESCO sure do have great taste, they know a good thing when they see it. Today you’ll start the day with discovering Old Havana, a World Heritage site since 1982. See the glorious grandeur of this dynamic area, one of the Caribbean’s most impressive historical cities. Wonder through the narrow streets and spacious plazas, admiring the Spanish architecture as you discover the birth place of Havana – Plaza de armas, and other iconic sites like Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la catedral, and hear about the love story of Havana before our bus trip to Vinales.
Beautifully rural, Vinales is endowed in mogotes, large limestone cliffs covered with flat flora and plant life and is the home of the world famous Cuban Cigars. It’s one of the cooler areas of Cuba, so it’s also a nice escape from the hotter parts of the country. Here we will start with an orientation walk before we head to your salsa Lessons to get those stiff bodies moving after our bus ride and to prepare you to dance the night away as the nightlife is very active in this village with the local residents more than willing participants in dancing to the local live music.
Old Havana Walking Tour
Vinales Orientation Walk
1 hour Salsa Lesson
Live Music Venues (Entrance fee) – Subject to change depending on the performer – CUC2
Day 3 – Vinales
Vinales Valley is a World Heritage site. It is a fascinating site, with it’s amazing “living landscape” of traditional farms and 300 meter high mogotes. It boasts and abundance of local seasonal fruit and vegetables, such as enormous avocados, mangoes and pineapples. It is a fascinating scene to see when oxen are working the fields and the scent of tobacco fills the air.
In the morning we’ll take a guided walk through this rich country side, to discover the life of Cuba’s farmers and learn the secret methods of rolling a Cuban cigar directly from those who grow it. Not only will you get to try one, you get to learn how to roll them yourself!
Vinales Valley Walk including Tobacco Farmhouse
Dinner at Organic Farm
Botanical Gardens – USD1
Cave exploring – Cuevas del Indio or Gran Vaverna de Santo Tomas
There will be free time in the afternoon before we make our way to the Organic Farm, El Paraiso for dinner. It is a true paradise, not only does it offer a truly delicious farm-to-plate experience it also boast amazing views of the valley. It will truly excite your senses!
Day 4 – Soroa
This morning we will start making our way back to Havana, we will stop in a town set in the mountains, Soroa, the ‘rainbow of Cuba’ as it is known, a hidden gem on the edge of the Biosphere reserve of Sierra Del Roasario. Here we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular Soroa Orchid Garden, set among 7 acres of luscious green oasis of flora featuring 250 native Cuban species and amazing birdlife to match.
Soroa Orchid Farm
Dinner at a traditional
Waterfall hike and swim
You will have the afternoon off, you can take a stroll among the marvelous tall trees to discover the pristine waters of the local water fall just a short stroll from the orchid gardens before we reconvene for dinner at a local paladar to enjoy traditional Cuban hospitality.
Day 5 – Havana
As we keep making our way back to Havana we will stop at Las Terrazas community and nature reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountains. It is an eco-village built around a creek that has been a UNESCO Biosphere reserve since 1984. It is the country’s best kept secret! The goal in this village is to integrate tourism into an existing community rather than create artificial tourist experiences. It succeeds by using local farming, energy efficiency and a focus on the greater good of the community. Here we will what is the highlight of this visit?
Once we arrive back in Havana and settle into our casa, it is time for our final activity – taking a ride in Cuba’s iconic American vintage cars. We will discover the sides of Havana you haven’t yet seen, and watch the sunset with a ‘cocktail’ in hand from “….” to close this amazing week together.
Las Terrazas Visit
Old American Car Ride with a cocktail
Anything they can do
Please confirm the time of your return travel to ensure we have your airport transfer booked for your convenience.
Day 6 – Havana
It’s time to say good bye to this amazing island. We have not planned any activity for you today. Your check-out time is 10am.
We hope you enjoyed it as much as we loved showing it to you!
This is where we depart, yet would strongly recommend that you stay a few more days to explore this unique city. If you would like to take this opportunity, please let us know and we can arrange extended accommodation for you for an additional fee.