HAVANA AND VIÑALES: 5 DAY TRIP
PACKAGE INCLUDES 4-NIGHT STAY IN AN EL CAMINO SELECTED CASA PARTICULAR
MORNING: Arrive to José Martí International Airport. You will be met by a personal driver to transport you and your crew to your casa particular (private homestay) within Havana, Cuba’s bustling epicenter of creativity, history and passion.
AFTERNOON: Free time to explore your new city. Refer to your highly curated Havana Travel Guide for our top recommendations for must-see shopping, bars and restaurants.
EVENING: Meet up with one of our Cuban friends for drinks at a breathtaking spot. Take in the unforgettable Cuban sunset while sipping mojitos. Then, enjoy a family style Cuban meal from the hidden back room of one of our favorite hole-in-the-wall paladares (restaurant operated within a private residence).
MEALS INCLUDED: None
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Private transport from airport, arranged meet up with a local host, dinner reservation, and private transport to/from dinner reservation.
MORNING: Cruise Havana in style as you ride through the city, top-down, in an old-school convertible. Feast your eyes on Havana’s extraordinary color palette and architectural design as you marvel at the whimsical cityscape that surrounds you. Feel the wind through your hair and the salt on your skin as you drive along the parameter of the Malecón, the island’s picturesque seawall that comes alive at sunset.
AFTERNOON: Have lunch at one of Havana’s up and coming restaurants working to preserve Cuba’s culinary traditions. Then, make your way to an old-school boxing gym tucked deep into the streets of Havana for a work out you'll never forget.
EVENING: Wander Havana's modern and multi-purpose cultural art factory while viewing varied exhibits ranging from flat canvas to live performance. Then, sit down for a bite at the gallery's exclusive restaurant that offers a wide range of multicultural dishes. Finish the night off with VIP access to the venue’s dance space and let loose with your travel companions.
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Convertible tour, boxing lesson, private transportation to art factory, and lunch + dinner reservations.
MORNING: Get out of the city and adventure into el campo (the countryside) of Cuba. Enjoy a scenic ride through rural Cuba as you make your way into tobacco country.
AFTERNOON: Arrive at a small, family-operated farm for one of our favorite meals in all of Cuba. Then, get a lesson in Cuba's most lucrative form of agriculture, tobacco, as you learn everything from tending to the crops to learning how to properly smoke the end product. Close out the day with a ride through the farmland on an ox drawn carriage, complete with conversation and coffee with abuelita.
EVENING: Dinner reservation at one of our most highly recommended restaurants on the island.
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast + Lunch
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Private transportation to Viñales, lunch at family operated farm, tobacco farming instruction, ox-drawn carriage ride and dinner reservation with private transport.
MORNING: Meet up with a local host for a walking tour through Old and Central Habana to gain deeper insight into the everyday lives of Cubans. What is it like to live under a socialist regime? What does it mean to have a ration card? How did the country and different generations react when Fidel died? Answer all these questions and more.
AFTERNOON: Have lunch at another Cuban hotspot that is putting their culinary prowess on the map. Then, refer to your highly curated Havana Travel Guide (or ask your new friend!) for our top recommendations for must-see shopping, bars and restaurants.
EVENING: Enjoy your final night in Havana with your crew at a celebratory dinner reservation made at a special locale. Then, refer to our highly curated Havana Travel Guide for our top recommendations on how to spend your final night in Cuba!
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Intimate guided tour of Havana, lunch reservation + dinner reservation with private transport.
DEPART: From José Martí International International Airport feeling connected to and inspired by the vigorous Cuban spirit and hospitality.
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
EXPERIENCES INCLUDED: Private transportation to airport.
Who Is This Trip For?
This trip is for the traveler who has an adventurous spirit, is looking to squeeze the most out of their time in Cuba, and cares about making the world a better place through responsible travel. The trip is filled with experiences that allow you to be immersed in the varied cultures of Cuba. This traveler is open minded, inherently curious, and enjoys indulging in the moment. This trip is for the traveler who finds joy in stepping outside of their comfort zone, loves trying new things, and is excited to explore a culture completely different from their own. While El Camino Travel provides a high level of customer service, our traveler is someone who is easy-going and amenable to change in the diverse and unpredictable landscape of travel in Latin America.
Our adventurous style of group travel is not for everyone. Please read carefully through the itinerary and the above description to ensure that you are booking a trip that fits your comfort level.
Travel to Cuba is legal, but complicated as tourism is still strictly prohibited. To comply with US law governing travel to Cuba, you must do two things— (1) Have a full-time schedule of activities that are deemed to be in support of the Cuban people by standard set by the US government; and (2) Retain travel records for five years. We work with all our partners to manage this process for you and we ensure that your final itinerary is compliant with US law under the "Support for the Cuban People" permitted reason for travel. We will also retain records on your behalf. If you want to learn more please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regularly updated by the US Treasury Department. Here is a link to the latest, updated as of November 8th, 2017. We have also published a blog post outlining travel using Support for the Cuban People and what this process entails.
How to Get There + Visa
It is now super easy to get to Cuba from major cities in the United States. United, American, Jet Blue, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and Spirit Airlines all have commercial flights from the USA. Once booked, your airline will work with you arrange your visa.
Have questions about flights + visas? Once booked, we can help you answer any questions you may have while booking. We are familiar with the various commercial flights now flying to Havana and their procedures and will be able to walk you through the process.
Accommodations will be customized according to the travelers preference. The pricing of $2,300 per person includes accommodation for a three star classic casa particular (locally-operated home stay) that has been vetted by our team. We have additional accommodation suggestions for those that want to be upgraded to four star or who may be traveling in a group and would rather rent a private house for an additional price. Whatever your budget and preference, we promise we chose these locations because we love them with all our heart and soul and because they pass the El Camino standard of customer service with flying colors.
We seek more boutique and unique accommodations with plenty of charm and character, ones that provide a worthwhile experience. Most importantly,
these places stay true to our ethos of local immersion. Please do not expect the comforts of a Four Seasons, Hilton, Marriot, or other large corporate and standard hotels. We assure you that your accommodations will be clean, safe, and well-maintained.
Pricing and Payment
The trip starts at $2,300 per person (minimum of two people), but can change slightly (both increase and decrease) depending on the number in the group and accommodations selected. To get an exact quote please start by filling out this form and someone from our team will get back to you within 24 business hours. A deposit of $400 per person is due at the time of booking. Final payment for private trips are due no later than 60 days prior to departure.
A non-refundable deposit of 40% of the trip cost is required at time of booking to secure your trip. Full payment is required 60 days before departure date.
If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due when we receive notice of your cancellation:
61+ days prior to departure: 40% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
31 to 60 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
0 to 30 days prior to departure: 100% of the trip cost is non-refundable
We strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking, that includes cancellation coverage so you are protected financially in case anything comes up that prevents you from joining your trip.
Fair warning, you are going to see the phrase "highly curated" over and over again. We just REALLY want you to know that we are keeping tabs on everything that is hip, interesting, and up and coming in our Cuban destinations. A lot of our recommendations cannot be found in any of the travel round ups or the most prestigious media outlets. Katalina works closely with a network of local tastemakers to stay ahead of them and thus, so do you.
OUR PRIVATE ITINERARIES INCLUDE:
Highly curated selection of accommodations for every destination
Private transport to and from airports
Private transport for all activities
Immersive travel experiences led by charismatic local hosts
Restaurant selections from a highly curated list of locations
Highly curated list for shopping and night life experiences
A frequently updated Cuba Travel Guide including additional information and fun resources to get excited and prepared for your upcoming adventure
Airfare in and out of the country
Alcohol except where noted
Tips for local hosts