Group Tour—All departures guaranteed, 14 persons maximum.
Private Tour—Flexible dates, fixed itinerary.
Custom Tour—Flexible dates, tailor-made itinerary.
Prices are $USD, per person and based on double occupancy.
We strongly encourage all travelers to book with a travel advisor to elevate their travel experience. Include your advisor’s name and email upon check-out to receive VIP treatment, a $100 personalized welcome gift, access to exclusive amenities and experiences AND free room upgrades at select properties upon availability.
“We enjoyed our convertible car tour, Hemingway house tour, and all of the interesting history found in old Havana with both [guides.] Orlando shared a bit of the Afro-Cuban religion Santería as well as some rooftop Rumba lessons oiled up by Mojitos… Those backstreet experiences could only truly be found with an experienced local guide. Thank you Cuba Candela for a trip of a lifetime!”
Island Arrival: Your driver will meet you at the airport, and you’ll be taken to your accommodation to freshen up.
Welcome Drinks and Live Music: Welcome to Havana! Kick-off your cultural immersion with fresh-made mojitos and live local musicians playing Cuban classics.
Dinner: Sit down at one of Havana’s trendiest restaurants, located inside the VIP section of the famous Fábrica de Arte Cubano.
Private Tour and Night Out at La Fábrica: Enjoy a private tour of Fábrica de Arte Cubano, a must-see Cuban art installation and center of Havana nightlife! Enjoy a classic mojito as you explore three floors of art galleries, live music, DJs and more.
Exploring Old Havana: Find your bearings and step back in time, as you immerse yourself in the iconic, colorful and historic Habana Vieja (Old Havana) with your local guide.
Discussion with Afro-Cuban Entrepreneur: Meet with a local Afro-Cuban entrepreneur, learn about their story and inspirations, and discuss the experience of running a business in Cuba.
Lunch: Enjoy a midday break at an authentic Cuban paladar.
Casa de Africa: Explore the history of African influence in Cuba and artifacts related to the African diaspora at a museum dedicated to Afro-Cuban heritage and culture.
Vintage Convertible Ride: Hop into a vintage classic American convertible car and cruise throughout Havana’s neighborhoods.
Salsa Lesson: Learn salsa with one of our resident dance instructors, the most talented in all of Cuba!
Dinner with an Expert on Afro-Cuban History: Learn about Cuba’s history of supporting social and health movements across Africa from a local expert.
Salsa Dancing with Locals: We’ll take you to our favorite local spot after dinner in Havana.
Exploring Afro-Cuban Roots: Discover the legacy of African ancestors in Cuban culture and its influence on daily life through this immersive journey into Guanabacoa, a neighborhood renowned for its connection to Afro-Cuban culture. Lunch included.
Cultural Immersion Tour: Walk through a vibrant neighborhood in Havana and witness an inspiring view of Cuban culture that tourists rarely see. Visit private homes and businesses, communing with locals all along the way.
Rum Tasting Experience: Relax and enjoy a rum tasting with a professional sommelier. Sample different types of Cuban rum and learn the proper way to taste it!
Dinner: Enjoy international food served in a beautifully restored Spanish post-colonial mansion.
Live Jazz: Relax at an intimate jazz lounge with some of the best local musicians in town.
Rumba Dance Experience: Join locals at a traditional neighborhood rumba party, tucked away from tourist crowds and bursting with the sound and rhythm of Afro-Cuban beats.
Afro-Cuban Cooking Class: Enjoy a one-of-a-kind culinary experience hosted by Regla Soul, a project that promotes health and wellness in the Afro-Cuban community through classes, events and workshops (subject to availability of date).
Afro-Cuban Arts Tour: Begin your immersion into Afro-Cuban visual arts at Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts and continue on to Callejon de Hamel, the colorful outdoor art project dedicated to Afro-Cuban culture.
Farewell Dinner: Dine at one of Havana’s most beautiful restaurants, an architectural treasure with quintessential Cuban ambiance.
Live Music: Enjoy your last night in Havana at a local live music show.
Optional Morning Activity: Visit a private art studio and meet up-and-coming local artists in their private workshops and discuss their personal journeys in Cuba.
Flight: Flights are not included in Cuba Candela trips. You may book your flight to Havana from the U.S. or country of origin. Learn more.
Visa: The Cuba Tourist Visa is required for all travelers visiting Cuba and is not included in our standard tours. You may purchase a visa at the airport on the same day of departure or you may request a visa at checkout for an additional fee. Learn more.
- U.S. travel license
- 4-star accommodation*
- All meals; lunch and dinner provided at $20 each per meal
- All activities listed on the itinerary**
- Engaging bilingual local guide
- All transportation, airport and excursion transfers
- Compliance with all U.S. travel regulations
- Flight and any airline fees
- Cuba Tourist Visa
- Discretionary tips for guide, driver and other activities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Trip insurance (highly recommended)
*Note: Accommodation standards are based on what is widely available in Cuba. 4-star accommodation is charming, clean and safe.
**Note: Itinerary is representative of your experience. Activities are subject to change based on availability and adjustments required due to the realities of island life in Cuba.
Cuba has mild temperatures year round with a dry season from November – April. Prepare for your trip by staying updated on weather in Cuba. Learn more.
From what to pack and how to connect to the internet to information on money and souvenirs, we have compiled everything you need to know for a smooth and carefree trip. Learn more.
We recommend that all guests purchase travel insurance in the event of an emergency. You may purchase coverage from a travel insurance provider like Allianz for a smooth and carefree trip. Learn more.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for information on vaccines and COVID-19 in Cuba. Learn more.
Yes! Travel to Cuba is still legal under the “Support for the Cuban People” travel authorization. We take care of required documents including the visa.
Read our blog “Yes, You Can Travel To Cuba. Here’s How” to learn more.
Clients booking Standard Tours may purchase the visa from us as an add-on to their trip package, or may choose to purchase it at the airport on the day of arrival for commercial flights.
Commercial flights are the most common method of transportation for most travelers from the United States to Havana. Almost all major airlines offer nonstop flights to Cuba, including American, Jet Blue, Delta, United and Southwest Airlines. You may book your flight to Cuba directly with your preferred airline, just as you would to any other destination in the world.
When booking your flight, you’ll be asked to select a purpose for travel. The preferred license for our travelers is the “Support for the Cuban People” license.
Read our blog “How To Get To Cuba” for more information on flying to Cuba and direct flight locations.
Cuba Candela offers 3 types of tours to Cuba: Group Tours, Private Tours and Custom Tours.
Group Tours are open sign up, have set departure dates and offer a chance to meet other travelers during your time on the island. Learn more here.
Private Tours are for your group only with dates of your choice. You select one of our handmade private itineraries and tell us when you want to travel. Learn more here.
Custom Tours are highly curated, totally unique trips to Cuba. Our team of experienced designers works with you to handcraft a one-of-a-kind itinerary. Our private custom tours have been a Cuba Candela specialty since our founding. Learn more here.
The main differences between these packages are in the accommodations, meal inclusions, experiences and visa inclusion. Standard Tours include 4-star accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner at $20 per meal and standard experiences. Standard Tours do not include the Cuba Tourist Visa. Luxury Tours offer 5-star accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner at $40 per meal, exclusive experiences and the Cuba Tourist Visa is included.
Learn more about our pricing and packages here.
We provide all transportation from the moment you land until the moment you leave (airport pick-ups, drop-offs and all excursion transfers included) in an air-conditioned private car, van or similar vehicle with a professional driver.
When you arrive in Havana, your driver will be waiting for you and will show you to the currency conversion desk in the airport. Currency in Cuba is called the Cuban Peso (CUP.)
Note that Cuba is cash-only, so you will not be able to use a debit or credit card or an ATM. It is important to bring a sufficient amount of cash with you to cover the duration of your trip.
Read more about money in Cuba here.
Yes, but we recommend that travelers expect to be disconnected from WIFI during their trip and embrace the digital detox! WIFI in Cuba has improved dramatically and is available at all 5-star accommodations and some 4-star accommodations. If your 4-star accommodation does not have WIFI, you will be provided with time to connect at hotel lobbies or designated WIFI parks.
Yes. Cuba is one of the safest countries in the world to visit and has a stellar track record of safeguarding tourists. It has always welcomed and embraced American travelers with open arms.
Visit our Safety First page to learn more.
A deposit of $99 per person is due at the time of booking to reserve your trip, with a 35% deposit due 1 month later, or 60 days prior to departure (whichever date comes first). All deposits are fully refundable for any reason up to 30 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip anytime up until 30 days prior to departure, you will receive a full refund.
Visit our FAQ for a more comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.