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.
“This was an amazing trip! Cuba Candela planned a variety of activities that immersed us in the Cuban culture from cooking classes, art galleries, tobacco farms, ox card rides, etc. Our family of 5, children from 18-22, couldn’t pick our favorite thing we did because we loved them all!”
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:Enjoy a family dinner at a restaurant run by one of Cuba’s most renowned chefs.
Old Havana Food Tour: Dig into delicious snacks and local specialties as you eat your way through the iconic, colorful, historic Habana. Highlights include open air markets, bodegas, and Cuba’s best street food!
Lunch: Enjoy a midday break at an authentic Cuban paladar.
Drumming Lesson with Local Musicians: Immerse your family in Cuba’s rich musical culture and heritage with this interactive drumming performance and class (no prior drumming experience necessary).
Vintage Convertible Ride: Hop into a vintage classic American convertible car and cruise throughout Havana’s neighborhoods.
Family Salsa Lesson: Even our shyest dancer can enjoy this fun-filled experience and opportunity to learn from the best. Meet our resident dance instructors, the most talented in all of Cuba!
Private Dinner with a Local Chef: Visit the home of a Cuban Chef and learn about the challenges of preparing gourmet food in Cuba with limited resources. Hear about the Chef’s creative inspiration and story as you enjoy a dinner with the Chef in their home.
Depart for Viñales: After a full breakfast, head out with your private driver and guide to Viñales, a beautifully quaint Cuban town nestled among soaring limestone cliffs and tobacco farms.
Lunch in the Valley: Enjoy traditional Cuban food in a quaint local restaurant overlooking a beautiful view in the Viñales countryside.
Tobacco Country: Explore the tobacco country of Viñales with a local farmer as your guide. Learn the history of the region and enjoy the stunning views over a cup of freshly ground coffee before riding on an oxcart to visit a family-owned tobacco farm. Watch as a seasoned cigar maker handrolls a perfect puro while explaining the secret to the world-renowned Cuban cigar.
Dinner in Havana: Dine at one of Havana’s most beautiful restaurants, an architectural treasure with quintessential Cuban ambiance.
Family Cooking Class: Learn organic gardening practices from two local farmers who help you pick herbs and spices that you later use to cook authentic Cuban cuisine alongside seasoned chefs.
Hemingway House: Famed novelist Ernest Hemingway lived at this sprawling mansion from 1940 – 1960. The home’s interior has been virtually untouched since the day that “Papa,” the U.S.- ambassador-in-spirit left.
Discussion and private performance with Cuban Hip Hop Group: Meet the female hip hop/jazz duo, Reyna y Real, who focus on making music that breaks down stereotypes in Cuban society. Hear them perform and discuss their insights and inspirations. (subject to availability of date).
Dinner: Enjoy international food served in a beautifully restored Spanish post-colonial mansion.
Cultural Snorkeling Experience in Caleta Buena: Enjoy refreshing cool waters as you snorkel in a “cenote” known for its superb rock landscapes and abundant undersea life.
Depart for Trinidad: Continue along your journey towards Trinidad, one of Cuba’s oldest cities, that remains lined with cobblestone streets and beautiful colonial architecture.
Exploring Trinidad: Explore the cobblestone streets of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and meet local artisans with your host.
Dinner: Dine at a restaurant located in one of the main town squares of Trinidad.
Salsa Dancing: After dinner, you’ll have the option to partake in salsa dancing in the town square with locals!
Private Coffee Farm: Learn how the locals plant, grow, harvest and roast coffee beans. Taste Cuba’s freshest farm to table coffee.
Waterfall Hike: Wear your bathing suit to take a dip in the cool waters below the cascade and prepare for a hike of moderate difficulty (no climbing but plenty of breaks may be helpful).
Lunch: Embrace the peaceful sounds of the surrounding nature at an intimate ecological restaurant in a family home, serving a variety of traditional Cuban dishes.
Trinidad Beach: Head directly to one of Trinidad’s nearby beaches for sunset and mojitos!
Farewell Dinner: Enjoy your final dinner on the island in a beautifully restored Spanish colonial restaurant.
Depart Trinidad for Havana
Departure Flight from Havana Airport
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*
- Breakfast daily, one lunch
- 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
- Cost of lunch and dinner
- 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 the 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.