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Kick-off your Cuban adventure with friends at a private rooftop dinner party as the sun goes down. Take a salsa dancing class with a local expert who may join you for a night out dancing on the town. On our Standard Friends Tour, we take care of all the details so you and your friends can let go and dive in to the inspiring island of Cuba.
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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.

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“Cuba Candela facilitated an amazing adventure packed trip for me and my friends. They offered a diverse schedule of activities and were very flexible. Our host Sarah was incredible. I would definitely suggest them to another group!”

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Day 1
Welcome to Havana

Island Arrival: Your driver will meet you at the airport, and you’ll be taken to your accommodation to freshen up. 

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. 

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.

Day 2
Cuban Arts and Culture

National Museum of Fine Arts: View historic Cuban art not found anywhere else in the world, in the visually stunning Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

El Gran Teatro de La Habana: Explore an architectural beauty that offers some of the best Cuban music, theater, and classical dance. 

Lunch: Enjoy a midday break at an authentic Cuban paladar. 

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 and connect with the individuals you will be sharing donations with.

Dinner: Dine at one of Havana’s most beautiful restaurants, an architectural treasure with quintessential Cuban ambiance. 

Live Music: Experience Cuban rhythm with a live local music performance.

Day 3
Exploring Viñales

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 of 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: Enjoy a restaurant run by one of Cuba’s most renowned chefs.

Day 4
Vintage Cars and Salsa Rhythms 

Vintage Convertible Ride: Hop into a vintage classic American convertible car and cruise throughout Havana’s neighborhoods.

Lunch Break for a mojito, delicious meal, and strong cafecito.

Hemingway House: Famed novelist Earnest 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.

Salsa Lesson: Learn salsa with one of our resident dance instructors, the most talented in all of Cuba! 

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.

Salsa Dancing with Locals: We’ll take you to our favorite local spot in Havana.  

Day 5
Exploring Cienfuegos

Depart for Cienfuegos: After breakfast, you’ll depart with your private driver and guide to the town of Cienfuegos, a gem along the coast on the way to Trinidad. 

Lunch in Cienfuegos: Enjoy lunch at a restaurant overlooking the sea. Savor the breeze, tropical climate, and traditional Cuban food.

Explore Cienfuegos: Witness the inspiring French influences of the city known as Cuba’s “Pearl of the South” with your guide. 

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. 

Arrival and Dinner in Trinidad: Dine at a restaurant located in one of the main town squares of Trinidad. 

Disco Ayala: The best place for an evening of salsa dancing in Trinidad, and its located in a cave!

Day 6
Exploring Trinidad

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. 

Day 7
Island Farewell

Depart Trinidad for Havana

Departure Flight from Havana Airport 

Representative Accommodations
4-Star Boutique Home or Hotel
4-Star Boutique Home or Hotel
4-Star Boutique Home or Hotel
Flight and Visa

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.

What’s Included
  • 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

—Not Included—

  • 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.

Before You Go
Weather and Hurricanes

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.


Cuba Essential Information

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.


Trip Insurance

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.


CDC Health Information

Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for information on vaccines and COVID-19 in Cuba. Learn more.


FAQ
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Can I still travel to Cuba?

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.

How do I obtain the Cuban visa?

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.

How do I fly to Cuba?

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.

What are Cuba Candela’s 3 ways to travel?

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.

What is the difference between Standard and Luxury Tours?

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

What type of transportation is included?

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. 

How will I exchange currency in Cuba?

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.

Will I have Wifi in Cuba?

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.

Is travel to Cuba safe?

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.

What is Cuba Candela’s cancellation policy?

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.

Still have questions?

Visit our FAQ for a more comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.