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2025 Cuba Explorer

Join us on the trip of a lifetime & take in some of the most popular and spectacular sights of Cuba on our ULTIMATE 14-day around this fascinating country

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2025 Cuba Tour Overview

Our NEW 2025 “Cuba Explorer” tour leaves no stone unturned as we visit many of the most spectacular sights of this fascinating country.

We’ve teamed up with a boutique local Cuban operator as our elite partner to bring you this ultimate 4-star trip through Cuba.

Our two-night start is in the vibrant and fascinating Cuban capitol of Havana exploring all it has to offer before flying south-east to explore the amazing scenery, culture and history of this Caribbean island nation.

Along the way we experience the culture, food and ways of the locals plus explore many of the most famed sites with expert local guides.

Hand picked hotels along the way and full-sized coaches plus we include one internal flight during the trip. A local expert Tour Manager in Cuba PLUS a Quo Vadis Holidays host joining you along the way you’re well taken care of.

Thirteen nights in fascinating Cuba visiting all the big ticket items with local experts. Havana and Trinidad, rides in classic vintage cars in Havana, Che Guevarra and Revolution Museums plus a cigar factory visit. Tobacco farms, stunning scenery, local experiences and the famed Buena Vista Social club. The stunning scenery of Vinales and the lovely French colonial architecture of Cienfigues. The South-eastern region including Santiago de Cuba and Camaguay.

Hand-picked, 4-star accommodation in each location that’s based on either being central to all the action or being in locations of particular interest on our journey.

We include ALL the activities and tips to crew and guides so you’re not having to constantly put your hand in your pockets to pay for extra activities along the way.

Our 2025 “ Cuba Explorer” tour is designed for those who want to have the ULTIMATE TRIP through this fascinating part of the world without cutting any corners and missing out on any of the major highlights!

See you on board with us in 2025!         Tim

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2025 Cuba Tour Highlights (14 days Havana to Havana)

Premium Inclusions

  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Havana City walking tour of Old Havana with expert local guide and Vintage Classic car panoramic tour
  • Rum and cigar tasting at iconic and elegant Hotel Nacional Havana
  • Flight from Havana to Santiago di Cuba
  • City tour of Santiago de Cuba incl sunset visit to El Morro Fortress
  • Highlight local Cuban bbq dinner in Santiago de Cuba
  • Visit to the Sanctuary of Church of the Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre out of Santiago de Cuba
  • Revolution Tour Santiago de Cuba
  • City Tour Colonial Camaguay with “bicitaxis” (bicycle-taxis)
  • Art Tour Camaguey
  • Highlight local dinner Camaguey
  • Artisan silversmith visit Ciego de Avila
  • Cigar factory visit Santa Clara
  • Revolution tour and Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara
  • Trinidad city tour
  • Sugar Plantation Ruins and Slave History tour
  • Cienfuegos City Tour
  • Highlight Seafood Dinner Cienfuegos
  • Viñales tobacco farm visit with lunch included
  • Highlight Tapas plus local BBQ Dinners in Viñales
  • Soroa Orchid Garden visit
  • Highlight Final Dinner Havana
  • Buena Vista Social Club show at Hotel Nacional in Havana
  • Two drinks (beer/wine/soft drink plus tea/coffee included in each meal)

Other Inclusions

  • Vinales orientation walk, valley and Los Jazmines lookout
  • Welcome Drink and Final Evening Drink
  • Informal Spanish lesson with tour leader
  • Spectacular Cuba drives
  • Group photo (one per couple/single)
  • All tips to Tour Leaders, Tour Drivers, local guides and hotels and included meals
  • Escorted by local Professional Tour Director plus a Quo Vadis Holidays Tour Host
  • Air-conditioned full-sized coach with restroom on board for travel days
  • 13 nights in Cuban standard 4-star hotels (and 5-star final night in the famed and iconic Hotel Nacional!)
  • 13 buffet/continental breakfasts.  5 Lunches,  3 dinners and 5 Highlight Dinners (incl. beer/wine/soft drink plus coffee) tba

Tour Pace

Using the resources of our uber-experienced travel partners in Cuba, we’ve teamed with one of the biggest travel operators in the world to put together the ultimate fully-escorted trip through this fascinating country.

With our local operators we’ve hand-picked each hotel and have included the flight to get us down to the South eastern-most part of the country before slowly working our way northwest along its full length back up to Havana.

Lots of two-night stays with a great mix of included local site-seeing of all the main highlight sights plus free-time to explore at one’s own pace.

This trip is targeted at those fit and active with good walking ability and ready to explore all these fascinating places to make the most of the spectacular sights and cities we visit!

 

2025 CUBA TOUR QUICK FACTS

2025  CUBA TOUR DURATION

14 Days

COUNTRIES

Cuba

DEPARTURES

Sunday 23rd March to Saturday 5th April, 2025 in Havana

PRICING

14-Day Cuba trip:    AU$9,990 pp twin share

Single Supplement: AU$1,850

AVAILABILITY

As at January 2024:  Taking registrations of interest

EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT

If book directly with Quo Vadis Holidays and by 31st July 2024: AU$250pp

2025 CUBA TOUR MAP

Cuba Tour Map 2024

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 / Sunday March 23rd / HAVANA, CUBA

Welcome to Cuba! Arrive at Havana’s Jose Marti International airport, where you’ll be transferred (with included private transfer!) to our lovely central hotel, the 4-star Iberostar Parque Central. Settle in before a welcome meeting and drink early this evening to meet our local guide and to get to know our fellow travelling companions. Afterwards, a highlight Welcome Dinner at one of the best new restaurants in Cuba, Cinco Sentidas!  (BB, HD)

Hotel: 2 nights Havana Iberostar Parque Central

Day 2 / Monday March 24th / HAVANA

Havana is the crown jewel of Spanish colonial towns in the Caribbean. However, this city is much more than just a museum: the pulsating street life can be just as fascinating as the many architectural treasures. Today, we’ll get to know the most important sights of a city that has written centuries of Cuban history – and continues to do so until today. The day begins with a walk in the footsteps of Havanas colonial past visiting the four key squares of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, and the Plaza de la Cathedral with our expert guide offering insights into history along the way. Afterwards an included lunch at El Del Frente.  The ceviche tacos and the tuna tataki is some of the best in town and the cocktails are out-of-this-world delicious. After lunch we take a bucket-list ticking panoramic tour in vintage classic open-top cars through the Havana of the 19th and early 20th century: along the esplanade Malecón, past the legendary Hotel Nacional, over the Avenida de Los Presidentes to the Revolutionary Square with its portrait of Ché Guevara and monument of José Martí. Continue to the imposing Capitol, past the Gran Teatro and Bacardi house over the Prado to Cathedral Square. A free evening for dinner before joining a cigar rolling and rum tasting at the famed Hotel de Nacional! Our cigar expert will join you for a pre-paid rum and cigar tasting. Our expert will pair your cigar with a good rum and explain how cigars are made and smoked.                                 (BB,L)

Day 3 / Tuesday March 25th / HAVANA to SANTIAGO de CUBA

This morning we take a 2-hour flight to the opposite end of the island. Santiago de Cuba is the hottest place in Cuba – both in terms of atmosphere and climate. Physically closer to Kingston, Jamaica than to Havana, Santiago de Cuba is the stronghold of Afro-Cuban culture in Cuba and has a fearsome musical, cultural and political heritage. Overpoweringly hot and humid, Santiago swings to its own laidback vibe. Though it’s Cuba’s second city, it feels compact, with a handful of key monuments and nightspots. Don’t miss the Casa de la Trova, where the city’s legendary rumba can be heard. Try not to let the surfeit of hustlers, lady or otherwise, get you down: the economics of the east are even more woeful than in the west. Socialist to the core, Santiago was a key stronghold during the nascent stages of the Revolution.  Upon arrival we head straight for an included lunch before checking into our central hotel. The Imperial Hotel is one of the most significant pieces of architecture and system santiaguera accommodation of the city throughout the twentieth century. An important building whose design by master builder Lorenzo Suarez is considered the undisputed talent of Cuban architects.

This ‘cradle’ of the revolution is home to a large Afro-Cuban population and a vibrant music scene so there’s lots to experience after sundown. This evening we head to the Moncada Barracks where Fidel led a failed coup in 1953. The barracks are worth a visit, as is the Castillo del Morro and the old fortress, a romantic place to watch the sunset with panoramic views. The Morro Castle or the “San Pedro de la Roca Castle” is a fortress declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997 for being the most complete and the most preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture. Afterwards a local barbecue is the specialty of this casual backyard restaurant on the outskirts of Santiago. Grilled pork and chicken are served with the typical sides, but the real star is dessert. Try rich zapote or coconut ice cream in the shells of the original fruit. Portions are huge, but you suddenly might not want to share! (BB, L, D)

Hotel: 2 nights – Hotel Imperial

Day 4 / Wednesday March 26th / SANTIAGO de CUBA

First up today we leave the city and head up into the beautiful nearby hills to visit the Church of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, dedicated to Cubas patron saint. Learn the mystic story of the Virgen de la Caridad, climb the hill to the Cimarron monument which is a sculpture created in bronze and iron to honor one of the earliest slave revolts that took place in the country. Up there, we’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view to the blue lagoon. After free-time for lunch in time we head out on a “Revolution Tour” of Santiago de Cuba with local guide. In a city where history is in the air, this comes to be an essential tour. Free time afterwards where you’ll find plenty of museums around the town. Santiago is also famous for its energetic celebrations of Caribbean culture such as Carnaval – a 5-day festival that occurs every July. Perhaps learn a few moves in a salsa dancing class or for a taste of the city’s vibrant Carnaval celebration, visit the Carnaval Museum to see floats, costumes and the occasional dance show. A free evening to explore the many varied dining options.  Afterwards, there are plenty of atmospheric venues with good Cuban rum and even better music for locals and tourists to showcase their dance moves.                   (BB)

Day 5 / Thursday March  27th / SANTIAGO de CUBA to CAMAGUEY

Today, we head northwest along the Carretera Central to Camaguey. The drive (approximately 6 or 7 hours) is broken up with a stop in Bayamo, where you can stretch your legs on walking tour and enjoy an included lunch. We try Cuban food revisited to revive traditions rarely known to visitors. Sitting on wooden benches, sample the yuca bread (casabe) originally consumed by the native Tainos, fragrant bean stews, and large portions of meat, such as smoked pork. You can also try the frutanga, a cocktail with the local brandy sweetened with sugar cane juice, produced by yourself in an old hand mill.

When we arrive in Camaguey we’ll soon notice that the city has maintained much of its colonial heritage. It’s also characterised by winding streets, which are a joy to explore. We check-in to the Hotel E Santa Maria located opposite the parish of Our Lady of Solitude, built in a beautiful eclectic style that fits perfectly into the environment. The hotel is also distinguished by its elegance and quality of service. Santa Maria displays the works of the city’s most famous artists. It’s located a few meters from the main restaurants, theaters, museums, cinemas and art galleries. Tonight a highlight dinner in on elf Camaguey’s best restaurants in original atmosphere.                              (BB, L, HD)

Hotel: 2 Nights – Hotel E Santa Maria

Day 6 / Friday March  28th / CAMAGUEY

Camagueys historic centre is considered the largest as well as the best preserved on the island has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors delight in, or are intrigued by, the citys many lavish churches and the twisted maze of streets, formerly designed to confound marauding pirates. Camaguey is the birthplace of former Cuban National Port Nicolas Guillen and the home of the world-renowned Ballet de Camaguey. It’s full of charming cobblestone plazas, historic statues and intriguing museums. You’ll find plenty of tinajones [earthenwarejars] decorating the streets. The people of Camaguey originally produced the jars to collect rainwater during a drought. Today, they are one of the citys decorative hallmarks.

Today we’ll tour the sights of Camaguey the way the locals do – from the back of a bicycle taxi! Each taxi carries two passengers and the tour is led by an English-speaking local guide – hop on and visit parks, plazas and local markets before enjoying a free afternoon at leisure. The town is home to an excellent farmers market brimming with colourful vegetables, tropical fruits, herbs and lively local merchants. Later on we head out for an Art tour in Camaguey. Our expert guide will bring us to the home studios of local artists. It’s an opportunity to see something very unique as the art scene in Camaguey has recently seen an explosion in successful artists.  A free evening to explore the wonderful dining and drinking options in town.        (BB)

Day 7 / Saturday March  29th / CAMAGUEY to SANTA CLARA

Today we travel to Santa Clara (~4 hrs). We’ll stop at Ciego de Avila to visit a well-known local gallery that showcases unique sculptures made with a range of silverware. Talented artisans recycle discarded cutlery and skilfully create works of art to admire or purchase. Arrive in the revolutionary city of Santa Clara and acquaint yourself with the streets on a leader-led orientation walk. Less crowded and slower paced than Havana, Santa Clara is renowned for being the resting place of physician turned guerrillero leader, Che Guevara. An included dinner this evening in a restaurant that offers its diners Caribbean and Cuban cuisine.

(BB, D)

Hotel: 1 Night – Hotel Central Santa Clara

Day 8 / Sunday March 30th / SANTA CLARA to TRINIDAD de CUBA

A foundation on the run from pirates is the beginning of the history of Santa Clara in 1689. Independence, philanthropy, Che Guevara and the triumph of the Revolution, a place where the LGBT movement stands tall; a walk through the footprint of a town in the center of the island where many paths meet. Places visited along the tour: Parque del Carmen, Tren Blindado, Parque Vidal, Mejunje (not entered), La Caridad Theater (one the three existing theaters of the XIX century in the country) and Revolution Square. We visit the final resting place of Cuba’s most famous son, Che Guevara. Che’s remains were brought to rest here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997, where he was assassinated by the CIA-backed Bolivian army. The memorial is home to an impressive bronze statue of Che bearing his rifle and inside the museum, we learn about his amazing life and see photos and exhibits such as letters, firearms, medical devices and other interesting artefacts including his famous black beret. After this incredible insight into Cuban history we take a tour of one of Cuba’s best tobacco factories, Constantino Perez Carrodegua, where they produce a range of top-quality Montecristo, Partagas and Romeo y Juliet cigars.  Leaving Santa Clara we head south for the 2-hour journey to Trinidad – a well-preserved colonial town that sits on the scenic Caribbean coast. Our hotel, the Iberostar Heritage Grand Trinidad offers unbeatable cultural heritage in the heart of one of Cuba’s most extraordinary cities. This iconic building, located in the city centre has been perfectly restored and refurbished by Iberostar. Its interior design has kept the natural elegance of the building but also provides modern services and spacious rooms. We include dinner at “Los Conspiradores” located on one of the main squares of Trinidad in the heart of the historic district, a simple yet charming building which is part gallery space on the ground floor to local ceramic artist Yami Martinez and part restaurant. A great place to enjoy people watching and gorgeous sunsets over a delicious Cuban cocktail and some good food!         (BB, D)

Hotel: 2 nights Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad

Day 9 / Monday March 31st / TRINIDAD de CUBA

Trinidad is a standout destination for many visitors to Cuba, due in no small part to friendly locals, an old-fashioned feel and particularly well-preserved colonial buildings. The Santeria religion (a voodoo-like Afro-Cuban tradition) which is practiced here makes the town even more intriguing. We take a walking tour which introduces us to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. An expert guide will explain the history of the town, while visiting its architectural highlights, and give us an insight into its fascinating history in the colonial era and during the years after the Revolution.

After free time for lunch we head out to the local sugar plantation ruins to understand slave history in relation to the 19th-century sugar industry. We see the slave quarters and learn about the enormous impact sugar had on this area. We’ll also see plantation homes of the sugar barons some of which have been exquisitely restored. A free evening to explore the lively and vibrant centre of Trinidad de Cuba. Attending a traditional Cuban dance show is also a good choice!  (BB)

Day 10 / Tuesday April 1st / TRINIDAD de CUBA to CIENFUEGOS

We continue westwards along the picturesque coast to Cienfuegos, a slice of Paris in the Caribbean. We include an orientation walk through its charming streets before free time to explore. We check into the Hotel Melia San Carlos located in the Old Historic District of Cienfuegos and close to the main tourist and cultural sites of the City. Inaugurated in 1925, it was the main Hotel in Cienfuegos during the first half of the 20th century. Its rooftop is a must-see in the city due to its magnificent views. It has been regularly used as an ideal place to celebrate the main social events of Cienfuegos. For dinner we heard to the Finca del Mar by the water. A fine restaurant by any yardstick in terms of service and food – seafood, including lobster and octopus!        (BB, HD)

Hotel: 1 night Hotel Melia San Carlos

Day 11 / Wednesday April 2nd / CIENFUEGOS to VINALES

Continuing west for stop for an included lunch before arriving to Viñales where tobacco and sugarcane fields lie side by side and limestone outcrops dot the landscape.We stay in the Hotel Ermita located on a hill in the middle of the world famous Viñales Valley.  Later we head into nearby Vinales centre and  enjoy the slow, old-world pace of rural Cuba as oxen plod gracefully along the streets. An included dinner at a great little bar on the main street serving local tapas and cocktails!                    (BB, L, HD)

Hotel: 2 nights Hotel La Ermita

Day 12 / Thursday April 3rd / VINALES

This morning a wonderful tobacco tour with our expert guide in Vinales. From growing it to drying it, rolling it and smoking it, this is the in-depth tour of tobacco from seedling to cigar. We walk into the lush, stunning countryside with the natural karst rock formations that are dotted across the landscape known as “mogotes”. Viñales was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site not just because of the uniqueness of the landscape but also due to the very traditional farming methods from times past which have been praised for being eco-friendly. We’ll visit the tobacco plantations where they still plough with oxen, see how they dry the leaves in the famous drying houses and watch a tobacco farmer show you how to roll a cigar. If you fancy it you can also smoke one!

This evening we visit El Cuajani, a small farm in Viñales on the outskirts of town located at the foot of a “mogote”. It has quickly established itself as the place to eat creative, high quality organic fusion cuisine. The daily menu changes depending on what is fresh and available. What makes it particularly stand out is the hospitality!  (BB, L, HD)

Day 13 / Friday April 4th / VINALES to HAVANA

Today we drive east to Soroa to tour the beautiful orchid garden, Cuba’s largest. A local expert will take you on a private tour of the gardens to identify the bird and plant species of this diverse area. You will easily see why the valley is known as the rainbow of Cuba. We then head to the eco-community of Las Terrazas set around a lake thick with Royal Palms. Tour the community, art and craft workshops and walk the coffee plantation ruins.  We then continue our journey back to the capital of Havana where we check into one of if no the most famous and iconic hotels in all Cuba, the Hotel Nacional.  The list of celebrities and famous dignitaries who have stayed here from the 40s to 90s in endless. Many other famous sites of historical interest within easy walking distance or a short drive away. This 5 star elegant hotel is located opposite the sea and oozes class and “old Cuba”. Time to enjoy the pool before we head out for final drinks and then dinner at La Guarida restaurant which has become the Cuba’s most celebrated paladar/restaurant! To finish off we return to the iconic and elegant Hotel Nacional and enjoy  Cuban musical show inspired by the Son music of the famous Buena Vista Social Club. Step back in time at the landmark Hotel Nacional and enjoy a quaint piece of Cuban history. Here we can get up with the other guests to dance our final night away!      (BB, HD)

Hotel: 1 night Havana Hotel Nacional

Day 14 / Saturday April 5th / END HAVANA

Sadly, our 2025 Cuba Explorer trip comes to an end after breakfast. Your private transfer will take you to the airport, please let us know if we can arrange additional accommodation if you wish to stay for a few extra nights. Buen viajes!             (BB)

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2025 CUBA TOUR DEPARTURE

Sunday 23rd March to Saturday 5th April, 2025

2025 CUBA TOUR PRICING

From *AU$9,990 per person twin share

   *AU$1,850 Single Supplement

* pricing to be confirmed April 2024