Second Time

Cuba Excursions

Did you know that Hemingway spent the last 20 years of his life in Cuba? Havana is 500 years old? Hotel Nacional was built by an architecture firm from Boston? Ropa Vieja literally translate to dirty clothes?

All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal. The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

Highlights of Cuba Excursions

  • 3 cities: diverse Havana, French influenced Cienfuegos and Spanish colonial Trinidad
  • Breathtaking countryside of Viñales with tobacco plantations and cigar rolling workshop
  • Idyllic eco village of Las Terrazas with artist studios and best coffee on the island
  • Legendary Cuban music concert
  • Ride on Malecon in convertible cars
  • Pristine Playa Ancon

Dates & Cost

DATES

DAYS

COST (double / single)

April 17th – 25th, 2021

9 days

$2395 / 2795

Cuba Itinerary

Day 1
Havana

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full of friendly people and warm weather. You will have the opportunity to exchange the currency (at official bank rate). In the evening we will head to Paladar San Cristobal – one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner -Carlos Cristobal and have a welcome dinner (with rum and cigar) and a guided tour of this spectacular establishment.

All day             Arrivals at the airport and hotel. Check-in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange. Sunset at La Guarida (with 360 view from the rooftop). Dinner at  Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)

Meals included: dinner

Day 2
Havana

Morning      Architecture tour of Old Havana with focus on colonial history of the City. Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja Plaza de La Catedral Plaza de Armas Plaza de San Francisco Calle Obispo Calle Mercaderes , Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building , Ambos Mundos Hotel (Hemingway room), Theatre Alicia Alonso, Floridita (Hemingway bar), Lunch at Mama Ines – run by chef Erasmo that cooked for Fidel

Afternoon   Drive in Convertible cars via Hotel Nacional, Malecon

Evening       Dinner at Otra Manera. Cannon ceremony and sunset across the bay (ferry ride) with sunset over Havana

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3
Trinidad

Morning      Drive to Trinidad via Playa Larga. Tour of Trinidad with workshop on Santeria religion, colonial architecture and history, tasting the local drink canchanchara. Lunch at Finca

Afternoon   Free time in Trinidad

Evening       Live music and dance

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 4
Trinidad

Morning      Hike in Topes de Collantes – with workshop on Cuban fauna and flora, Jardin de Cafe with 25 different varieties of coffee, Salto del Caburni. Lunch at Hacienda Codina

Afternoon   Sunset on the coast

Evening       Live music and dance

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 5
Sancti Spiritus and Camaguey

Morning      Drive to Sancti Spiritus. Tour of the Old town. Lunch at Papo’s Boulevard 

Afternoon   Departure to Camaguey. Tour of Camaguey

Evening       Dinner at Casa Austria. Drive to Holguin

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6
Holguin/ Baracoa

Morning      Historic tour of Holguin. Coastal ride via Playa blanca, Playa Pesquero, Guardalavaca. Lunch at the beach coast.  

Afternoon   Drive to Baracoa

Evening       Dinner at Restaurante La Terraza – Casa Nilson. Music at Casa de la Trova

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 
Baracoa

Morning       Cocoa plantation tours, chocolate tasting, isolated sea coast tour. Lunch at Finca

Afternoon    Drive to Punta de Maisi – very end tip of the island of Cuba. Lunch at Punta de Maisi

Evening        Drive to Santiago de Cuba

Meals included: breakfast, lunch 

Day 8
Santiago de Cuba

Morning      Historical tour of Santiago: El Tivolí, Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, Padre Pico steps, Balcón de Velázquez, Parque Céspedes, Casa de Diego Velázquez, Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Cuartel Moncada. Lunch at Rumba Cafe.

Afternoon   Visit to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, where Jose Marti and Fidel Castro are buried. Drumming lesson.

Evening       Goodbye dinner at Company Gallo

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9
Santiago de Cuba

All day        Free time. Departures

Meals included: breakfast

Tour Operator

info@colibriboston.org

Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237  Jorge +53 5-344-2776

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Country Code for Cuba +53

Police 106

American Embassy: (+53) 7-839-4100 Address: Calzada St between L&M

Asistur English speaking tourist information: 7-866-8527 (regular hours), 7-866-4121 (24h emergency)

Hospital: Clínica Central Cira García Hospital in Miramar, +509 34 86 8761

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

Accommodation

We stay in 4/5 stars boutique hotels that best reflect the local architecture and flavors.

Air condition

Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

Safe

Example from past accommodations

Inclusions

What’s included?

  • Cuban Visa
  • Flights between countries
  • All activities listed on itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • All Breakfast and lunches, 5 dinners
  • Guides
  • Tickets to all scheduled sites
  • Ground transportation
  • 24h bilingual tour director support
  • Pre-departure Q&A

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • 3 dinners
  • Alcohol
  • Additional health & evacuation insurance
  • Optional airport pick up and drop off - 45 USD (both ways) per person

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Steps to enroll:

  1. Download registration form below, fill it out and send to info@colibriboston.org or mail to Colibri Boston, 210 Broadway, Suite 201, Cambridge, MA 02139.
  2. Send us a copy of your passport and deposit check.
  3. Pack your bags and enjoy!

Small group:

8 - 20 ppl

Physical rating:

Easy

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Reviews

While Cuba is a fascinating country, it wouldn’t have been nearly as wonderful without your commentary, creativity, and enthusiasm. I was so utterly impressed with your knowledge of Cuba’s history, your remarkable ability to navigate the Cuban bureaucracy, and your unending flexibility and willingness to make our requests come to fruition. I don’t think that there was a detail that you didn’t attend to. Add to that your wonderful sense of humor, sensitivity and great spirit – and you are hard to beat! I would follow you on any trip you plan knowing it would be just as exciting, informative and fun as Cuba excursions was.

Gail G. of Brookline, MA

As a recent participant on a Cuba Study tour through UMass Bosont guided by Colibri Boston, I have nothing but high praise for Colibri’s preparations and follow through for all phases. As a frequent foreign traveler who avoids group tours I can say I was pleasantly surprised by their ability to cater to those folks who needed more guidance while leaving us solo types to explore as we wished. The local contacts they made for guide and driver were excellent. Our accommodations were far from spartan yet allowed people to soak up local flavor through the Cuban equivalent of Bed and Breakfasts. Finally, as on all trips, both solo, and group, unforeseen logistical problems arose which Sylvia handled with professional competence and aplomb. Kudos to Colibri.

Joe M. of Seattle, WA

We want to thank Colibri Boston for organizing our Cuba excursions with great meals, and the excellent tour leaders, Jorge and Alex, who made the whole trip a truly unforgettable experience! It was absolutely superb in every way. The organization of the itinerary was excellent and accurate on every detail. Our group was lucky to have the most amazing, intelligent and funny tour directors ever - Sylvia. She provided valuable insight into the Cuban politics and the daily lives of the Cubans. What we loved about this travel company is that they gave us as much as they could in the time frame allotted but also gave the option of having our own personal time and helped arranged activities that we wanted.

Pete J. of Portland, MA

Sylvia was amazing...in a country where things may not go as planned, Sylvia made everything appear seamless. Her knowledge of Cuba is astounding. She's unflappable...if plan A doesn't work she has a plan B, C and D and does it with a smile. What my wife and I experienced was eye opening, what Sylvia showed us, where she took us, what she taught us, made the trip more than we ever envisioned.

Doug S. of Jamaica Plain, MA

We had a great experience with Colibri Boston. They were super quick to respond to every email we sent prior to our trip. All details were set and we knew exactly where to meet our driver at Havana Airport. Jorge was wonderful! His knowledge of the Cuban history was incredible and his English was perfect!

Dan B. of Manchester, NH

This is my 5th experience with Colibri Boston, and once again, it failed to disappoint. I went to Cuba last year and Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Poland the previous years. As usual, a wonderful time was had by all, and big thanks to Sylvia and her staff for being prompt and accommodating. You are highly recommended!!

Adriana S. of Chicago, IL

Colibri Boston is awesome! Our guide Jorge was warm, welcoming, smart, fully knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. We enjoyed deep conversations, as we were very curious about daily life in Cuba. As for accommodation, we stayed in stunning villas in Havana and charming “campesino” fincas in the countryside. We loved every bit of our Cuba excursions.

Maria & Tony C. of Boston, MA