Exploring Cuba 2025

Two time slots available: Feb 9 – 20 and Feb 22 – March 1, 2025.

Cost: $2495

(Based on double occupancy. Single supplement available upon request)

The first tour begins Sunday, February 9th and ends Tuesday, February 18th. The second tour begins Thursday, February 20th and ends Saturday, March 1st.

(8 spots open for each tour)

If you are interested in joining this cultural, educational experience in direct support of the Cuban people, please contact us to book directly.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Cuban culture and directly support the people while learning about their history and ways of life in both urban and rural settings. We stay with locals, eat in their homes or dine at local restaurants, and hire private guides. There will be ample opportunities for excellent street photography in Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos, as well as snapping images of the countryside on our guided farm tours and nature hikes, and a chance to see the world’s smallest hummingbird, the bee hummingbird (endemic to Cuba). With that said, we would like to clarify that this is not a tropical vacation, this tour is focuses on experiencing Cuba and getting to know the people and culture.

We will be leading two groups of 8 people and will have a Cuban guide and drivers as well. The tours will begin in Havana where we will spend two nights and one full day enjoying what the city has to offer. We will then travel to Trinidad de Cuba for two nights and Cienfuegos and Playa Larga for one night each before driving to the mountainous farming community of Viñales, where we will spend three nights before returning to Havana for homebound flights.

Day 1

Sunday 2/9 or Thursday 2/20

Havana

Everyone arrives in Havana. We will meet you at the airport as you exit customs. Our drivers will then take you to the casas where we will be staying in the city. Once everyone has arrived, we will walk to dinner with our guide. Room in Havana.

 

Day 2

Monday 2/10 or Friday 2/21

Havana

Walking tour of Havana in the morning followed by lunch and a classic car tour of the city in the afternoon. From the cars and architecture to the culture and vibrancy, there will be no shortage of interesting destinations or photo ops! Dinner and room in Havana.

Day 3

Tuesday 2/11 or Saturday 2/22

Havana to Trinidad de Cuba

Drive to Trinidad de Cuba with a stop in El Parque Cubano for a roughly 45-minute hike (one way) followed by a refreshing swim below a waterfall. After checking into our rooms in Trinidad, we will walk to a local restaurant with our guide for dinner. Room in Trinidad.

 

Day 4

Wednesday 2/12 or Sunday 2/23

Trinidad de Cuba

Guided morning walk around the city followed by a horseback riding tour of the countryside. We will visit a local farm where you can purchase honey and fresh roasted coffee beans. Lunch at a restaurant in the countryside. Dinner and room in Trinidad. 

Day 5

Thursday 2/13 or Monday 2/24

Trinidad de Cuba to Cienfuegos

Drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos, where we will spend one night. On the way to Cienfuegos, we will visit El Nicho Park, hike to the waterfalls and explore a cave at the river source, then swim below the falls. We will have lunch in El Nicho and then continue to Cienfuegos. Dinner and room in Cienfuegos. 

Day 6

Friday 2/14 or Tuesday 2/25

Cienfuegos to Playa Larga

Morning walking tour of Cienfugeos before driving to Playa Girón, on the Bay of Pigs. We will tour the Bay of Pigs Military Museum and have lunch in Girón, then continue the short distance to Playa Larga for the night. We will visit the Casa Ana bird sanctuary, where you have a good chance of seeing the world’s smallest species of hummingbird, the bee hummingbird (endemic to Cuba), and you can choose to walk to the beach near the casas. Dinner and room in Playa Larga.

Day 7

Saturday 2/15 or Wednesday 2/26

Playa Larga to Vinales

We will go for a morning snorkeling tour in the Bay of Pigs. The water is very clear and will see a variety of tropical fish and a boatwreck from the 1961 Bay of Pigs Battle. From there we will drive to Viñales, where we will spend the next three nights. This is our longest day of travel. Dinner and room in Viñales.

 

Day 8

Sunday 2/16 or Thursday 2/27

 Viñales

Day trip to local caves in the limestone mountains of the Pinar del Río Province. Later we will watch the sunset from El Pairiso Restaurant. Dinner and room in Viñales.

Day 9

Monday 2/17 or Friday 2/28

Viñales

Guided hike into the mountains to photograph the sunrise over Viñales Valley. Afternoon walking tour to a local tobacco farm where we learn about the tobacco growing process and watch a cigar rolling demonstration. You can purchase coffee, honey, guava berry rum, and local cigars. Dinner and room in Viñales.

Day 10

Tuesday 2/18 or Saturday 3/1

Viñales to José Marti International Airport (Havana)

Return to Havana for late afternoon departures (not before 2:30 pm). If no late afternoon flights
are available, we will arrange another night of lodging for you in Havana and
airport tranfer the the following day.

 

What the fee includes:

  • All transportation in Cuba. 
  • Lodging. We will be staying at privately owned casas, which operate like a bed & breakfast in the US. Each morning you will be served a full breakfast of fresh fruit, bread, cheese, local honey and jams, Cuban coffee (delicious and strong!), and two eggs prepared the way you like.
  • Classic car tour of Havana. We will explore some of the city’s best sights in classic convertibles, in addition to walking tours of the city with our guide.
  • Snorkeling Tour at Playa Larga (Bay of Pigs) and the Bay of Pigs Military Museum.
  • Entrance to both El Nicho and El Cubano national parks.
  • Horseback farm tour in Trinidad. We will visit farms by horseback, sample local coffee, honey, and sugarcane juice (with rum if you like), and have the opportunity to purchase coffee beans and honey.
  • Mountain sunrise hike, tobacco farm tour, and and cave tours in Viñales. You can watch a cigar rolling demostration and purchase local cigars, honey, coffee beans, and guava berry rum.
  • Guiding services of our Cuban guide and Colin & Mike, as well as photographic instruction for those who would like. Cuba is a photographer’s dream and we are confident that the abundance of culture and street scenes, as well as the tropical landscape, will leave you inspired and longing to come back for more!

   What the fee does not include:

    • Cuban Travel Visa ($85 to $100)
    • Travel insurance – recommended
    • Lunch and dinner not specified “included” in the itinerary
    • Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and bottled water
    • Any extra (and optional) excursions that are not part of the original itinerary.
    • Personal items
    • Gratuities
    • Airfare to and from Cuba

Caribbean Tour 2025 deposit $500

Please contact us if you are interested in reserving a spot! mail@natexpotours.com

February 9th – 180th, 2024 (10 spots available)

February 20th – March 1st, 2024 (10 spots available)

10 – day Tour $2495 per person

Based on double occupancy. Single supplement available upon request