Classic Cuba Tour

Daily Tour 6 days / 5 nights Tour Guide: Colby
Cuba Latin America Availability: Jan 10, 2019

Designed for travelers seeking the classic Cuban experience, from cars, cigars, and culture, this 6 day / 5 night Classic Cuba Tour covers it all and more! On this tour, you will encounter a world famous cigar factory, dine at Cuba’s finest restaurants, tour the city in a classic car, learn about Cuba’s classic history on an Old Havana Walking Tour, learn how to make Cuban cocktails, tour an indigenous cave, learn the heart of the tobacco and coffee trade from Cuba’s local farmers, and much more. You’ll experience Cuba’s rich history, sweet-natured people, mouth-watering cuisine, unique nature, and its world famous tobacco and coffee like never before. Your professional guide will accompany you the entire way, with three nights in awe-inspiring Havana and two nights in the jaw-dropping Viñales Valley. On this tour, it’s guaranteed that you will experience Cuban culture at its best and gain a true understanding, from experience, what this island, “frozen in time”, was like in its early years.

Book now to experience romantic Havana and awe-inspiring Viñales on this once-in-a-lifetime Classic Cuba Tour!


BEGINNING LOCATION
José Martí International Airport (Google Map)

BEGINNING TIME
Upon Your Arrival At Airport

INCLUDED
  • Professional Guide
  • All Transportation
  • Accommodations at BnB*
  • Breakfasts (5) & Dinners (5)
  • Three Nights in Havana
  • Two Nights in Viñales
  • Classic Car Tour (two hours)
  • Old Havana Walking Tour
  • Cigar Factory Tour**
  • Cuban Cocktail Lesson + Drinks
  • Panoramic View of Viñales Valley
  • Tobacco Farm Tour***
  • Cuban Coffee Experience
  • Indian Cave Tour
  • Professional Photography + Photos
  • Detailed Itinerary & Tour Packet
  • Seasonal Packing List
  • Emergency Support

NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare
  • Cuban Visa
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Tips


What to Expect

On this Classic Cuba Tour, you will begin and end at the José Martí International Airport in Havana. You can expect your complete itinerary from transportation, accommodations, private tours/experiences, and meals to be previously arranged and paid for by your guide. You will be accompanied the entire tour by a Gardner Tours professional guide, educated on Cuban culture, history, tobacco, coffee, etc, and all we require of you is to simply enjoy yourself! In the event that something changes or doesn’t go exactly as planned, please be patient and courteous, as it is our guarantee that our guides will handle any challenges with timely grace to ensure that you are taken care of and that you get the authentic Cuban experience you desire.

*Your accommodations will be at a Cuban BnB equipped with air-conditioner as well as a private bathroom. Each of our accommodation partners provide private rooms with a full bed and a twin bed, and can occupy up to three persons per room. If you desire to share a room with your travel companions (up to three persons per room), please specify in the details of your booking.

**Cigar Factories in Cuba are closed on the weekends as well as two longer holidays during the year. If you happen to book during these times, it is our guarantee that you will get to experience the same education and cigar rolling experience.

***Tobacco season in Cuba is during the dry season, with planting season starting in October and harvest season from February to March. If you happen to book outside of these months, know that you might see barren lands, but it is our guarantee that you will experience the same education and tobacco experience as if you were visiting in-season. You might not get to witness the acts of planting or harvest, but you will definitely encounter the world’s greatest tobacco culture at work.

Each of our guides are well versed in their culture and able to answer almost any question you may have for them! You will have complete freedom to take your tour at the pace you please, deciding to sit and enjoy the view as long as you desire, asking the tobacco farmer as many questions as you want, or simply enjoying your dinner just a little longer than you normally would. Your guide will give you time and space to enjoy your lunch each day as you like (with or without them). They meet you at the arranged time each morning to begin your day and will drop you off at your BnB each night. They will serve you along the way and ensure that you are well taken care of during your entire stay.

Gardner Tours is committed to delivering you the most professional, comprehensive, and entertaining tours offered in Cuba! If you have questions or would like to adjust this tour in any way, feel free to contact us and we will gladly accommodate your desires.


What to Bring
  • A detailed, seasonal packing list will be provided to you after booking.
Day One: Arrival in Havana & Classic Car Tour

Based upon the time your flight arrives to José Martí International Airport in Havana, your professional guide will be waiting for you at your final customs exit. Following a quick meet and greet, you will ride into Old Havana, get settled into your BnB, then kick your tour off with a bang on a two-hour Classic Car Tour of the city! You will visit Havana’s most remarkable sites such as the Christ Statue overlooking the city, the Morro Castle, Revolution Square, the Capitol, the Vedado neighborhood, and finish with a breezy cruise down the Malecón (seawall) at sunset. After your classic car tour, you will be dropped off at our favorite restaurant in the city to experience their mouth-watering cuisine and the live music that the alley offers! If you choose, your guide will drop you off at your BnB after dinner. If you desire to explore the nightlife of Old Havana, you will be free to do so.

Day Two: Cuban History & Culture

At the arranged time you choose, your professional guide will meet you at your BnB to begin your day. You will receive a completely comprehensive education on Cuban culture, history, folklore, and much more on an Old Havana Walking Tour. You will be walked through the city to learn of and visit some of its most historic and romantic sites like the Castle of the Royal Force, Plaza Vieja, the Havana Cathedral, La Bodeguita del Medio (one of Hemingway’s hangout), and so much more. You will meet local artists at their shops and might even bump into a few of Havana’s personalities. Who knows, you might even find yourself dancing to traditional Cuban music with locals in the street! Your Old Havana Walking Tour will begin in the morning in the oldest part of the city, and following lunch at the location of your choice (your guide can give recommendations), you will complete the walking tour in the Capitol Area visiting locations like an artisan’s market, Central Park, the Capitol, the Original Partagas Cigar Factory, and the Museum of the Revolution among others.

After your walking tour is complete, you will have the time and freedom to rest and clean up before dinner if you so choose. For dinner, your guide will take you to one of our favorite places, a quiet and private rooftop restaurant in the thick of the city. This restaurant was originally a home constructed in the mid-1800s and now serves as a restaurant, art gallery, and BnB. This is the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy your company. Following dinner, your guide will drop you off at your BnB if you so choose. If you desire to further explore the nightlife of Old Havana, you will be free to do so.

Day Three: Classic Havana

Day three will be icing on the cake with a Cigar Factory Tour, Cuban Cocktail Lesson (includes a minimum of one drink), time to purchase more souvenirs, and dinner during a private cigar event with live jazz!

Again, your guide will meet you at your chosen time in the morning, then you will be transported to one of Havana’s famous cigar factories to receive a complete education on the process of Cuba’s world-renowned tobacco!

Following your visit to the cigar factory and Habanos store, you will be transported back to Old Havana for lunch at the restaurant of your choice (your guide can give recommendations). After taking lunch, you may have a time of rest if you please, then you will get a private lesson on how to make Cuban cocktails where you will receive at least one cocktail to enjoy! Be sure to bring pen and paper to take notes!

Just before dinner, you will take time to clean up and put your Cuban best on to experience one of the best nights you will have in Cuba, an incredible dinner accompanied with live jazz! Following, you may want to explore more of Havana’s nightlife on your final night, but if not, your guide will escort you to your BnB.

Day Four: Farewell Havana, Hello Viñales!

After breakfast, at a predetermined time, you will take off for Viñales in a private car. After your arrival, you will get settled into your BnB, then walk into town for lunch at a restaurant of your choice on the city’s main street!

You will then have the opportunity to either rest a bit and get acclimated to the slow pace of Viñales or take off for a tour of a local tobacco farm where you will receive an education on Cuban tobacco from seed to harvest from a local campesino (farmer). Depending on the season and availability of tobacco, you might even get to help in the process of harvest or roll your own cigar! At the end of the Tobacco Farm Tour, you will have the opportunity to kick your feet back with the farmers and enjoy a smoke, a drink, and the view as long as you please.

Following, you will be transported to what many claim as the best view in all of Cuba, a panoramic view of the Viñales Valley. You will see farms and mogotes (random mountainous formations in the valley) for miles and dream of what life was like as the natives roamed the land.

Following a time of relaxation and photographs at the viewpoint, you will be taken just a short walk away to a restaurant with one of the best views in all of Viñales. You will taste their exquisite cuisine and relax as you soak in the view and assume the slow-paced lifestyle of the campesino. And if you’re one to enjoy a Cuban cocktail, this restaurant places a bottle of rum on your table and simply explains, “Here is a bottle for your table, in case you would like to add more rum to your cocktail.”

After dinner, if you so choose, your guide will drop you off at your BnB. If you desire to explore the nightlife of Viñales, you will be free to do so.

Day Five: Coffee & Caves

At the arranged time you choose, your professional guide will meet you at your BnB to begin your day. You will first be escorted to a local farm for an extensive education on Cuban coffee from a local farmer. There you will have the opportunity to learn the entire process that Cuban coffee undergoes from plant to espresso. Depending on the season and availability of coffee, you might even get to help in harvest and join in the process all the way from picking the beans to brewing your own espresso!

After the coffee experience, you will have the opportunity to eat lunch at a local restaurant. If you desire a more relaxed lunch, you can arrange to eat a home cooked meal at your BnB.

Following your lunch, you will then be transported to the Cave of the Indian, a relaxed tour, where you will encounter a performance by the natives, explore the insides of a great cave, and finish on a boat through the cave.

To finish your evening in the most immaculate style, after cleaning up, your private car will take you into the valley to a former tobacco farm that has been converted into an acclaimed restaurant manned by a Cuban chef that can’t be matched (he was trained by the King’s Chef in Spain). You will dine at what we claim is Cuba’s best restaurant and experience true Cuban hospitality and the fine food that comes with it! We can guarantee that this will be the best dining experience that you will have in all of Cuba. The view, the hospitality, the cuisine, and the atmosphere simply can’t be beat.

If you choose, after dinner, your guide will drop you off at your BnB to relax as you wind down your evening. If you decide to explore the nightlife of Viñales on your final night in Cuba, you will be free to do so.

Day Six: Final Taste & Departure

Depending on the departure time of your flight, you might have the opportunity to relax and enjoy your last few hours in Viñales. If so, you will have time to purchase any last-minute souvenirs from local artisans and/or take those photos that you may have missed. At the appointed time, you will be picked up by your private taxi, escorted directly to the José Martí International Airport, and dropped off three to four hours prior to your departure for an ample amount of time to purchase any last-minute souvenirs, check your bags, go through security and customs, and arrive at your gate for a safe flight home.

Our Guarantee

Gardner Tours is committed to delivering you the most professional, comprehensive, and entertaining tours offered in Cuba! If you have questions or would like to adjust this tour in any way, feel free to contact us and we will gladly accommodate your desires.

On this tour, you will experience the best of both worlds in Cuba, the thriving city of Havana and the slow-paced country town of Viñales.Havana, the colorful capital of Cuba, is a vibrant and bustling city full of architectural, cultural, and head-turning gems that spark an inviting curiosity within its travelers. Founded in 1519, Havana remains the economic, political, cultural and social hub of this rich island nation. Everything within this UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the classic cars to its world-famous cigars and living folklore beckons the explorer in you to come alive.Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Viñales Valley lies in the province of Pinar del Río, the tobacco metropolis of Cuba. Viñales is a colorful, laid-back, culture-rich town that draws visitors from around the world to experience its jaw-dropping nature, easy-going pace, and of course, it's world famous tobacco and coffee. From the mountainous valley to tobacco fields, local farmers, and colorful homes that line the streets, this is one area of the island that you can't afford to miss. Everything within the Viñales Valley is so welcoming and warm that you just might decide to stay, or return again and again!

9 Reviews

  1. Carlynn
    8:51 pm - November 15, 2018 / Reply

    I booked a trip with Gardner Tours and it was amazing!! My guide, Colby, took care of everything in a very professional way. He took us to the hot spots of top interest in Havana, as well as some of hidden treasures off the beaten path. In Viñales, we took a horseback ride down in the valley where the tobacco fields were and met some of the farmers. All in all, the experience was full of great cultural experiences that I will never forget. Thank you so much, Gardner Tours!!

    5
    1. Colby
      9:12 pm - November 15, 2018 / Reply

      Thank you for your review! It’s was a treat serving you in Cuba! 🙂

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  2. Jimmy H.
    10:50 pm - February 14, 2019 / Reply

    Had a great trip to Cuba back in January, one I will never forget!!! Got to see and experience some amazing places and people. Had a couple of days in Havana taking in the architecture, shopping, great food and entertainment. Then we spent a few in Vinales where we took a private tour of a tobacco farm learning the process of growing, harvesting and drying the tobacco leaves. They even showed us how they hand roll the best Cuban cigars!! Took a bike ride across the valley to some mountains for a cave tour. Boats took us through part of the cave which was way cool!! All our accommodations, from the hostel, travel arrangements and activities were well taken care of for us!! I couldn’t be more happy with experience in Cuba! Hope to return soon.

    5
    1. Colby Gardner
      11:25 pm - February 14, 2019 / Reply

      Thank you sir! It was a great trip indeed and we hope to have you again some day!

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  3. Cara B.
    11:12 pm - February 14, 2019 / Reply

    Best vacation ever! Gardner Tours is so awesome! I couldn’t imagine anyone not enjoying their time, it is an amazing experience. Colby knows so much about Cuba and all of the best places to go. You will truly feel catered to and leave wanting to come back. I highly recommend this trip!

    5
    1. Colby Gardner
      11:22 pm - February 14, 2019 / Reply

      Thank you, Cara! 🙂 You were a pleasure to serve!

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  4. Cindi E.
    11:15 pm - February 14, 2019 / Reply

    The most amazing tour with the most amazing tour company of a most amazing country! Gardner Tours provided a suggested hosted itinerary, but allowed personal jaunts as well…with ample down time to just soak it all in. From cigars to fine coffee, from city to country side, from vintage cars to horseback rides ~ the knowledge of country, culture, comfort and cuisine was exemplary! Felt completely safe, with never a worry or concern. Thanks for the fantastic time Gardner Tours ~ I’ll be calling in the future!

    5
    1. Colby Gardner
      11:20 pm - February 14, 2019 / Reply

      Thank you, Cindi! It was absolutely wonderful serving you ladies during that week! Y’all were a breath of fresh air!

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  5. JIm P.
    11:17 pm - February 14, 2019 / Reply

    I recently traveled with Gardner Tours and it was a trip of a lifetime! Colby was attentive, knowledgeable, and made it memorable. The history tour, local connections, From his willingness to go the extra mile to actually documenting things with his professional camera it was the best of the best. I travel a few times a year for pleasure and Garner Tours is the best!

    5
    1. Colby Gardner
      11:21 pm - February 14, 2019 / Reply

      Thank you, Jim! It was more than a blast to have you guys! We are looking forward to your upcoming tour in September!

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  6. Amber H.
    1:48 pm - April 18, 2019 / Reply

    Had a wonderful time! The guides Yunior and Albert were phenomenal. The trip was one I’ll definitely remember.

    5
    1. Colby Gardner
      1:51 pm - April 18, 2019 / Reply

      Thank you, Amber! Yunior & Albert really are great guides that care well for their travelers and help them have the best time! We are glad you guys enjoyed it so much!

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  7. Irma C.
    1:56 pm - April 18, 2019 / Reply

    It had always been a dream of mine to go to Cuba. Like everyone else I was a little apprehensive about it. Gardner Tours took care of everything for us. They were always was a few steps ahead of any questions we might have. They truly prepared a wonderful, unforgettable, trip for us. Our tour guides Yunior and Albert were phenomenal. Enveloping us in the culture, and submerging us into their history. The bed and breakfast were not only quaint and beautiful, but also very welcoming, making you feel at home. I found it hard to leave. I fell in love with Old Havana and the cute fisherman towns that surrounded us. Please don’t get me going on the food! Everything was so delicious! I still have dreams about the coffee! I love everything about this trip the tour guides, the excursions, the bed and breakfast and the overall experience. Thank you Gardner Tours, Colby, Yunior and Albert for making this such a wonderful experience. I will definitely be coming back.

    5
    1. Colby Gardner
      1:58 pm - April 18, 2019 / Reply

      Irma, thank you! It was a pleasure serving you guys! I know that Yunior and Albert enjoyed serving y’all as well! They still talk about your group from time to time.

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  8. Gene S.
    2:02 pm - April 18, 2019 / Reply

    This was the most incredible tour of Cuba that I had been dreaming of for years! Thank you!

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    1. Colby Gardner
      2:18 pm - April 18, 2019 / Reply

      Thank you, Gene! It was great seeing how much you were enjoying Cuba and even more wonderful to serve you in it!

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  9. Alicia P.
    2:03 pm - April 18, 2019 / Reply

    What a great tour! Thank you!

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    1. Colby Gardner
      2:18 pm - April 18, 2019 / Reply

      Thank you, Alicia! We sure enjoyed serving you guys!

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