Though just 94 miles from the tip of Florida, Cuba has long been an enigma. But now, the mysteries of this island nation are yours to unravel. Journey into a changing Cuba, from the iconic streets of Old Havana to its less-traveled heartland. You'll meet locals from all walks of life: artists and musicians, farmers and cigar makers, economists and historians. And you'll visit some of the best-loved corners of Cuba, including Havana's sun-drenched oceanfront Malecón, Hemingway's retreat at Finca Vigía, and the fragrant tobacco fields of Viñales.
Meet the people of Cuba on this fascinating tour of a culturally-rich and rapidly changing country
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Old Havana and Las Terrazas
Dine on fresh, farm-to-table meals and in authentic home restaurants known as paladares
Arrive in Miami, the gateway to Cuba, and meet your MT Sobek representative and fellow travelers in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport Hotel. The evening is free to enjoy a meal of your choice at a nearby Cuban restaurant in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.
Board a short flight to Havana. Meet your English-speaking Cuban guide at José Martí International Airport, and begin your introduction to Cuba with a visit to Revolution Square. Enjoy your first meal at a popular paladar, a privately-owned restaurant. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana). Stroll along the cobblestone streets of this 500-year-old city and visit important sites and squares, including the Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral. Shop at the outdoor book market, a cross-cultural treasure trove of books, posters, and antiques. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight at a popular Havana paladar.
Visit a cigar factory and learn about the history of Cuban cigars. Drive to the Alamar district, a barrio on the outskirts of Havana, and meet one of the founders of the community gardens. Later, stroll the quiet streets of Cojímar, a quaint fishing village that served as the setting for the novel The Old Man and the Sea, and enjoy lunch at an open-air paladar. Visit Ernest Hemingway's Cuban retreat, Finca Vigía - now a national museum. Return to Havana in the late afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight.
After breakfast, visit Colón Cemetery, where many of Havana's notables have been buried since 1872. Visit the beautiful home workshop and private studio of a famed Cuban sculpture artist. After lunch, visit La Lavanderia, a gallery dedicated to visual artists using the techniques of famed Cuban artist Rafael Perez. End the day with a visit to a community music project dedicated to training youngsters in the traditions of Cuban music. At each visit, engage in informal question and answer discussions with the artists and musicians. Dinner is on your own tonight.
After breakfast, tour the National Museum of Fine Arts, with its fascinating Cuban collection and discuss Cuban fine arts with the museum's docent. Walk to the nearby Museum of the Revolution and see many artifacts including the ship Granma on which Fidel Castro sailed with his cohorts from Mexico to stage their revolution. After lunch, take an optional visit to the artisan's market located on Havana's Malecón or return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Gather for dinner at a popular paladar and before saying farewell to Havana.
Explore the community of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve world-renowned for its culture of cooperative living and sustainability. Visit a clinic to learn how medical services are handled in rural Cuba, and stop at Café María to discuss coffee culture in Cuba. For lunch, enjoy an authentic Cuban meal prepared and served outdoors at a local farmhouse. Afterward, take an optional swim in the San Juan River, a locals' watering-hole. End the afternoon in the charming town of Viñales and enjoy dinner at a local paladar.
See how tobacco, cassava, and taro are grown in the Valley of Viñales. This lush, serene area is known for its old-world tobacco fields and fascinating boulder-like hills that surround the valley floor. Learn how local live and work during an informal question-and-answer session with a farming family. Visit a state-run ration store to learn about the supply and distribution of goods in Cuba, and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table lunch at a farmhouse. Explore the valley's remarkable terrain during an afternoon walk. Gather for a farewell dinner at a paladar in Viñales.
After breakfast at your Viñales hotel, transfer to Havana's José Martí International Airport for your flight back to Miami.
We have been operating our Cuba program for years and have taken hundreds of guests into the country as part of our People-to-People licensed trip.
Our role is to navigate the continuing complexities involved in traveling to Cuba by arranging all the necessary visas, affidavits, accommodations, and local guides.
MT Sobek provides you with a first-hand view of emerging Cuba from those who know it best.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Cultural immersion with visits to local businesses, discussions with residents, and opportunities to learn about various facets of life in Cuba.
An airport hotel in Miami, a retro, 1950s hotel in Havana, and a cabin in a beautiful natural setting.
Tropical climate with a cooler, drier period from November to April. Daytime temperatures of 72-82°F. Cold fronts in winter are possible to 55°F.
The Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel. People-to-people travel exists as part of the educational activities category. This allows any American to legally travel to Cuba, provided they engage in a full-time schedule of activities.
Cuba has little to no internet. The lack of internet is something you'll need to plan for. Existing internet service is primarily provided through crowded, government-approved Wi-Fi hotspots around the country.
Absolutely. Cuban people welcome friendly people to their country, and Americans are no exception.
Yes. It is best if you let us know your dietary restrictions in advance, so we can plan ahead. The Cuban diet consists of beef, fish, and chicken, accompanied by beans and rice, potatoes, some lettuces and tomatoes, and plenty of fruit.
The entire Caribbean is affected by an annual hurricane season (June-November), with September and October having the highest number of hurricanes.
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"We saw more, did more, and learned more about living in Cuba with MT Sobek's superb local guide. She went beyond the itinerary to enhance the history and culture of this country in transition."
MT Sobek Guest, Cuba Cultural Discovery
"A marvelous experience that puts you in touch with the Cuban people and culture. The trip far exceeded our expectations."
MT Sobek Guest, Cuba Cultural Discovery