Multi-Day Tour

Complete Cuba (10 days)

International Expeditions

Miami, FL, United States To Miami, FL, United States

Complete Cuba (10 days)


Day 1
Miami, FL United States
Cambria Suites Miami Airport Snack

Arrive Miami

Our Cuba people-to-people travel program begins in Miami with a briefing and welcome reception before an overnight at the Cambria Suites Miami Airport.

Day 2
Cienfuegos, Cuba
Hotel La Union Dinner

Miami / Cienfuegos

Early this morning, return to the airport and board our flight to Cuba. Depending on your departure day, you will travel to either Camaguey, Santa Clara or Cienfugos. Enjoy a performance by the Cienfuegos choir. Enjoy a walking tour of Cienfuegos’ city center, where wide avenues lead to the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking through the city today makes for a captivating experience, with colonial buildings — such as the Tomas Terry Theater, public squares and monuments, some of which are whitewashed and others splashed with bright Caribbean colors. Overnight at Hotel La Union or similar.

Day 3
Trinidad, Cuba
Hotel Los Helechos Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Drive through the spectacular Valle De Los Ingenios - Valley of the Sugar Mills - an UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site where we see the ruined hulls of 19th century sugar estates. During the 19th century there were more than 40 sugar mills with elaborate estate houses but now most are in ruins. Chat with villagers in Manaca Iznaga while enjoying a glass of cold mango juice. Travel to Trinidad, an architectural jewel proclaimed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Red tiled roofs atop pastel stucco structures line the cobbled streets. This port city reflects its 16th century past and founding by Conquistadors. Eighteenth century smugglers and pirates made frequent calls here or even used this port as their base of operations in the Caribbean. The wealth and importance of Trinidad continued into the 19th century, when sugar barons reigned. Experience the community like a local, visiting with shop owners and sampling local fare as we walk through the colonial heart of the city. At Casa Del Alfarero Santander, an artisan workshop, meet local artists and learn about traditional pottery techniques. This pottery studio has been run by the same family for decades, and the Santanders share their family history while we take a turn at the wheel. Stroll through town, with the chance to visit a music club to mingle with the locals and enjoy authentic Cuban music. Spend two nights at Hotel Los Helechos or similar.

Day 4
Topes de Collantes, Cuba
Hotel Los Helechos Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Topes de Collantes

Enjoy a spectacular morning in the Sierra de Escambray mountains at Topes de Collantes National Park, one of the best places to enjoy Cuba's natural beauty. Wet winds coming off the Atlantic make the north face of the mountains a refuge for plants and animals, including Cuban trogon, the national bird of Cuba. After learning the history of Cuban coffee, relax over a cup of coffee while chatting with your local guide about efforts to protect the region. After lunch visit a modern art museum, seeing pieces by important artists.

Day 5
Playa Girón, Cuba
Hotel Playa Larga Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Zapata Wetlands / Bay of Pigs

The Zapata Peninsula encompasses a national park protecting Cuba’s most important wetland area. It is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve closely resembling the Florida Everglades. There are 900 species of flora, 171 species of birds (18 endemics), 31 species of reptiles and many mammal species calling the Zapata Wetlands home. Join Orlando Ramirez, a local farmer, to search for the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird. On the Bay of Pigs, discuss the importance of the wetlands with a local environmentalist. Spend tonight at Hotel Playa Larga or similar.

Day 6
Soroa, Cuba
Villa Soroa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bay of Pigs / Soroa

Begin our day at the Korimakao Project. If the staff is not traveling, we sit in on their practices before a discussion on the transformative power of art. The project houses some of Cuba’s finest musicians and artists, who refine their skills before traveling to remote villages to perform and teach. Present art, music and dance supplies to Yander, the director. Set out toward the western part of Cuba, traveling to Pinar del Rio Province. Pay homage to Ernest Hemingway while discussing his work with Cuban Hemingway specialists at his former home, Finca Vigia, preserved as it was on the day of his death. Travelers can only peer through the open windows of this museum, but the inside is arranged almost as if the home was waiting for him to return with guests. Hemingway’s fishing boat, El Pilar, is still on the grounds.Stop at locally owned paladar, IL Divino, for lunch. Chat about the "new" Cuban economy with the entrepreneurs operating this small, private restaurant. After lunch, explore the adjacent farm, which uses sustainable agriculture to supply the restaurant. Spend two nights at Villa Soroa or similar.

Day 7
Soroa, Cuba
Villa Soroa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Soroa & Viñales

Wind our way through the Sierra de los Organos Mountains to Viñales, stopping to take photos of the breathtaking vistas. Stroll the lanes of Viñales, taking in scenes of daily life in Cuba. Sample the homegrown vegetables grown at an organic farm while meeting the family who is responsible for the land. Stop at a tobacco farm to learn about the processes and history of Cuban cigars. You have the chance to sample a famed cigar and sip a cup of Cuban coffee if you wish.

Day 8
Havana, Cuba
Parque Central Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Soroa / Las Terrazas / Havana

Survey an orchid garden with staff from the University of Pinar del Rio. Meet local naturalists, business owners and farmers in the planned community of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with just 1,000 residents that was founded on a green ethic. The self-contained community is surrounded by foliage thick with indigenous species, including hibiscus, teak and ebony trees that were part of a reforestation project. Stop at Cafe de Maria for a cup of locally grown coffee and chat with the family who runs the business. Drive along the oceanfront Malecon Avenue, seeing Revolution Square. Spend two nights at the Parque Central or similar.

Day 9
Havana, Cuba
Parque Central Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Stroll cobblestone streets through the atmospheric squares of Old Havana, taking in fading colonial architecture, antique American cars and the pervasive music and festive atmosphere. Along the way, call on the historic haunts of Hemingway as well as chat with locals at outdoor markets. Interact with the locals as we explore an art market. Cap off our time in Havana with an excursion to hear the famed Buena Vista Social Club.

Day 10
Miami, FL United States
None Breakfast

Havana / Miami

Transfer to the Jose Marti Airport for our charter flight to Miami, where you connect with flights home after 8 p.m. (B)

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing


Venture into Cuba’s lush countryside for a rare glimpse at this geographically rich country. Against a backdrop of dramatic limestone mogotes, tobacco-dotted valleys and wetlands that hug an historic coast, connect to the warm, generous people who inhabit Cuba’s fertile valleys.

Survey classic Cuban “must sees” including Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Bay of Pigs, Viñales and Havana. Throughout the journey, you’ll interact with musicians, a youth choir, budding entrepreneurs and even a chef specializing in locally grown, vegetarian cuisine.

But what really sets International Expeditions' Complete Cuba tour apart is the emphasis on engaging with Cuban naturalists, birders, biologists and conservation groups while traveling to Topes de Collantes National Park, Zapata Wetlands, Las Terrazas and several botanical gardens during the course of the journey.

Finish your trip in Havana for a complete Cuban experience.

About Us

For 33 years, travelers have relied on International Expeditions’ matchless expertise to discover the captivating wildlife, inspiring landscapes and fascinating cultures of Earth’s most pristine natural and cultural wonders. Our small-ship adventures to the Peruvian Amazon and Galapagos Islands, intimate group journeys to Patagonia, Panama, Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, India and Cuba, and in-depth safaris open the world to curious travelers. IE’s engaging, small-group itineraries delve wildlife, customs and ecological issues — all through the eyes of passionate, knowledgeable local naturalists. Our award-winning itineraries include a conservation focus that affords our guests opportunities to visit scientific researchers and even participate in community service projects on select tours.

Insider Tip

Have guests who want a personal look at all the wildlife an area offers? IE's naturalist guides are happy to take guests on spontaneous pre-dawn birding excursions...just ask!

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Galapagos & Machu Picchu Excursion

By: DrummerBoy

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2013

International Expeditions (IE) provided an amazing trip for both locations. Everything was taken care of, the guides/crew were amazing and the food and lodgings equally terrific. I saw sights that you can't see anywhere else! I would highly recommend this trip for all ages.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Splendid trip, diferent and exciting

By: Jose

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2014

This was a magic and different trip, all nature and splendid vegetation, was something we were really expecting to have in teh Amazons, in the other way the second part of the trip the great machupicchu, and the beautiful Cusco were impresive. Thank you.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy