Local Cuba West and Centre Tour

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A week-long tour including Havana’s unrivalled mix of architectural styles, Viñales’ awe-inspiring natural landscapes, and Trinidad’s timeless glamour. Get to the essence of the Caribbean’s biggest island with our expertly-curated off-the-beaten-path experiences, including a dust-off for your Spanish and salsa moves. This is a tour for the immersive traveller who wants to enjoy the freedom of discovering places on their own but without the hassle of booking transfers, accommodations and guided orientation throughout. From old American cars to the heritage of a guerrilla-led revolution, plus a taste of authentic cigars, Local Cuba West and Centre Tour gives you the perfect bite to a memorable Cuba journey.


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Excludes international flights

  • Havana + Viñales + Cienfuegos + Trinidad
  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast Included
  • Staying in Casas Particulares (homestays with private en suite rooms)
  • Private transport throughout: mini-bus, micro-bus, or taxi depending on group size
  • Small Group: 4 -12 travellers



With our own on-the-ground team in Cuba, you'll benefit from the support and advice of highly-trained, friendly, English-speaking reps. Based in Havana, Varadero, Viñales and Trinidad, our Cuba Direct reps will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly from beginning to end, giving you peace of mind.

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Day 1 - Havana

Welcome to the Local Cuba West and Centre Tour! Whether you are already in Havana or arriving today, this is the day you’ll meet your specialized tour guide. Once at the guesthouse, check for the Welcome Note we left for you with specific instructions about the welcome meeting we’ll have this first evening. Until then, enjoy your free time in Havana! The transfer from the airport to the casa particular in Havana is NOT included with the purchase of this trip. If you need transfer on arrival, please contact our Travel Consultants with your flights details and we will add it to the itinerary.

Day 2 - Viñales

We’ll begin with a two-hour city tour that gives you a panoramic overview of Old Havana’s colonial plazas. Get ready for picture-perfect moments gazing at the city’s multi-colored architecture. We’ll then say See you soon! to Cuba’s capital and venture west to Viñales, a Unesco-listed natural landscape that surrounds a culturally rich, small village. On the way, we’ll visit the artistic venues of Gaudí-inspired Fusterland, and the Afro-Cuban hub of Callejón de Hamel. The tour leader will help you dust off your Spanish with a quick informal lesson while on the three-hour scenic drive to Viñales. There’s free time for lunch and relax in the afternoon.

Day 3 - Viñales

Indulge yourself with Viñales’ rural, laid-back charm – or you might rather prefer to make the most out of the day and switch between horseback riding, birdwatching Cuban hummingbirds, trekking, or visiting tobacco farms. You could also consider exploring the valley of mogotes (rounded limestone cliffs) including a cycling and zipline tour (all optional activities). Nightlife is very active here too so get comfy in your dancing shoes!

Day 4 - Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs

Today’s on the road again for a long-day trip to the Bay of Pigs, home of unspoiled beaches, superb diving and one of the Cold War’s most important historical sites. Ask your tour leader about the botched CIA-sponsored invasion that took place here in 1961. You’ll arrive to Cienfuegos in time for a stroll around the Unesco World Heritage Site Parque Jose Martí. We’ve also included a guided tour to Palacio de Valle, an eclectically styled palace combining mudéjar ornamentation, Gothic vestibules, Imperial-style ceilings, and a Louis XVI-inspired music room. Sunsets from atop the tower are amazing!

Day 5 - Trinidad

Enjoy some free time this morning before we head eastward to Trinidad – it’s less than two hours to get there. As your tour leader will explain in the included orientation walk, this is one of Cuba’s most beautiful colonial cities. Wander its cobbled streets, admiring the iconic architecture: pastel-coloured buildings with wrought-iron grille windows and red ceramic tile roof-tops. Trinidad’s town centre attracts most of the attention, especially around the picturesque Plaza Mayor. The Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad (or Parroquial Mayor) sits on one of the corners of the plaza (all optional activities).

Day 6 - Trinidad

Today’s free for discovering Trinidad on your own pace, with the helping hand of your tour leader. There are a number of museums to visit, with a varied range of collections - make sure to visit the Museo Romántico, a colonial mansion from the 18th century which overlooks the Plaza Mayor, or the Museo de la Lucha contra Bandidos (‘Museum of the Struggle against Bandits’), housed in the former Convent of San Francis of Assisi. You might want to call it ‘done’ for city touring and spend the day at the beach in the nearby Playa Ancón (all optional activities). Ask your guide for tips and tricks on the best possible excursions to fill your day.

Day 7 - Havana via Santa Clara

Heading back to Havana, our final day on the road includes a visit to the Manaca-Iznaga estate, a former sugar plantation featuring a 44m-high tower that provides visitors with the most amazing view of the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Further on, you’ll have the chance to visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum in Santa Clara. Regardless of your political views, the Mausoleum is a fascinating site that not only provides a glimpse into the life of one of the most important political figures of the 20th century, but also into the cult and following that developed after his assassination in 1967. Once in Havana you’ll have time to settle in at your final accommodation and enjoy the last minutes of our Local Cuba West and Centre Tour.

Day 8 – Departure or Extension Day

Plan your hours to make the most out of them on this final day. If your flight leaves late and you want to explore a bit more don’t hesitate to ask for help to your tour leader.

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