Best of Cuba Tour


Gain a sense of the past and experience the quickly changing present in the capital city of Havana, the coastal town of Cienfuegos, the colonial gem of Trinidad and the queen of central Cuba — Camaguey — on this in-depth cultural exchange with Cuban people. Enjoy beloved Cuban passions and pastimes such as dominoes, art, music and dance.


Day 1:  Arrive in Havana  [D]

Upon arrival in Havana, meet your Cuban guide who will provide local history and knowledge throughout the program. Drive by the Capitolio, the Malecón – Havana’s seafront promenade, U.S. Embassy, La Rampa, and Havana University. Explore La Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, also known as “La Cabaña” or “El Morro”. This fortress protected the mouth of the Havana harbor in its day and offers unique views over Havana ­ideal for gaining a better understanding of the city’s layout. Check-in your hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travelers and tour guide for a briefing and a welcome dinner. Overnight in Havana.

Day 2: Habana Vieja, Cuban Business, Community Arts [B,L,D]

We discover a local Farmer’s Market, to understand the cost of living and interact with local vendors. Then set out on exploration of Old Havana. Begin at the Plaza de Armas, the oldest part of the city. See the Greek Roman ‘El Templete’ site of the first Mass and town council meeting in 1519. Enjoy a performance by contemporary dance company Danza Combinatoria (another company may be substituted if they are on tour). Boxed lunch with the performance group, a unique opportunity to have one on one conversations.
In the afternoon, visit the offices of a local business, learn about the details of doing business in Cuba. Engage in a discussion on the changing economics of Cuba with an expert. Enjoy the panoramic views overlooking all of Havana from the office’s advantageous location.
Tonight enjoy homemade cooking prepared by the members of a neighborhood arts center and learn the story of the center’s unique construction. Later, interact with locals at the neighborhood community arts center and enjoy their music and dance party. Overnight in Havana.

Day 3: History of Cuban Music and Arts [B,D]

After breakfast at our hotel, a lecture by a musicologist takes you on a journey through the history of Cuban music. Explore the Fine Arts Museum of Havana with your Cuban Study Leader. Cuban art is renowned worldwide. Delve into the stories that each work of art relates and the statement on politics, culture and society that each artist conveys.
Lunch will be on your own. After lunch, continue your guided exploration of Old Havana including stops at Plaza San Francisco and Plaza Vieja. Overnight in Havana.

Day 4: The Viñales Valley [B,L]

Set out early and head west to the province of Pinar del Rio, to the famed Viñales Valley, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley boasts Cuba’s most strikingly beautiful landscapes, with anomalous karst formations rising from the valley floor, unlike any other region of the island. Meet a farmer and learn why the best tobacco is found here.
Enjoy a home ­cooked meal prepared with the produce of their organic farm. In the afternoon we will stroll the main square of the small village of  Viñales before returning to Havana. Overnight in Havana.

Day 5: Havana, The Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos  [B,L,D]

Depart Havana to the south of the island, stopping at Playa Giron, known to Americans as the Bay of Pigs ­a small coastal village and the site of the historical 1961 clash between CIA trained Cuban exiles and Cuban rebel forces. Explore the small Playa Giron Museum, which portrays the Cuban perspective of the infamous invasion and houses many historical artifacts including a Sea Fury fighter aircraft, photos and maps outlining each step of the failed mission.

After lunch at  a local paladar, explore the main square of Cienfuegos, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but a city founded by the French, who came to Cuba after the Haitian revolution. The city offers outstanding architecture and is home to a large artistic community. Walk through the main square to the offices of UNEAC, the Union of Authors and Writers.  Late afternoon, check in at the hotel.  Overnight in Cienfuegos.

Day 6: Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens & Community Service [B,L,D]

Stroll through the main shopping street of Cienfuegos with your Cuban guide, to learn the differences between Ration, Cuban Pesos and CUC stores. Explore the complexity of the two currency system with the opportunity to speak with Cubans shoppers and the shops employees. At the Farmers Market, try making purchases with Cuban Pesos to understand the cost of living for Cubans and learn how much basic necessities cost. Depart on a Field Trip to explore the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens and the collection of indigenous and exotic plants and trees. Meet with staff and learn about the interesting history of the gardens and its relationship with Harvard University.

After lunch at a local paladar, step inside the beautiful Tomas Terry Theater to learn its history. People-to-People Connection: Enjoy a performance by one of Cienfuegos’ professional choral groups and discuss their training and daily life. Overnight in Cienfuegos.

Day 7: The Sugar Mill Valley & Trinidad, Gem of Colonial Towns  [B,L,D]

Depart Cienfuegos into the rolling hills of the Valle de Los Ingenios ­(Valley of the Sugar Mills), home to some 70 historic estates where vast quantities of sugar were grown and harvested. Meet the farmers and take a turn grinding the sugar, then sample Guarapo, the high energy drink made from the ground sugarcane.

After lunch in a paladar, explore the historic center of Trinidad de Cuba, one of the original Spanish Settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is a pristine example of Spanish Colonial Caribbean architecture and has just celebrated its 500 year anniversary. People-to-People Connection: Check in at your Casa Particular. Casa Particulares owners have been the first people in Cuba to practice free enterprise.

Enjoy a home cooked meal prepared by your hosts at your Casa Particular. After dinner, relax at your Casa Particular or take an evening stroll through the town.

Day 8: The City of Sancti Spiritus en Route to Camagüey [B,L,D]

After breakfast, depart to Camagüey. Stop in Sancti Spiritus, to see its historic bridge and walk through the charming colonial streets and squares. Enjoy lunch at a paladar in Sancti Spiritus. Be sure to try the Flan for dessert! Continue to Camaguey, arriving in the late afternoon. One of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards in Cuba, Camagüey played a prominent role as the urban center of an inland territory dedicated to cattle breeding and the sugar industry. It is the third largest city in Cuba and the historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Check-in and overnight in Camagüey.

Day 9: Discovering Camagüey, Its Squares & Its Artists  [B,L,D]

Camagüey is reputed to have some of the most talented dancers in Cuba, and is home to three of the country’s best dance companies. People-to-People Connection: Visit a dance company and observe dancers during their daily rehearsal, and learn from the company manager the challenges of operating a performance company, with limited resources for props and costumes. Meet a family of artisan ceramicists who create the distinctive urns traditionally used in Camagüey to store water. In addition to their craft, the workshop is beautifully decorated with the family collection of ornamental plants and cacti.
After lunch, walk back to the hotel via the pedestrian streets.  Enjoy an “aperitivo” with two of Cuba’s most creative and prodigious contemporary painters, Joel Jover and his wife Ileana Sánchez. Their magnificently decorated home is itself a work of art. Overnight in Camagüey.

Day 10: Village Life in Cuba [B,L,D]

Mainly agricultural, the Camagüey region produces the majority of Cuba’s beef and dairy. Journey out into the countryside for a taste of country life, Cuban style, on a working cattle ranch. Learn the story of the ranch from the manager and meet Cuban cowboys who demonstrate their skills, sharing many similarities to American traditions of rodeo. The ranch supports a village where the workers and their families live. Visit the humble homes and meet the village families. Try a few words of Spanish and perhaps share a few moments of true intercultural exchange.
Enjoy an authentic pig roast for lunch at the ranch. Return to Camaguey in the afternoon. Overnight in Camagüey.

Day 11: Departure from Camagüey [B]

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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This tour is repeated every week on multiple days.


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Best of Cuba ToursGain a sense of the past and experience the quickly changing present in the capital city of Havana, the coastal town of Cienfuegos, the colonial gem of Trinidad and the queen of central Cuba — Camaguey — on this in-depth cultural exchange with Cuban people. Enjoy beloved Cuban passions and pastimes such as dominoes, art, [...]Read more

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  • Alejandro Gomez

    I wanted to let you know my Cuba tour was great, I visited before and the language was a barrier for me, but with you guys was no problem, I’m so thankful the English-speaking tour guides were so friendly, easy going and kind, they even had a wonderful sense of humor. I learned so much about their culture and pictures just don’t do justice. There is so much history there, mixture of culture, I was crazy about the old cars, the nature also was incredible.

  • Milo C Brown

    As a family we take a lot of vacations and this year we decided to go to Cuba because of its cultural and architectural beauty. My daughter who is 22 wanted to go somewhere with a lot of history and beauty and my husband and I agreed. We searched online and found FloTours, I gave them a call and they answered all of my questions and helped me with my booking and after the booking they took care of every step until the trip date. The flight was surprisingly pleasant and the group leader was an absolute professional. When we got to Havana, everything looked so beautiful and disconnected from the rest of the world. Our Tour guide Xxxx was incredibly wise and he knew his surroundings very well. The hotels were chosen just perfect. We had no problems with communicating with anyone or explaining our problems to people. Overall, I will definitely keep Flo Tours in mind when its time to take another family trip. Thank you

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  • Hotel accommodations as listed (4 nights in Havana and 2 nights in Cienfuegos, 1 night in Trinidad de Cuba, 3 nights in Camaguey)
  • Private pre-tour briefing at the hotel
  • Priority check-in services
  • U.S. Treasury Department, OFAC License Certification and Authorization Letter
  • Flo Tours exclusive-guided programming, including; unique handpicked people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba's famous places and those rarely seen; and private visits and lectures with Cuba's renowned experts
  • Experienced Flo Tours tour leader
  • Expert Cuban guide and driver
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Small group size (usually 16 or fewer guests; never more than 24)
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers
  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline
  • Health insurance in Cuba (mandatory)
  • Customary tips


  • Trip Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra drinks with meals


  • Havana: Hotel Nacional de Cuba *****
    Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
  • Havana: Iberostar Parque Central *****
    Rightfully considered to be one of Havana’s best hotels, Iberostar Parque Central (formerly NH Parque Central) offers 427 comfortable rooms - including 27 suites, 34 junior suites, 1 presidential suite and 3 rooms for the disabled - divided over two buildings, which are connected by a tunnel. The location of Hotel Parque Central on the edge of Old and Central Havana could not be more convenient. Within minutes you can walk to the most important sites, shops and restaurants in Old Havana as well as the Capitolio with its outstanding architecture and Havana’s famous sea boulevard, El Malecon.
    Beside the luxury rooms, excellent service and fantastic location, Iberostar Parque Central offers one of the best (rooftop) pools you’ll find in the Cuban capital. From here you can enjoy an outstanding view over the city.
  • Havana: Hotel Melia Cohiba *****
    This upscale hotel in the Vedado business district lies 3.1 km from Old Havana. It's also 8 km from El Malecón esplanade.
    Simple, relaxed rooms and suites feature free Wifi, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs. They also have desks and coffeemakers, while Club rooms add 24-hour room service and sea views. Suites have whirlpool tubs and separate living rooms.
    The hotel offers free buffet breakfast. Other amenities include 5 restaurants, 2 cafes, and 2 bars, plus a cigar bar. There's also an outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness center, as well as a business center and 8 meeting rooms.
  • Cienfuegos: Hotel Jague ***
    This 1950s-era hotel overlooking Bahia de Cienfuegos is 7 km from Jaime González Airport. Featuring balconies or terraces, the casual, colorful rooms come with TVs and minibars. Room service is available.Breakfast and parking are complimentary. The hotel has a restaurant, as well as a bar/disco. The outdoor pool offers a sundeck and sun-loungers, plus bay views.
  • Trinidad de Cuba : Casa Particular (Privately owned accommodation)
    This is a wonderful historic city, located about 3 hours south of Havana. The architecture of Cienfuegos is heavily influenced by French and Spanish-colonial styles and most of the city is well preserved, with large plazas and ornate buildings. It is often referred to as “La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Cuba. The city also has a busy port, and a vibrant waterfront (Malecon). It is located about 45 minutes away from the historic town of Trinidad and the popular town of Santa Clara.
  • Camaguey: Hotel E Santa Maria***
    The charming boutique Hotel Encanto Santa Maria is excellently located in Camagüeys historic colonial centre, which is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.The recently opened Hotel Santa Maria stands on the Plaza del Gallo, formerly the Plaza de La Soledad and faces two of the most important streets of the historic centre of Camagüey: Ignacio Agramonte and Republic streets. Encanto Santa Maria is also distinguished by its elegance and top quality service.

**Because of the lack of hotel capacity in the countryside, we cannot guarantee exact hotel or star rating in Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos; the accommodation is in typical “tourist” class hotels that can be changed according to capacity.