Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days

“Local interaction is the focus of this tour. You'll stay with Cuban families, be led by local guides, take a salsa class and wander the backstreets of crumbling colonial cities.”


Havana | Bay of Pigs | Cienfuegos | Santa Clara | Che Guevara Mausoleum | Trinidad | Salsa lesson and show | Bicycle taxi tour of Camaguey | Santa Lucia beach | Santiago de Cuba | Tobacco factory | Baracoa | Optional: rainforest trek, scuba diving, snorkelling, chocolate tasting

Description of Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days

This 15 day discover Cuba holiday places you within a small group of like-minded travellers as you explore the length and breadth of the island and experience an authentic side to life that many casual tourists rarely get to see.

Always accompanied by an English-speaking local guide, our 15 day discover Cuba holidays are perfect for anyone wishing to experience the island with added security and with local knowledge which, as we all know, can go an awfully long way.

This is your chance to live the Latin life as loved by Hemingway and as immortalised by the legendary figure of Che Guevara with the soul of salsa, cigars and classic cars ringing throughout your tour and providing an array of authentic organic encounters that you’ll never forget.

Accommodation for this 15 day discover Cuba holiday is always in casa particulares which are locally-owned bed and breakfasts offering a genuine slice of Cuban hospitality as well as comfortable lodgings from where to rest and relax during your tour.

Optional activities, excursions and free time moments come thick and fast so you can decide on what you’d like to do in a series of different destinations as well as determining the pace for which this 15 day discover Cuba holiday is set.

Highlights for this 15 day discover Cuba holiday include:

Authentic locally-owned accommodation
Legendary nightlife
Colonial architecture in Camaguey
Havana’s old town district
Caribbean snorkelling around the Bay of Pigs
Che Guevara’s back story and resting place
Expansive promenades in Cienfuegos
Follow in the daiquiri dripped footsteps of Hemingway

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Check dates

2018: 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 31 Dec
2019: 7 Jan, 14 Jan, 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr
Our top tip:
You'll be astonished how little is available in Cuba. Bring toiletries, pens, notebooks and toys to donate to your Cuban hosts - they will be much appreciated.
Trip type:
Small group, 2-12 people. No minimum age.
Activity level:
Homestays, option of hotel in Havana.
Solo travellers welcome, no supplement for single rooms.
Accommodation, listed activities, airport transfer on arrival, transport inc. local flight. $600-$850 recommended for extra meals and costs.
All breakfasts, 2 lunches.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days


This tour is committed to showcasing the very best of Cuba, and providing travellers with an authentic and unforgettable small group tour experience in Cuba . You will have unrivalled access to local people from all walks of life while you experience an island that has so much to offer that sometimes you won’t even know where to begin (that’s what your experienced local guide is for). Our aim is to take you inside this remarkable society in a fun, respectful and meaningful way.

As an organisation our commitment to Cuba's environment and culture is unwavering as we are very much aware of the impact travel and tourism can have on a destination. For this reason we cap the number of people on the trip, so a group is no larger than 10 people. This enables us to source more authentic accommodation options and local transportation that makes a smaller footprint on the environment. Furthermore all of our tour guides are not only native to Cuba, but are passionate about the country they live in as well. This is of most importance to us, because we believe in showcasing the very best of Cuba and this starts with knowledgable guides who know the country inside out, for better and for worse. Using local guides (alongside local organisations) helps us contribute to local economies and give back to the communities we work with. We encourage our guides to speak honestly of the Cuba they have grown up in and there impressions of the outside world as a comparison. It also allows us to provide local employment and engagement in the community.

Our organisation has implemented and enforces a 7 point checklist which we share with our employees and fellow travellers that acts as a set of guidelines to help protect Cuba's natural environment. These guidelines include:

Protecting plants and wildlife - Removing rubbish - Keeping streams and lakes clean - Treating accommodation and host families with respect - Respecting Cuba's cultural heritage - Keeping to the track - Consider other people.

We also provide a set of recommendations to our travellers as to how they can can contribute, protect and enhance Cuba's culture and environment including:

- learning some of the local language,
- carrying a water bottle
- always disposing of waste in a responsible manner.
- minimise the amount of disposable goods travelled with
- be respectful with photography

We ensure that all activities and excursions we include and recommend have minimal impact on the environment and wildlife as well.


Our ties to Cuba and its people are strong. We have built a network of people across Cuba who we affectionally call our 'Cuban family'. These include tour leaders, local guides, classic car drivers, Casa Particular (homestay owners), local restauranteurs, bar tenders and dance instructors all with there own stories to tell and experiences to share. We believe that giving something back to the community is essential, because it is this community that makes our tours such a success. We work with our fellow travellers, clients, employees, and local contacts to ensure the successes of our business go directly back into the community. This is not only good for the towns and cities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

Our tours are committed to using local homestay accommodation, making your Cuban experience even more unique and memorable (not to mention fun!). Known as Casa Particulares, this type of accommodation is comfortable for guests and generally has very good facilities. They provide you with a great way to experience Cuban culture and interact with Cuban nationals.

Furthermore the activities we include and recommend in our tours, are ones that most benefit and are representative of the community.

All of our staff and local contacts are treated like family, enabling us to instil a sense of ownership amongst our stakeholders and deliver ongoing support to the Cuban people and economy. We know the country and its people inside out and our endeavour is to show the Cuba we love, live in and respect.

36 Reviews of Discover Cuba holiday, 15 days

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Feb 2018 by

Our guide, Oscar, who entertained, looked after and informed us across 700 miles of an amazing country. Trinidad and its music, architecture and people - wonderfully vibrant. A very challenging 10 km hike through tropical rainforest, but we all made it! The classic car ride in Havana - great fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2018 by

Travelling around Cuba in vintage cars and listening to the local music at night was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2018 by

The two week trip enabled me to get a great overview of the country. I really enjoyed the fabulous live music at every turn, the eclectic architecture, the old American cars, and the simple, yet gorgeous food we tasted en route. Every destination had something special to offer and every included activity was a highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2017 by

Absolutely wonderful, very gratifying and educational. It has surpassed my expectation. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2017 by

Having a Cuban guide and especially the one we had, who was so open to talking about everything and bending over backwards to make us happy, lunch one day at a single table for us on the beach!, the music that's everywhere. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2017 by

For me, the highlight of my Cuba trip was visiting different parts of the island. Havana is definitely the hub of activity, but taking the time to see some of the countryside and some of the sights the other cities had to offer gave me a better understanding of Cuba as a whole. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 May 2017 by

I really enjoyed my free time in Vinales (20-day tour) walking around the cenotes and observing rural Cuba on my own. Cuba is like entering a time warp. Great culture and people. Fun holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2017 by

The most memorable memories was Havana and the classic car tour, Camaguey for its local feel, Che Guevara Museum, and Baracoa for its tropical atmosphere, cocoa plantation visit and food. In general the colour in everything, great music and interesting places and fabulous scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2017 by

The most memorable was the people, scenery, music, culture, history, everything! Excellent! Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by

It was full of fantastic experiences with enough free time too. We'd definitely recommend this trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2016 by


Reviewed on 28 Feb 2016 by

Exceptional in every way - nature, people, variation, history and organisation....The whole holiday was memorable! The fact that we were a small group, and that the destinations and activities were so varied, were important, but in particular the guide was first class. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2016 by

The group really worked, the food was good and being there during Castro's time of mourning was interesting. Also the variety of places we visited was very good. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2016 by

Excellent....Cuba is a great place for a holiday, not cheap but not expensive either. People, food, drinks, culture, history and the geography of the island make it facinating Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2016 by

A very positive experience of Cuba, excellent value for money, a great way to see lots of the country and meet local people Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2016 by

Excellent. It really gave us an insight into how Cuba past, present and future is changing. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2016 by

I've only been back a few weeks, but it seems like several of my friends are seriously thinking about going on the same tour. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2016 by

Our group has visited all over the world and I'd say that this is one of the top 3 or 4 trips that we have had. The overall trip feeling was excellent. The "value" was outstanding from the standpoint of money spent per memory gained. We lodged well, ate good, partied hard, and saw everything advertised and much much more. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2016 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was to see the real Cuba and get a true flavour of its culture and the history and people. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2016 by

The most memorable part of my trip was our guide for the Cuba trip, Ihosvany. He made the trip special by being so attentive to the needs of a diverse group of travellers. He delivered 120% Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2016 by

It was a great adventure and very pleased to have visited such an amazing country. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2016 by

One of the highlights for me was dinner and the flamingo show at Restaurante 1800, a palandar in Plaza San Juan de Dios in Camaguey. We returned to the plaza the following day to see the area during the daytime and check out the artists' workshops. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2016 by

Best bits: Seeing wild hummingbirds, finding fossilised coral on the beaches, swimming in the river in a rainstorm, seeing traditional sugar cane production, sampling daiquiris. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2016 by

Best bits: - All things Vinales - Vintage car ride in Havana - Government run ferry boat ride around Santiago de Cuba port & islands Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by

Absolutely wonderful. Visiting Cuba is like visiting a time capsule: it has so much charm. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 May 2015 by

Fantastic holiday - well organised from start to finish. Book with confidence. This was the best tour we have been on and all others we met said the same thing. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2015 by

Talking with local people - staying with families who were unfailingly friendly and hospitable. Learning about Cuba, its history and society - absolutely fascinating - the Cubans have so much to be proud about. Of course the music and dance were great! All in all, the best holiday ever. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2015 by

It was all excellent-there were lots of memorable moments. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2015 by

We loved everything about Cuba, the culture, the people, the country and the architecture. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2015 by

I loved Trinidad, but really enjoyed staying in different people's houses and getting the opportunity to find out about their lives. Our holiday definitely benefited local people in visible ways. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2015 by

Each part of the tour provided a different experience of Cuba but of course there is even more to find out about. Don't expect a typical tourist trip where everything is to hand but do give your time to wander through the streets, talk to the people, look at the amazing buildings which may not exist anywhere else in the world. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2014 by

It was fantastic! Cuba - See you again Read full review

Reviewed on 22 May 2014 by

This holiday was great and I was still smiling weeks after I got back home. To date it has been the best holiday I have ever been on. I came home really relaxed and incredibly happy. I would challenge anyone to go to Cuba, spend sometime with the people and not be effected by their wonderful nature. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2014 by

Absolutely brilliant....We thought our tour was excellent - a comprehensive itinerary and good value. It was really packed with activities so we did enjoy a beach break at the end. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2014 by

Outstanding! We will return to Cuba! Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2014 by

Excellent, really interesting and varied tour of a unique country. Read full review

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