Luxury Cuba Journey

7 Day Sample Itinerary

The Royal Palm

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DAY 1 ●

Exploring Old Havana, Private Sunset Rooftop Welcome, Live Music
& Fábrica de Arte Cubano!

TBD — Flight Arrival

1:00 PM — 3:00 PM — Arrival & Accommodation Check-in

Your private car will be waiting for you upon arrival at the airport and will be with you for the entire trip. Retrieve your bags and proceed outside to meet your driver who will be waiting for you with your name on a sign. Go straight to your accommodation to check-in and freshen up.

3:30 PM — 6:30 PM — Exploring Old Havana

Find your bearings and step back in time, as you immerse yourself in the iconic, colorful and historic Habana Vieja (Old Havana) with your local host. Discuss and witness real Cuban life and the many curiosities that arise for every traveler’s first trip to the island.

Highlights include: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Taller de Gráfica, a local store where Cubans use the ration card, local tenements called solares and more!

6:30 PM — 7:30 PM — Private Sunset Rooftop Welcome

Welcome to Havana! Kick-off your cultural immersion on a private terrace with live local musicians playing Cuban classics. Mojitos on us!

8:00 PM — Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Explore a must-see Cuban art installation and center of Havana nightlife with your local host.

9:30 PM — Welcome Dinner

You will be dining at one of Havana’s trendiest restaurants. Casual island chic dress code suggested (jeans and a fashionable shirt for men and a casual dress, pants, or skirt for women). After dinner, mingle with local artists and musicians and enjoy the live music from an elevated VIP seating area.


● DAY 2

Museo de Bellas Artes, El Gran Teatro, Cultural Immersion & Tropicana!

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8:30 AM — Breakfast

Full breakfast provided at your accommodation.

10:00 AM — 11:30 AM — Museum of Bellas Artes

View historic Cuban art not found anywhere else in the world, in the visually stunning Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts), providing meaningful context to Cuba and its people.

11:45 AM — 12:30 PM — El Gran Teatro Nacional

This architectural beauty offers some of the best Cuban music, theater, and classical dance. Enjoy a visit to this famous Opera House.

12:45 PM — Lunch

Enjoy lunch in an inspiring and bright design-centric atmosphere with handcrafted cocktails and excellent modern cuisine. Casual attire (no dress code).

2:15 PM — 5:15 PM — Cultural Immersion

Discover the sights and sounds of a vibrant neighborhood through the eyes of a young Cuban local who will take you to their favorite local spots. Few have seen Cuba through this lens.

5:15 PM — Return to Accommodation

We recommend that you return to your accommodation to rest and freshen up.

6:30 PM — Dinner

Enjoy dinner in a quintessentially Cuban ambience, serving international food and Cuban specialty dishes.

9:00 PM — Tropicana Cabaret!

Please note that this event is outdoors. A light jacket or shawl is recommended. Casual island chic dress code required (jeans and a fashionable shirt for men and a casual dress, pants, or skirt for women).


DAY 3 ●

Viñales Countryside Excursion: Magical Mountains, Oxcart Ride, Family Tobacco Farm and Cigar Rolling Experience

8:00 AM — Breakfast

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Full breakfast provided at your accommodation.

9:00 AM — Depart for Viñales

Please be ready to depart by this time.

12:00 PM — Lunch

Traditional Cuban food in a quaint local restaurant overlooking a beautiful lake in the Viñales countryside. Casual attire (no dress code).

1:00 PM — Tobacco Country

Explore tobacco country like a Cuban farmer on oxcart! Stop at a working tobacco farm run by a lovely multi-generational family. Learn the special technique and secret family recipe for rolling cigars with a twist. Here you can buy your very own authentic Cuban puros, the perfect souvenir or gift for a friend at home. We’ll continue into the lush Viñales valley to our special viewing point, one of the most tranquil places on the planet.

4:00 PM — Return to Havana

Please be ready to depart by this time.

7:00 PM — 8:15 PM — Return to Accommodation

We recommend that you return to your accommodation to rest and freshen up.

8:30 PM — Dinner

International food served in a beautifully-restored Spanish post-colonial mansion. Casual attire (no dress code). Island chic is always appropriate!

Evening — Optional

Live local music!


● DAY 4

Interactive Cooking Class, The Spirit of Hemingway, Cojímar, Convertible Car
Experience & Salsa Dancing!

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TBD — Optional Departure

Travelers departing on this day will be taken to the airport according to their flight time, with maximum time allowed for enjoying the day’s activities.

8:30 AM — Breakfast

Full breakfast provided at your accommodation.

10:00 AM — 1:30 PM — Cojímar Cooking and Mojito-Making Class & Lunch

A fantastic culturally immersive activity. Channel Hemingway’s spirit at lunch in the small fishing village of Cojímar, the inspiration for one of Hemingway’s most famous works: the Old Man and the Sea.

Note: this activity may be shared with other travelers.

2:00 PM — 3:00 PM — Hemingway House

Famed novelist Earnest Hemingway lived at this sprawling mansion from 1940 - 1960. The home's interior has been virtually untouched since the day that “Papa,” the U.S.- ambassador-in-spirit left.

3:30 PM — 5:00 PM — Havana Convertible Car Experience

Hop into a vintage classic American convertible car and cruise through Havana's neighborhoods.

5:15 PM — 6:15 PM — Salsa Lesson

Learn from the best. Meet our resident dance instructor Elio, also known as Cosita Rara. He may be the most talented dancer in all of Cuba. You’ve never seen anyone move like this!!! No trip to Cuba is complete without dancing salsa.

6:30 PM — 7:45 PM — Return to Accommodation

We recommend that you return to your accommodation to rest and freshen up.

8:00 PM — Dinner

Enjoy dinner at a chic restaurant on the water with beautiful views. Specialty is seafood, with meat options available. Casual attire (no dress code). Island chic is always appropriate!

Evening — Optional

Salsa dancing at our favorite local spot!


DAY 5 ●

Visit to French-Inspired Cienfuegos & Historic Trinidad de Cuba

7:00 AM — Breakfast

Full breakfast provided at your accommodation.

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TBD — Optional Departure

Travelers departing on this day will be taken to the airport.

8:00 AM — Depart for Cienfuegos

Please be ready to depart by this time.

12:00 PM — Lunch in Cienfuegos

Enjoy lunch at a restaurant overlooking the sea. Savor the breeze, tropical climate, and traditional Cuban food. Casual attire (no dress code).

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM — Explore Cienfuegos with your Host

Witness the inspiring French influences of the city known as Cuba’s “Pearl of the South.”

5:00 PM — Arrive in Trinidad

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM — Check into your home and enjoy free time

Feel free to explore the town after you check in to your accommodation.

8:00 PM — Dinner

Dine at a restaurant located in one of the main town squares, decorated with antique furniture and a Spanish colonial design aesthetic. Casual attire (no dress code). Island chic is always appropriate!

Evening — Optional

Salsa dancing in the Town Square!


● DAY 6

Coffee Farm Visit, Waterfall Hike, Sunset Mojitos & Salsa Dancing in a Cave

8:00 AM — Breakfast

Full breakfast provided at your accommodation.

9:30 AM — Stop at Coffee Farm

Learn how the locals plant, grow, harvest and roast coffee beans. Taste Cuba’s freshest farm to table coffee. You can even crush the beans yourself!

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10:30 AM — Waterfall Hike

Wear your bathing suit to take a dip in the cool waters below the cascade and prepare for a hike of moderate difficulty (no climbing but plenty of breaks may be helpful).

2:00 PM — Lunch

Embrace the peaceful sounds of the surrounding nature at this intimate ecological lodge restaurant in a family home, serving a variety of traditional Cuban dishes. Casual attire (no dress code).

4:00 PM — Beach

Head directly to one of Trinidad’s nearby beaches for sunset and mojitos!

6:00 PM — Free time!

We recommend that you return to your accommodation to rest and freshen up.

8:00 PM — Dinner

Enjoy dinner served on antique porcelain china in a space adorned by restored antique furniture and art. International and Cuban food is served. Casual attire (no dress code). Island chic is always appropriate!

Evening — Optional

Salsa dancing in a cave!


DAY 7 ●

Departure from Trinidad to Havana Airport

TBD — Breakfast

Full breakfast provided at your accommodation.

TBD — Depart for airport

Please be ready to depart for the Havana airport at this time.

TBD — Flight Departure

Please be ready to depart by this time

 


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