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Welcome to Cuba and the first-ever itinerary designed exclusively for families! With its colorful collage of art deco architecture and classic cars, tropical landscapes and exuberant music and dance, this once-hidden island country now opens its hospitable doors to the world and offers families a cultural experience like no other. Children, teens, and young adults alike will be warmly welcomed by local families and personal interactions are sure to be a memorable highlight.
Your adventure begins in the sunny, palm-lined plazas of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to 1519. Explore the historic center and take an unforgettable ride through town in a ‘50s Chevy—bringing the island’s once glamorous heyday to life. And what visit to Cuba would be complete without a baseball experience? Attend a high energy little league practice or watch a game.
Next, head for the spectacular western side of the island to Viñales and marvel at its dramatic caves, karst formations, and rounded hills (mogotes). Kids will love ziplining through the tropical forest and canoeing through an elaborate cave system. Enjoy the distinct Afro-Cuban heritage of the region through local customs and music, and hang out with the locals at a fun, traditional pig roast.
The gorgeous beachside resort of Varadero—the perfect finale to our adventure—is bathed by warm ultramarine waters and rimmed in golden sands. Immerse yourselves in the local arts when you meet young music students, a renowned potter, and join in a spirited dance session. Throughout your Cuba adventure, expect the unexpected and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most memorable, and magical, travel experiences imaginable!
10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
|03/14 - 03/22||$4,990||$5,240||$5,490||$450|
|Call for Availability|
|04/18 - 04/26||Sold Out|
|06/20 - 06/28||$4,390||$4,640||$4,890||$450|
|12/26 - 01/03||$5,290||$5,540||$5,790||$450|
Discount for children under 12: $200
Single Supplement: $2,000
Fly to Miami for an overnight and a trip briefing. This is where you’ll receive your visa and airline tickets to Havana for your morning flight.
It’s a thrilling moment to step into the warm tropical air knowing you’re about to explore a land few outside families have visited over the past half-century. Explore Old Havana and stroll the palm-lined streets, passing sun-splashed plazas and the once-colorful architecture trimmed in wrought iron. Enjoy a special lunch at famous Sloppy Joe’s, frequented by many celebrities in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including Ernest Hemingway! Linger with the locals in the center plaza in the warm evening air, and savor the flavors of Cuba at the paladars, one of the newly emerging family owned restaurants.
- Join the creative fun at a community art project
- Explore charming Old Havana on foot
- Cruise through town in a restored American vintage car
- Play Cuban dominoes with the local experts
- Watch an authentic Cuban baseball game or have the opportunity to play yourselves
- Enjoy a private rehearsal of Afro-Cuban dance
- Visit the 18th century La Cabaña Fortress
Head westward into the Sierra del Rosario Mountains, a nature reserve whose forests, lakes, and rivers are home to numerous species of botanicals and animals. Meet with environmental scientists to witness the ongoing jungle restoration project. In the fertile Viñales Valley, learn about the time-honored tradition of tobacco farming, and discover the dramatic geological features of the surrounding UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with its collage of cliffs, petroglyph-covered caves, and rounded hills called mogotes.
- Discover wildlife and botanicals of the Sierra del Rosario Mountains
- Meet environmental scientists in the village of La Terrazas
- Zipline across a forest canopy at La Moka
- Learn about tradition and history of tobacco at a valley farm
- Explore the unique geology of the Viñales Valley
- Ride a canoe through a vast cave and view ancient petroglyphs
- Meet village locals and enjoy a lively pig roast feast
Leave the Valley this morning for a scenic drive eastward along the coast. The landscape and the ambiance of Cuba here changes noticeably as you drive up the skinny Hicasos Peninsula where dazzling, turquoise Caribbean waters meet soft sugar-white sands. The provincial capital, Matanzas, is renowned for its rich Afro-Cuban culture, folklore, poetry and art and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to participate!
- Join local residents and help with a community project
- Visit a potter’s studio; enjoy lunch with his family
- Meet young music students and enjoy a performance
- Enjoy beach and swim time
- Learn the steps of Cuban dances with expert instructors
- Savor dinner at Xanadu, the famous Dupont mansion
Return to Havana for your flight to Miami and homeward.
Hotel Quinta Avenida enjoys an ideal location in the upscale seafront residential neighborhood of Miramar, just 15 minutes from Old Havana and boasting mansions reminiscent of a glamorous time in the city’s history. The hotel’s 178 tastefully decorated rooms each have satellite TV and a terrace or balcony overlooking the sea, city, or swimming pool.
This friendly, unique hotel is surrounded by the forest reserve of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the Spanish colonial style rooms are built around a peaceful patio shaded by lime trees. The comfortably furnished accommodations include air-conditioning, satellite TV, radio, and mini-bar. A restaurant and lively bar hosts salsa bands in the evenings.
Why Cuba with Thomson?