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15 Day Classic Cuba With Mexico Small Group Tour

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader or local guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days

✓ Small group tour, up to 12 guests only
✓ Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Old Havana & Mexico City, UNESCO-listed Viñales Valley, classic convertible car tour, interactive music and salsa lessons, see the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan and the Mayan site of Chichen Itza
✓ 6 nights in central 4-star accommodation in Mexico
✓ 8 nights in selected Comfort Guesthouses in Cuba
✓ Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 2 dinners 
✓ Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide in Cuba
✓ Local English-speaking guides in Mexico City and Playa del Carmen
✓ Economy flights from Mexico City to Havana & Havana to Cancun
✓ Airport transfers
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

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Itinerary

Hotel
Zocalo Central Hotel or Similar

Upon arrival in Mexico City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your check in.  The remainder of the day is at leisure. 

If arriving prior to standard check-in time, which is generally 3pm local time, you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are no scheduled activities on Day 1 of the itinerary. The hotel may grant early check-in, however this is strictly subject to availability and at the hotels discretion.

Hotel
Zocalo Central Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll begin the day with a guided visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Of particular interest is the Aztec calendar engraved in a round stone by the ancient civilisation. We’ll continue to the archaeological site of Teotihuacan for a closer look at the Aztecs, and learn more about their history, culture, and beliefs. We’ll end the day with a city tour, working our way back into the heart of the city, visiting the main square, The Plaza de la Constitución (or better known to locals as the Zócalo), the cathedral which is over 200-years-old and the Presidential Palace.

Hotel
Zocalo Central Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast we’ll head east to the colonial city of Puebla, full of beautiful colonial architecture, hundreds of intricately ornate churches, and arguably the gastronomic capital of Mexico. On the way, there will be a stop in Cholula, where we’ll visit the town’s archaeological site of the same name which is also home to the largest pyramid in the world (by volume). Also not to be missed is the beautiful church of Santa María Tonantzintla which is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin.

Hotel
La Gargola Guesthouse or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cuba.

Welcome to colourful Havana! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your guest house. Once you’ve checked in, use the rest of the day as you wish: explore the neighbourhood, get a bite to eat or rest. This evening, you’ll meet your tour leader and the rest of the group at La Gargola Guesthouse at 7pm for an optional group dinner in Old Havana.

Hotel
Comfort Category Guest House or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning we’ll set off on a walking tour of Old Havana, taking in the main attractions plus some hidden gems only known to the locals. Make sure you have comfortable shoes on!

This afternoon we’ll head out on a drive in an open top, classic American car, visiting the neighbourhoods of Central Habana, Vedado, and Miramar just outside of Old Havana. We’ll visit Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Square), stopping to appreciate the huge images of the revolutionary heroes Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, and the scene of many speeches by Fidel Castro. The square is dominated by the José Martí Memorial, which features a 109-metre-tall tower and an 18- metre-tall statue, the National Library and many government offices are also found here.

Hotel
Comfort Category Guest House or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

We’ll depart Havana for Viñales after breakfast, stopping at the village of Jaimanitas to see the Gaudi-inspired community project, Fusterlandia. Named after the project’s founder and artist, José Rodríguez Fuster (also known as the ‘Picasso of the Caribbean’), Fuster converted his own home into an art museum by adorning it with mosaic tiles in the 70s, and over time, his neighbours offered their homes up to him to do the same. Every surface, from street signs to communal benches, have been decorated by Fuster himself or community members. We’ll wander around Fuster’s home and also have time to view the colourful streets of this neighbourhood. We’ll continue our drive towards the mountains and the province of Pinar del Rio.  

The town of Viñales, approximately 2.5 hours from Fusterlandia, is one of Cuba's most picturesque towns in this province and is the gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains and Viñales Valley. The valley is surrounded by steep limestone hills, and the floor of the valley is a UNESCO heritage site. Farmers here still use traditional methods, either using oxen or by hand, to till the earth. The main crops are rice, corn, root vegetables (yuca, boniato, and malanga), and most famously some of Cuba's best tobacco.

We’ll wander around the town, then learn how to make an iconic mojito, one of the most popular tipples in Cuba. Later in the afternoon we’ll have a salsa dance lesson to prepare us for a night out in this exciting town.

Hotel
Comfort Category Guest House or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we’ll take a walk around the UNESCO area of the Viñales Valley where we’ll observe  different farming activities and visit some farm houses, including a tobacco farmer who will talk us through the process of producing the tobacco used in Cuba's world renowned cigars.

Come evening, we’ll visit an organic farm which has a spectacular view of the valley, the perfect spot to watch the sun go down while enjoying a sumptuous group dinner.

Hotel
Comfort Category Guest House or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Today we’ll drive from Viñales along the Caribbean coast, to the city of Cienfuegos, which used to be known as the ‘Pearl of the South.’ Settled by the French and still containing traces of their influence, Cienfuegos is also known to be one of the most beautiful villages in Cuba. We’ll make a stop at the Bay of Pigs along the way, known as an excellent snorkelling spot, which can be enjoyed straight off the coast. Snorkelling gear is available to hire cheaply, but if water activities aren’t your thing, wander around and enjoy the natural scenery.

Arriving at Cienfuegos, you’ll notice French influences everywhere, especially around the main square and a very pretty boulevard that runs from the city centre, along the edge of the bay and to the end of the peninsula.

At the end of the peninsula, you'll find Palacio del Valle, a mansion built in 1913 by Italian architect, Alfredo Colli. The architectural style is a mixture but what is clear is that a great deal of expense went into its construction and decoration, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. It’s been bought and sold as a private home, a high-scale hotel and restaurant, and in 2000, it was declared a National Monument.

Hotel
Comfort Category Guest House or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we bid farewell to Cienfuegos and drive approximately 1.5 hours to Trinidad, one of Cuba's most exciting cities. Its small and compact size means that attractions within the city can easily be visited on foot. Trinidad was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, but the beauty of this open-air museum  hasn’t been destroyed by over-tourism, the spirit (and architecture) of the city still resembles 1850. 

We’ll experience a fun, interactive music and percussion lesson with a local maestro of music. This is a true highlight of the tour and a fantastic way to learn more about Cuban music, dance and rhythm, an integral part of the country’s culture.

We’ll end the day with a relaxing cocktail at sunset as a group, and then you’ll have the option of joining your tour leader and the group on an exploration of the city after dark, or if you prefer, go it alone and spend the evening as you wish. Trinidad is known for its lively nightlife and there are plenty of open air restaurants, bars, live music venues and dance shows to keep you entertained.

Hotel
Comfort Category Guest House or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we have some free time to further explore town.  For the more adventurous, there is an optional 3-hour return hike to a beautiful waterfall in the nearby mountains. Speak to your tour leader for more information. 

Later, we head to Ancón Beach for the day where 4km of white sand and turquoise water await. You can spend the day as you wishthere are more than 30 dive sites off Ancón, including Cayo Blanco, an island surrounded by coral reefs; deep-sea fishing and snorkelling, or of course, just enjoy the Caribbean sun and water and have a leisurely lunch at one of the luxe hotels. Your tour leader is happy to provide you with some recommendations.

Tonight’s dinner will be at a local paladare, a small, family-run restaurant. From here we will head out together to one of the many venues around Trinidad to listen to live Cuban music, from traditional to more modern salsa music.

Hotel
La Gargola Guesthouse or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

On the 2-hour drive back to Havana, we will make a stop at Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum located at Plaza Che Guevara. Che is an extremely controversial figure in Latin America and an immensely important one in Cuba's history. His remains were found in Bolivia and brought here to rest in 1990, along with 29 fellow combatants. There is a huge bronze statue of El Che, an eternal flame, and many of his personal items on display.

We will also make a stop for lunch on the way back to Havana.

Tonight is our final evening together. You’ll have the choice to dine together as a group with the tour leader, or spend the evening exploring and dining as you wish.

Hotel
HM Playa del Carmen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cancun.

Welcome back to Mexico. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the seaside town of Playa del Carmen.  The remainder of the day is free to relax.

Hotel
HM Playa del Carmen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast we’ll set out for the archaeological site of Tulum.  Among all Mayan cities, this is unique as it’s the only one built right next to the ocean which provides a striking contrast between the rock of the pyramids and the turquoise blue waters of the Mexican Caribbean. After a guided visit of the main areas of the site, we’ll take a swim in the refreshing waters of a nearby cenote, a naturally forming limestone sinkhole that was considered sacred by the Mayan people.

Hotel
HM Playa del Carmen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll visit Chichén Itzá, one of the most important Mayan sites and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Learn about this magnificent archaeological gem and more about the Mayan people: their knowledge about the stars and universe, numbers and architecture, and their history, culture, and beliefs. Following the visit to Chichén Itzá, we’ll continue to the colonial town of Valladolid, about 40 minutes away, before heading back to Playa del Carmen.

Meals
Breakfast

One last relaxing breakfast before transferring to the airport for your flight.

We hope you have been inspired by the people, culture and sights of Latin America.

Inclusions

  • Small group tour, up to 12 guests only
  • Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Old Havana & Mexico City, UNESCO-listed Viñales Valley, classic convertible car tour, interactive music and salsa lessons, see the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan and the Mayan site of Chichen Itza
  • 6 nights in central 4-star accommodation in Mexico
  • 8 nights in selected Comfort Guesthouses in Cuba
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 2 dinners 
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide in Mexico City, Cuba & Playa del Carmen (flights are unaccompanied)
  • Economy flights from Mexico City to Havana & Havana to Cancun
  • Airport transfers
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • Havana – Walking tour of Old Town Havana. Classic convertible car tour including Revolution Square
  • Viñales – Visit the Fusterlandia project, Viñales Valley Walking tour & organic farm visit and learn the art of Cuban Cocktail making
  • Bay of Pigs - opportunity to snorkel in the Caribbean Sea
  • Cienfuegos  - see the traditional French styled architecture including Palacio del Valle
    Trinidad - Experience the traditions of Cuban music. Relax, swim and snorkel at Ancón Beach and enjoy a sunset cocktail
  • Santa Clara - visit the Che Guevara Museum & Mausoleum
  • Mexico City - take a city tour including the main square, cathedral, presidential palace and a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology & History
  • Teotihuacan - explore this magnificent Aztec archeological site including the pyramids of the Sun and Moon
  • Puebla - see the beautiful colonial architecture with hundred of ornate churches
  • Cholula - home of the largest pyramid in the world
  • Playa del Carmen - relax by the beautiful beach and explore the souvenir shops
  • Tulum - see the unique Mayan ruins with the backdrop of the turquoise blue waters of the Mexican Caribbean
  • Chichen Itza - explore one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites and one of the Seven Wonders of the World

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a ₹5,040.04 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a ₹5,040.04 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of ₹50,000.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of ₹71,035.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional ₹135,822.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for entry into Cuba.  Please ensure your travel insurance policy covers Cuba as a destination.  If you are utilising credit card insurance please check that it will cover you for travel to Cuba and obtain a copy of the policy to carry with you as you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance on arrival in Havana.

Group Size
2 - 12 Persons

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout each location of Mexico City, Cuba & Playa del Carmen.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • ₹12,624.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • ₹9,777.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • ₹12,376.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • ₹11,510.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

Comfort Guesthouses - This category are B&B in style, and cannot compare to the comfort levels of a modern western hotel. However every comfort room has modern air-conditioning, an ensuite bathroom, a window to the outside or to an interior courtyard with natural light, it also includes modern imported mattresses, and cold and hot water.

While these are our minimum requirements for Comfort rooms, every Comfort casa is different, and has its own unique charms. Many rooms (but not all) have a security box, mini-bar fridge, and hair dryer. The guesthouses offer flexibility, local character, and opportunity to meet local families and everyday Cubans. We will most likely use a number of different houses depending on the group size. Most guesthouses have 2-4 rooms for guests. For our tour groups, we chose one of the houses as a “Base House” or (central house) which typically has more rooms and a nice area for the group to meet. We use this house as an arrival and departure point for the group, and as a meeting point for any excursions or activities with the tour guide.

Tour participants are distributed to different casas situated within a short walking distance of the Base House. Family members from those houses collect tour participants from the Base House. Typically between 1 and 4 group members will stay in each casa.

  • International Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Insurance (Travel Medical Insurance is required to participate on the tour)
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/day tours/excursions
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