Visit Cuba with your family

Hi kids! This is a trip where Salsa and rumba are going to guide each and every one of our steps. Following the track of Ché Guevara, we will discover an exciting Cuba, mix of spices, coffee and chocolate. A colorful trip in the country of smiles and joy. On a catamaran, on a steam train or on an old american cabriolet, we will live the unique charm of the Cuban people. 


  • Day 1 Welcome to Cuba

    Arrival to the airport in Havana. Transfer to the city. Accommodation in a private hotel.

    Meals at your own.
    Night in private hostal.

  • Day 2 Havana – Museum of Natural History and Museum of Chocolate - aquarium- Viñales.

    Havana – Museum of Natural History and Museum of Chocolate - aquarium- Viñales. Walking tour in Old Havana: 4 colonial squares, Museum of Natural History. Visit of the surroundings of the Capitol and the Central Park. Tour to the military fortresses that used to protect the city from the attack of pirates. Entrance to the National Aquarium. After lunch, transfer to Viñales (2:30hrs) Accommodation in a prívate house. Diner.

    Transport by minibus.
    Night in homestay

  • Day 3 Viñales valley – Tour on a local char

    Viñales valley – Tour on a local char After breakfast, we go trekking on the valley. We are surrounded by a magnificent landscape. We will walk among the tobacco or corn fields, and meet the farmers working the land. Lunch at a farmer´s house. Diner in our host´s.

    Transport by minibus.
    Night in homestay

  • Day 4 Indian Cave. Tour on a cabriolet. Caridad´s Garden. Sierra del Rosario.

    Indian Cave. Tour on a cabriolet. Caridad´s Garden.  Sierra del Rosario. Let´s explore the Indian Cave. Navigation to go through the cave, enyoing the capricious shapes created by nature on the rock. Then we go visiting the Garden of Caridad where we can appreciate a wide variety of local and exotic plants. Lunch at a local Farm and tout on horseback riding. Transfer to Havana. Accommodation at a prívate house. Optional diner.

    Transport by minibus.
    Night in the hotel

  • Day 5 Bay of Pigs.

    Bay of Pigs. After a short visit of a horse farm, we go for a horseback ride through fields and forests. We then take the road towards Zapata. On the way, visit a crocodile breeding and installation at our hosts to spend the end of the day.

    Transport by minibus
    Night in homestay

  • Day 6 Snorkeling at Caleta Buena.

    Snorkeling at Caleta Buena. Today, we will spend the day at a natural spot, where we can admire all kinds of colorful fishes. So, let´s go snorkeling. We can also swim, tan and relax by the beach. Lunch will be served at noon, and local drinks will be at your disposal. At the end of the day , we go back to our Host family.

    Transport by minibus
    Night in homestay

  • Day 7 Pottery house – Visit of Trinidad – Salsa lessons.

    Pottery house – Visit of Trinidad – Salsa lessons. We arrive today to the Museum city of Trinidad : the arquitectural Jewel of Cuba. Walking tour on the cobble stones streets, around the colonial squares, the Handicraft Market, and the pottery house. Music is in the air, and we go for our Salsa lesson. For the sun set, we will go on a bar for a mojito….Accommodation at a private house.

    Transport by minibus
    Night in homestay

  • Day 8 Tour by Catamaran on the Caribbean

    Tour by Catamaran on the Caribbean Let´s go sailing on the Caribbean !!!! We will meet the locals : crabs and Coconut trees….snorkeling on the coral reef. Lunch on a virgin island. After some time of relax by the beach, we sail back to the land. Grilled lobster will be on the menu for diner !

    Transport by minibus
    Night in homestay

  • Day 9 Old sugar Farm – natural pool La Bella – Banaos.

    Old sugar Farm – natural pool La Bella – Banaos. Interesting tour on an ancient Sugar cane Farm from the 19een century, located on the valley of San Luis (Valley of the Sugar Mills) this is a date with the history of the region. Possibility of climbing on top of the Iznaga tower, the tallest in the cuban 19een century. Then , we continue for 1 hour to arrive to Banaos, where we will have lunch and get our rooms. Short promenade in the afternoon to get to a natural pool, where we will have the possibily of swimming. Back to our little hotel. Diner.

    Transport by minibus.
    Night in a cottage.

  • Day 10 City of Remedios – Tour on a Steam train – Santa Maria Key

    After breakfast, we leave Banaos and head north to Remedios city, where we arrive 2 hours later. At the local train station, we will get on board of a Steam Train to travel across the sugar cane fields. After a 15min trip, we get to an ancient Sugar Mill, transformed into a Museum and we make a tour to get acquainted with the local history related to the sugar plantations. Afterwards, we head north for the islands linked to the land by a road. We get to our hotel and accommodate to enjoy the beach in the afternoon.

    Transport by minibus.
    Night in hotel with swimming pool.
    2 hours of walking

  • Day 11 Santa Maria island

    Santa Maria island We have all day long to enjoy this splendid beach, where the white sand dives into the transparent waters of the Caribbean.

    Transport by minibus.
    Night in hotel with swimming pool.

  • Day 12 Morning by the beach – head to Santa Clara.

    Enjoy this morning with the varied alternative activities proposed at the hotel : catamaran, kayak, or simply by relaxing laying on the beach. After lunch, we leave for Santa Clara, knowned for the history with Che Guevara. Entrance to the Mausoleum of Che and the Museum, and walking tour in the city. Diner at the hotel.

    Transport by minibus.
    Night in hotel with swimming pool.

  • Day 13 Back to Havana

    Back to Havana After breakfast, we leave for Havana. 3 hours later we get there and have lunch in town. Accommodation at a private house in Old town.

    Transport by minibus.
    Night at the hotel.
    Dinner at your own.

  • Day 14 Walking tour in town.

    Let´go shopping and visiting Havana for a last time. We can wander around, feeling the nice atmosphere of this splendid city. Lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport according to Flight schedule.

    Meals at your own

The program was established according to the latest known elements when it was written; imponderables are always possible and situations beyond our control can change the way things are done. Depending on the weather and operational conditions, our team reserves the right to modify this itinerary in order to better ensure your stay and your safety.

Dates & prices

Departures for English-speaking groups:

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Trip code: UCUBFAM-EN


- Private bus with driver
- Accommodations Full Board except meals described in Not Included
- Entrance to the sites and Museums described in the itinerary.
- An English speaking Tour guide.

Not included

- International flight
- The Visa.
- Supplement in Sgl room
- Meals on day 14. 
- Discount for a minor sharing the room with an adult.
- The insurance.
- Tips, drinks and personal expenses


For many years, we put our know-how and our experience of Cuba to the service of travelers coming from different horizons. You will be able to find in your groups participants coming from our various partners.

Terms and conditions


By registering for one of our travel, the customer bindingly accepts the General Terms and Conditions of Sale. Each customer must complete a registration form. The booking is definitively recorded when the customer has settled the payment of a deposit of 30 % of the total travel price (subject to availability at the time of registration). In case of short term bookings – within 30 days prior to the travel departure – the full travel price is due immediately. Payments can be settled via bank transfer (SWIFT code/IBAN number) or online, directly from our website (soon available). You will receive an email with a booking confirmation as quickly as possible.


Once your booking is registered, we send you an email with the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Altai Cuba reserves the right to cancel the booking free of charge.


If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:
  • Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: No cancellation fees. Unless you have given a written agreement to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, internal flights, activities…). In that case, you shall be charged the corresponding amount.
  • Cancellation between the 30th and 21st day prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 30 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…).
  • Cancellation less than 20 days to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 70 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…).

Any cancellation shall be notified in writing (email, letter or fax). Notice of cancellation will be effective upon receipt by us of your written communication. All the cancellation conditions will be specified on your booking confirmation.

If it comes apparent at an earlier point in time that the minimum number of participants cannot be reached for a travel, Altai Cuba is to exercise his right of withdrawal immediately. In such a situation, you will be informed of the cancellation of your travel no later than 21 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey. Altaï Cuba can also cancel a travel in case of circumstances amounting to "force majeure": volcanic eruption, civil disturbances, strikes, weather and climate conditions, travellers’ security… In such cases, you are immediately refunded any payments on the travel price; however, you shall not be entitled to any compensation.

Modification du contrat

If a change to travel contract is made at the customer’s request, any fee that might arise from this change shall be paid by the customer. In any cases, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altai Cuba might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will endeavour to advise you of any changes as quickly as possible.

Prix et révision des prix

All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Cession du contrat

In case of assignment of the contract by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply.


We recommend that you take out personal insurance for your travel with Altai Cuba, as soon as your booking is confirmed. We kindly request you to send us the information related to your insurance contract (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number) and to bring it along with you during the journey.

Practical info


This trip is supervised by a Cuban English speaking tour guide, part of the Altai Cuba team. During the stay, he is assisted by a Spanish speaking driver. Spanish speaking local guides also accompany you to some sites.


All breakfasts are included. For lunches / picnics, when they are not prepared by your hosts or included in your stay, you can choose to have a picnic or eat in a restaurant. You will find nearby major tourist sites or in towns and villages. Some dinners will be priced at your hosts. For others (not included in your stay), you will find restaurants for every budget at every step.
Due to the American embargo that has been raging for many years and state-owned structures (hotels and restaurants), Cuban cuisine has remained simple and variety is not always in place. Meals: Menus served in state restaurants are most often made of chicken, fish or pork accompanied by congri (rice and kidney beans) and plantains. Homestay, the dishes are significantly more varied and plentiful, highlighting more local products: fruit of the breadfruit, cassava, plantain, mango, guava, pineapple, papaya, coconut, pork, chicken , fish and sometimes lobster. Private restaurants are also beginning to emerge and offer a much more rich and refined cuisine than in the restaurants or hotels of State. Beverages: we find in Cuba excellent seasonal fruit juices, local beers (Bucanero and Cristal) and of course rum used for the preparation of some essential cocktails: mojitos, daïquiris, cuba libre, pina colada ... Water: during your stay drinks, including mineral water, are your responsibility. You can fill your water bottles in villages, springs, hotels. It is best to treat it with purifying lozenges (micropur or hydrochlonazone). Avoid as much as possible the purchase of plastic bottles which must then be recycled. If you have to buy bottled water, we advise you to buy bottles of 10 liters (or 5 liters) to fill your bottles as you go. If you want to buy these bottles, you do it at the beginning of your stay in Havana or Santiago as well as in the main cities of the country.


In the majority of the cases, you are lodged with the inhabitants, in the famous "casas particulares": the Cuban families welcome you to their home. You sleep in a double / twin room with private bathroom as far as possible (in some places, the bathroom can be shared between 2 rooms).
For some stages, we have chosen local 3-star category hotels, standard comfort.
Note that hotels in Cuba belong to the state. We therefore have no control over the quality of the services delivered.
The rooms are always clean and spacious with private bathroom but it may be that in some establishments, the rooms are not up to international standards. In the different Sierra, some steps require sleeping in a shelter.
These are usually quite basic. You sleep in a dormitory of 4 to 6 people. The blankets are provided but we advise you to also take a bag sheet see a sleeping bag for cool nights following the season.


Transportation is provided by private air-conditioned vehicle.
In some cases, we may also occasionally use 4x4s on certain routes.
Our travels do not involve portering if not your business of the day.
On some hikes, you may need to leave your travel bag and carry your sleeping bag in addition to your basic business and spare for one night (overnight in a shelter or homestay).
In this case, we will take care of your business and forward it to the next step.

Budget & exchange

Two currencies circulate: the Cuban peso (CUP) and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) which is the only currency usable by foreigners. Currently, 1 CUC is more or less equivalent to 1 €. To know the exchange rate in real time, we advise you to go on the site Only Visas and Master Card credit cards are accepted by hotels. You will find cash machines accepting only Visas cards in Havana and Santiago. To exchange your cash, go to the many "casa de cambio" present at the airport and in the exchange offices of state hotels in the main cities of the country.
Attention, officially, the American Dollars is not accepted


This is a common practice and not mandatory, depending on your satisfaction.
It must be adapted according to the standard of living of the country and the duration of your trip.
As a general rule for correct service, you can use the following amounts:
- 3 CUC per day and per participant for a Francophone guide
- 2 CUC per day and per participant for a driver
- 1 CUC per day per participant for a Spanish speaking local guide

Supplied equipment

The following list is as complete as possible.
- A hat for the sun.
- A bandana, to protect your neck
- A pair of sun glasses.
- 1 or 2 tee shirts 8 (preferably made of cotton)
- 1 sweeter
- 1 coat
- A rain coat.
- 1 or 2 long shorts
- 2 pairs of confortable trousers for the treking
- 1 bathing suit
- 1 pair of shoes for the treking.
- 1 pair of light shoes for the easy walks and the evening.
- 1 pair of shoes adapted to the water for the snorkeling swimming, etc (specially for those who d ont like flippers)
- Pair of socks for the treking.


Prefer any other bag a flexible travel bag with side closure, type sack, or at least a large backpack.
Limit the weight to 15 kg per person. You will also need a backpack (35l minimum) to store your belongings of the day. It is possible to wash the laundry in the middle of the circuit, plan your business accordingly.
As a precaution, think of carrying in your luggage "cabin" enough to survive the first days, and this in case your luggage in the hold would not arrive at the same time as you. This is rare but it is better to be prepared for any eventuality. We recommend you to wear underwear, some T-shirts, walking shoes and sandals.
Do not forget to put any sharp object, or liquid in your luggage "in the hold" because they are prohibited in the cabin.


The following informations could be changed any time by the local authorities. It is advised that you double check them up before the trip.

Your passport should be valid 6 months after the end of the trip. When confirming the trip, you are asked to provide you passport informations ( Surname-Name-Birthdate-Passport Numbre- Expiring Date) We need them to book the domestic flights and some entries and activities.   

- You must send the information related to the passport that you will bring on the trip. If you need to renew your passport, wait until you have the new one to send us the informations.
- Kids, no matter their age, must have a passport.   


The so called Tourism card is required to enter the country. To obtain it you have to go to the cuban Consulate in your country. Some airlines sale the visa to Cuba at their offices or airport.

Mandatory vaccines

Even if no vaccine is required, you will ensure that vaccines commonly used in western countries (tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, typhoid) are still valid. Hepatitis A and B vaccines also recommended.

Health information & recommendations


Our guides have a basic pharmacy including: Local antiseptic, bandages, compresses. We advise you to have a small pharmacy kit to take with you for the "little sores" everyday, and a second kit more complete to leave in the main luggage. In case of special treatment, thank you to let your guide know on arrival.


No compulsory vaccination, however, make sure you are up to date with "classic" vaccinations: tetanus, diphtheria, polio and typhoid. Malaria (or malaria): the country is classified in zone 1. The risks of contagion by mosquito bites are low. It is advisable to protect yourself by applying repellent creams. We do not encourage the use of preventive treatments when they are not needed. Indeed, besides the undesirable effects that they afflict with our organism, these can cause a resistance of the parasites. However, we recommend that you follow the advice of your doctor.


Observe basic hygiene measures such as washing your hands regularly, especially before meals. Be careful, the water is not drinkable.
Viruses transmitted by mosquitoes It is advisable to protect yourself by applying repellent creams. We do not encourage the use of preventive treatments when they are not needed. Indeed, besides the undesirable effects that they inflict on our organism, these can cause a resistance of the parasites. However, we recommend that you follow the advice of your doctor.


The subtropical climate of Cuba is influenced by the mild trade winds of the northeast. The thermometer varies little during the year and only two seasons are frankly marked:
- The wet summer, lasts from May to October.
- The drier winter is from November to April. Average temperatures range from 22 ° C (February) to 30 ° C (July to August).
The east of the island is slightly warmer than the west. September and October hold rain records and correspond to the peak of the hurricane season.


Most electrical outlets are flat plugs and deliver 110 V (as in the USA). Some places are equipped with 110V but also 220 V. Ask always before plugging anything. It is essential to provide an adapter for electrical outlets.

Sustainable tourism

In a concern of respect for the environment, Altai engages for a minimum impact on the environment. Altai has always worked for a more responsible tourism and is part of a journey organization that respects equitable and sustainable principles. Harmonization of practices ensures a fair distribution of economic benefits and improved working conditions of local teams and their awareness of the protection of the environment Adopt, you too, simple actions during your travels and act in favor responsible tourism.
- Avoid leaving garbage behind: drop them in garbage cans or bring them back with you
- Use drinking water sparingly (prefer showers to baths and report leaks) and avoid wasting it (prefer biodegradable soaps for washing etc.)
- Avoid degrading cultural sites: do not touch the statues, do not move stones and objects etc.
- Prefer exchanges to donations (gifts too important given the standard of living of the country can destabilize the local economic balance)
- Take a walk, especially in some fragile ecosystems, observe the wildlife from a distance, do not leave the trails, limit trampling and do not bring back "memories": give up picking rare flowers, collecting fossils, etc.
- In some hotels, you will have individual air conditioning. It is strongly recommended to avoid excessive energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to cut it systematically when you are not present in the room.
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  • Native to Havana
  • A guide for over 20 years
  • Director of Altaï Cuba
  • Languages: Spanish, English and French
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Centre La Havana West
Family trips Local living
14 days
4 to 15 people
From €1,640


- Visit to the Chocolate Museum and a Crocodile Farm.
- Tour on a beautiful convertible from the 50s. 
- Salsa lesson adapted to the kids.
- Tour on a catamaran in the Caribbean.
- Contact with the local population.

Required level

7 years old or older. The trip is well balanced: Treks, beach and cultural visits.
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