Cuba: Then & Now

Feb 29 - Mar 14, 2020
$8,975per person, twin share (land content only). $1,245 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Stephen Wilkinson
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Go beyond Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to explore Cuba’s rich Afro-Caribbean culture, expressed in music, literature and architecture, and forged through the crucible of colonial and revolutionary history.

From the rum that fuels salsa dancing to beautiful bays and magnificent colonial architecture, Cuba enthrals with its exuberant politics and culture. Yet this island nation has long struggled to find its place in the world. Its complex history, from invasion, colonial slavery and genocide to populist revolution and a difficult relationship with its superpower neighbour, Cuba is simply unique. The indomitable spirit of the people has kept the country alive through sheer ingenuity and determination, which charm and seduce on this journey of a lifetime. Explore the beguiling island of Cuba on this 15-day tour.


  • Cruising Havana’s Malecon seafront in a classic car
  • Discovering Cuba’s economic, political and artistic scene with organised talks and tours with magazine editors, artists, writers and an economist
  • Revolutionary sites in Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba, associated with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro
  • The Spanish colonial influence in Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Camaguey
  • Afro-Caribbean culture, a legacy of the slave trade, and its influence on Cuban music and culture
  • Travelling the tobacco route through Pina Del Rio and Vinales

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Your Tour Leader

Dr Stephen Wilkinson is chairman of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba and holds a PHD in Hispanic Studies.


Day 1–3: Explore Havana’s history, architecture and culture, including Hemingway’s favourite haunts and the city’s squares and waterfront.

Days 4–5: Che Guavara at Santa Clara and visit colonial Cienfuegos and Trinidad.

Days 6–7: Drive through cane fields where slaves once laboured, to Camaguey.

Days 8–10: In Santiago De Cuba, explore this melting pot of Afro-Caribbean cultures, where Castro was born and revolutionaries are buried.

Days 11–13: Fly to Havana and onto the Pinar del Rio to tobacco farms and artistic communities in the Vinales Valley.

Days 14–15: Discover Havana’s vibrant arts and crafts scene.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

The tour begins and ends at our hotel in Havana. Qantas, Virgin, United, Delta and American Airlines offer direct flights to the USA with onward connections through Mexico to Havana. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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Feb 29 - Mar 14, 2020
$8,975per person, twin share (land content only). $1,245 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Stephen Wilkinson


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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Rebecca Fussell 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
(outside Sydney)