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Cuba Culinary Tour – OVERVIEW

Access Trips is recommended by Fodor’s as a top Cuba tour operator and our culinary tour is one of their favorite itineraries

Our Cuba tour has been included in National Geographic Traveler’s 15 Food Tours Worth the Travel

Read Smarter Travel’s first-hand account of Cuba in Everything I’d Read About Cuba Was A Lie

Take a step back in time and a step forward in cultural relations as you discover Cuba’s culture through its cuisine on our ground-breaking Cuba culinary tour. Access Trips is pioneering culinary travel to Cuba by offering access inside Cuban kitchens at top restaurants for the first time ever on our legal Cuba tour. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience an authentic culinary journey where you’ll meet the locals and immerse yourself in the Cuban food scene through farm and market visits, opportunities to learn from local chefs, and delicious meals at some of the island’s most renowned private restaurants, or paladares.

On our Cuba tour we will spend five action-packed days in vibrant Havana meeting with farmers, chefs and artists. We’ll be invited inside the kitchen of one of Havana’s finest paladares, learn to salsa with incredibly talented dancers, and meet an Afro-Cuban artist whose work evokes the traditions of Santeria. We will even make daiquiris with a celebrated mixologist who recently retired after 39 years at Havana’s legendary El Floridita, where Hemingway was a regular. And you’ll also have an opportunity to see some of Cuba’s iconic sights, such as Havana Vieja & Revolution Square.

We’ll venture far off the beaten path to the Viñales Valley, a stunningly serene and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its tobacco plantations. We’ll meet a third-generation tobacco farmer and learn how he makes organic Cohiba and Montecristo cigars. Your Cuba tour won’t be complete until you try one dipped in honey! We’ll also dine at a delicious private restaurant with panoramic views across the entire valley and stroll through their organic farm. After lunch we will explore the town of Las Terrazas, which is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve and the site of one of the oldest coffee plantations in Cuba.

We then journey to the town of Trinidad, where the sounds of street music and clip-clopping horse carriages evoke the town’s colonial history. A short drive away, we will meet with fishermen bringing in the morning haul, and learn the secrets to making Cuban grilled fish while chatting with a former fisherman turned chef in his open kitchen.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join a legal Cuba tour during a pivotal moment in history! For more information, please call 1-800-567-9400 or email us today. Our Cuba culinary tour is operated under a license granted by the US Treasury Department.

Cuban Food

Cuban cuisine represents a food culture situated at the crossroads of African, Latin American, Indigenous and Spanish influences. At the center of former Caribbean trade routes, Cuba’s food story is a melting pot of those vibrant cultures that once came through its ports. Rice, beans, peppers, fresh greens, fish, chicken, pork, and tropical fruit from across the Caribbean come together in stews, on the grill, and on your plate. ‘Creative’ describes today’s Cuban cuisine, as chefs are inspired to experiment with what’s available locally – produce directly from the farm you’ll visit, and seafood straight from the fisherman’s net.

On our Cuba tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with talented chefs and mixologists as they share the secrets to making authentic Cuban cuisine and cocktails. You’ll also enjoy traditional Cuban breakfasts of bread, ham and eggs served with hot coffee and fresh tropical fruit smoothies. Lunch and dinner bring dishes like Paella Cubano, Ropa Vieja, freshly caught grilled fish and lobster to the table enjoyed with classic Cuba cocktails such as daiquiris or mojitos.


Cuba Tour – Itinerary

DAY 1: Cuba Tour Begins As You Fly to Havana

Today you fly to Havana. Check into accommodations. Welcome dinner at a top paladar (privately-owned restaurant).


DAY 2: Art, Cocktails, and Dancing with Local Experts

Explore Havana Vieja. Mojito class, cooking demo and lunch at a beautiful paladar. Visit Afro-Cuban street art gallery. Salsa dance class.


DAY 3: Fuster Gallery & Farm Tour

Morning visit to the incredible art gallery and neighborhood of José Fuster. Tour of sustainable farm followed by lunch. Visit to El Floridita, one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts.


DAY 4: Day Trip to Viñales Valley & Las Terrazas

Visit a tobacco farm and meet with the tobacco farmer. Lunch at a beautiful organic Viñales finca (farm). Explore town with one of the oldest coffee plantations in Cuba and visit the home of a late famous Cuban musician.


DAY 5: Explore Havana’s Markets & Happy Hour Tapas in a Local’s Home

Visit a neighborhood farmer’s market and supermarket. Lunch at a famous paladar. Daiquiri class with a renowned bartender and tapas in a local’s apartment.


DAY 6: Discover Trinidad

Drive to colonial town of Trinidad. Afternoon walking tour of the town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  


DAY 7: Valle de los Ingenios & Seafood Lunch with Local Chef

Connect with local fisherman at Playa La Boca. Short drive to Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Traditional seafood lunch by fisherman turned chef. Farewell dinner.


DAY 8: Cuba Tour Ends

After breakfast, drive to Cienfuegos or Havana for flight home.


Please note that Cuba is an adventurous destination where things do not always go as planned – in fact they often do not go as planned. We urge you to bring a flexible attitude and a sense of humor on your Cuba tour. The above itinerary reflects our best planning, but there may be times when we have to substitute different activities and accommodations. That is la aventura Cubana – the Cuban adventure!