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Cuba

Highlights of Cuba

from $ 1959

Explore the vibrant Caribbean island from Trinidad to Cayo Jutias

Trip Dates

  • 14.Aug. - 25.Aug.2017
  • 02.Oct. - 13.Oct.2017

Trip Dates

14.Aug. - 25.Aug.2017 available Book now
02.Oct. - 13.Oct.2017 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Soak up the vibrant culture and unique history of Cuba
  • Cycle amongst the tobacco landscapes and limestone karsts of Cayo Jutias and Vinales Valley
  • Hike through Guanayara Park to Caburni
  • Cruise the bay of Cienfuegos
  • Experience local customs during authentic homestays, known as casa particulares
  • Brush up on your dancing skills during a traditional salsa lesson
  • Revel in Havana's thriving nightlife
  • Add to your adventure with an optional beach extension at Varadero

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Havana

Day 2 - Havana

Day 3 - Santa Clara and Topes de Collantes

Day 4 - Topes de Collantes and Trinidad

Day 5 - Trinidad

Day 6 - Trinidad

Day 7 - Cienfuegos

Day 8 - Cienfuegos and Soroa

Day 9 - Vinales

Day 10 - Cayo Jutias

Day 11 - Havana

Day 12 - Trip ends Havana

Green Is Good

  • The trip is operated using 'best practice’ in terms of sustainable and responsible initiatives and guides are all highly experienced
  • Accommodations are selected on the merits of their environmental practices, location and for their charm

The Sweat Level

EASY

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips, and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. This trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Easy’. Trips with this grading are fairly relaxed and suitable for most fitness levels. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you exercise once or twice a week for two to three months prior to departure.

When To Go

Cuba experiences a tropical climate with trade winds that blow throughout the year. The drier season occurs from November to April, with a rainier season from May to October. Temperatures remain warm throughout the year, averaging 21°C in January and 27°C in July.

Trip Inclusions

  • 7 nights homestay, 4 nights hotel on a twin share basis
  • 3 x breakfast
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Equipment for activities included in itinerary
  • Transfers throughout in A/C equipped vehicle

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Havana

Welcome to Cuba! On arrival at Jose Marti Havana airport, transfer to the group hotel. The evening is free for you to relax after your flight or to start exploring the local scene.

Meals: Nil

Day 2: Havana

After breakfast, we're off on a city tour through Havana Vieja, the colonial part of the old town. We'll stop at the famous Hotel National and take in the Malecon, the Capitol, the Plaza de las Armas, the Plaza de la Catedrale, and the Palacio de la Artesania. In the afternoon, put on your dancing shoes for a salsa lesson with your local Cuban dance partner.

Meals: B

Day 3: Santa Clara and Topes de Collantes

The day begins with a trip to nearby Santa Clara to embark on a tour through the city, where a must see is the Che Guevara Memorial. Che Guevara, previously known as a hero in Cuba, was arrested and killed in Bolivia in 1967 due to a guerilla rebellion. His gravesite remained undiscovered until 1997, at which time it was transferred to Cuba and entombed in Santa Clara. Later, we travel on to Sierra Escambray for an overnight in Topes de Collantes.

Meals: B

Day 4: Topes de Collantes and Trinidad

Many interesting impressions, fascinating flora, and bird watching await you within this mountain region from Guanayara Park to Caburni. The waterfall of the same name is known as one of the most beautiful in the country, and you can look forward to a refreshing swim before transferring to Trinidad to enjoy the hospitality of a Cuban family for our first night in a casa particular.

Meals: Nil

Day 5: Trinidad

The morning is reserved for discovering the mountainous nature of the region. Visit Valle de Ingenios, a valley that was once a sugar cane cultivation area and home to the tower Iznaga. The tower, which once belonged to a manorial plantation, rewards climbers with fantastic views over the valley via the half-open tower top. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure, with the option to experience the city's historic side through it's many museums.

Meals: Nil

Day 6: Trinidad

The day begins with an city tour of charming Trinidad, one of the most beautiful in the country. Here, we'll stroll through the plaza, discover where Alexander von Humbolt once stayed, and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this picturesque city. Later, enjoy a special cocktail named "Canchanchara".

Meals: Nil

Day 7: Cienfuegos

Depart Trinidad for Cienfuegos, built by the French in the 19th century. The city is home to fantastic colonial buildings, including the Palacio de Valle, an achictectural gem due to its gothic, venetian, and neo-moorish motives. Later, we'll embark on a boat ride through the beautiful bay of Cienfuegos.

Meals: Nil

Day 8: Cienfuegos and Soroa

Today you will gain a different perspective of Cienfuegos by boarding a boat for a trip across the "Lake of Treasure". Later, transfer to Soroa where the evening is free for you to explore the hilly landscape of Sierra del Rosario.

Meals: Nil

Day 9: Vinales

The next stop of our trip is Vinales where the spectacular scenery awaits you. Climb on your bicycle to wind through landscapes of tobacco and limestone karsts. The evening is free for you to relax and settle in at our casa particular.

Meals: B

Day 10: Cayo Jutias

North of Vinales lies the beautiful island of Cayo Jutias, connected to the mainland by a gravel road and known for its striking sandy beach. You are free to discover the island by bike and relax on the beach. Later we return to Vinales and our casa particular where the night is spent at leisure.

Meals: Nil

Day 11: Havana

Departing Vinales we journey back to Havana. Here you can enjoy the exciting capital once more, exploring the lively alleyways you might have missed or revisiting your favourite spots.

Meals: Nil

Day 12: Trip ends Havana

Hasta luego Cuba! Our trip concludes after breakfast where you are free to continue the adventure on your own. For those flying home today, transfers to the airport can be arranged.

Meals: Nil

Disclaimer

This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control.

The Sweat Level

  • Easy
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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