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Cuban Rhythms

For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. Thats crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors, then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!

Latin America

Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 133018
Starts: Havana, Cuba Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will visit
  • Havana
  • Havana

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Havana/Trinidad (1B)

Stop by Santa Clara en route to Trinidad and visit important historical sites, including the famous Che monument. Enjoy an orientation walk of Trinidad's beautiful centre after settling into the homestay.

Included Activities:
Santa Clara Visit
Orientation Walk
Trinidad Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Trinidad (1B)

Those visitors who wish to pursue outdoor activities will find Trinidad a haven for horseback or bicycle riding (don't expect any modern mountain bikes though!). If a beach sounds like what you're looking for, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón, just 12 km (7.5 miles) from town.

Included Activities:
Salsa Lesson
Casa de la Trova Visit
Trinidad Homestay

04

Day 4: Trinidad (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house.

Included Activities:
Trinidad Homestay

05

Day 5: Trinidad/Viñales (1B)

Viñales is in the Pinar del Rio province and located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, we have many opportunities here to enjoy the area, whether it be horseback riding, hiking, or simply sitting back and enjoying the view. While you're here, visit a "vega" or cigar factory, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made.

Additional Notes:
Tobacco season starts in November and ends at the beginning of April.

Included Activities:
Viñales Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)

06

Day 6: Viñales (1B)

Take a day trip to beautiful Cayo Jutias, 3km of white sand on Cuba's coastline. It is a perfect spot for snorkelling or just blissing out on the beach.

Included Activities:
Day Trip Cayo Jutias
Viñales Homestay

07

Day 7: Viñales/Havana (1B)

Stop at lush Las Terrazas en route back to Havana. Discover Old Havana on a short walking tour with the CEO.

Included Activities:
Las Terrazas Stop
Havana City Walking Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Havana (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit to Che monument and historical sites (Santa Clara)
    • Salsa dancing lesson (Trinidad)
    • Visit to Casa de la Trova (Trinidad)
    • Day trip to Cayo Jutias
    • Stop at Las Terrazas
    • Walking tour of Old Havana
    • Orientation walk in Trinidad
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotel (1 nts), homestays (6 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private van
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Mingle with the locals at homestays
  • Sample the local rum and cigars
  • Connect to salsa culture on the dance floor
  • Explore colonial Havana's alleyways
  • Laze under the Caribbean sun.