CUBA RHYTHMS DISCOVERY TOUR
With its tantalizing lure of vibrant dance music, endless hiking trails and white sand beaches, the aroma's of cigar smoke above the sound of jazz music and cities that appear to have been revived from the 50's, Cuba, is an exciting destination for your and old, and certainly deserves its place on anyone travel bucket list.
This open departure tour departs every Sunday and certain Thursdays throughout the year but is restricted to 18-39 year olds only. It starts in Havana for two nights, before moving onto Trinidad, Viñales, Cienfuegos, and ending back in Havanna
OverviewDay-1: Arrive Havana Day-2: Havana Day-3: Havana-ViñalesDay-4: Viñales
Day-5: Cienfuegos/TrinidadDay-6: TrinidadDay-7: Trinidad/HavanaDay-8: Havana End of services
When: All year
Tour: 8 days
Note: Accommodation on this trip is in 'casas particulares', the Cuban equivalent of a bed & breakfast. These local accommodation options allow you to participate in a typical Cuban living experience by staying with a family in their home. The family rents a bedroom or two (twin or single) with private bathroom shared amongst guests. Groups are usually spread across multiple casas with a central meeting point for evening socializing in the towns. The casas have air conditioning, hot water, and are usually very centrally located and a great base for exploring Cuban towns and cities. Hotel service standards can be fairly low in Cuba and in complete contrast to the price paid for these accommodations. Utilizing the local accommodation puts you closer to the Cuban people and lifestyle and often provides a higher standard of service and comfort than in a hotel. Note:
The tour runs with between 10 and 16 people
Departs every Sunday and some Thursdays through the year
Group Size 10 - 16 people
NB: Because of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), we cannot accept bookings for U.S. citizens and residents at this time.
Day-1: HavanaDay 1 Havana Arrival Airport Transfer José Martí International Airport Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a 'casa particular' (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience. Live amongst the locals in this 'casa particular', Cuba's equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.
Accommodation: Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. Yerika (Azul Habana) Homestay (or similar)
Day-2: HavanaEnjoy a walking tour of historic Old Havana before hopping in a vintage automobile to cruise through the city. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Cuba's capital. Learn more about the city's history on an included walking tour of Old Havana. After, enjoy an included tour in vintage automobiles. Revel in the bustle, history, and rhythms of this fascinating Caribbean capital city. After lunch spend time exploring Havana with a free afternoon.
Accommodation: Yerika (Azul Habana) Homestay (or similar)
Day-3: Havana-VinalesTravel to lush Vinales with a cigar tour en route. Enjoy lunch at a local tobacco farm. A short trip west brings us to 'The Garden Province' of Pinar del Rio and to the Valley of Vinales with the town of the same name. Enjoy an included cigar tour en route before getting your cameras ready for the lush vistas and pincushion hills around Vinales , called mogotes.
Private Vehicle Havana - Vinales : 2h30m 189km
Optional Activity: Snorkelling
Accommodation: Homestay Haydee Chiroles (or similar)
Day-4: VinalesTake a walk through the countryside to enjoy the stunning outdoors. Enjoy free time in Vinales in the afternoon. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, take the chance to explore the area, or simply sit back and enjoying the view. Accommodation: Homestay Haydee Chiroles (or similar)
Day 5: Vinales - CuienfuegosSettle in for a travel day to Cienfuegos. Along the way, stop off at the Giron Museum at the Bay of Pigs to learn more about the US military involvement with Cuba. Opt to go for a swim in the beautiful waters before continuing on to the seaside town of Cienfuegos.
Private Vehicle Vinales - Bay of Pigs 5h 370km
Playa Girón - Cienfuegos 1h30m-2h 100kmAccommodation:Lily's homestay (or similar)
Day-5: Cienfuegos/TrinidadTravel to Trinidad, tour the city, and opt to take a salsa dancing lesson. A trip south brings us through the beautiful Topes de Collantes region to the southern coastal city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad. We include a tour of the area to get your general bearings; the rest of the time is free to wander the cobblestone streets, shop, and experience the great music scene that has made this city famous.
Cienfuegos - Trinidad: 1h-1h30m80km
Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Biking, Diving
Day-6: TrinidadEnjoy a free day in Trinidad to discover this Spanish colonial town that was founded in the 16th century and still preserves a look and feel of the past. Free Time Get out and explore lively Trinidad by day and night.
Optional Activities - Show , Optional Snorkelling, Biking, Diving
Accommodation: Homestay Jesus Pineda (or similar)
Day-7: Trinidad/HavanaTake a guided tour of key historical sites, including the famous Che monument in Santa Clara, en route back to Havana. Head east along the Carretera Central to the city of Santa Clara, a key location in the history of the Revolution. On your way into town visit key historical sites, including the massive Che monument (Santa Clara is also the final resting place of Che Guevara). Travel back to the north coast to Havana for your final night on the town with the group.
Trinidad - Santa Clara 2h-2h30m122kmSanta Clara – Havana 4 h281km S
Accommodation: Yerika (Azul Habana) Homestay (or similar)
Day-8: HavanaDepart at any time. Check out from the hotel is approx. 12pm midday.
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Price includesArrival airport transfers
Casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts).
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Day trip to Cayo Levisa.
Palacio del Valle visit (Cienfuegos).
Che Guevara mausolem and museum visit (Santa Clara).
Old Havana walking tour.
Orientation walks in Trinidad and Viñales.
Beach time in Trinidad and Bay of Pigs.
Informal Spanish lesson.
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Transportation by Private vehicle, boat.
Guide, their wages, insurance and expenses
Price ExcludesInternational flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa if applicable
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable
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