Discover Cuba, from historic Havana to the Caribbean splendour of Trinidad and Cienfuegos
From city to country to coast, this is the perfect taste of Cuba. Begin on the charming streets of Havana, where old-time American automobiles, richly-scented Cuban cigars and an eclectic tapestry of architectures evoke a colourful past. Between the small-village vibes of Vinales and the outstanding charisma of Trinidad, discover Cienfuegos and its heartbreaking blend of Caribbean and Parisian flavours. With plenty of time to swim, snorkel, cycle and hike, this adventure combines Cuba’s old-world allure – including a fascinating snapshot of Che Guevara – with some of its best and most scenic destinations for outdoor activities.
Be swept away by the eclectic history of Cuba’s capital as you join a knowledgeable local guide on a half-day tour of Old Havana
Venture to the village of Vinales, where the small-town charms are many. Spend your time sipping rum in quaint bars with locals and exploring hidden caves in the mountains
Stop in at the mausoleum of Che Guevara for a fascinating insight into the rise and fall of the charismatic and highly celebrated Cuban revolutionary
With Parisian beauty and Caribbean pace, Cienfuegos lives up to its nickname ‘Pearl of the South’. Wander the idyllic malecon (seafront) and be dazzled by the audacious architecture of the Palacio de Valle
See why Trinidad is a favourite for many Intrepid adventurers. Wander the cobblestone streets alongside cowboys and farmers and clock the best-preserved colonial buildings in Cuba
The guesthouses (Casas) we use are much nicer than your average Cuban dwelling but keep in mind that each and every room is unique. Regardless of where you stay, power cuts and breaks in hot water are sometimes unavoidable, as in any developing country.
Funds can be difficult to access in Cuba. Ideally bring multiple credit cards from several different banks just to be sure.
Luxuries such as air conditioning, and even toilet seats, are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.
Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it's available it's often unreliable and expensive. This is, on the other hand, a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.
Cuba is different, and that's a big part of its allure. Things don't always go according to plan, and many things don't work the same way as back home. Patience and good humour will go a long way in this beautiful destination.
Life in Cuba may be slower and simpler than what you're used to. You'll have plenty of time free time to wander around villages, get active or wile away the hours sipping rum in a bar.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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START AND END TIME:
On Day 1 there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at approximately 6pm. There are no activities planned for the final day.
COMPLIMENTARY ARRIVAL TRANSFER:
To book your complimentary arrival transfer you must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for purchase on this trip.
CUBA TOURIST CARD:
Tourists cards are required for all nationalities visiting Cuba. Travel Insurance is also compulsory, please refer to trip notes for further details regarding this.
There are unprecedented changes happening in Cuba right now. It is an exciting time but it also means some patience and understanding is required for the heightened demand of infrastructure, accommodation and crowds.
Our Cuba on a shoestring trips score an average of 4.68 out of 5 based on 34 reviews in the last year.
Cuba is a fascinating country still unspoilt by mass tourism. The people are so friendly & kind which is rare to find in todays society. Contrary to belief the Cuban food is delicious & the portions are massive (or at least they were for me). The countryside is beautiful & well worth a stop to take in the beauty. Havanna is fantastic however the central part is a bit daunting at first, as it is not as well kept as the Old City . However this is where you will find the real Havanna if that is what you wish to experience, you just have to be a bit more aware of where you are. On saying that I felt perfectly safe at all times. Patience is a virtue in Cuba when it comes to exchanging money etc. embrace it as there is no other way to do it. A tip is at the banks etc. when you arrive ask who is last in the line & then stick with them otherwise you'll never know where you are in the cue. As said before patience in all things & you'll get on fine.
Review submitted 26 Jul 2017
Cuba is an amazing country full of charm and character - particular Havana with it's crumbling buildings and colourful cars. Be prepared for basic - food, limited access to water, no wifi, and very few optional activities. If you're happy to just wander and explore then you'll love the place! Bring snacks and do your research before you go - I cannot stress this enough if you wish to enjoy the country to its full potential.
Review submitted 19 Jul 2017