Travel to Cuba and experience the enthralling history of this seductive Caribbean island.

Travel to Cuba and enjoy a relaxing week-long adventure while immersing yourself in the history, culture and natural beauty of this colourful Caribbean island. Cuba's imminent political and cultural change makes it something to experience now before it evolves. Wander through Havana’s glittering colonial architecture, soak up the clear mountain air among Soroa’s vibrant mountain orchards, relax on Playa Ancon’s vast white beaches and admire Trinidad’s unrivalled ambience. From old cars to fragrant cigars and with plenty of salsa in between, this trip has it all and is the perfect introduction to all things Cuban.


Start
Havana, Cuba
Finish
Havana, Cuba
Country
Cuba
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
QUKA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • A guided walking tour of  Old Havana sheds lights on the difference between the lives of city and rural life in Cuba

  • Take in all the colours and aromas of Soroa, the stunning valley area known as the 'rainbow of Cuba'

  • Stroll along the rural dirt roads of Vinales as tractors, vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages pass you by

  • A visit to the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum allows you to learn about the iconic Cuban revolutionary in the right contextTrinidad is a real Cuban treat – step back in time on its old-world streets, then hit some fine palm-flanked beaches

  • Marvel at the unique architecture of Palacio del Valle in Cienfuegos 

  • Try your hand at traditional dance moves with an informal salsa lesson

Is this trip right for you?

  • Cash is difficult to access in Cuba. Credit cards (not debit cards) are essential – ideally multiple credit cards from several different banks.

  • Luxuries such as air conditioning, and even kitchen sinks, are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.

  • There's plenty of time to eat the delights of the sea, but it's good to keep in mind that accompaniments are not as expansive as in another countries, due to limitations on imports

  • 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 what makes it such a fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Regulations concerning foreigners and currency may appear strange to you, buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. Cuba may not be wealthy in a monetary sense, however if you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Cubans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Bienvenido a Cuba! After collecting your luggage, please continue walking through the main arrivals hall of the airport. An Intrepid representative will meet you and transfer you to your Premium Guesthouse. In the evening, at approximately 7 pm, you will meet your leader and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing. Please expect a letter or a phone call on Day 1 from your leader to confirm the time and place of your meeting. The briefing is generally followed by an optional group dinner.
Accommodation
  • Premium Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Havana - Buena Vista Social Club - CUC30
  • Havana - Cigar factory tour - CUC12
  • Havana - La Cabana Fortress canon blast ceremony - CUC8
  • Havana - Baseball game (Oct - Apr) - CUC3
  • Havana - Tourist bus day pass - CUC5
  • Havana - Ernest Hemingway tour - CUC70
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The transfer driver will have the address of your Premium Guesthouse. Please see "Joining instructions" for more information about exiting the arrivals hall and connecting with your arrival transfer representative. 
Enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana, a perfect first taste of the city. Your local guide will show you the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Central Park. Later you'll make the drive to Soroa, a lush enclave nestled in a beautiful valley. You'll stop in for lunch and tour the orchid garden there. Continue to lovely Vinales, where tobacco and agricultural fields lie side by side and limestone outcrops dot the landscape. The scenery here is some of the most picturesque in Cuba. There are many ways to take it all in, including cycling, walking through tobacco fields and hiking to mountain caves (all optional activities).
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Soroa - Orchid garden tour
  • Havana - Guided walking tour of Old Havana
Optional Activities
  • Soroa - Hike to waterfall - CUC3
  • Vinales - Bicycle hire (per hour) - CUC2
  • Vinales - Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias - USD30
  • Vinales - Salsa lesson (per hour) - CUC8
  • Vinales - Cueva del Indio - CUC5
  • Vinales - Palenque Cave - CUC1
  • Vinales - Live music venues - CUC1
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Notes: Cave visits will require sturdy footwear, as they can involve walking across slippery rocks.
There are no Premium Guesthouses in this area yet so you will be staying in a Standard Guesthouse
A walking tour of the farmlands and crops is included today. Learn more about the simple lifestyle here and see first hand the farmers who grow tabacco for some of the most expensive cigars. Vinales is a small and charming rural village. It's probably the easiest place to mingle with locals in Cuba, who are very sociable. Many of them love nothing better than to drink rum and dance the night away. An informal salsa lesson is included so you are confident to be involved. There are only three bars in this town, so you probably won't find yourself getting lost!
 
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Trinidad - Informal Salsa lesson
  • Vinales - Guided valley walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Vinales - Santo Tomas cave visit & return taxi - CUC35
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
There are no Premium Guesthouses in this area yet so you will be staying in a Standard Guesthouse
Today you will board the bus and head to Trinidad. There's no doubt it's one of Cuba's alluring destinations, a great place to wander around, with almost every scene offering a photo opportunity. Watch as locals casually smoke their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their homes, and hear the old Chevrolets rumbling by. Kick things off by strolling along the cobbled streets and marvelling at some of the colourful colonial architecture on display (this town was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1988 for good reason).
Accommodation
  • Premium Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Trinidad - Snorkelling trip - CUC15
  • Trinidad - Cayo Blanco island catamaran cruise - CUC45
  • Trinidad - Ancon beach shuttle bus - CUC4
  • Trinidad - Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (taxi, entrance fee & guide) - CUC27
  • Trinidad - Train ride - CUC10
  • Trinidad - Bicycle rental (full day) - CUC5
  • Trinidad - Live music venues - CUC5
  • Trinidad - Salsa Dance Lesson - CUC8
  • Trinidad - Musical instrument lesson (guitar, double bass, tres, percussion - per hour) - CUC10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy a day of free time. There are some great Spanish-style churches to see, and nearby is the Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar plantations stretch out as far as the eye can see. For some seaside fun, head down to Playa Ancon and stroll its long stretches of white sand. You can go for a snorkel too. Just be careful when you're in the water, as sea urchins can be a problem here. Back on the land, you can go horse-riding, cycling or hiking. If you rent a bicycle, be careful on the cobblestones, and remember your bike will be of the vintage variety. The trekking is great in the Sierra del Escambray, the local mountains. A folklore dance and music show in one of the open-air venues is highly recommended – a great chance to immerse yourself in Cuba's African, French and Spanish-influenced music and dance culture.
Accommodation
  • Premium Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Trinidad - Santeria Priest Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
A short drive will take you to Cienfuegos today. This is the gem of the south, a seaside town of relaxing streets and dazzling buildings that strike a beautiful pose by the water. You will enjoy a photo stop at Palacio del Valle, which is Cienfuegos' architectural pride and joy. Learn more about its history as you take in the beauty of its intricate carvings of Venetian alabaster. If you haven't done so already, perhaps try some Cuban coffee while you're here – it's served black, strong and super sweet.
Accommodation
  • Premium Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cienfuegos - Visit to the Palacio del Valle
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
On your way back to Havana, you'll stop in at Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial. In the museum you can get a rare insight into the legacy of the revolutionary leader, with some interesting ephemera and artefacts on display – letters, firearms, even medical devices. Upon arrival in Havana, prepare for a final night of celebrations.
Accommodation
  • Premium Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Check-out time is 10 am.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private bus

Accommodation

Premium Guesthouse (5 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Soroa - Orchid garden tour
  • Havana - Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • Trinidad - Informal Salsa lesson
  • Vinales - Guided valley walking tour
  • Trinidad - Santeria Priest Visit
  • Cienfuegos - Visit to the Palacio del Valle
  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. 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.

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