Go back in time on the streets of Cuba during this trip that takse you from Havana to Santa Clara, Trinidad and Vinales.

A fun, fast and colourful trip through Cuba takes you right to the beating heart of this fiercely independent nation. Start and finish in rocking, retro Havana then swing through Santa Clara to learn about the man behind the iconic face you've seen on t-shirts and handbags (Che Guevara). You may just find it lights a revolutionary fire in your belly. If that's the case, you can cool down in the beaches of Trindiad and smoke a fat cigar in Vinales.

This trip is for 18 to 29-year-olds

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Start
Havana, Cuba
Finish
Havana, Cuba
Destination
Cuba
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
QUYF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • There’s a world of difference between Cuban life in the city and in the country, and you’ll learn all about it with a walking tour of Havana and strolls down the rural dirt roads of Vinales, watching the tractors, vintage cars and horse drawn carriages pass by

  • Discover the man behind the t-shirt with a visit to revolutionary Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and Museum

  • Music’s the fuel that makes Cuba move, so fill up on the rhythm and learn to move like a local

  • Get a hands-on experience with one of the country’s most famous exports; a tobacco farmer will teach you how to roll a cigar with his prestigious harvest

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

  • You might have to save your status updates and photo posts for when you get home, as Internet is hard to find, unreliable and expensive. Treat Cuba as a holiday from social media too!

  • 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.

  • You’ll get to know the simplicity of rural life in Cuba’s small towns and villages, but this means you’ll have quite a bit of free time – use it to get active with optional activities or continue your education in local rum.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 October 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019

Bienvenido a Cuba! Kick off your adventure in Cuba’s gloriously old-school capital; you'll be dodging ’50s Cadillacs as you stroll the Melancon and smile at every local you pass. A complimentary arrival transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised. Please see "Joining instructions" for more information about exiting the arrivals hall and connecting with your arrival transfer driver. Please trust that your driver will know the address of your assigned guesthouse.  

There will be a welcome meeting at approximately 6 pm this evening so you can meet your fellow Intrepidites and give us all your deets. Please expect a letter from your leader in the afternoon of Day 1 to confirm the place of your meeting (if by 5pm you cannot locate this letter then please ask your guesthouse owner if one has been delivered, or ask to call our assistance line listed in the "Problems and emergency contact information" section of this document). We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

As there's a great deal to do in Havana, we recommend getting here a little early if you can to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist. If you do arrive early, maybe get fired up in the Museo de la Revolucion.

Accommodation
  • Standard guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Havana - Tourist bus day pass - CUC5
  • Havana - Revolution museum - CUC5
  • Havana - National Museum of Fine Arts - CUC5
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Some departures of this trip are part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have started their trip 15 days ago in Mexico City on Epic Mexico & Cuba (QBYMC).
First up, hit the pavement with a walking tour of old Havana. Go to the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Central Park. Later, you'll take a drive inland about four hours to the historic city of Santa Clara. You've seen his face on so many t-shirts and posters, but what do you really know about Che Guevara? Well it'll be a lot more after today, as Santa Clara is home to his mausoleum and museum. Stand in the shadow of his statue in Revolutionary Plaza and look through his letters, firearms and photos on display. Then, head south to touch down in Trinidad. This city is everything you imagine Cuba to be - horses trot down cobblestone streets, old men strum guitars on doorsteps and stretches of white sand are ripe for exploring.
Accommodation
  • Standard guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Havana - Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
  • Trinidad - Orientation walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
A free day means you can get busy with some optional activities, or just get your chilled beach fix, (maybe with some snorkelling at Playa Ancon too). Just be careful you don't stand on a sea urchin! You could hire a bike to discover the local area but be careful, Cuba's bicycles, like its cars, are vintage! Maybe throw yourself into the local culture with an informal Spanish or music lesson, a casual salsa class, or a folklore show at one of the town's numerous open-air venues. 
Accommodation
  • Standard guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Trinidad - Bicycle rental (full day) - CUC5
  • Trinidad - Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (taxi, entrance fee & guide) - CUC27
  • Trinidad - Disco in a cave - CUC5
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Get prepared for a long day of travel to Vinales. It takes seven hours to get there, but you'll make a stop along the way at Playa Giron, which you might know by its other name: Bay of Pigs. It was famously here that the CIA sponsored a failed invasion by exile forces in 1961. It’s not just the history that’s the attraction here – with crystal clear Caribbean waters, a deep underwater wall, and an outstanding variety of coral and fish, it’s a haven for snorkellers. Next, on to Vinales, one of the most scenic parts of the country, where tobacco and sugarcane fields lie side by side, locals chill in their porches, and the mojitos are made with honey. If you like your cigars, then practice blowing smoke rings from your porch seat overlooking the giant bubbles of limestone that cover the landscape.
Accommodation
  • Standard guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bay of Pigs - Visit & swim
  • Informal Spanish lesson with leader
  • Vinales - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Do as you please today, depending on your energy levels and interests. Want a culture fix? Maybe stroll to the main square and the 19th century Casa de la Cultura and the next door Galeria de Arte with a collection of paintings by local artists. If you're itching for something outdoorsy, perhaps make a visit to the Santo Tomas cave complex (one of the biggest in all of the Americas), or the Cueva del Indio cave walk and boat trip. In the evening, your leader will take you to a local bar for a rum tasting; as far as the rum world is concerned, Cuba is home to some of the best out there!
Accommodation
  • Standard guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vinales - Rum tasting
Optional Activities
  • Vinales - Santo Tomas cave visit & return taxi - CUC35
  • Vinales - Cueva del Indio (Cave visit with boat trip) - CUC5
  • Vinales - Vinales valley guided walking tour - CUC10
  • Vinales - Salsa lesson (per hour) - CUC10
  • Vinales - Live music venues - CUC2
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The valley feels remote, like something out of Jurassic Park, with huge mounds of rock covered in vegetation thrusting out of the earth at random spots. Take advantage of one the many optional activities to help you enjoy this picturesque location - hike though tobacco fields or up into the mountains and to Cueva de San Miguel and El Palenque de los Cimarrones. Take the free day to explore the stunning landscapes of the valley of Vinales or there's an option for a beach excursion to Cayo Jutias. In the evening we suggest you choose to dine at an ecological farm that has sweeping views of the valley.
Accommodation
  • Standard guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Vinales - Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias - USD30
  • Vinales - Bicycle hire (per day) - CUC5
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It's time to head back to the capital today, a relatively short journey of about two hours. On the way back you will stop by Revolution square with an option to climb the Jose Marti Tower for a panoramic view of the city. Later tonight maybe drop by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club and take the chance to toast the end of your trip with a mojito. You can also join the hundreds of locals lining up to eat a Coppelia ice-cream, and then maybe shake the night away with one last salsa lesson at Casa de la Musica.
Accommodation
  • Standard guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Havana - Revolution Square
Optional Activities
  • Havana - Jose Marti Memorial Tower - CUC2
  • Havana - Buena Vista Social Club - CUC30
  • Havana - Camera Obscura entrance - CUC2
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your Cuban adventure ends today, say Hasta luego to your leader and fellow travellers. If you have time, maybe take your last opportunity to buy cigars from the Havana Cigar Factory.
Optional Activities
  • Havana - Cigar factory tour - CUC12
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Standard guesthouse (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Havana - Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
  • Trinidad - Orientation walk
  • Bay of Pigs - Visit & swim
  • Informal Spanish lesson with leader
  • Vinales - Orientation Walk
  • Vinales - Rum tasting
  • Havana - Revolution Square

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. To have a private room on this trip, a single supplement is bookable; subject to availability.
3. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
4. The airport arrival transfer driver will know the address of your assigned guesthouse. If you have not booked the transfer prior to departure, or will not utilise it due to independent plans, please ensure you ask your booking agent inside 7 days of departure for your confirmed guesthouse name and address.
5. Guesthouse and rooming allocations are finalised inside a week from departure based on the configuration of each travelling party. Please advise bedding configuration requests to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
6. A visa or tourist card, organised prior to arrival, is required for all nationalities visiting Cuba.
7. The Cuban government has declared that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers. Proof of insurance may be requested at Havana Airport by immigration officials.
8. 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 services. To help set your expectations correctly, please read the ‘Is this trip right for you?’ and ‘Joining point description’ sections in the Essential Trip Information Document.
9. Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.

Essential trip information

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