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Travel to Cuba and experience the enthralling history of this fascinating Caribbean island.
Experience the splendour of Cuba – a cobblestoned Caribbean gem where the rum is plentiful, the smiles infectious and dancing is essential. Join our 9-day Hola Cuba adventure and wind your way from sultry Havana and its crumbling churches, through the valleys and farms of Pinar del Rio, and on to the Afro-inspired beats of Trinidad. Along the way we’ve assembled a cast of Cuban characters to give you a proper welcome: tobacco farmers, expert chefs, local artists, historians and salsa dancers that understand where Cuba came from, where the country sits now and, more importantly, where it’s going.
Old-world charm, rich history, exciting nightlife - evocative Havana is like nowhere else on Earth. See the difference between city and coastal life on a guided walking tour of the old capital
Life in Cuba's countryside evokes a bygone time. Stroll along rural dirt roads and watch as tractors, vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages roll by
There's a lot more to the life of Che Guevara than what you'll learn from watching 'The Motorcycle Diaries'. Pay your respects to the famous revolutionary during an included visit to his mausoleum
Try your hand at traditional dance moves with an informal salsa lesson
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 (from non-US affiliated banks).
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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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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 & DEPARTURE TRANSFER:
To book your complimentary arrival & departure transfers 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.
Only one night pre accommodation may be requested due to licensing restrictions. This exception is based on airline schedules and is also subject to availability. Post accommodation cannot be offered.
Intrepid US, Inc. ("Intrepid US") is authorized to provide those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally for educational people-to-people interactions. Our "Cuban Adventures" program provides a full-time schedule of people-to-people educational exchange activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our programs adhere to the full-time schedule of people-to-people activities. Due to the nature of the program, United States law requires adherence to a special set of guidelines for travel on these unique programs. Please read the guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions carefully in the "Essential Trip Infomation" Document, and call our special Cuba connection line at 1 800 970 7299 or visit www.intrepidtravel.com if you have questions.
As per the OFAC law, each group will be accompanied by a representative (Chaperone) from Intrepid Travel. Their role is not that of a tour leader but to simply ensure we are fulfilling our legal requirement by retaining records demonstrating a full-time schedule of authorized activities is undertaken by all travelers.
"For travel conducted under the auspices of an organization, an agent of the sponsoring organization must accompany each group traveling to Cuba to ensure that each traveler has a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities."
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 Hola Cuba - People to People for US citizens trips score an average of 4.77 out of 5 based on 181 reviews in the last year.
Traveling with the intrepid tour was amazing. I have made lifelong friends and memories that I will never forget. Will, our tour guide, made the trip amazing! I left Cuba in love with the people and their culture. I read a lot of reviews saying the food is bland. Not true! The food is delicious, fresh, and full of flavor! Go with an open mind and heart and you will come back a changed person.
Review submitted 30 Aug 2017
This was a wonderful experience!! Even though it was only 9 days, we did and learned so much. Mostly all meals are included, so budget for drinks for your meals and any shopping you would want do. Bring euros to exchange rather than US dollars. You get a better rate and avoid the 13% fees. Be ready to immerse yourself in Cuba!
Review submitted 16 Aug 2017