One Week in Cuba

8 Days | Explore the colourful streets of Cuba from Havana to Playa Larga, Trinidad and Vinales

4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
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GBP £530
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

This week-long fun, fast and colourful trip through Cuba takes you right to the beating heart of a fiercely independent nation. Cycle through the streets of rocking, retro Havana, swing through Playa Larga for a dip in the crystal-clear Caribbean, soak up the sunshine on the beaches of Trinidad and sip on Cuban cocktails with the locals in Vinales. Your leader will provide you with heaps of local insight, you’ll have fun, included activities to get your bearings and you’ll also get heaps of free time to explore at your own pace and travel your way – do you want to go snorkelling and bike riding or just kick back and people-watch with a churro? It’s up to you! From vintage cars to fragrant cigars and plenty of salsa in between – lose yourself in the rhythm of this emerging Caribbean hotspot.

Trip overview

Map of One Week In Cuba including Cuba
Start
Havana, Cuba
Finish
Havana, Cuba
Theme
18 to 35s
Destinations
Cuba
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
QUYF
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Cycle through the culture-soaked streets of Old Havana and immerse yourself in the eclectic history of Cuba’s capital on a half-day walking tour of the city.
  • Venture to the village of Vinales, where the small-town charms are many. Spend your time smoking fat cigars with locals and exploring hidden caves in the mountains.
  • Enjoy loads of free time – perfectly balanced with included activities and local insight – to kick back on the white sands of Trinidad, go snorkelling among tropical fish or hike the Sierra del Escambray mountains.
  • Sip on Cuba’s famous liquor on a visit 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!
  • Wander cobblestone streets alongside cowboys, vintage cars and farmers and clock the best-preserved buildings in Cuba – Trinidad is the best spot for photos whether you’re an amateur film photographer or just love taking photos on your phone!
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The guesthouses (casas) used are much nicer than your average Cuban dwelling, and each room is unique. Regardless of where you stay, power cuts and breaks in the hot water supply are sometimes unavoidable, as in any developing country – but we believe this is all a part of the local experience. To help set your expectations, please read the ‘Accommodation’ section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • Luxuries such as air conditioning, plush pillows and fly screens are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.
  • You might have to save your status updates and photo posts for when you get home, as internet connection can be hard to find, unreliable and expensive. Treat Cuba as a holiday from being online!

Itinerary

Map of One Week In Cuba including Cuba

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Casa Particular (7 nights)

Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Havana - Leader-led walking tour of Old Havana
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Bay of Pigs - Coastal swim stop
  • Trinidad - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Trinidad - Rum Tasting in a Local Bar
  • Vinales - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Havana - Leader-led Bicycle Ride to Revolution Square
Add on activities
  • Havana - Museum of the Revolution (entrance fee) - EUR8
  • Havana - National Museum of Fine Arts (entrance fee) - CUP250
  • Trinidad - Cave Disco (entrance fee) - EUR14
  • Trinidad - Salsa Dance Lesson (1 hour) - EUR10
  • Trinidad - Afro-Cuban folklore show (entrance fee) from - EUR3
  • Trinidad - Musical Instrument Lesson (guitar, double bass, tres, percussion) per hour - EUR10
  • Vinales - Salsa Dance Lesson (per hour) - USD10
  • Vinales - Live music venues (entrance fee) - Free
  • Vinales - Farm-to-table dinner at an eco-friendly ranch - EUR13
  • Vinales - Vinales valley guided walking tour - EUR10
  • Vinales - Santo Tomas cave visit - EUR8
  • Havana - Jose Marti Memorial tower entrance fee - CUP200
  • Havana - Cigar Factory Tour (entrance fee and guide) - USD10
  • Havana - Camera Obscura by Leonardo da Vinci (entrance fee and guide included) - EUR2
  • Havana - Tourist Bus Day Pass (Hotel Plaza Buro) - EUR10
  • Havana - Havana Murals & Mosaics: Community Projects Urban Adventure - EUR102
  • Havana - Classic American Car Tour Urban Adventure - EUR62
  • Havana - Havana Afro-Cuban Religion Urban Adventure - EUR29

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. 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.
3. Please advise bedding configuration requests to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel to aid guesthouse and rooming allocations, which are finalised 10 days prior to departure based on the configuration of each travelling party. You may request your confirmed guesthouse name and address inside 7 days of departure from your booking agent. Rest assured, the transfer driver will know the address of your assigned guesthouse.
4. A visa or tourist card, organised prior to arrival, is required for all nationalities visiting Cuba.
5. 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.
6. We recommend travelling to Cuba via Canada, Europe, South or Central America. Please refer to the ‘Passports, visas and entry requirements’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
7. We recommend you bring enough cash to last your whole time in Cuba. This is currently the best option and will provide you with the best value for money. Please see the ‘Money Matters’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
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Isis · Traveled February 2024
Cuba was terrific and a must see! A country rich in culture and experiences that will be treasured thanks to this trip. Our tour leader David was also a massive reason we loved this trip. Our group consisted of me and my boyfriend, we felt David provided great depths of knowledge on the history of Cuba and was attentive to any queries made. He made us feel welcomed, safe and cared for. David also helped us improve our Spanish which was super fun and much better than my Duolingo haha. For sure would recommend this trip to others!
Review submitted 27 Feb 2024

Sidrah · Traveled December 2023
This was an incredible and unique trip for me. I would recommend to anyone who wants some beach time, outdoor activities and learn about Cuban culture. Make sure to bring enough cash because it’s very rare that a restaurant or shop will take a bank card!!
Review submitted 06 Jan 2024

Sidrah · Traveled December 2023
This was an incredible and unique trip for me. I would recommend this to anyone that wants some beach time, outdoor activities and learn Cuban culture. I would make sure to bring enough cash because a lot of restaurants and shops to don’t take bank cards.
Review submitted 06 Jan 2024

Lucy · Traveled November 2022
Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone thinking of doing it. It was a really good length and we did something different everyday and I learnt a lot. It’s a trip you will never forget!
Review submitted 12 Dec 2022
One Week in Cuba
From
GBP £530