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Viva La Cubana!

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8 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Havana  |  from USD $1,329  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Head west from Havana and walk through tobacco fields, meet friendly locals and sip on Guayabita liquor. Visit a French coffee plantation before and soak up the sun on the beaches of Jibacoa - a real Cuban extravaganza!

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Itinerary

Day 1

Havana

Sunday. Upon arrival at Havana Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to independently explore this city seemingly stuck in time, in every corner are historical influences from the Spanish conquest and the African slave trade, to the bustling and lavish vacation paradise for wealthy North Americans in the 1950’s.
Overnight: Havana

Days 2-3

Vinales

Havana - Vinales. Leaving the bustle of Havana behind, we pass through the scenic countryside en route to Vinales. This delightful town is nestled in the striking Sierra de los Organos Mountains. On arrival, we’ll check into our home-stays and meet our friendly host families.

Later we take a walk through tobacco fields where the finest tobacco in the world is grown. There’s also a chance to visit a local farmer and see how they roll a true “campesino” cigar. This evening we’ll have the option to dine at the homestay and listen to some live local Cuban music and trying out some salsa steps.

On day 3 we travel to Pinar del Rio (or Concelacion) where depending on the opening hours and time available you may get the chance to visit a Guayabita factory to see where the local liquor is made. The afternoon is free - enjoy optional activities such as horse riding or cave tours, or just relaxing by the pool for the less active.
Overnight: Vinales (homestay)  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 4

Soroa

Vinales - Soroa. We leave the charms of Viñales and stay overnight in Soroa where there are nearby short hikes to waterfalls, look-out points and an orchid garden for you to explore. For those less energetic there is plenty of free time to relax.
Overnight: Soroa

Days 5-6

Jibacoa

Soroa - Jibacoa. On day 5, we will travel by bus from Soroa to Las Terrazas, Cuba's first sustainable rural community and biosphere reserve. Here we will take a guided tour of an antique 19th century French coffee plantation and learn about the old coffee trade in Cuba and the slaves' role in the coffee harvest. In the afternoon we travel onwards to Jibacoa, where we'll have two free days to take in the sun and relax to our heart's content staying in an all-inclusive hotel. If that's not enough, why not have a soothing massage right on the beach.
Overnight: Jibacoa  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 7

Back to Havana

Jibacoa - Havana. After your fill of sun and surf we head back to Havana, where you will have another chance to explore the city. As a UNESCO world heritage site steeped in history, you will find plenty to keep you busy.
Overnight: Havana  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Havana

Havana. Today your Cuban adventure comes to an end. Tour arrangements finish upon hotel checkout.
Breakfast

Cuba - What to Expect

Cuba is a wonderful country with an exciting blend of cultures, religious beliefs and stunning landscapes. It is also a country which has faced many challenges over the decades and continues to do so today. Standards of accommodation and transport in Cuba are much lower than elsewhere in Central America and the infrastructure for tourists is currently under strain because of the increase in demand. Western comforts often taken for granted in developed societies such as wifi, toiletries and soft drinks may be harder to find, expensive or unavailable. Similarly, restaurants tend to cook based on what is in season due to restrictions on imports. Expect a genuine experience of the real Cuba with all of its challenges and surprises.

Prices & Dates

'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. Solo travellers will be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on the tour.

Single rooms cannot be booked on our Cuba tours departing prior to April 2016 due to capacity constraints. If you plan to travel from April 2016 onwards and would like a single room, please contact us for rates.

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Trip Highlights

Havana - Cuba’s eclectic capital
Homestays - mingle with the locals
Las Terrazas, visit a 19th century coffee plantation
Playas del Este - sun, sea or try your hand at scuba diving
Vinales, nestled in the scenic Sierra de los Organos Mountains
Tobacco fields - learn how to roll a traditional Cuba cigar
Pinar del Rio (or Concelacion), visit a Guayabita liquor factory

Included

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Local transportation - public buses, locally hired buses, mini buses and taxis
Escorted by a tour leader
Entrance fees for included excursions
7 nights simple hotels, cabins and  homestays
Excursions to Vinales country side and Las Terrazas
Specialist local guides at certain sights of interest
Airport arrival transfer on day 1

Not Included

International flights, departure and border taxes and visas.
Meals - allow US$25-30 spending money per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs and any extras.
Tips on all excursions. Tip for your tour leader - an entirely personal gesture.
Airport departure transfer - can be booked at an additional cost upon request.

Reviews

One of the most memorable weeks in my life, it was excellent thank you!

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5
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Country

This tour was fantasti! If it's a quick look at some of the most amazing places in Cuba to see then this is the trip! You get a real Cuban experience by staying with the locals in Vinales, who are so welcoming and hospitable. There is ample down time, short travelling times in the comfort of a private tour bus and time to take in all the sights and sounds!

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4
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Our tour was amazing, lived up to and exceeded all of our expectations. Our tour leader is what made the difference, the knowledge he was able to share with us about his beautiful country was invaluable.

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Tour Details
Starts
Havana
Ends
Havana
Departs
Sundays
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2

One of the most memorable weeks in my life, it was excellent thank you!

Lizeth Dupreez
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Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 4 travellers.
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