Cuba Libre & Sailing

Classic, Havana to Havana

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Roaming over its green hills or sailing along its tiny, white-sanded islands, you’ll wonder what took you so long to see "the other Cuba." This unique combo adventure on land and water will take you places most people don’t know even exist. Meander through the lush, laid back communities of Cuba’s "Garden Province" and dive into local culture for a night at a unique homestay. Sail aboard a catamaran to tour (and lay on) the secluded beaches of the thinly populated Canarreos Archipelago islands. Experience life in the sun you’ve always hoped was real.

What’s included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana
  • Arrival transfer
  • Cigar factory tour (Pinar del Rio)
  • Cabo San Antonio excursion including Roncalí Lighthouse
  • Beach time (María La Gorda)
  • Las Terrazas visit
  • Havana orientation walk
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • Sailing aboard a catamaran through the islands of Canarreos Archipelago in southern Cuba (6 nts)
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing equipment
  • Bath and beach towels aboard the boat
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Relax on the beautiful caribbean beaches
  • Experience cuban hospitality during a homestay
  • Visit a factory that produces world-famous cuban cigars
  • Sail on a catamaran through the beautiful turquoise waters of the canarreos archipelago
  • Stop to snorkel or share a drink with friendly locals
  • Enjoy the slow pace of life in the islands.

Itinerary

Day 1 Havana Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience. Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Havana Homestay Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV). Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Havana/Viñales (1B) Travel into the Pinar del Rio province to the small town of Viñales, beautifully located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Included Activities: Informal Spanish Lesson Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 189km)
Day 3 Viñales (1B) Enjoy a free day in the area. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.
Day 4 Viñales/María la Gorda (1B) Maria la Gorda's location on the Northwestern tip of Cuba offers some of the best sunsets, beaches and marine life you will find in Cuba, an ideal place for water sports. Included Activities: Cigar Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 170km)
Day 5 María la Gorda (1B) From María la Gorda, head out to Cabo San Antonio, a protected area famous for the sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beach. After learning some information about the region, stop by the Roncalí lighthouse. Enjoy some free time on the beach. Included Activities: Cabo San Antonio and Roncalí Lighthouse Excursion
Day 6 María la Gorda/Las Terrazas (1B) Less than an hour outside of the bustle and hustle of Havana, Las Terrazas is a UNESCO biosphere reserve known for its stunning flora and fauna. Once acres of deforested farmland, today Las Terrazas is a lush oasis after Castro organized thousands of trees be planted. Travel through bamboo groves, past teak and royal palms and keep your eyes peeled for birds and exotic flowers. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 240km)
Day 7 Las Terrazas/Havana (1B) Travel back to Havana, and walk through Old Havana wth the CEO. Enjoy a final night in the city with the group. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 75km)
Day 8 Havana/Cienfuegos (1D) Today, meet new members of the group at a 3pm meeting. Please ensure to attend this meeting as the group will depart for Cienfuegos immediately after. Included Activities: Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
Day 9 Cienfuegos/Canarreos Archipelago (1B, 1L, 1D) Wake to breakfast and new surroundings on the way to the Canarreos Archipelago. Transport: 25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
Day 10 Canarreos Archipelago (1B, 1L, 1D) Today we begin to explore some of the the Caribbeans most beautiful islands. Composed of approximately 350 islets, the islands are known to be more rustic and quiet than many of the other popular Cuban travel destinations. Relax and enjoy the warm Caribbean air, or take the opportunity to fish. The cook will happily prepare any fish that are caught. Transport: 25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
Days 11-13 Canarreos Archipelago Explore the remote and beautiful islands of the Canarreos Archipelago. Snorkel the crystal-clear waters in search of colourful fish, relax on the beach, and dine on some of the best seafood you’ll ever have. Included Activities: Cayo Largo Visit Cayo Rico Visit Transport: 25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
Day 14 Canarreos Archipelago/Cienfuegos (1B, 1D) After arriving back in Cienfuegos, the CEO will be happy to show the group town by foot. Relax at the end of the evening while taking in the local sites of this rustic town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: 25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran (7.00-9.00 hours)
Day 15 Cienfuegos/Havana (1B) Depart Cienfuegos after breakfast and arrive back into Havana around midday when the trip will end. After being dropped off at the hotel your CEO will be able to help with onward travel arrangements. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
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