Cuba Libre

Classic, Havana to Havana

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Walk through the pincushion hills and wander amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations – see another side of the island on this week-long tour through the "Garden Province" of Cuba. Tour a tobacco plantation, snorkel crystal-clear waters full of colourful coral and search for the pirates of lore along the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Soak up local culture in a homestay for an immersive experience that travellers rarely get to know. Let our experienced CEO lead you off the beaten path and discover the cultural treasures of Cuba.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Havana Homestay, Havana
  • Arrival transfer
  • Cigar factory tour (Pinar del Rio)
  • Viñales orientation walk
  • Guanahacabibes Peninsula Biosphere Reserve and Cabo San Antonio excursion including Roncalí Lighthouse
  • Beach time (María La Gorda)
  • Las Terrazas biosphere reserve visit
  • Walk through Old Havana with the CEO
  • Revolution Square visit (Havana)
  • Free time in Viñales
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • 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

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 (1B) Depart at any time.
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