Cuban Rhythms

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Havana to Havana

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That’s crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise — get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors, then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!

What’s included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana Your Local Living Moment: Viñales Homestay, Viñales Your Hands-On Moment: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad Your Local Living Moment: Trinidad Homestay, Trinidad
  • Arrival transfer
  • Fusterlandia visit
  • Day trip to Cayo Levisa
  • Palacio del Valle visit (Cienfuegos)
  • Che Guevara mausolem and museum visit (Santa Clara)
  • Old Havana walking tour
  • Orientation walks in Trinidad and Viñales
  • Beach time in Trinidad and Bay of Pigs
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Mingle with the locals at homestays
  • Sample local rum and cigars
  • Connect to salsa culture on the dance floor
  • Explore colonial havana's alleyways
  • Laze under the caribbean sun.

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) Viñales is in the Pinar del Rio province and located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, we have many opportunities here to enjoy the area, whether it be hiking or simply sitting back and enjoying the view. Included Activities: Fusterlandia Visit Viñales Homestay Informal Spanish Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 189km)
Day 3 Viñales (1B, 1L) Take a day trip to beautiful Cayo Levisa, 3km of white sand on an island only accessible by boat. It is a perfect spot for snorkelling or just blissing out on the beach. Included Activities: Day Trip Cayo Levisa Viñales Homestay
Day 4 Viñales/Playa Larga (1B, 1L) Travel to Playa Larga. Stop at the Bay of Pigs en route for a swim in the beautiful blue water, and opt to go snorkelling. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 370km) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Playa Larga/Trinidad (1B) Trinidad is a haven for anyone interested in outdoor activities. If a beach sounds like what you're looking for, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón, just 12 km (7.5 miles) from town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Salsa Lesson Trinidad Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 100km) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 80km)
Day 6 Trinidad (1B, 1D) Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house. Included Activities: Trinidad Homestay
Day 7 Trinidad/Havana (1B) Stop by Santa Clara en route to Havana and visit important historical sites, including the famous Che monument. Discover Old Havana on a short walking tour with the CEO. Included Activities: Santa Clara Visit Havana City Walking Tour Havana Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Havana (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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