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Highlights
  • Cruise through havana in a vintage automobile
  • Bliss out on a beautiful beach overlooking the caribbean
  • Explore cueva del indio by boat
  • Walk among limestone peaks
  • Visit a crocodile farm
  • Learn about fascinating cuban history

Cuba’s past is well-known, but what of its present? Take the family and find out for yourself on this jam-packed 12-day adventure that celebrates the island’s colonial past and vibrant modern-day culture. Here, you’ll learn to salsa in Havana, go swimming in Cueva de los Peces, explore colonial Trinidad and learn about the revolution in historic Santa Clara. Blessed with history, culture, and unspoiled natural splendour, Cuba is captivating, indoors and out.

Trip Description
Cuba Family Adventure
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Activities
  • N/A
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Cuba Family Adventure

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Recommends

Tour guide and itenary December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If you want to experience the real Cuba,this is certainly the tour to pick. The Casa's are far from perfect, but get you up and close to the real Cuba and more importantly the real Cubans and their colourful lives.
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Operator G Adventures

D

Recommends

The tour was well organised, reasonably priced and offered plenty of freedom to see and do whichever sites and activities of interest to you. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The format of the YOLO tour was perfect for us. Having transport and accommodation organised yet giving us enough flexibility and freedom to see and do as we pleased was exactly what we were after. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and was genuinely proud to show us his country. Change is coming in Cuba and I'm glad I managed to see it before it does. I enjoyed the trip to Cuba so much that I have written a whole blog post about it here: http://www.danielbowden.com.au/travel/2015/04/27/cuba/ My girlfriend and I also made a video throughout the trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTpJ4iXSLa0
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Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

This was my second G Adventure trip and I'll definitely be doing another one. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A fun and fantastic way to see the real Cuba

Operator G Adventures

J

Recommends

Easy to go around, see the most famous things with the group, learn more about the country. And the most important thing, you have also time for yourself if you like.... December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was perfect mixed of included activities, optional activities and time for myself....

Operator G Adventures

J

Recommends

My experience on the Cuba Libre tour, and the knowledge and personality of my guide Pablo Alain. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
G Adventures provided and excellent tour, which was made so by choosing a top guide, Pablo, to lead the tour.

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Havana

Arrive in Havana at any time and enjoy the city. Additional Notes: A G Adventures representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 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 Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer

Day 2 Havana (1B)

After arriving in Havana, spend the day exploring the city. Discover the history and culture of La Habana Vieja in style, taking a classic American car tour through the city. In the afternoon, get a chance to stretch your legs taking a salsa class. It's a great opportunity for dad to show off his dancing skills! Included Activities: Havana City Tour in Vintage Car

Day 3 Havana/Viñales (1B)

Take a sightseeing tour of the valley, including a visit to the Caverna de Santo Tomas. Get up close to the valley’s incredible geological formations. Tour a section of the cave by boat! Included Activities: Caverna de Santo Tomas Visit Transport: Take a sightseeing tour of the valley, including a visit to the Caverna de Santo Tomas. Get up close to the valley’s incredible geological formations, and tour a section of the cave by boat! Private Vehicle

Day 4 Viñales/Las Terrazas (1B)

From Viñales, continue on a short journey to the nature reserve of Las Terrazas. Located in the Sierra del Rosario mountains, the reserve is filled with lakes and waterfalls and is a great place for the kids to play in all day. Included Activities: Las Terrazas Tour Pools of San Juan Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Las Terrazas/Playa Girón (1B)

Continue to the south of the island, heading for Playa Giron, the scene of the attempted invasion of Cuba by American forces. Along the way, stop at Cueva de los Peces where the kids can have lunch and swim among brightly coloured fish. Included Activities: Cueva de los Peces Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Playa Girón/Cienfuegos (1B)

In the morning, take a short ferry across the bay to Castillo de Jagua. Located in the entrance of the Bay of Cienfuegos, the fortress was built in the 1740s by the Spanish to protect the bay from pirates. You and the kids can pretend to protect the bay from invaders all over again. Continue to Cienfuegos, where the rest of the day is free. Spend the night. Included Activities: Castillo de Jagua Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Ferry Ferry

Day 7 Cienfuegos/Trinidad (1B)

Take a short drive along the coast in the morning to the southern coastal city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad. Enjoy an included tour of the area to get your general bearings. The rest of the time is free to wander the cobblestone streets, shop, and experience the great music scene that has made this city famous. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Trinidad (1B)

Have a free day to enjoy optional activities. Visitors looking for outdoor activities will find Trinidad a haven for horseback or bicycle riding (don’t expect any modern mountain bikes though!). If a beach sounds like what you're looking for, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón, just 12km (7.5 mi) from town.

Day 9 Trinidad (1B)

Cuba is an island well known for its natural beauty, and we can see a lot of natural wonders visiting the Topes de Collantes reserve, located in the Escambray Mountains. Filled with caves, rivers, waterfalls, and pools, this is a natural playground. Enjoy the day here, before transferring to the hacienda accommodation for the night. Included Activities: Topes de Collantes Visit

Day 10 Trinidad/Santa Clara (1B)

Head inland to visit the site of some of the most important moments in Cuban history at Santa Clara. Kids will be fascinated by the stories of the Cuban revolution, and can see the armoured train used by the revolutionaries to attack the government troops that helped to turn the revolution for them. Included Activities: Che Guevara's Mausoleum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 11 Santa Clara/Havana (1B)

In the morning, drive back to Havana. On return, the rest of the day is free. Explore the city at leisure, visit some of the bars and restaurants in the city, or sit at a café and watch the world go by. The evening is a great opportunity to have one final meal with newfound friends and family. Included Activities: Making Musical Instruments Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 12 Havana (1B)

Transfer to the airport where the trip ends and we say goodbye to newfound friends. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,599

Price Per Day:

$ 133 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • Hands-On: Making Musical Instruments
  • Havana
  • Visit to Las Terrazas community and San Juan natural pools
  • Area tour of Viñales Valley
  • including the "Cueva del Indio"
  • Half-day city tour of Havana in vintage automobiles
  • Visit to Che mausoleum
  • Nature walk in Topes de Collantes
  • Visit to a crocodile farm
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate van.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 20
Max 20, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (8 nts), hacienda (3 nts)
Accommodation on this trip is mostly, if not entirely, in 'casas particulares', the Cuban equivalent of a bed & breakfast. These local accommodation options allow you to participate in a typical Cuban living experience by staying with a family in their home. The family rents a bedroom or two with private bathroom shared amongst guests. Groups are usually spread across multiple casas with a central meeting point for evening socializing in the towns. Hotel service standards can be fairly low in Cuba and in complete contrast to the price paid for these accommodations. Casas are usually very centrally located and a great base for exploring Cuban towns and cities. Utilizing the local accommodation puts you closer to the Cuban people and lifestyle and often provides a higher standard of service and comfort than in a hotel.
Start City
Havana
End City
Havana
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 6 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

From 01 May 2010 all tourists entering Cuba will require “Medical Travel Insurance” that is on a Government approved list. We urge you to check with your insurance provider to ensure your policy is on the list of approved providers. If it is not, tourists will be forced to purchase a Government approved policy on arrival in Cuba. The cost of buying this insurance in Cuba will be in addition to any insurance already purchased, and it is likely the rates for these polices will be inflated compared to what you may purchase in advance from home. G Adventures issues insurance policies at competitive rates, and our insurance provider has been confirmed as recognized by Cuban officials. If you would like peace-of-mind and to purchase insurance from Gap Adventures, please contact our reservations team on 1800 465 5600 (from North America), or 08444 101030 (from the UK) or 39413 5820 (from Australia) or travel@gadventures.com

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets. Resorts, hotels, and government-run restaurants are notorious for mediocre buffets and subpar food quality, but at casas and locally run restaurants you get the chance to taste real Cuban cuisine. Options may not be as diverse as back home, but you can expect to have simple, good, quality food. Based on Cuba's economic situation, there may be fluctuations in food supply and there are occasionally shortages of certain ingredients – which provides a great opportunity to try something new! Cubans rarely uses spices for cooking, so it's recommended to bring some of your favourite spices or hot sauce for a bit of added punch.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEO has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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