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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

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!

Trip Description
Cuban Rhythms
 
Countries
Cities & Attractions
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
Cuban Rhythms

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

S

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

M

Recommends

I love to travel with G, great palces, great experiences and really good staff November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
What to say...I will definitely book another tour with you guys.

Operator G Adventures

M

Recommends

The way your trip are organised. October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was missing on half of the tour because I got viral infection and had to spend few days in bed and got antibiotics but I never felt I'm not a part of the group.

Operator G Adventures

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). If you are flying into Varadero (VRA) you will need to pre-pay a supplement (70 USD per person or equivalent in your booking currency) to receive the service. 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: Las Terrazas Stop Viñales Homestay Informal Spanish Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle

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/Trinidad (1B)

Travel through the Cuban countryside to the colonial city of Trinidad. Enjoy an orientation walk of Trinidad's beautiful centre after settling into the homestay. Additional Notes: Tobacco season starts in November and ends at the beginning of April. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Trinidad Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 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: Salsa Lesson Casa de la Trova Visit Trinidad Homestay

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

Day 8 Havana (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 749

Price Per Day:

$ 94 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • Local Living: Havana Homestay
  • Havana Local Living: Viñales Homestay
  • Viñales Local Living: Trinidad Homestay
  • Trinidad Hands-On: Salsa Lesson
  • Trinidad
  • Arrival transfer
  • Che Guevara mausolem and museum visit (Santa Clara)
  • Orientation walks in Trinidad and Viñales
  • Casa de la Trova visit (Trinidad)
  • Day trip to Cayo Levisa including lunch
  • Las Terrazas biosphere reserve visit
  • Old Havana walking tour
  • Beach time in Trinidad
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate vehicle.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 18
Max 18, avg 14.

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
Casas particulares (homestays) (7 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 18 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 G 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 CEOs 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 CEOs have 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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