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Cuba Family Holiday tour

Cuba Family Holiday

The Family Adventure Company
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 1,281 $ 116 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Feel the Cuban rhythm build as the sun sets
  • Dance to the beat of Havana
  • Snorkel in the clear Caribbean waters
  • Visit the Bay of Pigs

Short Description

Discover the friendly Caribbean island of Cuba with its stunning white sandy beaches, lush jungle covered mountains and vibrant culture. This comprehensive family holiday visits all the major sites and shows the complex and exciting personality of the country through its history and people.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Havana
End City Havana

Destinations

Cuba

Cities & Attractions

Havana Trinidad

Age Requirement

5

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Trip Includes

  • Transport - Minibus
  • Accommodation - Hotels (2nts), Homestay (8nts)
  • Entrance fees
  • Activities
  • Meals listed in the itinerary are included in the price, along with the services of a Group Leader.
  • All internal domestic flights are included in the price with the exception of our eclipse tours

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Itinerary

Day1: Havana

Accommodation: Hotel Presidente (AAA)

Bienvenidos a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba.

Your trip starts in Havana. Due to the evening arrival of the group flight the welcome meeting will take place in the morning after your arrival.  For information on when the trip ends please refer to the itinerary as described below.

Standing on Cuba’s north coast, less than 100 miles from Florida, Havana is the political, industrial and cultural heart of the nation and home to 20% of its population. The city was founded in 1519 when Spanish settlers moved here from an ill-fated earlier site on the south coast, and Havana quickly became established as a great port, creating much of the city you can still see today. As the New World started to yield its riches, Havana grew to prominence as the assembly point for the annual treasure convoy to Spain. In 1553 the Spanish governor moved from Santiago de Cuba at the other end of the island, and Havana has been capital ever since.

Havana is one of the finest colonial cities in the Americas with narrow streets, spacious plazas and glorious Spanish architecture. There is an air of faded glory about the place with paint peeling off buildings and '50s and '60s American automobiles still dominating the roads.

Days 2-3: Viñales

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you set out on the 200km (approx. 3 hours) drive westward to Piñar del Rio province, crossing typical landscapes of cane fields, tobacco plantations and tall palm trees along the way. En route you’ll stop at Las Terrazas set in the midst of the Sierra del Rosario Mountains. Here there is a community of farmers and artisans as well as a coffee plantation where you’ll be able to learn something of the process. Nearby is the beautiful San Juan river, a stunning swimming spot. The river has been noted for over a century for its sulphur springs and clear natural pools; don’t forget your swimming costumes!

Straw-hatted guajiro peasants tend the finest tobacco in the world; the plant is native to the island. In Pinar del Rio you’ll stop and visit a cigar factory; cigars, along with rum are Cuba’s principal exports. Turning north on a scenic road you climb into the Sierra de los Órganos towards the sleepy village of Viñales.

The Vinales Valley boasts the oldest geological formations in Cuba, unique to the area. Spectacular mogotes - sheer-sided, conical towers of limestone - some over 300 metres high are all that is left of a great plateau after millions of years of erosion by wind and water. The resultant karst terrain is similar to southern China or Vietnam, especially when a layer of mist carpets the valley floor in the early morning. It is a fascinating scene, all the more so when oxen are working the fields and the scent of tobacco fills the air.

You'll take a guided walk through this rich countryside to see something of rural life, and hopefully stop at a farmer's house.In the afternoon you'll visit the Cueva del Indio, an impressive limestone cave once inhabited by local Indians and filled with stalactites and stalagmites. A river runs through the second half of the cave and you'll board a boat to take us through and out into the daylight. At dusk thousands of bats stream out of the cave to go and feed.

Day 4: Bay of Pigs; Playa Larga

Meals: Breakfast

Today is a relatively long travel day (approx. 5-6 hours). Starting early, you retrace your steps towards Havana before bearing south into Matanzas province. Your route takes you past the badlands of the Zapata Peninsula to Playa Larga standing at the head of the famous Bay of Pigs, where in 1961 a force of CIA-trained Cuban exiles landed to stir up a counter-revolution, an attempt that was ultimately doomed to failure, and helped the Cuban Revolution to succeed. Further along the coast at Playa Girón, a small museum commemorates this failed US effort to impose its will on socialist Cuba. You stay tonight at a homestay near this beautiful Caribbean beach. While here this is an opportunity to go snorkelling.

Day 5: Cienfuegos

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Jagua  - Swimming pool

Today you head to Cienfuegos, a pleasant city with a European feel. This is largely due to the influence of French settlers who arrived in the early 19th century. The city was involved in the war between the USA and Spain in 1898, and has a central role in Cuban history. A sheltered deep-water harbour ensured its prosperity and as the fortunes of nearby Trinidad waned, wealthy merchants and plantation owners indulged in a building bonanza. A walking tour of Cienfuegos is included in the afternoon. You will also visit one of the famous Coppelia ice cream parlours where you can enjoy a sweet treat on us!

Days 6-8: Trinidad

Meals: Breakfast

Continue towards Trinidad (aprox. 1 hours drive).  Trinidad, in the Sancti Spíritus province, is one of the seven cities founded by Diego de Velázquez in 1514, and is now a national monument. Nestling on a plain in the lee of the mountains and within sight of the Caribbean, Cuba’s best-preserved colonial town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its narrow, cobbled streets are paved with stones that once served as ballast for ships on the empty, outward journey from Europe. The town grew rich from trade through the nearby port of Casilda, until it silted up and was eclipsed by Cienfuegos. Despite its well-to-do air, Trinidad has no grand palaces and still retains the intimate feel of a small town. At night there’s often something of interest happening such as a music or dance performance.

During your time here you will take a half day walk to Salto de Javira, a beautiful waterfall with a natural pool you can swim in. You will also take a trip to Playa Ancon, a classic Caribbean beach.

Days 9-10: Havana

Meals: Breakfast

We drive today from Trinidad to Havana, stopping at Santa Clara on the way.

Santa Clara was the first major city to be liberated by Castro's army in December 1958. Today a number of monuments commemorate this important period of Cuba's history, including the mausoleum of the legendary Che Guevara, where we stop for a visit.We arrive into Havana in the afternoon and head to our homestay, where we will sleep for the remainder of the trip.The following morning we take a walking tour of Old Havana. Havana's Old City is well preserved and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th century fortresses and countless churches. Sites we may visit include La Catedral San Cristobal de la

Habana, described by the novelist Alejo Carpentier as 'music set in stone', Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (now a restaurant) and the Plaza de Armas, complete with a statue of Manuel de Cespedes, one of the leaders of the independence movement.We also visit the Plaza de Revolucion, Miramar and the Malecon on a tour, driven in vintage American cars.

Day 11: Trip ends

Meals: Breakfast

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.

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Slight niggles over flight timings and the amount of checking of details and printing of information I had to do, plus conflicting information from the company about hotels, but overall a very positive experience.
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I had several problems prior to going on the holiday and the staff at the adventure company were very helpful and supportive

My only criticism would be that the itinerary we were given before leaving for Sri Lanka

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My only criticism would be that the itinerary we were given before leaving for Sri Lanka seemed somewhat different from the one our Tour Guide had. Some of the hotels were different, and some of the info about hotels was incorrect, or not up-to-date. Even the info we were given in advance about the tour company in Sri Lanka seemed a bit out of date. This was rather frustrating, and we couldn't understand why this was the case.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

Homestay (8nt), Hotel (2nt)

Cuban Guesthouses (Known as Casas Particulares):

For most travellers, guesthouse accommodation is a major highlight of their visit to Cuba. The Guesthouses provide an opportunity for travellers to interact with everyday Cubans.

The houses we use are much nicer than the average Cuban dwelling, as for a start, the family needs to have enough resources to have a spare room to accommodate guests. All the houses we use have a private bathroom for the guests with a hot water shower. Towels are provided. Most rooms have air-conditioning while a few just a fan.

Guesthouses operate similar to that of a BnB. The rooms are basic but all comfortable and clean and guests are generally served meals separately to the family. In some houses the family members speak quite good English, while in others they are practised at communicating with their non-Spanish speaking guests simply by gesturing and smiling. Overcoming these communication challenges is seen by most as part of the fun!

Generally, the group will split up into different homes, with between 1 and 4 group members in each home.

General Rooming Configurations:

Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.

Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.

Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees will apply.  A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation.  If you cancel a trip:

  • 56 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit;
  • between 31 and 55 days prior to departure, we will retain the deposit or 50% of the total booking cost;whichever is greater, and
  • 30 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.

Note that different cancellation conditions apply to Polar bookings and some styles of trips and additional services. Your booking consultant will advise if differences apply. Please note that for certain travel arrangements the cancellation charge may be higher than those shown. In certain cases a 100% cancellation fee applies as soon as the booking is made and the ticket is issued. You will be advised of different cancellation charges at time of booking. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees.   If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.

If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator fees.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 5

Additional Information:

Historic Havana

There is much to discover as you wander the colonial streets of Havana. Classic American cars cruise the streets reminding you of a past golden era and you will get to join in riding in one with its lovely old leather seats and shinning chrome finish. Take a stroll along the sea wall and enjoy the lively vibe in local cafes.

Trinidad & Mountains

From the preserved colonial city of Trinidad you take a boat trip for some snorkelling over the coral reef and a chance to swim off Caribbean island beaches. You also head into the mountains for forest walks, with the opportunity to swim in crystal clear pools.

Bay of Pigs

Across the crocodile-infested Zapata Marshlands, you pause at the historic Bay of Pigs where the U.S. military invasion was repelled. Travelling to the lively town of Cienfuegos, you’ll explore its most preserved secret corners.

Our Viva Cuba! trip is just one of our many Americas Family tours.

Trip ID#:

CubFamFam

Trip Excludes

  • International flights and transfers to the start of the holiday
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts

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