Active Cuba Tour

Active Cuba Tour

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Active Cuba Tour

10 Days Starting and ending in Havana, Cuba

Visiting: Havana, Vinales, Bay of Pigs, Trinidad, Escambray Mountains

Tour operator:

Cuban Adventures

Tour code:

CM

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 14

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

1-79

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Free

Tour operated in:

English , Spanish

Trip Styles:

Active, Small Group

Activities:

Cycling, Snorkeling, Trekking

Private Available:

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From: $1700 $1646 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$54

NB: Prices correct on 16-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

This Cuba multi-sport tour package gives you opportunities to do some bicycling, trekking, diving, and more, while also some free time in cities and towns to check out what Cuba is all about. If you love the outdoors, like to stay active, enjoy immersing yourself in nature, and having some fun with some like-minded travellers, this will be the best Cuba tour package for you! We've included a half day biking trip through Cuba's spectacular Vinales Valley, and a 2 day trek to find hidden waterfalls in the Cuba's lush Escambray Mountains. Included excursions are easy to intermediate in difficulty level, and suitable for anyone who can ride a bike and has a reasonable level of fitness. However if you do decide to opt out of any included activity, there are some alternatives we can help organise for you in Cuba while the rest of the tour group does the included activity. There is free time to check out the towns, and Cuba's culture and nightlife, as well as opportunities for diving, snorkelling, caving, and even ziplining that the tour guide can arrange for you. The tour is led by one of our energetic adventure guides.

Highlights

  • opportunities to do some bicycling, trekking, diving,

  • free time in cities and towns to check out what Cuba is all about

  • enjoy immersing yourself in nature

  • free time to check out Cuba's culture and nightlife,

Places You'll See

Che Guevara Museum

El Floridita - Popular Havana Bar

Salto Javiro Waterfall

Colourful Trinidad

Music In The Streets Trinidad

Vinales Valley

Bay Of Pigs

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Havana

Location: Havana

Accommodation: Homestay

Today is set aside for participants to join the tour. Some flights to Havana arrive quite late in the evening, so there are no included activities today. Nevertheless, at 7pm, the tour guide will meet with those who have already arrived and go for an optional dinner. We include an airport arrival transfer if you arrive to Havana today. The transfer is also included if you arrive in Cuba before today as long as you arrange pre-tour accommodation through us. Otherwise, we can arrange your included transfer from your place of accommodation in Havana to the starting guesthouse for the tour.

Day 2 : Vinales

Location: Vinales

Accommodation: Homestay, HomestayHomestayHomestayHomestay

Meals Included: Breakfast

The road trip to Vinales today takes 3 to 4 hours. If there are 6 or more participants on the tour, the included transport is a private tour bus, otherwise we use a smaller microbus or a private car.

We have 2 nights in the charming town of Vinales where there are an abundance of outdoor activities available. On the morning of Day 3 we include a half day off-road bicycle excursion in the valley, through tobacco fields, meeting locals, and with the wonderful views of the pincushion hills all around us. The difficulty level of the bike trip is medium. If you can ride a bike around town you should be fine. For those that don't like bike riding at all, we can include a walking tour of the valley instead.

In the 2 afternoons we have in Vinales, the options include taking on Cuba's best zipline, exploring the impressive Cuevas Santo Tomas (by far Cuba's largest cave system), learning to salsa with a local teacher, and taking a taxi to Cayo Levisa - a beautiful white sand beach some 40 minutes drive away. Horseriding and rock-climbing can also be done.

Vinales has a great nightlife owing to the fact that there is only 1 bar and all the locals go to dance and listen to live music. It's one of the best places to experience how Cubans enjoy a night out.

Day 3 : Vinales

Location: Vinales

Accommodation: Homestay, Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast

The road trip to Vinales today takes 3 to 4 hours. If there are 6 or more participants on the tour, the included transport is a private tour bus, otherwise we use a smaller microbus or a private car.

We have 2 nights in the charming town of Vinales where there are an abundance of outdoor activities available. On the morning of Day 3 we include a half day off-road bicycle excursion in the valley, through tobacco fields, meeting locals, and with the wonderful views of the pincushion hills all around us. The difficulty level of the bike trip is medium. If you can ride a bike around town you should be fine. For those that don't like bike riding at all, we can include a walking tour of the valley instead.

In the 2 afternoons we have in Vinales, the options include taking on Cuba's best zipline, exploring the impressive Cuevas Santo Tomas (by far Cuba's largest cave system), learning to salsa with a local teacher, and taking a taxi to Cayo Levisa - a beautiful white sand beach some 40 minutes drive away. Horseriding and rock-climbing can also be done.

Vinales has a great nightlife owing to the fact that there is only 1 bar and all the locals go to dance and listen to live music. It's one of the best places to experience how Cubans enjoy a night out.

Day 4 : Bay Of Pigs

Location: Bay of Pigs

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast

The drive to the Bay of Pigs takes most of the day. On the way however, we stop for a snorkel right off the coast at a beautiful spot along on the bay. Snorkel equipment is available for hire at a low cost. We stay the night in the town of Playa Giron which is one of the beautiful beaches on the Bay of Pigs. It is also on the edge of Cuba's Cienaga de Zapata which is a densely forested area featuring wetlands, swamps, caves, and sinkholes.

Day 5 : Trinidad

Location: Trinidad

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast

We spend the morning in the Bay of Pigs before heading to Trinidad in the afternoon. The activity options for the morning are scuba diving over some of the best coral reefs in Cuba, or taking a trek with a national park guide through the nearby forest to see wildlife, caves, and to a freshwater sinkhole (cenote) where you can snorkel with fish and turtles. If you prefer something more relaxing you can hang out with your guesthouse family or take a short bicycle ride to the beach.

The scuba diving has been described as being as good as anywhere in Cuba. The water is usually very clear and the dive masters are experienced. On the trek through the forest, the guide can find snakes, birds, and cave bats to show you, and swimming in the clean freshwater of the sinkhole is an exhilaratingexperience. In the afternoon we head further along the Cuba's Caribbean coast to the vibrant colonial city of Trinidad.

Day 6 : Escambray Mountains

Location: Escambray Mountains

Accommodation: Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our 2 day trek through the mountains near to Trinidad, takes us through valleys, over ridges, along mountain streams, and to secluded waterfalls. You don't need to carry your luggage on this trek and the national park employees take care of the cooking and tents. Meals and camping gear are provided, including sleeping mats and blankets, however it's best if you can bring your own sleeping bag as occasionally we have found that they don't bring along enough blankets, and it can get cold at night in the mountains, especially in the winter months of December through February. If you don't have a sleeping bag, a simple sleeping sheet will make you feel more comfortable.

Other than that you just need to have some good footwear for walking, sunscreen, a hat, your swimwear and a change of clothes for sleeping in. The walk is not particularly difficult, however you need a reasonable level of fitness to be able to cover the distances (about 10km a day) without feelling too exhausted to enjoy the experience. In the event that you prefer to stay in Trinidad, we can provide the extra night of accommodation free of charge as you wait for the rest of the group to return. The night of Day 7 is back in Trinidad.

Day 7 : Escambray Mountains To Trinidad

Location: Escambray Mountains

Accommodation: Homestay, Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Our 2 day trek through the mountains near to Trinidad, takes us through valleys, over ridges, along mountain streams, and to secluded waterfalls. You don't need to carry your luggage on this trek and the national park employees take care of the cooking and tents. Meals and camping gear are provided, including sleeping mats and blankets, however it's best if you can bring your own sleeping bag as occasionally we have found that they don't bring along enough blankets, and it can get cold at night in the mountains, especially in the winter months of December through February. If you don't have a sleeping bag, a simple sleeping sheet will make you feel more comfortable.

Other than that you just need to have some good footwear for walking, sunscreen, a hat, your swimwear and a change of clothes for sleeping in. The walk is not particularly difficult, however you need a reasonable level of fitness to be able to cover the distances (about 10km a day) without feelling too exhausted to enjoy the experience. In the event that you prefer to stay in Trinidad, we can provide the extra night of accommodation free of charge as you wait for the rest of the group to return. The night of Day 7 is back in Trinidad.

Day 8 : Trinidad

Location: Trinidad

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast

We have a full day in the beautiful city Trinidad. Scuba diving is also possible here so you can indulge in another immersion if that is your thing. There is also a zipline and a very pleasant beach not far away as well as the option of horseriding to a waterfall. The main things that people enjoy about Trinidad are the colonial feel of the city, with its cobblestone streets and old mansions surrounding the town square, and the vibrant live music and dance scene. There are several live music venues within short walking distance in the colonial center near to our guesthouses.

Day 9 : Havana Via Santa Clara

Location: Havana

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast

On our way back to Havana, we call in on the city of Santa Clara to check out the Che Guevara Museum. This is the only museum visit we subject you to on this tour however we recommend it since Che is such an important figure in Cuba's recent history and its revolution, and his life was such an interesting one.

Eventually we reach Havana and we can celebrate the last night of the tour together as a group. Needless to say, Cuba's capital city has a huge range of colourful nightspots to choose from and experience.

Day 10 : Depart Havana

Location: Havana

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is the departure day of the tour and you are free to depart at anytime. Your guide will be around and available until at least midday. A departure transfer to the airport is not included in the tour, however it is very simple to organise at your guesthouse. It should cost about 20USD per taxi, whether you share that with someone or go by yourself.

We recommend you book a couple of additional nights in Havana at the end of the tour so that you have time to further explore this exciting city.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    8 nights Guesthouses - air-conditioned rooms with ensuite bathroom. Twin share. 1 night camping in tents.

  • Fully Guided

    local guide throughout

  • Transport

    Private air-conditioned minibus, taxi, jeep, open-sided truck.

  • Meals

    All breakfasts, 1 dinner, 2 lunches

  • Activities

    Half day cycling excursion in Vinales, 2 day trek in Sierra Escambray Mountains. Visit to Che Guevara Memorial

  • Transfer

    airport arrival transfer

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

  • Meals

  • Flights

    International flights

  • Documents

    Visa and passport fees,nsurance (Travel Medical Insurance is required to participate on the tour)

  • Drinks

    Any drinks

  • Optional activities

    Optional activities / day-tours / excursions

  • Gratuities

    Tips

Mode of Transport

Private air-conditioned minibus, taxi, jeep, open-sided truck.

Accommodation

8 nights Guesthouses - air-conditioned rooms with ensuite bathroom. Twin share. 1 night camping in tents.

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  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Most accommodation do not offer free wi-fi, although increasingly they do have a connection. You must buy a wi-fi card to connect, it is around US$1

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    The guesthouses we stay in are all professionally run, and have been vetted for cleanliness and standard level comfort. They are all air-conditioned or sufficiently cooled, and nearly all have an en-suite bathroom. They are more like a bed & breakfast and less like a homestay and are all unique. We encourage you to interact with the families and staff, but it is not necessary. You will have 1 night in a tent.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Solo travellers are invited to share a room with a same sex traveller on the tour. If you prefer a single room, you can pay the single supplement of US306

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    At a minimum all guides speak English and Spanish

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, children 18 and under are welcome accompanied by an adult

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    The tour will be cancelled and booked travellers will be given a full refund

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    We suggest you bring spending money in euros. USD is not accepted by banks or currency exchange places, so we do not recommend it. What

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Travellers from all countries are welcome on this tour.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No flights are included

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    This tour is designed for the traveller that wants the freedom to do what they want while in Cuba. The only thing you need to do is make sure you are ready for the bus to the next destination, aside from that you have complete freedom in each destination. The guide gives a walking orientation tour, suggestions for restaurants and activities, and then you're off on your adventure.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Included excursions are easy to intermediate in difficulty level, and suitable for anyone who can ride a bike and has a reasonable level of fitness. However if you do decide to opt out of any included activity, there are some alternatives we can help organise for you in Cuba while the rest of the tour group does the included activity. T

  • What is the maximum group size?

    14 travellers

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    You will receive the name and address of your Havana casa 10 days in advance. Your accommodations in the rest of the provinces are assigned upon arrival.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival transfer is included, as long as we have arranged your first night stay. Otherwise the transfer is included from your pre-tour accommodations to your first night casa.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Yes, we require proof of vaccination or a signed medical waiver.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Cuba requires citizens from most countries to have a visa (tourist card)

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    The visa (or tourist card) is not included, it can be obtained from your airline, local embassy, or third party seller.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    You must be able to carry your own luggage up stairs, so we suggest packing lightly.

  • What documentation will I receive?

    When you book you will receive your Trip Notes (Essential Trip Information) and maps. Then 10 days before your tour you will receive a pre-departure email with the accommodations information, guide name and contact, and airport arrival information.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Cuba is a tipping country. You can budget $2-5/day for the tour leader, $1-3/day for the driver, $1-5 for a local guide, $1 for musicians in restaurants or on the streets, $.25 for bathroom attendants

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, all of our transportation is air conditioned

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We will gladly arrange for pre- or post- tour accommodation.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, we can normally arrange for you to meet up with the group. Transportation at traveller's own expense.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We can often change the dates with no penalty if it's far enough in advance. Otherwise, our cancellation policy will apply.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, there are strict health and safety guidelines that all casas particulares must adhere to.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We adhere to all local protocol and best practices, including social distancing, sanitizing, and mask wearing. Travellers must be fully vaccinated.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    When you are confirmed on the tour you will receive the Essential Trip Notes with information to help you prepare for your tour and maps of each of the destinations. Then 10-days before the tour you'll receive a pre-departure message with the tour leader's name, arrival instructions, and the name and phone number of the casa where you'll be staying in Havana.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    We have proudly been in operation since 2005

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Solo travellers are not required to pay single supplement if they are willing to share with someone of the same gender.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded individuals of all ages who are interested in a cultural adventure and getting to know the real Cuba

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Mark  

Cuban Adventures

14-May-2024

This was my third trip to Cuba with Cuban Adventures. I am always impressed with the thoroughness and attention to detail in our program. The total experience went very smoothly, even considering any unexpected surprises. Their professionalism exceeds my expectations by a large margin. I plan to travel with them again soon!

Sally Potapenko  

Cuban Adventures

14-Mar-2024

Cuba is the most beautiful country and Cuban Adventures has wonderful, knowledgeable guides that will make your trip one-of-a-kind. This is my second trip and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. The only trouble is I have to come home.

Tizzy Bennett  

starstarstarstarstar

02-Mar-2024

Cuban Adventures was an outstanding company to work with on our recent visit to Cuba. So much care is taken to provide a rich experience that is respectful of the people and land of Cuba. Our guide Yoani was incredibly knowledgeable- we learned so much every day and were exposed to a wide range of cultural activities. Highly recommended!

Kiwiniuean Coromandel, New Zealand  

Above and beyond expectations.

27-Jun-2023

An experience I would recommend to anyone with an adventurous spirit. Our 15 day tour could only have been improved , by adding on a trip to Vinales and the area to the west of Havana. We experienced , what we think , was a very genuine introduction to Cuba. The history, the countryside , the wonderfully warm people , the food, beaches, forts , monuments - everything ! Our guide was incredible . Ale’s warmth , caring nature, knowledge and intelligence added another dimension to our time - not to mention his humour! We would do it all again , in a heartbeat !

hudsoncrider  

Cuban Adventures

13-Jul-2024

Our trip with Cuban Adventures was a very enriching travel experience! From the moment we began our trip, we felt safe and excited to experience Cuba with a trusted company. Cuban Adventures took care of every detail, from organizing our itinerary to providing us with knowledgeable local guides who enriched our understanding of Cuba's culture and history. What stood out the most was how Cuban Adventures supports local communities. By staying in casas particulares, dining in private restaurants, and hiring local guides, Cuban Adventures helps contribute directly to the local economy. We were constantly amazed by the kindness and resilience of the Cubans we met. We highly recommend Cuban Adventures to anyone seeking an authentic and meaningful experience in Cuba. They make sure your journey is not only unforgettable, fun, and safe - but also that it supports the local communities you visit.

Bailey - United States  

Active Cuba Tour

02-Nov-2023

As a girls trip, we had the absolute best experience during our time in Cuba with Cuban Adventures. Our guides and hosts were so wonderful, we had an amazing time on all our excusions and also learned so much along the way. Highly recommend!

Joseph  

Cuban Adventures

08-Apr-2024

Cuban Adventures was the most incredible trip our family has ever taken. It was authentic, entertaining, engaging and educational. We met so many wonderful people and saw so many incredible things. We highly recommend it. Their website clearly explains how to legally travel to Cuba, what documents and procedures are needed, and the reservation process was clear and easy. Our tour guide was experienced, fun, and knowledgable and provided such a variety of information it kept my 9, 12 and 16 year old's totally engaged. The transportation was comfortable. The guest house was clean and in a fascinating location in Havana. The restaurants and food were incredible and the activities were varied, interesting and fun. The best part was meeting local Cubans and seeing an authentic Cuba. Cuba is an amazing country and we highly recommend Cuban Adventures. Joseph and Alisa from Atlanta, USA.

Trek  

Highly Recommend!

13-Jun-2023

Highly Recommend! May 2023 • Family Visiting Cuba had been on our bucket list and it was one of our best trips ever, thanks to all the people at Cuban Adventures who made it smooth and easy. From start to finish, the trip was very well planned and organized with interesting and varied activities. And our local guide couldn't have been better! Would highly recommend Cuban Adventures!

Crystal C - Milwaukee  

First time in Cuba!!!

25-Jun-2023

Cuban adventures was absolutely amazing...our guide Dayana was the best. She was so knowledgeable about the cuban culture, answered any questions we asked. I would definitely book Cuban adventures again. I'm in love with Cuba 🇨🇺

PeteinBallygally Northern Ireland  

Havana to Havana

13-May-2023

Monica organised everything seamlessly for us over the pandemic period and in April 2023 we finally, after three years of waiting, set off on our tour. Havana to Havana with Vinales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad in between. We also stopped off at the Bay of Pigs and Santa Clara. Apart from seeing and getting a flavour of the country we got to stay in local casas with the loveliest of hosts. Estefan was our very knowledgeable guide - no question too difficult - and he kept us well entertained and fed for the duration. It was an emotional farewell for the eight of us at the end. Osmani was our driver, and what a driver. He was so careful and considerate and kept us all topped up with water, even rescuing us with his bus in a thunderstorm in Cinfuegos. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cuban Adventures to anyone who feels like a life-changing experience.

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