Cuba: Salsa & Snorkelling

Start: Havana Finish: Havana

Visiting: Havana, Viñales, Playa Larga, Remedios, Gibara, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, Sierra Maestra, Camagüey, Trinidad


Duration: 15 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 1 - 15

Age range: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

There’s more to Cuba than sandy beaches and cigars. Beyond its beautiful coastlines and tobacco farms lies a place filled with more adventure than you can imagine. Dive into the ocean for incredible snorkelling, learn to whip up some of the finest mojitos from the local experts of Playa Larga, and find your rhythm as you salsa dance in the cradle of the Cuban Revolution. Whether you’re in it for the food or the fiestas, this 15-day venture will have all the ingredients needed to spice up your journey.

Highlights

  • icon Playa Larga Your Hands-On Moment: Salsa Lesson
  • icon Baracoa Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay
  • icon Hike to Fidel Castro's secret hideout in the Sierra Maestra mountains
  • iconVisit the home of the world’s best tobacco in Vinales, Go swimming in the beautiful water of the Bay of Pigs, Learn about the history of the Cuban revolution at the Che Guevara museum and mausoleum, Hike to Fidel Castro's secret hideout in the Sierra Maestra mountains
  • icon Learn about the history of the Cuban revolution at the Che Guevara museum and mausoleum
  • icon Trinidad Your Big Night Out Moment: Trinidad. Arrival transfer. Walking tour of Old Havana. Cigar tour visit to a Vega in Viñales
  • icon with demonstrations. Mojito making demonstration. Snorkelling (Cueva de los Peces). Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara. Comandancia de la Plata hike. Bicitaxi tour of Camagüey. Viñales
  • icon Go swimming in the beautiful water of the Bay of Pigs
  • icon with demonstrations. Mojito making demonstration. Snorkelling (Cueva de los Peces). Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara. Comandancia de la Plata hike. Bicitaxi tour of Camaguey. Viñales
  • icon Havana Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Foodie Moment: Mojito Demonstration
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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Havana

Location: Havana

Accommodation: Hotel Vedado - St. John's

Arrive at any time. Tonight take the opportunity to connect with your fellow travellers. Seek out some live music and break the ice in one of the city's iconic hideouts while toasting with mojitos to the beginning of an amazing holiday.

Additional Information: 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.

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 to receive a transfer. Please reach out to your G Adventures booking agent for pricing and availability.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.

ACTIVITY: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.

icon Day 2: Havana/Viñales

Location: Havana

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana, including a visit to Fuster ́s project in Jaimanitas district. Travel through a rich agricultural area en route to Viñales where both sugarcane and tobacco are grown. Visit a "vega" (tobacco plantation) to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made.

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.

ACTIVITY: Take a walking tour of Havana and find out what your CEO loves best about this amazing city. See city highlights that may include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (which now houses a restaurant), the Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas, with its statue of Manuel de Céspedes (one of the leaders of the Cuban independence movement). Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.

ACTIVITY: Explore the neighbourhood of Fusterlandia in Havana. Cuban artist José Fuster reclaimed his impoverished neighbourhood in Havana and transformed it with unique whimsical installations. Enjoy free time to explore the neighbourhood and take in the eccentric street art.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Stop by a local tobacco plantation to learn about the process from farming and harvesting tobacco to rolling cigars.

icon Day 3: Viñales

Location: Viñales

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy an orientation walk then a free day in the area. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.

Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, take the chance to explore the area, or simply sit back and enjoying the view.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Hike or explore one of the prettiest areas in Cuba, or sit back, relax, and take in the view - you're in paradise!

icon Day 4: Viñales/Playa Larga

Location: Viñales

Accommodation: Casa Sol y Caribe

Meals: BREAKFAST

Set off for laid-back Playa Larga, stopping along the way to enjoy beach time and snorkel in the Bay of Pigs. On arrival in Playa Larga, learn how to make a mojito from a local expert, and be sure to sample the goods!

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Slip into the crystal clear water of the Bay of Pigs and enjoy time snorkelling in search of coral and colourful fish. With virtually no current, this is the perfect place to explore the underwater ecosystem.

ACTIVITY: Learn how to make the perfect mojito from a local expert. Muddle the mint, squeeze some limes, and don't forget to add some Cuban rum! Sit back and savour the fruits of your labour.

icon Day 5: Playa Larga/Remedios

Location: Playa Larga

Accommodation: Homestay Haydee y Juan K

Meals: BREAKFAST

Set off through the countryside to Santa Clara. Step into Cuban history, and visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum. Continue on to colonial Remedios, and soak up the culture in this town that is often overlooked.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: The Che Guevara Mausoleum houses the remains of this Marxist revolutionary leader killed in Bolivia in 1967, as well as 30 of his men. The room itself is designed to resemble the Bolivian mountains where he died. Set eyes on a 6.7m (22ft) bronze statue of the hero. Nearby, there is a museum dedicated to his life and an eternal flame lit by Fidel Castro.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 6: Remedios/Gibara

Location: Remedios

Accommodation: Homestay Yvan Sol y Mar

Meals: BREAKFAST

A long travel day will be rewarded with stunning beaches set amidst green hills that early explorers described as the most beautiful coastline they had ever seen.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: EVENING Known as Cuba's best kept secret, enjoy time to explore the town and take in a spectacular sunset.

icon Day 7: Gibara/Baracoa

Location: Gibara

Accommodation: Homestay Rolando y Elvira

Meals: BREAKFAST

Continue to Baracoa. The area offers everything from beaches, to hiking opportunities and museums.

The best way to get around this colonial town, situated on the bay with mountains towering in the background, is on foot. Wander the malecón (boardwalk) and visit the forts built to defend the city from pirates.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 8: Baracoa

Location: Baracoa

Accommodation: Homestay Rolando y Elvira

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Explore Cuba’s rural communities in Baracoa; this G Adventures-supported project allows us to visit local businesses and catch a glimpse into daily life. With free time, opt to hike near El Yunque or explore the breathtaking beaches for which this area of Cuba is famous.

Take some time to visit the city then head further afield to the mountains or visit the striking black sand beaches. Playa Maguana and the smaller Playa Nava are both nearby and accessible by bike or taxi. Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt is approximately 40 km outside of town and well worth a visit.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With free time here you can explore the beaches, the nearby national park or wander the colonial streets and hang out on the lively boardwalk.

ACTIVITY: Explore Cuba’s rural communities and immerse in local life through visiting social micro-enterprises in the Baracoa area. With support from G Adventures locals have developed a community experience, benefitting four micro-enterprises. Travellers have the opportunity to learn from local people with a visit to a cacao farm, sampling local food, learning about a project working to preserve some of Cuba’s unique species, and have the chance to purchase unique handicrafts, all supporting women, men and youth of this community.

icon Day 9: Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba

Location: Baracoa

Accommodation: Homestay Maria Elena

Meals: BREAKFAST

Drive along the rugged coast towards Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of the Cuban revolution and home of son rhythms. Santiago has a vibrant traditional music scene that will entice even the shyest dancer out to experiment with some salsa moves.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 10: Santiago de Cuba

Location: Santiago de Cuba

Accommodation: Homestay Maria Elena

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy a free day in Santiago. Explore this Afro-Cuban city by visiting important revolutionary sites, like the Moncada Barracks.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Opt to visit museums, colonial churches and buildings like the Moncada Barracks.

icon Day 11: Santiago de Cuba/Sierra Maestra

Location: Santiago de Cuba

Accommodation: Villa Santo Domingo

Meals: BREAKFAST

Transfer to Bayamo and take an orientation walk. This afternoon, travel to Sierra Maestra.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 12: Sierra Maestra/Camagüey

Location: Sierra Maestra

Accommodation: Hotel Colon

Meals: BREAKFAST

Embark on a hike through the Sierra Maestra mountains in the footsteps of Che Guevarra and Fidel Castro and learn more about Cuba's history. Transfer west across the island to Camagüey.

ACTIVITY: Hidden in the hills of the Sierra Maestra mountain range is the secret headquarters where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara started the Cuban Revolution. This short (but steep!) hike leads to the abandoned buildings at the top of the cloud forest, where members of the revolution lived for a year. Take time to explore the buildings that are still standing today, and make sure not to miss Casa de Fidel – the house Fidel Castro lived in during his time in the mountains.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 13: Camagüey/Trinidad

Location: Camagüey

Accommodation: Homestay Jesus Pineda

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

This morning, take an orientation walk to Camagúey's markets and plazas. Later, travel to beautiful colonial Trinidad, and get a feel for the city's energy on an orientation walk. Enjoy an included salsa lesson, then try out some new moves on the town.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

ACTIVITY: Loosen up those hips and get ready to salsa. Led by expert Cuban instructors, rumba, mambo and cha-cha-chá your way across the floor. Never danced salsa? Have no fear, Cubans are happy to share the secrets behind one of their national pastimes.

icon Day 14: Trinidad

Location: Trinidad

Accommodation: Homestay Jesus Pineda

Meals: BREAKFAST

Enjoy free time in Trinidad. Opt to hike in nearby Topes de Collantes National Park to see the Salto del Caburni waterfall, or visit Ancón Beach for diving, snorkelling or lounging. Savour a local dinner as a group hosted by one of the homestay families, then head out for a Big Night Out.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for activities. If a beach is in the cards, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón. Enjoy a local meal together with one of the host families.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With tons to see and do, take advantage of every minute in Trinidad!

ACTIVITY: Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.

icon Day 15: Trinidad/Havana

Location: Trinidad

Accommodation: Hotel Vedado - St. John's

Meals: BREAKFAST

Return to the bustling capital, stopping off at Cienfuegos along the way.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 16: Havana

Location: Havana

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (15 nts).

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    Meals

    15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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    Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends

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    Your Big Night Out Moment: Trinidad. Arrival transfer. Walking tour of Old Havana. Cigar tour visit to a Vega in Viñales, with demonstrations. Mojito making demonstration. Snorkelling (Cueva de los Peces). Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara. Comandancia de la Plata hike. Orientation walk in Camaguey. Viñales, Trinidad and Cienfuegos orientation walks. Free time Viñales, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, and Trinidad. Informal Spanish lesson. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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    Your G for Good Moment: Baracoa Community Experience, Baracoa

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    Your Hands-On Moment: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad

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    Mojito making demonstration

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    Your Foodie Moment: Mojito Demonstration, Playa Larga

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    Free time Viñales, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, and Trinidad

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    Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana

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    Arrival transfer

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    Informal Spanish lesson

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    Orientation walk in Camaguey

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    Cigar tour visit to a Vega in Viñales, with demonstrations

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Your G for Good Moment: Baracoa Community Experience, Baracoa Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Foodie Moment: Mojito Demonstration, Playa Larga Your Hands-On Moment: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad Your Big Night Out Moment: Trinidad

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    Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara

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    Walking tour of Old Havana

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Viñales, Trinidad and Cienfuegos orientation walks

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    Snorkelling (Cueva de los Peces)

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    Comandancia de la Plata hike

Meals Included

15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation

Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (15 nts).

Transport

Private vehicle, taxi, walking.

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