Cuban Explorer in Havana

Trip code: CCCE

Trip Highlights

  • Take a walk through the streets of the colonial beach town of Trinidad and experience its amazing nightlife.
  • Ride a vintage car through the colonial streets of Havana.
  • Witness the making of famous Cuban Cigars.
  • Expand your Spanish Vocabulary talking with the locals.
  • Get lost in the revolutionizing history of Cuba.
  • Groove to the beats of Salsa.

Tour Details

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Imagine yourself cruising on a vintage 50s car, top-down through the grand avenues and the swashbuckling historical city of Havana! Call us mind readers or telepaths, we’ve picked the ditto picture right outta your mind and put it all and much more in this 9-day long epic Cuban journey! Marvel at the jaw-dropping art scene in Havana, but close that mouth and take a deep breath as you snorkel down in Cayo Blanco! From the cobblestone streets of Trinidad to the street music scene of Trovadores, from the stunning outdoors of Viñales to the sensuous moves and grooves of Salsa- all you gappers' dream travels and this Cuban adventure are on the same wavelength! All aboard for a madcap Latin adventure? 
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kickoff from Havana

Arrive in Havana at any time and head out on your own to explore the capital city. Gear up to have an authentic Cuban experience and experience the warm hospitality of a Cuban B&B (homestay) for the night. The adventure begins tonight with a welcome meet in the evening after which you’ll head out for a meal in a local restaurant nearby (optional) and learn more about this amazing city walking through its streets!

NOTE- Arrival transfer is included in this tour to the starting point of a Cuban B&B.

Day 2 - 3 All about Havana

Kickstart day 2 with a group walking tour through the streets of Old Havana and explore the vintage charms of the city.  After the walking tour, hop aboard a well-preserved car from the 50s’ and get ready to cruise around the city with oozing swag! You will have day 3 open to explore the capital city’s attractions all by yourself. So you better get your list going for things to do and places to see in Havana!
 

Day 4 - Travel to Viñales

Another day, another adventure- head out to the Pinar del Rio province in the small town of Viñales and take in the freshness of the beautifully located valley! On your way, stop by a famous Cuban Cigar factory and witness the hot commodity in making. 
 

Day 5 - Explore Viñales

Options abound for adventurists on this free day in Viñales! Opt to go hiking, biking, Caving or simply explore the lush countryside around Viñales and the amazing limestone ‘haystack’ hills!
 

Day 6 - Onward to Trinidad

Start your journey Southward and make your way through the beautiful Topes de Collantes region to the UNESCO Heritage site and the amazing coastal city of Trinidad! 

Never danced Salsa? Here’s your chance to opt for a lesson and learn from experts. And if you haven’t got the dancing bones in you, you can simply get to exploring this amazing city. Check out the music scene of Trinidad as well- it is one of the many things that the city is famous for!
 

Day 7 - Open day in Trinidad

Start the day with a hearty breakfast and get ready to hop aboard a Catamaran for an excursion to Cayo Blanco. Snorkel in the crystal waters and later enjoy the spread of local dishes in an included lunch. You can enjoy the free evening exploring this colonial town by yourself or with some friends from the group!
 

Day 8 - Make your way back to Havana

As you make your way back to Havana today, you will get a chance to tour some key historical sites of Cuba, including the Che Mountain in Santa Clara. You will also get a chance to tour the town of Sancti Spiritus, one of the best preserved Caribbean cities from the time of Sugar trade. Continue along the North coast towards Havana and get ready for a final night out with the group in the capital city.
 

Day 9 - Depart from Havana or embark on another adventure

Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead! 

For those who are leaving, Adios, we’ll miss you!
 

Dates & Cost

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Price Includes
  • Meals included are 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Accommodations in Casa Particulares (Cuban B&B or homestays)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Havana city tour in vintage automobiles
  • Cigar factory tour in Pinar del Rio with demonstrations
  • Area tour from Trinidad
  • Catamaran excursion to Cayo Blanco
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara.
     
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
  • Cost of Vaccinations.
  • Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
     

Living

Accommodation

Accommodation - Casas particulares (homestays) (8 nts).

Accommodation on this trip is 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 (twin or single) with private bathroom shared amongst guests. Groups are usually spread across multiple casas with a central meeting point for evening socializing in the towns. The casas have air conditioning, hot water, and are usually very centrally located and a great base for exploring Cuban towns and cities. Hotel service standards can be fairly low in Cuba and in complete contrast to the price paid for these accommodations. 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.

Meals

Meals Included - 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad 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.

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