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Cuba on a Shoestring

16 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Havana
Arrive at any time. Ride in style in an antique automobile from the airport to the the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast).

Day 2 Havana/Viñales
Enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana. 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. (Breakfast)

Day 3 Viñales
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. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Viñales/Playa Larga
Set off for laid-back Playa Larga. Learn how to make a mojito from a local expert, and be sure to sample the goods! (Breakfast)

Day 5 Playa Larga/Remedios
Hop into the ocean for a morning of snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs. 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. (Breakfast)

Day 6 Remedios/Gibara
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. (Breakfast)

Day 7 Gibara/Baracoa
Continue to Baracoa. The area offers everything from beaches, to hiking opportunities and museums. (Breakfast)

Day 8 Baracoa
With free time, opt to hike near El Yunque or explore the breathtaking beaches for which this area of Cuba is famous. (Breakfast)

Day 9 Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba
Drive along the rugged coast towards Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of the Cuban revolution and home of son rhythms. Enjoy an included salsa lesson, then try out some new moves on the town. (Breakfast)

Day 10 Santiago de Cuba
Enjoy a free day in Santiago. Explore this Afro-Cuban city by visiting important revolutionary sites, like the Moncada Barracks. (Breakfast)

Day 11 Santiago de Cuba/Bayamo
Hike through the Sierra Maestra mountains in the footsteps of Che Guevarra and Fidel Castro and learn more about Cuba's history. Transfer to Bayamo in the afternoon. (Breakfast | Dinner)

Day 12 Bayamo/Camagüey
Transfer west across the island to Camagüey. Hop in the back of a "bicitaxi" (bicycle-taxi) to tour Camagúey's markets and plazas. (Breakfast)

Day 13 Camagüey/Trinidad
Travel to beautiful colonial Trinidad, and get a feel for the city's energy on an orientation walk. (Breakfast)

Day 14 Trinidad
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. (Breakfast | Dinner)

Day 15 Trinidad/Havana
Return to the bustling capital, stopping off at Cienfuegos along the way. (Breakfast)

Day 16 Havana
Depart at any time. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
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.
  • Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana Your Foodie Moment: Mojito Demonstration, Playa Larga Your Hands-On Moment: Salsa Lesson, Santiago de Cuba Your Big Night Out Moment: Trinidad
  • Arrival transfer
  • Walking tour of Old Havana
  • Cigar tour in Pinar del Rio with demonstrations
  • Mojito making demonstration
  • Snorkelling (Playa Larga)
  • Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara
  • Comandancia de la Plata hike
  • Bicitaxi tour of Camagüey
  • 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.
  • Casas particulares (homestays) (15 nights).
  • 15 breakfasts, 2 dinners.
  • Transportation: Private vehicle, vintage automobiles, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Highlights
  • Visit 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
Accommodations
Casas particulares (homestays) (15 nights)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 18, Avg 12.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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