Cuba on a Shoestring

7 nights from £675

Cuba on a Shoestring
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Cuba on a Shoestring
Cuba on a Shoestring
Cuba on a Shoestring
Cuba on a Shoestring
Cuba on a Shoestring
Start:Havana
Finish:Havana
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:1 - 16
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Standard guesthouse (7 nights)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:3 breakfasts
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English

Overview

City, countryside and dazzling Caribbean coast – take an eight-day Lonely Planet Experience straight to the heart of Cuba. Set off from the charming capital of Havana, where old-time American cars, wafts of cigar smoke and laidback vibes permeate the streets. Experience the small-village vibes of Vinales and the colonial charisma of Trinidad, and immerse yourself with the history, music and mojitos of a country caught in a bygone era. With plenty of time to swim, snorkel, cycle and hike, this adventure combines Cuba’s old-world charm with some seriously scenic vistas in a jam-packed itinerary. .......read more
Highlights
  • Be intrigued by the colourful streets and eclectic history of Cuba's capital as your knowledgeable local leader takes you on a casual walking tour of Old Havana.
  • Venture to Cuba’s charming countryside as you hit rural Vinales. With plenty of time to explore at your own pace, you can check out tobacco plantations, explore hidden caves and tackle the dirt roads by bicycle.
  • Wander the cobblestone streets alongside cowboys and farmers in Trinidad, passing by some of the best-preserved colonial buildings in Cuba. Plus, you’ll take part in a rum tasting – muy bueno!
  • Master the lingo with a leader-led informal Spanish lesson. Learning your ‘hola’ from ‘hasta luego’, you’ll be testing your newfound skills with the locals over a cerveza (beer) in no time.
  • Pay your respects at the mausoleum of Che Guevara and receive a fascinating insight into the rise and fall of the charismatic and highly celebrated Cuban revolutionary.
Transport
  • Private vehicle , Public bus , Taxi
Included Activities
  • Havana - Leader-led Walking Tour of Old Havana
  • Vinales - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Bay of Pigs - Coastal Swim Stop
  • Trinidad - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Trinidad - Rum Tasting in a Local Bar
  • Santa Clara - Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum (entrance fee included, no guide)
  • Santa Clara - Leader-led Orientation Walk
Accommodation
  • Standard guesthouse (7 nights)

Itinerary

Location: Havana

Bienvenido a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! There are no activities planned until your important welcome meeting at 6 pm. Once you’ve arrived, why not take a stroll in Cuba’s capital, where vintage cars, Neo-Gothic churches and Art Deco theatres come together in a colourful mismatch on the streets. If you have time, you might like to visit Museo de la Revolucion, which focuses on the events leading up to, during and immediately after the Cuban revolution. After your welcome meeting, perhaps dig into some delectable street snacks and join the group for dinner at a local restaurant – your leader will have a few recommendations.

Optional Activities:
-Havana - Tourist Bus Day Pass
-Havana - Revolution museum (entrance only, no guide, no transport)
-Havana - National Museum of Fine Arts (entrance fee only, no guide, no transport)
-Havana - Old Havana Street Eats - Urban Adventures (entrance fee & guide included)

Accommodation: ,Standard guesthouse

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Old Havana, Vinales

This morning, join your leader on an two-hour walking tour around Old Havana – a district that reflects an eclectic mix of colonial, baroque and neoclassical architecture. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, this area within Cuba’s capital remains virtually unchanged. Wander through Havana’s oldest square at Plaza de Armas, stroll around the buildings that frame 16th-century Plaza Veija, admire the basilica of San Francisco de Asis and visit the Havana Cathedral with its elaborate baroque facade. After your walking tour, take a taxi to the bus station and head west to Vinales (approximately 4 hours). This charming rural village is your base for the next couple of days, so why not do as the locals do – drink rum and dance the night away.

Included Activities:
-Havana - Leader-led Walking Tour of Old Havana
-Vinales - Leader-led Orientation Walk

Accommodation: ,Standard guesthouse

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Vinales

Enjoy free time in picturesque Vinales, which you'll soon see is home to some of Cuba’s best scenery. Together, your group will decide the best time to take an included informal Spanish lesson where you’ll learn some simple greetings like ‘hola’ and ‘hasta luego’, plus how to order an all-important ‘cerveza’ (beer)! The rest of the day is yours to soak up the slow, old-world pace of rural Cuba, where donkeys plod along the dirt roads. You might like to cruise around the area on a bicycle, hike through the tobacco fields or explore one of the Americas’ largest cave complexes up in the mountains. If you select the valley walk, you'll learn more about the lifestyle here and meet the farmers who grow tobacco for some of the world's most sought after and expensive cigars.

Included Activities:
-Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson

Optional Activities:
-Vinales - Live Music Venues (Entrance fee only) from
-Vinales - Cueva del Indio - Cave Visit including boat trip (entrance fee included, no transport)
-Vinales - Salsa Dance Lesson (per hour)
-Vinales - Half-day Valley Walking Tour including Tobacco Farmhouse (guide included, no transport)
-Vinales - Farm to Table Dinner at an Eco-friendly Ranch

Accommodation: ,Standard guesthouse

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Bay of Pigs, Trinidad

Today, travel by private vehicle to the World Heritage-listed city of Trinidad. En route, you’ll stop at the Bay of Pigs for a dip in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, and if there’s time you can hire snorkel gear and swim among the tropical fish that call these waters home. Be sure to ask your local leader about the Bay of Pigs Invasion – a battle between the USA and Cuban revolutionaries which resulted in the first defeat of a US-backed takeover in Latin America. Continue to Trinidad where you'll spend the night.

Included Activities:
-Bay of Pigs - Coastal Swim Stop
-Trinidad - Leader-led Orientation Walk

Accommodation: ,Standard guesthouse

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Trinidad

Trinidad is a standout destination for many visitors to Cuba, in no small part to well-preserved colonial buildings, friendly locals and its old-school feel. Today, you’ve got the full day to do as you please. For some beachside fun and perhaps a little snorkelling, head down to Playa Ancon – just be careful you don't stand on a sea urchin! Hiking and cycling are equally good options, and there are some excellent walking trails in the nearby Sierra del Escambray mountains. For an insight into the colourful post-revolutionary period, why not visit the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos and the Casa de los Martires de Trinidad. Nearby is the sprawling Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar plantations stretch out as far as the eye can see. In the evening, your leader will take you to a local bar for a rum tasting – Cuba is home to some of the best!

Included Activities:
-Trinidad - Rum Tasting in a Local Bar

Optional Activities:
-Trinidad - Live Music Venues (entrance fee) from
-Trinidad - Musical Instrument Lesson (guitar, double bass, tres, percussion) per hour
-Trinidad - Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (entrance fee, guide and transport included)
-Trinidad - Ancon beach shuttle bus

Accommodation: ,Standard guesthouse

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Santa Clara

This morning, travel by private vehicle to the historic city of Santa Clara – less crowded and slower paced than the bustling Havana, and home to all things Che Guevara. First, visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial; the final resting place of the physician-turned-guerrillero leader. Che's remains were brought to rest here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997, where he was assassinated by the CIA-backed Bolivian army. The memorial is home to an impressive bronze statue of Che bearing his rifle, and inside the museum you can learn about his amazing life and see photos and exhibits such as his famous black beret. Afterwards, your leader will take you on an orientation walk of the town and point you in the right direction. If there's time, why not take the short walk up to one of the best lookout spots in town, Loma del Capiro, where you can share sweeping views of the city with a statue of – you guessed it – Che Guevara! 

Included Activities:
-Santa Clara - Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum (entrance fee included, no guide)
-Santa Clara - Leader-led Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:
-Santa Clara - Derailed Train

Accommodation: ,Standard guesthouse

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Havana

In the morning, travel back to Havana by bus (approximately 4 hours) where you’ll return to your guesthouse to enjoy some free time. If you’re a cigar aficionado, you might like to purchase a tour for tomorrow morning of one of Cuba’s best tobacco factories where they produce a range of top-quality Montecristo, Partagas and Romeo y Juliet cigars. Tonight’s again up to you, so why not head out with the group and hit the town for a night of salsa.

Optional Activities:
-Havana - Buena Vista Social Club Performance (entrance fee)
-Havana - Cigar Factory Tour (entrance fee and guide included, no transport)

Accommodation: ,Standard guesthouse

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Havana

There are no activities planned for today, so you are free to leave your guesthouse at any time, provided you comply with any internal check-out times. This doesn’t mean your adventure has to come to an end! If you’ve got time, consider heading out in a 1950s convertible on a Classic American Car Tour of Havana with Urban Adventures. Take to the streets in style as you cruise through the capital – visit urbanadventures.com/havana-tour-classic-american-car-tour-of-havana for more information and to book.

Optional Activities:
-Havana - Murals & Mosaics: Community Projects Tour - Urban Adventures (entrance fee & guide included)
-Classic American Car Tour of Havana - Urban Adventures (guide & transport included

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,

What's Included

Included
  • Santa Clara - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Havana - Leader-led Walking Tour of Old Havana
  • Vinales - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Bay of Pigs - Coastal Swim Stop
  • Trinidad - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Trinidad - Rum Tasting in a Local Bar
  • Santa Clara - Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum (entrance fee included, no guide)
  • Accommodation
    Standard guesthouse (7 nights)
  • Transport
    Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi
  • Meals
    3 breakfasts

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • International Travel

FAQ

A complimentary arrival transfer is included, a departure transfer can be arranged at an additional cost
Yes, except optional activities
The minimum age is 15 when accompanied by an adult
All transport while you're on the tour, including flights is included. International airfares are not included, but we can arrange these for you at an additional cost
Please speak to a medical profession regarding vaccinations before you travel
Visas are the responsibility of the traveller and vary depending on your nationality, please speak to the relevant consular or embassy regarding your travel plans. While we will not arrange a visa for you, should you need any supporting documents from the operator, we can provide these for you’
Yes. All prices listed are on a twin-share basis. If you are travelling solo, you can pay the twin-share rate to be roomed with another solo traveller of the same sex. Alternatively a single supplement is available for an additional cost. Single supplements are subject to availability.
The trip is requires a reasonable level of fitness as you will be exploring the places you visit on foot.
If you wish to have a hotel list, please ask a booking agent. Please note, these are subject to change.
We are a global company, on most of our tours we will have passengers from all over the world joining.
A tour leader will be with you throughout the trip, except for free time

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25-Nov-2023
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09-Dec-2023
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Start:Havana
Finish:Havana
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:1 - 16
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Standard guesthouse (7 nights)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:3 breakfasts
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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