For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That's crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors, then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!
Casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts).
Local Living: Havana Homestay, Havana Local Living: Via±ales Homestay, Via±ales Local Living: Trinidad Homestay, Trinidad Hands-On: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad. Arrival transfer. Che Guevara mausolem and museum visit (Santa Clara). Orientation walks in Trinidad and Via±ales. Casa de la Trova visit (Trinidad). Day trip to Cayo Levisa including lunch. Las Terrazas biosphere reserve visit. Tobacco farm visit. Old Havana walking tour. Beach time in Trinidad. Informal Spanish lesson. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Mingle with the locals at homestays, sample local rum and cigars, connect to salsa culture on the dance floor, explore colonial Havana's alleyways, laze under the Caribbean sun.
Day 1 Havana
Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.
Day 2 Havana/Via±ales (1B)
Stop at lush Las Terrazas en route to Via±ales. Travel through a rich agricultural area en route to Via±ales where both sugarcane and tobacco are grown. Visit a "vega" or tobacco plantation, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Practice some Spanish while staying in a local homestay.
Day 5 Trinidad (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore the area, then learn some moves during a salsa dancing lesson. Take in some live music and practice salsa moves at an evening out at the Casa de la Trova.
Day 6 Trinidad (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house.
Day 4 Via±ales/Trinidad (1B)
Travel through the Cuban countryside to the colonial city of Trinidad. Enjoy an orientation walk of Trinidad's beautiful centre after settling into the homestay.
Day 3 Via±ales (1B, 1L)
Take a day trip to beautiful Cayo Levisa, 3km of white sand on an island only accessible by boat. It is a perfect spot for snorkelling or just blissing out on the beach.
Day 7 Trinidad/Havana (1B)
Stop by Santa Clara en route to Havana and visit important historical sites, including the famous Che monument. Discover Old Havana on a short walking tour with the CEO.
Day 8 Havana (1B)
Depart at any time.