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!
Private vehicle, boat.
Casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts).
Local Living: Havana Homestay, Havana Local Living: Via±ales Homestay, Via±ales Hands-on: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad Local Living: Trinidad Homestay, Trinidad. Arrival transfer. Fusterlandia visit. Day trip to Cayo Levisa. Palacio del Valle visit (Cienfuegos). Che Guevara mausolem and museum visit (Santa Clara). Old Havana walking tour. Orientation walks in Trinidad and Via±ales. Beach time in Trinidad and Bay of Pigs. 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)
Visit the quirky Fusterlandia neighbourhood before travelling 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 Playa Larga/Trinidad (1B)
Travel to the seaside town of Cienfuegos, and enjoy free time to explore. Continue to Trinidad. Enjoy an orientation walk of the town before a free afternoon to explore the area. In the evening, learn some moves during a salsa dancing lesson.
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/Playa Larga (1B, 1L)
Travel to Playa Larga. Stop at the Bay of Pigs en route for a swim in the beautiful blue water, and opt to go snorkelling.
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.