8 days from Havana to HavanaEmbark on this 8 day tour from Havana to Havana visiting Cuba with G Adventures.
|Group Size||Small Group - Max 16, avg 12|
Walk through the pincushion hills and wander amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations – see another side of the island on this week-long tour through the "Garden Province" of Cuba. Tour a tobacco plantation, snorkel crystal-clear waters full of colourful coral and search for the pirates of lore along the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Soak up local culture in a homestay for an immersive experience that travellers rarely get to know. Let our experienced CEO lead you off the beaten path and discover the cultural treasures of Cuba.
Relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches, experience Cuban hospitality during a homestay, visit a factory that produces world-famous Cuban cigars
Day 1 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. Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Havana Homestay Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV). If you are flying into Varadero (VRA) you will need to pre-pay a supplement to receive a transfer. Please reach out to your G Adventures booking agent for pricing and availability. Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Day 2 Havana/Viñales (1B)
Travel into the Pinar del Rio province to the small town of Viñales, beautifully located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Included Activities: Informal Spanish Lesson Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 189km)
Day 3 Day 3 Viñales (1B)
Enjoy a free day in the area. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.
Day 4 Day 4 Viñales/María la Gorda (1B)
Maria la Gorda's location on the Northwestern tip of Cuba offers some of the best sunsets, beaches and marine life you will find in Cuba, an ideal place for water sports. Included Activities: Cigar Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 170km)
Day 5 Day 5 María la Gorda (1B)
From María la Gorda, head out to Cabo San Antonio, a protected area famous for the sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beach. After learning some information about the region, stop by the Roncalí lighthouse. Enjoy some free time on the beach. Included Activities: Cabo San Antonio and Roncalí Lighthouse Excursion
Day 6 Day 6 María la Gorda/Las Terrazas (1B)
Less than an hour outside of the bustle and hustle of Havana, Las Terrazas is a UNESCO biosphere reserve known for its stunning flora and fauna. Once acres of deforested farmland, today Las Terrazas is a lush oasis after Castro organized thousands of trees be planted. Travel through bamboo groves, past teak and royal palms and keep your eyes peeled for birds and exotic flowers. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 240km)
Day 7 Day 7 Las Terrazas/Havana (1B)
Travel back to Havana, and walk through Old Havana wth the CEO. Enjoy a final night in the city with the group. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 75km)
Day 8 Day 8 Havana (1B)
Depart at any time.
Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana. Arrival transfer. Cigar factory tour (Pinar del Rio). Viñales orientation walk. Guanahacabibes Peninsula Biosphere Reserve and Cabo San Antonio excursion including Roncalí Lighthouse. Beach time (María La Gorda). Las Terrazas biosphere reserve visit. Walk through Old Havana with the CEO. Revolution Square visit (Havana). Free time in Viñales. Informal Spanish lesson. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Tour GuideChief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures 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.
TransportPrivate vehicle, walking.
AccommodationHotels/casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts).
NotesMEDICAL TRAVEL INSURANCE From 01 May 2010 all tourists entering Cuba will require “Medical Travel Insurance” that is on a Government approved list. We urge you to check with your insurance provider to ensure your policy is on the list of approved providers. If it is not, tourists will be forced to purchase a Government approved policy on arrival in Cuba. The cost of buying this insurance in Cuba will be in addition to any insurance already purchased, and it is likely the rates for these polices will be inflated compared to what you may purchase in advance from home. G Adventures has insurance policies available for travellers from a number of countries at competitive rates, and our insurance provider has been confirmed as recognized by Cuban officials. We can assist with medical travel insurance for residents of the United States, Canada, and Australia. If you would like peace-of-mind and to purchase insurance from G Adventures, please contact our reservations team on 1800 465 5600 (from North America), or 08444 101030 (from the UK) or 39413 5820 (from Australia) or firstname.lastname@example.org DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS Please note that debit and credit cards that are issued by American banks are not accepted in Cuba and will not work at ATMs. In addition, it is recommended to contact your bank to advise you will be travelling in Cuba regardless of your nationality, as local ATMs are likely to block your card unless a travel notification has been set up.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
"Guaranteed" refers to departures that are confirmed for departure. Pricing is Per Person.