Cuba on a Shoestring
16 days from $2,171
- Go snorkelling and swim amongst beautiful marine life
- Travel in a local "bicitaxi"
- Learn about the history of the Cuban revolution at the Che Guevara museum
- Hike to Fidel Castro's secret hideout in the Sierra Maestra mountains
- Mojito making demonstration in Playa Larga
Step into a lost era with a 16 day trip to Cuba. Renowned for its vintage Cadillacs cruising along pastel-hued streets, infectious street music and world class cigars - this is truly an adventure that packs the most punch. You'll travel with a small group and an expert trip leader who'll show you the very best that Cuba has to offer.
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Day 1: Arrive in Havana
Land in the captivating capital of Cuba to meet your arrival transfer. Travel in style in an antique automobile to your starting part at a "casa particular".
Day 2: Viñales
Explore Old Havana on a fabulous walking tour before you head to Viñales, where both tobacco and sugarcane is grown.
Day 3: Viñales
Discover Viñales on foot with a relaxing orientation walk. Then explore the area and beautiful valleys with a free day to take part in optional activities.
Day 4: Playa Larga
Set off for serene Playa Larga where you will learn how to make the perfect mojito from a local expert.
Day 5: Remedios
Dive into glistening waters and snorkel in the dazzling Bay of Pigs. Then continue on to the small, tranquil town of Remedios.
Day 6: Gibara
Be an adventurer as you take in the beautiful coastline and marvel at the wonderful scenery - grab your camera for this one!
Day 7: Baracoa
Wander the malecón and explore the forts on foot which were built to defend the city from pirates.
Day 8: Baracoa
Learn about traditional rural life with a community tour of Baracoa, then have the afternoon to explore the area. Uncover Cuba's best-kept secret and hike near El Yunque or dip your toes in the sea as you stroll across astonishing beaches.
Day 9: Santiago de Cuba
Head along the rugged coastline towards Cuba's unique cultural capital, Santiago de Cuba. Learn how to salsa and dance the night away.
Day 10: Santiago de Cuba
Immerse yourself in this Afro-Cuban city by taking a look at historical sites, like the Moncada Barracks.
Day 11: Bayamo
Learn more about Cuban history as you trek through the Sierra Maestra mountains before travelling to Bayamo.
Day 12: Camagüey
Travel in a local "bicitaxi" and be cycled around by a driver for a tour of Camagúey's glorious markets and plazas.
Day 13: Trinidad
Explore beautiful Trinidad and experience the atmosphere of the city on an exciting orientation walk.
Day 14: Trinidad
Take advantage of every minute in Trinidad with hiking, snorkelling or lounging, then head for a big night out.
Day 15: Cienfuegos
Stop off at colonial Cienfuegos before returning to the bustling capital city of Havana.
Day 16: Havana
Your trip ends today. Depart at any time.
- 15 nights in casas particulares (guesthouses)
- 15 breakfasts and 2 dinners
- Arrival transfer
- Trip leader guide
- Mojito making demonstration
- Salsa Lesson in Santiago de Cuba
- Night out in Trinidad
- Walking tour of Old Havana
- Cigar tour in Pinar del Rio with demonstrations
- Snorkelling in Playa Larga
- Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara
- Comandancia de la Plata hike
- Bicitaxi tour of Camagüey
- Community tour in Baracoa
- Viñales, Trinidad and Cienfuegos orientation walks
- Free time in Viñales, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, and Trinidad
- Informal Spanish lesson
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities
- Return flight transfer
During your trip, you'll stay for 15 nights in Casas Particulares - a bed &breakfast style accommodation which is very popular in Cuba amongst travellers. You will get to stay with a local family, eat traditional Cuban food and learn about the nation's culture. The family rents a bedroom or two (single or twin room) with a private bathroom shared amongst guests. Casas Particulares are typically centrally located and a great place to stay locally for further exploring. Staying with a local family will bring you much closer to the Cuban lifestyle and often provides a much higher standard of service and satisfaction than a hotel.
There are 15 breakfasts and 2 dinners included during this trip. Although you will mostly be eating out with your group, there is no obligation to do this. Please note that spending money for additional meals is not included, however Cuban food is generally cheap. At Casas Particulares 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. Cubans rarely uses spices for cooking as there may be fluctuations in food supply and shortages of ingredients, so it's recommended to bring some of your own favourite spices or hot sauce if you prefer your food with a bit of a kick.
You should plan to arrive at any time on Day 1 at José Martí International Airport in Havana where you will be met and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. On Day 16, your return flight can depart at any time from Havana. If you aren't ready to leave, your group leader can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old and is designed for 18-39 year olds. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). An embassy visa must also be obtained before travelling to Cuba.
Please note, due to restrictions imposed by the USA government on it's citizens, we are unable to accept USA passport holders, including dual nationals holding a USA passport and US residents, on this trip.
A "Tourist Card" is required for most nationalities to travel to Cuba. Many airlines to Cuba include the cost of this card in the flight cost and distribute the card during the flight. Some airlines do not provide this card, so it is best to call your airline and ask about it prior to travel. Tourist cards are also available from a Cuban consulate or embassy and cost approximately $20-$25CUC. Upon arrival to Cuba, keep your Tourist Card in a safe place, as it is necessary to show at all homestays and also upon departure from the country.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.