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Cuban Rhythms

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!

Latin America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CCCR/133018
  • Starts: Havana, Cuba
  • Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will Visit
  • Havana

Itinerary

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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.

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Day 2: Havana/Viñales

Stop at lush Las Terrazas en route to Viñales. Travel through a rich agricultural area en route to Viñales 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.
Viñales is in the Pinar del Rio province and located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, we have many opportunities here to enjoy the area, whether it be hiking or simply sitting back and enjoying the view.

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Day 3: Viñales

Take a day trip to beautiful Cayo Jutias, 3km of white sand on Cuba's coastline. It is a perfect spot for snorkelling or just blissing out on the beach.

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Day 4: Viñales/Trinidad

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.

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Day 5: Trinidad

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.
Trinidad is a haven for anyone interested in outdoor activities. If a beach sounds like what you're looking for, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón, just 12 km (7.5 miles) from town.

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Day 6: Trinidad

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house.

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Day 7: Trinidad/Havana

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.

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Day 8: Havana

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Havana Homestay, Havana Local Living: Viñales Homestay, Viñales 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 Viñales
    • Casa de la Trova visit (Trinidad)
    • Day trip to Cayo Jutias 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
    Accommodation
    • Casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private vehicle
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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.