Days
9
Price from
$1,130USD

Mojito’s are delicious. And available in abundance in Cuba. Yesssss. Start and finish in Havana, swing through Santa Clara (aka Che Guevara town), Trinidad (aka beach, markets, fun time town), and Vinales (aka tobacco town).

How to make a mojito: crush mint leaves, caster sugar and lime in a glass; fill with ice; pour white rum over the top and add soda. Alternatively, come here and ask a local to make it for you.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
From the 01st of January 2017 the itinerary of this trip will change.

To constantly improve our itineraries we take on all feedback from our previous travellers and local teams. As a result of this process, in 2017 we will be reducing this itinerary to 8 days in length, simply visiting Santa Clara instead of spending the night there.


Start
Havana, Cuba
Finish
Havana, Cuba
Country
Cuba
Code
GSCF
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
20 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 39
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • There’s a world of difference between Cuban life in the city and in the country, and you’ll learn all about it with a walking tour of Havana and strolls down the rural dirt roads of Vinales, watching the tractors, vintage cars and horse drawn carriages pass by

  • Discover the man behind the t-shirt with a visit to revolutionary Che Gevara’s Mausoleum and Museum

  • Music’s the fuel that makes Cuba move, so fill up on the rhythm and learn to move like a local

  • Get a hands-on experience with one of the country’s most famous exports; a tobacco farmer will teach you how to roll a cigar with his prestigious harvest

Is this trip right for you?

  • Cash is difficult to access in Cuba. Credit cards (not debit cards) are essential – ideally multiple credit cards from several different banks.

  • There’s plenty of fresh seafood on the menu in Cuba, but other dishes can be lacking thanks to the embargo that’s stopped the country importing some foodstuffs.

  • You’ll get to know the simplicity of rural life in Cuba’s small towns and villages, but this means you’ll have quite a bit of free time – use it to get active with optional activities or continue your education in local rum.

  • You might have to save your status updates and photo posts for when you get home, as Internet is hard to find, unreliable and expensive. Treat Cuba as a holiday from social media too!

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to Havana. Kick off your adventure in Cuba’s gloriously old-school capital. There'll be a Welcome Meeting tonight at 7pm where you'll get all the info you need and when we'll collect your insurance and next of kin details. Until then you'll be dodging ’50s Cadillacs as you stroll the Melancon and smile at every local you pass. Random facts about Cuba: one in four cars on the road is a Russian Lada, there are no poisonous snakes, sex-change operations are free and legal. Practical stuff: there are two types of currency here; you'll use convertibles (CUC), while the locals use pesos (CUP). Hola, Havana!
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Havana - Tourist bus day pass - CUC5
  • Havana - Ernest Hemingway tour - CUC70
  • Havana - Tourist bus to the beach (return) - CUC5
  • Havana - Baseball game (Oct - Apr) - CUC3
  • Havana - Afro-Cuban Religion Tour - CUC38
  • Havana - Cigar factory tour - CUC12
  • Havana - Buena Vista Social Club - CUC30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you will drive inland (approximately 3 hours) to the historic city of Santa Clara. You've seen his face on so many t-shirts and posters, but what do you really know about Che Guevara? Well it'll be a lot more after today, as Santa Clara is home to his mausoleum and museum. Stand in the shadow of his statue in Revolutionary Plaza and look through his letters, firearms and photos on display. Of course, it would be nice to commemorate this event with a souvenir of some sort – if only you could find a t-shirt, poster, keyring, book, scarf or pet rock with Che Guevara's face on it.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you travel south to touch down in Trinidad (approximately 2 hours). This city is everything you imagine Cuba to be – horses trot down cobblestone streets, old men strum guitars on doorsteps and stretches of white sand are ripe for exploring. Set off on your own exploration of Trinidad - maybe climb the bell tower of Central Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos for epic views of this well-preserved colonial city, or sip on a canchanchara (Trinidad's signature drink of lemon juice, honey and Santero Cuban rum served in a glazed ceramic pot). You'll have two days here to explore, so there's time to take it easy.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Trinidad - Orientation walk
Optional Activities
  • Trinidad - Disco in a cave - CUC5
  • Trinidad - Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (taxi, entrance fee & guide) - CUC27
  • Trinidad - Bicycle rental (full day) - CUC5
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today's a free day in Trinidad so you can get busy with some optional activities, or just get your chilled beach fix, (maybe with some snorkelling at Playa Ancon too). Just be careful you don't stand on a sea urchin! There are some great Spanish-style churches to check out in town, loads of local markets to browse, and treks to make in the nearby Sierra del Escambray mountains. You can also hire a bike to discover the local area but be careful, Cuba's bicycles, like its cars, are vintage! Maybe throw yourself into the local culture with an informal Spanish or music lesson, a casual salsa class, or a folklore show at one of the town's numerous open-air venues. 
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today get prepared for a long day of travel to Vinales (approximately 8 hours with breaks), so make sure you've got something to entertain yourself besides the memorable scenery. The journey's well worth it though, as Vinales is in one of the most scenic parts of the country, where tobacco and sugarcane fields lie side by side, locals chill in their porches, and the mojitos are made with honey. If you like your cigars, then practice blowing smoke rings from your porch seat overlooking the giant bubbles of limestone that cover the landscape.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vinales - Leader Led Orientation Walk
  • Vinales - Guided valley walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Vinales - Live music venues - CUC1
  • Vinales - Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias - USD30
  • Vinales - Bicycle hire (per hour) - CUC2
  • Vinales - Cueva del Indio - CUC5
  • Vinales - Santo Tomas cave visit & return taxi - CUC35
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy today's free time in Vinales. Stroll to the main square and the 19th century Casa de la Cultura, the museum, and the next door Galeria de Arte with a collection of paintings by local artists. There are also many other optional activities on offer here. There's a beach excursion to Cayo Jutias, a visit to the Santo Tomas cave complex (one of the biggest in all of the Americas), and the Cueva del Indio cave walk and boat trip. Or maybe jump on a bicycle and do some exploring of your own.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take the free day to explore the stunning landscapes of the valley of Vinales. The valley feels remote, like something out of Jurassic Park, with huge mounds of rock covered in vegetation thrusting out of the earth at random spots. Take advantage of one the many optional activities to help you enjoy this picturesque location - hike though tobacco fields or up into the mountains and to Cueva de San Miguel and El Palenque de los Cimarrones.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It's time to head back to the capital today (approximately 2 hours) and say adios to your adventure. If the season's right then take in a buzzing baseball game, and tonight maybe drop by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club and take the chance to toast the end of your trip with a mojito. You can also join the hundreds of locals lining up to eat a Coppelia ice-cream, and then shake the night away with one last salsa lesson at Casa de la Musica.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Havana - Orientation Tour of Old Havana
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is departure day. As there are no activities planned for today, you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Check-out time from the guesthouse is by 10 am.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private Bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Included Activities

  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
  • Trinidad - Orientation walk
  • Vinales - Leader Led Orientation Walk
  • Vinales - Guided valley walking tour
  • Havana - Orientation Tour of Old Havana

Reviews

Our Vintage Cuba trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews in the last year.

Vintage Cuba, September 2016

Sam Harrison

Vintage Cuba, August 2016

Emma Holmes

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. There are unprecedented changes happening in Cuba right now. It is an exciting time but it also means some patience and understanding is required for the heightened demand of infrastructure, accommodation and crowds.

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