Havana to Havana

15 days from 1799pp

Roaming over its green hills or sailing along its tiny, white-sanded islands, you’ll wonder what took you so long to see “the other Cuba.” This unique combo adventure on land and water will take you places most people don’t know even exist. Meander through the lush, laid back communities of Cuba’s “Garden Province” and dive into local culture for a night at a unique homestay. Sail aboard a catamaran to tour (and lay on) the secluded beaches of the thinly populated Canarreos Archipelago islands. Experience life in the sun you’ve always hoped was real.

15 days Havana to Havana

From €1,799 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 16+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Arrival Airport Transfer:
José Martí International Airport – Havana

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).

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Casa Curazao (or similar)

Day 2: Havana/Viñales

Travel to Viñales. Get familiar with surrounds on an orientation walk, then spend time exploring the beautiful valley.

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.

Informal Spanish Lesson:

Sit down with the CEO for a brief lesson on some important words and phrases in español to prepare for the upcoming adventure.

Private Vehicle:
Havana – Viñales3h-4h189km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Walk:
Viñales30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Accommodation

Homestay Mayra (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Viñales

Enjoy a free day in the area. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.

 

Free Time:
Viñales Full Day

Don’t waste a minute—get exploring.

Optional Activities – Day 3

Hiking
Viñales

The countryside around Viñales is lush, fertile and punctuated with mogotes – limestone “haystack” hills. Hire a guide or head off with some friends to explore the area. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. You may stumble upon a cave with an underwater spring. Dive in and cool off.

Cave Exploration
Viñales

The limestone terrain of the area in the Pinar del Rio province is perfect for creating massive cave systems. Opt for an excursion to visit one or two and explore these unique underground caverns.

Accommodation

Homestay Mayra (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4: Viñales/María la Gorda

Travel to María la Gorda, a UNESCO beach town, visiting a cigar factory en route. Opt to go on a sunset boat ride, go snorkelling, or relax on the beach.

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.

Private Vehicle:
Viñales – María la Gorda5h170km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Cigar Tour
Viñales

Pinar del Rio is tobacco country. Fans of the ubiquitous Cuban cigar will be hard-pressed not to be impressed by this tour. See fields of green plants punctuated by thatch roof drying huts, then witness a demonstration of how the cured leaves are hand-rolled, cut and packaged. Prepare for the smell. The smell of tobacco is heady and headache-inducing. Buy a box to bring home to friends. Or smoke them all by yourself.

Accommodation:

Villa Maria la Gorda (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: María la Gorda

Enjoy an excursion to Cabo San Antonio with a stop at the Roncalí lighthouse.

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.

Cabo San Antonio and Roncalí Lighthouse Excursion
María la Gorda4h

Cuba’s westernmost tip benefits from the region’s warm crystal-clear waters, with sea bottoms full of varied treasures — like reefs and shipwrecks. The peninsula was declared a Biosphere Reserved by UNESCO in 1987. Known for the famous Roncali Lighthouse marking Cuba’s westernmost point in the region, this area is considered the last refuge of aboriginals during Spanish colonization. Learn more about the region’s lore from pirates and old cannons to the treasures that lie on the bottom of the sea around peaceful Corrientes Cove.

Free Time:
María la Gorda Afternoon

Get active or get relaxed. You choose.

Accommodation:

Villa Maria la Gorda (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: María la Gorda/Las Terrazas

Travel to Las Terrazas and enjoy the stunning scenery in this UNESCO biosphere reserve known for its flora and fauna.

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

Private Vehicle:
María la Gorda – Las Terrazas4h240km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation:

Hotel Moka (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7: Las Terrazas/Havana

Travel back to Havana, and walk through Old Havana wth the CEO. Enjoy a final night in the city with the group.

Private Vehicle
Las Terrazas – Havana1h75km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:

Casa Consulado 106 (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Havana/Cienfuegos

Enjoy free time in Havana before heading to Cienfuegos in the afternoon to spend the first night aboard the catamaran.

Today, meet new members of the group at a 3pm meeting. Please ensure to attend this meeting as the group will depart for Cienfuegos immediately after.

Free Time
Havana Half Day

Don’t waste a minute—get exploring.

Welcome Meeting
Havana15:00

Meet your group and a G representative in the hotel lobby before departing for Cienfuegos. Once there, meet your CEO and review the details of your sailing trip.

Private Vehicle
Havana – Cienfuegos4h250km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 9: Cienfuegos/Canarreos Archipelago

Wake to breakfast and new surroundings on the way to the Canarreos Archipelago

25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
Cienfuegos – Canarreos Archipelago

Stretch out and stay balanced aboard a roomy double-hulled watercraft.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10: Canarreos Archipelago

Travel through the islands of the Canarreos Archipelago and spend the next five days soaking in everything these island communities have to offer. Discover paradise among the rustic, sparsely populated islands, go snorkelling, explore secluded beaches or simply relax on deck.

Today we begin to explore some of the the Caribbeans most beautiful islands.

Composed of approximately 350 islets, the islands are known to be more rustic and quiet than many of the other popular Cuban travel destinations.

Relax and enjoy the warm Caribbean air, or take the opportunity to fish. The cook will happily prepare any fish that are caught.

25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
Canarreos Archipelago

Stretch out and stay balanced aboard a roomy double-hulled watercraft.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11-13: Canarreos Archipelago

Explore the remote and beautiful islands of the Canarreos Archipelago. Snorkel the crystal-clear waters in search of colourful fish, relax on the beach, and dine on some of the best seafood you’ll ever have.

25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
Canarreos Archipelago

Stretch out and stay balanced aboard a roomy double-hulled watercraft.

Cayo Largo Visit
Cayo Largo Island

Visit Cayo Largo, the largest island in the Canarreos Archipelago, known for its 25km (15 mi) of pristine white-sand beaches and mangrove forests. Let your worries melt away – you won’t have any trouble relaxing here! Sit back and relax with a book while sipping on a refreshing beverage, play a game of beach volleyball or enjoy some snorkelling. Or take a river cruise among the maze of mangroves to spot crocodiles resting in their natural habitat.

Cayo Rico Visit
Cayo Rico

Be welcomed by bright turquoise waters on this island visit. Enjoy a cocktail at a friendly beach bar, and soak in amazing waterfront views. Feed iguanas indigenous to the island or snorkel right off the boat – try and spot one of the rays that like to hang out here.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14: Canarreos Archipelago/Cienfuegos

Wake up and admire the view from the lighthouse in Cayo Guano. Enjoy one last snorkel before sailing back from the Canarreos Archipelago to the town of Cienfuegos. Enjoy some final time on deck, and keep an eye out for fish and other marine life along the way.

After arriving back in Cienfuegos, the CEO will be happy to show the group town by foot. Relax at the end of the evening while taking in the local sites of this rustic town.

25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
Canarreos Archipelago – Cienfuegos7h-9h

Stretch out and stay balanced aboard a roomy double-hulled watercraft.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 15: Cienfuegos/Havana

Depart Cienfuegos after breakfast and arrive back into Havana around midday when the trip will end. After being dropped off at the hotel your CEO will be able to help with onward travel arrangements.

Private Vehicle
Cienfuegos – Havana3h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Departure Day (Activities)

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Cigar factory tour (Pinar del Rio)
  • Cabo San Antonio excursion including Roncalí Lighthouse
  • Beach time (María La Gorda)
  • Las Terrazas visit
  • Havana orientation walk
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • Sailing aboard a catamaran through the islands of Canarreos Archipelago in southern Cuba (6 nts)
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing equipment
  • Bath and beach towels aboard the boat
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts), twin/double bed cabins with shared bathrooms (7 nts).

Meals

13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Allow USD320-420 for meals not included. While on board, drinks are available for an additional charge. Non-alcoholic beverages, spirits, and beer are available for 1-2CUC, and bottles of wine are available for 10CUC.

Transportation

Private van, 24m (82 ft) sailing catamaran.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO). Local guides. Skipper and assistant/cook while sailing.

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