Rhythms of Cuba Tour

Company : G Adventures
Countries: Caribbean / Cuba
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 250 to 500 £ Pound (UK)

Experience the sights and sounds of Cuba on this exciting 8 day overland tour which starts and finishes in Havana.


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Havana meet your tour leader / group

On Days 2-4
Visit Santa Clara and historical Trinidad which is where you can find a historic monument of Che Guevara. You will get an orientation walk and salsa dancing lesson included whilst enjoying the live music and nightlife at Casa de la Trova. One of the highlights of this tour is having dinner with a local family, this is an autentic way to experience the real people and culture of this country. There will also be free time to visit beaches, parks and sightseeing attractions.

Days 4-6
Stop in the agricultural town of Viñales where you can see tobaca and sugarcane plantations and get to understand life in the country. There is a day trip to the Cayo Levisa island where you can take in the views or sample the local food and drink. You will stay overnight with a local family.

Day 7
Includes a quick visit to Las Terrazas before arriving back in Havana where you can see more about this city on an organised walking trip.

On Day 8
In Havana you will be able to enjoy breakfast with your group and then depart at any time.

 

Trip Specifics

  • Trip Type: Small Group
  • Transport: Private Van
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Homestays
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Group Size: Max 16, Average 10
  • Prices: From £529
  • Trip Code: CCCR

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G Adventures Rhythms of Cuba Tour Reviews

I had a truly memorable trip in an unforgettable location

Cuba is one of those places you always hear about but never seem to get around to visiting. Those who have been, rave about it, so I decided it was high time to get there. I’ve been travelling extensively on and off for four years, and can honestly say this is one of those destinations that uniquely stands out. Perhaps it’s the architecture, a beautifully heady mix of colourful, crumbling buildings that evoke nostalgic feelings for the past - a past, even, that you weren’t a part of. Or the people, wonderfully friendly and laid back with a zest for salsa, even in the extreme heat. It might even be the amazement on discovering that alongside the cool old school cars, novelties like ration shops and ration booklets still exist.

We stayed in ‘Casa Particulares’ - homestays with local people who had generously opened up their homes to share with travellers. Ours was an intimate group, with only eight of us alongside the tour guide, Carlos. Carlos was an absolute wealth of knowledge when it came to, well, everything. He provided us with an excellent, detailed analysis into the complicated history and political affairs of Cuba. This gave great insight into the thought processes of political heroes such as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, and showed just how deep communism, still, runs. The above is really what made the tour special for me, having the chance to mix with the locals - how often do you get to wake up and have breakfast with a Cuban in Trinidad, then sit in a rocking chair of an evening sharing a cigar and a dash of rum?

As hinted at earlier, music and dancing is a big part of life here, and one of my most memorable events was a salsa dance class on the rooftop of one of the home-stays. It was muggy as you like and a storm was approaching; yet we still danced through the heat and the thunder. Later that evening we enjoyed a home cooked meal and got serenaded by a local band, even being given some handheld instruments to enable us to join in. The week long tour covered a lot of ground, from Havana to Vinales, Trinidad to Santa Clara and back again, with all the little stops in-between.

I could be here quite a long time listing everything we did in detail. While we moved at a relatively fast pace to get to see all the places, I still felt this was a much more laid back vibe than the fun but chaotic tours I usually did, with significantly larger groups of people. It was nice to have a change. A change that I am keen to repeat again before the year is out. This time, safaris and deserts beckon.

By: Bella Hampton
Nationality: British
Age: 33

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