• 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Oct 28, 2016
  • From $3,490 for standard departures / person
  • ($500 single supplement)

Cuba, at last

Experience The Real Cuba with our Cuba Vacation Package. This custom built itinerary allows you to experience the culture and history of this beautiful country. Immerse yourself into the culture of Cuba – its friendly people, time warped villages, and complex history, as you discover the realities of this fascinating country. Did you know that Cuba was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and was claimed for the Kingdom of Spain? (Columbus thought he had landed on India!) Were you aware that Cubans refer to their island as “El Cocodrilo” or “El Caimán” because it resembles the shape of a crocodile or an alligator? Explore such gems as the Revolution Square, Plaza de la Catedral, and Plaza Vieja in Havana, the capital of Cuba and the largest city in the Caribbean region. For the architecture buffs out there, Old Havana, the core of the original city of Havana, displays a city built in baroque and neoclassic style, with many of the buildings currently undergoing restoration after falling to ruin in the latter half of the twentieth century. Viñales, an agricultural region of Cuba, is where you’ll find many crops like fruits, vegetables, coffee, and tobacco, grown and harvested in traditional methods. Learn all about how tobacco leaves transform into cigars through the processes of curing, fermentation, sorting, and rolling through a knowledgeable local. Come discover “The Real Cuba” on our Cuba Vacation.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

This Tour

Our Cuba Vacation Package is a one-of-a-kind walking tour, the first ever People-to-People tour of Cuba! Explore a country still off-limits to the average tourist - a country rich in colonial grandeur, revolutionary rigor, and Caribbean panache.

  • Hike the 11,000-acre biosphere of La Terrazas, a UNESCO safeguard home to over 117 bird species
  • Traverse otherworldly limestone mogotes and stalagmite-rich caves in the Valle de Viñales
  • Visit the Plaza de Armas and the Catedral de San Cristóbal in Old Havana
  • Stroll the seductive streets of Cienfuegos, a city renowned for its French flair, Caribbean verve, and colonial charm
  • Swim at the base of a waterfall in Topes and bask in the warm waters of Playa Larga on the Bay of Pigs
  • Snorkel the exquisite coral reefs of Playa Giron and keep an eye out for crocodiles, iguanas, and flamingos in the wetlands of Ciénaga de Zapata
  • Explore Hemingway's former estate and the seaside village of Cojímar where he kept his boat, Pilar

Well organized, plenty of variety. We feel we saw a well rounded view of Cuba.

Karla M Dublin, CA

Fabulous. Perfect.

Ellen S Chicago, IL

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Day 1: Las Terrazas
Valley Landscape
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hotel La Moka

Bienvenido Cuba! If you arrived in Havana last night, our Cuba Unbound tour leader meets you early for a brief orientation, and together we head to the airport to gather any others flying in from Miami. Once we're all together, we continue west by bus to La Terrazas and the Sierra del Rosario mountains.

  • La Terrazas is a biosphere under UNESCO safeguard since 1968.
  • Keep an eye out for the 117 different species of birds.
  • Trek along the Sendero La Serafina on a 3 mile trail run through reforested land
  • Or opt for a longer walk throuh Casa Campesino, a lush forest and once-upon-a-time coffee plantation.
  • Conclude the trail with a visit to a fantastic orchid garden.

After our afternoon excursions throughout La Terrazas, we head to Hotel La Moka, our accommodations for the evening.

About Hotel Moka
Hotel Moka brings the outdoors indoors with an immense 100-year-old rain tree growing up through the Lobby and sprouting out the rooftop. It's a charming white and tangerine hotel screened by the green of teak trees. Its' Intimate, romantic, and fun atmosphere make it a memorable stay.

Day 2: Pinar del Rio
Pinar del Rio
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Vuelta Abajo

Today starts with a westward journey into one of Cuba's finest national parks.

    • Spend your day walking through the varied landscapes of Valle de Viñales on the many trail systems that sprawl through the valley.
    • See the Mogote dos Hermanas, or two mogote "twin sisters", the remains of limestone hills standing sentinel over stretches of flat fields.
    • Visit one of the underground caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites.
    • Walk through rows upon rows of tobacco stalks on one of the valley's plantations, followed by a a trip to a tobacco factory.

After a a day satiated with fresh air and well-used legs, head south to Piñar del Rio where we check into our charming, historic hotel.

About Hotel Vuelta Abajo

Located in downtown Piñar del Rio, Hotel Vuelta Abajo's historic building and spacious high ceilings provide you with beautiful lodgings in the heart of town. The attentive staff will ensure a comfortable stay with old-world charm.

Day 3: Pinar del Rio
Pinar del Rio
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Begin with a walking tour of Pinar del Rio, known for neoclassical buildings and art nouveau decorations, all paid for by the lucrative tobacco trade of years past.

  • Visit the Francisco Donatíen Cigar Factory that is located in a former prison transformed in the 1960s, followed by a stop across the street at Casa del Tobacco to buy a few cigars for yourself.
  • Later we'll make our way to Havana Vieja, also known as Old or Colonial Havana. See historic sites of revolution and colonialism and Havana's turbulent past, the result of plundering privates and affluent colonials.

End the day with a fine dinner at one of Havana's best paladars, topped off with a visit to Fabrica des Artes, where the best of Cuba's avant-garde art can be experienced.

Day 4: Cienfuegos
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Casas Particulares

Depart from Havana and drive past fields of sugar cane en route to Cuba's Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos.

  • Your first stop will be the Jardin Botanico Cienfuegos, where American sugar baron Edward F. Atkins hoped to introduce new varieties of sugar cane. Instead, he created Cuba's largest gardens with over 2000 species of plants.
  • Take a stroll past pastel-painted columns in Paseo del Prado and find the iconic statue of Benny Moré, the "barbarian of rhythm".
  • We'll make our way to the waterfront walkway and see the glittering waters of the natural harbor, where poets and musicians romance passersby every night.

After a day of engaging with cuentapropistas on our stroll through this prosperous city, spend the evening with a musical performance such as Cantores de Cienfuegos or the local chamber ocrchestra.

Day 5: Trinidad
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Take a drive along the coast towards the historical town of Trinidad.

  • Once home to dozens of sugar refineries, the natural splendor of the surrounding countryside gives way to forested trails and crystal clear pools of water, perfect for a morning hike and swim.
  • Spend the afternoon within the atmospheric, tranquil town of Trinidad where Italian frescoes, finely wrought chandeliers, and bone china still grace plantation era mansions.

Dine at a local restaurant and spend the evening on the city's steps listening to an outdoor concert, making the difference clear between peaceful Trinidad and feisty Cienfuego.

Day 6: Playa Larga
Playa Larga
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Casas Particulares

We depart Trinidad early and begin the trek into the crenellated, Caribbean pine-coated Sierra Escambray mountains.

    • Spend the morning hiking one of the many paths through the Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes that lie between the mountains.
    • Take a path to a 190 foot waterfall that tumbles down to swimming holes below, where only the most intrepid adrenaline junkies dare to jump.
    • If you're not feeling too adventurous, hike the Sendero La Batata, or Sweet Potato, Trail, taking you through the forest to a prehistoric cave and its underwater river.
    • By mid-afternoon we leave the Park and start our drive to Playa Larga, a tranquil village set on the beach at the head of the Bay of Pigs, where the infamous 1960s CIA-sponsored invasion took place.

When we arrive, those interested may want to take a swim at the beautiful beach just a few yards from our accommodations and enjoy a tropical sunset followed by a home-cooked meal, abundant in local Cuban delicacies including fresh seafood.

Day 7: Playa larga
Playa larga
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Casas Particulares

We'll spend the morning of day 7 at the Ciénaga de Zapata, a national park with expansive tracts of dense forests and mangrove-lined swampland, the peninsula is wild and largely untouched.

    • See the abundance of wildlife that call Ciénaga de Zapata home, such as crocodiles, iguana, flamingos, and boars.
    • Birders will find endemic species such as the Cuban pygmy owl, bee hummingbird and Zapata rail.
    • After a picnic lunch, we drive to one of our favorite snorkeling spots not far from Playa Giron, where we'll learn and experience firsthand the health of Cuba's reef system.
    • Enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling with colorful fish in the transparent waters, or relax on the warm sand.

Return to our Casa in Playa Larga for a presentation on Zapata National Park from the park's director, topped off with a festive dinner of delicious, authentic Cuban fare.

Day 8: Havana
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Ambos Mundos, Telegrafo, Presidente (or similar)

After breakfast we'll make our way back to Havana, with a few fun pit stops along the way.

    • Opt to stop at Criadero de Cocodrilos for a short tour to see the Cuban crocodiles and learn about restoring the vulnerable wild population while getting up close and personal with this prehistoric-looking animal.
    • Continue on to Hemingway's former estate of Finca Vigia, where he found inspiration for several of his books, and tour the Museo set on the estate.
    • Back in Havana, explore the vast crafts and art market of Mercado San José.

Enjoy your final night in Cuba with a farewell dinner out on the town.

Day 9: Havana
Meals Included:  B

We breakfast early and make our way to the airport in time to meet your departing flights.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Oct 28, 2016
  • From $3,490 for standard departures / person
  • ($500 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Oct 28, 2016
  • Nov 18, 2016
  • Nov 25, 2016
  • Dec 2, 2016
  • Dec 9, 2016
  • Dec 16, 2016
  • Dec 23, 2016
  • Dec 30, 2016
  • Jan 6, 2017
  • Jan 13, 2017
  • Jan 20, 2017
  • Jan 27, 2017
  • Feb 3, 2017
  • Feb 10, 2017
  • Feb 17, 2017
  • Feb 24, 2017
  • Mar 3, 2017
  • Mar 10, 2017
  • Mar 17, 2017
  • Mar 24, 2017
  • Mar 31, 2017
  • Apr 7, 2017
  • Apr 14, 2017

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Additional Trip Information

  • Prior to the trip, arrive in havana no later than 10am on Day 1.
  • Make your way back to the airport in Havana for your return flight home.
  • Walking/hiking: 1-8 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Other activities: Swimming, snorkeling

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All designated meals.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • All activities, ferry crossings, wine tastings, etc.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Meals not designated.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. All Year Beach Weather: No need for a winter coat with this Cuba Vacation Package. The only recorded snow was on March 12, 1857.
  • 2. Just the Classics: Due to an import ban in place until 2011, the majority of cars on the road are from the 1950's.
  • 3. Bring your Binoculars: Cuba is home to the smallest bird in the world, the Bee Hummingbird, which only grows to 2 inches in length.
  • 4. Culinary Mysteries: enjoy the mix of Spanish and Caribbean inspired dishes, whose recipes are passed from generation to generation and rarely written down.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: As they lead you on a culturally rich walking tour of the country, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home from this Cuba Vacation.

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