Tage 8

Style Basix

Preis ab EUR 576

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From city to country to coast, this is the perfect taste of Cuba. Begin on the charming streets of Havana, where old-time American automobiles, richly-scented Cuban cigars and an eclectic tapestry of architectures evoke a colourful past. Between the small-village vibes of Vinales and the outstanding charisma of Trinidad, surround yourself with history, music and mojitos in one of the world’s most unique places. With plenty of time to swim, snorkel, cycle and hike, this adventure combines Cuba’s old-world allure – including a fascinating snapshot of Che Guevara – with some of its best and most scenic destinations for outdoor activities.

Übersicht

Start
Havana
Ende
Havana
Besuchte Länder
Kuba
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Trip Code
QURA
Gruppengröße
16
Physical rating

Highlights

  • Be swept away by the eclectic history of Cuba's capital as your knowledgeable leader takes you on a half-day tour of Old Havana.
  • Venture to the village of Vinales, where the small-town charms are many. Spend your time sipping rum in quaint bars with locals and exploring hidden caves in the mountains.
  • Pay your respects at the mausoleum of Che Guevara and receive a fascinating insight into the rise and fall of the charismatic and highly celebrated Cuban revolutionary.
  • Learn the lingo with an informal lesson in the Spanish language. From Hola to Hasta Luego to the all-important phrases – like how to order a cerveza!
  • See why Trinidad is a favourite for many Intrepid adventurers. Wander the cobblestone streets alongside cowboys and farmers and clock the best-preserved colonial buildings in Cuba.

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Havana
Bienvenido a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! There are no activities planned until your important welcome meeting at 6 pm. Why not take a stroll to get acquainted with Cuba’s capital, where vintage cars, plumes of cigar smoke, Neo-Gothic churches and Art Deco theatres come together in a unique mesh of histories. If you have time, you might like to visit Museo de la Revolucion – a museum focusing on the events leading up to, during and immediately after the Cuban revolution – or why not check out one of Havana’s many cool cafes or bohemian bars and grab a cheeky mojito! After your welcome meeting, perhaps dig into some delectable street snacks and join the group for some traditional Cuban cuisine at one of the many street vendors – churros anyone?

Day 2
Vinales
This morning, join your leader on an approximately 2-hour walking tour around the charming neighbourhood of Old Havana – a district that reflects an eclectic mix of different eras with its colonial architecture, baroque buildings and neoclassical monuments. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, this area within Cuba’s capital remains virtually unchanged, which makes it one of the Caribbean’s most impressive historical cities. Wander through Havana’s oldest square – Plaza de Armas, stroll around the architecturally eclectic buildings that line the 16th century Plaza Veija, admire the basilica of San Francisco de Asis and visit the Havana Cathedral with its elaborate baroque facade. After your walking tour, take a taxi to the bus station and at 14:30 head west on the public bus to Vinales (approximately 4 hours). This is a small and charming rural village and probably the easiest place in Cuba to mingle with locals, who are very sociable and love nothing better than to drink rum and dance the night away.

Day 3
Vinales
Enjoy free time in picturesque Vinales, which you’ll soon see is home to some of Cuba’s best scenery. Together, your group will decide the best time to take an included informal Spanish lesson where you’ll learn simple greetings from Hola to Hasta Luego to all-important phrases like how to order a cerveza! The rest of the day is yours to soak up the slow, old-world pace of rural Cuba, where oxen plod gracefully along the streets. There are many optional outdoor activities available. You might like to cruise around the area on a bicycle, hike through the tobacco fields or explore one of the Americas’ largest cave complexes up in the mountains. If you select the valley walk, you’ll learn more about the lifestyle here and see first hand the farmers who grow tabacco for some of the most expensive cigars. 

Day 4
Bay of Pigs / Trinidad
Today you’ll travel by private vehicle to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Trinidad. En route, you’ll stop at the Bay of Pigs for a dip in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, and if there’s time you can hire snorkel gear and swim among the abundance of tropical fish that fill these waters. Learn about the Bay of Pigs Invasion – the battle between the US and the Cuban revolutionaries which resulted in the first defeat of a US-backed takeover in Latin America. Continue to Trinidad where you’ll spend the night.

Day 5
Trinidad
Trinidad is a standout destination for many visitors to Cuba, due in no small part to a friendly populace, old-fashioned feel and particularly well-preserved colonial buildings. The Santeria religion (a voodoo-like Afro-Cuban tradition) which is practiced here makes the town even more intriguing. Today you can enjoy a free day of exploration. For some beachside fun and perhaps a little snorkelling, head down to Playa Ancon – just be careful you don’t stand on a sea urchin! Hiking and cycling are equally good options, and there are some excellent walking trails in the nearby Sierra del Escambray mountains. For an insight into the colourful post-revolutionary period, why not visit the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos and the Casa de los Martires de Trinidad. Nearby is the sprawling Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar plantations stretch out as far as the eye can see. In the evening, your leader will take you to a local bar for a rum tasting – as far as the rum world is concerned, Cuba is home to some of the best out there!

Day 6
Santa Clara
This morning travel by private vehicle to the historic city of Santa Clara – less crowded and slower paced than the bustling Havana, and home to all things Che Guevara. On arrival, you’ll head to the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial. Che’s remains were brought to rest here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997, where he was assassinated by the CIA-backed Bolivian army. The memorial is home to an impressive bronze statue of Che bearing his rifle, and inside the museum you can learn about his amazing life and see photos and exhibits such as his famous black beret. After this incredible insight, your leader will take you on an orientation tour of the town and point you in the direction of the top sites and hotspots to explore during your free afternoon in what’s arguably Cuba’s most revolutionary city. Santa Clara is renowned for being the resting place of physician-turned-guerrillero leader Che Guevara. Why not take the short walk up to one of the best lookout spots in town, Loma del Capiro, where you can share sweeping views of the city with a statue of – you guessed it – Che Guevara!

Day 7
Havana
This morning, you’ll travel back to Havana (approximately 4 hours) on the public bus where you’ll return to your guesthouse by taxi and enjoy some free time. If you’re a cigar aficionado, you might like to take a tour of one of Cuba’s tobacco factories – Modern Partagas Cigar Factory – where they produce a range of top-quality Montecristo, Partagas and Romeo y Juliet cigars! Later, why not head out with the group and hit the town for a final night of salsa.

Day 8
Havana
There are no activities planned for today, so why not head out in a classic 1950s convertible on a Classic American Car Tour of Havana with Urban Adventures. Take to the streets in style as you cruise through the capital and wind up with a Cuban cocktail at the swinging Hotel Nacional. For more information visit urbanadventures.com

Was ist inklusive?

Mahlzeiten

3 Frühstück,

Transport

Private vehicle , Public bus , Taxi

Unterkunft

Standard guesthouse (7 nights)

Eingeschlossene Aktivitäten

Havana - Leader-led Walking Tour of Old Havana
Vinales - Leader-led Orientation Walk
Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
Bay of Pigs - Coastal Swim Stop
Trinidad - Leader-led Orientation Walk
Trinidad - Rum Tasting in a Local Bar
Santa Clara - Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
Santa Clara - Leader-led Orientation Walk

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Reviews

Sarah Cleary
One big tip I would give would be to bring a little Spanish phrasebook with you. It would have been nice to be able to communicate a bit more with the Casa owners as some had very little English. Basic phrases would have been handy so I would definitely recommend a phrasebook as you aren't able to use internet in many parts of Cuba.
Venice Connor
Highly recommend Cuba on a shoestring!
Miriam Stueben
Excellent trip to experience Cuba in a short space of time! Read through the information provided as it contains many useful tips and tricks which will prepare you for the adventure. Embrace the experience and differences which you may be accustomed to. Take all the activity opportunities possible such as salsa dancing, caving, snorkelling and visiting the tobacco farm. It really is a wonderful experience!
Lucinda Fleming
Travel to Mexico/Cuba with your eyes wide open with no expectations and in return Mexico/Cuba will provide you with an experience of a life time that you will never forget!
Julie Dennison
Cuba is a country that needs to be seen to be believed. Such a rich history to learn about. This short tour was a perfect way to get a taste of Cuban life.
Trang Tien
Learn more Spanish to really get a better local experience :-)
Ian Mazlin
Our Intrepid tour was a lot of fun and excellent value.
Brooklyn Sheedy
Whilst we were on tour, Tropical Storm Alberto struck. There was massive amounts of rain and flooding in Cuba. However, this barely affected our trip as Intrepid kept us informed of the situation and were able to sort out a fix so we didn't miss out on seeing more of Cuba. They have the flexibility and connections in Cuba so that we still had a great experience (safely!)
David Beyer
Great trip great company great tour well organised and run
Chantal Prince
It was so lovely to not worry about transport for this part of our trip. Getting about on our own in Cuba before and after intrepid was quite expensive and hard work. Learning about the history and culture was deeply enhanced by going with intrepid.
Jenny Brodie
An excellent itinerary that will take you to some amazing places in Cuba. Good flexibility with the activities. The accommodation was very nice and I would not call it basic! Overall an interesting an insightful trip around a beautiful country.
Gabrielle Varlow
On no other trip have I felt that I have been able to get to know the culture and feel the heart of a country more, than when I travelled with Intrepid. Having a leader from the country that I was touring gave a wonderful insight into its culture that I would have been unable to get on my own. Travelling with Intrepid is a great way to get the most out of a 10 day to 2 week holiday, or to begin a long stint of travelling with the safety of getting to know a wonderful group of people and easing you in to travelling life.
Peter And Kim Donkin
Cuba provides a very interesting history and a quite diverse way of life for travellers to experience.
Marian Kee
Highly recommend the 'Cuba on a Shoestring' trip. It was fantastic in every way - I loved the whole trip with its'variety of scenery and activities, beautiful Cuban people, great music and dancing, interesting culture and history. Our guide 'Andy' and driver 'Jorge' were simply the best!!!
Amy Smith
Cuba on a Shoestring is an excellent trip for anyone considering a trip to discover Cuba. Small group, incredible guides and drivers and plenty of time to explore on your own. The people, the music, the dancing... i can't wait to come back. Cuba has kept a little bit of my heart!
Kaye Hanley
Cuba was everything I had hoped it would be. Our wonderful guide, Andy, has a vast knowledge of all things relating to Cuba and it's history and is a great narrator. Staying in the private family Casa's was a highlight as was Havana and all the other historic sites we visited. I highly recommend this tour.
Rodney Smith
As above re currency
Jeannine Cadwallader
Cuba is amazing. Its hard to explain, its a place you really need to see for yourself. You really need to take snacks and anything else you may need. You cant buy many things we take for granted in our countries.
Katrina Hepworth
Mexico Unplugged allowed me to experience the colour, vibrancy, history and adventure Mexico has to offer. I was given the opportunity to hike in jungles, swim in gorgeous sinkholes and waterfalls, explore ancient archaelogical ruins and eat some of the tastiest food ever. Thank you Mexico!
Shona Francey
Our first Intrepid trip was fantastic! Full of exciting activities and sightseeing with excellent, knowledgeable guides.
Lisa Cleary
Cuba has many hidden gems. A great guide is essential to understand and appreciate the history and culture.
Goergios Skentzos
Cuba is an amazing country. Even though our trip there was short for what this place offers, however we really appreciated it. The group was amazing and Maurice, our leader, was excellent. The accommodation was very good and we were taken good care of. We saw many places for such a short time and if I could keep one or two highlights those would be the colors of Trinidad and the street life of Havana.
Georgios Skentzos
Our visit in Cuba was a dream come true. We knew the rebellious past and the turbulent history and we were not disappointed. Cuba is beautiful and the people amazing. We always felt safe and well taken care of and our leader Maurice made everything run smoothly. I can't tell apart which I liked best, but if I had to choose I would go with the colors of Trinidad and simply walking in the streets of Havana. My only piece of advice would be to learn a bit of Spanish, the locals really appreciate it. Thanks for the amazing time there Intrepid.
Leonee Dixon
Always check and double check any cards you take with you to insure they are active and work in the country you are travelling in. I had a new credit card and found I could not access any monies as it had not been activated before I left... really dumb. I had no way to contact my bank as my phone was not working either! Luckily Cuba is cheap to travel in so the limited phones I could access were sufficient until I arrived in USA!
Dawn East
A fantastic short tour of Cuba. The accommodation was great, with welcoming hosts and we visited some amazing places. Maurice, our guide, was friendly and helpful and we loved our driver (Santiago). 5 stars!
Sue Willis
Environmentally aware, culturally sensitive and insider knowledge - if these things matter to you Intrepid almost has a trip for you! Pick your destination and the level of comfort you require and Intrepid will be a great choice for a holiday never to forget where you will likely meet friends for life.
Emma Lucas
Excellent trip, if you can do the full 15 day I couldn't recommend it more. Be careful when going on the other trips after, out flight got cancelled on the way out, lots of people missed joining tours. We had to pay for new flights to make sure we could join on to our next tour.
Steve Sharp
The local guide that we had in Cuba was amazing, but Intrepid as a company is just plain money hungry and does not care about their travellers at all. They care more about making a profit than peoples safety. I highly recommend NOT travelling with them.
Samantha Gilding
Intrepid offer fantastic off the road tours which give you a better understanding of local cultures.
Sabina Andrei
The trip was amazing and our group leader was the best. I really got to understand the Cuban culture and to get a good feel of the country. I would highly recommend this trip!