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Cuba Family Holiday  

Minimum age 5 years 

Discover the many layers of captivating Cuba, in our Cuba family holiday escorted by a local guide; From tobacco fields and fishing villages, to revolutionist monuments and relaxing beaches, Cuba is home to one of the most captivating cultures in the world. Take in the crumbling facades of colonial buildings, meet chilled out locals puffing on cigars and wiggle your toes in the sand on an isolated beach. Experience Cuba in all its glory and discover the colours, cuisine and culture that make up this truly distinctive country.

Cuba Trip Highlights: 

  • Amble down the cobbled streets of historic Havana
  • Explore Cuba’s best-preserved colonial town
  • Check out the Bay of Pigs Museum
  • Visit a local cigar factory
  • Snorkel in the waters off Cayo Blanco
  • See the site of Che Guevara’s famous train battle

Useful Information:

  • Cash is difficult to access in Cuba. Credit cards (not debit cards) are essential – ideally multiple credit cards from several different banks.
  • Luxuries such as air conditioning, and even kitchen sinks, are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.
  • There’s plenty of time to eat the delights of the sea, but it’s good to keep in mind that accompaniments are not as expansive as in another countries, due to limitations on imports.
  • Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it’s available it’s often unreliable and expensive. This is, on the other hand, a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.
  • Cuba is different and that’s what makes it such a fascinating destination on this Cuba family holiday. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Regulations concerning foreigners and currency may appear strange to you, buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. Cuba may not be wealthy in a monetary sense, however if you approach your Cuba family holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Cubans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.

We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families.

Included activities

  • Vinales – Leader Led Orientation Walk
  • Vinales – Cueva del Indio (Cave visit with boat trip)
  • Vinales – Guided valley walking tour
  • Soroa – Hike to waterfall
  • Caleta Buena – Snorkelling
  • Cienfuegos – Coppelia ice cream parlour
  • Cienfuegos – Walking tour
  • Trinidad – Orientation walk
  • Trinidad – Half day trip to Ancon Beach
  • Trinidad – Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (taxi, entrance fee & guide)
  • Santa Clara – Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
  • Havana – Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • Havana – Vintage American car tour

Cuba Family Holiday

Day 1 Havana – Bienvenidos a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! Today is an arrival today while families fly in from around the world. If you arrive early, Havana is a fantastic city to explore. Havana is one of the finest colonial cities in the Americas with narrow streets, spacious plazas and glorious Spanish architecture. There is an air of faded glory about the place with paint peeling off buildings and ’50s and ’60s American automobiles still dominating the roads. A welcome meeting will take place in the morning of day 2. On check-in the hotel will advise where the group meeting will be, there are no activities planned for this evening. AccommodationHotel Presidente or similar (1 night)

Day 2 Vinales – After breakfast we set out on the 200 km (approx 3 hours) drive west to Vinales, crossing typical landscapes of cane fields, tobacco plantations and tall palm trees along the way. En route we’ll stop at Soroa, and take a short walk (approx 30 minutes) to a nearby waterfall. We then continue north on a scenic road, climbing into the Sierra de los Organos towards the sleepy village of Vinales. AccommodationGuesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 Vinales –  The Vinales Valley boasts the oldest geological formations in Cuba, unique to the area. Spectacular mogotes – sheer-sided, conical towers of limestone – some over 300 metres high are all that is left of a great plateau after millions of years of erosion by wind and water. The resultant karst terrain is similar to southern China or Vietnam, especially when a layer of mist carpets the valley floor in the early morning. It is a fascinating scene, all the more so when oxen are working the fields and the scent of tobacco fills the air. We’ll take a guided walk through this rich countryside to see something of rural life, and hopefully stop at a farmer’s house. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Cueva del Indio, an impressive limestone cave once inhabited by local Indians and filled with stalactites and stalagmites. A river runs through the second half of the cave and we’ll board a boat to take us through and out into the daylight. At dusk thousands of bats stream out of the cave to go and feed. AccommodationGuesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 Soroa – Today we start with breakfast before driving the relatively short distance to Soroa (approximately 1 hr 30 minutes). Soroa is known by some as the “Rainbow of Cuba”. It is a gorgeous natural area set within the mountains. It is significantly cooler here than the other places we go on the tour and refreshing during the summer months. The rainfall here promotes the growth of tall trees and orchids and bird life here is abundant. We will undertake an enjoyable walk to a waterfall and get the chance to swim at a water hole, all very relaxed and enjoyable. We stay tonight in a set of guesthouses in the village, being country folk the locals are humble and very friendly and hospitable. AccommodationGuesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 Playa Giron – Our route today takes us past the badlands of the Zapata Peninsula to Playa Larga, standing at the head of the famous Bay of Pigs where, in 1961 a force of CIA-trained Cuban exiles landed to stir up a counter-revolution. Further along the coast at Playa Giron a small museum commemorates this failed US effort to impose its will on socialist Cuba. We stay tonight at a homestay near this beautiful Caribbean beach. While here this is an opportunity to go snorkelling and time spent on the beach. AccommodationGuesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 Cienfuegos – Today we head to Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos’ appeal lies partly in the European flavour of its colonial centre, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades. There is ambience enough here to have inspired Cuba’s most celebrated ‘son’ singer to write the words ‘Cienfuegos is the city I like best’. He was born nearby, which may have helped.This afternoon we will take a walking tour of the town. We will also visit one of the famous Coppelia ice cream parlours where you can enjoy a sweet treat on us! AccommodationGuesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 Trinidad – This morning we continue on towards Trinidad (approx 1 hour). For most visitors to Cuba, the World Heritage site of Trinidad is their standout favourite destination. No other colonial city in Cuba is so well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. The town rose to prominence during the sugar boom and the wealth generated by the industry remains visible in the town’s once grand mansions, colourful public buildings, wrought iron grill-work and cobble-stoned streets. Trinidad is also steeped in religion, such as Santeria, which is one of the Afro-Cuban religions (related to voodoo). AccommodationGuesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 Trinidad – Our last day in this wonderful World Heritage site. Trinidad is one-of-a-kind, a perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlemen. Built on huge sugar fortunes amassed in the adjacent Valle de los Ingenious during the early 19th century, the riches of the town’s pre–War of Independence heyday are still very much in evidence in illustrious colonial-style mansions. During our time here we will take a half day walk to Salto de Javira, a beautiful waterfall with a natural pool you can swim in. We will also take a trip to Playa Ancon, a classic Caribbean beach where you can relax and unwind and just soak up the Caribbean vibe. Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 Havana – We drive today from Trinidad to Havana, stopping at Santa Clara on the way. Santa Clara was the first major city to be liberated by Castro’s army in December 1958. Today a number of monuments commemorate this important period of Cuba’s history, including the mausoleum of the legendary Che Guevara, where we stop for a visit. We arrive into Havana in the afternoon and head to our homestay, where we will sleep for the remainder of the trip. Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 Havana – Today we take a walking tour of Old Havana. Havana’s Old City is well preserved and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th century fortresses and countless churches. Sites we may visit include La Cathedral San Cristobal de la Habana, described by the novelist Alejo Carpentier as ‘music set in stone’, Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (now a restaurant) and the Plaza de Armas, complete with a statue of Manuel de Cespedes, one of the leaders of the independence movement. We also visit the Plaza de Revolution, Miramar and the Malecon on a tour, driven in vintage American cars. Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 Havana – There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Meals Included: Breakfast

Vaccinations

You will need vaccinations to travel; you should ask your doctor or Health clinic, but you can check them out on The Fit For Travel Website.

Visas

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the passenger. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it is important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant Consular or Embassy website of the country or countries you are visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Cuba for the most up to date information. To enter the country visitors are required to have evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay, proof of travel medical insurance, as well as onward travel ticket.

Passport holders from Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand are not required to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Instead, you get a Tourist Card (Tarjeta de Turista) valid for 30 days. In some cases, you may be required to buy the card at your departure airport, either at the check in counter or at the flight gate itself some minutes before departure. Others need to buy the tourist card from their travel agency, but policies vary (eg Canadian airlines give out tourist cards on their airplanes), so you’ll need to check ahead with the airline office. In some cases, you can arrange a visa prior to departing your home country but usually this is more expensive and time consuming. All Tourist Cards are the same, except if you are flying direct to Cuba from the US. These are more expensive and pink in colour, instead of the typical green Tourist Card.

If you are British, or reside in Great Britain with a passport from the European union, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you can apply for Tourist Card on the Cuba Visa website (This type of tourist card would not be valid for travel to Cuba from the USA, Puerto Rico or US Virgin Islands). 

If you are an American citizen, American permanent resident, or hold any type of American Visa, and are considering travelling to Cuba, please refer to the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website and the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the latest advice.

You can check visa requirements for British Citizens on the Foreign Office website. Other nationals should check with their relevant Consulate or Embassy.

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals: 
10 breakfasts
Transport:
Minibus
Accommodation:
Guesthouse (9 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Activities 

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Vinales – Leader Led Orientation Walk

Optional Activities

  • Vinales – Botanical Gardens – USD1
  • Vinales – Salsa lesson (per hour) – CUC10
  • Vinales – Bicycle hire (per day) – CUC5

Day 3 Included Activities

  • Vinales – Cueva del Indio (Cave visit with boat trip)
  • Vinales – Guided valley walking tour

Day 4 Included Activities

  • Soroa – Hike to waterfall

Day 5 Included Activities

  • Caleta Buena – Snorkelling

Optional Activities

  • Museo Giron – Free

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Cienfuegos – Coppelia ice cream parlour
  • Cienfuegos – Walking tour

Day 7 Included Activities

  • Trinidad – Orientation walk

Day 8 Included Activities

  • Trinidad – Half day trip to Ancon Beach
  • Trinidad – Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (taxi, entrance fee & guide)

Optional Activities

  • Trinidad – Snorkelling trip – CUC15
  • Trinidad – Salsa Dance Lesson – CUC8
  • Trinidad – Bicycle rental (full day) – CUC5
  • Trinidad – Afro-Cuban folklore show – Free

Day 9 Included Activities

  • Santa Clara – Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum

Day 10 Included Activities

  • Havana – Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • Havana – Vintage American car tour

Optional Activities

  • Havana – Morro Castle – CUC3
  • Havana – Baseball game (Oct – Apr) – CUC3

Cuba Family Holiday Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Mon 30 July – Thurs 9 Aug 2018 10 FULLY BOOKED
Mon 17 Dec – Thurs 27 Dec 2018 10 £1280 £1155 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 6 Jan – Wed 16 Jan 2019 10 £1280 £1155 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

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Sun 14 Apr – Wed 24 Apr 2019 10 £1280 £1155 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 14 July – Wed 24 July 2019 10 £1280 £1155 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 28 July – Wed 7 Aug 2019 10 £1280 £1155 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 11 Aug – Wed 21 August 2019 10 £1280 £1155 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

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