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Cuba Libre & Sailing
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Roaming over its green hills or sailing along its tiny, white-sanded islands, youll 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 dont know even exist. Meander through the lush, laid back communities of Cubas "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 youve always hoped was real.

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Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 148877
Starts: Havana, Cuba Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will Visit
  • Havana

Itinerary

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Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Havana/Viñales (1B)

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.

While you're here, visit a "vega" or cigar factory, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)

03

Day 3: Viñales (1B)

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

04

Day 4: Viñales/María la Gorda (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Cigar Factory Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 170km)

05

Day 5: María la Gorda (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Cabo San Antonio and Roncalí Lighthouse Excursion

06

Day 6: María la Gorda/Las Terrazas (1B)

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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 240km)

07

Day 7: Las Terrazas/Havana (1B)

Travel back to Havana, and enjoy a night in the city with the group.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 75km)

08

Day 8: Havana/Cienfuegos (1D)

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

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

09

Day 9: Cienfuegos/Canarreos Archipelago (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, set sail from Cienfuegos and head towards the Canarreos Archipelago.

Transport:
24m (82 ft) sailing catamaran

10

Day 10: Canarreos Archipelago (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Transport:
24m (82 ft) sailing catamaran

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Day 11: 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.

Included Activities:
Cayo Largo Visit
Cayo Rico Visit

Transport:
24m (82 ft) sailing catamaran

12

Day 14: Canarreos Archipelago/Cienfuegos (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
24m (82 ft) sailing catamaran (7.00-9.00 hours)

13

Day 15: Cienfuegos/Havana (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cigar factory tour (Pinar del Rio)
    • Cabo San Antonio excursion including Roncalí Lighthouse
    • Beach time (María La Gorda)
    • Las Terrazas visit
    • Havana orientation walk
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts), twin/double bed cabins with en suite bathrooms (7 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, 24m (82 ft) sailing catamaran
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO). Local guides. Skipper and assistant/cook while sailing
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Tour Highlights:
  • Relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches
  • Experience Cuban hospitality during a homestay
  • Visit a factory that produces world-famous Cuban cigars
  • Sail on a catamaran through the beautiful turquoise waters of the Canarreos Archipelago
  • Stop to snorkel or share a drink with friendly locals
  • Enjoy the slow pace of life in the islands.