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G Adventures Cuba Libre & Sailing Cuba

G Adventures Cuba Libre & Sailing Cuba

From $3099 From $2324 / per person
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Description

Roaming over its green hills or sailing along its tiny, white-sanded islands, you’ll wonder what took you so long to see the real Cuba. This unique combo adventure on land and water will take you places most people don’t know even exist. Meander through the lush, laid back communities of Cuba’s “Garden Province” and dive into local culture for a night at a unique homestay. Sail aboard a catamaran to tour (and sprawl out on) the secluded beaches of the thinly populated Canarreos Archipelago islands. Experience life in the sun you’ve always hoped was real.

  • Prices are subject to availability and dates. There may be fluctuations at some times, including further discounts. Feel free to contact us here at Twister Travel for the best possible deals!
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Start/ Finish: Havana.
  • Service Level: Standard. Comfortable tourist class accommodations with character, mix of public and private transport.
  • Travel Style: Classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Physical Rating: 3 – Average. Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Trip Type: Small group. Small group experience, max 16, average 12 passengers.
  • Age Requirement: 16 plus. All travellers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Features

  • Flexibility is part of this itinerary
  • 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

What’s Included

  • Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana
  • Arrival transfer
  • Havana street art walk
  • Las Terrazas biosphere reserve visit
  • Tobacco farm visit (Pinar del Rio)
  • Viñales orientation walk
  • Walk through Old Havana with the CEO. Revolution Square visit (Havana)
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • Sailing aboard a catamaran through the islands of Canarreos Archipelago in southern Cuba (6 nights)
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing equipment
  • Bath and beach towels aboard the boat
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations Supplied

Casas particulares (homestays) (5 nts), Catamaran (twin/double bed cabins with shared bathrooms) (7 nts).

Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Meals

11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Allow US$250 to $325 for meals not included.

Please notify in advance if a vegetarian or vegan diet is preferred, or other dietary needs.

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Staff & Experts

This sailing adventure is staffed by a qualified skipper, a local cook/first mate and a G Adventures CEO. Your onboard team know the island groups extremely well and are passionate about sharing their hidden secrets with their crew. They know the best secluded beaches, snorkeling spot, coolest beach bars and where you can check your internet.

Further Information?

Contact us at Twister Travel for more information about available dates, making a deposit for a guaranteed place in a tour, or customising a tour for your own group.

Just ask us about booking extra tours and adventure add-on packs to secure your place in some of these experiences, before embarking on your G Adventure!

Tour Bookings and Enquiries

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13 Days
  • Departure
    Havana

Tour Plan

1

Day 1 Havana

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.
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.
  • Accommodation: Casa Curazao (or similar)
Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.
2

Day 2 Havana/ Soroa

Set off in the morning to explore the street art around Callejon de Hammel and Jaimanitas in Havana. Travel to the Unesco Biosphere Reserve of Las Terrazas to take in the beautiful area  Once hectares of deforested farmland, Castro ordered the planting of millions of plants and trees. Travel through bamboo groves, past teak and royal palms. See birds and flowers and waterfalls of the Rio San Juan, a clear mountain stream.
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.
  • Accommodation: Homestay La Colonial, Soroa
  • Meals: Breakfast
3

Day 3 Soroa/Viñales

Travel to Viñales, stopping en route to visit one of the most successful tobacco farms in Cuba. Get familiar with surrounds on an orientation walk, then spend time exploring the beautiful valley.
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.
Other Inclusions on this day:
  • Orientation Walk: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO (Chief Experience Officer). They will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
  • Informal Spanish Lesson: Sit down with the CEO for a brief lesson on some important words and phrases in español to prepare for the upcoming adventure.
 
  • Homestay Mayra (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
4

Day 4 Viñales

Enjoy a free day in the area. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.
Optional Extra Activities:
  • Viñales Hiking
The countryside around Viñales is lush, fertile and punctuated with mogotes – limestone “haystack” hills. Hire a guide or head off with some friends to explore the area. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. You may stumble upon a cave with an underwater spring. Dive in and cool off.
  • Viñales Cave Exploration
The limestone terrain of the area in the Pinar del Rio province is perfect for creating massive cave systems. Opt for an excursion to visit one or two and explore these unique underground caverns.
  • Accommodation: Homestay Mayra (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast.
5

Day 5 Viñales/Havana

Travel back to Havana, and walk through Old Havana with the CEO. Enjoy a 4 hour drive in a private vehicle.
  • Homestay Accommodation: Casa Consulado 106 (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast.
6

Day 6 Havana/Cienfuegos

Enjoy free time in Havana before embarking on a 4 hour drive in a private vehicle to Cienfuegos in the afternoon, to spend the first night aboard the catamaran.
Today, meet new members of the group at a 3pm meeting. Please ensure to attend this meeting as the group will depart for Cienfuegos immediately after.
Have a safety briefing and early dinner on board, then spend the evening getting acquainted with the crew and yacht, sailing out of Cienfuegos.
  • Meals Included: Dinner
7

Day 7 Cienfuegos/Canarreos Archipelago

Wake to breakfast and new surroundings on the way to the Canarreos Archipelago.
  • 25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran: Stretch out and stay balanced aboard a cosy double-hulled watercraft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
8

Day 8 Canarreos Archipelago

Travel through the islands of the Canarreos Archipelago and spend the next five days soaking in everything these island communities have to offer. Discover paradise among the rustic, sparsely populated islands, go snorkelling, explore secluded beaches or simply relax on deck.
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.
  • Accommodation: 25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 
9

Day 9 - 11

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.
  • Cayo Largo Island Visit
Visit Cayo Largo, the largest island in the Canarreos Archipelago, known for its 25km (15 mi) of pristine white-sand beaches and mangrove forests. Let your worries melt away – you won’t have any trouble relaxing here! Sit back and relax with a book while sipping on a refreshing beverage, play a game of beach volleyball or enjoy some snorkelling. Or take a river cruise among the maze of mangroves to spot crocodiles resting in their natural habitat.
  • Cayo Rico Visit
Be welcomed by bright turquoise waters on this island visit. Enjoy a cocktail at a friendly beach bar, and soak in amazing waterfront views. Feed iguanas indigenous to the island or snorkel right off the boat – try and spot one of the rays that like to hang out here.
  • 25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
10

Day 12 Canarreos Archipelago/Cienfuegos

Wake up and admire the view from the lighthouse in Cayo Guano. Enjoy one last snorkel before sailing back from the Canarreos Archipelago to the town of Cienfuegos. Enjoy some final time on deck, and keep an eye out for fish and other marine life along the way.
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.
  • Accommodation: 25m (82 ft) Cuba Sailing Catamaran
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
11

Day 13 Cienfuegos/Havana

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.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Further Info

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. PLEASE NOTE: No hard suitcases are permitted due to limited space. Some suggested items to take include:
Essential Items
  • Towel/ swimwear/ sarong
  • Appropriate footwear - sandals or flipflops, hiking or sturdy walking shoes
  • Reef-safe sunscreens
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries - preferably biodegradable.
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof/ windproof jacket
  • Clothing style - should be summery, with some warmer options. Please note to include some loose-fitting attire, that covers the shoulders or shawl if visting temples. As the weather is hot loose cotton works well. As there are no laundry facilities on the catamarans, think also of what airs out well.
  • Phone/ camera - and your charging devices
  • Outlet adapter
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Your spending money in cash and cards. It is usually a good idea to carry some cash when the availability of banks or EFTPOS facilities is unpredictable.
  • Perhaps something to read, or other entertainment.
  • Marine: • Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry) • External battery pack • Motion sickness tablets • Sarong • Snorkel gear (optional) (Only if own equipment is preferred.)
  • Note: Snorkel gear is highly recommended. Masks and snorkels are sometimes available aboard the boats (flippers are unavailable), however we cannot guarantee their availability or quality.
Documents
You need to keep hold of:
  • Flight info
  •  Insurance details
  • Passport
  • Vaccination certificates
  • VISAS - A visa our tourist card if you reason to travel is tourism, is required for entry to Cuba.
Contact us at Twister Travel if any assistance is required with further information on visas or ETA applications.
Local Culture
The currency in Cuba is the Cuban Peso (CUP). Bringing cash is the easiest way to travel in Cuba, though please take extra security precautions to avoid theft. Please note that until further notice AUD and NZD are not accepted in Cuba. Because of these difficulties we recommend that you arrive in Cuba with CAD, EUR, GBP, or Mexican pesos which can be easily converted into Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) at the 8% conversion fee.
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour.
Tipping of your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer is very much appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $5- 7 USD per person, per day is our recommendation in the region. However, if you felt your CEO did an especially outstanding job, any additional amount will always be welcome.
MAKING FRIENDS WITH LOCALS Sexuality is very open in Cuba and that can shock some travellers, especially women. There are many Cuban men and women (known as Jineteros), who make a living escorting foreigners. Offers of this service are very common in Havana. Be aware of this practice and keep in mind that some locals who approach you may do so to take advantage of your presence.
NOTE: We advise traveling around the streets of Havana City in small groups, rather than individually (especially for women travelers). In addition, we suggest not carrying any easy targets for potential troublemakers like cameras, purses, or anything that is easy to snatch or grab. We advise this not expecting trouble, but rather erring on the side of caution.
For Your Health
If you feel you need it, pack it:
  • Mosquito repellant - natural organic products may be better, and are available for purchase locally.
  • Any regular medications, ashtma inhalers, etc.
Check your personal vaccination requirements, lists, and dates which renewals may be needed, such as tetanus in case of animal bites.
  •  For in-depth health and safety data, (including up to date vaccinations info) please visit
  • https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/indonesia                                                              Or your local equivalent.
Random Potential Hazards
  • Be wary of money changing or credit card scams
  • Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. It is recommended only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). Every reasonable effort is made to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities.
Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any G Adventures tour. Minimum coverage is US$200,000. Some tours may include activities where extra coverage is required. We can assist you in adding insurance or advising you on insurance group choices upon booking with Twister Travel.
Age Requirements
You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. 16 is the minimum age accompanied.
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