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G Adventures Cuba Rhythms – Rum & Fun 18 to 30s

G Adventures Cuba Rhythms – Rum & Fun 18 to 30s

From $1049 From $892 / per person
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Description

For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That’s crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise — get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors, then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself.

  • 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: 8 days
  • Start/ Finish: Havana.
  • Service Level: Basic. Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • Travel Style: Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • Physical Rating: 2 – Light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Trip Type: Small group. Small group experience, max 18, average 14 passengers.
  • Age Requirement: 18 to 39.

Features

  • Hang out with the locals in homestays
  • Sample local rum and cigars
  • Connect to salsa culture on the dance floor
  • Explore colonial Havana’s alleyways
  • Laze under the Caribbean sun

What’s Included

  • Proyecto Manacú Visit, Manaca Iznaga
  • Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Havana Homestay, Havana
  • Nights out, connecting with new friends
  • Viñales Homestay, Viñales
  • Salsa Lesson, Trinidad
  • Trinidad Homestay, Trinidad
  • Arrival transfer
  • Havana walking tour
  • Day trip to Cayo Levisa
  • Palacio del Valle visit
  • Che Guevara mausolem and museum visit
  • Orientation walks in Trinidad and Viñales
  • Beach time in Trinidad and Bay of Pigs
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations Supplied

Casas particulares (homestays) (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.

Available Extra Add-on

My Own Room: From $579. If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Allow US$185 to $240 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

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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.

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  • Departure
    Havana

Tour Plan

1

Day 1 Havana

Arrive at any time. Tonight take the opportunity to connect with your fellow travellers. Seek out some live music and break the ice in one of the city's iconic hideouts while toasting with mojitos to the beginning of an amazing holiday.
Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
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 Consulado 106 (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/ Viñales

Discover the highlights Old Havana on a walking tour with the CEO. See city highlights that may include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (which now houses a restaurant), the Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas, with its statue of Manuel de Céspedes (one of the leaders of the Cuban independence movement). Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.
Travel through a rich agricultural area en route to Viñales where both sugarcane and tobacco are grown. Visit a "vega" or tobacco plantation, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Practice some Spanish while staying in a local homestay.
Viñales is in the Pinar del Rio province and located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, we have many opportunities here to enjoy the area, whether it be hiking or simply sitting back and enjoying the view.
  • Homestay Mayra (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast
3

Day 3 Viñales

Take a day trip to beautiful Cayo Levisa, 3km of white sand on an island only accessible by boat. It is a perfect spot for snorkelling or just blissing out on the beach. Strand yourself on this island off the north-west coast of Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province. Other than a few restaurants with delicious seafood, a bunch of palm trees and a mangrove, there isn’t much here except a gorgeous white sand beach accented by aquamarine waters—but what else could you need? Bliss out. Snorkel. Swim. Enjoy!
  • Homestay Mayra (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
4

Day 4 Viñales/Playa Larga

Travel to Playa Larga. Stop at the Bay of Pigs en route for a swim in the beautiful blue water, and opt to go snorkelling. Enjoy the scenic 5 hour drive in a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation: Casa Sol y Caribe (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
5

Day 5 Playa Larga/Trinidad

Travel to the seaside town of Cienfuegos, and enjoy free time to explore. Continue to Trinidad. Enjoy an orientation walk of the town before a free afternoon to explore the area. In the evening, learn some moves during a salsa dancing lesson. Loosen up those hips and get ready to salsa. Led by expert Cuban instructors, rumba, mambo and cha-cha-chá your way across the floor. Never danced salsa? Have no fear, Cubans are happy to share the secrets behind one of their national pastimes.
Trinidad is a haven for anyone interested in outdoor activities. If a beach sounds like what you're looking for, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón, just 12 km (7.5 miles) from town.
Optional Activities
  • Snorkelling
Rent a mask and snorkel and head out into the warm blue-green waters off the Ancón Peninsula. Centuries of ocean currents have created beautiful beaches, a perfect backdrop to see coral, fish and shells. Explore the reef just offshore from Playa Ancón and be sure to wear lots of sunscreen!
  • Biking
Rent a bike, pack some water, put on a hat and head south of Trinidad toward the beaches. La Boca is a small seaside village at the mouth (“boca”) of a river about 5km (3 mi) from town. Keep going and end up at Playa Ancón. Avid cyclers can head towards Sugar Mills Valley 18kms (11 mi) away to explore the historical site, but just a heads-up, the route is very hilly.
  • Diving
The waters around Cuba are known for their gentle tides, warmth and diversity of underwater flora and fauna. Grab a mask and tank, pull on some flippers and head down into the depths to discover all this for yourself. Off the Ancón Penninsula, find a narrow shelf with a sandy bottom, home to marine sponges, black coral and schools of colourful tropical fish.
  • Homestay Accommodation: Jesus Pineda (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast.
6

Day 6 Trinidad

Explore this beautiful colonial town and its surrounding beach and attractions. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house.
Optional Extra Activities: See day 5 activities
  • Homestay Accommodation: Jesus Pineda (or similar)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
7

Day 7 Trinidad/Havana

Start the day with a visit to the Manaca Iznaga community, where G Adventures and Planeterra helped create a textiles centre that enables local women to sell traditional textiles.Get further immersed in the local life, meeting Cuba’s rural families. See local embroidered techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, learn this organization has impacted the community and those who visit it. Planeterra and G Adventures have provided technical assistance to start up the business, and guidance to create a local experience.
Stop by Santa Clara en route to Trinidad and visit important historical sites, including the famous Ché monument. Santa Clara played a key role in the Cuban Revolution. In 1958,
Discover Old Havana on a short walking tour with the CEO. Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.
  • Accommodation: Casa Consulado 106 (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast.
8

Day 8 Havana

Depart at any time.
Optional Activity
  • Fusterlandia Visit
Explore the neighbourhood of Fusterlandia in Havana. Cuban artist José Fuster reclaimed his impoverished neighbourhood in Havana and transformed it with unique whimsical installations. Enjoy free time to explore the neighbourhood and take in the eccentric street art.
  • Meals: 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 and handling your own luggage.
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 (clean drinking water is tree on the boat).
  • Hat
  • You can BYO snorkel gear, although this is available at locations.
  • 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.
  • Snorkel gear (optional) (Only if own equipment is preferred.)
  • Note: Please bring a pair of closed shoes if you plan on taking in the Tropicana show, accompanied by semi formal attire (dresses/skirts/long pants/dress shirts). No sandals or shorts are permitted into the theatre.
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.
  •  For in-depth health and safety data, (including up to date vaccinations info) please visit
  • https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/americas/cuba                                                             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
Minimum age of 18 years for this trip. Maximum age of 39.

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