Cuban Rhythms: Rum & Fun

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Overview

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. Boring? Impossible!

Itinerary

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.

Day 2: Havana/Viñales

Discover the highlights Old Havana on a walking tour with the CEO. 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.

Includes: Breakfast

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.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

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.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 6: Trinidad

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

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. Stop by Santa Clara en route to Havana and visit important historical sites, including the famous Che monument. Discover Old Havana on a short walking tour with the CEO.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 8: Havana

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Havana/Trinidad

Stop by Santa Clara en route to Trinidad and visit important historical sites, including the famous Che monument. Enjoy an orientation walk of Trinidad's beautiful centre after settling into the homestay.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Trinidad

Enjoy a free day to explore the area, then learn some moves during a salsa dancing lesson. Take in some live music and practice salsa moves at an evening out at the Casa de la Trova.

Those visitors who wish to pursue outdoor activities will find Trinidad a haven for horseback or bicycle riding (don’t expect any modern mountain bikes though!). 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.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 4: Trinidad

Enjoy a free day to explore the area. Enjoy a group dinner at a local host's house.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Trinidad/Viñales

On your way to Viñales, visit a "vega" or cigar factory, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Enjoy an orientation walk of Trinidad's beautiful centre after settling into the homestay.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 6: Viñales

Take a day trip to beautiful Cayo Jutias, 3km of white sand on Cuba's coastline. It is a perfect spot for snorkelling or just blissing out on the beach.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 7: Viñales/Havana

Stop at lush Las Terrazas en route to Viñales. Travel through a rich agricultural area en route to Viñales where both sugarcane and tobacco are grown. Discover Old Havana on a short walking tour with the CEO.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 8: Havana

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

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