$3195.00

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UPCOMING: Nov. 24, 2017

Cultural Cuba

A People to People Tour of Havana & Cuba Highlights

DESCRIPTION

This 10-day Cuban adventure is all about spectacular scenery, with lots of colourful history thrown in. Even better, the island’s friendly locals make it a fantastic place for gay travellers to discover. Wander through Havana's glittering colonial architecture, breathe in the immaculate air of Vinales. Throw in a few vintage cars, some fragrant cigars, a splash of salsa, and it all adds up to a sunny escape that’s muy caliente. To our American friends, please review the Cuba Info section of our Trip Notes on your right to learn more about legal travel to Cuba.

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights
Starts In: Havana
Ends In: Havana
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: Local Homestays
Physical Rating: 2/5
Itinerary Disclaimer: Please see trip notes for Alternate December Itinerary
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Nov. 24, 2017 to Dec. 3, 2017 - 3195.00 USD
Jan. 19, 2018 to Jan. 28, 2018 - 3195.00 USD CLOSED
Feb. 2, 2018 to Feb. 11, 2018 - 3195.00 USD CLOSED
Feb. 16, 2018 to Feb. 25, 2018 - 3195.00 USD
March 16, 2018 to March 25, 2018 - 3195.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Explore the charm of Old Havana
• Go back in time on a walking tour in Havana
• Enjoy the vibrant gay nightlife in Havana
• Get a sense of the struggles of LGBT people in Cuba by meeting with local activists
• Learn to salsa in Trinidad
• Dine under the stars in an Viñales at a stunning organic farm
• Be a guest at local homestays, a distinctly Cuban experience
• Learn about Afro-Cuban Folklore in Trinidad
• Visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
• Learn to cook up a fantastic meal

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ITINERARY:

Hola! Welcome to Cuba. Our adventure begins around 6PM with a group meeting. After getting familiar with your fellow travellers – and fabulous guide – we’ll venture out for an included Welcome Dinner with a few included welcome cocktails, followed by optional drinks at one of Havana’s gay bars.

After breakfast and a trip discussion, we’ll hit the road for a rambling ride (approximately 7 hours) to the Spanish Colonial settlement of Trinidad. En route, we’ll stop in Santa Clara and visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum & Museum for an interesting perspective on his life. Once in Trinidad, we’ll check in to our homestays, then grab an included dinner.

The beautiful colonial city of Trinidad is home to numerous churches and many beautiful colonial buildings. We begin with a cultural tour of Trinidad where we will visit various museums including the Afro Cuban temple to Yemaya. In the afternoon we'll head to a private dance company's very "local" headquarters to learn about the cultural and social importance that dancing has to Cuba. We’ll be welcomed into the venue where they train before taking on a Cuban salsa class (no experience necessary). Another fabulous dinner is included this evening.

Today we move on to Cienfuegos on the Caribbean coast. Founded by the French, then heavily developed by Americans, “the Pearl of the South” will impress you with its elegance, architecture and style. After we explore the city, we’ll visit a local art cooperative to chat with artists before savouring sunset from the stunning Palacio del Valle. We'll round off our day with another local dinner.

This morning we hit the road for another long drive to Viñales (approximately 8 hours). This includes a stop at the Bay of Pigs, where CIA-sponsored Brigade 2506 failed to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government in 1961. We'll have a quick visit to the museum, which provides a uniquely-Cuban perspective on the events of 1961. Once in Viñales, we'll learn to cook Cuban-style with a cooking lesson from a local chef. Fun to cook, but even better to eat!

Today we spend the morning learning the tradition of Cuban cigars from a farmer and expert cigar maker. Get an insight as to how the communist system works, how much tobacco they will keep, how much produce they give back to the government, and how they make ends meet! You will learn about the process from tobacco planting to rolling the final cigar. Then, we’ll enjoy dinner in the countryside at a stunningly beautiful organic farm, followed by drinks at a nearby outdoor bar.

After checking out of our homestays, we’ll travel back to Havana, with a stop at the Hemingway House where we'll learn about the unique family history of Ernest from a fantastic local guide. Tonight, we'll have an optional dinner and drinks.

Today we’ll enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana, where you’ll learn about the most significant buildings (many of which have been restored to their original glory). We’ll stop at a new art/clothing store run by a local artist, and have an optional lunch. Then, you'll have free time to explore the city before we meet for an included dinner this evening, followed by drinks at a local gay bar, with drinks included.

This morning we'll enjoy an Afro Cuban tour in the city, followed by a walk through the famous graffiti-ridden Hamel Alley with a specialist that will explain the art. We'll then head to a local gay-run community theatre where we'll chat with the Director, along with local activists who fight for LGBT rights and equality in Cuba. For our final evening, we'll enjoy an included feast at one of the best restaurants in town, and head out for optional drinks.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure.

• Arrival/Departure transfers to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 9 breakfasts, 8 dinners
• Local accommodation in Casa Particlares (9 nights)
• Gratuities for all specialized guides and activities
• Walking tours (Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos)
• Che Guevara Mausoleum & Museum (Santa Clara)
• Introductory Salsa Lesson (Trinidad)
• Entrance to Bay of Pigs Museum

• Entry to Palacio del Valle (Cienfuegos)
• Visit to local art cooperative (Cienfuegos)
• Tobacco Farm visit (Viñales)
• Dinner on a local family farm (Viñales) 
• Cooking class (Viñales) 
• Hemingway house visit with private guide (Havana)
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary

• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($50-$100 USD/CUC)
• Departure tax (25 CUC) if applicable

RATING:

Guy G.

Cultural Cuba

I've been telling all my friends about this trip! It was a wonderful experience. The tour guide was outstanding, and the food, accommodations, and sights were beyond criticism. We were also lucky that the combination of people on our trip was great; we all bonded right away, and there were no personality conflicts.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Aaron B.

Cultural Cuba

We had an amazing time - made even better by a guide who spoke the language and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Steven D.

Cultural Cuba

Already have mentioned this trip to friends. A few are interested and will contact this adventure group. Leader totally informative about the adventure. Any question was not a problem, if Wilmar felt unsure he followed up the following day with clarification; sometimes after calling a colleague. Money seems to be spent wisely. People to people was evident in the curriculum presented and the challenging tasks that this adventure had to operate with. I mean, death of a president of a communist country certainly asked the leaders of this group to be creative. And, they were. Thanks guys!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Jeffrey H.

Cultural Cuba

Amazing - adventure travel accommodations - excellent itinerary and guide

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Charles I.

Cultural Cuba

Well-planned, interesting, friendly, fun!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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William P.

Cultural Cuba

It was well-organized. The tour leader was very congenial, knowledgeable and willing to answer questions throughout. The group was very congenial as well. No drama.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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John D.

Cultural Cuba

The longer I stayed in Cuba, the more I liked it. Well organized tour, comfortable, great guide.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Tony D.

Cultural Cuba

Well organized; excellent tour guide; trip was a good mix of staying busy and seeing/doing a lot, but not overwhelming; great group of people and many were repeat Out Adventures clients, so hopefully other trips would be good groups as well.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Jim B.

Cultural Cuba

A very good experience and well worth the fee.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Jeff P.

Cultural Cuba

Go! Now! We felt so much safer in Cuba than we ever imagined. For some reason, many people are concerned with travel to Cuba. False fears! The people are kind, welcoming, and genuinely love Americans. Although it is a poor country, they have so much to offer in terms of cultural, historical, and natural beauty. The country is so much bigger than we ever imagined. It doesn't feel like an island - it feels more like a large Spanish Colonial country in South America.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Oliver V.

Cultural Cuba

Fantastic trip. Exceeded my expectations. Great tour leader and a wonderful driver. I really felt I was shown the best Cuba had to offer.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Jason G.

Cultural Cuba

The tour covered many things we would never have seen on our own. It was very easy. Wilmar was great.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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