This 10-day Support for the Cuban People gay tour is legal for Americans and 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 LGBT 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 Important Information Page to learn more about legally travelling to Cuba.
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, it’s back to Havana, with a stop in Jaimanitas. This town was made famous by artist Jose Fuster. His home – Fusterlandia – is definitely a highlight, a living art project entirely covered in eclectic mosaics. 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. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Hemingway House and learn about the novelist’s life, including his trans daughter. 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.
The tour covered many things we would never have seen on our own. It was very easy. Wilmar was great.
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.
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.
The longer I stayed in Cuba, the more I liked it. Well organized tour, comfortable, great guide.
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All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.
Homestay: Expect a private, comfortable room, typically with a private bathroom. Although amenities range widely, none of our homestays have a pool. Customer service is usually friendly – like being with family, and makes up for the lack of other services.Learn More
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