18 to 29s Intrepid | One Week in Cuba

A fun, fast and colourful trip through Cuba takes you right to the beating heart of this fiercely independent nation. Start and finish in rocking, retro Havana then swing through Santa Clara to learn about the man behind the iconic face you've seen on t-shirts and handbags (Che Guevara). You may just find it lights a revolutionary fire in your belly. If that's the case, you can cool down in the beaches of Trinidad and smoke a fat cigar in Vinales.

Theme

This trip is for 18 to 29-year-olds

Some of our under-30 travellers prefer to get around with people their own age. If that’s you, you’re in the right place!

Over 29? We have a vast range of other great adventures to choose from for solo travellers, friends, families, food lovers, hiking enthusiasts, and more!
  • Highlights

    • Discover the man behind the t-shirt with a visit to revolutionary Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and Museum
    • Get a hands-on experience with one of the country’s most famous exports; a tobacco farmer will teach you how to roll a cigar with his prestigious harvest
    • Music’s the fuel that makes Cuba move, so fill up on the rhythm and learn to move like a local
    • There’s a world of difference between Cuban life in the city and in the country, and you’ll learn all about it with a walking tour of Havana and strolls down the rural dirt roads of Vinales, watching the tractors, vintage cars and horse drawn carriages pass by
  • What's Included

    Transport

    Private vehicle

    Accommodation

    Standard guesthouse (7 nights)

    Included Activities

    • Bay of Pigs - Visit & swim
    • Havana - Leader-led Walking Tour of Old Havana
    • Havana - Revolution Square
    • Informal Spanish lesson with leader
    • Santa Clara - Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
    • Trinidad - Leader-led Orientation Walk
    • Vinales - Leader-led Orientation Walk
    • Vinales - Rum Tasting in a Local Bar
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  • Itinerary

    Day - 1

    Location: Havana - Bienvenido a Cuba! Kick off your adventure in Cuba’s gloriously old-school capital; you'll be dodging ’50s Cadillacs as you stroll the Melancon and smile at every local you pass. A complimentary arrival transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised. Please see "Joining instructions" for more information about exiting the arrivals hall and connecting with your arrival transfer driver. Please trust that your driver will know the address of your assigned guesthouse.   There will be a welcome meeting at approximately 6 pm this evening so you can meet your fellow Intrepidites and give us all your deets. Please expect a letter from your leader in the afternoon of Day 1 to confirm the place of your meeting (if by 5pm you cannot locate this letter then please ask your guesthouse owner if one has been delivered, or ask to call our assistance line listed in the "Problems and emergency contact information" section of this document). We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. As there's a great deal to do in Havana, we recommend getting here a little early if you can to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist. If you do arrive early, maybe get fired up in the Museo de la Revolucion.

     

    Day - 2

    Location: Trinidad - First up, hit the pavement with a walking tour of old Havana. Go to the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis and Plaza Vieja. Later, you'll take a drive inland about four hours to the historic city of Santa Clara. You've seen his face on so many t-shirts and posters, but what do you really know about Che Guevara? Well it'll be a lot more after today, as Santa Clara is home to his mausoleum and museum. Stand in the shadow of his statue in Revolutionary Plaza and look through his letters, firearms and photos on display. Then, head south to touch down in Trinidad. This city is everything you imagine Cuba to be - horses trot down cobblestone streets, old men strum guitars on doorsteps and stretches of white sand are ripe for exploring.

     

    Day - 3

    Location: Trinidad - A free day means you can get busy with some optional activities, or just get your chilled beach fix, (maybe with some snorkelling at Playa Ancon too). Just be careful you don't stand on a sea urchin! You could hire a bike to discover the local area but be careful, Cuba's bicycles, like its cars, are vintage! Maybe throw yourself into the local culture with an informal Spanish or music lesson, a casual salsa class, or a folklore show at one of the town's numerous open-air venues. 

     

    Day - 4

    Location: Vinales - Get prepared for a long day of travel to Vinales. It takes seven hours to get there, but you'll make a stop along the way at Playa Giron, which you might know by its other name: Bay of Pigs. It was famously here that the CIA sponsored a failed invasion by exile forces in 1961. It’s not just the history that’s the attraction here – with crystal clear Caribbean waters, a deep underwater wall, and an outstanding variety of coral and fish, it’s a haven for snorkellers. Next, on to Vinales, one of the most scenic parts of the country, where tobacco and sugarcane fields lie side by side, locals chill in their porches, and the mojitos are made with honey. If you like your cigars, then practice blowing smoke rings from your porch seat overlooking the giant bubbles of limestone that cover the landscape.

     

    Day - 5

    Location: Vinales - Do as you please today, depending on your energy levels and interests. Want a culture fix? Maybe stroll to the main square and the 19th century Casa de la Cultura and the next door Galeria de Arte with a collection of paintings by local artists. If you're itching for something outdoorsy, perhaps make a visit to the Santo Tomas cave complex (one of the biggest in all of the Americas), or the Cueva del Indio cave walk and boat trip. In the evening, your leader will take you to a local bar for a rum tasting; as far as the rum world is concerned, Cuba is home to some of the best out there!

     

    Day - 6

    Location: Vinales - The valley feels remote, like something out of Jurassic Park, with huge mounds of rock covered in vegetation thrusting out of the earth at random spots. Take advantage of one the many optional activities to help you enjoy this picturesque location - hike though tobacco fields or up into the mountains and to Cueva de San Miguel and El Palenque de los Cimarrones. Take the free day to explore the stunning landscapes of the valley of Vinales or there's an option for a beach excursion to Cayo Jutias. In the evening we suggest you choose to dine at an ecological farm that has sweeping views of the valley.

     

    Day - 7

    Location: Havana - It's time to head back to the capital today, a relatively short journey of about two hours. On the way back you will stop by Revolution square with an option to climb the Jose Marti Tower for a panoramic view of the city. Later tonight maybe drop by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club and take the chance to toast the end of your trip with a mojito. You can also join the hundreds of locals lining up to eat a Coppelia ice-cream, and then maybe shake the night away with one last salsa lesson at Casa de la Musica.

     

    Day - 8

    Location: Havana - Your Cuban adventure ends today, say Hasta luego to your leader and fellow travellers. If you have time, maybe take your last opportunity to buy cigars from the Havana Cigar Factory.

     

    One Week in Cuba
*Terms and Conditions
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