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The Best of Western Cuba CN

Visiting: Cuba
Trip Duration 8 Days
 

Explore Cuba's West Coast including Trinidad and Santa Clara

On this exciting introduction to Cuba, we explore the captivating capital of Havana and wander through the twisting alleyways of colonial Trinidad. Throughout the tour, we will be staying in Casas Particulares, a local term for homestay, which gives us a unique opportunity to experience local hospitality. Often full of history, family photos and memorabila, these casas give us a deeper insight into Cuban life. Along the way, we absorb the country's lively culture by learning salsa dancing and how to make Cuban cocktails. We also discover Cuba's spectacular natural beauty, taking in its pristine beaches, unspoilt forests and the dramatic landscape of Vinales. Learning about Cuba's fascinating history, we visit Che Guevara's Mausoleum and the infamous Bay of Pigs. To fully enjoy the Cuban experience you should travel with a willingness to expect the unexpected and, above all, an adventurous spirit. In our opinion go now and experience this unique destination before it changes.

Tour Highlights

  • Havana - Experience the faded colonial splendour and vibrancy of Cuba's capital
  • Casas Particulares - Stay in locally-owned and run private homestays throughout your trip
  • Vinales Valley - Admire steep limestone 'mogotes' rising from the valley floor
  • Trinidad - Enjoy the laidback atmosphere of this colonial town. Dance at the Casa de la Musica or sip a rum cocktail under the stars
  • Beaches - Relax on white-sand beaches around Trinidad, or take a boat trip to pretty Cayo Blanco
  • Che Guevara's Mausoleum - Visit the memorial to Cuba's national hero

Itinerary

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    Join tour in Havana

  • 2
    Tour of Havana's highlights, free afternoon

  • 3
    Full day trip to the picturesque Vinales countryside

  • 4
    Drive to Trinidad via the Bay of Pigs Museum

  • 5
    In Trinidad; tour of this pretty colonial town

  • 6
    Free day; optional trip to Topes or boat trip to Cayo Las Iguanas

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    Return to Havana via Santa Clara

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    Tour ends Havana

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The Best of Western Cuba
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Why Book this trip
This short tour covers most of Western Cuba's highlights and is designed for those who want to discover one of the most unique countries in the world. You will stay in locally-owned and run private homestays throughout. Staying with local families and experiencing the Cuban way of life will be a highlight of the tour. This tour also includes a salsa dancing class and a lesson on how to make Cuba's famous cocktails.
Included meals 7 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus
Accommodation
7 nights Simple Casas Particulares
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18