Vintage Cuba Trip Notes

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At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : GSCF
Trip length : 9
Trip starts in : Havana
Trip ends in : Havana
Maximum group size : maximum 15

highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Havana
  • Ernesto Che Guevara Monument in Santa Clara
  • The tobacco fields of Viñales Valley

Mojito’s are delicious. And available in abundance in Cuba. Yesssss. Start and finish in Havana, swing through Santa Clara (aka Che Guevara town), Trinidad (aka beach, markets, fun time town), and Vinales (aka tobacco town). How to make a mojito: crush mint leaves, caster sugar and lime in a glass; fill with ice; pour white rum over the top and add soda. Alternatively, come here and ask a local to make it for you.

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Day
1

Havana

Random facts about Cuba: one in four cars on the road is a Russian Lada, there are no poisonous snakes, sex-change operations are legal and free. Practical stuff: there are two types of currency here. You'll use convertibles (CUC) and the locals use pesos (CUP).Get acquainted with HavanaPre-departure meeting in the evening

Day
2

Santa Clara

If only you could find a t-shirt, poster, keyring, book, scarf or pet rock with Che Guevara's face on it.Head inland to the historic city of Santa ClaraVisit the Revolutionary Plaza and the Che Guevara Monument

Day
3-4

Trinidad

Apparently the locals thought white buildings would be too harsh in the heat of the day, so they're painted blue, yellow and terracotta. This is the place to buy a canchanchara - lemon juice, honey and Santero Cuban rum served in a glazed ceramic pot.Set off on your own exploration of Trinidad - quintessential CubaPerhaps climb the bell tower of the central Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos (a former convent) for great views over the old rooftops and surrounding hillsWhy not visit some of the great local marketsGet your beach beach fix - it's a short ride in a 'coco taxi'Please note that there is a shortage of reliable accommodation in Trinidad and many of the hotels experience constant water and electrical shortagesFrom time to time it is necessary for us to stay just out of town

Day
5-7

Vinales

Vinales is known for cheeky porches, tobacco plants and mojitos made with honey. Practice blowing smoke rings from your balcony seat overlooking the giant bubbles of limestone that cover the landscape.Visit Vinales, situated in one of the most scenic parts of CubaPerhaps take in the town's cultural centre and museumWhy not set off on some of the hikes in the area

Day
8-9

Havana

Adios amigos. Toast the end of your trip with a mojito and one last salsa lesson at Casa de la Musica.In your free time, why not stroll along the malecon (ocean-side walkway) and watch the traditional and modern sides of this enigmatic city unfold before youAt the end of a long day, enjoy a relaxing evening at any of the many bars and clubs while listening to the island's rhythmsIt's time for a final night of salsa, hit the streets and celebrate a fantastic adventureExtra accommodation in Havana is available at the finishing point homestay for this tripThere are no activities planned for Day 9 and you are able to depart at any time

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While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

trip-grade

RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

  • Expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour, and professional local guides at some sites.- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Old Havana; UNESCO World Heritage-listed Trinidad; Santa Clara including the Che Guevara Monument; and the sugar cane fields and tobacco plantations of Vinales.
  • Free time to explore Havana, Trinidad and Vinales.

not-included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

meals

1 breakfast

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Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

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