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Cuba Libre & Sailing

Roaming over its green hills or sailing along its tiny, white-sanded islands, you’ll wonder what took you so long to see "the other Cuba." This unique combo adventure on land and water will take you places most people don’t know even exist. Meander through the lush, laid back communities of Cuba’s "Garden Province" and dive into local culture for a night at a unique homestay. Sail aboard a catamaran to tour (and lay on) the secluded beaches of the thinly populated Canarreos Archipelago islands. Experience life in the sun you’ve always hoped was real.

Latin America
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CCVA/224616
  • Starts: Havana, Cuba
  • Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will Visit
  • Havana
  • Soroa
  • Viñales
  • Cienfuegos
  • Canarreos Archipelago

Itinerary

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Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.

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Day 2: Havana/Soroa

Set off in the morning to explore the street art around Callejon de Hammel and Jaimanitas in Havana. Travel to the Unesco Biosphere Reserve of Las Terrazas to take in the beautiful area before continuing onto Soroa for the night.
Travel into the Pinar del Rio province to the small town of Viñales, beautifully located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills.

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Day 3: Soroa/Viñales

Travel to Viñales, stopping en route to visit one of the most successful tobacco farms in Cuba. Get familiar with surrounds on an orientation walk, then spend time exploring the beautiful valley.
Travel into the Pinar del Rio province to the small town of Viñales, beautifully located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills.

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Day 4: Viñales

Enjoy a free day in the area. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.

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Day 5: Viñales/Havana

Travel back to Havana, and walk through Old Havana with the CEO. Enjoy a final night in the city with the group.

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Day 6: Havana/Cienfuegos

Enjoy free time in Havana before heading to Cienfuegos in the afternoon to spend the first night aboard the catamaran.
Today, meet new members of the group at a 3pm meeting. Please ensure to attend this meeting as the group will depart for Cienfuegos immediately after.

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Day 7: Cienfuegos/Canarreos Archipelago

Wake to breakfast and new surroundings on the way to the Canarreos Archipelago.

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Day 8: Canarreos Archipelago

Travel through the islands of the Canarreos Archipelago and spend the next five days soaking in everything these island communities have to offer. Discover paradise among the rustic, sparsely populated islands, go snorkelling, explore secluded beaches or simply relax on deck.
Today we begin to explore some of the the Caribbeans most beautiful islands.

Composed of approximately 350 islets, the islands are known to be more rustic and quiet than many of the other popular Cuban travel destinations.

Relax and enjoy the warm Caribbean air, or take the opportunity to fish. The cook will happily prepare any fish that are caught.

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Day 9: Canarreos Archipelago

Explore the remote and beautiful islands of the Canarreos Archipelago. Snorkel the crystal-clear waters in search of colourful fish, relax on the beach, and dine on some of the best seafood you'll ever have.

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Day 10: Canarreos Archipelago

Explore the remote and beautiful islands of the Canarreos Archipelago. Snorkel the crystal-clear waters in search of colourful fish, relax on the beach, and dine on some of the best seafood you'll ever have.

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Day 11: Canarreos Archipelago

Explore the remote and beautiful islands of the Canarreos Archipelago. Snorkel the crystal-clear waters in search of colourful fish, relax on the beach, and dine on some of the best seafood you'll ever have.

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Day 12: Canarreos Archipelago/Cienfuegos

Wake up and admire the view from the lighthouse in Cayo Guano. Enjoy one last snorkel before sailing back from the Canarreos Archipelago to the town of Cienfuegos. Enjoy some final time on deck, and keep an eye out for fish and other marine life along the way.
After arriving back in Cienfuegos, the CEO will be happy to show the group town by foot. Relax at the end of the evening while taking in the local sites of this rustic town.

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Day 13: Cienfuegos/Havana

Depart Cienfuegos after breakfast and arrive back into Havana around midday when the trip will end. After being dropped off at the hotel your CEO will be able to help with onward travel arrangements.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Havana street art walk
    • Las Terrazas biosphere reserve visit
    • Tobacco farm visit (Pinar del Rio)
    • Viñales orientation walk
    • Walk through Old Havana with the CEO
    • Revolution Square visit (Havana)
    • Free time in Viñales
    • Informal Spanish lesson Sailing aboard a catamaran through the islands of Canarreos Archipelago in southern Cuba (6 nts)
    • Snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing equipment
    • Bath and beach towels aboard the boat
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (5 nts), twin/double bed cabins with shared bathrooms (7 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, 24m (82 ft) sailing catamaran
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO). Local guides. Skipper and assistant/cook while sailing
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Tour Highlights:
  • Relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches
  • Experience Cuban hospitality during a homestay
  • Visit a factory that produces world-famous Cuban cigars
  • Sail on a catamaran through the beautiful turquoise waters of the Canarreos Archipelago
  • Stop to snorkel or share a drink with friendly locals
  • Enjoy the slow pace of life in the islands.