HAVANA, VIÑALES & THE BEACH, 5 DAYS IN CUBA

5-days exploring culture rich Cuba!

From $1195

5 Days

Trip Overview

Updated July 9th, 2019: Yes! You can still travel to Cuba under the Support for the Cuban People travel category! Our itinerary is still valid and has not been affected by any of the recent travel changes.

Welcome to Cuba! A land rich with history, culture and delicious local flavor. On this Sourced Adventures exclusive tour, we’ll be based in the famed city of Havana for 4 nights and will show you the best that this magical island has to offer. We work exclusively with private partners for our tours and accommodation, unaffiliated with the Cuban government, so you can rest assured you’re supporting small business in the local economy.

During the course of this carefully crafted trip, you’ll spend your days exploring Cuba and will be accompanied the entire time by a trusted, local guide. This trip is perfect if you want to get off the beaten path in Cuba but do so with the security and peace of mind that comes with having all the details taken care of on this guided tour.

What’s included:

  • 5-day & 4 nights accommodation in a ‘Casa Particular’ (Local Bed & Breakfast) in Havana
  • 5 tropical breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 Dinners (excluding dinner on night 4)
  • 6 Mojitos
  • Airport transfers in classic cars with air conditioning
  • Old Havana City Tour in a classic car
  • Fully guided experience in English with professional local guides
  • 30-minute massage by professional masseuse
  • Salsa Dancing Class
  • Horseback Riding in the fields of Vinales
  • Canoe ride through rivers and cave of Vinales
  • Tobacco Production Tour & Experience
  • Table in Cabaret Buena Vista Social Club with Dinner & Drinks
  • Mojito Lessons by a local expert
  • Only $250 deposit required to secure your spot

Group Size 2-12
Meals 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport Air-conditioned classic car transfers
Accomodations Casa Particular (4 nights)
Included Activities Classic car airport transfers, Mojito tour and tasting, Table in Cabaret Buena Vista Social Club with dinner & drinks, Old Havana city tour in a classic car, Visit to local market, Visit to El Morro Castle, 30-minute massage by a professional masseuse, Horseback riding in the fields of Viñales, Canoeing through rivers and cave of Viñales, Tobacco Production Tour & Experience, Mojito lessons by a local expert, Free day at the beach, Salsa dancing class

Is this adventure right for you?

Activity Level
2/5
Age Requirements 18+
Travel Style Adventure & Culture

Before booking any trip, you should always make sure it’s right for you. We carefully planned our Cuba adventure to showcase all the country’s colorful landscapes, amazing history, and rich culture. Accompanied by an expert local guide and iconic retro car, you’ll explore cobbled city streets, enjoy fresh fruit at outdoor markets, and relax on a beautiful Cuban beach.

This makes it an ideal adventure for travelers looking for beach days and history tours alike, as you can take in the famous past of this small island nation amid stretching sea views. The group setting only plays on the highlights of this tour. When you are surrounded by new friends, there’s no part of this incredible country you won’t enjoy. You’ll make countless memories in this short time, but your evenings are guaranteed to be remembered for the traditional music and delicious rum, and your days for the endless sun and unbeatable sights.

Itinerary

Day 1 Havana Arrival

Location: Havana

Meals included: Dinner

Accommodation: Local bed and breakfast (Casa Particular)

Welcome to Cuba! As soon as you arrive at the airport, our local guide will transport you to the Mojito Center in Havana, where you’ll kickstart your trip with a tasting and information session about the classic Cuban drink. From here, you’ll head to a local family run bed and breakfast to check into your room. Take a moment to relax before going on a Cuban night out at the Buena Vista Social Club for a cabernet show. Dine on a tasty evening meal and revel in the music, and spend the rest of the night exploring the local area.

Included Activities:

  • Mojito tour and tasting
  • Table in Cabaret Buena Vista Social Club with dinner & drinks
Day 2 Havana

Location: Havana

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Local bed and breakfast (Casa Particular)

Wake up early and refuel for the day with a home-cooked breakfast. When you’re ready to leave, you’ll be met by your guide, who will take you on a tour of Havana in a classic Cuban car. Along the way, you’ll sample some fresh market delicacies, meet the friendly locals, and marvel at the swirling historical architecture of the buildings. Then you’ll visit the lush, green scenery of the Havana Forest followed by a lunchtime break with an authentic meal and cool mojito. Finish the day with a scenic trip to the El Morro Castle (built in 1589), and soothe your tired muscles with an in-room massage. Feeling lighter, you’ll meet the rest of the group for a delicious dinner and have the night free to do as you please (ask us for recommendations!).

Included Activities:

  • Old Havana city tour in a classic car
  • Visit to local market
  • Visit to El Morro Castle
  • 30-minute massage by a professional masseuse
Day 3 Viñales and Countryside

Location: Viñales & Havana

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation: Local bed and breakfast (Casa Particular)

Today, you’ll venture out of the city to the sprawling Viñales tobacco region. When you arrive, you’ll enjoy an active morning of guided horseback riding and canoeing, before stopping for a traditional Creole lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll learn all about the iconic Cuban cigar, and the vivid history of the surrounding Viñales countryside. You’ll even get a quick lesson in cigar rolling. With a head full of new knowledge, you’ll head back to Havana, where a local mojito class will teach you how to make a mojito that will make you the star of any party. After that, catch up with your group for another free night out on the town.

Included Activities:

  • Horseback riding in the fields of Viñales
  • Canoeing through rivers and cave of Viñales
  • Tobacco Production Tour & Experience
  • Mojito lessons by a local expert
Day 4 Santa Maria Beach

Location: Havana & Santa Maria Beaches

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Local bed and breakfast (Casa Particular)

Once you’ve filled up on breakfast, it’s time to head to the beach. Cram your morning with exciting activities like surfing, or use this time to unwind on the hot sands and take in the sea views. Enjoy a fresh, seafood lunch on the beach, which is prepared by a renowned local restaurant and enjoy the late afternoon sun by going on a beach walk. As the day melts into night, have a reflective farewell meal with your group, and sway to the music during a salsa dancing class.

Included Activities:

  • Free day at the beach
  • Salsa dancing class
Day 5 Havana & Departure

Location: Havana

Meals included: Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, relish your last classic car transfer to the airport, and wave goodbye to your trusty local guide.

Included Activities:

  • Classic car ride to the airport

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Start Location HAVANA
End Location HAVANA

FAQs

Is it legal for Americans to Travel to Cuba under the Trump Administration?

Short answer – yes!

Since the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) went into effect on January 16th, 2015 there are 12 “authorized categories” under-which Americans may travel to Cuba.  These categories took the place of the previous law which had mandated a specific license. As of June 5th, 2019 the only category that has been eliminated is the “People to People” category which mainly affected cruise ships and commercial tour operators. There are still 11 categories remaining, including our trip, which falls under “Support for the Cuban People”

This trip falls under the “Support for the Cuban People Travel”. Our trip covers the following requirements:

-Our guests enjoy a full time schedule of activities that result with meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba
-Our guests stay in a private Cuban residences and not in large, government owned hotels
-Our guests eat at private restaurants
-Sourced Adventures has partnered with the most trusted, self-employed small business owners in Cuba to help execute our carefully crafted itinerary

Questions or concerns? Just reach out.

Are flights included?

Flights are not included for this trip. We are not including flights to give you more freedom on how you get to the trip in case you want to travel somewhere different before or after. All you need to do is get there and we take care of everything else!

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance is not provided by Sourced Adventures and you will not be covered for trip interruption or medical expenses without travel insurance. We recommend World Nomads, however, you may use whichever provider you choose.

How many people will be on this trip?

All departures are guaranteed to run as long as we meet the minimum requirement of two people to run the trip. That means even if you are only a group of two the trip will run just for you. The group size can range from 2-12 people.

What time do I need to book my flights for?

You will need to book flights that arrive before midday (noon) on day 1. On the final day, please book flights that depart after midday.

What is not included in the ticket price?

-Flights
-Visa ($50-$100 and bought through airline)
-Travel Insurance (Required)
-Some meals not in the itinerary

Do I need a Visa/Tourist Card?

Yes, you do! The Tourist Card is your responsibility to purchase through the airline that you book your tickets through. The Visa typically costs between $50-100 however you will need to reach out directly to the airline. The airlines make this a very easy process to complete.

Tourist Cards are required for US passport holders to enter Cuba.

You can find more information through this link here (https://www.howtotraveltocuba.com/cuban-tourist-card-and-visas/).

Does Cuba accept American credit cards or debit cards?

No! You will need to withdraw any cash you plan to spend for the whole trip in the USA and exchange it once you arrive in Cuba. You will be able to exchange your cash to convertible pesos at the airport. Some people recommend changing US dollars to Canadian Dollars or Euros in the airport in America then changing those to Cuban Pesos to make the exchange rate more favorable.

Where will we meet our tour guide?

If the whole group is arriving on same flight on day one the leader will meet them at airport. If not, the leader will meet the group at your casa particular, so it depends on the group arrival time. We will let you know where to meet before your departure.

Will we have the same tour guide for the full trip?

Yes and our guides are awesome!

Can allergies be accommodated?

We will need to know if you have any dietary requirements before the trip. We will make sure to communicate to our leaders and suppliers about any allergies or restrictions, but some things might be difficult to accommodate in certain areas. Please let us know ASAP once you book.

What should I pack?

General items you’d pack for any trip to the Caribbean: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, snacks, backpack, chargers, clothes for hot climate, light jacket, good walking shoes, sandals, bathing suit, toiletries, etc.

What are the main languages spoken in Cuba?

Spanish! This is the national language and the one spoken predominantly. But most people speak at least some English as well. Our guides speak excellent English!

What about Wifi and Cell service?

Yes, but you have to purchase pre-paid wifi cards. The give you timed allotments for wifi service and only in certain areas.

There is no cell service for Americans.

Question? Reach out to us.

Should I bring a wall plug converter?

Yes. Some Cuban wall plugs are American but some are different. So it’s recommended to bring a universal converter.

Is it safe to drink the water?

You should only drink either filtered water or bottled water. Don’t drink water straight from a faucet or brush your teeth with it and you’ll be fine!

Is it safe?

Cuba is a very safe country for tourists. The Cuban people are very kind and respectful to tourists and they usually just want to hear about America and your story!

How does it work for solo travelers?

Our trips are great for solo travelers as well!

For solo travelers or for your own private room the single supplement charge is $195.

Guarantee

We’re committed to providing you with the best value and best customer service possible, this is the Sourced Adventures promise. We have a trained and capable Group Leader on every trip who not only ensures you get everything you came for, but that you have the best time possible. We go above and beyond and our staff does the same. If you have a bad experience, or if something prevents you from enjoying the activity the way it was supposed to be enjoyed pleased let us know and we’ll do what we can to make it right. We want you to have an awesome time, period — it’s what we do.

Sourced Adventures

Trip deposits are non-refundable outside of 24 hours after purchase but can be used towards as credit another international trip deposit within one year of purchase. If paying a deposit, final payment will be due in full either 65 days after booking or 65 before trip (whichever comes first). Final trip payment is non-refundable. Travel Insurance is very strongly recommended for this trip. Trip is only confirmed when the group minimum of 2 passengers has been met. Sourced Adventures is not responsible for any ancillary trip expenses before or after the trip is confirmed. Event subject to change/cancellation based on weather conditions; dependent on weather season. Each ticket is good for one (1) person. The trip is valid only for tickets on the date(s) of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates. Provided transportation by Sourced Adventures is required; you may not drive yourself. If you are a single traveler, there is a single supplement fee. Single supplement fee varies by trip, check trip details for exact amounts. This charge will be added to your booking if you are a single traveler and do not select the supplement. Hotel accommodation subject to change based on availability and season. In order to attend any Sourced Adventures trip whether your ticket is purchased directly through Sourced Adventures, Inc. or any of its affiliates, distributors or partners you are required to sign and submit a copy of our release of liability waiver before departure. By attending you must agree to our release of liability terms outlined in our waiver. The waiver is available to view and sign here: https://www.sourcedadventures.com/sign/