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.
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.
Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana
Cigar factory tour (Pinar del Rio)
Cabo San Antonio excursion including Roncalí Lighthouse
Beach time (María La Gorda)
Las Terrazas visit
Havana orientation walk
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
Meals 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Transportation Private van, 24m (82 ft) sailing catamaran.
Accommodations Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (7 nts), twin/double bed cabins with shared bathrooms (7 nts).
Staff & experts Chief Experience Officer (CEO). Local guides. Skipper and assistant/cook while sailing.
Travel Style: Classic All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
Service Level: Standard Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
Cuba, Itinerary 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.
Day 2 Havana/Viñales (1B)
Travel to Viñales. Get familiar with surrounds on an orientation walk, then spend time exploring the beautiful valley.
Day 3 Viñales (1B)
Enjoy a free day in the area. Opt to go caving, hiking, biking, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley.
Day 4 Viñales/María la Gorda (1B)
Travel to María la Gorda, a UNESCO beach town, visiting a cigar factory en route. Opt to go on a sunset boat ride, go snorkelling, or relax on the beach.
Day 5 María la Gorda (1B)
Enjoy an excursion to Cabo San Antonio with a stop at the Roncalí lighthouse.
Day 6 María la Gorda/Las Terrazas (1B)
Travel to Las Terrazas and enjoy the stunning scenery in this UNESCO biosphere reserve known for its flora and fauna.
Day 7 Las Terrazas/Havana (1B)
Travel back to Havana, and walk through Old Havana wth the CEO. Enjoy a final night in the city with the group.
Day 8 Havana/Cienfuegos (1D)
Enjoy free time in Havana before heading to Cienfuegos in the afternoon to spend the first night aboard the catamaran.
Day 9 Cienfuegos/Canarreos Archipelago (1B, 1L, 1D)
Wake to breakfast and new surroundings on the way to the Canarreos Archipelago.
Day 10 Canarreos Archipelago (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Days 11-13 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.
Day 14 Canarreos Archipelago/Cienfuegos (1B, 1D)
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.
Day 15 Cienfuegos/Havana (1B)
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.