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School Group Trips to Cuba – Culture and Adventure

Cuba is an ideal country for school group trips as it is safe, relatively small and very welcoming to young people.  Our school group Culture and Adventure tours have been running since 1998 and are fully endorsed by the Cuban Ministry of Culture.

All our tours are tailormade, and can include culture and adventure in many forms, from dance and music workshops to community project involvement; from volunteer work in a national park to hiking and camping in rural areas; visiting coffee and tobacco plantations and meeting local people to learn about what  makes this fascinating country so special. You decide, we organise!

Accommodation in carefully selected homestays or in local hotels with all meals are included from start to finish, and our experienced bilingual Cuban tour leader will ensure that your tour runs smoothly and safely.

  • Duration:  12 days
  • Start dates:  All year round
  • Cost:  on request

“I loved Havana. Having read so much about Cuba it was great to be there and see the things for myself. I especially loved El Malecon and when I go back (which I will!) I would love to take the time to walk along it and see all the sights along there”

RL, Borders Exploration Group, Summer 2012

This school group trip to Cuba is based on a 14 day itinerary including cultural workshops, volunteer work with local communities, camping and trekking in the Pico Turquino national park and some well deserved recreational beach time towards the end of the tour.  We carefully design all itineraries in close consultation with group leaders to ensure that the trip meets all of their requirements, and can organise shorter or longer tours on request.

Accommodation is provided in local hotels, approved homestays or in national park refuges and campsites. All meals are included and plenty of water too.

Our specialist local guides and bilingual tour leaders accompany the group throughout the tour to make sure that the trip runs smoothly and safely and all transport providers are licenced and Cuban state approved.

  • Day 1

    HAVANA
    Arrive Havana airport. Private coach transfer with guide to your hotel. Shared rooms, half board (breakfast & dinner) x 1 night.

  • Day 2

    HAVANA – SANTIAGO DE CUBA
    Morning visit to the Murealando community project, including percussion or dance class with local teenagers. Lunch. Afternoon walking tour of Old Havana. Dinner and depart for overnight coach journey to Santiago de Cuba (approx. 12 hours).

  • Day 3

    SANTIAGO DE CUBA
    Arrive Santiago and check into accommodation. Shared rooms, half board x 3 nights
    Short city tour to visit the main sites associated with the Cuban Revolution and to learn about Cuba today
    Lunch in local restaurant
    Afternoon dance/percussion lessons followed by Afro-Cuban performance
    Return to accommodation for dinner.

  • Day 4

    SANTIAGO DE CUBA
    Full day of volunteer work with local community group. Lunch included. Dinner and party with local community group in the evening.

  • Day 5

    SANTIAGO DE CUBA – PICO TURQUINO NATIONAL PARK
    Coach transfer to Santo Domingo with stop for lunch in Bayamo and short walking tour of the city. Overnight in 3* hotel or group camping. Dinner on arrival and presentation on the national park.

  • Day 6

    LA COMANDANCIA / LA PLATICA
    Depart in jeeps/trucks to the trail head then hike to La Comandancia with specialist national park guides. Picnic lunch. Hike to La Platica to stay in the local refuge and/or camping x 1 night. All meals provided.

  • Day 7

    TURQUINO NATIONAL PARK – BAYAMO
    Morning guided hiking in the park with picnic lunch included. Transfer from Santo Domingo to Bayamo, hotel accommodation, shared rooms, dinner & breakfast x 1 night.

  • Day 8

    BAYAMO TO TRINIDAD
    Private coach transfer from Bayamo to Trinidad, with stop for lunch en route. Check into 3* hotel– shared rooms, half board (breakfast & dinner) x 3 nights

  • Day 9

    TRINIDAD HIKING
    Guided hiking in Topes de Collantes national park, with lunch included. Dinner at hotel.

  • Day 10

    SUGAR MILL VALLEY – PLAYA ANCON
    Half day guided visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Sugar Mill Valley to learn about the production of sugar in Cuba and climb up the former slave tower Torre Iznaga.  Lunch and free afternoon to relax at Playa Ancon, the local beach.  Return to hotel for dinner.

  • Day 11

    TRINIDAD TO SANTA CLARA

    Group transfer to Santa Clara in the morning to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and Tren Blindado, followed by lunch and walk around the town centre with local guide.  Afternoon cultural activity with local community group. Check into 3* hotel and dinner

  • Day 12

    SANTA CLARA – LAS TERRAZAS
    Transfer to Las Terrazas in the El Rosario Biosphere reserve via organic farm Finca Buena Vista. Guided walk around the finca to learn about eco-farming practice in Cuba, lunch. Continue to Las Terrazas and check into 3* hotel, shared rooms, half board x 2 nights.

  • Day 13

    VINALES
    Full day trip to Vinales in the heart of the tobacco growing area.  Guided hiking around the fields, visit a local tobacco farm and hike to the impressive limestone mogote cliffs. Lunch included.  Return to Las Terrazas for free afternoon to do the zip ride over the tree tops, swim in the rock pools of the San Juan river or hire a boat to row on the lake. Dinner at hotel.

     

    Visit to Arts and Crafts market in Old Havana, guided visit of Revolution museum and Modern Art Gallery in Old Havana or other activities.
    Lunch in local restaurants.
    Dinner at hotel each evening.

  • Day 14

    LAS TERRAZAS – HAVANA
    Free time in morning before transfer to Havana airport for return flight home.

Included

  • Accommodation:  13 nights as in sample itinerary
  • Meals:  All meals with 1 soft drink per person for lunch/dinner
  • Activities and excursions as in sample itinerary
  • Entry fees:  All entries for visits, excursions and national parks
  • Guides:  Bilingual Cuban tour leader throughout the trip and specialist guides in national park areas
  • Private coach with air-conditioning, reclining seats and seatbelts
  • Tips for drivers, guides, teachers
  • Information packs

 

Not included (but can be included on request)

  • International flights
  • Cuban tourist card  (the required visa)

This tour is available all year round so please let us know what your ideal dates are for travelling so that we can design an itinerary to suit your plans.

Price depends on group size, duration of trip, type of accommodation and itinerary. Ask us for a proposal!

“I loved La Comandancia because of my interest in Cuban history.  It really brought it to life for me.  The guides were great, very knowledgeable.  The stop for fruit and coffee at La Medina farmhouse was a nice touch”

RL, Borders Exploration Group, Summer 2012