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Activity holiday in Cuba

This one week activity holiday in Cuba takes you to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the western and central provinces.  A varied itinerary includes guided cycling, hiking, kayaking, a zipline ride, snorkelling in crystal blue waters and salsa dancing under the stars.  Starting and ending in Havana, this round trip is fully supported by an experienced and knowledgeable local guide.

This trip is the perfect opportunity to discover Cuba off the beaten track. Our itinerary can be modified for shorter or longer trips on request.

  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Start dates: 12 Jan; 16 Feb; 15 Mar; 19 Apr; 04 Oct; 08 Nov; 06 Dec 2024
  • Cost: £1,399-£1,499 per person

Please keep reading for full details of this trip.

“I really enjoyed the trip and saw so much in a relatively short time.  We had a brilliant guide with us who knew everything there was to know about Cuba, the history, the nature and culture and it all passed too fast!  I would love to go back again to explore other areas. “

CO, Edinburgh  (Oct 2017)

This 8 day activity holiday in Cuba is available from October to April each year (not offered from May – September) and is suitable for anyone aged 18+ years (or 16-17 years if accompanied by an adult) with a sense of adventure, a reasonable level of fitness and a desire to take part in different types of activities in the western and central provinces of Cuba.  Scheduled departures are guaranteed for 2 or more persons and maximum group size is 18 persons.

You will travel around some of the most beautiful places on the island on a round trip. Starting in the colonial capital city of Havana, a guided cycle around iconic areas of the city is followed by a tour in a classic 50s American car.  The next day you will cycle to the El Rosario biosphere reserve where the local  community was involved in a model reforestation project and where there is an optional exciting tree top zipline ride before driving to Playa Jibacoa on the other side of Havana city.

Snorkelling and exploring local caves the next day, you will have lunch at an organic farm before driving on to the town of Santa Clara, where the iconic Che Guevara museum is found.  Onwards to the Topes de Collantes national park for hiking and waterfall swimming, and then drive to the UNESCO world heritage town of Trinidad.  Here there is an opportunity to learn how to dance salsa and to explore this historic city, with its well preserved and colourful colonial architecture.

Your tour continues up to Cienfuegos, called the ‘Pearl of the South’, where you have a kayaking trip in Cienfuegos Bay, before heading back to Havana for the last night in Cuba before ending your tour.

IMPORTANT: You must have a reasonable level of fitness in order to participate in this trip.

B   = breakfast
L    = lunch
D   = dinner

  • Day 1: Arrival Day

    Arrival Havana. Private transfer to homestay accommodation in Old Havana x 2 nights. Meet your local tour leader over a cocktail to discuss the itinerary and rest of day free.

  • Day 2: Havana cycling and classic car tour

    Half day guided morning tour by bike to explore Miramar, Vedado, Revolution Square and finishing in Old Havana.  Lunch in a typical restaurant. Early evening tour of the city by classic 50s American car.  Rest of day free. Homestay accommodation. B, L

  • Day 3: Havana - Las Terrazas - Playa Jibacoa

    After breakfast, depart by private transfer for the outskirts of Havana to set off on the bikes to the El Rosario biosphere reserve and the Las Terrazas eco-community.  Here there is an exciting zipline ride over the treetops (optional).  Have lunch in a community run restaurant and then transfer to Playa Jibacoa, a beautiful beach east of Havana. Hotel accommodation x 1 night with dinner. B, L, D

  • Day 4: Snorkelling - organic farm visit - Santa Clara

    Morning free at the beach for swimming and snorkelling, then depart for a visit to a large cave near Matanzas.  Next stop is an organic farm where we have lunch and a short tour to find out about organic farming in Cuba. Group transfer to Santa Clara and guided visit of Che Guevara mausoleum and Tren Blindado monument, key to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Rest of day free. Hotel or homestay accommodation tonight.   B, L

  • Day 5: National park hiking - salsa - Trinidad

    Depart Santa Clara via the Sierra de Escambray mountains where we reach the Topes de Collantes national park. Guided hiking, with plenty of time to stop and admire the views and local flora and fauna. Lunch included in a popular eco-restaurant before we continue to Trinidad, a colourful colonial town, to enjoy learning how to dance salsa like a Cuban.  Accommodation in one of our selected homestays in the town centre x 1 night.   B, L, D

  • Day 6: Trinidad - Playa Ancon - Cienfuegos

    After breakfast, guided walking tour of historic Trinidad with a visit to the Romantic museum then transfer to nearby Playa Ancon for a late morning swim. Then drive along the coast to Rancho la Vega for lunch and a visit to the La Vega community to see the local school and medical centre and learn more about Cuban life.  Continue along the coast to the city of Cienfuegos, called ‘La Perla del Sur’ for accommodation in one of our selected homestays x 1 night.  B, L

  • Day 7: Kayaking in Cienfuegos Bay - Havana

    After breakfast, we will go kayaking in Cienfuegos Bay, a wide and sheltered part of the coastline.  After lunch at a local restaurant, we will continue our journey by driving up to Havana. Evening free. Accommodation in homestay x 1 night.  B, L

  • Day 8: Havana and departure

    This is our final morning on the tour and after breakfast we will have a guided walk around Old Havana, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982. We will explore the four main historic squares and learning about this fascinating city.  Afternoon transfer to Havana airport and end of trip. B

Activity holiday in Cuba prices include:

Accommodation: 5 nights in private homestays (casas particulares) + 2 nights in hotel or homestay; twin or double room with ensuite facilities (please note that shared rooms are only available for people travelling together)

Meals: All breakfasts + 6 lunches + 2 evening meals (Lunch will either be a restaurant meal or a packed lunch depending on the location)

Water: 3 litres of mineral water per person on cycling days

Local team: English speaking Cuban tour leader/guide + bus driver

Transport: Air conditioned bus/minibus for group airport transfers at specific times

Entries: National park and site specific entry fees

Equipment: all equipment required for the scheduled activities

24/7 support by our local English speaking office team

The price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Cuban tourist card (the required visa)*
  • Tips for local guides and the driver
  • Cycling helmet (obligatory to bring with you) and water bottle
  • Optional zipride in Las Terrazas

*These may be arranged by us on request

Activity holiday in Cuba prices for 2024: 

£1,399 per person for departures in low season (04 October 2024 departure).

£1,499 per person for departure in high season (12 January; 16 February; 15 March; 19 April; 08 November; 06 December 2024 departures).

The trip is based on minimum two persons sharing a twin/double room. A single supplement of +£200 is applicable for single room accommodation.

This is a new trip scheduled for 2024.. not surprisingly, we do not have any reviews yet!  Watch this space…..