Cuban Family Fiesta

8 days
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Trip code: 
FNUA
Ways to Travel:
Family Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Family Holidays
Min age:
8
Group size:
4–24

Enjoy Cuba's vibrant cities and golden Caribbean beaches

Our adventure begins in Cuba's lively capital, Havana. We then drive towards Santa Clara, site of the last battle of the Cuban revolution. In the Escambray Mountains you will enjoy a nature trail in Topes de Collantes. A highlight for the kids here is travelling on a Russian truck. On reaching Trinidad we'll be able to hear live Cuban music filling the narrow cobbled streets as we search for local handicrafts. Our final few days are spent at the beach, where the warm waters provide some great snorkelling opportunities. On our return to Havana we explore this living museum in vintage American cars, driving in style past Revolution Square and along the coastal boulevard to the famous old town which is bursting with energy, history and culture.

Highlights

  • Vibrant and picturesque Havana, with its crumbling colonial grandeur and salsa beats
  • The colourful UNESCO site of Trinidad, a maze of cobblestone streets and pastel houses
  • Learn about Cuba's fascinating revolutionary history and culture
  • Direct flights with Virgin Atlantic 
  • Cuban Tourist Cards included for all UK residents

Key information

5 days sightseeing, swimming, nature walks and cultural experiences

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Tourist card visa for UK residents

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Havana
to
Havana
  • Day 1

    Start Havana.

    Arrive in Havana and transfer to hotel. Briefing on arrival.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    City tour of some of Havana's iconic sights; transfer to Santa Clara; visit Che Guevara mausoleum.

    This morning we start off with a city tour of Havana including a stop at Revolution Square and the Capitolio Building. We then drive towards Santa Clara, site of the last battle of the Cuban revolution, stopping for lunch on the way. In December 1958 Che Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the revolution. We visit the train museum and the Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia. The museum attached to the Mausoleum has many of his former belongings and is a fascinating insight into one of the 20th Centuries most revered icons. After visiting Che's Mausoleum we check into our hotel for the night.

    This evening is free to enjoy dinner in the hotel or explore one of Santa Clara's Paladars.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    To the Escambray mountains for nature trail walk in Topes de Collantes; swim at waterfall; to Trinidad.

    Today we drive into the Escambray Mountains and enjoy a nature trail in Topes de Collantes. We walk along the River Melodioso and reach a beautiful waterfall where we can have a swim. We return to Guanayara and enjoy a Cuban country lunch before getting back on the bus. We then continue to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 and perhaps the best-preserved colonial town on the island. Exploring Trinidad is like stepping back in time, the cobbled streets and horse drawn transportation whisks you back to colonial times. There are many interesting museums housed in old colonial buildings to visit in the daytime, but it is as the sun sets that Trinidad really comes to life. We recommend a visit to Casa de la Trova for traditional Cuban music and dancing!
    Casa Particulares

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Tour of Trinidad town; afternoon at Playa Ancon; salsa class.

    After a delicious breakfast we enjoy an orientation tour of Trinidad, visiting this time capsule city. It's like going back in time, seeing the way people lived in the past. Once the capital of Cuba’s sugar production, it’s now a sleepy backwater with cobble stoned streets and pretty pastel coloured colonial buildings. A great place to stock up on souvenirs in the handicrafts markets. You’ll visit Museo Romántico to see the way people lived 200 years ago.

    After time for lunch, it's beach time! Ancon beach is about 15 minutes' drive from Trinidad and it's a picture perfect, gorgeous sandy Caribbean beach. Enjoy the crystal clear waters this afternoon!

    In the late afternoon, we return to Trinidad where we’ll enjoy an introductory salsa class with local teachers in a Cuban home close to your casa particular. The evening is free to explore. You and your family will probably want to explore some of the delicious paladar restaurants in Trinidad tonight.
    Casa Particulares

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    'El Cubano' nature walk & waterfall; to Bay of Pigs via Cienfuegos.

    After checking out of our casas particulares we set off for El Cubano national park, for a nature walk to see the birds, flora and fauna particular to this wonderful region. There is also the chance to take a dip in a crystal clear natural pool under a waterfall.

    We carry on to Cienfuegos where we stop for lunch and an orientation tour. We then continue on to Playa Larga where we check into our casas particulares for the night.
    Casa Particulares

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Search for flamingos and hummingbirds at the Zapata peninsula; snorkelling at Caleta Buena.

    This morning we get up early and head into the Zapata Swamp Park for some birdwatching. There are lots of birds to see in this area, including the world’s smallest (Bee Hummingbird), the Cuban National Bird (very colourful Tocororo) and a colony of pink flamingos!

    We then continue along the Bay of Pigs Coastline and stop in Playa Giron for an optional visit to the museum dedicated to the US Invasion of Cuba in 1961. There may be the opportunity to visit a local school in the area. From here we continue a short distance to have lunch in Caleta Buena. It’s a beautiful spot, a place where an underground river meets the sea and a great place to have a go at snorkelling. There’s a natural pool to swim in filled with tropical fish.
    Casa Particulares

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Havana; tour of the old town in vintage cars.

    After breakfast we check out of our casa particular and return to Havana arriving in time for lunch and check into our hotel. In the late afternoon we have another short tour of the city, but it is taking place in vintage american cars! The cars will take us in style down the famous “malecon” to the centre of the Old Town and under the mouth of the harbor to El Morro Castle for some great photo opportunities of Havana. We say goodbye to our vintage cars and continue by foot, taking in the Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Plaza Vieja. Bring your football so you can have an impromptu game with local school kids while Mum and Dad try out the draft beer in Havana’s only microbrewery! We finish the day with a Paladar dinner in the centre of town, celebrating a week of discovering Cuba together with new friends.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Free morning in Havana; end Havana.

    Our trip ends in Havana.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Cuba

British and most Western European passport holders do not require a visa but do require a tourist card. Your Cuban tourist card (valid for 30 days) is included and will be posted to you by Exodus approx. 6 weeks before travel. We will send instructions on how to fill it in but please be careful doing this as any mistakes may result in you having to purchase a new card at a cost of GBP15.00 per person.

We will send a tourist card free of charge as long as you live at a UK or Ireland address and are national of an EU country, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan. If you are not national of one of these countries or are not resident in the UK or Eire you must contact your nearest Cuban Consulate to check what visa is required - Exodus cannot provide a tourist card for you.

The Cuban entry immigration is time consuming and most visitors encounter delays when queuing for entry into the country.

The Cuban Government passed a law stating that all tourists visiting Cuba must have travel insurance to cover medical costs. You are likely to be asked to provide proof of your travel insurance policy when you arrive at Havana airport, so please ensure your documents are easily accessible. Whilst we hope that things will change in the near future, due to present US policy, we cannot take US citizens on our trips to Cuba.

Vaccinations

Cuba

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A. We are advised that there is no risk of malaria. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit www.exodus.co.uk/zika‐virus‐q‐a. The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Cuba is not renowned for its culinary excellence and some ingredients are just not possible to get hold of (due in no small part to the long trade embargo implemented by the US). As such, flavours tend to be relatively simple, with most mealtimes consisting of meat or fish accompanied by rice and salad/vegetables. Seafood is widely available on the coast, including cheap and abundant lobster! Vegetarians will probably find they have the most limited choice. Snack food is not freely available in Cuba so you may wish to consider taking some with you.

Paladares are likely to be a highlight of any visit to Cuba - they are one of the few types of private enterprise allowed (although still heavily regulated), where families can set up a restaurant selling authentic, Cuban food. The atmosphere this creates, and opportunity to integrate with local Cubans, will no doubt enhance your stay!

 We also suggest you take snack food with you, as it is not freely available in Cuba.

Weather

The dry season runs from November through to April (with December to March being the peak holiday months for traditional style tourism). It can be humid between May and October, with heavy rains at times and the possibility of hurricanes. July and August are some of the most popular months to visit Cuba by sun-seekers from Europe and Canada but can be hot (average 28ºC) and wet. Cuba has an average of 6 hours sunshine per day with a more or less constant humidity of 62%. Water temperature normally ranges from 24ºC to 28ºC.

Havana

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded as Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely).
Please see the introductory pages of the Family Holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.

We would highlight the following issues for you to consider:

- Virgin Atlantic fly direct to Cuba but it will involve approximately 9 hours of travel. Bear in mind that if you organise to fly indirectly, this is likely to be around 14 hours.
- Cuba can be hot and humid and these conditions can be tiring, especially for children.
- The service in restaurants may be slow and the choice of food is often limited.
- Some of the accommodation may be more basic than other international hotels.
- Some fairly long drives are involved, but we have broken these up as much as possible.

Please be aware that mobile networks don’t make or receive calls particularly well in Cuba, and coverage may not be available in many locations. Not all networks work in Cuba, so please check with your service provider. Also please note that few hotels have Wi-Fi. Some will have internet cafés, and you will also find some Wi-Fi spots in the main plazas in towns. Using the internet in Cuba is relatively expensive, up to 5-6 CUC per hour, unless you purchase Wi-Fi cards at official shops, but these will always have long queues. Wi-Fi can be very slow, so it’s best to assume that you won’t be able to find a reliable internet connection whilst travelling.

The number of people travelling to Cuba reached unprecedented levels in 2016. Imminent changes to US government policy will soon enable US citizens to also travel freely to the country along with the rest of us. Demand is therefore only set to grow as the world’s spotlight shines on Cuba. A limited tourism infrastructure on the island means that some hotels and other service providers are struggling to honour their agreements. Last minute overbookings and price increases are becoming commonplace.

Fortunately, over the years we have built strong working relationships with suppliers and we have managed to prevent any major problems from affecting our groups. Nevertheless, all travellers should be aware that last minute hotel cancellations are a possibility and could affect your trip, especially during the high season in Havana (Oct to March). In the event of any necessary changes we will endeavour to ensure a property of the same standard and similar location is used. On some occasions an overnight hotel stay may be replaced with a night in a casa, or vice versa.

In addition to being prepared for potential last minute hotel changes, it is possible that you will be confronted by other minor frustrations whilst travelling in Cuba. We encourage all travellers to go with an open mind, and with realistic expectations at what a visit to Cuba entails. If your guide announces a change of plans then please be assured that everything possible has been done behind the scenes in order to make satisfactory alternative arrangements.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Homestays

We will stay in a mixture of comfortable hotels and homestays. There will be opportunities throughout the trip to swim in natural pools and the sea. For four nights we'll be staying in privately-run 'Casas Particulares'. These are Cuban guesthouses with bed and breakfast accommodation, which can provide a unique opportunity to experience life with a Cuban family. All the properties that we use are located within a few blocks of each other, around a central meeting house.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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