A tour with an English-speaking guide that has everything for the curious and active traveler with a perfect combination of culture and activities. Hiking, biking and salsa dancing are the absolute best way to get to know Cuba. Wind in the hair, sweat in the forehead, sand between the toes and so on in nature.
You travel straight into Cuban nature and experience national parks, waterfalls, sugar cane fields, tobacco plantations and deep, lush valleys. According to listofusnewspapers, Cuba offers many fantastic experiences where you get close to nature by hiking in the national parks and cycling in the beautiful landscape.
You get a unique insight into Cuba’s history, culture and architecture through the guided tours that are included in the program – feel the real Cuban atmosphere during your room selection.
Havana is a wonderful city with its beautiful streets that are buzzing with life and where the music makes its mark on everyday life. A Chevrolet from the 50’s or a horse-drawn carriage in the middle of the street crowd moves you to a time when you could expect a meeting with Ernest Hemingway on the next street corner.
The colonial city of Trinidad with its many beautiful buildings and beautiful Ancon beach just 10 minutes from the city’s cobblestone streets. Cienfuegus is also called the “Pearl of the South”. Here you will find 19th century parade streets and lightly tamed but extremely elegant houses and facades.
Day 1: Departure from Sweden and arrival in Cuba
Today there is both departure from Sweden and arrival in Havana in Cuba, this when you fly “counterclockwise” on the way here. Expected arrival at your hotel during the evening.
Day 2: Explore Havana and dance salsa
Today you get a guided walk in the exciting Havana. Get a historical insight into and experience the city’s fantastic architecture. In the afternoon, salsa lessons are arranged, where you can learn to dance this Latin American dance that is very traditional on the island. ( F )
Day 3: Che Guevara and the Escambray Mountains
From Havana, the tour continues to Santa Clara, where you visit the historic Che Guevara Mausoleum, where the Marxist revolutionary is buried with 29 of his comrades-in-arms. Then the tour continues to the nature reserve Topes de Collantes, located in the Escambray mountains. ( F )
Day 4: Hiking in the Topes de Collantes
Today you go hiking to the “Salto de Caburni” waterfall, where you can take a refreshing dip before returning to the hotel. Estimated time for the hike: Four to five hours (approx. Five km.) ( F )
Day 5: From Topes de Collantes to Trinidad
The morning begins with a walk in beautiful Parque Guanayara before continuing to Trinidad, where you arrive early in the evening. Then you have the opportunity to discover the city for yourself or to enjoy a drink at a local café. You can also inquire with your travel consultant about the city’s many possibilities. ( F )
Day 6: Hiking around Trinidad
Today you will go hiking in the El Cubano National Park, known for its rich bird life and beautiful plants. On the way you can take a dip in the clear waterfall. This day is not a particularly strenuous hike, which gives you lots of energy for the afternoon city tour of Trinidad.
Day 7: Architecture in Cienfuegos
You have time to enjoy a little extra of Trinidad before moving on to Cienfuegos, where you will get to know this beautiful and vibrant city. The Palacio de Valle building, for example, is one of the city’s architectural jewels that you must not miss. Palacio de Valle was built in 1917 and today houses a restaurant and an inviting roof terrace with bar.
Day 8: Cienfuegos – Soroa
Today’s first stop is Laguna del Tesoro, or “Treasure Lake” in English, located on the Zapata Peninsula. Here you hop on a boat and get a relaxing tour of the picturesque lake. Then head west to your hotel in the beautiful Sierra del Rosario in Soroa.
Day 9: By bike to San Diego de los Baños
Today you will experience the island on wheels. The route takes you through the hilly landscape of Soroa to the scenic San Diego de los Baños with its lush landscape. Estimated time for the bike ride: Three hours (approx. 10-15 km.) ( F )
Day 10: From San Diego de los Baños to Viñales by bike
For the active who likes to experience nature and culture with a little wind in their hair, this day is absolutely perfect. On the way you experience the mighty limestone cliffs “Mogotes” which form the backdrop for a picturesque view, and you also pass several local tobacco plantations. There is also a stop at the cave Cueva de los Indios, which you can explore on foot or by boat. Estimated time for the bike ride: Three hours (approx. 10-15 km.) ( F )
Day 11: Viñales
Today’s schedule includes an easier hike in Cuba’s famous tobacco region, the Viñales Valley. Here the tobacco plants grow between cracks and stones on the steep cliffs. You should also visit one of the local tobacco factories.
Day 12: From Viñales to Maria La Gorda
Today you go to one of Cuba’s westernmost points, Maria La Gorda. The tour takes you past green tobacco fields and sugar cane plantations. The terminus is at one of Cuba’s finest beaches, where you can relax in a quiet, natural environment after a few active days on the island.
Day 13: Free day at the beach
Enjoy a day at the beach. It is possible to organize snorkeling and diving trips out to the Caribbean Sea, where you can, among other things, explore the beautiful coral reef. ( F )
Day 14: Back to Havana from Maria La Gorda
Today you can enjoy the city at your own pace. Take a walk through the vibrant streets, go exploring in the small shops or enjoy a fantastic evening before departure the next morning. ( F )
Day 15: Departure from Havana
The day is yours to buy your last souvenirs and pack your suitcase before you are picked up and driven to the airport from where it takes you home to Sweden. ( F )
Day 16: Arrival in Sweden
You arrive in Sweden after a pleasant stay in Cuba.
Ten nights at a mid-range hotel
Three nights at Casa Particular