Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Cultural Connections & Havana Highlights
Vintage cars, colonial towns, coffee plantations and tropical sun. All set to an infectious rumba beat. Savor the culture and romance of Cuba on unforgettable hikes and remarkable bike rides. Join us! We're one of the few US companies running trips in Cuba, so if you've been thinking about traveling to this enchanting country, now is the time!
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Travel to Cuba on this unique and active US-approved Multi-Adventure Trip—we launched the first trip of this kind!
- Hike the rarely accessed Santa Catalina Caves—known for toadstool stalagmites—with a famous speleologist
- Cycle through rural villages and atmospheric colonial towns that still seem to belong to another time
- Create lifetime memories as you discover the stirring history, beautiful architecture and seductive vibe of Havana
6 Days Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Enjoy a special performance of danzón, the native Cuban dance, at a hilltop chapel | Trace the roots of Cuban baseball to the nation's first stadium | Uncover architectural treasures in Matanzas, known as the Athens of Cuba | Hike a subterranean wonderland of limestone formations | Prepare a typical Cuban farmer's meal with a family at a community project | Engage with young artists at an escuela de arte (school of the arts) | Follow the lead of expert dancers and learn to salsa | Bike through quaint villages and farmland dotting the province of Matanzas | A delicious farm-to-table meal awaits at a family-owned organic farm | Visit a ceramics workshop run by a group of artists.
In the center of Matanzas, Cuba's city of poets, culture and dance, this elegant 19th-century hotel faces the Plaza de la Libertad.
Take a dip at Playa Jibacoa's white-sand beaches | Discover the famed Malecón, Plaza de la Revolución and other iconic sites of Havana | Explore vibrant Habana Vieja | Local entrepreneurs and paladar (restaurant) owners share their passions and stories | Meander through lively plazas and side streets including Callejón de los Peluqueros, home of a community project centered around one of Cuba's most famous hairdressing salons | Meet an American journalist considered by Cubaphiles to be among the most informed foreign correspondents working in Cuba today | A performance by the young Habana Compás dance group adds a special flourish to our unforgettable week in Cuba.
Set in an ideal location overlooking Parque Central, this lovingly restored Old Havana building is steeped with history and has fantastic views from its rooftop pool. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Activity Level: 1-2
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. Most of our activities involve easy to moderate walking distances on dirt hiking trails and city streets with uneven surfaces (cobblestone, etc.). On two days, our activities include moderate hiking on rocky (and potentially muddy) trails. Our biking will be on paved roads with occasional potholes and bumps. To fully enjoy this trip, you should be comfortable walking several hours daily.
Available Bike Options
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Backroads remains licensed by the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to engage, organize and conduct authorized Support for the Cuban People group travel to Cuba. These trips engage participants in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba. In order to adhere to the US government requirements for travel to Cuba, this trip does not allow for the degree of flexibility we build into all of our other itineraries; as a guest, you will have a full schedule of enriching Support for the Cuban People activities.
Under the new rules issued by the US Department of Treasury on June 5, 2019, the group People-to-People educational travel category has been eliminated. However, Backroads trips fall under the Support for the Cuban People general license category, meaning our trips remain legally licensed and we can continue to book guests and run our 2020 and beyond trips. We'll continue to deliver high-quality experiences in Cuba. You can still purchase your own commercial flights to Cuba—when doing so, select that you will be traveling under the OFAC category of Support for the Cuban People general license. Also, if you are subject to US jurisdiction you may extend your stay in Cuba and book your flights according to your added days. If you are not extending your stay before or after our Backroads trip, your flight to Cuba must arrive no earlier than the evening before the Backroads trip start and must depart no later than the morning after the trip end. Beginning November 9, 2017, US policy also prohibits direct financial transactions to entities related to the Cuban military, including various hotels. Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns about your travel arrangements for the days before or after your Backroads trip. And for more information on the new guidelines, please refer to OFAC's FAQs. For a complete list of restricted hotels and other entities, please refer to the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. (You'll notice that Backroads stays in some the hotels on this restricted list—we're able to do so by being "grandfathered in" since we made our reservations prior to the rollout of the government's new rules.)
The cultural exchanges on this trip allow for as much activity as possible. However, the overall level of physical exertion is less than you may have experienced on other Backroads trips.
When traveling abroad, things don't always go according to plan and, particularly in Cuba, itinerary changes or shifts mid-trip are quite common. In the event of a last-minute change to scheduled activities, your leaders will find alternate activities. Expect the unexpected in this region—it's all part of the adventure!
As "luxury" accommodations in Cuba can generally be characterized as large all-inclusive, resort-style hotels, our accommodations in the towns we visit outside of Havana are not typical of the Backroads experience. While the hotels are the best available, even the nicest properties in Cuba do not come close to equaling the accommodations on other Backroads trips.
Please note that although meals are fresh and tasty, the variety will be limited, with many of the same ingredients featured (such as poultry, pork, beans and rice).
Our busy yet compelling schedule involves substantial time in the shuttle, enabling us to add variety of scenery and regional depth.
Please note that we use locally rented mountain bikes on this trip which are just right for the non-technical paved and dirt road riding we encounter.