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Cuba People-to-People Family Breakaway Multisport Tour

 
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Art, Adventure & Culture in Varadero, Matanzas & Havana

  • Legally travel to Cuba on this special People-to-People Multisport Trip—we launched the first trip of this kind!
  • Explore Matanzas on foot, discovering caves and white-sand beaches, and meeting farmers and some of Cuba's famous artisans
  • Pedal with your family through Cuba's beautiful natural areas, rural villages and captivating colonial towns
  • Hike the rarely accessed Santa Catalina Caves with a famous speleologist 
  • Be enchanted by the vibrant history, beautiful architecture and seductive vibe of Havana

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, side by side with the locals. Think you can do this with anyone else? No one does multisport like Backroads. And as the very first US active travel company to offer multisport trips in Cuba, no one does it better.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Trace the deep roots of Cuban baseball to the nation's first stadium and perhaps meet a few players  Uncover architectural treasures in Matanzas, the "Athens of Cuba"  Hike through a subterranean wonderland of limestone formations with an expert speleologist  Try your hand at preparing 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.

Days 3-4 Bike on both days through the quaint villages and farmland dotting the province of Matanzas  Join an award-winning journalist who has lived in Cuba for over 20 years for an informative Q&A session  Enjoy a delicious farm‐to‐table meal at a family‐owned organic farm  Visit a ceramics workshop, run by a group of agronomists and artists  Take in Varadero's spectacular coastline and white-sand beaches  Discover the famed Malecón, Hotel Nacional and other iconic sites of Havana.

Days 5-6 Explore vibrant Habana Vieja and witness the city's preservation efforts firsthand  Local entrepreneurs and paladar owners share their passions and stories of how they launched their businesses  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  A performance by the talented young Habana Compás dance group adds a special flourish to our unforgettable week in Cuba.

Please note: Backroads is licensed by the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control to engage, organize and conduct authorized people-to-people travel to Cuba that engages participants in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba.

We are very excited to announce this People-to-People Multisport trip in Cuba. In between opportunities to engage with artists, musicians, students, educators and community leaders, you'll bike and walk through stunning national parks, into otherworldly subterranean caves and among architectural gems and cultural treasures. Each day of this amazing itinerary is filled with insightful interactions with local Cuban people and the chance to exchange ideas and learn about each other's culture and traditions.
Michelle Muench- Regional Manager - Latin America

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.

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 people-to-people educational exchange activities.

Educational Travel

The educational exchanges on this trip allow for as much hiking and biking as possible. However, the overall level of physical activity is less than on other Backroads Multisport trips.

Itinerary Changes

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 the scheduled activities, your leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy. Expect the unexpected in this region—it's all part of the adventure!

Accommodations & Meals

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 and offer numerous amenities, 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).

Shuttle Time

Our busy yet compelling schedule involves a substantial amount of time spent in the shuttle to add variety of scenery and regional depth.
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Casual Inns*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Melia Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Meliá Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Varadero (2 nights)

An all-inclusive resort offering a multitude of amenities and a waterfront location. (pool, spa)

Hotel Moka

Hotel Moka Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas (2 nights)

A unique hotel designed to blend with the forested surroundings of the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. (pool)

Gran Hotel Manaza Kempinksi La Habana

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

* Premiere Inn
Havana (1 night)

Originally built between 1894 and 1917 as the first European-style shopping center, this lovingly restored Old Havana building is now Cuba's first "true luxury" hotel and includes a modern revival of upscale shopping. Set in an ideal location overlooking Parque Central, the Kempinski celebrates its grand opening in summer 2017. (pool, spa)

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Dates & Prices

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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 2 500
Other Palmar Junco cuban Baseball Stadium Exchange (1.5 Hours)
Other Walking Tour of Matanzas (1.5 Hours)
2 Walking/Hiking 3 400
Other Underground Cave Hiking Exploration (3 Hours)
Other Bellamar Community Project & Lunch (2 Hours)
Other Evening Salsa Class (1 Hour)
3 Biking 9* 400 17* 700 26* 700
Walking/Hiking 2 200
Other Finca Coincidencias Farm & Ceramics Workshop Tour (2 Hours)
4 Biking 12* 900 24* 1000 33 1600
Walking/Hiking 2 300
Other Hotel Nacional Visit (1 Hour)
Other Cuban Economics Q&A (1 Hour)
Other Exchange with Cuban Entrepreneurs (1.5 Hours)
5 Walking/Hiking 2 200
Other Havana Historical City Walking Tour (2 Hours)
Other Arte Corte Community Interactions (1 Hour)
Other Habana Compás Dance Performance (1 Hour)
6 Walking/Hiking 4 200
Other Vedado & Centro Havana Walking Exploration (2.5 Hours)
Other Trip End in Downtown Havana
 

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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Cuba

We're Leading a New Revolution

Backroads was the first active travel company with an official license to operate tours legally in Cuba – and we were the first U.S. company to offer biking as part of our in-depth exploration of this fascinating and often misunderstood island nation. Our Trip Expert, an avid hiker and biker, has spent most of the past three decades living and working in Cuba. The inside knowledge she’s gained while crisscrossing the island has allowed us to create a truly one-of-a-kind trip.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Cuba designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

The Best Leaders in Cuba

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Cuba, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

We Invented the Multisport Trip

After 30 years of creating Backroads Multisport Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Cuba, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Cuba with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multisport concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

The Value of Casual Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ

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