Old cars in Cuba
Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
Waves crashing against the Malecón wall in Havana, Cuba
Ropa vieja, a traditional Cuban dish
Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
White sand beach in Cuba
Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour - 20s & Beyond | Backroads
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Man playing trumpet with the Cuban flag behind him
Town square in Matanzas, Cuba
Old classic car driving along the streets in Havana, Cuba
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Cuba Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Adult Kids 20s & Beyond

Cultural Connections & Havana Highlights

Family — 20s & Beyond

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

Casual Hotels

From: $5,299 pp dbl occ

($500 for sgl occ)

Vintage cars, colonial towns, coffee plantations and tropical sun. All set to an infectious rumba beat. Bring your family and 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!

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Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Cuba Family Multi-Adventure Tour

Cuba

Start/End Havana

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Voyage to Cuba on this US-approved Support for the Cuban People Family Multi-Adventure Trip—we launched the first trip of this kind!
  • Hike the rarely accessed Santa Catalina Caves—known for fascinating toadstool stalagmites—with a famous speleologist
  • Bike with your family through rural villages and atmospheric colonial towns that still seem to belong to another time
  • Discover the stirring history, beautiful architecture and seductive vibe of Havana as you create unforgettable memories
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-3
Description

At a hilltop chapel, enjoy a special performance of danzón, the native Cuban dance | Visit the baseball stadium where the first official baseball match in Cuba was played in 1874 | Discover architectural treasures in Matanzas, known as the Athens of Cuba | Hike a subterranean wonderland of limestone formations | Join a family to prepare a typical Cuban farmer's meal at a community project | Meet the young artists at an escuela de arte (school of the arts) | Give salsa a try as you follow the lead of expert dancers | Explore quaint villages and farmland dotting the province of Matanzas by bike | A delicious farm-to-table meal awaits at a family-owned organic farm | Visit a ceramics workshop run by a group of artists.

Accommodations
Hotel Louvre
Hotel Louvre
Matanzas
| Casual Hotel

In the center of Matanzas, Cuba's city of poets, culture and dance, this elegant 19th-century hotel faces the Plaza de la Libertad.

Days 4-6
Description

Take a dip in warm waters and soak up the sun at Playa Jibacoa's white-sand beaches | Delight in Havana's iconic sites including the famed Malecón, Plaza de la Revolución and more | Explore vibrant Habana Vieja | Hear the passions and stories of local entrepreneurs and paladar (restaurant) owners | 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 | Hear from an American journalist considered by Cubaphiles to be among the most informed foreign correspondents working in Cuba today | Enjoy a performance by the young Habana Compás dance group—a special flourish to our unforgettable week in Cuba.

Accommodations
Hotel Parque Central
Hotel Parque Central
Havana
| Casual Plus Hotel

Set in an ideal location overlooking Parque Central, this lovingly restored Old Havana building is steeped in 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.

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Activity Level: 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 100 ft. gain
Other
Cultural Exchanges at Ermita de Monserrate (1.5 hours)
Matanzas Historical Town Walk & Cultural Exchanges (1.5 hours)
Palmar de Junco Cuban Baseball Stadium Cultural Exchange (1.5 hours)
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1 mile | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Other
Underground Cave Hiking Exploration (3 hours)
Bellamar Community Project Cultural Exchange (2 hours)
Individual Cultural Exchanges with Music Students
Evening Salsa Class (1 hour)
Cultural Exchange with Cuban Masters Cycling Club Members (1 hour)
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles | 700 ft. gain
Other
Cultural Exchange with Cuban Masters Cycling Club Members (1 hour)
Finca Coincidencia Farm & Ceramics Workshop Tour (2 hours)
Day 4
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 22 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 30 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Other
Morro Castle Visit (30 minutes)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Other
Havana Historical City Walking Tour (2 hours)
Arte Corte Community Interactions (1 hour)
Q&A with Journalist Marc Frank (1 hour)
Habana Compás Dance Performance (1 hour)
Daycare Center Visit (30 minutes)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Other
Vedado Market Visit (30 minutes)
Vedado Neighborhood Walk (2.5 hours)

What's Included

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! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Included in your trip price

On this trip we locally source the best bikes we can for the terrain (we’re not able to import our custom titanium bikes to this locale).

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 7 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

Straight talk

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.

The Support for the Cuban People Experience

Backroads is 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.

US Regulations for Travel to Cuba—Flights & Hotels

Backroads trips fall under the Support for the Cuban People general license category, meaning our trips are legally licensed, enabling us to deliver high-quality experiences in Cuba. When purchasing your commercial flights to Cuba, 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.

Note that US policy 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 latest guidelines, please refer to OFAC's FAQs. For a complete and up-to-date list of restricted hotels and other entities, please refer to the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

Cultural Travel

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.

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

Accommodations & Meals

As "luxury" accommodations in Cuba can generally be very hard to find in smaller towns or 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 in the towns we visit, 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 substantial time in the shuttle, enabling us to add variety of scenery and regional depth.

Local Bikes

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.

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