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.
New US Regulations for Travel to Cuba—Flights & Hotels
Under the new proposed Cuba travel regulations announced by the US government June 16, 2017, Backroads People-to-People group trips remain legally licensed. This means our trips will run as usual and we'll continue to deliver high quality experiences in Cuba. Also, under the new policy, you can still purchase your own commercial flights to Cuba.The new regulations, however, will eliminate individual People-to-People licenses. So if you booked your trip on or after June 16, 2017, you cannot extend your stay in Cuba under that license category. That means your flight to Cuba must arrive no earlier than the evening before the Backroads trip start and must depart the evening of the trip end, or no later than the following morning.The proposed new US policy might also prohibit direct financial transactions to entities related to the Cuban military, including various hotels. Before the new travel regulations are implemented, you can make reservations at the hotels listed in this Travel Planner or a hotel of your choice for the night before your trip start or the night of your trip end. Once the new policy takes effect, you may have more limited hotel options and may not be able to make a reservation with, or direct payments to, hotels related to the Cuban military. Therefore, to ensure the most choices, we recommend booking your Havana hotels before the new regulations are implemented.
The educational exchanges on this trip allow for as much walking and hiking as possible. However, the overall level of physical activity is less than on other Backroads Walking 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. Rest assured, if we encounter changes to our planned 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).
Our busy yet compelling schedule involves a substantial amount of time spent in the shuttle to add variety of scenery and regional depth.
The people and places you'll visit on this People-to-People Program in Cuba will stay with you for a very long time. But keep in mind that Cuba is a developing country and travel here isn't always easy; occasional scenes of poverty and litter can be jarring. Still, the beauty of the people, the culture and the landscape shine through, making for an amazing and fulfilling experience.