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Cuba Walking & Hiking Tour

Havana & Beyond—Art, Dance, Beaches, Mojitos

From $5,498 - $5,898 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,320 for sgl. occ.)

On this special Cuba trip, learn firsthand about the enigmatic island nation as you enjoy meaningful interactions while exploring on foot alongside the locals. Soak up culture and history. Experience music and dance. And savor every imaginable occasion to interact and connect with the Cuban people.

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Cuba

Start/End Havana

Cuba Map

Highlights

  • Travel to Cuba on this special People-to-People Trip with Backroads—the leading US company offering active adventures in Cuba!
  • Experience the beautifully intricate and colorful architecture, vibrant history and seductive vibe of Havana
  • Enjoy performances by famous musicians and dancers and learn about Cuban private enterprise from budding entrepreneurs
  • Hike the labyrinthine and rarely accessed Santa Catalina Caves with a famous speleologist
Cuba

Start/End Havana

Cuba Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Stroll through the historic city of Matanzas, a showcase of splendid colonial architecture | Visit the Palmar de Junco baseball stadium, where the first official baseball match in Cuba was played in 1874 | 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 | Try a few steps of salsa and danzón, an important part of Cuba's cultural heritage | Discover Varadero, where you can soak up stunning bay views from the famed Xanadú Mansion.

Days 3-4 Investigate the limestone formations of the ancient Santa Catalina Caves with an expert | Take in Varadero's spectacular coastline and white-sand beaches | Engage with young artists at an escuela de arte | Join an award-winning journalist who has lived in Cuba for over 20 years for a Q&A session | Explore Escaleras de Jaruco National Reserve's animal and plant life with a guide.

Days 5-6 Wander in Havana's historic district with an expert from the city's Historian's Office | Local entrepreneurs and paladar owners share their passions and stories of how they launched their businesses | Take in a performance by the Habana Compás dance group | Our friend and rum, tobacco and coffee “sommelier” teaches us the nuances of these Cuban specialties and how to combine them for a full experience | Peruse the stalls of a bustling neighborhood market.

Please note: Backroads is licensed by the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to engage, organize and conduct authorized People-to-People group travel to Cuba that engages participants in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba. Our license will not be affected by the new travel restrictions announced June 16, 2017 and amended November 9, 2017 by the U.S. government. This means our trips will run as usual and we'll continue to deliver high quality experiences in Cuba. Because the June 16, 2017 regulations affect individual travel to Cuba and the November 9 amendments limit the hotels available for pre- or post-trip reservations, feel free to contact us with questions or concerns about your travel arrangements for the days before or after your Backroads trip. 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.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Prices

From $5,498 - $5,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,320 for sgl. occ.)

Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Melia Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa
Meliá Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Varadero (3 nights)

Gran Hotel Manaza Kempinksi La Habana
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Havana (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Level 1

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Cuba

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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Melia Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Meliá Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Varadero (3 nights)

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

Gran Hotel Manaza Kempinksi La Habana

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Havana (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

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 celebrated its grand opening in summer 2017. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Level 1

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day 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 2 200
Finca Coincidencia Ceramic Studio & Organic Farming Walk & Visit (2 Hours)
Farm-to-Table Lunch at Local Home (1 Hour)
Palmar Junco Cuban Baseball Stadium Exchange (1 Hour)
2 3 500 5 500
Orquesta Típica Danzón Miguel Failde at Ermita Monserrate (1 Hour)
Matanzas Historical Town Walk & Educational Exchanges (2 Hours)
Evening Salsa Class (1 Hour)
3 1 100
3 400
Underground Cave Hiking & Exploration (3 Hours)
Bellamar Community Project & Lunch (2 Hours)
4 2 100
Art School Visit & Performance (2 Hours)
Exchange with Cuban Entrepreneurs (2 Hours)
Q&A with Cuban Journalist (1.5 Hours)
5 2 100
Havana Historical City Walking Tour (3 Hours)
Q&A with City Historian (1 Hour)
Habana Compás Dance Performance (1 Hour)
6 2* 200 4 200
Vedado & Central Havana Exploration Route (2 Hours)
Trip End in Downtown Havana
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, dirt paths and stairs.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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 Cuba travel regulations announced by the US government June 16, 2017 and amended November 9, 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, 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. Beginning November 9, 2017, US policy also prohibits direct financial transactions to entities related to the Cuban military, including various hotels.

Educational Travel

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.

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. 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).

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.

Developing Country

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Cuba

Power to the People

We've developed many great working relationships in Cuba over the years, slowly assembling a handpicked team of the very best local guides to work alongside our Backroads Trip Leaders. Steering their efforts is our Cuba Trip Expert, who's spent most of the past three decades living and working on the island. The inside knowledge she's gained while exploring rural valleys and seaside paths allows us to offer you a truly one-of-a-kind walking and hiking experience.

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.

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.)

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 Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels 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.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Cuba that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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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Cuba Baseball tours
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Street sign - Cuba walking tours

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Videos

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.

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 Cuba travel regulations announced by the US government June 16, 2017 and amended November 9, 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, 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. Beginning November 9, 2017, US policy also prohibits direct financial transactions to entities related to the Cuban military, including various hotels.

Educational Travel

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.

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. 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).

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.

Developing Country

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.
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