Sun, Sand & Cuban Salsa - Family Adventure in Cuba
Cuba, Family, 15 days - from £1,595 (land only) - from €2,235 (land only) - from $2,580 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive in Havana and transfer to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel we have sightseeing tour of the city. Travelling in a horse-drawn carriage we will visit the historical centre of the city. After lunch we have some time to relax or explore old Havana before our Salsa dance lesson. We have a 90 mins session to learn some basic moves and enjoy the tunes! Dinner and overnight at the group hotel.
Day 3: This morning we have the choice between a percussion lesson or a pottery class. After these activities we have lunch and transfer to the beach for some swimming and relaxing. In the evening we visit one of the oldest colonial fortresses in the Americas where the uniformed soldiers still fire cannon each evening as a signal that the town gates are closing. Overnight Havana.
Day 4: After breakfast we start our 45mins transfer to Las Terrazas in the west of Cuba. Las Terrazas is the first UNSECO biosphere reserve in Cuba. Here we have a walk through the community and have lunch. In the afternoon we can swim in the San Juan river or rent a kayak (optional extra). Overnight hotel in Las Terrazas.
Day 5: Today we visit the Valley of Vinales. The flat plains here are disturbed by the 'mogots' - large rounded tower-like hills. At the nearby Indian Caves we enter the caves on a boat through an impressive opening hanging with tropical plants. In the cave we see many interesting limestone features. After lunch we go horse-riding for a couple of hours in the area. Overnight hotel near Vinales.
Day 6: This morning we visit the lush private botanical gardens in the centre of Vinales. The afternoon is free to enjoy the pool at the hotel. Overnight hotel near Vinales.
Day 7: Today we transfer to Playa Giron, stopping at Guama at a crocodile farm. After lunch we have a boat trip on the 'Laguna del Tesoro' - the Lagoon of Treasure! Passing mangroves we reach the sculpture park of the Taino Indians. We explore here before transferring to our hotel on Playa Giron.
Day 8: After breakfast we have a short drive to Caleta Buena which is an exquisite place for snorkelling with the fish coming right into the shallows. After our picnic lunch we explore the area with our guide and visit the wildlife refuge at Laguna de Salinas or Corral de Santo Tomas. Overnight at our hotel in Playa Giron.
Day 9: Driving eastwards we head towards Trinidad. We stop at Cienfuegos where we have a short city tour and lunch. Once we arrive in Trinidad we have free time to stroll around the town or have a swim at the beach. Overnight hotel in Trinidad.
Day 10: This morning we have a tour of the old colonial city of Trinidad. We then drive to Valle de los Ingenios, the valley of the sugar mills. We have lunch here and then walk to the viewpoint at the Mirador de la Loma del Puerto. Overnight hotel in Trinidad.
Day 11: After breakfast we drive to Playa Ancon. Here we take a catamaran out to the beautiful island of Cayo Blanco. Here we swim in the crystal clear waters, snorkel and relax. Return to Playa Ancon in the late afternoon. Overnight hotel at Playa Ancon.
Day 12: Today we discover the forest and hills of the Sierra de Escambray. We have a walk through the forest and our guide teaches us about the plants and animals here. After lunch we drive to Varadero where we overnight.
Day 13: There are many watersports to part-take in here at Varadero. All of these, including a dolphin show are optional extras. Snorkelling and relaxing by the beach or the pool are all part of the package! Overnight Varadero.
Day 14: After a last swim in the sea we transfer back to Havana. After lunch we have a drive in a vintage American automobile. The rest of the afternoon we have free to relax or visit the Casa del Tango to practise our Cuban Salsa moves. Overnight hotel in Havana.
Day 15: KE Land Only package service end after breakfast. Depending on your flight schedule, there will be time for shopping before departure. A complimentary airport transfer is provided.