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Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle
8 days
Cuba - Trip code CSC

Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle

Cycling on quiet roads we explore Cuba's verdant countryside, colonial towns and revolutionary history. From Havana we cycle past the historic Bay of Pigs and inviting tropical beaches to charming Trinidad where we experience Cuban hospitality in Casas Particulares. Along the way we learn about modern day Cuba and excellent live music is never far away. Finally we visit Che Guevara's Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Now is undoubtedly a fantastic time to visit Cuba to see and experience the island. Visiting Cuba is like stepping back in time as little has changed over the past 50 years. To fully enjoy the Cuban experience you should travel with a willingness to expect the unexpected and, above all, an adventurous spirit. In our opinion go now and experience this unique destination before it changes.

Trip highlights

  • Cycle Cuba - With relatively little traffic this is the ideal way to see the island
  • Tropical Island - Cycling with a backdrop of lush vegetation, pristine beaches and mountains
  • Havana Vieja (Havana Old Town) - Explore this atmospheric UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Spanish Colonial Towns - Including the beautiful original founding towns of Remedios and Trinidad
  • Casas Particulares - Stay in locally-owned and run private homestays in the heart of colonial Trinidad
  • Historical Sites - Cycle beside the infamous 'Bay of Pigs'; visit Che Guevara's mausoleum in Santa Clara
Accommodation grade:
Simple
These are often small, family run establishments or campsites which provide a no-frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards. Sleeping arrangements are simple, sometimes with en suite facilities.
Cycling grade:
Easy To Moderate
This grade is ideal if you want to enjoy both easy and moderate rides on the same tour. You’ll be cycling through flat or gently undulating terrain, with the occasional more energetic ascent.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join tour in Havana

Our tour begins in Havana. Built around a deep natural harbour, Havana is one of the most impressive colonial cities surviving in the Americas today. Crumbling tenement buildings and 1950s American Cadillacs rub shoulders with white marble grandeur and the still audible echoes of the Cuban Revolution. The largest city in the Caribbean and Cuba's political and cultural heart, it is the perfect place to start this remarkable journey. In Havana we stay in 'casas particulares' - family-run guesthouses. On arrival to the main joining point casa in the old centre of Havana (as detailed in your Joining Instructions) you will be met by your host and shown to your room in one of the local guesthouses in the surrounding area.

Accommodation: Casa Particulares - Havana(or similar)

Simple Casas Particulares
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Cycle the Bay of Pigs. Drive to Yaguanabo via Cienfuegos

This morning we depart the city and drive (3 hours) to the Zapata Peninsula and the Bay of Pigs - the infamous site of a failed US-backed invasion by Cuban exiles in 1961. We then enjoy a relatively easy warm-up ride along the flat, following the Caribbean coast from Boca de Guama our route ends at the Cueva de los Peces - a flooded tectonic fault (or cenote) with resident tropical fish which provides a great swimming opportunity. There is time for an optional visit the museum dedicated to the failed invasion before we resume our journey by road, travelling on to the colonial city of Cienfuegos. We have a chance to take in some of its impressive 19th century architecture on a short walking tour of the centre, before continuing by bus (45 mins) to our hotel at Yaguanabo beach. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 28 kilometres

Accommodation: Villa Yaguanabo(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Coastal ride to Trinidad. Afternoon walking tour and cocktail making

Continuing south-east this morning we cycle along the Caribbean coast to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial towns in the country. Founded in 1514, the town was a haven for pirates and slavers before the arrival of the French in the early years of the 19th century and today remains one of Cuba's cultural gems. This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour around the town, taking in the lovely setting of the central square and the cathedral. For the next two nights we will enjoy local hospitality staying in casas particulares - private houses. Later this afternoon, we will enjoy a cocktail making class where we can learn to make some of Cuba's famous drinks such as mojitos and daiquiris. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 30 kilometres (Total ascent and descent 150 metres)

Accommodation: Casa Particulares - Trinidad(or similar)

Simple Casas Particulares
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Free day in Trinidad for additional rides or relaxation

We have a chance to enjoy Cuba's beautiful Caribbean coastline today. Options include a day relaxing on the beach, or perhaps a trip on a catamaran out into the azure waters that lie off the coast. For those still wanting to stretch their legs we also have the option to cycle out to the Ancon Peninsula (30 kilometres return). Alternatively, you can simply relax on the white sands of nearby Playa Ancon, or perhaps return to wander through Trinidad's charming colonial streets. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 30 kilometres (optional, unescorted)

Accommodation: Casa Particulares - Trinidad(or similar)

Simple Casas Particulares
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 5 - Ride through the 'valley of the sugar mills' to Mayajigua

Leaving Trinidad after breakfast this morning we cycle through the historic landscapes of the Valle de los Ingenios (valley of the sugar mills), with its ruined mills and infamous slave watchtower. By the middle years of the 19th century the valley was responsible for a third of all Cuba's sugar production, before the wars of independence saw the mills destroyed. We cycle to the watchtower of Manaca Iznaga, before continuing through the valley. Re-joining our bus we drive a short distance to the colonial town of Sancti Spiritus where we stop to pay a short visit to the old town, before continuing by bus for about two and a half hours on to our night stop in Mayajigua. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 60 kilometres (Total ascent 150 metres, total descent 250 metres)

Accommodation: Villa San Jose del Lago(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 6 - Cuban countryside cycle. Visit Cayo Santa Maria. Visit Remedios

We cycle directly from the hotel on a relatively flat route through Cuban countryside. Rejoining our bus, we drive to the islands of Cayo Santa Maria along the interesting causeway road that picks its way across the shallow waters some 50 kilometres before reaching the first island. The superb beaches and turquoise waters have attracted a number of hotels and we spend a couple of hours to have lunch, swim and relax before returning across the causeway and continuing on to the colonial town of Remedios (one hour journey time). Founded in 1524 and considered by many to be one of Cuba's most picturesque towns, Remedios still retains something of the flavour of its 17th century heritage when it served as the regional capital. We have some freetime to explore this town before continuing by bus to our hotel in Santa Clara, a short 40 minute drive away. Our total cycling distance today is approximately 50 kilometres (Total ascent 100 metres, total descent 100 metres)

Accommodation: Hotel Villa Granjita(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 7 - Visit Che Guevara Mausoleum. Afternoon tour of Havana

With no cycling planned for our final day the first stop this morning in Santa Clara is to visit the Che Guevara Monument - final resting place of one of the world's most iconic figures and one of the country's most emotive shrines to its revolutionary heritage. Continuing on to Havana (three hours), we then spend this afternoon wandering through the heart of the old capital, exploring the neo-classical architecture of the Vieja district and taking in the baroque grandeur of the 18th century Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana among other fine buildings from another age.

Accommodation: Casa Particulares - Havana(or similar)

Simple Casas Particulares
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 8 - Tour ends in Havana

The tour ends in Havana this morning after breakfast.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Cycling information

General cycling information
On this tour we cycle 198 km over five days (an average of 40 km per day). One of the cycling days is circular and therefore optional. The terrain is mostly flat and on tarmac, although this is in poor condition in places. Cuban roads are relatively quiet and we will encounter most traffic in urban centres. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour. We have graded the route as easy to moderate.
Bike included
27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes.
Bike information
Your included bike will be a 27 gear Stevens Galant SX Hybrid or similar make and model with front suspension and will be the correct frame size for your height. Female and male frames are allocated accordingly when booking unless you specifically request otherwise. A pannier and water bottle holder are included as well as the facility to fit your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them. A support vehicle accompanies the rides throughout the tour. We provide spare parts and take care of the day to day maintenance. All you need to bring is your own helmet.
Cycling grade
EasyToModerate

Why book this trip

Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 7
  • Lunch: 1
Transport
  • Bus
  • Bicycle
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide
  • Driver(s)
Accommodation
  • 4 nights simple casas particulares
  • 3 nights standard hotel
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Trip information

Country information

Holidays to Cuba

Climate

The dry season is from November to April. Average temperatures are 22-26C. Though the sky is often cloudless during the dry season, cold wet snaps do come in from North America especially in Dec and Jan, when the temperatures can drop to as low as 5C at night. From May to October there are normally fine mornings and clear evenings, afternoon rains tend to be short & heavy. Temperatures are hot and humid.

Time difference to GMT

-5

Plugs

2 Pin Flat and 2 Pin Round

Religion

60% Catholic

Language

Spanish

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

Havana - Museo de la Ciudad 3 CUC, Museo de la Revolucion 8 CUC, Museo de Arte Colonial 8 CUC, Museo Bellas Artes 5 CUC, Rum museum 7 CUC Bay of Pigs invasion museum - 2 CUC Cayo Las Iguanas catamaran excursion near Trinidad - 55 CUC Please note - most museums in Cuba charge for use of Camera's and Camcorders, this can be up to 7 CUC per usage.

Clothing

Pack for warm and hot conditions. Bring cycling gear such as padded shorts, cycle gloves and quick drying cycle shirts. Remember weather is changeable in the mountains and it can be cool and wet in the high altitude of the Sierra Escambray or even on some evenings in Havana, so bring some warmer clothing too. Wet weather gear is essential at all times in case of rain. Don't forget your swimming costume.

Footwear

If you are not bringing cycle shoes then try to bring stiff-soled shoes as these are better for cycling - transmitting your energy into the pedals more efficiently. This becomes more relevant and recommended the more demanding the grade and distances to cover. SPD cycle shoes are not well suited to tours that combine sightseeing with cycling. Comfortable shoes, trainers, sandals or flip flops are useful when not on the bike.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

We recommend you bring a daypack and one main piece of luggage (total allowance: 44lb/20kg) which will be transported between hotels while you cycle. Check the bike details section to see if a pannier or handlebar bag is provided on the bike.

Equipment

On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. Cycle glasses to protect against dust, pollen and the sun, padded cycle gloves and a water bottle or water delivery system (e.g. camelback or platypus) are also useful. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. If a handle bar bag or pannier is not provided (check bike details) then you may like to bring a small rucksack to wear while cycling. Other items to consider bringing are a sunhat and sun cream, torch, earplugs and insect repellent. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly you should allow approx. CUC 25 for gratuities for local staff. 10% is expected in restaurants. Please note tipping is also customary for musicians and for public conveniences so small notes and coins are always handy
Country Information

Holidays to Cuba

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£12.00-15.00
Beer price
£2
Water price
£1.5
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC).
Recommended Currency For Exchange
US dollars are no longer accepted in shops and other businesses, tourists and Cubans exchanging dollars will have to pay a 20% commission. We recommend you take clean Euro, Canadian dollars or Sterling cash as these are easier to exchange. Please note that Scottish Pounds are not accepted in Cuba.
Where To Exchange
Your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
Available in major towns. Always have some cash as back-up as they are not always reliable
Credit Card Acceptance
Please note credit and debit cards associated with American Banks are not accepted. Credit cards are useful and can be used in many places, but may be subject to a 10% service charge
Travellers Cheques
We do not recommend Travellers Cheques. Amex Travellers Cheques are not accepted.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Bicycle

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


Accommodation and service levels in Cuba have improved in recent years but there is an ongoing trade embargo and lack of investment in infrastructure. Accommodation can be basic, particularly in some rural areas, occasionally with unreliable water and electricity supply. Service levels in government hotels, shops and restaurants are generally poor as this is not a service-oriented western culture. Of course, this is all part of seeing the 'real Cuba' and while we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by most of the hotels we use, you should be prepared for simply furnished rooms, some out-dated furniture and varying levels of service. Most of the hotels do have air conditioning and en-suite facilities. Casas particulares - This is a Spanish term meaning private accommodation or homestay in Cuba. Staying in a casa offers the visitor a unique opportunity to experience Cuban hospitality in local accommodation adapted for tourism. The number of rooms, quality, facilities and access to other areas of the house such as the living room varies massively but as a general rule the majority of Casas are clean, basic, centrally located and can host only a handful of guests. Casas are generally run by the owner and members of the family that live there and the standard of English spoken will vary from zero to fluent, which is a good opportunity for you to practice your Spanish. Virtually all of the rooms have private facilities but on rare occasions it may be necessary to share. Your Explore Leader will coordinate accommodation arrangements on tour.

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

Cuba: Visas or Tourist cards are required by all nationalities travelling to Cuba. Explore can only supply the Cuban Tourist Cards to citizens of the EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand who are resident in the UK. This currently costs £15. Please contact Explore or your Travel Agent to arrange this service and we will send your tourist card with your final documentation. Alternatively they can be obtained directly through Cuban embassies and consulates. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. Due to US Treasury Department Regulations we are unable to accept bookings from US passport holders. These Regulations set out different categories under which it is possible for US citizens to travel to Cuba; our trips do not fall under any of the permissible categories. As a tour operator we have an obligation to follow legal procedures, and as such we are unable to sell our trips to US passport holders. Travelling for tourism reasons directly from the USA to Cuba isn't allowed under US law. The law applies to US nationals and all foreign nationals who are either resident in the USA, or travelling through the USA en route to Cuba. Those travelling on direct flights between the UK and Cuba, or via other countries excluding the USA, are unaffected by this US legislation. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure. Canada: An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is required by British citizens transiting via Canada. For more information see the official Canadian government website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Holidays to Cuba

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, TB, infectious hepatitis and polio. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites - these include mosquito repellent as well as long trousers and long sleeve shirts to cover up when necessary. Please note many countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean require a yellow fever vaccination certificates if travelling from infected areas. A detailed list of these countries can be found on the NaTHNaC website - http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. Also on the NaTHNaC site there is a list of Countries (and specific areas within a country) which are at risk of infection and a vaccination is therefore recommended.. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Saturday 18 November 2017 - Sunday 26 November 2017
This departure is guaranteed
CSC_2017
From £1999
Single room option +£170

Please call us

On request
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 3 February 2018 - Sunday 11 February 2018
This departure is guaranteed
CSC_2018 Mayajigua
From £1599
£1699
Single room option +£185
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 17 February 2018 - Sunday 25 February 2018
CSC_2018
From £1619
£1719
Single room option +£185
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 31 March 2018 - Sunday 8 April 2018
CSC_2018
From £2175
Single room option +£185
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 7 April 2018 - Sunday 15 April 2018
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These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 26 May 2018 - Sunday 3 June 2018
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These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 3 November 2018 - Sunday 11 November 2018
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These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 10 November 2018 - Sunday 18 November 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 17 November 2018 - Sunday 25 November 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 22 December 2018 - Sunday 30 December 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 18 November 2017 - Saturday 25 November 2017
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 3 February 2018 - Saturday 10 February 2018
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From £1099
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 17 February 2018 - Saturday 24 February 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 31 March 2018 - Saturday 7 April 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
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Saturday 7 April 2018 - Saturday 14 April 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 26 May 2018 - Saturday 2 June 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 3 November 2018 - Saturday 10 November 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 10 November 2018 - Saturday 17 November 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 17 November 2018 - Saturday 24 November 2018
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 22 December 2018 - Saturday 29 December 2018
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From £1099
Single room option +£185
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Havana
Time and place
17:00 at Hostal Casa Vieja Reception
Information
Important information about joining your tour. Due to the volume of travellers arriving at similar times into Havana, there may be delays with luggage collection on arrival. We recommend that you keep some water in your hand luggage, as the luggage collection and customs area can be hot and stuffy. If you have a pre-booked transfer arranged with Explore: You will be met on arrival to Cuba by a Captivating Cuba representative showing an EXPLORE board. Should you not be able to locate the rep, please head to the Captivating Cuba desk located in the airport, for assistance. Emergency telephone numbers: Raiza: 0053 52805586, 2- Sonia: 0053 52806286 If you have no transfer arranged please meet at: Hostal Casa Vieja Habana No. 203, Esquina a Tejadillo, Havana 10200, Cuba Tel. (+53) 78632927 on Day 1 any time between 09.00 and 23.00. Your hosts will meet you here and show you to your room in one of the local guesthouses. Please notify Explore of your expected time of arrival at least 7 days before your tour starts. Ideally this will be before 17.00 so you will arrive in daylight and can orientate yourself. Rooms should be ready by 14.00 but you can drop off luggage before that if needed. Please send a text message, or call the contact numbers above if you will arrive later than you expected, especially if this will be after 23.00. Please meet your Tour Leader in reception of Hostal Casa Vieja at 0800 hrs on day 2 of the tour. If changing money at the airport, please only change a small amount for your first evening. Check that they give you a receipt and cross check the amount they give you. Once you are with your tour leader they will recommend the best places to exchange the rest of your money.
Ending Point
Town
Havana
Time
09:00
If you have booked and pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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