Cuba Guided Self Drive Adventure - 21 Days
Cuba conjures up images of vintage convertibles cruising streets lined with colourful colonial buildings, vibrant music, beautiful beaches, varied landscapes, cigars and, of course, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. The island is also home to many UNESCO world heritage listed sites from the cities of Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos to national parks such as Desembarco del Gramna and Alejandro de Himboldt and the stunning Viñales Valley. Our 2,000km journey will take us from east to west traversing the island seeing iconic sites of Cuba, but also venturing off the usual tourist track to more remote and less visited destinations. During our adventure we will stay in a combination of Colonial hotels, homestays and boutique hotels with history and interesting architecture. Sorry, foreigners cannot rent the vintage cars so instead we will travel in a 4 door “saloon” car (a little more reliable).
Highlights include: Santigao de Cuba; Baracoa on the deserted eastern coast; the sleepy town of Gibara with its whitewashed houses topped with red tiled roofs; Comandancia de la Plata (Fidel's Hideout); Camagüey with its labyrinthine of blind alleys and forked streets; Saqua an abandoned but fascinating town; sugar plantation visit; Trinidad walking tour; jeep safari through the tropical forest of Topes; eating lobster from beach shacks on beautiful beaches; horse and cart ride into the birders’ paradise of Cienaga Zapata; snorkelling at Playa Giron; tobacco tour in Viñales; food tour in Havana; and of course a ride in an open top vintage car through the streets of Havana.
2 people per car (double/twin share): USD6,945* per person
Single accommodation surcharge: USD600
*Prices assume a minimum of 5 vehicles (plus support vehicles) and 8 people (plus support staff), maximum of 7 vehicles (plus support vehicles), 2022 pricing only. Prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations – please see terms and conditions for all booking conditions.
All travel subject to COVID situation prevailing
27 Nov - 17 Dec – 2 cars available
Have your own group? We can tailor your trip.
Arrival and departure transfers; Cuban visa, sponsorship letter and affidavit required to entry Cuba; accommodation as per itinerary; vehicle hire (Saloon – medium size); activities as per itinerary; meals as per itinerary (all breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners); and bilingual local guide as well as Self Drive Adventures escort.
Airfares return to Cuba; Fuel (approx. USD300/AUD430 per car); meals other than listed in itinerary (approx. budget USD980/AUD1,400 per person); local SIM card with airtime (two-way radios are prohibited in Cuba so this will be used to communicate between the vehicles); optional activities chosen; vehicle security deposit of CUC200 (approx. AUD140/USD100) and CUC10 per day insurance (approx. AUD140/USD100 for the entire vehicle rental); beverages and alcohol (beers approx. USD3 per bottle and wine USD16-20 in a restaurant); local tips; travel insurance (medical evacuation insurance highly recommended and if you are over 70 additional insurance may be required); vaccinations (if required); any other items of a personal nature and local tips.