Cuba Challenge Tours
Challenges are normally fundraising events which are charity-specific. You can either contact a charity who will recruit a group of supporters to take part in the challenge of a lifetime. Alternatively, you can organize your own group and select a charity, or other fund raising event that you would wish to support.
Challenges tours can be tailored to the specific requirements of a tour and can include treks, cycle rides, mountain climbs, horse rides, runs, rallies in classic 50’s American cars, sailing, jeep safaris, train rides and motorbike rides.
Cuba has a diversity of locations, whether it be visiting cities and historical landmarks, beach resorts, mountains, and the nature of the countryside. There are different difficulty levels, ensuring there really is something for everyone.
The tours can be designed to include some leisure activities and fun events.
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Below is an example of a Cycle Challenge Tour. Other types of activities and different places to travel to can be arranged according to your requirements.
Cuba is the Caribbean's largest and least commercialised island and one of the world's last bastions of communism. We cycle along quiet roads passing towns and villages which seem frozen in time. There is barely any traffic, just a few horse and carts and tractors.
Highlights of the ride include the Bay of Pigs, famous for US aggression on Cuba in 1961; Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Sierra del Escambray mountains; Santa Clara with its statue of the legendary Che Guevara and the captivating city of Havana which boasts spacious plazas and glorious Spanish architecture.
Day 1: Arrival to Havana
Met and assisted upon arrival at Havana airport. Optional transfer to your hotel in Havana. Check in at the hotel. Relax after your flight and enjoy some free time before the start of your program tomorrow. Accommodation at Comodoro hotel. (Meals included: none).
Day 2: Havana
After breakfast served at the hotel, you will meet Old Havana by a city tour of the main sights including stopping visits. In the afternoon you may enjoy the Cuban rhythm by a dancing course in la Casa del Tango and Peña del Tango. Accommodation at Comodoro hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 3: Havana – Santa Clara – Topes de Collantes
Breakfast early in the morning at the hotel to departure to Topes de Collantes, visiting on the way the Mausoleo of Che Guevara in Santa Clara. The first challenge starts by trekking the Caburni, taking you to natural landscapes you can not miss. Accommodation at Los Helechos hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 4: Topes de Collantes
Today, after having breakfast at the hotel, you will face a new challenge by a full day excursion to the Parque Cubano exploring the endemic flora and fauna of the place. Accommodation at Los Helechos hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 5: Topes de Collantes
Breakfast at the hotel to start the new challenge consisting in horse ride at the hacienda La Vega. Accommodation at Costa Sur hotel. (Meals included: All inclusive basis at the hotel).
Day 6: Topes de Collantes – Trinidad
At the 6th day of the itinerary, after having breakfast, you will have the opportunity to know the city of Trinidad (one of the first seven villages of Cuba) by a city tour of the main streets. Accommodation at Costa Sur hotel. (Meals included: All inclusive basis at the hotel).
Day 7: Trinidad – Cienfuegos
Breakfast at Costa Sur hotel to start traveling to Cienfuegos city and delight the history and beauty of the place through a city tour. Accommodation at Jagua hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 8: Cienfuegos - Soroa
Breakfast at Jagua hotel leaving Cienfuegos city to the west of the island. On route you will visit not only the Peninsula de Zapata including a boat tour there but also the Viñales Valley. Accommodation at Soroa Villa. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 9: Soroa – San Diego de los Baños
Breakfast at Villa Soroa in order to confront a new challenge consisting this time in a bike tour. Accommodation at Mirador de San Diego hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 10: San Diego de los Baños - Viñales
Breakfast at hotel to continue exercising while enjoying the natural environment of Viñales Valley in two wheels. Accommodation at La Ermita hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 11: Viñales – Maria La Gorda
Breakfast at the hotel in Viñales to be transferred to Maria La Gorda. Today you can try another challenge optional (snorkeling or diving). Accommodation at Maria La Gorda hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 12: Maria La Gorda
Breakfast at the hotel in the morning to spend the whole day having a great time by diving or snorkeling (optional). Accommodation at Maria La Gorda hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 13: Maria La Gorda - Havana
Today, after having breakfast at Maria La Gorda hotel you will be transferred to Havana. Accommodation at Comodoro hotel. (Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel).
Day 14: Departure Havana
Today is the last day of the program. Enjoy it at leisure before the transfer takes you to Havana airport in time for your flight back home (optional), or to your next hotel depending on your holiday arrangements.
Met and greeted at Havana International Airport. Welcome information pack on arrival. Service of driver and qualified English speaking tour guide. Car or tour bus transfers (according to number of persons) as mentioned in itinerary. Rent of bicycles. Accommodation at specified hotels (13 nights). Food and beverages where indicated. 24 hour assistance from our Havana office.
International flights. Tourist Visa Card (obtainable from Cuban Consulate in your country, your airline, or your travel agent). Travel and medical insurance (medical insurance compulsory to enter Cuba). Where ‘Option’ or ‘Optional’ is mentioned in itinerary any costs are to be paid on the spot by the client. Any food and beverages not mentioned as included. Transfer in/out. Gala dinner at Jagua hotel (24/12 and 31/12). Cuba Airport Departure Tax (25 CUC per person payable in cash on departure). Personal expenses. Staff gratuities (this may include gratuities for your tour guide, driver, restaurants, hotel porters and other hotel staff).
Accommodation: We pre-arrange all your accommodation. If hotels mentioned in the itinerary are fully booked when reservation is made, we reserve the right to book another accommodation of equivalent standard. Camping equipment mentioned in this itinerary is of a basic standard. Transfers: We arrange various transportation options such as cars or tour buses depending on numbers of persons travelling. Meals: The food and beverages mentioned are suggested options for you to pay on the spot unless they are specified as included in the itinerary. Tour Guides: Our professional tour guides speak Spanish, English and some other languages, they will accompany you throughout the program, should there be occasions where you wish to explore areas alone you can go without the tour guide who will give you directions and advice. Excursions: Depending on the particular excursion this can be a private excursion or a collective group excursion with other travelers. Clothing: As Cuba is a tropical island with an average temperature of 25°c light clothing is recommended. Wet wear is also recommended for inclement weather. Warm clothing is suggested if evenings are cooler. Sturdy shoes are recommended for walks and treks. Sandals for other times. Dress Code: Casual clothes during the day. Some restaurants and nightclubs at night require smart but casual dress, with no shorts, sandals or trainers. Medical: Medical insurance is compulsory to enter Cuba. There are good international clinics at the main tourist sites where you can obtain care and treatment and purchase medicines. For these services you will be expected to pay by cash or credit card and claim back from your insurance company. As not all medicines are available it is recommended that you bring your own medicines. Also, bring a high factor sun cream/spray and after-sun gel. Embassies/Consulates: Most countries have embassies and consulates in Havana. Mobile Phones: You can use you own mobile phone sim cards, however to phone home from Cuba can be expensive. If your sim card does not work in Cuba you can purchase a local sim card. Drinking Water: It is advised to drink only mineral water.