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Cuba

Cuba Colonial - Adventure Tour

From €1699pp
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
15 days
Destination
Cuba
Price
From €1699pp
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The melody of horns floating through the air, classic cars parked in colonial squares, revolutionary statues—get over the resort wall and discover the real Cuba!

Travel east to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa and encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and revolutionary fervour. Soak in Spanish heritage while exploring churches, forts and cobblestoned streets.

Overnight in homestays for an immersive Cuban experience few travellers get to enjoy. Don't just walk down the road less travelled—dance down it. Viva la Revolución!

Day 1 Havana

Arrive in Havana at any time.

Check into the hotel and enjoy the city before an evening welcome meeting.

It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Tryp Habana Libre (or similar)

Day 2 Havana/Santiago de Cuba

Fly to Santiago de Cuba and take an orientation walk with a visit to Castillo del Morro.

Santiago de Cuba is the cradle of the Revolution and home of traditional son rhythms. Opt to visit museums, colonial churches and buildings like the Moncada Barracks. Santiago has a vibrant traditional music scene that will entice even the shyest dancer out to experiment with some salsa moves.

On the Dec 31, 2016 departure, you'll be spending two nights in Havana at the beginning of the trip, and flying to Santiago de Cuba on Day 3 – giving you more time to explore Havana while ringing in the New Year. You will have one less night in Havana at the end of the trip, but all other aspects of the itinerary will remain the same.

Plane

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Orientation Walk

Follow your CEO through the streets of Santiago de Cuba, discover useful spots and interesting sights.

Accommodation

  • Homestay Maria Elena (or similar)

Day 3 Santiago de Cuba

Enjoy a free day in Santiago. Opt to listen to live music at the Casa de la Trova. Explore this Afro-Cuban city by visiting important revolutionary sites, like the Moncada Barracks.

Free Time

Use this day to explore the city any way you like.

Accommodation

  • Homestay Maria Elena (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Santiago de Cuba/Baracoa

Head north to Baracoa. The area offers everything from beaches, to hiking opportunities and museums.

The best way to get around this colonial town, situated on the bay with mountains towering in the background, is on foot and with 2 1/2 days to explore the area, there's plenty of time to see it all.

Wander the malecón (boardwalk) and visit the forts built to defend the city from pirates.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Walk

Upon arrival, your CEO will take you on an orientation walk around town to help you get your bearings.

Accommodation

  • Homestay Rolando y Elvira (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Days 5–6 Baracoa

With free time, opt to hike near El Yunque or explore the breathtaking beaches for which this area of Cuba is famous.

Take some time to visit the city then head further afield to the mountains or visit the striking black sand beaches.

Playa Maguana and the smaller Playa Nava are both nearby and accessible by bike or taxi. Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt is approximately 40 km outside of town and well worth a visit.

Free Time

With free time here you can explore the beaches, the nearby national park or wander the colonial streets and hang out on the lively boardwalk.

Accommodation

  • Homestay Rolando y Elvira (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba

Travel back to Santiago de Cuba for one more night before continuing west.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

  • Homestay Maria Elena (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Santiago de Cuba/Camagüey

Arrive in the afternoon to Camagüey. Opt for a guided tour to get to know the city.

Your journey will continue west across the Carretera Central to Camagüey, the third largest city on island. It retains much of its colonial heritage in its buildings, plazas and its tinajones, large clay pots traditionally used in Spain and in its New World colonies for collecting rain water. Explore the narrow winding streets and impressive sites.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Camaguey (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Camagüey/Trinidad

Enjoy an orientation walk and included salsa lesson in Trinidad.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery continuing on to the colonial city of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to lovely Spanish-style churches and great museums, Trinidad is a hub of cultural activity, never out of earshot from a group of musicians playing local salsa or son. Enjoy an included salsa lesson during your time in Trinidad.

Private Vehicle

Stop along the way for an optional visit to La Torre del Esclavo before continuing on to Trinidad.

Orientation Walk

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Salsa Lesson

Loosen up those hips and get ready to salsa. Classes are led by expert Cuban instructors and you even get your own practice partner. Rumba, mambo and cha-cha-chá your way across the floor. Never danced salsa? Have no fear, Cubans are happy to share the secrets behind one of their national pastimes.

Accommodation

  • Homestay Trinidad Jesus Pineda (or similar)

Day 10 Trinidad

Enjoy free time in Trinidad. Opt to hike in nearby Topes de Collantes National Park to see the Salto del Caburni waterfall, or visit Ancón Beach for diving, snorkelling or lounging. Savour a local dinner as a group hosted by one of the homestay families.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for horseback riding or bicycle riding (no typical mountain bikes though!). If a beach is in the cards, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón. Enjoy a local meal together with one of the host families on Day 10 or 11.

Free Time

With two days of free time, leave no Trinidadian stone unturned.

Accommodation

  • Homestay Trinidad Jesus Pineda (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11 Trinidad

Enjoy free time exploring Trinidad and surrounds.

Free Time

Get out and explore.

Accommodation

  • Homestay Trinidad Jesus Pineda (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 Trinidad/Santa Clara

Visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum.

Continue on to Santa Clara, a key city in the revolution. Santa Clara is probably best known for its statue of Che Guevara at the Plaza de la Revolución. The remains of Che and his comrades who fell in Bolivia are interred in the mausoleum at this site. 

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Che Guevara's Mausoleum Visit

The Che Guevara Mausoleum houses the remains of this Marxist revolutionary leader killed in Bolivia in 1967, as well as 30 of his men. The room itself is designed to resemble the Bolivian mountains where he died. Set eyes on a 6.7m (22ft) bronze statue of the hero. Nearby, there is a museum dedicated to his life and an eternal flame lit by Fidel Castro.

Accommodation

  • Teresita Homestay (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Santa Clara/Havana

Journey back to the capital and enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana. Opt to visit museums, tour the city by vintage car or attend a cabaret performance at the Tropicana.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Havana City Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of Havana and find out what your CEO loves best about this amazing city. See city highlights that may include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (which now houses a restaurant), the Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas, with its statue of Manuel de Céspedes (one of the leaders of the Cuban independence movement). Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.

Accommodation

  • Yerika Homestay (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 Havana

Enjoy a full free day to get exactly what you want out of Havana.

Free Time

Set out to explore the vibrant streets of Havana.

Havana City Tour in Vintage Car

A fantastic way to experience most of Havana—and in style! Hop into a well-preserved car from the 1950s and cruise around, soaking in the city's atmosphere.

Accommodation

  • Yerika Homestay (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15 Havana

Depart at any time.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
 

Price includes:

Accommodations

  • Hotels (2 nts), casas particulares/homestays (12 nts).

Meals

  • 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner 
  • Allow USD410-535 for meals not included.

Transportation

  • Private vehicle, plane, walking
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