Cuba Colonial

Classic, Havana to Havana

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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. Stay 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!

What’s included

  • Local Living: Havana Homestay, Havana Hands-on: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad
  • Arrival transfer
  • Che Guevara mausoleum and museum visit
  • Beach time in Baracoa
  • Comandancia de la Plata hike
  • Havana city tour in vintage car
  • Old Havana walking tour
  • Orientation walks in Sancti Spíritus, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Camagüey, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad
  • Free time in Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Bay of Pigs, and Havana
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Salsa dance with the locals
  • Walk in che guevara's footsteps
  • Gain insight on cuban life at casa particular stays
  • Explore breathtaking beaches

Itinerary

Day 1 Havana Check into the Casa Particular and enjoy the city before an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Havana Homestay Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV). Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Havana/Sancti Spíritus (1B) Take a guided tour of key historical sites, including the famous Che monument in Santa Clara, en route to Sancti Spiritus. Enjoy an orientation walk of this beautiful, but often overlooked, colonial city. Additional Notes: Santa Clara/Sancti Spíritus Included Activities: Che Guevara's Monument Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 3 Sancti Spíritus/Bayamo (1B) Travel overland across Eastern Cuba to Bayamo, known as the Cradle of the Cuban Revolution. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore – opt to hire a horsecart like the locals to tour the area or people watch in the pedestrian only Plaza de la Revolución. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 4 Bayamo/Baracoa (1B) 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Informal Spanish Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Days 5-6 Baracoa 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.
Day 6 Baracoa (1B) Soak up the sun during a day trip to the beach. This area of Cuba is known for breathtaking, white-sand beaches – use the day to unwind and and let your worries melt away.
Day 7 Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba (1B) 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 8 Santiago de Cuba/Sierra Maestra (1B) Travel into the heart of Sierra Maestra National Park, and stay in quaint wooden cabins next to the Yara River. Enjoy free time for hikes or relaxing in nature. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 9 Sierra Maestra/Camagüey (1B) 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. Included Activities: Comandancia de la Plata Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)
Day 10 Camagüey/Trinidad (1B) 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Salsa Lesson Transport: Stop along the way for an optional visit to La Torre del Esclavo before continuing on to Trinidad. Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 11 Trinidad (1B, 1D) For outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for activities. 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.
Day 12 Trinidad/Cienfuegos (1B) Travel along the coast to colonial Cienfuegos. Learn more about the city on an orientation walk. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Cienfuegos/Havana (1B) Drive along the picture-perfect Bay of Pigs, and learn more about the Cuban victory in 1961 at the Giron Museum. Enjoy free time for swimming and snorkelling before returning to Havana. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 100km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 200km)
Day 14 Havana (1B) Tour the city by vintage car before a walking tour of Old Havana with the CEO. In the afternoon, opt to visit museums, or attend a cabaret performance at the Tropicana. Enjoy a final evening with the group in Cuba's vibrant capital. Included Activities: Havana City Tour in Vintage Car Havana City Walking Tour
Day 15 Havana (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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