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Cuba Colonial
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From Sep 18

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!

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CCC.B/226854
  • Starts: Havana, Cuba
  • Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will Visit
  • Havana
  • Sancti Spíritus
  • Bayamo
  • Baracoa
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Sierra Maestra
  • Camagüey
  • Trinidad
  • Cienfuegos

Itinerary

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Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.
Check into the Casa Particular and enjoy the city before an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Havana/Sancti Spíritus

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.

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Day 3: Sancti Spíritus/Bayamo

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.

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Day 4: Bayamo/Baracoa

Continue on to Baracoa, and get the lay of the land with an orientation walk. The area offers everything from beaches to waterfalls 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.

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Day 5: 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.

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Day 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.

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Day 7: Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba

Drive along the rugged coast towards Santiago de Cuba and take an orientation walk with the CEO on arrival.
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.

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Day 8: Santiago de Cuba/Sierra Maestra

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.

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Day 9: Sierra Maestra/Camagüey

Hike through the Sierra Maestra mountains in the footsteps of Che Guevarra and Fidel Castro and learn more about Cuba's history. Arrive in the afternoon to Camagüey. Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit an art gallery, take in a ballet performance, hop in the back of a "bicitaxi" (bicycle-taxi) and tour the local markets and plazas, or take in the city's nightlife.
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.

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Day 10: 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.

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Day 11: 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 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.

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Day 12: Trinidad/Cienfuegos

Travel along the coast to colonial Cienfuegos. Learn more about the city on an orientation walk.

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Day 13: Cienfuegos/Havana

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.

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Day 14: Havana

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.

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Day 15: Havana

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (14 nts)
    • 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Dance salsa with the locals
  • Walk in Che Guevara's footsteps
  • Gain insight on Cuban life at casa particular stays
  • Explore breathtaking beaches