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Cuba Colonial
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Until Aug 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.A/224844
  • Starts: Havana, Cuba
  • Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will Visit
  • Havana
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Baracoa
  • Camagüey
  • Trinidad
  • Santa Clara

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/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.


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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.

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Day 4: Santiago de Cuba/Baracoa

Head north to Baracoa and get grounded with an orientation walk. 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.


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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

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

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Day 8: Santiago de Cuba/Camagüey

Arrive in the afternoon to Camagüey. Enjoy an orientation walk, or opt for a guided tour for a better understanding of 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.

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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.

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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 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 11: Trinidad

Enjoy free time exploring Trinidad and surrounds.

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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.

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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.

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Day 14: Havana

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

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Day 15: Havana

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad
    • Arrival transfer
    • Castillo del Morro entrance and visit
    • Orientation walks in Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Camagüey, and Trinidad
    • Beach time in Baracoa
    • Che Guevara mausoleum and museum visit
    • Old Havana walking tour
    • Free time in Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, and Havana
    • Informal Spanish lesson
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (14 nts)
    • 12 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