One of the most comprehensive group tours to Cuba for 2013, this holiday travels overland from one end of the island to the other, staying in hotels and 'casas particulares', or family homes. Highlights of this 2 week escorted tour in Cuba include the cities of Havana, Trinidad and Santiago, the mountains of the Sierra Maestra, Caribbean beaches, Cuban music and dance, and an insight into the history of the island and the Cuban revolution.
Summary of nights: Havana 1, Baracoa 2, Santiago 2, Bayamo 1, Sierra Maestra 1, Camagüey 1, Trinidad 2, Havana 2, Viñales 2.
- Not a just a superficial dip in the Caribbean and a few mojitos:-
- A behind the scenes experience of Cuba’s unique society and scenery.
- Steep yourself in this culturally rich island’s history and music. Visit off the-beaten-track landscapes little trodden by visitors.
- Walk in the beautiful Sierra Maestra, Castro’s pre-Revolution hideout.
- Stay and eat in family homes – the friendliest people and the best food on the island.
- Trinidad, haven of colonial tranquillity and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
UK clients depart on a direct flight arriving Havana, Cuba, same day.
Day 1 Thur. Overnight at a hotel in the capital.
Days 2,3 Fly to the east of the island and drive to Baracoa, visit local coffee farm and swim in translucent rivers.
Days 4,5 Drive to Santiago, visit the Moncada barracks and enjoy an evening of Cuban music.
Day 6 Continue to Bayamo.
Day 7 Head to the Sierra Maestra mountains and walk to Castro's revolutionary hideout.
Day 8 Drive to Camaguey, relax in the colonial streets.
Days 9-10 Continue to Trinidad, walking tour and walk in the Escambray mountains or relax on the Caribbean beaches.
Day 11 Drive to Havana, visiting Che's mausoleum in Santa Clara en route.
Day 12 Guided tour of Havana, and optional museum visits.
Days 13, 14 Explore Viñales with optional walks.
Day 15 Return by bus to Havana airport. Depart on international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day, Fri.
Transport: 1 flight (1.5hrs), 9 scenic road journeys (longest 6hrs with stops).
Accommodation: Simple hotels with private bathrooms and casas particulares (private homes), some with shared facilities.
Meals: Breakfast daily, dinner day 9.
Included excursions: Trip to coffee farm, the beach and river at Baracoa; Moncada barracks, music venue, Santiago; walking tour, Bayamo; visit to Fidel’s hideout, Sierra Maestra; sugar mills, Trinidad; walking tour of Trinidad; Che’s mausoleum, Santa Clara; guided city tour of Havana; guided walks in Viñales valley.
A few days to spare?
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Music can be heard on every street corner of Cuba
Classic cars ride along the malecon in Havana
Trinidad - an UNESCO world heritage site, and colonial gem
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