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Parakeet Journey: Cuba beyond the beach

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Parakeet Journey

One of the most comprehensive group tours to Cuba for 2014, 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.

  • More than a dip in the Caribbean and a few mojitos. 
  • A behind the scenes experience of Cuba’s unique society and scenery.
  • A culturally rich island: fascinating history and irresistible music.
  • Fidel Castro’s pre-Revolution hideout in the beautiful Sierra Maestra moutains
  • Accommodation and great food with the local people in their family homes.
  • Cobbled, colonial Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Holiday Itinerary

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.

Trip Profile

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?

Extend your trip by adding on a few days at the beginning or end of your tour on a tailormade, private basis. Click here to see our most popular extensions to the Parakeet Journey or contact one of our consultants for more inspiring ideas.

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Music can be heard on every street corner of Cuba
Music can be heard on every street corner of Cuba

Classic cars ride along the malecon in Havana
Classic cars ride along the malecon in Havana

Trinidad - an UNESCO world heritage site, and colonial gem
Trinidad - an UNESCO world heritage site, and colonial gem

View more imagesEnjoy a day relaxing at Maguana Beach near Baracoa, and an excellent lunch served up in the shade of the palmsVisit Che's mausoleum in Santa ClaraThe warm hospitality of the Cuban people make staying in private homes an insightful and enjoyable experienceThe mogotes and tobacco plantations near Vinales are good walking territoryVisiting many of the towns in Cuba is like stepping back in timeClassic cars are a common sighting, and you can enjoy a drive in one along the malecon in Havana


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