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 Revolucion!
Private vehicle, walking.
Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (14 nts).
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 Sparitus, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Camaga¼ey, 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.
Salsa dance with the locals, walk in Che Guevara's footsteps, gain insight on Cuban life at casa particular stays, explore breathtaking beaches
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.
Day 4 Bayamo/Baracoa (1B)
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.
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.
Day 4 Santiago de Cuba/Baracoa (1B)
Head north to Baracoa and get grounded with an orientation walk. The area offers everything from beaches to hiking opportunities and museums.
Days 5-6 Baracoa
With free time, opt to hike near El Yunque or explore the breathtaking beaches for which this area of Cuba is famous.
Day 7 Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba (1B)
Drive along the rugged coast towards Santiago de Cuba and take an orientation walk with the CEO on arrival.
Day 3 Sancti Sparitus/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 Revolucion.
Day 10 Camaga¼ey/Trinidad (1B)
Enjoy an orientation walk and included salsa lesson in Trinidad.
Day 11 Trinidad (1B, 1D)
Enjoy free time in Trinidad. Opt to hike in nearby Topes de Collantes National Park to see the Salto del Caburni waterfall, or visit Ancon Beach for diving, snorkelling or lounging. Savour a local dinner as a group hosted by one of the homestay families.
Day 11 Trinidad (1B)
Enjoy free time exploring Trinidad and surrounds.
Day 12 Trinidad/Cienfuegos (1B)
Travel along the coast to colonial Cienfuegos. Learn more about the city on an orientation walk.
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.
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.
Day 15 Havana (1B)
Depart at any time.
Day 9 Sierra Maestra/Camaga¼ey (1B)
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 Camaga¼ey. 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.
Day 2 Havana/Sancti Sparitus (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.
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.