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).
Hands-On: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad. Arrival transfer. Castillo del Morro entrance and visit. Orientation walks in Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Camaga¼ey, 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.
Dance salsa 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 2 Havana/Santiago de Cuba
Fly to Santiago de Cuba and take an orientation walk with a visit to Castillo del Morro.
Day 3 Santiago de Cuba (1B)
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.
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)
Travel back to Santiago de Cuba for one more night before continuing west.
Day 8 Santiago de Cuba/Camaga¼ey (1B)
Arrive in the afternoon to Camaga¼ey. Enjoy an orientation walk, or opt for a guided tour for a better understanding of the city.
Day 9 Camaga¼ey/Trinidad
Enjoy an orientation walk and included salsa lesson in Trinidad.
Day 10 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/Santa Clara (1B)
Visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum.
Day 13 Santa Clara/Havana (1B)
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.
Day 14 Havana (1B)
Enjoy a full free day to get exactly what you want out of Havana.
Day 15 Havana (1B)
Depart at any time.