Havana to Havana
This fascinating tour of Cuba explores the diversity of the largest island in the Caribbean. Staying mainly with local families we take in colourful provincial towns, the wildlife of Cuba’s largest eco system of swamps and lagoons, and hear the distinct local blend of rumba and Afro-Jazz in the colonial cities. Try some of Cuba’s tasty rum cocktails, see UNESCO World Heritage listed buildings, delve into slave history and explore the legend of revolutionary Che Guevara.
As featured in Wanderlust's 'Best 50 Trips for 2013'
- Arrival Transfer
- Valley of the Sugar Mills
- Entry to Che Monuments & Museum
- Bicitaxi Guided Tour of Camaguey
- Hill of the Cross
12 night(s) in casas particulares, 2 night(s) in hotels
Private Vehicle, Flight
Staff & Experts
Tucan Travel tour leader, English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
What's Not Included
- International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes
- Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
- Optional excursions - Please see the optional excursions on the Tour Notes for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.
Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Havana
The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.
Havana is a city that seems to be lost in time. In every corner you will find traces of the historical influences that make the Cuban culture as rich as it is today, from the Spanish conquest and the African slave trade, to the bustling and lavish vacation paradise for wealthy North Americans in the 1950's.
Take a lazy stroll along the Malecón, get lost in the time warp of Old Havana's colonial cobblestone streets, take a ride in a 1940 Dodge taxi through crumbling central Havana, witness Afro-Cuban religious rituals on the street and dance salsa until dawn.
Day 2 to 2 - Cienfuegos
After leaving Havana we travel to Cienfuegos, also known as the 'Pearl of the South' because of its beautiful bay, lovely colonial architecture, and unforgettable hospitality. There are options to discover fascinating museums and other colonial treasures such as the Teatro Tomas Terry. On our way to Trinidad you can visit Laguna Guanaroca and see the pink flamingos.
Day 3 to 5 - Trinidad
Trinidad is a colonial gem which was used by the Spaniards as their base to conquer the "New World" and is one of Latin America's most charming colonial towns. Trinidad has an array of cobbled-streets, colourfully painted buildings, elegant palaces, and lovely colonial plazas and is a great place to experience the local music and dance for which Cuba is so famous.
Our three free days in Trinidad can be filled with visits to local museums; a catamaran trip for snorkelling and visiting an island full of hermit crabs; relaxing at the nearby Ancona beach; and of course taking salsa lessons to spend the nights practicing your salsa moves while trying the famous Trinidad cocktail Canchanchara!
Day 6 to 6 - Santa Clara
Today we head to Santa Clara. where guerrilla leader, and revolutionary theorist, Ernesto "Ché" Guevara de la Serna led the revolutionary troops in the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution. The leader gained fame (and notoriety) as an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, and as a leading advocate of Cuban-style socialism and guerilla warfare throughout impoverished Latin America. We visit the Ché Guevara memorial and museum where the alleged remains of Ché Guevara are buried. You can also visit the Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, a battle site where Che Guevara derailed an armoured train, defeating those driving it.
Day 7 to 7 - Camaguey
Today we leave Santa Clara for Camaguey. On arrival we hop on bicycle taxis to tour the city and its labyrinth streets, visiting all of the major sites. It is the best way to see the city and a ride in these taxis are an experience alone. Camaguey's maze of streets were built originally to thwart pirate invaders. That afternoon you can explore further and delve into the history of the fascinating town.
Day 8 to 8 - Holguin
With some of the richest scenery in Cuba, Holguin is surrounded by high mountains and rich fields. Believed to be the region where Christopher Colombus first landed, the area is full of fascinating history. We stop at the Hill of the Cross, Loma de la Cruz, where the first cross was placed in 1790 by the friar Francisco Antonio de Alegría, of the Franciscan community of Holguin.
Day 9 to 11 - Baracoa
The next morning we drive to Baracoa, a small seaside town surrounded by rich vegetation where a number of small rivers flow into the ocean. We can stop for a picnic lunch at Alexander von Humboldt National Park on our way to this scenic town. On our second day we can take an interesting walk through a small cacao farm, where they explain the process of making chocolate. This small town is deserted during the day but at night, livens up with salsa bars and clubs.
Day 12 to 13 - Santiago de Cuba
After three days in the town, we drive to Santiago de Cuba arriving late afternoon. On our way we stop at Pico Turquino, the highest point in Cuba to enjoy the views. Here you can enjoy a salsa lesson, or explore the cathedral, copper mine and museum. You have the option of visiting, the El Moro Castle, built to protect the city from marauding pirates with its stunning sea views and the famous church El Cobre, where people pilgrimage from all over Cuba to ask the deity's help and return to thank her.
Day 14 to 14 - Havana
After two days in Santiago de Cuba, we fly back to Havana.
Day 15 to 15 - Depart Havana
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