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15 Day In Depth Cuba

15 Day In Depth Cuba

HIGHLIGHTS

Che Guevara museum, Cuban culture & home stays

FROM

US$925

DURATION

15 Days

Why choose this trip?

If you only have two weeks to experience Cuba, then this tour of Cuba will tick all the boxes. Immerse yourself in Cuban culture, music, historic towns and guest houses.

Come with us and explore Cuba’s unique culture that is rapidly changing. Dance to the rhythms of Salsa, and get to know Cuban locals and their way of life, for an unforgettable journey.

The 15 Day In Depth Cuba trip focuses on Cuban culture, and the diversity of this stunning Caribbean island with its unique history. There is also plenty of time to swim, snorkel and pursue individual interests.

What’s the Activity level?

This adventure takes in the best of Cuba, with a huge range of activities and cultural experiences. It is a physically undemanding trip, however some of the long travel days, combined with the very hot, humid, tropical weather, can make it tough at times. It is this uncensored view of Latin America that makes the trip so special and all the more exciting.

What’s the transport and accommodation like?

We use private land transport for Cuban travel. All accommodation is in guesthouses, which are small private businesses that are typically owned and run by local families.

*All our tours are non-smoking

TRIP SUMMARY:

Departs: Friday departures throughout the year
Duration: 15 days starting/finishing in Havana
Trip focus: Cuban life, local contact and culture, Cuban music and stunning natural highlights
Accommodation: 14 nights Guest houses and the odd hotel, twin share
Transport: flight, bus and minivan
Group size: Maximum 14 + Tour leader
Single supplement: US$370
Operator: This tour is run by one of our trusted local partners.
**plus local payment of CUC250 (see below)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • All breakfasts
  • Cuban Tour leader throughout
  • Walking tour of Havana
  • Che Guevara museum
  • Ballet school visit in Camaguey
  • Music and dance night in Santiago
  • Flight from Havana to Baracoa
  • All land transport during the itinerary and airport transfer on arrival
  • All hotel accommodations* (twin share)
    * Additional accommodation can be arranged at the clients’ request

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Cuban Tourist card or visa
  • Local payment of CUC450
  • Insurance (Travel Medical Insurance is required to participate on the tour)
  • Any meals not listed
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/day tours/excursions
  • Airport taxes
  • Transfers to and from the airport

PAYING LOCALLY

Most of our adventure tours involve a local payment. Paying locally allows us to keep the overall cost of our tours competitive and pass the savings on to you. These funds are put towards local expenses. In some developing countries the transferring of funds is at times problematic so this is a way to help us serve you, whilst saving you money. Payment is to be made to your leader upon arrival in cash.

All prices are approximate and subject to currency fluctuations until final payment has been made.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY HAVANA

Arrive in Havana at any time. Today is the arrival day of the tour so there are no planned activities and you can check into the hotel and relax or go and explore the city. One of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Wander through old Havana and sit on the famous sea wall (malecon) to take in the view and some fresh air, and to socialize with the colourful and friendly ‘Habaneros’.

Meals Included: None

DAY 2 to 4 – BARACOA

We take a mid-morning flight from Havana to Baracoa. Baracoa is a special place within Cuba and feels even more lost in time than the rest of Cuba. This is because, despite being the first Spanish settlement in Cuba, its location is quite remote and difficult to access from the rest of the country.

The natural environment that surrounds the town of Baracoa is nothing short of spectacular. In fact Christopher Columbus noted in his log-book that this was the most beautiful land that human eyes could set upon. Apart from the forested mountains, you can find pristine beaches with sand of various colours, coffee and chocolate plantations, and some stunning freshwater rivers (in fact, the biggest rivers in Cuba are found here). We have 2 full days here and your tour guide will offer you the options and offer to organise the best ways to explore it.

Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts

DAYS 5 & 6 – SANTIAGO DE CUBA

A spectacular drive through lush mountains of eastern Cuba, then along a rugged and beautiful section of coast, and later past the region’s most controversial leasehold of Guantanamo Bay, brings us to what is known as the “cradle of Cuba’s Revolution”. Santiago de Cuba is home to much of Cuba’s famed music, like the Son. There are also museums, colonial churches and buildings of more recent historical importance, such as the Moncada Barracks, which are well worth exploring.

Santiago de Cuba has a very vibrant traditional music scene, and it’s here that we include what we call a Noche Santiaguera. It’s an interactive night of music and dance where we invite some local Santiago friends of ours to come with us to a local traditional music venue, and they will invite you to join them on the dance floor to learn some dance moves. For those that are willing, you’ll have the chance to get up on stage and play an instrument with the local Cuban band. Culturally, Santiago has a different feel to the rest of Cuba, undoubtedly coming from the mix of French speaking slaves from Haiti and its proximity to Jamaica.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts

DAYS 7 & 8 – CAMAGUEY

Cuba’s third largest city lies about half way between Santiago de Cuba and Havana – about a 7 hour bus ride from Santiago de Cuba. Camaguey was designed in the 17th century to disorientate potential invaders such as pirates and plunderers, so the street layout is a jumble of narrow alleys where no two streets are parallel. There are large parks, various private art galleries, and a thriving market garden, and one will enjoy strolling through this city. This is also a university town and has a rich cultural tradition, and like just about everywhere in Cuba, there is plenty of night time entertainment to be had. Camaguey is a proud and cultural city, and has some of the best schools and institutions in Cuba. We include a guided visit to a ballet school.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts

DAYS 9 to 11 – TRINIDAD

Trinidad is home to numerous churches and many beautiful colonial buildings. We are near the lovely Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugarmills) and Playa Ancón, where you can enjoy long stretches of unspoiled, white sand beaches. Scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming in waterfalls and horse-riding are other optional activities.

The nightlife in Trinidad is probably the most accessible and intense in all of Cuba, with numerous live music venues and many dance performances everyday of the week, all amidst the enchanting setting of old colonial buildings and the cobblestone streets.

Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts

DAYS 12 – CIENFUEGOS VIA SANTA CLARA

Before reaching the French founded city of Cienfuegos, we first drop in on the historic inland city of Santa Clara. It’s here that we encounter a huge statue of Ernesto Ché Guevara. We take time to visit the museum that is directly under the statue, and which tells the story of Ché’s fascinating life. Cienfuegos appeal lies partly in the European flavour of its colonial hub, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades, and there is an ambience to inspire Cuba’s most celebrated Son singer to write the words “Cienfuegos is the city I like best”. You’ll have time to take in the ambience with a pleasant stroll along the boulevard and to the main square.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 13 – HAVANA VIA BAY OF PIGS

On our way back to the capital, we drive along the beautiful coastline of the Bay of Pigs. Your guide will explain in more detail the dramatic events. If the conditions are favourable, we can stop for a swim at a beautiful spot on the bay that is ideal for snorkeling. We then pass through an area of densely vegetated swamp-lands called the Cienage de Zapata, before arriving bank in Havana.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14 – HAVANA

The Caribbean’s largest and most exciting urban concentration, Havana is one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere, and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Options are to take the included walking tour of the Old town with the guide or to find your own adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 15 – DEPARTURE DAY

A free day to explore and depart anytime. Departure transfer not included but you can pre-book your transfer to the airport for an extra fee.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Why not extend your stay in Cuba. Please ask for extra nights if required.

TESTIMONIALS

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vibrant Havana
  • Crumbling but beautiful Santiago de Cuba
  • Piñar del Rio province with pincushion hills, tobacco fields and rum factories
  • The food… we know all the great places for the best local food in Cuba
  • Staying with Cuban families in the home stay B&B’s
  • The amazing Cuba culture and music

DATES

Departure Dates Cost
Departs on Fridays - please enquire From US$925
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