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DISCOVER CUBA

15 days departing HAVANA Jan-Dec from £1199

Cuba | Hotels

 

There really is only one Cuba, a slow paced and colourful country with salsa music pulsating through its veins. Admire Havana's colourful and architectural rich history and explore a city where the old and the new converge as Cuba adapts to the end of the Castro era. Travel deep into the Cuban countryside to visit lush landscapes, rolling tobacco plantations and world heritage sites on your voyage of discovery. Swim in the Caribbean waters, sip cocktails, savour a cigar and dance with the locals to salsa music. Your trip in Cuba will leave you in awe as you travel the length of this beautiful tropical island.

 

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Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0830 on day 2 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Havana

You are free to arrive at any time today and make your way to the hotel. You have the rest of the day to explore Havana or rest after your flight as you have time to discover the jewels of both old and new Havana at the end of the tour. Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals paid locally

 

Day 2: Santa Clara & Sancti Spiritus

You will meet your tour leader this morning at 08:30 for a pre departure meeting. Start with a panoramic tour of Havana including a stop at Revolution Square and the Capitolio Building, then drive towards Santa Clara, stopping for lunch on the way. Santa Clara is the site of the last battle of the Cuban revolution. In December 1958 Che Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the revolution. We visit the train museum and the Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia. The museum attached to the Mausoleum has many of his former belongings and is a fascinating insight into one of the 20th Centuries most revered icons. After visiting Santa Clara we drive on to Sancti Spiritus where we stay the night. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day 3: Bayamo

Today is a long driving day as we head to Bayamo in the east of the island. We pass through agricultural towns and sugar cane plantations, learning about the importance of sugar in Cuba's history. We stop for lunch in Camaguey, Cuba's fourth largest city, to break up the journey. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day 4-5: Baracoa

Leave Holguin and drive to the beautiful Playa Maguana beach, to spend a few hours relaxing or swimming in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop for lunch at a beachside cafe before continuing to Baracoa. Founded in 1512, Baracoa was the first Spanish settlement and served as the capital for three years. It's location on the easternmost tip of the island left it open to attacks from pirates, smugglers and the English, so three forts were constructed in the 18th Century for protection. Baracoa has only been accessible by road since the 1960s and this has left it largely off the tourist route. Surrounding the quaint town are lush, tropical mountains and golden sand beaches. This area is renowned for cocoa growing and chocolate production. The Malecon on the northeast side of the town is known as the Caribbean's first ocean drive. There is still a strong Indian influence here and the El Yunque Mountain, (the anvil shaped mountain described by Christopher Columbus in his diaries) used to be the site of various aboriginal communities. Enjoy an included boat trip on the River Tao or alternatively you may trek the nearby El Yungue Mountain. Accommodation: Hotel included I Breakfast included

 

Day 6-7: Santiago de Cuba

After breakfast we depart sleepy Baracoa for Santiago de Cuba, which is known as the `city of heroes' for the important role it played in Independence and Revolutionary struggles. Santiago rivals Havana in literature, music and politics, and is rich in traditions, folklore and legends making almost every street corner in the city famous. Take a tour of Santiago de Cuba, visiting the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, Revolution Square, El Morro Castle and Moncada Barracks - where the opening shots of the revolution were fired on 26 July 1953, when Castro and his men attacked the barracks. The afternoon is free for you to explore more on your own. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast included

 

Day 8: Sierra Maestra

Leaving the city behind we drive towards the verdent green mountains of the Sierra Maestra, stopping to visit El Cobre, the most sacred pilgrimage sight in Cuba. Our first choice is to stay in a hotel in the Sierra Maestra, however due to the popularity of the area we may stay in Bayamo again. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast included

 

Day 9: Castro's hideout & Camaguey

Walk in Castro's footsteps in the Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra, a spectacular national park within Cuba's highest mountain range. This region is well known as Fidel Castro's base of operations during the Cuban Revolutionary War. High in the Sierra Maestra lies the Comandancia La Plata lies the secret mountain hideout of Castro and Che Guevara, used for planning the revolutionary war in the 1950's and as the base of Radio Rebelde which provided information for the revolutionaries. Hike to the revolutionary base and if time, bathe in the Yara River. Continue your journey on to Camaguey. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day 10: Camaguey & Trinidad

This morning there will be time to explore the historic city of Camaguey, characterised more recently by 'tinajones' - large, earthen jugs found in the squares, churches and gardens that were originally used to store water during drought periods. Continue to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 and perhaps the best-preserved colonial town on the island. Exploring Trinidad is like stepping back in time, the cobbled streets and horse drawn transportation whisks you back to colonial times. There are many interesting museums housed in old colonial buildings to visit in the daytime, but it is as the sun sets when Trinidad really comes to life. We recommend a visit to Casa de la Trova for traditional Cuban music and dancing! Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast & dinner included

 

Day 11: Trinidad

Today is free to continue your exploration of Trinidad and its surroundings or simply relax by the hotel pool. For those who wish to venture a little further afield an optional catamaran trip is available. Embarking from the beach at Playa Ancon the full day trip heads out into the Caribbean Sea to the small islands of Cayo Macho or Cayo Blanco (depending on availability) where you will have a fresh seafood lunch amongst tame iguanas and tree rats. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast included

 

Day 12: Cienfuegos

After breakfast, set off for 'El Cubano' Nature Park, a reserve nestled in countryside on the outskirts of Trinidad. Walk through tropical forest to reach a waterfall where you can stop to take a refreshing dip. We then carry on to colonial Cienfuegos where you have a city tour of the main plazas and spend the night. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast included

 

Day 13: Havana

Today we visit the Bay of Pigs and drive through the Zapata Peninsula back to Havana. The Bay of Pigs was the site of the US invasion in 1961. Visit the museum at Playa Giron and stop for lunch and to swim at Caleta Buena, a protected cove that is great for snorkelling. On arrival in Havana make a stop at Revolution Square before checking into your hotel. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day 14: Havana

Today is free for you to explore Havana or take an optional day trip to Vinales. The Vinales Valley is filled with palm trees and tobacco farms, where traditional farming methods are still used, scattered amongst some of the most impressive scenery in Cuba. Huge limestone karsts (sheer-sided, flat-topped hills) rise from the valley floor, riddled with caves and covered in forest. In the evening there is an optional trip to the famous Tropicana Nightclub in Havana. Accommodation: Hotel included | Breakfast included

 

Day 15: Havana

This morning you'll have more time to explore old Havana with your guide, Cuba's capital and the largest city in the Caribbean. This is a busy and bustling, energetic capital. Old Havana is often described as a living museum with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces. It is the finest surviving Spanish colonial complex in the Americas, preserved by a combination of minimal war damage, post revolution restoration work and the millions of dollars invested since it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. We will also take time to have a Mojito cocktail and lunch (included) in one of Hemingway's old haunts, La Bodeguita del Medio. Extend your time in Cuba by travelling just a few hours from Havana to the idyllic island of Cayo Levisa. Stay in an en suite beach cabin and wake up each day to a beautiful 4km stretch of golden sand beach and inviting turquoise waters. There are no roads or other buildings on the small island just off the north west coast of Cuba, only the hotel and its bar and restaurant. All meals are included and for those who don't just want to relax in the sun, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports such as snorkelling and diving. Extensions can be arranged for any length of stay, and include transfers to and from Havana. Prices available on request.

Included Highlights

Havana's colonial architecture and unique charm

Two night visit to Baracoa, a lively coastal town surrounded by rainforest & beaches

Colourful Trinidad's cobblestone streets & pastel houses

The Mausoleum of Che Guevara

Boat trip on the River Toa

Visit Gran Parque Nacional, Sierra Maestra

Santiago de Cuba tour of Santa Ifigenia cemetery, Revolution Square,

El Morro Castle & Moncada Barracks El Cubano Nature Park with tropical forest walk

Museum at Playa Giron, Bay of Pigs

Cuban tourist cards included for all UK residents

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  12 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 2 nights in traditional/local 'Casas Particulares'. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle

Meals:  14 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 1 dinner included

Guided:  Services of a professional bilingual tour leader

Group size:  Maximum 18

Age range:  18+

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Tropicana Nightclub in Havana CUC75-95

Catamaran trip in Trinidad (incl lunch) CUC 50 - 55

Horse Riding in Trinidad CUC30 (min 2 people)

Parisien Nightclub CUC 40

A GBP£150 / US$260 deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from £170 per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

 

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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