Classic: Cuba Colonial (CCC)
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Hotels (2 nts), casa particulars (12 nts).
Dance salsa with the locals, walk in Che Guevaras footsteps, gain insight on Cuban life at "casa particular" stays, explore breathtaking beaches
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. Dont just walk down the road less travelled - dance down it. Viva la RevoluciOn!
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2021
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Havana||Day 1 Havana|
Check into the hotel and enjoy the city before an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: You will be met at the airport and transferred to the start location to start your adventure. Please note, the included arrival transfer is from Havanas JosE MartI International Airport (HAV). If you are flying into Varadero (VRA) you will need to pre-pay a supplement (70 USD per person or equivalent in your booking currency) to receive the service. Arrival Airport Transfer
|Day 2||Santiago de Cuba||Day 2 Havana/Santiago de Cuba|
Santiago de Cuba is the cradle of the Revolution and home of traditional son rhythms. Opt to visit museums, colonial churches and buildings like the Moncada Barracks. Santiago has a vibrant traditional music scene that will entice even the shyest dancer out to experiment with some salsa moves. Additional Notes: On the Dec 31, 2016 departure, youll be spending two nights in Havana at the beginning of the trip, and flying to Santiago de Cuba on Day 3 - giving you more time to explore Havana while ringing in the New Year. You will have one less night in Havana at the end of the trip, but all other aspects of the itinerary will remain the same. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 3||Santiago de Cuba||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||Baracoa||Day 4 Santiago de Cuba/Baracoa (1B)|
The best way to get around this colonial town, situated on the bay with mountains towering in the background, is on foot and with 2 1/2 days to explore the area, theres plenty of time to see it all. Wander the malecOn (boardwalk) and visit the forts built to defend the city from pirates. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours)
|Days 5-6||Baracoa||Days 5-6 Baracoa|
Take some time to visit the city then head further afield to the mountains or visit the striking black sand beaches. Playa Maguana and the smaller Playa Nava are both nearby and accessible by bike or taxi. Parque Nacional Alejandro de Humboldt is approximately 40 km outside of town and well worth a visit.
|Day 7||Santiago de Cuba||Day 7 Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba (1B)|
Travel back to Santiago de Cuba for one more night before continuing west. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 8||Camaguey||Day 8 Santiago de Cuba/Camaguey (1B)|
Your journey will continue west across the Carretera Central to Camaguey, the third largest city on island. It retains much of its colonial heritage in its buildings, plazas and its tinajones, large clay pots traditionally used in Spain and in its New World colonies for collecting rain water. Explore the narrow winding streets and impressive sites. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours)
|Day 9||Trinidad||Day 9 Camaguey/Trinidad|
Enjoy the beautiful scenery continuing on to the colonial city of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to lovely Spanish-style churches and great museums, Trinidad is a hub of cultural activity, never out of earshot from a group of musicians playing local salsa or son. Enjoy an included salsa lesson during your time in Trinidad. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Salsa Lesson Transport: Stop along the way for an optional visit to La Torre del Esclavo before continuing on to Trinidad. Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 10||Trinidad||Day 10 Trinidad (1B, 1D)|
For outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for activities. If a beach is in the cards, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa AncOn. Enjoy a local meal together with one of the host families on Day 10 or 11.
|Day 11||Trinidad||Day 11 Trinidad (1B)|
Enjoy free time exploring Trinidad and surrounds.
|Day 12||Santa Clara||Day 12 Trinidad/Santa Clara (1B)|
Continue on to Santa Clara, a key city in the revolution. Santa Clara is probably best known for its statue of Che Guevara at the Plaza de la RevoluciOn. The remains of Che and his comrades who fell in Bolivia are interred in the mausoleum at this site. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Havana||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. Included Activities: Havana City Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Havana||Day 14 Havana (1B)|
Enjoy a full free day to get exactly what you want out of Havana.
|Day 15||Havana||Day 15 Havana (1B)|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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