Travel to Cuba to experience the spirit of Havana and the rhythmic Caribbean vibe.

From Cuba's historical streets of Havana to the pristine shores of the Caribbean, stroll through World Heritage cities, relive a fascinating colonial history and experience the rich heritage of music and dance that Cuba is renowned for. Prepare to be wowed as you discover Baracoa’s mountainous surrounds, visit the birthplace of salsa and admire Trinidad’s unrivalled ambience on this two-week adventure. From historic cars to fragrant cigars and with plenty of rum and rumba in between, this adventure will take you into the heart of all things Cuban.

Start
Havana, Cuba
Finish
Havana, Cuba
Countries
Cuba
Themes
Explorer
Code
QUSH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
563kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Stroll the streets of elegant Havana
  • Discover Cuba's pirate past in Baracoa
  • Get lost in the streets of colonial Camaguey
  • Experience Trinidad's unspoilt beaches
  • Learn how to move like a local in Santiago de Cuba
  • Visit Cuba's Che Guevara museum
  • Get acquainted with Havana's neighbourhoods during a city walk

Itinerary

Swinging to the beat of the rumba, Havana is unlike any other capital in the world. Wander through crumbling boulevards and plazas to revel in the charm of this vibrant city. Be sure to try a Coppelia icecream - the lines are worth it - and don't miss a stroll along the Malecon at sunset.
Board a flight bound for Baracoa. Climb over the old forts - built to withstand pirate raids - or explore the mountains and black sand beaches. In town, seek out the Torcedores to see cigar rolling in action. Pick up some basic Spanish during an informal Spanish lesson. These new-found language skills are sure to come in handy during a fun salsa lesson the following day.
This historical city played a pivotal role in the Cuban Revolution - but it is better known for its smooth tunes. Set between the indomitable Sierra Maestra and the azure Caribbean, this Cuban city's historical centre retains a time-worn air ideal for photographers. After a day of sightseeing, stay out all night dancing to the Latin rhythms of Cuba's sexy salsa in the city that gave birth to the dance. During the day, explore the city's wealth of museums and admire its colonial architecture.
There is a lot of fun to be had getting lost among the winding streets of Camaguey. Find a cafe for a drink and enjoy the city views or visit the busy farmers’ market.
Home to Spanish-style churches and great museums, Trinidad is also the gateway to the Valle de los Ingenios, where sugar cane plantations pan out across the land. Playa Ancon is close by and there's plenty of time to relax on its long, unspoilt beaches. Make an optional visit to a folklore dance and music show to see mambo, cha-cha and rumba intertwined with Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies.
Journey to Cienfuegos, known as the 'Pearl of the South'. Stop by the Palacio del Valle, the architectural pride of Cienfuegos, and soak up the relaxed vibe of this town.
Call into the Monumento Ernesto Che Guevara, to learn about this much-loved revolutionary's extraordinary life, before returning to Havana. Back in the Cuban capital, enjoy an orientation walk around historic Habana Veija (Old Havana) before bidding adios.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts
Transport
Bus, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Homestay (9 nights), Hotel (5 nights)
Included activites
  • Half-day city tour
  • Informal Salsa lesson
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum

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Notes

A single supplement is available on this trip.

2013 Itinerary changes.

From 01st January 2013 this trip will depart on Sundays (instead of Saturdays) and it will run on reverse:

Day 1 - Havana
Day 2 - Cienfuegos
Days 3 to 5 - Trinidad
Days 6 to 7 - Camaguey
Days 8 to 9 - Santiago de Cuba
Days 10 to 12 - Baracoa
Days 13 to 14 - Havana
Day 15 - Departure

Important notes

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Reviews

Our Best of Cuba trips score an average of 4.59 out of 5 based on 73 reviews in the last year.

Best of Cuba , April 2015

Best of Cuba , April 2015