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, German Bilingual
Code
QUSH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
227kg 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

Set to the soundtrack and backdrop of the 1950s, tumbledown Havana is a capital unlike any other. Surrender to the charms of a city where local life – essentially live music, laneway baseball games and impromptu fiestas – is played out on the streets. Be sure to try a Coppelia ice cream (the lines are worth it), and don't miss a stroll along the Malecon at sunset.
Journey to Cienfuegos, known locally as the 'Pearl of the South'. Stop by Palacio del Valle – the architectural pride of Cienfuegos – and soak up the town's laidback air.
Home to many Spanish-style churches and fascinating museums, Trinidad is also the gateway to the Valle de los Ingenios. Sugar cane plantations sprawl across the landscape and Playa Ancon is close by – there'll be plenty of opportunity for relaxing 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.
There is a lot of fun to be had simply getting lost among the winding cobblestone streets of Camaguey – and get lost you will. Make a visit to the busy farmers’ market or simply find a cafe to plonk yourself down, order a coffee and savour the city views.
Fast paced Santiago de Cuba played a pivotal role in the Cuban revolution – it was from here that Castro declared its success – but the city is also known for its musical legacy. Set between the indomitable Sierra Maestra and the azure Caribbean, this city's historical centre and colonial architecture retain a timeworn air ideal for photographers. After a day of sightseeing, dance the night away to sexy Latin rhythms in the birthplace of the salsa.
Travel to beautiful Baracoa. Climb over the old forts – built to withstand pirate raids – or explore the region's mountains and black sand beaches. In town, seek out the torcedores to witness cigar rolling in action. Pick up some basic Spanish during an informal Spanish lesson; these new-found linguistic skills are sure to come in handy during the following day's salsa lesson.
Back in the Cuban capital, enjoy an orientation walk around the historic quarter of Old Havana before toasting the end of this Cuban adventure with a farewell Cuba libre (or two).
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts
Transport
Bus, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Guesthouse (12 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Baracoa - Orientation walk
  • Camaguey - Bicycle taxi city tour
  • Informal Salsa lesson
  • Informal Spanish lesson
  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
  • Santiago de Cuba - half day city tour
  • Trinidad - Orientation walk

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Notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. Some departures of this trip run with an English/German bilingual leader
3. From 01 March 2015 the maximum group size of this trip is 16 (instead of 12 as advertised in the 2015 Central America brochure)
4. A complimentary transfer is included with your trip.

Important notes

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Reviews

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Best of Cuba , April 2015

Best of Cuba , April 2015