Cuba Highlights

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Experience Cuba’s finest on an incredible journey across the colourful Caribbean island. Combining leisure, culture, coast and country, discover the depth of Cuba’s most fascinating traditions. Look behind the legend of Che Guevara, witness daily life in Vinales’ verdant tobacco fields, peel back the curtain on Santiago de Cuba’s ballet culture, wander the French-infused waterfront of Cienfuegos, dance to Cuban rhythms in Trinidad and go snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs. Finish it off with a cruise through Havana’s grand old streets in a classic American convertible.

Trip Name
Cuba Highlights
Last Updated
2019-09-18
Days
13
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Be swept away by the eclectic history of Cuba’s capital as you cruise through Havana in a vintage American convertible and enjoy a 2-night feature stay at the iconic Hotel Nacional.
  • Experience old-world charm at a leisurely pace in the colourful coastal town of Trinidad. Delve into the city’s sultry Latin rhythms with a salsa class and enjoy plenty of free time for seaside relaxation.
  • Glide around the culture-soaked streets of Camaguey in true local style – on a bicycle taxi! Feel the breeze on your cheeks as you explore parks, plazas and markets from the backseat of this traditional mode of transport.
  • Relish a real garden-to-plate dining experience at an organic eco-farm in picturesque Vinales – indulge in a variety of fresh produce all while gazing across sweeping views of the valley.
  • Receive a fascinating insight into the rise and fall of the charismatic and highly celebrated Cuban revolutionary – Che Guevara – at his mausoleum and museum in Santa Clara.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Havana
Welcome to Cuba's capital. Your tour begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive early, the day is yours to explore. Consider a stroll through Old Havana to acquaint yourself with its colourful mix of '50s Americana, colonial architecture and budding modernity. There are plenty of good museums to check out, such as the Museo de la Revolucion (Musuem of the Revolution), which is housed in the former Presidential Palace, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts). We recommend arriving a few days early to make the most of this exciting city.
Day 2 - Vinales / Havana
Take a day trip to Vinales. Located in the beautiful province of Pinar del Rio, Vinales is a landscape of tobacco and agricultural fields dotted with limestone outcrops. Enjoy a walking tour of verdant farm lands and tobacco crops for insight into rural life, then have lunch at an organic eco-farm with sweeping views over the valley. Spend the afternoon here before returning to Havana.
Day 3 - Santiago de Cuba
Get picked up at 8 am to head to the airport and take a two hour flight to the opposite end of the island. Santiago de Cuba is the hottest place in Cuba – arguably in terms of both atmosphere and climate. Drop your bags at the guesthouse and head out for lunch (optional), while your rooms are made ready for check-in. Afterwards, your leader will take you on a short orientation walk and then you are free to relax or explore for the rest of the afternoon and evening. This ‘cradle’ of the revolution is home to a large Afro-Cuban population and a vibrant music scene so there is lots to experience after sundown.
Day 4 - Santiago de Cuba
Today your leader will take you on a three-hour city tour of Santiago where you’ll learn about the town’s vital role in the revolution while visiting sites such as El Morro Castle, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery and the Moncada barracks. Santiago's half million residents are proud of their cultural traditions, so you'll find plenty of museums and cultural clubs around the city. The city is also famous for its energetic Carnaval celebrations and lively Festival of Caribbean Culture. In the evening, you’ll get the unique chance to dine with a local family in a humble Cuban home. Here you will sample local food for a real slice of Cuban life. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the locals and perhaps learn some Spanish.
Day 5 - Santiago de Cuba
Enjoy a free day in Santiago de Cuba. If you want to delve into Santiago’s sizzling music scene, perhaps learn a few moves in a salsa dancing class. For a taste of the city’s vibrant Carnaval celebration, visit to Museo del Carnaval (Carnaval Museum) to see floats, costumes and the occasional dance show. Those looking to get active may want to climb the 452 steps to La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock), a natural viewing platform 1225 metres (4019 feet) above Santiago for stunning panoramic views of surrounding hills and mountains. In the evening, there are plenty of atmospheric venues with good Cuban rum and even better music for locals and tourists to showcase their dance moves.
Day 6 - Camaguey
Today, head west along the Carretera Central to Camaguey. The drive (about six to seven hours) is broken up with a stop in Bayamo, where you can stretch your legs on walking tour and enjoy an included lunch. Those hoping to brush up on their Spanish can also benefit from an informal Spanish lesson with your leader during the bus ride. When you arrive in Camaguey you’ll soon notice that the city has maintained much of its colonial heritage. It is also characterised by winding streets, which are a joy to explore. Get acquainted with the city on a leader-led walking tour, including a stop at the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad (Church of Our Lady of Soledad) to see its Baroque frescoes.
Day 7 - Camaguey
Today you’ll tour the sights of Camaguey the same way the locals get around – from the back of a bicycle taxi. Hope on and visit parks, plazas and local markets. Each taxi carries two passengers and the tour is led by an English-speaking local guide. Enjoy a free afternoon after the tour. The town is home to an excellent farmers market brimming with colourful vegetables, tropical fruits, herbs and lively local merchants. Later, visit an esteemed ballet theatre for a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain. Meet some of the people who keep the school running like the seamstresses, shoemakers and costume designers. As it is not possible to purchase things such as ballet shoes in Cuba, everything for the ballet school is made on the premises.
Day 8 - Ciego de Avila/Trinidad
Travel through the centre of the country today as you make your way to Trinidad (approximately 5-6 hours), a well-preserved colonial town that sits on the scenic Caribbean coast. Stop at Ciego de Avila to visit a well-known local gallery that showcases sculptures made with silver cutlery along the way. Arrive in Trinidad and acquaint yourself with its colourful streets on a leader-led orientation walk.
Day 9 - Trinidad
Delve into Trinidad’s sultry Latin rhythms with a salsa class. Afterwards, the day is yours to explore. Perhaps enjoy some swimming at Playa Ancon. Alternatively, cycle Trinidad’s colourful streets past once-grand mansions, pastel buildings and wrought iron features. Attending a traditional Cuban dance show is also a fine choice.
Day 10 - Cienfuegos
Continue along the picturesque coast to Cienfuegos, a slice of Paris in the Caribbean. Take an orientation walk through its charming streets, before stopping at the opulent Palacio del Valle, hopefully in time for a sunset rooftop drink. Enjoy free time to perhaps stroll the promenade before reuniting with your tour leader for an included group dinner.
Day 11 - Bay of Pigs / Santa Clara / Havana
Begin the day by travelling to a peaceful sandy arc on Cuba’s southern coast, commonly known as the Bay of Pigs. Stop for a dip in its tranquil waters, either at Playa Larga or Playa Giron. With a deep underwater wall just off the shore and an outstanding variety of coral and fish, it just might be Cuba’s best-kept secret. Continue to Santa Clara to the final resting place of Cuba’s most famous son, Che Guevara. Visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and Memorial where letters, firearms, medical devices and other interesting artefacts are on display. Continue to Havana.
Day 12 - Havana
This morning, you will be picked up from the infamous Hotel Nacional to see outer-Havana in a convoy of classic American vintage cars that cruises via points of intrerest such as the Malecon, Revolution Square, Vedado and ending in Old Havana. Next, your leader will take you on a walking tour of the lovely Old Havana (approximately 2.5 hours). Go to the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Central Park. Now that you are orientated in Old Havana you have the rest of the afternoon to lunch at leisure and explore futher. Havana is the former stomping ground of Ernest Hemingway (the author wrote some of his most acclaimed novels in Cuba and lived near Havana for almost 22 years), literary-types may want to visit some of his favourite haunts, like his bar of choice for a mojito, La Bodeguita del Medio. Alternatively, you may opt to visit a local Cuban cigar factory or your leader can assist you to take a taxi if you wish to return to the hotel.
Day 13 - Havana
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Please note you must comply with the hotel's check-out time. If you plan to stay on in Havana, consider embarking on an Urban Adventure tour like the Afro-Cuban Religion Tour. Find out more at: urbanadventures.com/havana-tour-afro-cuban-religion-tour.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
12-10-201924-10-2019AUD $ 4,410-
23-11-201905-12-2019AUD $ 4,653-
28-12-201909-01-2020AUD $ 4,748-
25-01-202007-02-2020AUD $ 4,766-
01-02-202014-02-2020AUD $ 4,766-
22-02-202006-03-2020AUD $ 4,766-
11-04-202024-04-2020AUD $ 4,766-
25-04-202008-05-2020AUD $ 4,766-
23-05-202005-06-2020AUD $ 4,496-
04-07-202017-07-2020AUD $ 4,496-
10-10-202023-10-2020AUD $ 4,496-
07-11-202020-11-2020AUD $ 4,766-
21-11-202004-12-2020AUD $ 4,766-
05-12-202018-12-2020AUD $ 4,766-
23-01-202105-02-2021AUD $ 5,295-
30-01-202112-02-2021AUD $ 5,295-
20-02-202105-03-2021AUD $ 5,295-
06-03-202119-03-2021AUD $ 5,295-
10-04-202123-04-2021AUD $ 5,295-
24-04-202107-05-2021AUD $ 5,295-
22-05-202104-06-2021AUD $ 5,295-
03-07-202116-07-2021AUD $ 4,995-
09-10-202122-10-2021AUD $ 4,995-
06-11-202119-11-2021AUD $ 5,295-
20-11-202103-12-2021AUD $ 5,295-
04-12-202117-12-2021AUD $ 5,295-

Accommodation

Hotel Feature stay (4 nights),Comfortable Hotel (3 nights),Premium Guesthouse (5 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle,Plane

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