Cuba Colonial

Start: Havana Finish: Havana

Visiting: Havana, Sancti Spiritus, Sancti Spíritus, Bayamo, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, Sierra Maestra, Camaguey, Camagüey, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 16

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

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. Stay overnight in homestays for an immersive Cuban experience few travellers get to enjoy. Don't just walk down the road less travelled — dance down it. Viva la Revolución!

Highlights

  • icon Gain insight on Cuban life at casa particular stays.
  • icon Salsa dance with the locals.
  • icon Walk in Che Guevara's footsteps.
  • icon Explore breathtaking beaches.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Havana
Havana City Tour in Vintage Car.
Havana
Bayamo
Baracoa
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
Trinidad

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Havana

Location: Havana

Accommodation: Casa Curazao (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.

Check into the Casa Particular and enjoy the city before an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Information: 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.

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 Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV). If you are flying into Varadero (VRA), you can purchase a transfer to the starting hotel. Please reach out to your G Adventures booking agent for pricing and availability.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Live amongst the locals in this “casa particular”, Cuba’s equivalent of a bed & breakfast homestay. Learn about the lifestyle, culture and real-life realities of our hosts. More intimate than a hotel, experience a slice of Cuban life as it’s actually lived.

icon Day 2 : Havana

Location: Havana

Accommodation: Casa Curazao (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Tour the city by vintage car before a walking tour of Old Havana with the CEO. In the afternoon, opt to visit museums, or attend a cabaret performance at the Tropicana.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Set out to explore the vibrant streets of Havana.

ACTIVITY: A fantastic way to experience most of Havana—and in style! Hop into a well-preserved car from the 1950s and cruise around, soaking in the city's atmosphere.

ACTIVITY: Take a walking tour of Havana and find out what your CEO loves best about this amazing city. See city highlights that may include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (which now houses a restaurant), the Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas, with its statue of Manuel de Céspedes (one of the leaders of the Cuban independence movement). Use this walk as a jumping off point to explore the rest of this lively city.

icon Day 3 : Havana/Sancti Spíritus

Location: Havana, Sancti Spiritus

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel del Rijo (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel to Sancti Spiritus today and enjoy an orientation walk of this beautiful, but often overlooked, colonial city.

Additional Information: Santa Clara/Sancti Spíritus

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 4 : Sancti Spíritus/Bayamo

Location: Sancti Spíritus, Bayamo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Royalton (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel overland across Eastern Cuba to Bayamo. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore – opt to hire a horsecart like the locals to tour the area or people watch in the pedestrian only Plaza de la Revolución.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 5 : Bayamo/Baracoa

Location: Bayamo, Baracoa

Accommodation: Homestay Rolando y Elvira (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Continue on to Baracoa, and get the lay of the land with an orientation walk. The area offers everything from beaches to waterfalls to hiking opportunities and museums.

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, there's plenty of time to see it all. Wander the malecón (boardwalk) and visit the forts built to defend the city from pirates.

ACTIVITY: Follow your CEO through the streets of Santiago de Cuba, discover useful spots and interesting sights.

ACTIVITY: Sit down with the CEO for a brief lesson on some important words and phrases in español to prepare for the upcoming adventure.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 6 : Baracoa

Location: Baracoa

Accommodation: Homestay Rolando y Elvira (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore Cuba’s rural communities and small businesses in Baracoa, a G Adventures-supported project. With free time, opt to hike near El Yunque or explore the breathtaking beaches for which this area of Cuba is famous.

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.

ACTIVITY: Explore Cuba’s rural communities and immerse in local life through visiting social micro-enterprises in the Baracoa area. With support from G Adventures locals have developed a community experience, benefitting four micro-enterprises. Travellers have the opportunity to learn from local people with a visit to a cacao farm, sampling local food, learning about a project working to preserve some of Cuba’s unique species, and have the chance to purchase unique handicrafts, all supporting women, men and youth of this community.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With free time here you can explore the beaches, the nearby national park or wander the colonial streets and hang out on the lively boardwalk.

icon Day 7 : Baracoa

Location: Baracoa

Accommodation: Homestay Rolando y Elvira (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Soak up the sun during a day trip to the beach. This area of Cuba is known for breathtaking, white-sand beaches – use the day to unwind and and let your worries melt away.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Sun, sea and sand – enjoy a full day to relax at a nearby beach.

icon Day 8 : Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba

Location: Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba

Accommodation: Homestay Maria Elena (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive along the rugged coast towards Santiago de Cuba and take an orientation walk with the CEO on arrival. Enjoy free time to explore this Afro-Cuban city by visiting important revolutionary sites, like the Moncada Barracks.

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.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

icon Day 9 : Santiago de Cuba/Sierra Maestra

Location: Santiago de Cuba, Sierra Maestra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Villa Santo Domingo (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel into the heart of Sierra Maestra National Park, and stay in quaint wooden cabins next to the Yara River. Enjoy free time for hikes or relaxing in nature.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy an afternoon to explore Sierra Maestra National Park.

icon Day 10 : Sierra Maestra/Camagüey

Location: Sierra Maestra, Camaguey

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Colon (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Hike through the Sierra Maestra mountains in the footsteps of Che Guevarra and Fidel Castro and learn more about Cuba's history. Arrive in the afternoon to Camagüey. Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to visit an art gallery, take in a ballet performance, hop in the back of a "bicitaxi" (bicycle-taxi) and tour the local markets and plazas, or take in the city's nightlife.

Your journey will continue west across the Carretera Central to Camagüey, 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.

ACTIVITY: Hidden in the hills of the Sierra Maestra mountain range is the secret headquarters where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara started the Cuban Revolution. This short (but steep!) hike leads to the abandoned buildings at the top of the cloud forest, where members of the revolution lived for a year. Take time to explore the buildings that are still standing today, and make sure not to miss Casa de Fidel – the house Fidel Castro lived in during his time in the mountains.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy free time to take in all that Camagüey has to offer.

icon Day 11 : Camagüey/Trinidad

Location: Camagüey, Trinidad

Accommodation: Homestay Jesus Pineda (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy an orientation walk and included salsa lesson in 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.

TRANSPORT: Stop along the way for an optional visit to La Torre del Esclavo before continuing on to Trinidad.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

ACTIVITY: Loosen up those hips and get ready to salsa. Led by expert Cuban instructors, rumba, mambo and cha-cha-chá your way across the floor. Never danced salsa? Have no fear, Cubans are happy to share the secrets behind one of their national pastimes.

icon Day 12 : Trinidad

Location: Trinidad

Accommodation: Homestay Jesus Pineda (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy free time in Trinidad. Opt to hike in nearby Topes de Collantes National Park to see the Salto del Caburni waterfall, or visit Ancón Beach for diving, snorkelling or lounging. Savour a local dinner as a group hosted by one of the homestay families.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for activities. If a beach is in the cards, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón. Enjoy a local meal together with one of the host families on Day 10 or 11.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY With two days of free time, leave no Trinidadian stone unturned.

icon Day 13 : Trinidad/Cienfuegos

Location: Trinidad, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos

Accommodation: Lily's homestay (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel along the coast to colonial Cienfuegos. Detour along the way through Santa Clara to visit the Che Mausoleum. Then continue on to Cienfuegos and enjoy an orientation walk to learn more about this city.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Set eyes on a 6.7m (22ft) bronze statue of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara standing tall atop a mausoleum erected to mark the 20th anniversary of Guevara’s murder in Bolivia. Tour the mausoleum lit by an eternal flame ignited by Fidel Castro. Visit the adjacent museum, containing a number of exhibit pieces ranging from medical materials to Guevara’s pistol, and photographs that include pictures from his childhood.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

icon Day 14 : Cienfuegos/Havana

Location: Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs, Havana

Accommodation: Casa Curazao (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive along the picture-perfect Bay of Pigs, and learn more about the Cuban victory in 1961 at the Giron Museum. Enjoy free time for swimming and snorkelling before returning to Havana. Enjoy a final evening with the group in Cuba's vibrant capital.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Opt to snorkel or swim in the Bay of Pigs.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 15 : Havana

Location: Havana

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Meals

    14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Allow USD485-630 for meals not included.

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    Comandancia de la Plata hike

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    Old Havana walking tour

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    Your Hands-On Moment: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad. Arrival transfer.

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    Informal Spanish lesson

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    Havana city tour in vintage car

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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    Accommodation

    Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (14 nts).

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    Your Local Living Moment: Havana Homestay, Havana

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    Your G for Good Moment: Baracoa Community Experience, Baracoa

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Free time in Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Bay of Pigs, and Havana

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Beach time in Baracoa

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    Orientation walks in Sancti Spíritus, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Camaguey, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad

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    Arrival transfer

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    Che Guevara mausoleum and museum visit

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Transport

Private vehicle, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (14 nts).

Meals Included

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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