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Rental Car tour highlights eastern Cuba

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Day 1: Arrival at Holguin

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Holguín

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Transfer from the airport Holguin to your hotel

Day 3: Baracoa

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Baracoa

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Today's destination is Baracoa. Along the way of Cuba's northern coast you pass the Alejandro de Humboldt national park

 

Day 3: Baracoa

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Baracoa

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Today you have a lot of time to discover the town of Baracoa and the eastern tip of the Cuban island.

Day 5: Guantanamo, Santiago...

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Today you will drive from northern to southern Cuba passing Sanitago de Cuba and the military zone of Guantanamo.

Day 5: Santiago de Cuba

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Santiago de Cuba

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Today you will have the entire day available to look more closely at Cuba's secret capital of the East!

Day 7: Sierra Maestra

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From Santiago de Cuba we continue on to Cuba’s mightiest mountain range: the Sierra Maestra

Day 7: Sierra Maestra

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Use this day for individual exploration in the national park and discover its magnificent landscape.

Day 8: Holguin, Guardalavaca

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You drive over Bayamo to Holguin where you dropp off your rental car in the evening. An optional program after the tour is possible

 

Discover on your rental car round trip the highlight of the island`s East. immerge into the history of old colonial towns, discover the rich diversity of the Sierra Maestra! Duration 8 days.

 

from $ 428.00
per person/DBL

Included Services

 

  • 7 nights Accommodation with breakfast in casas particulares or optional accommodation in good mid-class hotels throughout the tour
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Rental car according to your reference for 8 rental days

 

Not included services

 

  • Tourist Card or Visa
  • Transfer after beach extension

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Travel tip & Info

 

This relaxed Cuba rental vehicle tour can be ideally combined with a Yucatan trip.

Price per Person

428.50 USD

Total price for ALL Travellers:

857.00 USD
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Detailed itinerary 

 

Day 1: Arrival in Holguín
They land at the international airport of Holguin and are transferred to your hotel by one of our transfer staff. The province of Holguín is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country because of the breathtaking beaches along the north coast of Cuba. Diving and snorkel enthusiasts will find untouched riffs and an impressive underwater world. In the interior of the country you can discover a varied landscape of gentle hills and mountains. In the provincial capital of the same name, which is also called the "city of the park" because of the numerous historical places, you will find an interesting museum in an old colonial barrack. In Birán you can visit the farm where Fidel and Rául Castro grew up. In addition, the climb to the hill "La Loma de la Cruz" is worthwhile.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Villas El Bosque or Casa Particular Holguin (or similar)

 

 

Day 2: Holguín - Pinares de Mayari
On this day you take over your rental car for your car trip around the East of Cuba. First of all, it goes up to the top of Nipe, which is up to 600 m high. In this region you will discover many coffee plantations. Also the birthplace of Fidel Castro is very close. Not far from Santa Isabel de Nipe is the small farmstead "Biran", which today functions as a museum and houses its cradle. Mayari is a tranquil place near the coast. The tourist streams have not yet arrived here, so you can experience the real Cuban flair. During the day you can relax on the beach, or you can go on a hike into the mountains. The "Pinares de Mayari" National Park is located approximately 30 minutes by car from Mayari. Here lies the largest contiguous pine forest in Cuba. The waterfalls that fall over 300 meters into the depth can be reached by various hiking trails. Your hotel in this region is the Hotel Pinares de Mayari (or comparable) with breakfast.

 

 

Accommodation: Villas Pinares de Mayari (or similar)

 

 

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Day 3: Pinares de Mayari - Baracoa
Today you will take a longer and multi-faceted ride to Baracoa. Baracoa is located in the province of Guantánamo, directly on the "Behía de Miel". It is surrounded by the mountain chain "Sierra del Purial", which isolates the small Caribbean town largely through the breathtaking rainforest. Baracoa is the oldest city in Cuba, making it one of the most popular destinations in the country. For a long time, the city was not accessible by land until the road "La Farola" was built. Through the seclusion Baracoa developed its own kitchen, which still exists today. This includes the special candy "Cucurucho". On your way to Baracoa, you will pass through fantastic green landscapes and will enjoy fantastic views.

 

 

Accommodation: Casa Particular Baracoa or Castillo Gaviota Baracoa (or similar)

 

 

Day 4: Baracoa
After an extensive breakfast in the hotel, you have a lot of time to explore the city individually. Take a trip to the National Park Alejandro de Humboldt, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the tropical vegetation of eastern Cuba and drive to the longest river of the country, the Rio Toa. On a boat trip through the bay of Bahía de Taco surrounded by mangroves, you will enjoy your car rental in East Cuba to the fullest. Afterwards, you can spend a few hours on the beach of Playa Maguana and end the day relaxed. Worth a walk is also a walk through the center of the city. Here the clocks tick slower! The interesting museum "Matachin", where you can learn a lot about the life of the Indians in Cuba, is worth seeing. In the evening you should not have a visit to one of the many "living" restaurants. Here you can dine traditionally and be carried away by the Cuban flair.

 

 

Accommodation: Casa Particular Baracoa or Castillo Gaviota Baracoa (or similar)

 

 

Day 5: Baracoa - Guantanamo - Santiago de Cuba
Today you will go across the island. They will travel from North to South Cuba and pass a serpentine route through the "Farola" mountains. Here, you will find various vegetation zones and heights of high altitude, which thrill with a multifaceted flora. Through the mountains in the north of Cuba, rain clouds and cool winds are intercepted, so that here you can find many fertile santropic landscapes and plantations. The rain usually does not reach the south, which is why there is a rather hotter and drier climate here. On your way to Guantanamo you will see many cacti and other plants. Past the village of Tortuguilla, the coastal road turns inland and goes around the Bay of Guantanamo. The city is located in eastern Cuba and is the capital of the province of the same name. The city's landmark is the "Palacio de Salcines", where art collections are held. On the palace is the sculpture "La Fama", which is supposed to bring good and bad news to the Cubans with their trumpet. The former prison of the city now serves as a museum and treats the history of the city and the province of Guantánamo. In the center is the "Parque José Martí" with a monument of General Pedro Augustín Pérez, who played an important role in the Spanish-American independence struggle. In the public library, you can browse an impressive archive and browse through newspapers that date back to 1885. From Guantanamo in the direction of Santiago de Cuba, you will continue on your journey through the east of Cuba via an expressway which, after a few kilometers, will take you into a country road and you will continue southwards to the capital of the East: Santiago de Cuba.

 

 

Accommodation: Casa Particular Santiago de Cuba or Hotel San Juan (or similar)

 

 

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Day 6: Santiago de Cuba
They have a full day to discover the exciting and colonial city with its surroundings. The second largest city in Cuba is famous for the revolutionary heroes, breathtaking places and the pulsating musical tradition. The Caribbean spirit is reflected in architecture, art and festivals such as the "Fiesta del Fuego" and the "Carnaval Santiaguero". The city is enchanting with its unique mix of architectural influences, such as the El Morro castle, which has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, the Casas del Parque Céspedes in the historical district, and the Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre ", the most sacred pilgrimage site of Cubas. The "Museo Municipal Emilio Bacardí Moreau" is worth seeing as Santiago de Cuba was the first Bacardí rum factory. To the east of Santiago de Cuba lies the magical Natural Park Bacanao, with its old coffee plantations, which was taken over by UNESCO in 1987 to the list of biosphere reserves. Remains of shipwrecks from the Spanish-American war attract many snorkelers and divers. Santiago de Cuba is the starting point for many excursions in the surrounding area.

 

Accommodation: Casa Particular Santiago de Cuba or Hotel San Juan (or similar)

 

 

Day 7: Santiago de Cuba - Sierra Maestra
From Santiago you will continue your journey through Eastern Cuba to the Sierra Maestra. The natural paradise Sierra Maestra is located in the east of Cuba in the province of Granma. The park offers you crystal clear streams, vast mountains with breathtaking views and an almost impenetrable rainforest. It is also home to the highest mountain in Cuba - the "Pico Turquino" with an altitude of 1974 meters. The Sierra Maestra is also the cradle of the Cuban Revolution, where Fidel Castro, Roul Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara set up their headquarters to plan the revolution. Today you can still see the field, the commandos and the "Casa de Fidel". The park is bordered to the south by coastal sections of the Caribbean Sea - the Riviera del Caribe. In addition, the national park is characterized by the different types of orchids that have settled there.

 

 

Accommodation: Villa Santo Domingo (or similar)

 

 

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Day 8: Sierra Maestra
Today, you spend the whole day in the national park and have the possibility to book hikes with a guide on site. These are available in Santo Domingo, a small town 20 km south of Bartolome Maso. There are two ways to go and end in the Alto de Naranjo, 5 km away. If you are going to hike to the Comandancia de la Plata, you will find an 8 km easy hike through the mountain forest. On a plateau is a small museum with historical photos. A little further in the forest are the belonging huts of the museum village. The most important buildings are the Che Guevara field, the Fidel Castros refuge and the Radio Rebelde radio station.

 

Accommodation: Villa Santo Domingo (or similar)

 

OPtions  for a beach extension after your cuba trip

 

We recommend combining your Cuba tour with a beach extension at the Caribbean. The  most beautiful beaches can be found in Varadero and Holguin. Please check our options for beach hotels  in Cuba

 

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Cubatrotter also offers a beach extension in Mexico (Yucatan) after your Cuba tour. Flights between Cuba and Yucatán are uncomplicated and affordable. Why not get to know two countries? Please check our options for beach hotels in Yucatan (Riviera Maya).

We also want to invite you to browse through our Yucatán and Mexico tours on www.mextrotter.com . We are sure you will find the journey that fits your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Economic car trips are available in the low season from the beginning of September to the end of October and at the beginning of December. November and springtime are high season and therefore more expensive. At the beginning of April the trips become cheaper again. 

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Important information: Insurance (10 - 15 CUC per day) has to be bought on site.

 

Special prices for rental cars only apply in combination with a tour package (and not "Only rental car - Without hotels")

 

Category: Small cars For example Geely CK 362.00 USD
Middle class Category For example Emgrand EC 718 493.00 USD
Category Upscale middle class For example Emgrand 820 640.00 USD
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Alternative beach extension in Yucatan
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Flight Havanna - Cancun for 150 EUR per person. Fly back home directly from Cancun (if possible). This makes the Mexican Caribbean an interesting option for stays longer than 5 nights. Here our beach hotels on Yucatan.

 

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