Info:Free day, opitional beach extension, departure
Experience Cuba's diversity in three parts and explore the different colonial cities, Cuba's lush nature and culture on this unique cultural trip through Cuba. Guaranteed with 3 travelers, a maximum of 12 travelers.
Duration 19 days.
- Overnight stay with breakfast and lunch in good middle-class hotels in Havana, Trinidad and Camagüey in Casa Particular
- English speaking guide
- Tours and excursions according to itinerary
- Airport transfer upon arrival (applies only to Havana)
Not included services
- Airport transfer after beach extension
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Price per Person
Total price for ALL Travellers:
Day 1: Arrival
After your arrival, you will be Picked up at the airport in havana by an employee of the local agency partner and transfered to your hotel.
Accomodation: Casa Particular Havana (or Similar.)
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Day 2: Havana (B, L)
The first stop on your Cuba culture travel is an exclusive walking tour through the beautiful historic Old Havana. In the old historic center, you can have an eventful stroll to see among others the Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral and many other tourist attractions see. Lunch then place in one of the best Cuban restaurants private "Paladar" held in Old Havana. The afternoon is a little more relaxed, you will be met with an American classic cars from the 50s to 60s and explore Havana in a very special way. The nostalgic panoramic itinerary leads along the Malecon waterfront. The neighborhoods of the "modern" Havana or Centro Habana, Vedado and Miramar are explored as well as the absolute highlights among others the Capitolio, the Grand Theatre of Havana, the University of Havana and the Plaza de la Revolución. After a very instructive cultural itinerary, you are will heat to eat at a Paladar restaurant (family owned) and you’ll later have the opportunity to get to know the Cuban cocktail world better. With a professional bartender, you will prepare yourself some cocktails and learn added anecdotes around it. What would you like more, a Cuba Libre, Mojito, Daiquiri or Cubanito? There are, of course, presented and mixed alcohol-free variants.
Accomodation: Casa Particular Havana (or similar.)
Day 3: Havana (B, L, D)
After a wholesome breakfast in your hotel, you’ll immerse yourself in the history of the country. The journey begins in the Revolution Museum in the former presidential palace, where you will explore stories and personalities of some hero. The cultural tour of Cuba continues towards the famous tobacco Museum of Cuba. It’s not only the history and theory of Cuba‘s known asset to see, but also have the chance to see a Dreher tobacco at work in the Hostal del Fumador. Lunch will be taken in a typical Cuban restaurant in the old town. From there on, you will continue your cultural tour of Cuba. They is a typical farmers market visit to the "Mercado de doble salida". But before you go, please remember to change a few Euros to real Cuban pesos. At the market, you can buy according to your needs, some food (such as. Tomatoes, Yuca / Malanga, Mango-depending on the season) which you will use later. In addition, it is also interesting to witness how to Cuban markets are traded and the Cuban market life ends. Now after a successful shopping at the farmers market, you will take the so-called Bici-taxi (about 3 CUC per Bici - not included) from "Santo Angel" in Havana Vieja. You get an insight into the social and art project "Santo Angel", which has set itself the goal of improving the living conditions in the area sustainably. At the end of the day, you will have something special. As you previously might have guessed, the ingredients you bought at the market will be used to make your own traditional Cuban dinner Preparing course with professional help at your side.
Accomodation: Casa Particular Havana (or similar.)
Day 4: Havana – Viñales (B, L)
Today, you’ll to the west of the island in the province of Pinar Del Rio, the "Green Province" or the "Garden of Cuba" as it is called. There you visit a tobacco factory and major liquor factories in the country "La Guayabita del Pinar“. You will go on to Viñales, but on the way, small stops will still be made to enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley of Viñales. It is a must to visit the unique landscape, with lush tropical "Mogotes" (karst hills) and the bizarre bowling limestone. The program includes several famous highlights of Viñales such as, The ‘wall of history’ (a mural on a Mogote) and a boat trip on the underground river cave "Cueva del Indio" . This time you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant instead of in the region and then head on to Soroa.
Accomodation: Casa Particular Havanna (or similar)
Day 5: Soroa - Santa Clara (B, D)
After a good breakfast, you will be guided through the beautiful orchid garden of Soroa which contains more than 700 species of different orchids. Another attraction of this day is the waterfall " Salto de Arco Iris ". The route continues to Santa Clara, the ' Che Guevara city. Here, the heroes of the Revolution celebrated the decisive victory over the Batista dictatorship. When visiting the Che Guevara Memorial and the Museum, you will learn more about the historical background. A guided tour of the diverse city of Santa Clara should not be missed. Santa Clara is not only an important transport hub and industrial center, but also an important scientific center. The evening ends with a good dinner.
Accomodation: America or Casa Particular Santa Clara
Day 6: Santa Clara – Trinidad (B, L)
Today you will drive to the south coast to Trinidad. Between the Escambray Mountains and the Caribbean coast lies the fertile valley "Valle de los Ingenios“. It is well known for its sugar mills and was once one of the main sugar growing centers Cuba. Former Warden watch tower ‘Torre Manaca Iznaga’ represents the symbol of the area. After a very exciting morning, you will have lunch at a local restaurant in Trinidad. Trinidad, a colonial town which is well-preserved and cozy (UNESCO World Heritage) is best viewed with a walk. A beautiful view of the city you’ll have from the roof terrace of the municipal museum in the city center.
Accommodation: Casa Particular Trinidad with breakfast (hotel upgrade available as an option: as Las Cuevas, La Ronda or the Iberostar Trinidad - subject to availability).
Day 7: Trinidad (B)
Today, the first part of the cultural tour " Cuba 1-2-3 " ends . The following onward journey possibilities arise:
• If you have not seen enough of Cuba, put your tour access to the center (part 2) and / or the eastern parts of Cuba (Part 3) continued.
• Quick note: If you decide to continue the tour, you would start that day with the tour Part. 2
• After you have already discovered some of the highlights during the cultural tour that Cuba has to offer, you now have the opportunity to join a relaxing beach holiday. You can take our optional transfers to the best dream beaches of Cuba. Even the hotels are very large and range from cheapest 3 *** hotels to luxurious 5 ***** facilities with an all-inclusive service.
Day 1: Trinidad
This day is for you to leisure to a few suggestions: A jeep tour through the nature reserve close location around the Topes de Collantes. As active variant offers a hike in the tropical landscape of the Parque el Bucano national park or Caburno waterfall. Another alternative is an interesting journey through the old town Trinidad, or just very relaxed inserting a day at the beach at Playa Ancon. Your guide will is very happy to help and advice available.
For all the newcomers, today is scheduled as your date of arrival. We can organize an additional charge transfer to Trinidad.
Accomodation Casa Particular Trinidad (or similar)
Day 2: Trinidad - Sancti Spiritus – Camagüey (B, L)
After a wholesome breakfast at your accommodation in Trinidad the day starts. Your journey takes you today to Camaguey. Camagüey has been established in the year 1815. It not only has more than 300 hectares of land, but is also the country's largest city center in Cuba. After a long trip you have lunch in a local restaurant. Then we continue with a citytour on Camagüey streets. There you will notice that the streets are curved like a maze. The reason is that the people were tired of the many pirate’s raids and prefered living in an underground labyrinth. In the afternoon, visit very special project called Camaquito. This project supports children and young people in the fields of education, sports, culture and health. Some attractions are children's theater La Andariega, Ballet de Camagüey or Café Literario of the Asociación Hermanos Saíz.
Accomodation: Casa Particular Camagüey (or similar)
Day 3: Camagüey – Bayamo - Santiago de Cuba (B, L)
After a healthy breakfast you will lead up to the cultural trip to Bayamo. The town of Bayamo , also second capital of Cuba was founded in 1513 by the first Spanish governor Diego Velasquez . In the city tour, visit the Céspedes park .You will hardly guess that from this sleepy town, emerged the idea of an independence from Spain in Cuba. The lunch will take place in the city at a local restaurant and after that, you’ll head to todays destination, Santiago de Cuba . On the way, you will make several stops and see some special features such as the famous " Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Cobre"
Accomodation: Hotel Versalles or Las Americas (or similar)
Day 4: Santiago de Cuba (B, L)
This day begins with breakfast in the property. Then it goes to the city of Santiago de Cuba. There are some interesting places to discover, for example, Antonio Maveo, the Revolution Square, the square Céspedes, the Casa de la Trova, and more. Tip: From the fortress "El Morro
at the entrance to the Bay of Santiago de Cuba, you have a wonderful view of the city and the wide blue Caribbean Sea . In a local restaurant lunch will take place. The afternoon is for own expeditions, like a visit to the „Santa Iphgenia " cemetery with the family grave of Bacardi, Bacardi Museum, Cuba’s oldest house. A wonderful end to the day, is a visit to the "Casa de la Trova" right on "Plaza Central. There is a Tropicana show which is highly recommended for all lovers of Cuban music.
Accomodation: Hotel Versalles or Las Americas (or similar)
Day 5: Santiago de Cuba (B)
Today is the last day of the second part of the "Cuba 1-2-3" dawned travel. You now have the following onward journey options:
• You can continue the cultural tour "Cuba 1-2-3" with the third part. This time it's in the eastern part of Cuba. This is highly recommended because it is one of the most beautiful and interesting regions in Cuba - fantastic nature with a lot of endemic flora and fauna, breathtaking landscapes and authentic villages that tourists hardly see: Simply Cuba for insiders!
• Quick note: If you decide to continue the tour, would start that day with the tour part. 3
• After you have made tours 1 and / or 2, you have already seen a great deal about Cuba. What do you think of a relaxing beach holiday at one of Cuba's most beautiful beaches? We offer an optional transfer or domestic flight to the beautiful beaches located around Guardalavaca in the province of Holguin, Varadero or Cayo Coco.
• A third option offers itself a domestic flight to Havana to spend a few days in the bustling metropolis.
For all travel guests who come today and want to start your journey into the "Wild East" of Cuba, we offer transfers for your arrival in Santiago on (for example, from Havana or Holguin) and one night in a Casa Particular or hotel.
Day 1: Santiago de Cuba (B, L)
The tour begins with breakfast at your hotel or casa particular. This is followed by a jeep excursion through the second-largest city of Cuba ,Santiago. The adventurous journey begins east of Santiago de Cuba and ends at Las Guasimas the mountains. Very refreshing is the local and relatively cool air in the green mountain range. In a local restaurant, lunch will take place. The afternoon is very active designed with a hike through the mountainous regions of the Cafetales. Their coffee plantations were established and harvested by French farmers since the 18th century. The production is still upright, but now coffee is grown and processed only in small masses. It also includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The end of the evening, is scheduled on a typical finca (farm). You are invited to dinner and the owner will tell you interesting stories from Cuban life.
Accomodation: Hotel Versalles or Las Americas (or similar)
Day 2: Santiago - Guantánamo (B, L)
After a wholesome breakfast in your hotel, you will be guided to the famous Guantánamo. Another expedition takes you into town Guajira Guantanamera, which also bears the same name as a well-known Cuban song of the poet José Marti. The town lies about 40 km behind Guantánamo Bay. Your lunch is served in a local restaurant. During an excursion in the afternoon, will give you a city show, which is rather unknown for the Toursimus. There, you will see the colonial architecture, which revives the ancient splendor seaport of Guantanamo and also other parts of the city that were professionally restored and are equally worth seeing. Guantánamo is a traditional and is next to Baracoa, the most authentic city in Cuba!
Accomodation: Martí or Casa Particulares Guantanamo (or similar)
Day 3: Guantánamo - Baracoa (B, L)
After a healthy breakfast, the journey continues to Baracoa. Along the way you will be guided by the so-called mountain "Farola". It is called because of the different climates and altitudes, with permanent wech lender Flora way. You drive through several villages where the farmers sell their tropical fruits and cocoa products directly to the street. After a long journey they reached the oldest and most remote city in Cuba. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, a guided tour of Baracoa takes place. The place is unique not only because of its secluded location in the far east, but the lifestyle is speaking very for itself. A special attraction is the massive wooden cross "la cruz de Parra"! It was then brought and erected by Christopher Columbus as a gift. The cross is now the oldest surviving Catholic landmark in the "new world". In the evening you can customize according to your requirements. There are many restaurants, also called "paladares", which you can visit and enjoy the local music.
Accomodation: Hostal La Habanera or Hotel La Rusa (or similar)
Day 4: Baracoa (B, L)
The day begins with breakfast at your hotel . It will also be your drive back to the East. You will notice that the colonization of houses is becoming less. Here lived the Indian descendants of Cuba. In ‘La Maquina" all the way until you get to "Punta Maisi," the eastern most point of Cuba . From here, it is not far to the island of Haiti. There, you can give a small tip to the porter so you can climb the historic lighthouse and enjoy the beautiful view. The trip to the island's eastern tip of Cuba is a very special experience. A unique, changing vegetation of tropical forests to desert coastal landscapes. Lunch will take place at a local restaurant. Another highlight of the day is Boca de Yumuri, with a boat tour to explore the canyons. There are over a long period eroded canyons. After that, you’ll get the opportunity to learn all about the cocoa production.
Accomodation: Hostal La Habanera or Hotel La Rusa (or similar.)
Day 5: Baracoa (B, L)
Before you start the day, you’ll be served breakfast first at your hotel. Today's journey takes you to the Humboldt National Park, a unique nature retreat with numerous endemic species of flora and fauna. On a hike (of course with a professional park rangers, who brings extensive expertise also) the wonderful natural region. It also allows you to jump on your hike into the cool water. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. The afternoon is also very exciting. First, you will explore the largest river of Cuba, the Rio Toa, and then return to Baracoa, where you can end your evening . Highly recommended would be a romantic dinner in one of the many private restaurants or in a restaurant with the famous music style Camagüi.
Accomodation: Hostal La Habanera or Hotel La Rusa (Or Similar)
Day 6: Baracoa - Cayo Saetia/ Pinares de Mayari (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you’ll leave Baracoa and begin the journey towards Holguin. You will drive along the scenic north coast submitted with many bays and islands. Especially at the beginning of the route, near the city of Baracoa, the vegetation is enchantingly beautiful and the streets are lined with palms and tropical plants. Today's destination is Cayo Saetia, a large island off the Nipe Bay. It is a very exotic island with mangroves, sandy and rocky coves. Here African game was exposed decades ago: as zebras, antelopes and ostriches for hunting joyful party officials, state visitors and of the Cuban elite. Consider the island with all its peculiarities. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we continue to Cayo Saetia in your hotel (AI), where dinner wull be served and spend a night (subject to availability). If Hotel Cayo Saetia is fully booked, you’ll continue to Pinares de Mayari. The hotel is idyllically located in the Sierra de Cristal. There you have a wonderful starting point for exciting trips in the region. You will dine and stay at the Hotel Pinares de Mayari with HP.
Accomodation: Villas Pinares de Mayari or Hotel Cayo Saetia (or similar)
Day 7: Cayo Saetia /Pinares de Mayari - Banes - Holguín (B, L)
The last day of this tour "Cuba 1-2-3" has come. The day starts with a balanced breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, you can start in both places, Cayo Saetia and Pinares de Mayari exploring. In Cayo Saetia, you have the opportunity to make a discovery tour or simply stay at the beach and relax. In Pinares de Mayari, there is an opportunity to hike to the falls "Salto Guayabo". Both offers are highly recommended! Lunch will be served at a restaurant in the region. Then Continue towards Holguin. On the way, you will make a stop in Banes. There you will visit the archaeological site "Chorro de Maita" with a museum on indigenous people. Furthermore, you can visit the small village of Biran. There is the former Finca for Castro’s family. You will hear interesting stories about life back then and the former finca, which is a revolution museum visit. In the city of Holguin, You will make a city tour with the most beautiful sights. The city is also called the City of Parks. You can see only four parks in Old Town Locally. But the city does not only have beautiful greenery, but also very many well-known beers such as Crystal, Mazabe or Bikaner.... Bottoms up!
Your cultural discovery-tour in the "Wild East" of Cuba ends on the beaches of Guardalavaca in Holguin region. We recommend there still attach a relaxing beach holiday. There are several hotels of different categories available, from the inexpensive 3 *** segment, to exclusive hotel facilities in 5 ***** area. Alternatively, you can also stay overnight in one of the city hotels in Holguin and travel the next day with a domestic flight back to Havana.
Options for a beach extension after your trip
We recommend combining your journey through Cuba with a few days at one of the wonderful beaches of the Caribbean, for example in Varadero and Holguín. Please take a look at our offer of beach hotels in Cuba.
Cubatrotter also offers alternative options for your beach extension with the possibility of combining your trip to Cuba with a beach extrension in Mexico (Yucatán). Why not take advantage of the opportunity and get to know two countries? The flights from Cuba to Mexico (Cancún) are comfortable and affordable. Take a look at our options for beach hotels in Yucatán (Riviera Maya).
We would also like to invite you to take a look at www.mextrotter.com and browse through our offer of trips in Yucatán and Mexico. We are sure you will find something to fit your needs.