Rum and Revolution
Day 1: Havana
Upon arrival at Havana Airport make your own way to our joining hotel. Spend the rest of the day independently exploring the city stuck in a time warp. Perhaps grab a classic 1950’s American taxi and head to Old Havana with its narrow streets and overhanging balconies with an old world charm. Overnight - Havana
Days 2 - 4: Che Memorials & Colonial Gems
Havana - Santa Clara - Cienfuegos - Trinidad. After leaving Havana, we spend the night at Santa Clara. where guerrilla leader, and revolutionary theorist, Ernesto “Ché” Guevara de la Serna led the revolutionary troops in the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution. The leader gained fame (and notoriety) as an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, and as a leading advocate of Cuban-style socialism and guerilla warfare throughout impoverished Latin America. We visit the Ché Guevara memorial and museum where the alleged remains of Ché Guevara are buried. You can also visit the Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, a battle site where Che Guevara derailed an armoured train, defeating those driving it.
Cienfuegos, also known as the 'Pearl of the South' because of its beautiful bay, lovely colonial architecture, and unforgettable hospitality, will keep you easily entertained for two days. There are options to explore some amazing scuba and snorkelling sights and to discover fascinating museums and other colonial treasures.
On day 4 we travel to Trinidad a colonial gem with an array of cobbled streets, colourfully painted buildings, elegant palaces, and lovely colonial plazas. Enjoy your free time and take a tour of the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills, now a World Heritage Site; relax at nearby Ancona beach or go totally Cuban and take a salsa lesson. Overnight - Santa Clara - homestay (1) Cienfuegos - homestay(1) Trinidad - homestay (1) (B:1)
Days 5 - 7: Trinidad
Trinidad - Camaguey. After 2 days of rest and relaxation in Trinidad we travel to Camaguey, Cuba's third largest city. Camaguey’s maze of streets were built originally to thwart pirate invaders so be careful not to get too lost! After a night in the town, you can wake the following morning and hop on bicycle taxis to tour the city and its labyrinth streets, visiting all of the major sites. Camaguey's maze of streets were built originally to thwart pirate invaders. Without our trusty bicitaxi drivers we would surely be lost! That afternoon you can explore further and delve into the history of the fascinating town. Overnight - Trinidad - homestay (2) Camaguey - hotel (1)
Days 8 - 9: Cameguey
Camaguey - Holguin - Baracoa. On day 14 we travel to the popular resort of Holguin for our homestay. With some of the richest scenery in Cuba, Holguin is surrounded by high mountains, rich fields and soft sand beaches. Believed to be the region where Christopher Colombus first landed, the area is full of fascinating history.
The following day we drive to Baracoa, a small seaside town surrounded by rich vegetation where a number of small rivers flow into the ocean. We can take an interesting walk through a small cacao farm, where they explain the process of making chocolate. This small town is deserted during the day but at night, livens up with salsa bars and clubs. it's off to Baracoa to begin our 3 night stay. Why not take a cruise on the River Toa whilst here? Overnight - Holguin - homestay (1) Baracoa - homestay (1)
Days 10 - 13: Santiago de Cuba
Baracoa - Santiago de Cuba. After three days in the town, we drive to Santiago de Cuba arriving late afternoon. Here you can enjoy a salsa lesson, or explore the cathedral, copper mine and museum. You have the option of visiting, the El Moro Castle, built to protect the city from marauding pirates with its stunning sea views and the famous church El Cobre, where people pilgrimage from all over Cuba to ask the deity's help and return to thank her.
In the evenings a popular place to visit is the famous Casa de la Trova for some live music, where many of the Buena Vista Social Club played before they became famous. Overnight - Baracoa - homestay (2) Santiago de Cuba - homestay (2)
Days 14 - 15: Havana
Santiago de Cuba - Havana. On day 14 We have a morning flight with time in Havana in the afternoon to enjoy some last minute sightseeing and shopping. Tonight we can enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening before saying our goodbyes. Day 15 marks the end of your Cuban adventure, tour arrangements end after hotel checkout Havana (B:1)
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