Complete Cuba - 21 Days
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Take in the whole of Cuba starting in bustling Havana, continuing on to some of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, the famous Bay of Pigs and the stunning Sierra Maestra Mountains. Stroll through tobacco fields, sip coffee at a French plantation, stay with friendly host families and soak up the sun at the beach - this is complete Cuba!
Day 1: Havana
Sunday. Upon arrival at Havana Airport make your own way to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to independently explore this city seemingly stuck in time, in every corner are historical influences from the Spanish conquest and the African slave trade, to the bustling and lavish vacation paradise for wealthy North Americans in the 1950’s. Overnight - Havana
Days 2 - 3: Vinales
Havana - Vinales. Leaving the bustle of Havana behind, we pass through the scenic countryside en route to Vinales. This delightful town is nestled in the striking Sierra de los Organos Mountains. On arrival, we’ll check into our home-stays and meet our friendly host families.
Later we take a walk through tobacco fields where the finest tobacco in the world is grown. There’s also a chance to visit a local farmer and see how they roll a true “campesino” cigar. This evening we’ll have the option to dine at the homestay and listen to some live local Cuban music and trying out some salsa steps.
On day 3 we travel to Pinar del Rio (or Concelacion) where depending on the opening hours and time available you may get the chance to visit a Guayabita factory to see where the local liquor is made. The afternoon is free - enjoy optional activities such as horse riding or cave tours, or just relaxing by the pool for the less active. Overnight - Vinales (B:1)
Complete Cuba - 21 Days Go Guide
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Days 4 - 6: Sun, Sea & Coffee
Vinales - Soroa - Playas del Estes. Today we leave the charms of Vinales and stay overnight in Soroa where you can take short hikes to waterfalls, look-out points and an orchid garden to explore. For those less energetic there is plenty of free time to relax by the hotel pool.
On day 5 we will travel by bus to Las Terrazas, Cuba’s first sustainable rural community and biosphere reserve. Here we take a guided tour of an antique 19th century French coffee plantation before travelling onwards to Playas del Este.
Enjoy free time in Playas del Estes to take in the sun and relax to your heart’s content. If that’s not enough, why not have a soothing massage right on the beach. Overnight - Soroa (1), Playas del Estes (2) (B:1)
Day 7: Back to Havana
Playas del Estes - Havana. After your fill of sun and surf we head back to Havana, where you will have another chance to explore the city. As a UNESCO world heritage site steeped in history, you will find plenty to keep you busy. Overnight - Havana
Days 8 - 10: Havana
Havana - Santa Clara - Cienfuegos. After leaving Havana, we spend the night at Santa Clara. Here we visit the Che Guevara museum and see the memorial for those that fell during the Revolution. There is also the Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, a battle site where Che Guevara derailed an armoured train, defeating those driving it.
On the way to Cienfuegos we visit Central Australia, an abandoned sugar plantation which was the site of Fidel's Bay of Pig's resistance campaign. 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.
Overnight - Santa Clara (1) Cienfuegos (2) (B:1)
Days 11 - 13: Trinidad
Cienfuegos - Trinidad. En route to Trinidad we stop at Santa Clara, where guerrilla leader, and revolutionary theorist, Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna led the revolutionary troops in the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution. We visit the Che Guevara memorial and museum where the alleged remains of Che Guevara are buried.
Trinidad is 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 - Trinidad (3)
Days 14 - 15: Camaguey
Trinidad - Camaguey. Today we leave Trinidad and upon arrival in Camaguey we 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! Overnight - Cameguey (2)
Days 16 - 19: Sierra Maestra
Camaguey - Santiago - Baracoa. The next morning we drive to Santiago de Cuba arriving late afternoon. The following morning before departing for Baracoa, you have the option of visiting the El Moro Castle built to protect the city from marauding pirates.
The bus journey to Baracoa takes us along the edge of the beautiful Sierra Maestra Mountains. Baracoa is a small seaside town surrounded by rich vegetation, we take a walk through a small cacao farm, where we are shown the process of making chocolate. Later we embark on our River Toa boat cruise where you will see an abundance of local flora and fauna. Overnight - Santiago de Cuba (2) Baracoa (2) (B:2)
Days 20 - 21: Havana
Santiago de Cuba - Havana. On day 20 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 21 marks the end of your Cuban adventure, tour arrangements end after hotel checkout Havana (2) (B:1)