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Cuba Colonial
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The melody of horns, classic cars parked in colonial squares and revolutionary statues, here’s your chance to discover the real Cuba! With Cuba Colonial, travel east to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa, encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and revolutionary fervour and soak up Spanish heritage whilst exploring churches, forts and cobblestone streets. Explore breathtaking beaches in Trinidad, pay your respects to the legendary Che Guevara then party all night in happenin’ Havana. Your nights will be spent in traditional homestays allowing you to experience the true Cuba. Don’t just stroll down the road less travelled, salsa down it!

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Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126628
Starts: Havana, Cuba Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will visit
  • Havana
  • Havana

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Day 1: Havana

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

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Havana/Santiago de Cuba

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.



Additional Notes:
On the Dec 31, 2016 departure, you'll be spending two nights in Havana at the beginning of the trip, and flying to Santiago de Cuba on Day 3 – giving you more time to explore Havana while ringing in the New Year. You will have one less night in Havana at the end of the trip, but all other aspects of the itinerary will remain the same.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Plane (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 3: Santiago de Cuba (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Santiago. Opt to listen to live music at the Casa de la Trova or visit the Revolution Museum. Explore this Afro-Cuban city by visiting important revolutionary sites, like the Moncada Barracks.

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Day 4: Santiago de Cuba/Baracoa (1B)

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.



Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours)

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Day 5: Baracoa

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.

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Day 7: Baracoa/Santiago de Cuba (1B)

Travel back to Santiago de Cuba for one more night before continuing west.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

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Day 8: Santiago de Cuba/Camagüey (1B)

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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.50-7.00 hours)

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Day 9: Camagüey/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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Salsa Lesson

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Stop along the way for an optional visit to La Torre del Esclavo before continuing on to Trinidad.
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

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Day 10: Trinidad (1B, 1D)

For outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for horseback riding or bicycle riding (no typical mountain bikes though!). 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.

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Day 11: Trinidad (1B)

Enjoy free time exploring Trinidad and surrounds.

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Day 12: Trinidad/Santa Clara (1B)

Continue on to Santa Clara, a key city in the revolution. Santa Clara is probably best known for its statue of Che Guevara at the Plaza de la Revolución. The remains of Che and his comrades who fell in Bolivia are interred in the mausoleum at this site.


Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Santa Clara/Havana (1B)

Journey back to the capital and enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana. Opt to visit museums, tour the city by vintage car or attend a cabaret performance at the Tropicana.

Included Activities:
Havana City Walking Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Havana (1B)

Enjoy a full free day to get exactly what you want out of Havana.

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Day 15: Havana (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Castillo del Morro entrance and visit
    • Santiago de Cuba orientation walk
    • Trinidad orientation walk
    • Salsa lesson
    • Che Guevara mausoleum and museum visit
    • Old Havana walking tour
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (2 nts), casa particulars (homestay) (12 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private van, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Dance salsa with the locals
  • Walk in Che Guevara's footsteps
  • Gain insight on Cuban life at 'casa particular' stays
  • Explore breathtaking beaches


Reviews (36)
Grainne M Posted on: 

A fantastic view of a truly unique and vibrant country. Amazing contrasts from one town to the next.

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Noeline S Posted on: 

Very enjoyable and interesting. Cuba lived up to the comments from my friends who had visited there before. I highly recommend this country as a must to visit.

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Louise C Posted on: 

great unforgettable experience....loved the home stays, great way to see a bit more of the real Cuba...

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Laura L Posted on: 

I really enjoyed every minute of the holiday. From the activities proposed to the cites visited. Making contact with the local population made everything more interesting and memorable. The tour leader has been professional and helpful all the way through.

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Mary L Posted on: 

The tour included most of the destinations I would have chosen as an independent traveller. The driver was excellent and I was impressed by most of the homestays. The country is marvelous.

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Vassil Gueorguiev G Posted on: 

Cuba is a great and unique place to visit. It was a valuable experience and I enjoyed Cuba very much.

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Tonya W Posted on: 

Wow - Cuba, what an amazing place. The most fun, the most inspiring and most enjoyable G Adventures experience I have had. I loved it. We had time to explore, to relax, to mingle with locals, to drink, eat and dance. There was a lot of freedom for each traveler to do what they wanted. Really good trip!

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Karen H Posted on: 

Loved the whole trip. What a great place and great people.

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Benjamin H Posted on: 

Great trip we were looked after all the way and the place was out of this world, no other country like Cuba cheers G Adventures

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Carol B Posted on: 

A fantastic tour, which has increased my fascination with Cuba and would like to explore it further.

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Sylvie L Posted on: 

I was extremely pleased with my overall G Adventures experience. The G Adventures approach to travelling allows one to really appreciate a country, its culture and its people.

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Kimmo R Posted on: 

I was happy to see the real Cuba outside of tourist resorts and outside Havana (although Havana was the highlight for me).

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Catherine W Posted on: 

Cuba is such a challenging and unique place, but the trip content made it easier to settle into the way of life and appreciate the beauty and culture of the place.

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Werner K Posted on: 

We had a very friendly tour-leader (Caroline Doyle). We had enough time at each place in order to get in touch with the locals, to enjoy street life, but there were also very interesting organized tours to museums, etc in each town.

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Randy W Posted on: 

I enjoyed seeing and experiencing things that I wouldn't have found without G Adventures.

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Katelijne V Posted on: 

I didn't know what to expect from the tour as I've never been on a guided trip before, but I really enjoyed the experience. In the two weeks on tour we saw nearly all of Cuba and learned much about its culture, history, political history, people and the environment. I had a terrific time and have been raving about my holiday to all my friends and colleagues. Cuba is not a country I would have felt comfortable traveling as a girl, but the tour showed me I shouldn't have been concerned. After the tour I travelled Cuba by myself for two weeks and it was wonderful.

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Samantha L Posted on: 

The trip was fantastic. It was a good overall view of Cuba, seeing a lot of the country without being too rushed. It was great that we got to see how real Cuban's lived - the home stays were one of the best parts of the trip. Definitely worthwhile doing.

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Ole O Posted on: 

I enjoyed very much travelling with a small, international group of fun and interesting people.

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Mary M Posted on: 

I had a great time. I loved Cuba. Tony was a great tour leader. He always tried to accommodate special requests and was a lot of fun to spend time with.

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Colette K Posted on: 

On the whole, the tour was well put together and gave the group the opportunity to visit a number of interesting places and undertake a number of various activities.

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ShirleyVeronique W Posted on: 

The trip was great. Overall, we had a great time, although there are things that can be improved like the travel arrangements/ organization.

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Sarah G Posted on: 

A great trip to learn about the history and culture of Cuba.

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Li Chen W Posted on: 

The trip was one of the best tours i have ever had. Trinidad and Baracoa are the highlights.

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Benjamin H Posted on: 

Great trip we were looked after all the way and the place was out of this world, no other country like Cuba cheers G Adventures

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Paul S Posted on: 

Had a great time touring Cuba. Skipping the hotels and staying with Cuban families really allowed us to absorb the culture. Our leader Tony was great. His knowlegde of the country and it's people made our trip more enjoyable. His sense of humour kept us all laughing.

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Geoffrey R Posted on: 

This is a long tour covering a wide area.the home stays gave an insight into the life of the country. Our transportation was very comfortable.

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Lindy E Posted on: 

Cuba was an interesting destination - plenty of political history, very friendly Cuban people, a beautiful island.

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Sam W Posted on: 

This trip was everything it was promoted to be. We saw almost all of Cuba. It was well organized and all the activities were readily available.

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David H Posted on: 

A busy but very enjoyable trip with tons on culture, history, travel and interaction with the locals.

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deirdre m Posted on: 

Fascinating country -a privilege to visit Comprehensive overview of Cuban culture, lifestyle, history on this trip Very knowledgeable, approachable and socialable guide Accommodation and transport facilities very acceptable Safe country to travel throughout Lovely people Having even basic Spanish greatly improves interaction with locals and host in homestays

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manuela v Posted on: 

i loved cuba, it was very interesting and full of contradictions...incredible! i only wish my spanish and salsa dancing were better!

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Rosaleen K Posted on: 

I had an amazing time in Cuba. The tour was brilliant and the country amazing. Isaac, the tour guide, brought the whole group together and allowed us to encounter more of the Cuban culture than I believe would have been possible had we travelled by another means. I'm already trying to work out how I can get back to do Cuba Libre!

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Alexandra S Posted on: 

Generally fantastic, exactly how I expected a G Adventures trip to be, lots of freedom with new found travelling buddies. High points were all the things that make Cuba so unique as a country and only low point was my own inability to speak Spanish so I couldn't get to grips with how the country worked as much as I would have liked.

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Linda S Posted on: 

Excellent trip covering the major part of Cuba. Good choice of area to visit giving insite into different towns

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Penny W Posted on: 

Excellent choice of cities, pacing, transportation means; strong overall tour-type 'coherence'; particularly good tour leader & drivers (learned a lot from them)

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Maryse L Posted on: 

I loved Cuba, from crumbling Havana to lush Baracoa. The highlight was definitely staying with local families. They cooked for us and it was delicious. We listened to a lot of live music, what a pleasure. People were friendly and open, and wanted to talk to us about our countries and what were our impressions of Cuba. There were only 6 in my group and we travelled in a van. We became good friends and shared a lot of laughs and crazy stories, not to mention the mojitos. It was hard to go our separate ways at the end of the 2 weeks.

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