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Cuba Colonial

The melody of horns floating through the air, classic cars parked in colonial squares, revolutionary statues – get over the resort wall and discover the real Cuba! Travel east to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa and encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and revolutionary fervour. Soak in Spanish heritage while exploring churches, forts and cobblestoned streets. Overnight in homestays for an immersive Cuban experience few travellers get to enjoy. Don't just walk down the road less travelled – dance down it. Viva la Revolución!

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  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CCC/126628
  • Starts: Havana, Cuba
  • Finishes: Havana, Cuba
You will Visit
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Day 1: Havana

Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience.
Check into the hotel and enjoy the city before an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Havana/Santiago de Cuba

Fly to Santiago de Cuba and take an orientation walk with a visit to Castillo del Morro.
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.


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Day 3: Santiago de Cuba

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

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Day 4: Santiago de Cuba/Baracoa

Head north to Baracoa and get grounded with an orientation walk. The area offers everything from beaches to hiking opportunities and museums.
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.


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Day 5: Baracoa

With free time, opt to hike near El Yunque or explore the breathtaking beaches for which this area of Cuba is famous.
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 6: Baracoa

With free time, opt to hike near El Yunque or explore the breathtaking beaches for which this area of Cuba is famous.
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

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

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Day 8: Santiago de Cuba/Camagüey

Arrive in the afternoon to Camagüey. Enjoy an orientation walk, or opt for a guided tour for a better understanding of the city.
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.

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Day 9: Camagüey/Trinidad

Enjoy an orientation walk and included salsa lesson in 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.

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Day 10: Trinidad

Enjoy free time in Trinidad. Opt to hike in nearby Topes de Collantes National Park to see the Salto del Caburni waterfall, or visit Ancón Beach for diving, snorkelling or lounging. Savour a local dinner as a group hosted by one of the homestay families.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for activities. 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

Enjoy free time exploring Trinidad and surrounds.

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Day 12: Trinidad/Santa Clara

Visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum.
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.

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Day 13: Santa Clara/Havana

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.

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Day 14: Havana

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

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Day 15: Havana

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Salsa Lesson, Trinidad
    • Arrival transfer
    • Castillo del Morro entrance and visit
    • Orientation walks in Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Camagüey, and Trinidad
    • Beach time in Baracoa
    • Che Guevara mausoleum and museum visit
    • Old Havana walking tour
    • Free time in Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, and Havana
    • Informal Spanish lesson
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/casas particulares (homestays) (14 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, 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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