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The Best of Cuba Tour

A 10-night tour of both Western and Eastern Cuba

The Best of Cuba Tour

Our 10-night The Best of Cuba tour takes in the must-see highlights of the whole island and is ideal for those wanting a comprehensive tour and an extended look at this fascinating country, with the chance for a few nights of beach stay within a 14-night holiday.

Enjoying the services of two specialist guides, one for Western Cuba and one taking over the Eastern side of the island. The tour allows for a fascinating insight into life in Cuba today.

  • An afternoon cruising through Havana in a chauffeur driven old American car
  • A visit to a famous working cigar factory in Havana
  • A visit to the fascinating Museum of the Revolution
  • Authentic cocktail making and tapas served at a bar & restaurant recently enjoyed by HRH Prince Charles
  • A day exploring picturesque Vinales Valley an UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular scenery
  • 2-nights in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trinidad where history & the live music scene is at its best
  • A short trek to La Plata, the former HQ of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary heroes, deep in the Sierra Maestra
  • A Visit to Santiago de Cuba, a passionate and revolutionary city, home of the Mausoleum of Fidel Castro
  • Two nights in Baracoa, beautiful and peaceful with wild scenery, and a fantastic local music scene
  • A visit to the birthplace of Fidel and Raul Castro at their former farm in Biran
Duration:
11 Nights / 12 Days
Accommodation:
We use a mixture of very well located, good quality casas particulares and hotels.
Extensions
On the last day (day 12), you can transfer to the beaches of Guardalavaca for a few days relaxation, or perhaps travel to Havana for additional nights

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Private Tour Available

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Meals Included

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The Best of Cuba Tour Itinerary Highlights

Sunday | Day 1 - Havana

After a welcome at Havana airport, a transfer will take you to your accommodation confirmed for the tour, well located in Old Havana.

Sunday | Day 1 - Havana

Monday | Day 2 - Havana

Highlights include a visit to a working cigar factory, the Museum of the Revolution, a guided walk through Old Havana, the four famous historical squares, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas.

In the afternoon you will explore the other areas of central Havana in old American vintage cars, including Revolution Square, the downtown Vedado district, the Malecon, the Miramar district, and Bosque De La Havana.

A visit to a local tapas bar, visited in 2019 by HRH Prince Charles, where there will be an authentic Cuban cocktail making lesson and homemade tapas.

Tickets for the world-famous Tropicana open air cabaret show can be pre-arranged for those interested.

Your guide can also recommend bars and music venues in the city for those that might want to enjoy the evening independently.

Monday | Day 2 - Havana

Tuesday | Day 3 - Vinales Valley & Las Terrazas

Head to the immensely picturesque UNESCO world heritage site of Vinales Valley, an area known for its outstanding beauty and home of Cuba’s tobacco plantations.

Take a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio cave system, and visit a typical tobacco drying house to see how the tobacco crops are turned into the world’s best cigars.

A fabulous unique lunch will be served at a local organic farm affording wonderful views across the valley and you can learn a little more about the farm and its organic methods which attracted the attention of President Obama.

In the late afternoon you will leave Vinales and head to Las Terrazas National Park. There will be a short tour of the National Reserve, local village and an introduction to the eco-activities and farming practices.

There will be another unique dinner tonight at the organic vegetarian restaurant in the village which uses only locally sourced organic ingredients.

Tuesday | Day 3 - Vinales Valley & Las Terrazas

Wednesday | Day 4 - Santa Clara & Trinidad

The first stop will be Santa Clara, a city of major historical significance in Cuba. Visit the final resting place of Che Guevara at the very symbolic mausoleum with time to visit the museum dedicated to his life, as well as Tren Blindado, a small museum and the iconic remains of the government train that was attacked by Che Guevara and his revolutionaries, a significant turning point in the Cuba Revolution.

Travel through the Escambray Mountains towards Sugar Mill Valley where the 145ft Manaca Iznaga Tower stands as a silent witness to Cuba’s history of slavery where over 30,000 slaves worked in the sugar plantations overlooked by the tower! A ghostly visit.

Wednesday | Day 4 - Santa Clara & Trinidad

Thursday | Day 5 - Trinidad

There will be a comprehensive tour of the center of Trinidad including a visit to the History Museum. Sample the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane cocktail at La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century.

After lunch in a local restaurant, the remainder of the afternoon will be free to relax in the city, or perhaps take a taxi to the nearby Caribbean beach of Playa Ancon and enjoy the beach.

It is the final evening in Trinidad, and dancing to local live music is a must so feel free to visit one of Trinidad’s growing number of bars and listen to some excellent live music!

Thursday | Day 5 - Trinidad

Friday | Day 6 - Baymo

You leave Trinidad today and travel alongside the foothill of the Escambray Mountains and head towards the east known locally as 'Oriente'.

Along with coffee stops, lunch will be taken at a local restaurant along the way before arriving at the picturesque small city of Bayamo. Known locally as 'La Heroica' due to its long history of revolutionary battles against the Spanish in the 19th Century and Batista’s troops during the last revolution.

In Bayamo there will be walking tour of this picturesque and friendly city. The tour focuses on the leafy square of Parque Cespedes, named after the 'Father of Cuba' Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, born overlooking the square.

Friday | Day 6 - Baymo

Saturday | Day 7 - Sierra Mountains & Santiago de Cuba

You will travel deep into the Sierra Maestra Mountains until you arrive at Villa Santo Domingo, nestled deep in the mountains with views to Cuba’s highest and most sacred mountain, Pico Turquino.

Upon arrival, the jeeps will take you higher into the mountains for a walk deep into the forests to La Plata, the former HQ of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary heroes. You can discover the various hidden buildings including Fidel’s actual house and the radio station from where they launched the Revolution. Continuing the trail, there is an option to visit the tiny mountain community of La Platica.

Upon your return to the beautiful and peaceful tiny mountain village, lunch will be served, then there will be a little time to relax and explore or wander along the river and watch the day draw to a close over the mountains, before setting off to Santiago de Cuba one of the most important cities in Cuba.

Saturday | Day 7 - Sierra Mountains & Santiago de Cuba

Sunday | Day 8 - Santiago de Cuba

There will be a full exploration of Santiago de Cuba, a city of crucial importance throughout Cuba’s history.

Visit the local sights including the Moncada Barracks, Central Square, Parque Cespedes, Calle Heredia, Padre Pico Street and Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the final resting place of Fidel Castro, one of the world’s most recognised leaders where you can observe the impressive changing of the guard ceremony.

Next you will visit Castillo del Morro, a historical fortress offering fantastic views across the Caribbean Sea and the impressive Sierra Maestra mountains.

In the evening visit the famous Casa de la Trova!

Sunday | Day 8 - Santiago de Cuba

Monday | Day 9 - Guantanamo & Baracoa

Take one of the most interesting and spectacular drives in Cuba. Head to the city of Guantanamo made famous globally for two very different reasons, firstly the ballad Guantanamera taken from a poem written by Cuba's national hero Jose Marti and secondly, for the US base and now Camp X Ray only 15 miles from the city.

The tour will continue along the very south-eastern tip of Cuba where at times the scenery is almost desert- like, and then you will take 'La Farola' to Baracoa, arguably Cuba’s friendliest city.

Monday | Day 9 - Guantanamo & Baracoa

Tuesday | Day 10 - Baracoa

After breakfast, you will travel to Rio Toa, Cuba’s wildest river which runs through a UNESCO protected reserve. There will be a chance to enjoy an exhilarating boat ride up the river through some spectacular scenery of this remote part of Cuba.

The day will continue with a visit to Finca Duaba. Lunch will be served at this Cuban farm which is surrounded by lush tropical scenery and the location of Cuba’s cocoa plantations. Take a guided walk through the farm and learn a little more about Baracoa’s famous chocolate production.

Tuesday | Day 10 - Baracoa