Viva Cuba

Havana's fortress, cigars and rumba
Ernesto Che Guevara Monument in Santa Clara
Havana's El Malecon sea wall
Santiago De Cuba's Afro-Cuban culture
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Havana
Camaguey's labyrinthine streets and alleys
  • Hemingway always laid an extra spot at his table for unexpected guests. He entertained movie stars and politicans but never other writers - it was considered bad luck. He owned more than 50 cats. And he only ever write standing up. You could say Hemingway was a bit of an eccentric.

     

    Itinerary

    Day 1-3 - Havana

    Forget about food and shopping, Havana's not that kind of city. Here it's all about music, dancing, drinking, Che, cars, cigars and a guy called Hemingway.

    Day 1

    • Get acquainted with Havana
    • Pre-departure meeting in the evening

    Day 2

    • Spend the day exploring (La Habana Vieja) Old Havana
    • Perhaps visit a local historic bar and grab a mojito in the evening

    Day 3

    • Enjoy free time strolling around Havana and taking in the architecture, culture, museums, restaurants and bars
    Breakfast

    Day 4-6 - Santiago de Cuba

    It's home to three of Cuba's greatest icons - Afro-Cuban music, Bacardi and the Cuban revolution. Feel like a big kid whilst running around the 16th century Castillo del Morro, where nobody tells you off for mucking around on turrets, drawbridges, dungeons, cannons and tunnels.

    • Leave Havana and fly to Santiago de Cuba
    • Take a walking tour of this musical, revolutionary city
    • Set off to explore the city on your own during free time
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Camaguey

    Your legs must be tired from all the salsa dancing, so rest up on the long drive to Camaguey. Don't stress if you get lost here - the streets were purposely designed as a maze in order to confuse pirates and looters.

    • Drive past cattle farms, citrus orchards and sugar plantations before arriving in Camaguey
    • Get to know this surprising town, riddled with twisting streets and alleyways
    Breakfast

    Day 8-10 - Trinidad

    Cobblestone streets, pastel houses, old Chevroletes, ice cream shops, churches and locals who like nothing better than puffing away on cigars and gossiping. This is Cuba.

    • Take a morning tour of the old town centre of Camaguey
    • Drive across the interior to historic Trinidad - quintessential Cuba
    • Set off on your own exploration of the town
    • Perhaps climb the bell tower of the central Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos (a former convent) for great views over the old rooftops and surrounding hills
    • Why not visit some of the great local markets
    • Get your beach beach fix - it's a short ride in a 'coco taxi'
    • Please note that there is a shortage of reliable accommodation in Trinidad and many of the hotels experience constant water and electrical shortages. From time to time it is necessary for us to stay just out of town.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 11 - Santa Clara

    This is where Che Guevara and 17 of his men put a bulldozer on the tracks to stop 300 soldiers and train full of ammunition on its way to Havana. They say he's buried inside the walls of the Che Guevara Monument.

    • Head inland to the historic city of Santa Clara
    • Visit the Revolutionary Plaza and the Che Guevara Monument
    Breakfast

    Day 12 - Havana

    You can't leave without taking a trip in a coco cab. It's got a big round shell and looks somewhat like a motorised coconut. It's even more amusing after a few mojitos.

    • The trip comes to an end on arrival back in Havana
    Breakfast
  • What's Included

    • An experienced local guide in Cuba and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Viva Cuba

    Virginia - Qatar, 13 May, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    Overall, the trip was excellent. It was just the right group size and pace. My only criticism is the cost of some of the additional options. We seemed to have too much time in Santiago de Cuba however the additional day trips planned by our guide were fantastic. This itinerary, or at least part of it, should have been included in the trip.

    Viva Cuba

    Angela - Australia, 13 May, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    My trip to Cuba was amazing. My only regret was not doing the 15 day tour, as after 12 days I still wanted more. Cuba left me amazed, inspired and exhilarated. Our tour guide, JJ, was the most patient man on earth and couldn't have been more helpful to everyone in the group. I learnt so much about Cuba, and after experiencing its culture and all it has to offer it now rates as one of my top destinations in the world. Viva Cuba!

 
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