The Best of Cuba Tour

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Project Description

Best of Cuba Tour

Our 11-night 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 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.

  • Departures:  Every Monday, year-round

  • Duration: 11 nights / 12 Days

Best of Cuba Tour Highlights

  • Cruise and explore the streets of Havana in a chauffeur driven old American car.
  • A visit to the fascinating Museum of the Revolution and full exploration of Old Havana
  • Dinner at La Fontana in Havana, a unique experience.
  • Visit the spectacular Vinales Valley the home of Cuba’s tobacco plantations and unique limestone scenery
  • A visit to a working Cigar Factory and see how cigars are still hand made
  • A weekend in Trinidad when the live music scene is at its best

  • A fascinating visit to La Plata, the former HQ of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary heroes, situated deep in the Sierra Maestra mountains and affording fantastic views and a window on history
  • Santiago De Cuba, a passionate, lively and beautiful city, where you can find the finest, raw Cuban music
  • A visit to the Mausoleum of Fidel Castro to watch the changing of the guard undertaken by dedicated young Cuban sentries.
  • Visit the birthplace of Fidel and Raul Castro at their former farm at Biran

Tour Complexity

CULTURE
NATURE
ACTIVE

Tour Map

Best of Cuba Tour Map

Make this Tour your Own. Tailor this holiday to your liking when you choose to go private

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We are able to organise this tour on a private basis, enabling clients to travel alone with the guide. On a private tour, it can also be possible to tailor the tour further if you require. Visits can be added, as can duration, or indeed a specialist interest can be catered for. We would be delighted to assist, please ask us if you would like a quotation.

What would you like to Personalise?

  • Go private instead of a group

  • Change the duration of the tour

  • Include your interests

  • Extra days by the beach

Day to Day Itinerary

We have included a number of unique highlights in the tour itinerary that most other tours on the market do not offer. A unique chance to wander the streets of Havana, explore Cuba’s most dramatic landscapes in Soroa and Vinales, travel back in time on the streets of Trinidad, and discover historical Santa Clara.

September 2017

Day 5: Cienfuegos

Today the tour heads east along the very quiet motorway where the first stop will be to explore the French influenced small colonial city of Cienfuegos. Overlooking a picturesque bay on arrival lunch will be served and then a guided stroll through the colonial centre and along the seafront ‘Malecon’ promenade.

The day continues along the picturesque coast road to Trinidad, preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for a two-night stay and dinner will await in one of our chosen Casa Particular restaurants.

Day 6: Trinidad

After breakfast, enjoy a comprehensive tour of the centre of Trinidad including visits to the Museum of the Fight Against the Bandits, covering the revolutionary battles in the nearby Escambray mountains and you can climb the bell tower for the very best views across Trinidad.  Also visit the History Museum focusing on a family’s life in Cuba in the 1800s followed by the chance to sample the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane cocktail at La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, beware its lovely, but very strong!

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 at Playa Ancon and enjoy the beach and even the sunset there.

Dinner tonight will be at a local private restaurant and as it’s the weekend, therefore 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!

Day 7: Sugar Mills Valley and Santa Clara

This morning you will leave Trinidad and head to 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!

Continuing the day, the tour takes a picturesque road through the Escambray mountains to Santa Clara, a city of major historical significance in Cuba.  You will visit the final resting place of Che Guevara at the very symbolic Mausoleum with time to visit the museum dedicated to his life before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant

After lunch, we will travel east through the agricultural heartland of Cuba and in the late afternoon, we will arrive at Camaguey, Cuba’s third largest city.

Camaguey is known for its delightful and pedestrianized colonial centre, its maze of alleyways and shaded plazas as well as an abundance of historic and ornate cathedrals, some with a very European design.  Dinner will be served in the hotel tonight and you can wander through the centre independently if you are not too tired.

 

Day 8: Camaguey & Bayamo

This morning there will be a panoramic walking tour of Camaguey with the chance to learn about the history of the city and explore the colonial centre which is an UNESCO World Heritage site.

After the tour of the city we will continue our journey east towards Bayamo, a small town 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.

On arrival into Bayamo, lunch will be available at the hotel and there will be time to settle in, relax and take a stroll around the picturesque and friendly town.

In the afternoon, you will begin a short orientation tour of Bayamo which will focus on the leafy square of Parque Cespedes. Named after the ‘Father of Cuba’, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, born overlooking the square, in fact he announced Cuba’s first independence from Spanish rule in the same square in 1868!

Dinner tonight will be at the hotel in Bayamo.

Finish your Tour, Caribbean Style, with extra days by the Beach

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After the tour why not continue your journey to the beach resort of Guardalavaca for a few days relaxing.  Alternatively, head to Havana direct from Baracoa for a few extra days.

Suggested Beach Extensions

  • Guardalavaca Beach

  • Cayo Coco

  • Cayo Guillermo

  • Varadero Beach

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Hand-Crafted Memories you will cherish forever.

Who we are, our identity, is the sum total of everything we have seen, the things we have done, and the places we have been: our life experiences. That is what keeps us going at Captivating Cuba, the excitement and enjoyment of planning not itineraries or holidays, but of creating vital experiences and crafting memories you will cherish forever. Experiences that will become part of your identity.
That’s also why we are exclusively specialised in Cuba: a chaotic, eclectic, always surprising, impossible to forget spec of land in the Caribbean we all are a bit in love with.

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