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Historical Cuba

a sweeping tour from Havana to the eastern shores

This 15 day itinerary takes a comprehensive overland route from the far reaches of eastern Cuba to Havana through central Cuba, including cosmopolitan Santiago de Cuba, colonial Trinidad and the beaches of Baracoa.

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Itinerary summary

Havana, Cuba's cultural capital city

Days 1-3: Spend three nights in this vibrant city where music, art, architecture and dance radiate from every crumbling building. Hire a vintage American car, visit a tobacco factory or watch a rehearsal at the Cuban National School of Ballet. Have dinner at a local paladar (private local restaurant) for another insight into the 21st century culture of this ever-changing city.

Wild white beaches of Baracoa

Days 4-6: Fly to Holguin to meet with your driver guide who will accompany you until day 14, and continue on to the beautiful, wild beaches and rustic thatched huts of Baracoa for a three night stay. Simply luxuriate in the natural surroundings or visit a local cacao farm or fishing village.

Cosmopolitan Santiago de Cuba

Days 7-8: Driven to Santiago de Cuba, on the island’s southern coast. Two nights in Santiago allows time to wander through the unique historic centre, with influences from the French, Haitian, African and Spanish noticeable in everything from architecture to cuisine. Santiago also has a vibrant night life.

Central Cuba and revolutionary Granma

Days 9-11: Driven west for a one night stay in Bayamo, the province of Granma, before continuing on to Camaguey for two nights. Fidel Castro was born in this region, and although little visited, it is significant historically in Cuba's revolutionary struggle. Several of Fidel and Che's preserved hideouts can be visited in the mountains.

Colonial Trinidad

Days 12-13: Travel west  for two nights in Trinidad, Cuba’s third oldest settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. Trinidad is famed for its craftwork and is also the spiritual home of salsa. Away from the city the beautiful white sands of Ancón beach are just 20 minutes from the town, or go walking in the pretty Escambray mountains with its nature trails and fresh water pools.

Cienfuegos and onward connections

Days 14-15: Driven back to Havana stopping en route for a tour of Cienfuegos, a city with beautiful French architecture influenced by colonists arriving from Louisiana in the 19th Century. Spend a final night in Havana before onward connections.

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Accommodation options

In the following section you will see our suggested options for possible accommodation.

The estimated flight cost included in this itinerary (assuming international flights from the UK plus any internal flights that are necessary) is 985 per person.

Standard - 6,460

Price and validity notes

We have tried to give you as accurate an idea of prices as possible, including meals where appropriate (but not when there are good local options so you don't pay for a meal that you might not want), accommodation, transfers, and any tours we have included.

All prices are per person based on two people sharing a room and are intended as a guide (local high or low seasons can cause some variation). All prices were correct when published but may vary with exchange rate fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or changes in the general economic situation.

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