Day 1: Havana
On arrival in Cuba you will be transferred to your hotel where you will spend two nights. Enjoy dinner and get to know your fellow travellers. Stay: Nacional de Cuba (dinner included).
Day 2: Havana
Your first morning will be spent following the 'Hemingway trail' starteing at the Hemingway's House Museum, where the famous author wrote the best selling novel The Old Man and the Sea. Continue on to the small fishing town of Cojimar which is located to the east of Havana. It is here that Hemingway joined his best friend Don Gregorio on fishing trips. The trail ends in Old Havana where you will have views of the Ambos Mundos Hotel where he once lived as well as visiting the Floridita cocktail bar for a coctail. This rather unassuming bar has over 200 years of history and it is the birthplace of the famous Cuban drink, the daiquiri. This evening is one of the tour’s real highlights – a one hour tour of the Malecón in one of Havana’s iconic classic cars. Continue by bus to the Tocororo restaurant for a welcome dinner accompanied by live jazz music. Stay: Nacional de Cuba (breakfast and dinner included).
Day 3: Havana to Baracoa
Today you begin your journey east with an early morning flight to Guantanamo followed by a three hour road transfer to the city of Baracoa. On arrival there will be a city tour and a visit to the 19th-Century Matachín Fortress. The afternoon will be at leisure to explore this hidden gem which is located on the island’s north east coast, independently. Baracoa feels like it is stuck in time and, having been cut off from the rest of the country – except by sea – until the 1960s, it is no wonder that the city retains an unspoilt charm. Stay: Villa Baracoa (breakfast and dinner included).
Day 4: Baracoa
You will have some more time at leisure in this unique city. The architecture of the city today is mainly from the 18th and 19th Centuries, but the cultures of the aboriginal Indians who lived here before the European settlers arrived still survive. If you wish to learn about the lives of the indigenous Taínos people then a visit to the Museo Arqueológico is a must. Following lunch at a local restaurant you will be able to see some of the natural beauty that surrounds the city during a trip along the Rio Toa on a native Cayuka canoe. Stay: Villa Baracoa (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 5: Baracoa to Santiago
Your group will travel to the south coast and the city of Santiago de Cuba. On arrival you will have lunch at the restaurant El Cayo located on a tiny island in the Bay of Santiago. This is followed by a city tour of Santiago taking in the fortress Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca which stands guard over the bay, the lively streets of Enramadas and Aguilera, and Céspedes Park – the main square which is bordered by the city’s main buildings and is a popular meeting place for locals. Stay: Melia Santiago (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 6: Santiago
Today the tour focuses on the region’s role in the Cuban Revolution. Begin the day at the modest farm house of La Granjita Siboney where Fidel Castro and many of his fellow revolutionaries planned the attack on the city’s Moncada Barracks. Today the farm house is home to a museum that documents and commemorates the event with images, news articles, weapons and more. You will then continue on to the Valle de la Prehistoria where you will witness one of the islands alternative sights – life size models of dinosaurs, mammoths and cavemen set out over a 26 acre recreational park. After lunch visit the Museum 26 de Julio which is located in the Moncada Barracks. This fascinating museum charts the failed attack of 100 rebels on the barracks that occurred on the 26th July 1953. The penultimate stop on today’s tour is the Santa Efigenia Cemetery which is the final resting place of many of Cuba’s most famous historical figures. You will then visit one of Cuba’s oldest museums – the Museum Municipal Emilio Bacardí Moreau – which was founded by Emilio Bacardí and features a collection of his treasures from around the world. Stay: Melia Santiago (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 7: Santiago to Guardalavaca
Travel back to the north coast and the resort town of Guardalavaca where you will spend four nights at the Paradisus Río de Oro Resort & Spa (All Inclusive).
Days 8-10: Guardalavaca
Enjoy one of Cuba’s best beaches and all that this adult only resort has to offer. Tucked away in the Bahia de Naranjo National Park, this peaceful retreat offers both luxury and superior service on the breathtaking Playa Esmeralda Beach. The resort features a spa, nature trails, ecological excursions, non-motorised watersports and a variety of dining options – some of which are included in the price of your holiday (All Inclusive).
Day 11: Guardalavaca to Havana
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Havana. On arrival you will have lunch at a local restaurant followed by some free time to browse the stalls at a local craft market. Stay: Hotel Saratoga (breakfast and lunch included).
Day 12: Depart
The morning is at leisure before you transfer to the airport for your onward flight (breakfast included).
Less visited and more traditional, Eastern Cuba offers an enchanting mix of history, music and nature. This 11-night tour takes you in to stunning natural landscapes and the heartland of the revolution to discover unique towns and cities which are rich in the history.
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2018 Cuba escorted tours package holidays Prices are per person based on two sharing, including flights, transfers and accommodation, and are subject to availability. Flights from Gatwick - other departures also available, call for details.
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