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Cradle of the Revolution Tour

Day 1: Havana

Welcome at Jose Marti Airport where you will be transferred to Old Havana for your overnight stay at the historic Sevilla Hotel or (upgraded option to luxury Parque Central hotel), both of which are situated in an excellent position within a very short walk of Old Havana. Overnight stay in Havana.

Day 2: Havana to Holguin to Bayamo

After breakfast transfer back to Havana airport for the flight to Holguin. After arriving to Holguin airport from Havana you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred by bus to the interesting city of Bayamo which has a nearly five-century-old history. Lunch will be taken at restaurant La Bodega, an appreciated restaurant in Bayamo. You will enjoy a city tour by horse and carriage (traditional in Bayamo) which includes some of the most relevant places for Cuba and its early history, such as the birthplace of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, also known as the Homeland's Father, or the panoramic visit of the house where the Cuba's National Anthem (La Bayamesa) was composed and sung for the first time. The day will continue with a walk in Plaza del Himno and a visit to San Salvador church. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel. Overnight stay in Bayamo (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 3: Bayamo to Santiago De Cuba

After a leisurely breakfast we will leave Bayamo and head towards Santiago de Cuba to the picturesque church of El Cobre, Cuba’s most sacred pilgrimage site and a shrine to Virgin Mary. Locals are adamant that this is the most beautiful location in Cuba and we will take a tour of the church and its many historic gifts bestowed by visitors! There will also be time to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the church. Shortly after arriving in Santiago we will visit the central square Parque Cespedes, Calle Heredia, one of the city’s liveliest streets, and Padre Pico Street, made famous by the intense games of draughts played by the locals. Afterwards you can enjoy lunch in a traditional Cuban restaurant, followed by visit to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery to witness the change of guard at Jose Marti Mausoleum, the national hero. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel. After dinner at the hotel there will be an optional visit to one of Cuba’s famous “Casa de la Trova” for live music - Cuban style! Overnight in Santiago (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 4: Santiago De Cuba

After breakfast at the hotel we will pass by the Moncada Barracks, continuing to Castillo Del Morro, a historical fortress offering fantastic views across the Caribbean Sea and the impressive Sierra Maestro mountains. Lunch awaits at Cayo Granma, reached by a short boat crossing, the restaurant looks out across the bay towards Morro Fortress; after lunch there will be time to wander around the small island before heading back to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure to explore Santiago de Cuba independently or relax and catch the sun by the hotel pool! Dinner this evening will be in the hotel. Overnight in Santiago (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 5: Santiago De Cuba to Guantanamo to Baracoa

We will leave early in the morning and travel over the breath taking mountain scenery, past palm fringed bays and sleepy towns towards Guantanamo a typical Cuban town living in the shadow of the naval base. After a short orientation tour of Guantanamo with a chance to take lunch in the city we will continue to Baracoa, a fascinating and idyllic small town surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, where Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba on his first voyage. There will be an orientation tour of Baracoa including the possibility of a stroll down Baracoa’s seafront promenade the “Malecon”. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel. Overnight in Baracoa (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 6: Baracoa

After breakfast we will travel to Finca Duaba, a traditional Cuban farm surrounded by unspoilt tropical scenery, which gives an excellent insight into rural way of life in Cuba. The tour will continue with a visit to Rio Toa, Cuba’s widest river which runs through a UNESCO protected reserve where there will be a chance to have a short boat ride up the river and lunch will be taken in the reserve. In the afternoon we will return back to Baracoa with a chance to spend some time at leisure before taking dinner in the hotel. The evening will be at leisure to enjoy the local sights and sounds of Baracoa at night! Overnight in Baracoa (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 7: Baracoa to Humbolt National Park to Havana

Today we leave Baracoa and travel to Holguin city, stopping on the way to the Humbolt National Park, where you will have time to enjoy a short break and eat the lunch box provided for you. After lunch we will continue to Holguin, which has the popular title of City of Parks, where we will visit Parque Flores (named after the flowers that are sold every day, culminating on Sundays when it became a floral fair) and Parque Calixto Garcia, named after the general that fought in the Cuban War for Independence. You can enjoy some free time before heading for dinner at Hotel Mirador de Maybe, on the outskirts of the city of Holguín, from where it can be observed the extensive valley surrounding the city and where you can meet a popular personage Pancho, the Little Donkey, that drinks beer and chews crunchy chicharrones (pork rinds). You will afterwards be transferred to Holguin airport, where you will take the evening flight back to Havana say goodbye to the guide, as the tour will end at the airport. On arrival in Havana transfer to your hotel for a final night. Alternatively, transfer to Varadero for a beach stay (breakfast and lunch included).

Day 8: Havana to depart
Transfer back to Havana airport for your return flight to the UK (breakfast included).

Explore Eastern Cuba with this fascinating tour, taking in the most interesting areas of this little visited region, including Santiago. Start and finish your holiday in Havana, with the option to extend to a beach stay.The Cradle of the Revolution Tour can also act as an extension to our very popular Pearl of the Caribbean Tour, which visits Western Cuba.

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