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From Cuba's historical streets of Havana to the pristine shores of the Caribbean, stroll through World Heritage cities, relive a fascinating colonial history and experience the rich heritage of music and dance that Cuba is renowned for. Discover the history and incredible underwater world of the Bay of Pigs, then prepare to be wowed as you discover Baracoa’s mountainous surrounds, visit the birthplace of salsa and admire Trinidad’s unrivalled ambience on this two-week adventure. From historic cars to fragrant cigars, and with plenty of rum and rumba in between, this adventure will take you into the heart of all things Cuban.

Übersicht

Start
Havana
Ende
Havana
Besuchte Länder
Kuba
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Trip Code
QUSHR
Gruppengröße
16
Physical rating

Highlights

  • Old-world charm, rich history, exciting nightlife - evocative Havana is like nowhere else on Earth. See the difference between city and coastal life on a guided walking tour of the old capital
  • Take inspiration from the locals and mix things up with a bicycle-taxi tour of the colonial city of Camaguey
  • Enjoy over two free days in Trinidad. Practice your Spanish in a language class, loll about on an unspoilt Caribbean beach or peddle through sugar plantations on a vintage bicycle
  • After an informal salsa lesson, you'll be ready to hit the dance floor with the locals. With its vibrant music scene and Afro-Cuban roots, sultry Santiago de Cuba is a great place to bust out some moves
  • There's a lot more to the life of Che Guevara than what you'll learn from watching 'The Motorcycle Diaries'. Pay your respects to the famous revolutionary during an included visit to his mausoleum

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Havana
Bienvenido a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! Set to the soundtrack and backdrop of the 1950s, tumbledown Havana is a capital unlike any other. A complimentary arrival transfer is included with your trip. 

There will be a welcome meeting at approximately 6pm this evening. Please expect a letter from your leader in the afternoon of Day 1 to confirm the place of your meeting (if by 5pm you cannot locate this letter then please ask your guesthouse owner if one has been delivered, or ask to call our assistance line listed in the
“Problems and emergency contact information” section of this document). We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. The tour briefing is generally followed by an optional group dinner.

As there’s a great deal to do in Havana, we recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist. If you arrive early, please note most activities in Cuba can only be booked through the tourist desk in the lobbies of the larger hotels or direct with the venue. Otherwise, there are plenty of good museums to check out, including the Museo de la Revolucion and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Day 2
Havana
Havana’s history is as colourful as it’s cars and buildings. Today, you will be taken on a guided tour of the Havana vieja. Havana remains one of the great colonial cities of the Americas. An air of faded glory
comes through in the peeling paint of some of its grand old buildings. Narrow streets, spacious plazas and Spanish architecture make it a charm to explore on foot. Visit La Catedral San Cristobal de la Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras and the Plaza de Armas. Also visit the Museo de la Revolucion, to learn about the history of the Cuban Revolution Afterwards, enjoy some free time to further explore on your own. Ask your leader to help you book one of the many optional activities such as a Cigar factory tour, the Ernest Hemingway tour, or a cruise around Outer-Havana in a vintage American car. 
Alternatively you could simply stroll along the Malecon or join the hundreds of locals lining up to eat a Coppelia ice-cream. Heavily subsidised by the government, a whole bowl will set you back about 10 cents. 

Day 3
Baracoa
Take a one-and-a-half hour flight from Havana to Baracoa. Please note that it is not uncommon for these flights to be delayed. Set on a beautiful bay, this was the first colonial town, and it’s one of the most beautiful in Cuba. You’ll have a couple of days here to explore and relax. Take a walk around the town to get your bearings, then maybe head to a lovely black sand beach an easy walk from town. As one of Cuba’s major agricultural zones, Baracoa is a great place to try local foods. It’s one of the best places for chocolate, and street vendors and small restaurants offer local specialties like prawns in coconut sauce and banana-stuffed tamales. One particularly sought-after Baracoa specialty is the cucurucho, a sweet treat of coconut, sugar, and fruit wrapped in dried cone-shaped palm leaves.

Day 4
Baracoa
Today is a free day to explore Baracoa. The town was only accessible by sea until 1960, and even after a road linking Baracoa to Guantanamo was built, the settlement maintained a small-town colonial feel. Uncover its individuality as you wander along its beautiful malecon or ramble over various forts that were built to withstand pirate attacks. The Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion boasts a bust of the indigenous leader Hatuey, who was burned at the stake for refusing to accept the Spanish and their Catholicism. You might prefer to chill on a beach or get active with a hike to El Yunke – the famous table-top mountain sighted by Columbus during his first voyage to the island.
At some point while you’re here, you will undertake an informal salsa class. Cuba has a hugely rich and varied dance and musical tradition that draws its roots from Africa and France.

Day 5
Baracoa
Today is another free day in Baracoa. Why not head out on a hike through the rainforest to explore nearby caves and waterfalls. Perhaps pay a visit to Humboldt Nation Park, looking out for colourful parrots, lizards and hummingbirds. Take a boat tour down a nearby river, spotting wildlife along the way, or maybe stop in at a farm to learn about life on the land. After the sun goes down, enjoy a cocktail near the beach or check out the town’s nightlife.

Day 6
Santiago de Cuba
A spectacular five-hour journey to Santiago de Cuba winds through verdant mountains, then along the dramatic Atlantic coastline, before taking you through the dry region surrounding Guantanamo, dotted with cacti and wiry goats. Time dependent, on the way you might get the chance to visit the Mirador de Malones for a pretty good view of the Guantanamo Naval Base and surrounding bay. At present the base is not open to the public. If you are keen to see this, please ask your leader, and they will tell you if visits are currently allowed. Continue on to Santiago de Cuba, picking up some Spanish during an informal Spanish lesson from your leader – set between the indomitable Sierra Maestra mountain range and the azure Caribbean, this city’s historical centre and colonial architecture retain a timeworn air ideal for photographers. Santiago is the hottest place in Cuba – in terms of both temperature and the vibe of the city! 

Day 7
Santiago de Cuba
Today your leader will take you on a three-hour city tour of Santiago. You’ll visit El Morro Castle, Ifigenia cemetery and the Moncada barracks and learn about the city’s rich history. For nearly a century, the city was the island’s seat of power and it also played a vital role in the Revolution. The people of Santiago were the first to rise up in arms against government troops in 1956, and it was in Santiago on January 1st 1959, that Fidel Castro declared the triumph of the Revolution. With a strong Afro-Cuban heritage it’s no surprise that Santiago has a vibrant music scene, and is seen as Cuba’s capital of music. It’s the home of son music, which is a mix of Spanish guitar and African percussion. Santiago’s half million residents are proud of their cultural traditions, so you’ll find many museums and cultural clubs around the city. The city is also famous for its energetic Carnaval celebrations and lively Festival of Caribbean Culture. All this will entice the shyest, most left-footed dancer and the non-musically inclined to get involved. Kick off the evening with an informal salsa lesson tonight, then party the night away at one of the town’s live music venues.

Day 8
Camaguey
Today, head west along the Carretera Central to Camaguey with a stop in Bayamo. Today is the longest travel day of the trip. Depending on how many stops are made, this usually takes six to seven hours. Despite its size, Cuba’s third largest city has managed to retain much of its colonial heritage. Exploring the city’s winding streets is half the fun. The city was planned in a deliberately confusing pattern to disorient any would-be assailants. As you walk through the city you may still see tinajones – large clay pots used for collecting water. On your explorations, stop by the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad to see its baroque frescoes. Camaguey has a rich tradition of cultural and technological leadership within Cuba. It is the birthplace of poet laureate Nicolas Guillen and home of the Ballet de Camaguey. Cuba’s first radio and television emissions were broadcast from Camaguey, and the country’s first airport and commercial flights were planned and executed here.

Day 9
Camaguey
Today you’ll take a tour of Camaguey by bicycle taxi. Cycling is a popular form of transport in Cuba, and bicycle taxis are very common. In the confusing streets of Camaguey, it’s a particularly good way to get around. On the tour, you’ll visit a local market, parks, plazas and an art gallery. Each taxi carries two passengers and the tour is led by an English-speaking local guide. Your leader may suggest visiting a local farmers’ market, where you’ll get a fascinating insight into daily Cuban life and the local economy. This is where farmers can sell their produce after meeting the quota they have to sell to the state. Camaguey’s is a particularly busy and colourful market. There are separate areas for produce sold by the state and produce sold by farmers directly to the public. There are plenty of interesting tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs available. This is where the locals come to buy their food once their monthly food ration runs out. Later, your leader will take you to a local bar where you’ll get compare a white rum to an aged rum. Cuba specifically is known as the origin of some of the smoothest and most sought-after rums on the entire planet. Havana Club is likely to be showcased as this brand was created in Cuba in 1934 and is now one of the best-selling rum brands in the world.

Day 10
Trinidad
Today travel through the centre of the country to Trinidad (approximately 5-6 hours), which sits on the scenic Caribbean coast. For many visitors to Cuba, Trinidad is a standout destination. No other colonial city in Cuba is as well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. Trinidad is steeped in religion, including the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, which has connections to Voodoo. On an orientation walk today, see the former wealth generated by the sugar industry in the town’s once-grand mansions, colourful public buildings, wrought iron grill-work and cobble-stoned streets. You’ll then have over two days to explore the area and soak up the atmosphere.

Day 11
Trinidad
Today is a free day in Trinidad. Perhaps continue yesterday’s walk into the town’s history with visits to the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra los Bandidos and the Casa de los Mártires de Trinidad. Both chronicle the struggles of the revolutionary period in the town’s history. At some point while you’re here, why not take in a folklore show at one of the town’s numerous open-air venues. Cuba has a hugely rich and varied dance and musical tradition that draws its roots from Africa and France. Many styles that have greatly influenced music worldwide originated in Cuba, such as Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, son and rumba. There’s also a chance to get a hands-on lesson with the musical instruments themselves in a percussion workshop. By now, hopefully you’ve learnt enough of the local rhythms to join in with the locals – maybe at a local venue hidden within a cave!

Day 12
Trinidad
Trinidad is also the gateway to the Valle de los Ingenios, and a bike is a great way to explore the local area. Be warned however, Cuba’s bicycles, like its cars, are vintage. There are also some great treks to be made in the nearby Sierra del Escambray mountains – maybe drive along the legendary twists and turns of the road to El Nicho, then hike to its beautiful waterfall. Playa Ancon is also close by – there’s plenty of opportunity for relaxing on its long, unspoilt beaches or snorkelling through the clear waters (just watch carefully for sea urchins, which can be a problem here).

Day 13
Santa Clara – Cienfuegos
On the way to Cienfuegos today, you’ll drive north through the Topes de Collantes National Park to the final resting place of Cuba’s most famous son. In Santa Clara (approximately 1 hour), you’ll visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial. Che’s remains were brought here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997, where he was assassinated by the CIA-backed Bolivian army. Check out the impressive bronze statue of Che bearing his rifle and learn about his incredible life. Then it’s a short drive south (approximately 1.5 hours) to Cienfuegos, known affectionately as ‘The Pearl of the South’. Part of the city’s appeal lies in its colonial centre, which features wide Parisian-style boulevards and elegant colonnades. Drive along the peninsula to see Cienfuegos’ architectural pride and joy, the Moroccan-influenced Palacio del Valle.

Day 14
Bay of pigs – Havana
On the way to Havana today, you’ll stop at the peaceful sandy arc of Playa Giron (approximately 2.5 hours), which sits on the eastern side of the Bahia de Cochinos, better known as the Bay of Pigs. It was famously here that the CIA sponsored a failed invasion by exile forces in 1961. It’s not just the history that’s the attraction here – with crystal clear Caribbean waters, a deep underwater wall, and an outstanding variety of coral and fish, it’s a haven for snorkelers. Strap on a hired mask and some flippers and take a dive into sapphire-coloured water teeming with tropical marine life. After arriving back into the capital, head to Plaza de la Revolución for your final taste of Cuban revolutionary history, watched over by the memorials of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, José Martí and Camilo Cienfuegos. Then you’ll have the rest of the evening free. Perhaps take a stroll along the malecon (ocean walkway) or soak up the atmospheric vibes of the Old Town. At the end of a long day, perhaps it’s time for a mojito or cuba libre and a final night of salsa in Habana Vieja’s bars. Hit the streets and celebrate the end of a fantastic adventure.

Day 15
Havana
Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Check-out time from the guesthouse is by 10am.

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Reviews

Janice
Professional, caring, proud guide; wonderful accommodation in locals homes; great itinerary.
David
Well worth going on this trip if you want to see first hand the variety of beauty Cuba has to offer. National parks and beaches. Mountains and lovely towns and cities. Fascinating to see all the places of the Revolution and memorials
Jason
Excellent itinerary, smoothly run and good value for money! I would highly recommend Intrepid to anyone wanting to travel with a group tour. The organisation and efficiency of the tour was superb. The tour I experienced around Cuba was authentic and I learnt a lot of the Cuban culture and way of life. Thanks to a brilliant tour leader and company... the tour was highly enjoyable and would definitely go with Intrepid again. Thank you!
Margaret
We always carry our own water container to refill and always take the extra time to check the room before we leave, better to be a bit late than leaving something important behind.
Neil
This trip provides an exceptional way of experiencing the real Cuba, it's many different facets and it's wonderful warm, friendly people. Captivating, colonial Havana, hiking and chocolate in Baracoa, history and revolution in Santiago, dancing, sugar and rum in Trinidad then snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs. If you have time; add and extra day to see Vinales then you've done Cuba!
Gloria
during our trip we never once thought that the organisers were anything but totally conversant with customs and conditions in Cuba . This enabled us to enjoy our time without hassle.
Zelma
My first trip I took with you was to Morocco and I plan to do that on my own but the travel agent told me that I needed to go with a group and she introduced intrepid to me and I was a bit afraid because I am a black person and I do not know how the group would react to me but that trip was so fantastic everybody was nice and I had the best holiday on this plane. So went my friend from the Morocco trip answer me to go on holiday again I said yes and now I’m a diehard intrepid traveller. we decide to go to Cuba
Margaret
We enjoy travelling with Intrepid, we like the small groups which are often made up of like minded travellers. We exchange experiences and ideas between each other and we experience more of the culture of the countries we visit.
Claire
Cuba full of colour, music and mojitos! Such an interesting country with an very interesting history that I am proud to know a little more about now. Don't let the two currencies put you off embrace the different.
Lucy
The Best of Cuba was really a fantastic trip. I'd recommend it to anyone interesting in learning about Cuba and enjoying the Cuban way of life.
Thea
the trip was fantastic. i loved it and will definately book my next trip with intrepid
Wolfgang
Versatile trip, fantastic group, good leading! Loved it :-)
Lisbeth
This is an excellent overview of Cuba and insights into the culture, way of life and political history. Staying in Casas was great but not for the faint hearted! However, it really gave a flavour of these lovely people. Intrepid pre trip info very useful and accurate. Long coach journeys but super modern coach.
Terri
Intrepid takes the hassle out of travelling, caters for the individual travelling on their own and is prepared to travel to unique and less frequently travelled to destinatuons around the world.
Murray
Be patient and understanding with your fellow travellers, helpful and kind to your guide, and you will enjoy the trip even more.
Elaine
Intrepid need to be upfront open and should do much more on this Cuba trip for what they charge and give travellers real value for money and not 98% profit!!!
Karl
Cuba is both what you think it will be - the old cars, the cigars, music and salsa dancing etc.....but also so much more and the best of Cuba westbound provides a solid and varied introduction to the real Cuba.
Rachael
A great way of seeing Cuba and learning some of the country's history. I would definitely recommended this trip, it offers a good balance between activities and free time in each location. Bring along small bars of soap, pens and sweets to give out to local people, they really appreciate it.
Glyn
Suggestion regarding the worldwide environmental concern of plastic and litter, as intrepid travel to the 4 corners of the globe what about a quarterly, 1 day of every trip cleaning up litter? Intrepid could provide the collection bags and promotional material, think of the publicity and enthusiasm of you clients to participate!
Angela
Best of Cuba is a great trip, visiting many of the most interesting cities in the country. It was great going right over to the east coast where not so many tourists venture. As we have a particular interest in history we really liked doing the reverse version of the trip, as this meant starting in Baracoa, the first colonial town, and then following the route of the settlers as they headed west. We also enjoyed visiting many significant sites of the revolution. The Casas were pretty basic, but are clean and adequate, and it's great staying with local families. The activities on the tour are varied and interesting. We had a lot of fun on this tour. Thanks Intrepid.
Carolyn
I would highly recommend using Intrepid when booking a trip to Cuba. Their itineraries are well planned, the guides are very professional and although travelling with a group, you still get a lot of free time to do your own thing. I give Intrepid 10 out of 10 on all accounts.
Gillian
Basic accommodation but clean and central. George out driver was a very good/CAUTIOUS DRIVER
Juliana
My trip was well organised and having a local guide made this trip one of the best I've been on. Take the opportunity to mix with the locals as this made the whole experience memorable. For me what made Cuba the best was the people; the locals, the guide and my group.
Richard
I recommend this trip to everyone, it is perfect for someone who wants to visit this beautiful and fascinating country and come away with a real life experience of what it is actually like there.
Lee And Ken
Value for money
Chrissie
An excellent way to experience Cuba. The tour provided great opportunities to see the natural beauty of the country, drive in vintage cars, meet wonderful people and learn about the fascinating history and politics. We also had great fun listening to fantastic musicians in local bars, dancing Salsa and drinking a variety of excellent rums. The tour has something for everyone. Intrepid supports local artisans, and ensures you can find the best food Cuba can offer including wonderful lobster and fish.
Danielle
Cuba is beautiful, intriguing, amazing, fascinating, thought-provoking. The Best of Cuba (reverse) tour was a great way to get an overview and more or less chronologically took us through Cuba's history. We had a great mix of seeing the natural environment, the amazing architecture, understanding the sometimes grim history, and meeting beautiful people. Take pens and soap. You'll understand why the first time you get off the tour bus.
Alysha
Bring as little luggage as possible. Usd and euros can be exchanged throughout Cuba. Smile at everyone- they love it! Bring chewing gum! And dance! Dance, dance,dance. Cuba will bring it out of you
Katarina
Trip to Cuba changes perception what we really need in life and how little people need to be happy.
Joyce
We think reading up on the country you are travelling to will help you understand the culture and situation the country is in.. We found by reading about Cuba it helped us understand what to expect.and the trip was truly an amazing experince