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Intrepid Best of Cuba
from £1334 pp

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Enjoy a fun-filled and vibrant tour of Coastal Cuba, from light-hearted salsa and Spanish lessons to historical visits and tropical beaches, this tour gives you a taste of the highlights of Cuba. From the eclectic patchwork colours of the vibrant Havana; the capital with soul and energy to the world heritage town of Trinidad, the preserved Spanish colonial settlement, frozen in the 1850's to the beautiful coast of the Bay of Pigs. 



What’s Included
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Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Private vehicle, Plane, Local transport
Accommodation: Standard guesthouse (14 nights)
Included activities: Guided walking tour of Old Havana, Camera Obscura entrance, Informal Spanish Lesson, Visit to the Palacio del Valle, Museum Giron Entrance and Film, Bay of Pigs - Visit and swim, Cienfuegos - Orientation Walk, Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum, Trinidad - Orientation walk and Informal Salsa lesson, Camaguey - Orientation Tour and Bicycle taxi city tour, Santiago de Cuba - half day city tour, Guantanamo Bay - Viewpoint & Tower, Baracoa - Orientation walk, Havana - Visit to Plaza de la Revolucion.

Intrepid Best of Cuba Itinerary
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Day 1: Havana

The group meeting is at 6pm so if you arrive early you can explore Havana or we can organise extra expeditions for you. 
Accommodation: Standard Guesthouse
Meals: None
Activity optional: Buena Vista Social Club, Cigar factory tour, La Cabana Fortress canon blast ceremony, Baseball game, Tourist bus day pass, Ernest Hemingway tour, Tourist bus to the beach (return), Vintage American car tour

Day 2: Havana

A guided tour of Havana's colourful streets and fascinating history gives you your first taste of the Cuban culture, after, a fun Spanish lesson will give you the linguistic tools needed to venture on your own and explore the town yourself. 
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast
Activity Included: Guided walking tour of Old Havana, Camera Obscura entrance, Informal Spanish Lesson

Day 3: Cienfuegos

Today you will depart from Havana to Cienfuegos. On the way you will stop off at the Bay of Pigs to learn about the history of the failed exile here in the 1960's and to also enjoy the Caribbean waters. The crystal clear waters and coral reefs are perfect for snorkelers. Afterwards, you will continue your journey to Cienfuegos and visit the beautiful, Moroccan-influenced Palacio del Valle.
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast
Activity Included: Visit to the Palacio del Valle, Museum Giron Entrance and Film, Bay of Pigs - Visit and swim, Orientation Walk

Day 4: Trinidad

You will leave Cienfuegos to discover the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial.  You can see the impressive bronze statue of Che and learn about his eventful life. Then the group will drive to the Topes de Collantes National Park to Trinidad. The town is famous for its colonial roots and it remains the most preserved town in Cuba. Once in Trinidad, you will join an orientation walk around the colourful town. You can also choose to take part in the Cuban nightlife, go to a live music venue,  disco in a cave or why not take in a folklore show at one of the town's numerous open-air venues.
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch 
Activities Included: Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum, Orientation walk 
Activities Optional: Live music venues, Santeria Priest Visit - Free, Disco in a cave

Day 5: Trinidad

On this day you can choose your activities. Find new places off the beaten track to explore or take advantage of your inclusive Salsa dance class. You could also choose to rent a bike and explore Trinidad further, go to the beach or learn a musical instrument.
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast 
Activities Included: Informal Salsa class
Activities Optional: Bicycle rental, Musical instrument lesson (guitar, double bass, tres, percussion - per hour), Ancon beach shuttle bus

Day 6: Trinidad

Another day to enjoy with a free schedule, you could snorkel at Playa Ancon beach or choose to trek to El Nicho Waterfall, popular for its jewel-green lagoon and large cascading falls. 
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast 
Activities Optional: Trek to El Nicho Waterfall (taxi, entrance fee & guide)

Day 7: Camaguey

On the way to Camaguey, your group will stop in Bayamo to explore the winding streets and discover its Colonial heritage. On your explorations, stop by the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad to see its baroque frescoes.
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast
Activities Optional: Casa de la Trova
Activities included: Orientation tour

Day 8: Camaguey

Today you'll take a tour of Camaguey by bicycle taxi. 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 can try local produce and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast
Activities Optional: Bicycle taxi tour
Activities included: Ballet Performance

Day 9: Santiago De Cuba

Today you will be travelling to Santiago De Cuba,  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.
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: 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
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast
Included Activities: Santiago de Cuba - half day city tour
Optional Activities: Dance lesson, Entrance to La Gran Piedra Mountain, Use of a Hotel Pool, Music instrument lesson, Tropicana Cabaret Show

Day 11: Baracoa

On the way to Baracoa, you will get the chance to visit the Mirador de Malones for views of the Guantanamo Naval Base and surrounding bay. Baracoa was the first colonial town, and one of the most beautiful in Cuba. You can relax and enjoy your free time here, discover a lovely black sand beach an easy walk from town.
Accommodation: Standard guest house
Meals: Breakfast
Included Activities: Guantanamo Bay - Viewpoint & Tower, Orientation walk

Day 12: Baracoa

Today is a free day to explore Baracoa. You can discover the rich history and cultural traditions that have been left seemingly untouched. There are ruins and forts from pirate attacks. You can choose to chill on a beach or hike to El Yunke, the famous table-top mountain sighted by Columbus during his first voyage to the island.
Accommodation: Standard Guesthouse
Optional Activities: Bar and nightclub entries, Duaba Finca tour, El Yunque waterfall hike, El Yunque mountain hike, Hike to caves
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: Baracoa

Your timetable is also free today so why not hike through the rainforest to explore nearby caves and waterfalls or visit the Humboldt Nation Park, looking out for colourful parrots, lizards and hummingbirds. You could take a boat tour down a nearby river or maybe stop in at a working farm to learn about life on the land.
Accommodation: Standard Guesthouse
Optional Activities: Yumari river tour, Humbolt park hike, Maguana beach (return taxi), Duaba Finca river tour
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Havana

You will take a short flight from Baracoa to Havana for your penultimate day. After arriving back in the capital head to Plaza de la Revolucion for your group tour, then you will have the afternoon free to explore
Accommodation: Standard Guesthouse 
Optional Activities: José Martí Memorial Tower
Included Activities: Visit Plaza de la Revolucion
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15: Havana

The last day in Cuba. As there are no activities planned for today, you can leave at any time. Check-out time from the guesthouse is by 10am.
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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