Cuban Discovery

  • days: 17
  • from $7,828

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Mexico
  • Cuba

Description

Castro’s Cuba is a fascinating step back in time, as you experience the 50s and 60s all over again. Cuba’s unique culture is a blend of Spanish, Caribbean, native Indian and African cultures all mixed together to create the Cuban way of life, full of dance and colour. Come and experience Cuba now before it changes forever.

Our Cuba tour begins...

Our Cuba tour begins in the wonderful city of Havana. We take a fascinating tour of this colourful city. We’ll explore the historic old town and take a ride in a horse drawn carriage and later return to our hotel by classic American cars. From Havana our Cuba tour continues to the coastal city of Santiago de Cuba which is famous as the birthplace of Castro and Che Guevara’s revolution.

Get to know the real Cuba

The next stop on our Cuba tour is the beautiful colonial town of Baracoa which dates back to 1511 and is where Columbus first set foot in Cuba. Here we visit the nearby Yumuro Indian village and have lunch along the beautiful Tao River. As our Cuba tour continues we move on to the town of Camaguey, which is famous for its Tinjas – large terracotta bottles used for storing water, oil and grain. Here we take a fun tour around the old town by rickshaw.

Swim in the beautiful El Nicho falls

The historic Cuban city of Trinidad is our next stop founded in 1514 it features many beautiful colonial era buildings. From here we travel through the picturesque Escambaraye Mountains where we enjoy a refreshing swim in the El Nicho waterfalls. From here we return to Havana, taking a day to explore the province of Pinar del Rio, home of the Cuban cigar and a unique landscape of mountains, rocks and underground rivers.

Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN CANCUN

Welcome to Mexico. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

DAY 2 CANCUN - HAVANA

Today we fly on to Havana, the capital of Cuba and home of Fidel Castro. Cuba is one of the most mysterious countries in the world, made up of a diverse range of people, cultures and customs. This afternoon we take a stroll through the streets of Old Havana before enjoying a group welcome dinner. Later we journey back to our hotel by classic car, driving along the Malecon. [B,D]

DAY 3 HAVANA - BARACOA

We fly to Baracoa, and on arrival enjoy a city tour. This town dates back to 1511, making it the oldest colonial city in the Americas. Christopher Columbus is thought to have first landed at this spot, and locals claim that he planted a wooden cross here to mark his landing. [B,L]

DAY 4 BARACOA

Today we travel to scenic Yumuri Valley, visiting an Indian village where we we learn how cacao is made. We then stop by a local restaurant for lunch while enjoying the rhythmic-beats of local Cuban musicians. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Baracoa. [B,L]

DAY 5 BARACOA - SANTIAGO DE CUBA

A stunning day of coastal scenery as we travel to Santiago de Cuba via the notorious Guantanamo Bay before visiting St Ifigenia Cemetery and Plaza de la Revolución. Tonight we visit a Casa de la Trova for some fun live Cuban music. [B,L]

DAY 6 SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Santiago de Cuba is a beautiful colonial city! Our touring here includes the Museo Ambiente Cubano, the Museum of Carnaval, Plaza Cespedes and the marina. Later we enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before visiting the impressive El Morro fortress. [B,L]

DAY 7 SANTIAGO DE CUBA - CAMAGUEY

A full day of sightseeing as we travel to Camaguey with a brief stop in Bayamo en route. Bayamo is the capital city of the Granma Province of Cuba and is one of the largest cities in the region. On our arrival in Camaguey we discover its historic centre and narrow, winding streets by bicycle taxis. [B,L]

DAY 8 CAMAGUEY - TRINIDAD

We continue to Trinidad, briefly visiting Sancti Spiritus, Valle de los Ingenios and the Manaca Iznaga Tower. A World Heritage site, Trinidad has a magical atmosphere with bicycles and horse-drawn carts travelling along cobblestone streets lined with pastel-coloured houses. This evening we enjoy a visit to a Casa de la Trova to dance the night away! [B,L]

DAY 9 TRINIDAD

After breakfast we enjoy a city tour of Trinidad, including visits to the Plaza Mayor and Museo de Romantico. Enjoy an opportunity today to sample the local sugarcane drink before we lunch at the former Spanish prison of Santa Anna. [B,L]

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Explore Plaza Mayor, a World Heritage-listed site and the historic centre of Trinidad. It also houses the Romantic Museum (Museo Romantico), a must-see when visiting Trinidad.

DAY 10 TRINIDAD - CIENFUEGOS

We head along the coast to Cienfuegos, visiting Cumanayagua Topes de Collante, and El Nicho National Park. Here we enjoy a refreshing swim in one of its many waterfalls before lunch in the park. Later we visit the historic centre of Cienfuegos and the Theatre Tomas Terry. [B,L]

DAY 11 CIENFUEGOS - HAVANA

Today we travel to Havana via Santa Clara where we visit the impressive Mausoleum of Che Guevara (the hero of the revolution). We return to vibrant Havana where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of this colourful city. [B,L]

DAY 12 HAVANA

A great day as we tour the western province of Pinar del Rio. Considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in Cuba, it has an underground natural water system which assists in growing tobacco. Our touring includes a visit to the La Cueva del Indo, an extensive cave system where we enjoy a boat trip on the underground river with magnificent views of the caves. [B,L]

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE: Today experience the scenic beauty of Pinar del Rio and learn about the world-famous Cuban cigars and how they are rolled.

DAY 13 HAVANA

Our day is dedicated to touring the city of Havana, passing by the Institute of American Affairs before venturing into the modern neighbourhood of Vedado with its wide range of architectural styles. We travel to the artistic area of Callejon de Hamel, Jaimanitas and Casa Foster where we explore the streets featuring many murals and sculptures. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner before going on to Gato Tuerto for a taste of live music and dancing – Cuban style! [B,L,D]

DAY 14 HAVANA - PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Today we fly to Playa Del Carmen. [B]

DAY 15 DEPART PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

DAY 16 IN TRANSIT

DAY 17 ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy class flights from Australia to Mexico (taxes Included)
  • Return economy class flights from Mexico to Cuba
  • All internal flights within Cuba
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Pre paid tips $130

Accommodation & Meals

  • 14 nights accommodation in good quality hotels with private facilities (3-4 star)
  • 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and group welcome and farewell dinners

A comprehensive sightseeing program is included in the price.

Highlights include

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • Spend 4 nights in Havana including a visit to Santa Clara, Mausoleum of Che Guevara, Monument of the Blinded Train and the historic centre.
  • Cruise around Havana in classic cars for an evening tour
  • Stay 2 nights in the coastal city of Santiago de Cuba
  • Catamaran trip to Cayo Granma, a small island in the Bay of Santiago with quaint fishing villages, and a visit to El Morro Fortress.
  • Visit Sta Ifignenia cemetery where the national hero Jose Marti is buried. We also visit Plaza de la Revolucion, the site of Fidel Castro’s speeches.
  • See Guantanamo, site of the United States Naval Base and terrorist detention centre and surrounded by 27km of fence.
  • Travel through Yumuri Valley, one of the most picturesque landscapes in Cuba, on the way to Baracoa.
  • Visit Moa, a small seaside town in the province of Holguin.
  • Spend 2 nights in Trinidad, a city of colonial-era charm.
  • A brief visit to Sancti Spiritus, including a visit to the lush Valle de Los Ingenios and the 44 metre high Manaca Iznaga Tower.
  • Explore Trinidad on a morning tour including the Plaza Mayor, the Museum of Romance, and the Bar Canchanchara, with some free time to explore on your own.
  • Enjoy 1 night in Cienfuegos, a chief seaport of Cuba, and visit the beautiful El Nicho Falls with some free time to swim. We also visit Theatre Tomas Terry and enjoy a city tour.
  • Visit Vinales, the Cueva del Indio, Mural de la Prehistoria and take a short visit to Pinar, the tobacco plantations, drying huts and cigar factory.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Other departure cities: Clients from Adelaide add $264pp, from Perth add $440pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy amount of $130pp
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes of $1,254pp
Single supplement: from $775
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Optional Excursions

We believe Australian travellers deserve better which is why we include all the important sights within our itineraries rather than presenting you with a long list of optional tours.

It’s part of our family tradition of giving our travellers genuine value for money and a holiday to remember.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

El Castillo, Baracoa

This modern hotel was built on the site of Seburoco Castle a colonial fort which was built in 1739. It is located at the top of a steep elevation with splendid views of the mountains, the city and the bays surrounding it. Parts of the castle walls, including a turret still remain. The famous El Yunque of Baracoa can be clearly seen from the hotel. Guest rooms are simple with colonial-style furnishings, and are set around the pool. All rooms have air-conditioning, a fridge, satellite TV, telephone and safe. Hotel facilities include a bar with a great view of the bay, a restaurant, shop and a lovely swimming pool.

Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel, Santiago de Cuba

The Meliá Santiago Hotel is strategically located near the historical quarter of the city. Situated right on the busy Avenida de las Americas you will be close to shopping, restaurants and the historical city centre. There are several cafes, bars and restaurants within the hotel itself that offer a variety of International dishes. They have a beautiful swimming pool where you can take a refreshing dip as you unwind after your day's sightseeing.

Grand Hotel Iberostar, Trinidad

Located in the heart of the town of Trinidad the Grand Hotel Iberostar is a jewel of colonial architecture founded in the 16th century and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. The local architectural touches, carefully decorated spaces, and modern accents impart comfort and create a truly unique atmosphere. Satellite TV, phone, mini-bar, ironing board, safe, free wi-fi, ipod dock and pillow menu. The hotel also has a main restaurant for dinner (including vegetarian menu), lobby bar, games room, smokers’ lounge and meeting room.

Iberostar Parque Central, Havana

The Iberostar Parque Central Hotel is nestled in the heart of Havana and is close to iconic sites such as the Capitol Building, the Paseo del Prado and the Havana Pier. Its 427 rooms are decorated in a cosy, classic style and are distributed among two buildings connected by an enclosed walkway, a unique feature of the hotel. Amenities include: satellite TV, safe, air conditioning, and hair dryer. Choose from 3 dining options - the Buffet Restaurant specialising in local and international cuisine, an Italian restaurant or the Steakhouse. Relax in one of their bars where you can sip on an ice-cold mojito or a hot Cuban-style coffee - they even have a cigar lounge! After a day's sightseeing you can take a dip in the stunning rooftop pool which provides an amazing view of the city below.

Weather

Weather

Havana

Cuba has a subtropical climate with warm, sunny weather all year round. There are two seasons, wet and dry. The dry season runs from November to April and these months tend to be the most popular for travel.

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At sea level the weather in Mexico remains hot and warm all year round making this a great destination for any time of the year, although the months between October to May tend to be the most popular.

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Currency

Currency

Cuba, Peso

The local currency in Cuba is the Convertible Peso (CUC$)

  • 1 Convertible Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 centavos
  • No USD dollars accepted in Cuba, not Credit cards issued by USA banks

Levels of Fitness

Levels of Fitness

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Our tours have been designed for the ‘not too young & not too old’ and while we do not discriminate on age, you do need to have a good level of fitness and mobility. Sightseeing includes lots of walking, getting into and out of boats and other forms of transport and extended periods at high altitude. You should be able to carry your own bags, as porter services are not always available at all hotels, and you should be able to walk 2-3km on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

Reviews for Cuban Discovery

This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 1 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Cuban Discovery This was my third trip with you guys and I will be back and will keep recommending you to my friends. 4
Mirta was FABULOUS! Enthusiastic, accommodating and went above and beyond the call of duty. A delight. The music and dancing - everywhere you looked! Havana, To see the vintage cars and a place steeped in history and stopped in time! Baracoa - everything about it! Cuba and its history generally - walking through paths trod by Che & Fidel. Susan Casali - May 2014

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Unique Experiences!

  • Spend 4 nights in colourful Havana, the Cuban capital.
  • Visit Santiago de Cuba, the birthplace of the revolution
  • See the Mausoleum of Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara
  • Tour the colourful Havana in a classic American Car
  • Tour the colonial town of Baracoa
  • Visit picturesque EL Morro fortress with stunning views over Havana baySee charming Camaguey by bicycle taxi
  • Tour the Pinar del Rio, home to the famous Cuban cigar
  • Enjoy an evening at Casa de la Trova, the heart and soul of Cuban music
  • Swim in the refreshing waters of the El Nicho waterfalls

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 6 | Max: 25

Transportation

Boat, Coach, Catamaran, Bicycle, Plane, Classic Car

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy amount of $130pp

Tour Highlights

Cancun, Havana, drive along the Malecon in a classic car, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Camaguey, Trinidad, El Nicho National Park, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara

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