School Group History Tour in Cuba

Cuba is a fascinating place to visit and is a safe location for travellers of all ages. Our History Tour in Cuba explores the key moments in the lead up to the Cuban Revolution and also the ways in which the Revolution impacts on current daily life on the island. Our trips are fully endorsed by the Cuban Ministry of Culture.

We have extensive experience of organising tailormade school group tours to Cuba and have been operating in this fascinating country since 1998.  Our itinerary takes you from Havana to the Sierra Maestra mountains and back, with an English speaking tour leader accompanying the tour from start to finish to ensure a smooth and safe trip, with specialist guides  for visits to the main places associated with the Cuban Revolution around the island.  The itinerary can be amended to suit your group interests and travel plans.

  • Duration:  11 days
  • Start dates:  All year round
  • Cost:  on request

“I loved La Comandancia because of my interest in Cuban history.  It really brought it to life for me.  The guides were great, very knowledgeable.  The stop for fruit and coffee at La Medina farmhouse was a nice touch”

RL, BEG, Summer 2012

This 11 day tour focuses on the Cuban Revolution – where it all started, how it developed and what the results are in the Cuba of today. A fascinating and, at times, incredible journey including guided visits to the Museum of the Revolution in Havana; Fidel’s secret  hideaway in the Sierra Maestra mountains, La Comandancia; Che Guevara’s mausoleum in Santa Clara and the heroic, historic city of Santiago de Cuba.

Accommodation in minimum 3* hotels with full board (breakfast, lunch and evening meal), air conditioning and recreational facilities are included. All transportation is in modern coaches with fitted seatbelts, driven by fully qualified local drivers.

  • Day 1

    Arrive HAVANA

    Arrive Havana and private transfer to accommodation in hotel. Dinner and rest of evening free.

  • Day 2

    HAVANA

    After breakfast, short briefing meeting with bilingual guide and group leaders Guided walking tour of Old Havana with local guide including the four main historic squares. Lunch in local restaurant. Guided visit to Museum of the Revolution. Return to hotel and dinner.

  • Day 3

    HAVANA – SANTIAGO DE CUBA

    Morning flight to Santiago de Cuba (90 minutes). Meet local guide at airport. Transfer to 3* hotel accommodation and lunch. Guided city tour by private coach, visiting key sites associated with the Revolution including visit to the Santa Ifigenia cemetary where Fidel’s memorial and the Jose Marti Mausoleum are located. Dinner at hotel.

  • Day 4

    SANTIAGO DE CUBA

    Morning visit to Moncada Barracks, which Fidel and his men stormed in a foiled attempt to overthrow the Batista regime. Lunch. Afternoon group salsa lesson x 1 hour, then visit El Morro castle at the mouth of Santiago Bay for the sunset cannon ceremony. Return to hotel for dinner and free evening.

  • Day 5

    SANTIAGO DE CUBA – SANTO DOMINGO

    Depart Santiago after breakfast for Santo Domingo (3 hours) via Bayamo for lunch stop in local restaurant. Short tour of Bayamo historic city centre. This is where the Cuban national anthem was written. Arrive Santo Domingo mid afternoon, check into 3* hotel. Guided walk along river to visit sites associated with the Cuban Revolution. Return to hotel for dinner and free evening.

  • Day 6

    LA COMANDANCIA / LA PLATICA / BAYAMO

    Departure after breakfast by truck to the Alto del Naranjo to start hiking with specialist national park guides. Guided visit to La Comandancia, Fidel’s secret base. Picnic lunch. Hike to La Platica forestry community, visit local doctors surgery, then return on foot to trail to pick up truck and return to Santo Domingo. Coach to Bayamo, check into 3* hotel and dinner. Evening cultural activity.

  • Day 7

    BAYAMO – TRINIDAD (travel day)

    After breakfast, full day drive to Trinidad (approx. 8 hours) with lunch stop en route. Arrive Trinidad early evening, check into 3* hotel and dinner. Free evening.

  • Day 8

    SUGAR MILL VALLEY TOUR

    Guided visit of Trinidad city centre, then depart to visit the historic Sugar Mill Valley and Torre Iznaga, the former slave tower. Lunch included. Return to Trinidad late afternoon and time for the beach at nearby Playa Ancon. Dinner at hotel.

  • Day 9

    TOPES DE COLLANTES NATIONAL PARK

    Coach travel to the Topes de Collantes national park (30 mins) and hike to the Caburni waterfall with local guide. Picnic lunch included. Return along nature trail by the river. Return to Trinidad. Dinner in hotel. Evening cultural activity.

  • Day 10

    SANTA CLARA – HAVANA

    Depart for Santa Clara (3 hrs). Visit the Tren Blindado and Che memorial. Lunch. Travel to Havana, check into 3* hotel and dinner. Final night activity.

  • Day 11

    DEPART HAVANA

    Day free for last minute shopping and sightseeing. Lunch included. Late afternoon coach transfer to Havana airport for return flight.

Included

  • Domestic flights
  • Cuba tourist card (required visa)
  • Accommodation:  10 nights  in shared rooms (hostals or homestays), half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Meals: Lunch each day as per programme, 1 soft drink included
  • English speaking professional tour leader/specialist guides to accompany group throughout the trip
  • All transport in Cuba by air-conditioned coaches with fitted seatbelts
  • All entries for visits/excursions
  • Full briefing packs for each person on the trip with map of Cuba
  • One free leader place per 8 pupils for accompanying group leaders
  • Final itinerary discussed and agreed with group leaders

 

Not included

  • International flights*
  • Travel/health insurance*
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Additional drinks with meals

* we can arrange these on request, so just ask us for information

This tour is available all year round so please let us know what your ideal dates are for travelling so that we can design an itinerary to suit your plans.

Price depends on group size, duration of trip, type of accommodation and itinerary. Ask us for a proposal!

“I loved La Comandancia because of my interest in Cuban history.  It really brought it to life for me.  The guides were great, very knowledgeable.  The stop for fruit and coffee at La Medina farmhouse was a nice touch”.

RL, BEG, Summer 2012