We start in Havana, the capital of the island. Then on to Santiago de Cuba, the ‘cradle of the revolution’ where Fidel and his followers gained most popular support in the fifties and plotted to overthrow the Batista regime. Our itinerary then takes us to the Sierra Maestra mountains to visit La Comandancia, the secret base where Fidel planned and commanded revolutionary activities, followed by visits to Bayamo, Camaguey, Trinidad, Santa Clara and back to Havana, visiting the most significant and interesting historical sites along the way.
Cuba’s Revolutionary Trail is a customised itinerary which can be adapted to suit your specific interests and budget, and can start during any time of the year, subject to availability.
Day 1 – Arrive Havana
Arrive at Havana airport. Private transfer to hotel or homestay accommodation in Havana including breakfast x 2 nights. Free time for dinner.
Day 2 – Havana
Breakfast at accommodation. Walking tour of Old Havana including the Museum of the Revolution with English speaking guide followed by lunch stop in local restaurant (lunch not included). Afternoon guided visit by car to Plaza de la Revolucion and other historic sites in the city. Return to accommodation and evening free for dinner.
Day 3 – Havana to Santiago de Cuba
Breakfast at accommodation and private transfer to Havana airport for morning flight to Santiago de Cuba, approx. 1.5 hours. Arrive Santiago de Cuba and private transfer to homestay accommodation x 2 nights. Santiago is the second city of Cuba and lies on the south coast close to the Sierra Maestra mountains. Afternoon guided city tour with English speaking guide and driver including visits to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery where Fidel Castro is buried and the Jose Marti mausoleum can be found, San Juan Hill and other historic sites in the city. Continue to El Morro castle at the mouth of Santiago Bay. Return to homestay for dinner and free evening.
Day 4 – Santiago de Cuba
Breakfast at homestay. Morning guided visit with English speaking guide to the Moncada Barracks where the first attack by Fidel Castro against Batista troops took place, followed by a visit to a local community project/dance company rehearsal. Free time for lunch. Afternoon guided visit with English speaking guide to the Museo de la Lucha Clandestina (Museum of the Resistance Fighters) or the Bacardi Museum in the city centre. Rest of afternoon free to explore Santiago or for an optional salsa lesson. Return to homestay for dinner and free evening to relax or listen to live music at a local venue.
Day 5 – Santiago de Cuba to Santo Domingo via Bayamo
After breakfast, we set off for Bayamo by private transfer with English speaking guide, the town where the Cuban national anthem was written. Short walking tour of historic city centre including Carlos Manuel de Cespedes house. Free time for lunch and then continue to hotel/homestay accommodation including dinner & breakfast, at the gateway to the Turquino National Park x 1 night. Rest of evening free.
Day 6 – Turquino National Park: La Comandancia
Jeep/truck transfer to trail head and hike to La Comandancia de la Plata, Fidel’s secret base in the mountains with local specialist guide (3km each way). Picnic lunch included. Return to Santo Domingo for transfer to Bayamo and check into hotel/homestay accommodation with breakfast x 1 night. Rest of evening free and dinner (own arrangement).
Day 7 – Bayamo to Camaguey
Breakfast at hotel, and depart for Camaguey by bus . Arrive Camaguey, check into homestay accommodation with breakfast x 1 night. Afternoon guided walking tour of the historic city centre with English speaking guide. Free evening and dinner (own arrangement).
Day 8 – Camaguey to Trinidad
Travel to Trinidad by bus, UNESCO World Heritage city and check into homestay accommodation with breakfast x 2 nights. Free time for lunch. Afternoon walking tour of historic centre of the city with English speaking guide. Free evening and dinner (own arrangement).
Day 9 – Trinidad
Morning guided excursion to Sugar Mill Valley (Valle de los Ingenios) by steam train including lunch. Free afternoon to relax or time at the lovely Playa Ancon beach. Free evening and dinner (own arrangement).
Day 10 – Trinidad to Santa Clara to Havana
After breakfast, depart for Santa Clara by bus. Afternoon guided visit to the Tren Blindado and Che Guevara memorial museum. Take bus late afternoon to Havana and check into homestay or hotel accommodation with breakfast x 1 night.
Day 11 – Havana
Breakfast and check out of accommodation.
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