Cuba Tour: Cuba’s Revolutionary Trail

This fascinating 11 day itinerary, discovering Cuba’s Revolutionary Trail, follows in the footsteps of Fidel and Che. It provides a detailed insight into the history of the Cuban Revolution, on a voyage of discovery through this beautiful and intriguing island.

Over 50 years ago, Fidel Castro and his followers triumphantly drove into Havana, declared that the revolution had been successful and thus a new era in the history of Cuba was about to begin.  You will have a unique opportunity to see firsthand what those changes are and how they have influenced everyday life in Cuba.

  • 11 days / 10 nights
  • Start dates: any date all year round
  • Cost: from £1925 per person, minimum 2 people

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“We really enjoyed this trip and loved the variety of places we visited. Our guides were all really great and we really appreciated being able to learn much more about what has made Cuba the incredibly unique place that it is. Gracias!’

DT, Glasgow

Description:

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.

Itinerary:

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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Cost:

from £1,925 per person, based on 2 people sharing twin/double room accommodation.
The cost of this itinerary depends on no. of people travelling, period of travel, and the type of accommodation and availability.

Included:

  • Accommodation: 10 nights in homestays or hotels, subject to availability of preferred accommodation
  • Meals: meals included as indicated on the itinerary
  • Domestic flight: from Havana to Santiago de Cuba one way
  • Transport between cities: by public bus, or we can also arrange private transfers where requested
  • Excursions/visits: All entries and transport for visits and excursions with English speaking local accredited guides. Optional Salsa lesson in Santiago de Cuba and a low level hiking day in the Sierra Maestra mountains, Turquino National Park.

 

Not included:

  • International flights and airport transfer – Caledonia can arrange this for you on request.
  • Cuban tourist card (the required visa to enter Cuba as a tourist) – Caledonia can arrange this for you on request.
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Tips/Gratuities

Vinales Valley, Pinar del Rio

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Cost: from £220 per person, based on 2 people sharing twin/double room accommodation

Description:

This 4 day tour extension takes us to the beautiful Viñales Valley which lies west of Havana, where world famous tobacco is grown and the impressive limestone mogote cliffs rise out of the rich red earth. This itinerary lets us discover the picturesque region including a hike around the mogote cliffs and a visit to a tobacco plantation; and a visit to the Cueva Santo Tomas – the largest and most impressive cave in Cuba.

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Havana to Viñales
Depart Havana for Viñales by bus in the morning. Arrive Viñales early afternoon and make way to homestay accommodation. Rest of day free

Day 2 – Viñales
After breakfast, met by English speaking guide for half day guided hiking around the tobacco fields and visit local plantation to see how tobacco is processed. Continue the hike around the limestone mogotes, enjoying the impressive countryside and views over the valley, rustic lunch included. Return to Viñales late afternoon. Rest of day free.

Day 3 – Viñales
Depart Viñales after breakfast with your English speaking guide for your full day excursion to the Cueva de Santo Tomas, the largest cave in Cuba with 46km of caves full of impressive stalactites, stalagmites and bats.

Day 4– Vinales to Havana
After breakfast, depart on the bus to Havana (approx. 3 hours). Arrive Havana.
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Included:

  • Transfers: by public bus from Havana – Vinales, and Vinales – Havana.
  • Accommodation: in specially selected homestays x 3 nights in single, double or twin room. All rooms have air conditioning and private bathroom. Hotel accommodation may be available on request.
  • Meals: breakfast at homestay each day, rustic lunch on day 2.
  • Excursions/Activities: 1 full day and 1 half day excursion/activity with English speaking guide and transport where necessary. Entrances included.


Not included

  • International flights and airport transfer – Caledonia can arrange this for you on request.
  • Cuban tourist card (the required visa to enter Cuba as a tourist) – Caledonia can arrange this for you on request.
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Any services or meals that are not included/stated in the itinerary
  • Tips/Gratuities

‘Really good. Nice to get out into the countryside and good “through the window watching” during transfers. Very relaxing. Guide was great so would definitely recommend the trip to others’.

SL, Nottingham

‘ The thing I liked about this trip was that for me (as an experienced independent traveller) the balance was right between hand-holding and organisation, and having the freedom to do my own thing when I wanted to’.

LS, Edinburgh