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Cuba Libre

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Itinerary

Day 1: Havana
Welcome to Cuba! There are no planned activities for the day so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. In the evening we will have a group meeting to get to know each other and discuss the plan for the next couple of weeks. Then we’ll go out for a nice dinner and a walk on the Malecon.

Day 2, 3: Viñales
We head west to the village of Viñales, surrounded by picturesque limestone hills. Visit the cultural centre near the plaza or enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities. You can go horseback riding or mountain biking through this beautiful area, explore caves carved in the limestone by the rivers, go hiking or simply enjoy the views of the valley.

Day 4: Havana
Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. It contains a wealth of colonial architecture, and the old center is best discovered on a walking tour.

Day 5: Santa Clara

We head east along the island to Santa Clara, a key city in the revolution. You can see many statues and museums honoring Che Guevara and the revolutionaries.

Day 6: Trinidad
We continue to the colonial city of Trinidad, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1988, with colorful Spanish houses and churches. But what makes this city exciting is the contagious music and dance scene…everywhere!

Day 7,8: Trinidad
You have 2 free days in Trinidad to explore this beautiful city, take salsa classes, ride horses to the nearby waterfall and experience the wonderful nightlife. Trinidad is also near to Playa Ancon where you can enjoy long stretches of unspoiled white sand beaches, ideal for snorkeling and diving.

Day 9 Camaguëy

On the way to Camaguëy we will stop in the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugar mills) where you can see some amazing views over Cuba’s vast sugar cane plantations. The city of Camaguëy, with its narrow winding streets, is known for its colonial past and its typical tinajones, large clay pots for holding water. We will have an included city tour with a local guide in this artistic student town.

Day 10 Camaguëy
Free day to explore more of Camaguëy or take a daytrip to the nearby northern beaches and enjoy a great seafood lunch on the beach.

Day 11 Santiago de Cuba
We continue our journey to Santiago de Cuba, known as the cradle of the revolution. This is the place where Castro began his struggle against the Batista regime. There are lots of interesting museums, colonial churches and historical buildings worth exploring. Santiago is also the home of the son rhythms, which gave birth to salsa music. You can enjoy many good bars at night.

Day 12 Santiago de Cuba
Free day to explore the city and surroundings

Day 13 Baracoa
Today we travel to the most eastern point of the island. Situated on a beautiful bay with the mountains of the Sierra Purial in the background, Baracoa was isolated from the rest of Cuba for a long time; it was only accessible by sea and air until the 1960’s. It was the first colonial settlement founded by Diego Velasquez in 1512, and the church in the central plaza is one of the oldest in the Caribbean.

Day 14, 15 Baracoa
Free time in Baracoa to visit the lovely historical buildings and forts situated throughout the town. You can relax on the white sand beaches or go river kayaking, sailing, bicycling, visit the many national parks, or climb the table-top mountain of El Yunque.

Day 16, 17 Santiago/Havana
Back to Santiago for our flight to Havana. Enjoy more of the liveliness of the island’s capital. You can visit many museums, handicraft markets, cigar factories, castles. Enjoy the evenings in the many bars and clubs while listening to the island’s rhythms.

Day 18 Departure day
 



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