Cuba

Music, soul and roots of the island

Camaguey, Baracoa and Santiago de Cuba

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Touring trip 19 DAYS
Theme : Encounters Tour : Cuba

Schedule

Itinerary

The stages of your trip

Day 1
Santiago de Cuba Arrival at Cuba, Santiago de Cuba
Day 2
Cuba / Santiago de Cuba Santiago de Cuba, mi son cubano
Day 3
Cuba / Baracoa Baracoa, the end of the world
Day 4
Cuba / Baracoa Wild vegetation
Day 5
Cuba / Cayo Saetia Stop at Cayo Saetia
Day 6
Cuba / Cayo Saetia Photo Safari at Cayo Saetia
Day 7
Cuba / Camaguey Culture in Camaguey
Day 8
Cuba / Trinidad The sugar plantations of Manaca Izanaga
Day 9
Cuba / Trinidad Trinidad, the beautiful
Day 10
Cuba / La Havane Cienfuegos, sung by Benny Moré
Day 11
Cuba / La Havane Havana, the one
Day 12
Cuba / Piñar del Rio Mecca of the cigar, Viñales.
Day 13
Cuba / La Havane Viñales –
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Cuba / départ Either return to La Havana
Day 13
Viñales – La Havana
Day 14
Cuba / Cabo San Antonio Departure from Havana
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Cuba / Cabo San Antonio Either extension in the Bay of Guanahacabibes
Day 13
Cuba / Viñales Viñales – Cabo San Antonio
Days 14, 15 & 16
Cuba / La Havane The natural beauty of the National Park
Day 17
Cuba / départ Sunset on mogotes
Day 18
Return to Havana
Day 19
Departure from Havana

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  • 950 euros (Basis 4 pax)
  • 1.270 euros (Basis 2 pax)
  • not included: drop off of the rental vehicle about 100 CUC
  • Excluding international flights

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From 950 euros Music as a guideline for your trip, to go towards the other,  to Cubans roots drawn from this mixture of European and African culture and giving rise to various musical expressions...

Schedule

A taste of your trip !

Day 1 - Santiago de Cuba

Arrival at Cuba, Santiago de Cuba

Cuba - Santiago de Cuba

Welcome by your local driver and installation in a small family hotel in colonial style located in the heart of the city of Santiago de Cuba surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Maestra and the Caribbean Sea.
Night at the hostal San Basilio.

Day 2 - Cuba / Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, mi son cubano

Cuba -Santiago - Casa del Caribe- folklore caribéen

Walking tour of town, its cobbled streets, shady squares, fortifications Spanish, colonial houses. Mysticism at the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre and its many offerings. In the evening, the cradle of Cuban music contains a lot of nice places to soak up  el son and bolero in hot troubadours atmosphere where undisputed José Pepe Sánchez image hang over. On sundays, the Casa del Caribe presents a nice folkloric show.
Night at the hostal San Basilio.

Day 3 - Cuba / Baracoa

Baracoa, the end of the world

Cuba - baracoa-yumuri-punta de maisi

Route with your rented car to Baracoa traveling across the  beautiful mountain road La Farola. Be sure to stop in La Tumba Francesa Pompadour for an introduction to the music and dance of Haitian descendants and another stop for a cucurucho, a greed, a mixture of coconut, honey and banana wrapped in a palm leaf. Installation in the historic center to soak up the atmosphere of the end of the world, surrounded by forts to defend herself against the attacks of pirates. In the evening, especially on weekends, the atmosphere moves around the Plaza de la Independencia and some interpreters of changüi-son.
Night at hotel La Habanera.

Day 4 - Cuba / Baracoa

Wild vegetation

Cuba - Baracoa

Many walks to do, all surrounded by lush vegetation  among its cocoa fincas and fishing villages, you must  know that Baracoa is accessible by road since just a half  century. Here between rivers and oceans, a mixture of greens, browns and blues.
Night at hotel La Habanera.

Day 5 - Cuba / Cayo Saetia

Stop at Cayo Saetia

Cuba - Cayo Saetia

Going up the north coast you will pass through the region of the nickel mines of Cuba, one of the important support of the country’s economy. And arrived in the region of Holguín, you will stop on one of the beautiful beaches of Cuba, Cayo Saetia. Unknown to the traveler, Saetia is a national park hidden in the Bay of Nipe consisted of an isolated island of 42Km ² composed of a thriving flora, nice coves, cliffs to cross and fauna imported (antelopes, macaws, ostriches, buffalo, camels, iguanas, tapirs, zebras) for photo safaris.
Night at hotel Cayo Saetia.

Day 6 - Cuba / Cayo Saetia

Photo Safari at Cayo Saetia

Cuba - Cayo Saetia-safari

Raul Castro had established its mainhunting space  here on the Cayo hunting. The Suite of the hotel is his   former inn. It is no more with a gun but with a camera that it is still possible to « hunt » in this reserve. At evening or at dawn, local guides, driving jeeps designed for this purpose, will make you discover antelopes, zebras and even bulls living in semi-freedom.
Night at hotel Cayo Saetia.

Day 7 - Cuba / Camaguey

Culture in Camaguey

Cuba - Camaguey  en bici taxi

Drive to Camagüey, classified as World Heritage of Humanity. Surrounded by its 12 churches, the town retains more than elsewhere traditions from the Spanish colonization of the continent. Discover Cuban history, culture and the arts in all their manifestations,  as los tinajones (large earthenware jars), this tour can be made in a bike-taxi. Immerse yourself in the bustling market of El Rio for a slice of local life. Near Agramonte Park and  Revolution Square,  you will find many cafes, bars to have fun and dance.
Night at the Gran Hotel.

Day 8 - Cuba / Trinidad

The sugar plantations of Manaca Izanaga

Cuba - Vallée de Los Ingenios - Torre Iznaga

Road to Trinidad through the charming town of Sancti Spiritus, the Valle de los Ingenios and its sugar plantations contemplated at the top of  Manaca Iznaga’s tower. This valley sugar mills, now a nature and archeological reserve, was the basis of the enrichment of the city of Trinidad with fifty mills which assured in one year the largest sugar country in the world on that time. In Trinidad, meet with your hosts whom will  receive you in their house, with a big heart and humility. For the evening atmosphere in a cave, on the ruins of a theater, in the Casa de la Musica or Trova, you are spoilt for choice.
Night at the inhabitant.

Day 9 - Cuba / Trinidad

Trinidad, the beautiful

Cuba - Trinidad

The colonial city of  Trinidad, Cultural Heritage of Humanity, has remained frozen in time: architectural beauty, sublime combination of gates, railings woodworking, complex ironwork, amazingly decorated walls to hand, indoor gardens, ancestral traditions and legends, cobbled streets apart Trinidad, Cuba’s city-museum. Trinidad is  to be  discovered mostly on foot, random streets and squares,   at the rate of   museums, precious witnesses of history.
Night at the inhabitant.

Day 10 - Cuba / La Havane

Cienfuegos, sung by Benny Moré

Cuba - Cienfuegos

Along the way towards Havana, we recommend you  sa top at Cienfuegos. Visit the old  Palace Ferrer today a cultural center for dance and music, soak up the places of the house-museum of Benny Moré, the Cuban musical icon. Nice overview of the colonial architecture of the city from the viewpoint of the Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte. Arrival at Havana and installation in a charming hotel in the old town or a new cosy hotel facing the Maelcon. Evening musical events at the Casa de la Música Galiano in Centro Habana, Casa de la Música in Miramar or at El Patio de la Rumba (here on Saturday afternoon demonstration of rumba) or at  La Lluvia de Oro and stunning views while sipping a cocktail on the terraces of hotels Parque Central, Ambos Mundos, San Miguel …
Night at hotel Marques de Prado Ameno or at hotel El Terral.

Day 11 - Cuba / La Havane

Havana, the one

Cuba - Havane - Capitole - Voiture

Day for a stroll in the Cuban capital, which is certainly not leave you indifferent. In front of  the Capitole, we recommend that you install on board in one of thoses Buick or Packard cars and browse the Malecón, the famous waterfront, witness of the daily life of Havana. The museum dedicated to Che Guevara, the beautiful museum of underwater treasures, the Palace of Fine Arts will be many additions to the cultural life of Cuba. An initiatory journey will be undertaken following the visit to the Museum of the 32 orishas of Yoruba religion presented in terracotta sculptures in full size. It is also the headquarters of the Yoruba Cultural Association, it is located almost in front of the Capitol, in a beautiful building with arcades, this place is both a museum, entertainment venue and conferences, and a religious temple. Close to the Plaza de Armas in La Habana Vieja, in the house of  Miguel Ayala Poey (1754), now sits not a museum as such, but a cultural center Casa Victor Hugo highlighting the links between France and  Cuba. A stroll is a must at Callejón de Hamel, in the heart of the most popular area of ??the city, a colorful and crazy alley, theater projections aesthetic of  Cuban muralist Salvador. For your meals, do not miss paladares and tastings of chocolate at Museo del Chocolate or Cuban coffee at the Escorial, or a bit more « stronger » try a Daiquiri and  Mojito cocktails at La Floridita bar or at Museum of Rum … At Gran Teatro de La Habana, admire spins and pas-chassés of the largest ballet school in the world.
Night at hotel Marques de Prado Ameno or at hotel El Terral.

Day 12 - Cuba / Piñar del Rio

Mecca of the cigar, Viñales.

Cuba - Pinar del Rio - Tabaquero

Route to Viñales Valley with a small detour through the orchid gardens of Soroa and refreshing waterfalls. Beautiful view from los Jazmines to Viñales Valley, nestled in the Sierra de Los Organos before arriving in Viñales. A fertile plain of several valleys separated by hills , the mogotes, shaped this landscape, one  of the most beautiful regions of Cuba. It has a complex geological caves as Cueva del Indio and Cueva de José Miguel for a great speleological interest. At restaurant Palenque de Cimarrones, a cave in a mogote, the wooden huts with roofs of palm represent each major saints (orishas) of the Yoruba pantheon (mixture of Haitian Vodou, the candomble and macumba of Brazil). In this type of construction called Palenque, fleeting African slaves took refuge. But, of course, this region is especially known worldwide for its culture of tobacco used in the manufacture of the finest cigars in the world. Tobacco plantations of San Juan Martínez, the finca El Piñar Vegas Robaina, El Despalillo of Piñar del Río, cigars hand-rolled at Francisco Donatien factory are many places of passage to familiarize yourself with the culture of tobacco . And to be at the heart of tobacco, the hotel is naturally Vueltabajo. In the evening, join some musicians inspired by Polo Montañez at Casa Don Tomas or enjoy, with a good cigar!,  a glass of local liquor of guava at the coffee shop of theater José Jacinto Milanes, or, for an immersion to national sport, baseball, go to stadium Capitan San Luis, and come cheer Los Vegueros, one of the best teams in the country.
Night at hotel Vueltabajo.

Day 13 - Cuba / La Havane

Viñales –

Cuba - La Havane - Hotel Nacional
Cuba / départ

Either return to La Havana

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Day 13

Viñales – La Havana

Road to La Havana and stop in the community of Las Terrazas:  its coffee plantations and waterfalls of the San Juan River in the middle of lush trails will be a nice stop before your arrival in Havana. In the evening, we suggest you install at the Hotel Nacional, here still hangs atmosphere of the 30s and the looks of some famous personalities. And to end your trip in Cuba, nothing better than a tropical evening with strass, sequins, feathers at Cabaret Parisien inside the hotel.
Night at hotel Nacional.

Day 14 - Cuba / Cabo San Antonio

Departure from Havana

Cuba - cayo coco playa
Cuba / Cabo San Antonio

Either extension in the Bay of Guanahacabibes

Cuba - plongée
Day 13 - Cuba / Viñales

Viñales – Cabo San Antonio

Cuba - Viñales - Mogotes

Long road to Cabo San Antonio and installation in one of the 8 villas (2 bedrooms) of Cabo San Antonio, comfortable and nicely furnished, beautiful jungle environment and sea  ranked Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.  A little atmosphere of  end of the world after some thirty kilometers to access by tracks.
Night at the Villa Cabo San Antonio.

Days 14, 15 & 16 - Cuba / La Havane

The natural beauty of the National Park

Cuba - La Havane

Days in the Guanahacabibes reserve with diverse vegetation,  a nice variety of birds and super underwaters.  Beautiful moments away from the crowds in an wild atmosphere. From July to September, you may see turles laying their eggs on the beaches.
Nights at the Villa Cabo San Antonio.

Day 17 - Cuba / départ

Sunset on mogotes

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Back to Viñales for a last sunset on mogotes.
Night at hotel La Ermita.

Day 18

Return to Havana

D.18

On the road again back to Havana and stop in the community of Las Terrazas, its coffee plantations and waterfalls of the San Juan River in the middle of lush trails will be a nice stop before your arrival in Havana. In the evening, we suggest you install at the Hotel Nacional, here still hangs atmosphere of the 30s and the looks of some famous personalities. And to end your trip in Cuba, nothing better than a tropical evening with strass, sequins, feathers at Cabaret Parisien inside the hotel.
Night at the hotel Nacional.

Day 19

Departure from Havana

D.19

 

Price per person for Extension Guanahacabibes :
Basis 2 persons from : +450 euros
Basis 4 persons from : + 330 euros