Step back in time when experiencing the layers of Cuba’s unique and captivating history. Travel along a singular road surrounded by the sea on either side. Journey on a vintage steam train through the lush landscape at the heart of the country. Follow the scent of dried leaves during a private tour of a cigar factory. Classic cars cruise cobblestone avenues. Horses clop down the boulevard pulling antique buggies. The sounds of rumba and salsa emphasize the vivacious murals, embellishing the culture...
Santa Maria – Back in Time
The lush greenery of the countryside surrounds the Santa Maria Airport. The long stretch of runway separates the manicured landscape from the towering tropical trees stretching to the hills in the distance. Your private transfer awaits your arrival at baggage claim, keen on introducing you to the culture of Cuba. Venture through the historic bastion of the city famous for its location as the final battle of the Cuban Revolution. When the guerillas, led by Che Guevara, overtook the city, the Batista regime fell.
On the northern coast of the main island stands the spectacular key of Cayo Santa Maria, with a length of 10 miles and a width barely over one mile. At Pedraplen, the last leg of the scenic drive, you find the glistening water bordering both sides of the road. The fine powder white sand beaches frame the layered colors of the Caribbean Sea. Turquoise waves brush against the edges of the shore. In the distance, the bright color turns to cobalt along the horizon.
The graceful beaches overtake a total of eight miles separated into nine sections along the indulgent soft sand. The sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline creates a paradisiacal atmosphere. The breeze rustles the palm fronds. Sand dunes grow as tall as six and half feet, acting as natural protection from the sea during tropical storms. Cayo Santa Maria offers a perfect introduction to the natural beauty of Cuba, and its prized coastline has brought visitors from around the world for centuries.
Santa Maria – Images of Sugar
Santa Maria – The National Park Difference
Santa Maria – Capturing the Revolution
Santa Maria to Havana – Journey to Havana
Havana – The Charms of Vintage Havana
Havana – Uniquely Havana
Havana – Away in Time
- Settle into the picturesque landscape of Cayo Santa Maria, known for its idyllic white sand beaches and luminescent water
- Discover the revolutionary spirit, history, and atmosphere of Santa Maria, a city set in the geographical and revolutionary heart of Cuba
- Immerse yourself in the center of the Afro-Cuban culture in Havana at Callejón de Hamel
- Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway with a visit to his favorite restaurant at El Floridita, and the setting of The Old Man and the Sea in Cojimar
- Visit a Havana mechanic for a hands-on view of classic vintage American cars rolling through the city
- Enjoy a demonstration of antique printing presses at a printer’s museum filled with prototypical machines
- Experience the Cuban jungle on an adventure through magnificent Guanayara National Park, filled with wildlife, waterfalls, and vivacious flora
- Learn the secrets of Cuban cigars on a guided tour of the Fabrica de Tabacos Constantino Perez Carrodeguas
Cuba effortlessly blends a beautiful nostalgic past with a unique, eclectic culture. Your 8-day Cuba tour takes you on an unforgettable experience through the enchanting architecture, rich traditions, and spectacular landscape of the Caribbean island. This Cuba travel tour begins with your arrival at Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara. Your private transfer escorts you along the scenic drive to Cayo Santa Maria, located on the northern coast of Cuba. The white sand and turquoise water are the images of perfection. Next, you visit the town of Caibarien, which glows with whitewashed buildings.
Hop aboard an antique steam train to the quiet village of Remedios. Ready yourself for a classic adventure, traveling on a former Russian military vehicle through the wilds of Guanayara National Park. Follow your guide along the streets of Santa Clara to experience the city’s proud ties to the Cuban revolution, and the rebellious spirit that remains in the student youth. Visit a small printing house for a hands-on tutorial of the Cuban publishing trade. Enjoy the scenic drive to Havana, the capital of Cuba. Your private tour the following day takes you around the antique architecture of Old Havana.
Meet with a university professor for an in-depth view of American-Cuban relations before visiting a craft cooperative run by women, intent on teaching a new generation about the trade of traditional sewing. Discover the unique art of Havana, from the murals and sculptures of the Regla District to the artistry of trade at a mechanic’s workshop specializing in maintaining the classic cars of the city. Spend time on your final day strolling along the cobblestone streets of Old Town before your private transfer escorts you to Jose Marti International Airport for your flight home.
$3,379 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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