Eastern Cuba offers an escape to a different world. Your 12-day adventure takes you on a journey unique even to Cubans, in the distinctive, unfettered cities and towns along the country’s east coast. Rainforest drapes across the mountains. The indigo sea splashes against the secluded town of Baracoa. The gems of Santiago de Cuba rise out of the bustling streets of the second-largest street in the country. Immerse yourself in the true culture of the island, from the Taino tribes to the Cuban Revolutionary...
Holguin – City of Mystery
Holguin is filled with wonder and captivating ambiance. On May 3rd, an annual procession of pilgrims walks to the hilltop of Loma de la Cruz, climbing 458 steps to reach the peak at 984 feet above sea level. Enthusiastic cries from the large baseball stadium spill into the streets. Columbus landed on the coast in the 15th century and admired the white sand beaches. The city opens itself up to visitors without reservations, welcoming newcomers as if they were family. Your flight descends into Holguin Airport HOG.
Lush grass surrounds the edges of the runway. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you into the city. The tropical climate adds to Cuba’s luster. Palm fronds wave in the coastal breeze. The Church of Loma de la Cruz was erected in the 1950s and provides unfettered panoramic views of the city. The Spanish raised a cross on the hilltop in the late 18th century in the hopes of relieving a drought. The authentic Cuban city allows you to settle into its borders and experience the everyday life of the locals.
Holguin – Inside the Castro Family
Bayamo – Reimagining the Revolution
Bayamo – The Real Bayamo
Santiago – One and Only
Santiago – Uprooting Treasures
Baracoa – The Road to Baracoa
Baracoa – Picturing Rural Life
Baracoa – Soaking Up Baracoa
Havana – A Safari Village
Havana – A Living Museum
Havana – Sunrise to Sunset
- Visit El Cobre, Cuba’s only basilica and home to the saint known as the Black Madonna
- Explore the oldest home in Cuba at La Casa de Don Diego Velazquez, which dates back to the early 16th century
- Scour the landscape in search of water buffalo, zebra, and ostrich during an open-air jeep safari on Cayo Saetia
- Visit with artists at a professional art school for insight into Cuban pedagogy and local inspiration
- Enjoy a lazy riverboat ride down the Rio Tao near Baracoa
- Witness the stunning cascade of Salto Fino, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world
- Watch a student ballet performance while visiting a local ballet school
- Relish a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by a farmer on their property
- Tour one of Cuba’s famous cigar factories to watch seasoned experts hand roll the cigars
- Visit the childhood home of the Castro brothers, located at the foothills outside of Holguin
Legend says that when Columbus arrived on Cuba’s east coast, he proclaimed it the most beautiful place he had ever seen. The aromas of coconut and pineapple blend into the salty sea breeze. Colonial buildings tell a history of Spanish settlement. An archeological museum highlights the Aboriginal life and the first Cuban rebel leader. The Castro brothers’ childhood home stands in a small village. Classic cars and exciting music drift along the streets. Your custom tailored tour takes you to a part of Cuba where local life thrives without the hindrance of overwhelming outside forces.
Your adventure begins with your arrival in the city of Holguin. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you into the city center to experience the birthplace of Cuban music. On the following day, you venture to the town of Biran to visit the childhood home of the Castro brothers. When you return to the city, you explore the distinctive architecture and Afro-Cuban culture rich with art, music, and spirit. You can also take in a performance of the local ballet school. Next, your private transfer escorts you to the city of Bayamo, founded in 1513. Meet with students at a local art school for insight into the Cuban identity.
After dinner, you make your way to Casa de la Trova to hear the long-lasting traditions of Cuban music. Venture to a small town outside of Bayamo to meet with a community project helping low-income children with workshops, art classes, and dance lessons. Upon your return to Bayamo, you can have the day at leisure to enjoy the city. Visit the wax museum or the local artisan market. You travel to Santiago de Cuba stopping en route at El Cobre for a tour of Cuba’s only basilica. Once in Santiago, you have a guided tour of El Morro Fort and its maze-like interior. Start the day with a visit to the Moncada Barracks before visiting the oldest house in Cuba. Your guide leads you on an expansive tour of Cuba’s second largest city.
Afterward, you make your way along the Farola Highway for a scenic drive to the indigo coast of Baracoa. Bicycle taxis cruise through the street and the bordering mountains turn the town into a secluded paradise. You venture into Duaba National Park to visit local farming families. Delight in a hike through the rainforest. In the evening, the farmer cooks a large feast to celebrate your company. Follow in the footsteps of Columbus and visit the local church. Enjoy a view of the landscape from the Castillo before you visit the remarkable exhibits at the archeological museum and spend time cruising down the Rio Tao.
You visit Cayo Saetia for a unique Cuban Safari en route to Holguin. Upon your arrival at Holguin airport, you fly to Havana for two nights to enjoy the endless vivacity of the capital city. The following day takes you on a grand tour of Old Havana and the surrounding neighborhoods. Discover the rich historic architecture and stunning museums. Visit a local cigar factory and take in a cabaret show. Enjoy the bustling neighborhoods along the Malecón. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Jose Marti International Airport to check-in to your flight home.
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$5,071 per person (excluding international flights)
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