On the Essence of Cuba, Tour our experienced local guide will escort you through towns less frequented by tourism and rich in revolutionary history, the revered Sierra Maestra mountains, Santiago de Cuba a fascinating city rich in history and music, and Baracoa reputedly the oldest colonial town in the Americas.
Day 1 – Gibara
After arrival in Holguin, there is a short journey to the picturesque small town of Gibara which is located on the north coast of Cuba.
Day 2 – Gibara & Bayamo
After a leisurely breakfast, there will be a tour of Gibara known in Cuba as the ‘Villa Blanca’ (white town), with its unique architectural style and beautiful coastal location. The journey will continue to Holguin, formed in 1545 and now one of the largest cities on the island, there will be a tour of the colonial centre of the city famed for its numerous small squares.
Day 3 – Bayamo & Sierra Maestra Mountains
You will have a short orientation tour of Bayamo which will focus on the leafy square of Parque Cespedes, named after the ‘Father of Cuba’, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, born overlooking the square.
Day 4 – Sierra Maestra Mountains & Santiago de Cuba
The tour will depart for Santiago de Cuba stopping en route at the picturesque church of El Cobre. On arrival into Santiago de Cuba, you will visit the Castillo del Morro a historical fortress offering fantastic views across the Caribbean Sea and the impressive Sierra Maestra mountains.
Day 5 – Baracoa Essence of Cuba Tour
You will take one of the most interesting and spectacular drives in Cuba along the very south-eastern tip of Cuba, and then you will take the mountain road called ‘La Farola’ to Baracoa.
Day 6 – Baracoa
After breakfast, you will travel to Rio Toa, Cuba’s wildest river which runs through a UNESCO protected reserve. There will be a chance to enjoy an exhilarating boat ride up the river through some spectacular scenery of this remote part of Cuba.
Day 7 – Santiago de Cuba -Essence of Cuba Tour
You will travel to the city of Guantanamo made famous globally for two very different reasons, firstly the ballad Guantanamera was taken from a poem written by Cuba’s national hero Jose Marti and secondly, for the US base and now Camp X-Ray only 15 miles from the city.
Day 8 – Biran & Holguin
Leaving Santiago de Cuba, you will head north across the island towards Holguin province. An interesting road that, after leaving the motorway, passes through many pleasant towns and villages before you stop at the tiny village of Biran in the foothills of the Nipe Mountains. Biran is the birthplace of Fidel and Raul Castro who both became iconic world leaders and you will see the house where the brothers were born, which is also the final resting place of their parents.