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Day 1: Arrive in Havana
Upon arrival in Havana, you are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own or just relax.
Day 2: To Camaguey (UNESCO), City Tour
After breakfast, we depart Havana for Camaguey, a colonial city with UNESCO designation. After our hotel check-in, we will enjoy a city tour through the labyrinth of laneways and streets, while traveling in bicycle taxis. Our exploration ends in Plaza San Juan de Dios where we will have dinner in one of the cities best restaurants
Day 3: To Santiago via Colonial Bayamo
Today we depart for Santiago with stops in the colonial city of Bayamo, founded in 1513. We explore this historic city on foot and by horse carriage and enjoy lunch here.
Day 4: Santa Ifigenia Cemetery & Colonial Santiago
Today, we visit one of Cuba's most impressive sites, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. Some of Cuba's most famous heroes, politicians, musicians and wealthy aristocrats are buried here, including the remains of Cuba's national hero, Jose Marti and the leader of the revolution, Fidel Castro. The crypts are often massive and opulent. Our visit to the cemetery will coincide with the changing of the guard that takes place at the monument of Cuba's national hero and founder, Jose Marti.
Day 5: Fidel Castro's Revolution, Granjita Siboney to Moncada Barracks in Vintage Cars
Today we learn about Fidel Castro's revolution, which is generally regarded to have begun on July 26, 1953. This is when Castro and and a small group of rebels attacked the Moncada military barracks outside of Santiago de Cuba in an attempt to overthrow the Batista government. The attack failed and Castro was captured, tried, convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Day 6: To Baracoa via Guantanamo Bay
Today we leave Santiago de Cuba for our drive to Baracoa. Enroute, we stop at a lookout where we can see the controversial U.S. naval base of Guantanamo Bay, also known as Gitmo. From the lookout, one can see the naval base, prison and the surrounding bay. If we are lucky, we can meet a local farmer or fisherman who can give you their version of Gitmo.
Day 7: Baracoa, Yumuri River
We begin our day with an excursion to a nearby river where we can enjoy a short boat ride, hike and even swim in a beautiful lush setting surrounded by steep cliffs. This is also a great place for anyone interested in birding.
Day 8: Humboldt National Park
We enjoy another excursion from Baracoa today as we take a dirt road to journey to Humboldt National Park. Humboldt has the distinction of being the most diverse park in the Caribbean, and home to the world's smallest humming bird and the world's smallest frog. We explore the park during our hike followed by lunch in the park.
Day 9: To Santiago de Cuba traversing the Sierra Maestra Mts.
This morning we depart Baracoa and once again traverse the mountains on our way back to Santiago. Upon arrival, and after hotel check-in, the afternoon is free to relax or enjoy the ambience of our hotel in the historic center of Santiago.
Day 10: To Gibara via Birán and Holguin, Gibara Sites & Cuba's Cine Pobre Film Festival
After breakfast, we depart for Gibara on Eastern Cuba's north coast. Our first stop, however, is Birán (Fidel Castro's birth place) and the farm estate of the Castro family. This farm was also the first farm that was nationalized after the revolution. Enjoy the guided tour of the birthplace of both Fidel and his brother Raul, gaining further insight into who Fidel was and how he developed his revolutionary ideas.
Day 11: Jeep Adventure to a Local Home & Columbus' Landing in the New World in 1492
Today we need jeeps to really get off the beaten path as we visit the home of Rosita and her husband where we can see their home, farm and share some snacks and coffee with them. We also visit 3 significant sites related to Christopher Columbus, where he landed in the New World in 1492.
Day 12: Gibara, Cave, Natural Swimming Hole
Today we visit a local cave and a natural swimming hole by the ocean, where we can enjoy some of Cuba's coastal scenery. After we have lunch, we can spend the rest of the day relaxing and soaking up the natural beauty of this area. After our day around the water, we return to Gibara
Day 13: To Santa Clara - Revolution Sites
Today we drive to Santa Clara which is a lively university town. Santa Clara also played a significant role in the Cuban Revolution.
Day 14: Revolution Sites, To Havana, Farewell Dinner
We visit Ernesto Che Guevara's monument and statue to learn more about his life. We continue by foot to the armored train park museum and learn how this was one of the biggest turning points of the revolution.
Day 15: Depart Havana
Our Cuban adventure concludes with a transfer to Havana Airport.
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