THE HIGHLIGHTS OF CUBA
Havana City Walking Tour:
This orientation tour gives you a feel for how Havana developed over time, including:
- The old city inside the Original fortified walls
- Hemingway walking tour (6hr): This gives you a biographical tour of Havana, featuring sights related to the legendary author.
- Havana Vieja – houses some the finest collection of colonial antique buildings in the Americas
- The Cottage Hill
- Castillo San Carlos de la Cabaña, the largest forts in the Americas, designed to defend the city after British forces captured it in 1762
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- Sightseeing: Santa Clara Tour: The town of Santa Clara was the site of the last battle of the revolution. It was Che Guevara’s victorious attack on an armoured train here that convinced Batista to flee the country. In the morning you will visit the train, now a museum as well as Che Guevara’s mausoleum. The museum’s collection includes his famously iconic beret and leather jacket.
- Private transfer to Sancti Spiritus (1.2hr, 80km)
- Sightseeing: Santi Spiritus: Enjoy a visit to this colonial town where you can visit the local market to see how Cubans shop for their everyday needs.
- Sightseeing: City tour A living museum, and one of the seven cities founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514, Trinidad is now a national monument. Nestling on a plain in the lee of the mountains and within sight of the Caribbean, Cuba’s best-preserved colonial town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its narrow, cobbled streets are paved with stones that eleven as served ballast for ships on the empty, outward journey from Europe. You will do a city tour and visit the Romantic Museum and El Cubano Park.
- Sightseeing: Continue the tour the the Valley of the Sugar Mills, to visit the local manaca Iznaga Tower, an iconic sugar mill close one of Cuba’s renown waterfalls.
- Sightseeing: Self-guided walking tour to explore the labyrinth of winding streets and alleys of Cuba’s third-largest city, a by-product of 200 years of musket-toting pirates.
SANTAGO DE CUBA
- Sanctuary of Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre
- Tour Cuba’s second largest city. Founded in 1514, this cultural capital played an instrumental part in the evolution of Cuba’s literature, music and politics. See sites including:
- Fortress Morro: A unique UNESCO World Heritage site
- Cathedral de Santiago, Conservatory, University and various museums, tabacco factories
- Castillo del Morro San Pedro de laRoca
- Valley of Viñales: Boasts the oldest geological formations in Cuba, unique to the area Spectacular wooded hills. Sheer-sided, conical towers of limestone, some over 300 meters high are all that is left of a great plateau after millions of years of erosion by wind and water. You’ll take a guided walk through rich countryside to see something of rural life and hopefully stop at a farmer’s house.
- Boat ride on the Cueva del Indio (Indian Cave): This impressive limestone cave, once inhabited by local Indians and filled with stalactites and stalagmites. A river runs through the second half of the cave and so you’ll board a boat to take you through and out into the daylight.