Discover Eastern Cuba

Welcome to Cuba, where the mojitos are sweet, the architecture is astounding, and a new era is dawning.

Journey Overview

Welcome to Cuba, where the mojitos are sweet, the architecture is astounding, and a new era is dawning. Delve deep into the surprises and contradictions of Havana. Sway to seductive Son music drifting from street corners. Walk in the footsteps of the literary greats. And step back to a time where sugar and cigars reigned.  

Journey Highlights

  • Soak up the colour and music in this lively city
  • Experience the true essence of the city on a walking tour
  • Explore the historic quarter and view typical architecture
  • Immerse yourself in Cuba’s oldest and most isolated towns
  • Journey by jeep through hills of chocolate trees and coffee bushes
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Santiago.

Welcome to Santiago de Cuba, on the far eastern side of the island. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome from your local A&K representative who will accompany you to your centrally-located accommodation. Drop your bags off and start exploring with your own private car and driver, ready for you to enjoy throughout your journey.  The city has a noticeable African-Caribbean flavour and is well known for its traditional Cuban music which you may encounter along the way.
Iberostar Imperial (Standard Room)

Day 2: Santiago.

Unpeel the layers of Santiago’s colourful and complex past on your walking tour. Established by Spanish conquistadores in the early 16th century, Santiago de Cuba served as the capital of colonial Cuba, a battleground during the Spanish-American War, and the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution. Navigate the web of streets that sway to the Afro-Cuban beat of Son music. Find the Céspedes Park, a thriving hub of activity flanked by the city hall from which Fidel Castro gave his rousing victory speech in 1959. Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying the

Watch the sun move across the bay of Santiago from El Morro fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Finish with a visit to the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, one of Latin America’s most important and grandiose cemeteries. Wander with a local expert past elaborate marble tombs and see the final resting places of Cuban national hero, José Martí, the first president, Tomás Estrada Palma, and Fidel Castro. This evening choose to make your dinner reservation in the heart of the old city, where an intimate paladar promises lots of Santiago spirit.
Iberostar Imperial (Standard Room) | Meals: B

Day 3: Santiago.

Hop into a private jeep and venture deep into the mountains of the Sierra Maestra, where Fidel set up the headquarters of his rebel army. Arrive at La Gran Piedra and unveil the traces of history left by French immigrants in La Isabelica Museum. Roam the botanical gardens and marvel at the highest rock in the Caribbean. Later, seek out restaurants focusing on modern Cuban fare with a laid-back vibe.
Iberostar Imperial (Standard Room) | Meals: B

Day 4: Santiago – Baracoa.

Leave the city vibe for Baracoa, Cuba’s oldest and most isolated town, founded in 1511. Immerse yourself in a place of lush forests and azure seas, with foot-tapping tunes and superb seafood. After unwinding at your small local hotel, you’ll soon understand how this town seduced Christopher Columbus some 500 years ago during your private walking tour.  
Rio Miel (Standard Room) | Meals: B

Day 5: Baracoa.

Take your jeep through hills of royal palms, chocolate trees and coffee bushes into Alejandro Humboldt National Park. Led by your guide, discover this UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with endemic species. Cool off in hidden cascades, before lunch at a local Duaba farm. Drift along the widest river in Cuba, the Rio Toa, before returning to Baracoa.  
Rio Miel (Standard Room) | Meals: BL

Day 6: Baracoa.

Begin your journey towards Uxmal, which means “built three times” in the Mayan language. Yet, while its name is a mystery, its magnificence is not. Here, you’ll discover the best restored and maintained Mayan archaeological ruins in the Yucatán, characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with rich sculptural elements. Later, journey onwards to Chocholá and find sanctuary in your award-winning luxury spa resort.
Rio Miel (Standard Room) | Meals: BL

Day 7: Baracoa – Depart Santiago.

Private transfer back to Santiago for your onward journey.
Meals: B

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Rio Miel

Discover Eastern Cuba

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Journey Dates & Prices

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing for this Extension will vary from low season to peak season travel.

As a result, it is not available for online booking.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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