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Cuba Undiscovered

Off the Beaten Path
On this tour, we will explore the unique areas of Cuba  that are rarely explored by the tourist. 
We begin and end at the beautiful beach resort of Cayo Santa Maria, staying at the All-Inclusive Melia Cayo Santa Maria. The hotel features 7 different types of restaurants and 3 freshwater pools. All beverages are included here.

After our relaxing stay in Cayo Santa Maria, we head to Sancti Spiritus - one of Cuba’s oldest Spanish settlements. Founded in 1514, the city has an intriguing history and a charming old centre - truly a hidden gem!

Our next base is the coastal city of Trinidad - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Caribbean. Trinidad offers the perfect blend of city, beach and nature.

Then we procced to Camaguey - another UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Camaguey has 15 impressive churches, the city is more known for its independent spirit, and its love of art and culture. It has been home to famous poets, artists, and musicians, and several highly regarded art and dance schools are located here. From Camaguey we’ll visit the important city of Bayamo. Considered the birthplace of Cuba’s independence, the national anthem of Cuba was first sung here.  

Tour Highlights:

    • All-Inclusive beach resort in Cayo Santa Maria
    • Sancti Spiritus ‘Holy Spirit’ town
    • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad
    • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valle de Los Ingenios 
    • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Camaguey 
    • “El Coche”, horse carriage ride in Bayamo city
    • Visit to local Farm with Traditional Cuban Lunch

*** This tour is recommended for the fit and active traveller who enjoys walking.

Itinerary / Excursions

We fly to Santa Clara and upon arrival transfer to Cayo Santa Maria and our All-Inclusive beach resort. The rest of the day is free until this evening’s Welcome Dinner.
At leisure to enjoy the resort and its facilities.
 Today we visit the local Dolphinarium, which has the largest enclosed pools in Cuba. Here we will enjoy a tour and an entertaining show.
We transfer to Sancti Spiritus province. En route we’ll visit Remedios City - a beautiful but quiet little colonial town with exquisite buildings, walks, parks and monuments. After exploring the town, we’ll board a colonial steam train which will take us to a local farm, where a guide will show us the process of sugar production - a process largely unchanged since colonial times. We will also enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch before continuing to Sancti Spiritus.
Simply translated as ‘Holy Spirit’, the city of Sancti Spiritus is one of Cuba’s oldest Spanish settlements. On our tour we will see Cuba’s oldest bridge and oldest church, the 16th century church known as Iglesias Parroquial Major, and the Principal Theatre - said to be the oldest theatre in Cuba.
We transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, and our city tour will begin with a visit to the History Museum. Then we’ll visit the famous Canchanchara Bar, housed in an 18th century mansion, and also the Plaza Mayor in the town centre. Next, we head outside of town to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valle de Los Ingenios - renowned in Cuba for its 18th and 19th century sugar cane plantations. Here we will see the Manaca Iznaga Tower - erected in 1750 to control the slaves working in the sugar cane fields.
We transfer to Camaguey - Cuba’s 3rd largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the day is free to explore this beautiful city on our own.
We begin with a walking tour of Camaguey’s historic centre - a labyrinthine and seemingly chaotic set of streets without any apparent order. This chaotic planning was actually intentional, designed to disorient the pirates who frequently attacked the city. The city is known for its beautiful and historic city squares.
This morning we head to Bayamo City, considered the birthplace of Cuban independence. A distinctive feature of the city is “el coche” - horse carriages that are still used by the locals for transportation. We will explore the city on these carriages, and see the birthplace of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes - a Cuban revolutionary hero. We’ll also visit the place where the Cuban national anthem was sung for the first time, after the city was seized by the Liberating Army and became the capital of the Republic at Arms in 1869.
We continue touring Camaguey and see the 2 main squares - Carmen and San Juan de Dios. Included is a visit to the main church Nuestra Senora de la Merced.
Today we visit a typical Cuban farm where the farmers will demonstrate how sugar cane is cut and used, and we will have a chance to enjoy the sugar cane juice (Guarapo). A traditional Cuban lunch will be served.
We return to our All-Inclusive beach resort in Cayo Santa Maria. En route we’ll enjoy a rehearsal of the Folkloric ballet and participate in a dance class. We will also stop at Casanovas’s Family Pottery Studio, which dates back to the 18th century, where we’ll enjoy a hands-on lesson with professional potters and a chance to make some pottery for ourselves.
After all the wonderful touring days, we enjoy some welcome days at leisure at our All-Inclusive resort in Melia Cayo Santa Maria.
We transfer to the airport for our flight home.
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