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Cuba: East to West

Discover and experience the Caribbean island in an extensive way
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As its title points out, “Cuba: East to West” is an invitation to discover and experience the Caribbean island in an extensive way. In order to unveil as much as possible the secrets of this captivating land and its delighted people, on this travel we are going to explore a wide array of topics. Beginning at the very place where Christopher Columbus set foot for the first time on the island; natural landscapes and architectonical milestones will guide our steps trough the Cuban history and legacy. Hence, the Spaniard side will be notice as we visit some of the first historical villages, and fortresses that, centuries ago, faced copious attacks of pirates and corsairs. Cuba’s unique blues and greens will be seen in all its splendor while going to national parks, swimming in the crystalline waters of the beaches and hiking mountains such as Sierra Maestra. The human contribution to transform the natural topography of the island will be exposed when walking the streets of National Heritage Cities such as Havana and Bayamo, and visiting cathedrals and museums. We will also go to the Che Guevara Memorial and to two places that refer the intersection between Cuban and US history: Guantanamo Base and Ernest Hemingway’s residence Finca La Vigia. The Jewish influence in Cuba will be shown in visits to synagogues and cemeteries. Finally, it is important to highlight that this trip will be a hands on experience aiming mainly to discover the Cuban culture and costumes. Accordingly, it will be a destiny with music, dancing, workshops and ceremonies.As its title points out, “Cuba: East to West” is an invitation to discover and experience the Caribbean island in an extensive way. In order to unveil as much as possible the secrets of this captivating land and its delighted people, on this travel we are going to explore a wide array of topics. Beginning at the very place where Christopher Columbus set foot for the first time on the island; natural landscapes and architectonical milestones will guide our steps trough the Cuban history and legacy. Hence, the Spaniard side will be notice as we visit some of the first historical villages, and fortresses that, centuries ago, faced copious attacks of pirates and corsairs. Cuba’s unique blues and greens will be seen in all its splendor while going to national parks, swimming in the crystalline waters of the beaches and hiking mountains such as Sierra Maestra. The human contribution to transform the natural topography of the island will be exposed when walking the streets of National Heritage Cities such as Havana and Bayamo, and visiting cathedrals and museums. We will also go to the Che Guevara Memorial and to two places that refer the intersection between Cuban and US history: Guantanamo Base and Ernest Hemingway’s residence Finca La Vigia. The Jewish influence in Cuba will be shown in visits to synagogues and cemeteries. Finally, it is important to highlight that this trip will be a hands on experience aiming mainly to discover the Cuban culture and costumes. Accordingly, it will be a destiny with music, dancing, workshops and ceremonies.As its title points out, “Cuba: East to West” is an invitation to discover and experience the Caribbean island in an extensive way. In order to unveil as much as possible the secrets of this captivating land and its delighted people, on this travel we are going to explore a wide array of topics. Beginning at the very place where Christopher Columbus set foot for the first time on the island; natural landscapes and architectonical milestones will guide our steps trough the Cuban history and legacy. Hence, the Spaniard side will be notice as we visit some of the first historical villages, and fortresses that, centuries ago, faced copious attacks of pirates and corsairs. Cuba’s unique blues and greens will be seen in all its splendor while going to national parks, swimming in the crystalline waters of the beaches and hiking mountains such as Sierra Maestra. The human contribution to transform the natural topography of the island will be exposed when walking the streets of National Heritage Cities such as Havana and Bayamo, and visiting cathedrals and museums. We will also go to the Che Guevara Memorial and to two places that refer the intersection between Cuban and US history: Guantanamo Base and Ernest Hemingway’s residence Finca La Vigia. The Jewish influence in Cuba will be shown in visits to synagogues and cemeteries. Finally, it is important to highlight that this trip will be a hands on experience aiming mainly to discover the Cuban culture and costumes. Accordingly, it will be a destiny with music, dancing, workshops and ceremonies.
Itinerary

Day 1  16/8 Holguin

Day 2 17/8. Bay of Bariay – Rafael Freyre, Fray Benito, Gibara villages – Holguin

Day 3 18/8. Guardalavaca – Banes – Holguin

Day 4 19/8. Holguín – Humboldt National Park- Baracoa

Day 5 20/8. Baracoa

Day 6 21/8. Guantánamo base – Santiago de Cuba

Day 7 22/8. Santiago de Cuba – Sierra Maestra – Baconao

Day 8 23/8. Santiago- Bayamo-Manzanillo

Day 9 24/8. Santiago de Cuba – Camagüey

Day 10 25/8. Camagüey – Ciego de Ávila – Santi Espíritus -Trinidad

Day 11 26/8. Trinidad

Day 12 27/8. Trinidad –Santa Clara-Remedios

Day 13 28/8. Remedios- Santa Clara- Havana

Day 14 29/8. Havana

Day 15 30/8. Guanabacoa – Havana

Day 16 31/8. Havana – Pinar del Rio – Havana

Day 17 01/9. Havana Transfer to the airports

Group departure

From 28/04/2016 to 10/05/2016

Technical information
Price: 2.900 €

Flights not included

Group Min.: 12 people

Group Max.: 18 people

An Individual supplement 280 €

Included services

Bus during the entire trip, according to the program. Full board for the duration. Tickets and entrance to sites and events. Local English-speaking guide. Tour leader – Cuban, based in Israel, who speaks Spanish, English, Hebrew and Russian (not a translator)

Not included

Airline tickets, additional food and beverage, visa.

Cities Accommodation
La Habana MEMORIES MIRAMAR
Cayo Santa Marìa MEMORIES PARADISO AZUL, STARFISH CAYO SANTA MARIA
Cienfuegos HANABANILLA
Trinidad CASAS PARTICULARES