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Enchanting Santiago de Cuba

$983 – $1,090 US Per Person

Overview
We invite you to join us in this enchanting four-day journey through Santiago de Cuba. As the second largest city of Cuba, it is packed with many sites to see, people to meet, and music to dance to. This vibrant colonial city is surrounded by natural beauty with its stunning coastline of cliffs, lush rainforests, beaches and lagoons. This itinerary offers the best of Santiago, including meaningful interactions with the locals, history, and entertainment.

Tour Highlights

  • Santiago de Cuba city tour
  • San Pedro de la Roca Castle
  • Santa Ifigenia Cemetery
  • Casa de la Ceramica, workshops, and art galleries
  • Cutumba Community Project
  • Ferry to Cayo Granma
  • Casa de la Trova performance
  • Village of El Cobre to visit the shrine of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
  • Steel band performance
Cuba Map – Santiago de Cuba 2

Overview
We invite you to join us in this enchanting four-day journey through Santiago de Cuba. As the second largest city of Cuba, it is packed with many sites to see, people to meet, and music to dance to. This vibrant colonial city is surrounded by natural beauty with its stunning coastline of cliffs, lush rainforests, beaches and lagoons. This itinerary offers the best of Santiago, including meaningful interactions with the locals, history, and entertainment.

Tour Highlights

  • Santiago de Cuba city tour
  • San Pedro de la Roca Castle
  • Santa Ifigenia Cemetery
  • Casa de la Ceramica, workshops, and art galleries
  • Cutumba Community Project
  • Ferry to Cayo Granma
  • Casa de la Trova performance
  • Village of El Cobre to visit the shrine of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
  • Steel band performance

INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • Accommodation: 3N Iberostar Imperial, Standard
  • Local guide and driver for duration of the itinerary
  • 1 group transfer in and out of Santiago de Cuba
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Tours: Santiago de Cuba walking tour, Visit Diego Velazques late home, El Morro Fortress, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Visit Casa de la Ceramica, Catamaran tour and visit to Cayo Granma, Performance at Casa de la Trova, Cutumba Community Project, Visit El Cobre, Steelband Performance

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • Tour Director
  • Visa and flight tickets
  • Additional arrival and departure transfers for non-group flight arrivals and departures
  • Gratuities and donations
  • Special dates and holiday supplements
  • Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Waiver (available at an extra charge)

Day 01

ARRIVAL DAY

Arrive to Antonio Maceo International Airport in the Santiago de Cuba province. After customs, meet your Cuban local guide and driver for the next 3 days of your Cuba adventure. Depart to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail while the check-in process is completed. Get some rest as we a have a full day of activities tomorrow.

SDC- Yellow Cuba Sign

Day 01

ARRIVAL DAY

Arrive to Antonio Maceo International Airport in the Santiago de Cuba province. After customs, meet your Cuban local guide and driver for the next 3 days of your Cuba adventure. Depart to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail while the check-in process is completed. Get some rest as we a have a full day of activities tomorrow.

Day 02

SANTIAGO DE CUBA – HISTORY & TRADITIONS (B/L/D)

Rise and shine this morning while enjoying breakfast at the hotel. Begin your day with a visit to Parque Céspedes, located in the heart of the city’s historic center. Walk with your local guide as he shows you the most significant and historic buildings in the area, including the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption with its two neoclassical towers.  You will also see the home of Diego Velázquez, which is considered the oldest stone house ever built in the New World, dating back to 1522. Take this opportunity to engage and interact with local Cubans. This is the main square of the city; here you will see and experience the life of the locals going about their daily tasks. Walk along Enramada Street until you reach Plaza de Marte. This pedestrian boulevard is full of private businesses and commercial establishments. Your guide will explain more about the history of the city, while you experience for yourself what the daily life of a “Santiaguero” looks like. Continue your day with a panoramic tour of Santiago de Cuba. See and take photos of iconic sites, such as the Revolution Square and Moncada Barracks. Next, we will visit San Pedro de la Roca Castle, a UNSECO World Heritage Site, which is a multilevel stone fortress built into a rocky peninsula at the entrance of Santiago’s harbor. Tour the museum with your local guide. By now, we are sure you are looking forward to having a traditional Cuban meal. Lunch will be served at La Fondita del Compay Ramon, which is a family-run restaurant that boosts the local economy. You will have the opportunity to interact with the family and taste homemade dishes. After lunch, Compay Ramon will show you the secrets of Cuban coffee. He will roast, grind and brew coffee following the most traditional methods used on the countryside. Depart to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the final resting place of national heroes, José Martí and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. Watch the change of the guard’s ceremony that happens every half an hour. Return to the hotel. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. Here you can learn about the stories and challenges of private business owners in Cuba today.

Day 02

SANTIAGO DE CUBA – HISTORY & TRADITIONS (B/L/D)

Rise and shine this morning while enjoying breakfast at the hotel. Begin your day with a visit to Parque Céspedes, located in the heart of the city’s historic center. Walk with your local guide as he shows you the most significant and historic buildings in the area, including the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption with its two neoclassical towers.  You will also see the home of Diego Velázquez, which is considered the oldest stone house ever built in the New World, dating back to 1522. Take this opportunity to engage and interact with local Cubans. This is the main square of the city; here you will see and experience the life of the locals going about their daily tasks. Walk along Enramada Street until you reach Plaza de Marte. This pedestrian boulevard is full of private businesses and commercial establishments. Your guide will explain more about the history of the city, while you experience for yourself what the daily life of a “Santiaguero” looks like. Continue your day with a panoramic tour of Santiago de Cuba. See and take photos of iconic sites, such as the Revolution Square and Moncada Barracks. Next, we will visit San Pedro de la Roca Castle, a UNSECO World Heritage Site, which is a multilevel stone fortress built into a rocky peninsula at the entrance of Santiago’s harbor. Tour the museum with your local guide. By now, we are sure you are looking forward to having a traditional Cuban meal. Lunch will be served at La Fondita del Compay Ramon, which is a family-run restaurant that boosts the local economy. You will have the opportunity to interact with the family and taste homemade dishes. After lunch, Compay Ramon will show you the secrets of Cuban coffee. He will roast, grind and brew coffee following the most traditional methods used on the countryside. Depart to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the final resting place of national heroes, José Martí and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. Watch the change of the guard’s ceremony that happens every half an hour. Return to the hotel. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. Here you can learn about the stories and challenges of private business owners in Cuba today.

Day 03

SANTIAGO DE CUBA – ARTS & CULTURE (B/L)

Today, we will focus most of our day visiting and supporting the local artists of Santiago de Cuba. The first stop will be to Casa de la Ceramica. This institution was created to support and develop ceramic art. Engage with local artists and art students to learn about their aspirations and some of the challenges they face today in Cuba. The second stop will be at the Aguilera workshop and art gallery. José Julían Aguilera Vicente was a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist born in Santiago in 1933. The beloved master of visual arts passed away at the age of 80. During your visit at the workshop, you will meet Julían Aguilera’s children, Carlos René Aguilera Tamayo and Joel Aguilera Tamayo. Exchange with the artists and learn about the legacy of their father and what it represents to Santiago de Cuba’s culture. Next, visit the community project, Cutumba. The Ballet Folklórico Cutumba performs Afro-Cuban-Franco-Haitian folklórico with popular dance and music ranging from gaga to son. Enjoy a rehearsal session and interact with the dancers and musicians to celebrate the cultural melting pot that is Cuba.

Depart for the Marina Marlin in Punta Gorda and enjoy a catamaran tour around Santiago’s harbor. This tour includes a stop at Cayo Granma (Granma Key), a small island in the middle of Santiago’s bay. Lunch will be at the restaurant located on the premise. After your meal, explore the island with your local guide to see how the locals live. During your tour of the island, you will see homes, children walking to school, and local fishermen by the bay. Experience an interaction with them and learn about their challenges living off the mainland. Return to the marina via catamaran before being transferred back to the hotel.

This evening, we will take you to experience a live performance at La Casa de la Trova. Enjoy an hour of traditional Cuban music by one of Santiago’s most popular bands. Interact with the musicians and learn some of the basic dance steps. Dinner tonight will be on your own.

SDC – Taller Aguilera – Art 3 – 484

Day 03

SANTIAGO DE CUBA – ARTS & CULTURE (B/L)

Today, we will focus most of our day visiting and supporting the local artists of Santiago de Cuba. The first stop will be to Casa de la Ceramica. This institution was created to support and develop ceramic art. Engage with local artists and art students to learn about their aspirations and some of the challenges they face today in Cuba. The second stop will be at the Aguilera workshop and art gallery. José Julían Aguilera Vicente was a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist born in Santiago in 1933. The beloved master of visual arts passed away at the age of 80. During your visit at the workshop, you will meet Julían Aguilera’s children, Carlos René Aguilera Tamayo and Joel Aguilera Tamayo. Exchange with the artists and learn about the legacy of their father and what it represents to Santiago de Cuba’s culture. Next, visit the community project, Cutumba. The Ballet Folklórico Cutumba performs Afro-Cuban-Franco-Haitian folklórico with popular dance and music ranging from gaga to son. Enjoy a rehearsal session and interact with the dancers and musicians to celebrate the cultural melting pot that is Cuba.

Depart for the Marina Marlin in Punta Gorda and enjoy a catamaran tour around Santiago’s harbor. This tour includes a stop at Cayo Granma (Granma Key), a small island in the middle of Santiago’s bay. Lunch will be at the restaurant located on the premise. After your meal, explore the island with your local guide to see how the locals live. During your tour of the island, you will see homes, children walking to school, and local fishermen by the bay. Experience an interaction with them and learn about their challenges living off the mainland. Return to the marina via catamaran before being transferred back to the hotel.

This evening, we will take you to experience a live performance at La Casa de la Trova. Enjoy an hour of traditional Cuban music by one of Santiago’s most popular bands. Interact with the musicians and learn some of the basic dance steps. Dinner tonight will be on your own.

Day 04

DEPARTURE DAY (B/L)

Depart for the charming village of El Cobre to visit the Holy Shrine dedicated to Cuba’s patron saint. The Shrine of El Cobre has become one of the most important places on the island. Thousands of people visit la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre every year to express their devotion.  The town itself has also gained a lot of popularity thanks to this famous shrine. Many emerging local businesses benefit from its visitors. Take some time to talk to the independent local vendors and purchase some of their souvenirs.

After, enjoy a performance by the local steel band. The band was created in the 80’s with instruments that were imported from Trinidad and Tobago. The director of the musical group has been with the band for over 30 years. They adapt their music to many world-renowned songs. Interact with the musicians after the performance to learn more about their music.

Return to the hotel to check-out. The hotel staff will store your bags at the lobby.

Time for your last meal in Santiago. We will make sure you are not disappointed!

After lunch, explore on your own for a few hours before heading to the airport. We recommend admiring the views from Hotel Casagranda while you sip on a traditional cocktail or shop for souvenirs to take back home. Meet back in the hotel to collect your bags and depart for the airport.

SDC – El Cobra View – 269

Day 04

DEPARTURE DAY (B/L)

Depart for the charming village of El Cobre to visit the Holy Shrine dedicated to Cuba’s patron saint. The Shrine of El Cobre has become one of the most important places on the island. Thousands of people visit la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre every year to express their devotion.  The town itself has also gained a lot of popularity thanks to this famous shrine. Many emerging local businesses benefit from its visitors. Take some time to talk to the independent local vendors and purchase some of their souvenirs.

After, enjoy a performance by the local steel band. The band was created in the 80’s with instruments that were imported from Trinidad and Tobago. The director of the musical group has been with the band for over 30 years. They adapt their music to many world-renowned songs. Interact with the musicians after the performance to learn more about their music.

Return to the hotel to check-out. The hotel staff will store your bags at the lobby.

Time for your last meal in Santiago. We will make sure you are not disappointed!

After lunch, explore on your own for a few hours before heading to the airport. We recommend admiring the views from Hotel Casagranda while you sip on a traditional cocktail or shop for souvenirs to take back home. Meet back in the hotel to collect your bags and depart for the airport.

Dates & Prices
Travel DatesStandard Room (Single Occupancy) Standard Room (Double Occupancy)
Jan 16, 2020 - Jan 19, 2020$1,090 $1,022
Jan 30, 2020 - Feb 02, 2020$1,090 $1,022
Feb 13, 2020 - Feb 16, 2020$1,090 $1,022
Feb 27, 2020 - Mar 01, 2020$1,090 $1,022
Mar 12, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020$1,090 $1,022
Mar 26, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020$1,090 $1,022
Apr 16, 2020 - Apr 19, 2020$1,090 $1,022
Apr 30, 2020 - May 03, 2020$1,090 $1,022
May 14, 2020 - May 17, 2020$1,041 $983
May 28, 2020 - May 31, 2020$1,041 $983
Jun 11, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020$1,041 $983
Sep 10, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020$1,041 $983
Sep 24, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020$1,041 $983
Oct 08, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020$1,041 $983
Oct 22, 2020 - Oct 25, 2020$1,041 $983
Nov 05, 2020 - Nov 08, 2020$1,041 $983
Nov 26, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020$1,041 $983
Dec 10, 2020 - Dec 13, 2020$1,041 $983
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