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'Viva la Revolucion!'

What makes this trip special?

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Hasta la victoria siempre!

Cabo Cruz

Visit Cuba's most southerly point and the beach where Che Guevara and Fidel Castro landed on their boat Granma to begin the revolution.

Hike to Fidel and Che's secret HQ

Hike to Fidel and Che's secret HQ

La Comandancia - Sierra Maestra

A fairly strenous hike through the rugged mountains of the Sierra Maestra to the rebel commanders secret Headquarters.

Caribbean vibes and fascinating history mixed with rum and salsa

Caribbean vibes and fascinating history mixed with rum and salsa

Santiago de Cuba

A city of contrasts and one that regularly divides opinions, Santiago is a colourful mix of culture, history, arts and scenery.

Memories of Che

Memories of Che

Santa Clara

The 'armoured train' in Santa Clara, still showing the bullet holes, that Che and his men derailed days before winning the revolution.  Just outside the town is Che's mausoleum and a small museum in his honour.

Cuban resistance

Cuban resistance

Bay of Pigs

Visit the elegant colonial squares and boulevards of Cienfuegos before moving on to the site of of the notorious US backed invasion of Cuba to overthrow Castro at the Bay of Pigs.

Cuba's unforgettable capital

Cuba's unforgettable capital

Havana

There is no other capital city in the world quite like Havana. Impossible to sum up in only a few words its combination of magificently restored buildings, crumbling apartment blocks, classic cars, lively atmosphere and sense of defiance will stay with you for a long time.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Viva la Revolucion!'

DAY 1

Havana

You arrive at Havana airport, where you are met and transferred to your hotel for one night.

DAY 2
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n English-speaking Havana guide collects you from your hotel to visit the Museum of the Revolution and see the ‘Granma’, the little boat that brought Castro’s revolutionaries to the island. Later you return to the airport for your flight to Holguín in eastern Cuba, where you are met and driven to the town of Bayamo for one night. You should arrive in the late afternoon with time to see something of the town with your touring guide, who is with you until Day 10.

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Granma Landing

Today you visit Las Colorados NP and the beach where Fidel, Ché and their band of revolutionaries landed in the ‘Granma’ in 1956. It’s an attractive spot, as well as an evocative one with much to tell. There should be time for a dip in the blue-green Caribbean waters of a nearby beach. Overnight at a functional hotel at Niquero (the best in the area).

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Sierra Maestra

You cross through scenic countryside to Santo Domingo in the Sierra Maestra, where you stay 2 nights. Your guide takes you on a short tour of this beautiful spot.

DAY 5
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Deep in the mountains of the Sierra Maestra, you visit La Comandancia, the rebels’ HQ set in hard mountain terrain. You are driven part way, probably in a old Russian truck, with a further strenuous walk to the HQ itself (2hr walking in all).

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Santiago de Cuba

On to the bustling city of Santiago overlooking the Caribbean, where you stay 3 nights near the city centre. You explore the streets and plazas at the centre of the city and in the evening we’ve included a visit to Santiago’s famous Casa de la Trova, one of the best Cuban music venues on the island (though you may have to pay an extra entry if there is a special concert).

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This morning your guide takes you to the sites from Santiago’s key role in the revolution. In 1953 Castro chose Santiago’s Moncada Barracks for his first attack. It failed, costing many idealistic young lives. Fidel and his brother Raúl were caught but spared execution. On their release they fled to Mexico where they gathered a group, including Ernesto ‘Ché’ Guevara, and prepared to sail back. A group of young revolutionaries attacked Santiago’s police HQ, customs house and harbour on 30 November 1956, to draw troops away from the landing area, and 5 days later ‘Granma’ set sail. The Museo de la Lucha Clandestina, which you visit, evocatively commemorates the group’s heroism.

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Gran Piedra

This morning you drive to the Granjita de Siboney, where Fidel prepared the Moncada attack. The road taken by his group, which you drove in the opposite direction, is now dubbed The Revolutionary Highway. While in the area there is a car museum you might visit, before you drive up to Gran Piedra, walking up the rock itself for spectacular views across to the Sierra Maestra and visit the moving ‘La Isabelica’ slave plantation.

DAY 9
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Fidel’s birthplace

A free morning to explore Santiago, leaving at noon to drive north to the village of Birán where the Castro brothers were born, where their family home is now a museum. After your visit you continue onwards to Holguín to stay one night.

DAY 10
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Santa Clara

Fly early from Holguín back to Havana, to be met by a new guide and driven to Santa Clara, a key location in the closing phase of the revolution. You visit the Hotel Havana Libre that shows bullet holes from the firefight for Santa Clara and the wreck of the armoured train carrying government soldiers blown up by Ché, that led in a few days to complete victory. You visit Ché’s mausoleum and drive to Cienfuegos for one night.

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Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs

At El Museo Historico Naval Nacional you learn about the uprising at Cienfuegos’ naval barracks in September 1957, that was crushed by Batista. You drive to the Bay of Pigs, where another small museum outlines the botched US-backed invasion, and continue to Havana for 3 nights.

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Havana

Today you visit Ché’s family house, where you meet a member of his family or a former comrade to talk about Ché’s life in Cuba. You visit the Plaza de la Revolución with its iconic portrait of Ché, and the Ché student centre in Lenin Park. Heading back, you’ll pass the Russian Embassy and the US Special Interests Section screened by the Wall of Flags, and stop at Hotel Nacional. You visit the La Cabaña fort, the largest Spanish fort in the Americas, where Ché had his office in 1959, to see the Cannon Ceremony.

DAY 13
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More Ché today as you drive to Cueva de los Portales, his base in the Cuban missile crisis. You see where he worked, exercised and planned operations. You could also visit the nearby gardens of Hacienda Cortina before returning to Havana.

DAY 14
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You spend the whole of today exploring Old Havana with your guide.

DAY 15
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Free time in Havana before your transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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Hotels for 'Viva la Revolucion!'

Day 1

Hotel Telegrafo

Parque Central
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Average rating 4.1 (25 ratings)

The Hotel Telegrafo is one of our most popular hotels built in colourful art deco style. It is a very lively meeting point with excellent public rooms, as well as providing very comfortable accommodation with modern furnishings. It is also very well situated on the edge of Old Havana and on Parque Central, the main square, convenient for people collecting hire cars. You are close to all the main tourist attractions of Old Havana, including the Capitolio and National Theatre, the Prado and within walking distance of the Malecón.

Hotel Telegrafo
Day 2

Royalton

Bayamo

Built in the 1940s and refurbished in the last few years the 2* Hotel Royalton has 33 rooms and  is a comfortable choice for your stay in Bayamo. The hotel is centrally situated facing the attractive Parque Cespedes.  There is a small restaurant, mini bar, nightclub, car rental facilities and parking.

Royalton
Day 3

Hotel Islazul Niquero

Niquero

Hotel Niquero is the largest building in this small working town and is a good base from which to explore the extreme west of the Granma province. It has 26 rooms split across 3 floors all with a/c, satellite tv, radio, telephone, mini-refrigerators and bathrooms refurnished in 2002 with modern fixtures. Rooms are medium in size and some have views. It is  a functional 2/3* (best in area) with restaurant and roof top bar area. Strong smell of molasses from the local sugar factory which dominates this small town.

The hotel does not have a swimming pool or garden but does have a restaurant open to the public and car parking available.

Hotel Islazul Niquero
Days 4 - 5

Villa Santo Domingo

Sierra Maestra
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Average rating 4.5 (2 ratings)

Villa Santo Domingo is a series of well maintained and equipped cabanas with a central reception and restaurant in a beautiful setting deep in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra mountain range. The river Yara runs close to the complex and you can walk and meander at leisure in the vicinity but you must have a guide if you wish to go walking in the Sierra maestra. The cabanas are simply furnished, clean, with private bathroom and have air-conditioning. The staff are warm and friendly and English is spoken. Due to the rural location there may be occasional power cuts and we suggest you bring a travel torch just in case.

This is an essential first night stay for anyone wishing to go to La Plata or starting the Turquino trail. NB you are not allowed to go trekking in Sierra Maestra without a guide.

Villa Santo Domingo
Days 6 - 8

Melia Santiago de Cuba

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Average rating 4.6 (10 ratings)

The Hotel Santiago is a landmark in Santiago where there are few high-rise buildings. The hotel is reminiscent of the Hotel Pompidou in Paris and its interior is airy and spacious. Thre are several restaurants, a coffee bar in the lobby area and a patio bar and snack restaurant by the swimming pool. The hotel has a pleasant aura about  it and the hotel staff are helpful and  friendly. The hotel is within walking distance of the city centre. Taxis are always available if required.

Melia Santiago de Cuba
Day 9

Mirador de Mayabe, Holguin

Holguin

In our view this is the best place to stay for a short stopover in Holguin. The hotel is in a pleasant rural setting on the outskirts of Holguin set upon a hillside with panoramic views. The 24 rooms are pleasant and there is a small swimming pool and an attractive ranch style restaurant. The rooms are air-conditioned and additional hotel facilities include a cafeteria, laundry service, parking, and internet.

Mirador de Mayabe, Holguin
Hotel lobby
Day 10

Hotel Villa la Granjita, Santa Clara

East of Havana

This hotel consists of a series of traditional and modern concrete, air-conditioned cabins scattered around a natural palm and pine planted park. There are 80 rooms, an excellent swimming pool, bar and a large adequate restaurant. The hotel is perfectly adequate for a one night stopover in Santa Clara. Hotel facilities include a TV room, Internet (on hotel pc), car rental service, medical services and a nightclub.

Hotel Villa la Granjita, Santa Clara
Days 11 - 14

Palacio San Miguel

Habana Vieja

This is a small, friendly and elegant hotel. The roof terrace has a superb view of the harbour and the Morro complex lighthouse across the bay

Palacio San Miguel