Day 1 : Havana
Arrive in Havana airport where you will be greeted by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred by classic car to your casa. Overnight in Havana.
Meal plan: n/a
Eastern Cuba is an intoxicating mix of vibrant culture, colonial history and raw natural beauty. Starting off in Havana, explore Cuba's fascinating, crumbling capital, before heading to the city dubbed the 'Pearl of the South', Cienfuegos, and on to the picturesque colonial town of Trinidad. Visit Camagüey`s hidden colonial churches and museums, then head east to the energetic city of Santiago de Cuba to uncover its Afro-Caribbean culture. Next, stop off in Guantanamo on your way to the rugged shores of Baracoa, where you will visit the Spanish forts that once protected Cuba’s oldest city and sample the most exotic cuisine in Cuba. Return inland as you visit the city of Holguín and the nearby paradisaical Playa Guardalavaca. Finally, visit the city of Santa Clara and the resting place of revolutionary figure Ché Guevara before returning to Havana.
Special departure in November 2019 - Havana's 500th anniversary
Our Eastern Cuba Explorer tour in November 2019 coincides with the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana on 16th November, when great celebrations will take place across both the city and country, including in the former capital of Santiago de Cuba. Enjoy joyous parades and live music by prominent Cuban artists as part of a very special holiday!
Havana - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Ciego de Ávila - Camagüey - Bayamo - Santiago de Cuba - Guantanamo - Baracoa - Playa Guardalavaca - Santa Clara
Discover Cuba's idyllic shores of powder-white sand
Experience authentic Cuban life in a casa particula
Travel in style along Cuba's historic roads in a classic American sedan
Explore Cuba on foot or horseback or dive and snorkel its stunning seas
Join in the celebrations of Cuba's rich history and culture
Experience the best of Cuba
Delve into two beautiful, friendly & contrasting pariah sites
Colonial gems, diverse culture and raw natural beauty
Discover the highlights of two Latin gems
Experience two of Latin America's most vibrant cultures
Colonial cities, Cuban casas & the Caribbean coast
Duncan & Nora Etches , Eastern Cuba Explorer, Cuba
Our trip to Cuba was well arranged with a thoughtful collection of places and experiences to maximize our understanding of the country. Travel the Unknown arranged accommodations that were unique, giving us wonderful opportunities to experience Cuban family life.
Pollans family , Tailormade Cuba
My husband and I have traveled to many different countries, usually not on tours. After talking to several friends who used Travel the Unknown, we contacted them to arrange a private tour for 2 families. They were extremely helpful and responsive. One example of this was our adding a few things to the tour as they originally had it. Also, during the trip, when we decided together to skip something that was originally planned, our guide was fine with it. When any of us emailed the company with questions, we heard back immediately, taking the 6 hour time difference into consideration. We will definitely book again with Travel the Unknown.
Winston Peters , Tailormade Cuba
Travel the Unknown offered us an excellent itinerary, clearly and competitively priced without any surprises or changes. Staff were very helpful and ensured we had all the necessary information. Will be first port of call for any holiday on their list. Unreservedly recommend.
Barbara Kelley , Tailormade Cuba
Our Cuba tour was unforgettable! Historic Havana, classic cars, vibrant music scene, colonial towns, stunning tobacco country, lovely beaches, comfortable lodging, delicious food and, most importantly, an outstanding guide who introduced us to the complex history of this gorgeous island. The warmth and friendliness of the people was moving, and we came home with valuable new perspectives too.