Cuba tour, The Revolutionary Trail

“Spend 10 days discovering the revolutionary history of Cuba, travelling the length of the island on this tailor made trip, staying in homestays, with a bilingual guide and walking tours of key sites included.”

Highlights

Havana | Walking tour of Old Havana | Museum of the Revolution | Santa Clara | Che Museum | Camaguey | Bayamo | Turquino National Park | hike to La Comandancia de la Plata | Santo Domingo | Santiago de Cuba | Fidels final resting place | El Morro castle

Description of Cuba tour, The Revolutionary Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Fidel and Che on this fascinating 10 day holiday, travelling along Cuba’s Revolutionary Trail. It was over 50 years ago that Fidel Castro and his followers drove into Havana and pronounced the revolution successful, declaring that a new era in the history of Cuba was about to begin. This trip travels the length of this beautiful island to give a thorough insight into the history of the Cuban Revolution.

The adventure starts in the historic city of Santiago de Cuba, the ‘cradle of the revolution’ where Castro and his supporters gained huge popular backing and plotted to overthrow the Batista regime. The trip then travels up into the Sierra Maestra mountains via Bayamo to visit La Comandancia, the secret base where Castro planned and commanded revolutionary activities, before taking in Camaguey, Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) and Santa Clara, visiting the most interesting historical sites along the way. From here, we head for the capital city of Havana where our journey ends.

In the Sierra Maestra mountains there is some easy hiking, and throughout this holiday there are visits to historical and culturally important sites around the island, with lots of opportunity to meet local communities. You will also have the chance to hear fabulous live Cuban music on accompanied nights out.

This is a tailor made trip for two or more people, available all year round. The itinerary can be altered to suit personal requirements and is an over 50s friendly tour. Transport is by national bus service with some private transfers where required. Accommodation is in homestays or hotels. You will be met in each location by a specialist local guide, making this a wonderful chance to find out about the Cuban Revolution in detail, experiencing the magic of Cuba and its people at grass roots level. We can also arrange for you to be accompanied by a specialist local tour guide from start to finish if you prefer.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Cuba tour, The Revolutionary Trail

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

When out on tour we encourage learning about the country we are travelling in, the local culture of the people we work with and the areas we pass through. Our Cuban guides conduct detailed briefing meetings and informal talks with clients to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps our clients to understand the country more and to better appreciate the lives of the people who live there. We encourage everyone to learn some Spanish before they come on tour so as to be able to communicate with local people, even at a basic level.

By staying in local homes and mountain community refuges, we are able to make a direct economic input into local communities. We enable interaction with local people thorough community activities and other events thus enabling our clients to meet and get to know people from the area. All our dance tutors and specialist guides are local people and they are treated and paid fairly. Where possible, food is purchased locally and we encourage cooking with local products. We ask everyone to bring donations of clothing and other items to present to one of the community projects we visit thus directly benefitting local people.

Community

We include accommodation in casas particulares where possible, so that our clients have an opportunity to meet and spend time with local people in their homes to learn something of local life. It also enables them to use their Spanish language skills, even at a basic level. Importantly, this also ensures that monies are spent at a very local level and go into the pockets of Cuban households and communities. All our dance/music/language tutors and specialist guides are professionally trained Cubans and they are treated and paid fairly.

We support local Cuban businesses in every aspect of our trips - accommodation, transport, meals, drinks and activities - thus contributing directly to the local economy and community. We also regularly organise donations for local schools and educational projects. We recommend that clients consider donations of items such as toiletries, baby and childrens clothing, some medicines and luxuries such as soap to the families they visit and projects we support.
We also regularly provide donations to two youth theatre and drama companies in Santiago de Cuba, bringing material for costumes and stage make from the UK or buying essential items locally such as paint for props.

On our dance and music holidays, we recommend that clients bring with them any musical or dance items which they can leave for their tutors, such as shoes, strings, instruments or dancewear. On our hiking trips, we encourage the donation of appropriate items such as hiking shoes or boots, small rucksacks, water bottles, penknives and other such items for the specialist guides accompanying the tour.

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Reviewed on 15 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the cemetery where Fidel Castro is buried. Cuban families lined up to have photos taken in front of his grave. They were so quiet and respectful as they waited in line, and when their turn came, posed proudly with solemn faces, in front of the stone with the marker that reads simply, "Fidel". It was touching, and broadened my understanding of Cuba.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It helps to read up on Cuban history before hand. Having an understanding of the conditions before the Revolution helps put the accomplishments of the Revolution in perspective.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, definitely benefited local people. Staying in Casa Particulares was fun! As far as reducing environmental impacts, I'm not sure - I consumed a lot of bottled water while I was there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Read the operator's response here:

We are delighted that you feel that your recent trip to Cuba contributed to the local economy and that you enjoyed staying in local homestays. We do try to ensure that our payments support local business and individuals as much as possible. Reading up on the history and cultural background of Cuba before you travelled will undoubtedly have made your trip even more special for you, and we are pleased that we were able to include several key locations in your itinerary to let you experience life in Cuba at different levels.

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Memorable: Visiting both Che's mausoleum and the cemetery where Fidel's remains are entombed. Most fun was sitting on the steps at the Mayor's square
in Trinidad, sipping Kanchechera (plz correct the spelling) and swaying to live
music.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Come prepared to dance at all times. Bring some condiments for your food at homestays, since nothing but garlic, onions and salt are available due to US
imposed sanctions.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Homestays and guides and taxi drivers are all local people and they really benefit from this kind of tourism

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


You need to standardise the breakfast across all homestays. It was very difficult with my allergies.

Read the operator's response here:

We are delighted that you enjoyed your trip and that you felt that local people benefited from this type of tourism. We are careful to include as many local providers as possible which ensures that money goes into the local economy, but we cannot standardise meals provided in homestay accommodation as the food is prepared by individual hosts.

Cuba has some food shortages in some areas of the country some of the time, and much of the fresh food is available only seasonally and not all over the country at the same time either, so it would be an impossible task to try and standardise breakfasts or any other meals. We passed on details of your allergies to all of the homestays where you were staying and the hosts would therefore have been aware of the type of food to avoid serving. We are very pleased that your memorable moments included locations associated with the Cuban Revolution and also live music as these are undoubtedly key elements of any trip to Cuba.

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Meeting the warm, friendly people in cuba, our hosts at home stays and our
wonderful guides. The hiking was great too.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The exchange rate in cuba is not good for Americans so bring extra money
as you can't use cards.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope it benefited them. I know they appreciated the tips. The single use water bottle issue will be a problem quickly as the infrastructure probably can't handle the amount of tourists.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an amazing experience. Well organized, beautiful country and people. We enjoyed every minute.

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