Your day-by-day itinerary

Building on the plaza

Day 1

Arrival in Santiago de Cuba

When you arrive in Santiago, you’ll settle into your casa particular. This type of accommodation is owned and run by local families and there’s no better way to really get under the skin of Santiago than to stay in a casa. It might be more simple than a hotel, but it’s bursting with character. You’ll stay in the San Juan area, slightly out of the city centre and spend the rest of today exploring.

local musician smiling in cuba

Days 2-3

Free Time & Departure

Your time in Santiago is entirely your own. Get into the Cuban swing of things by seeking out a backstreet bodega and hitting the dancefloor with some salsa. If you’re a music lover, head to the Casa de la Trova in Tivoli, the city’s French Quarter. Top Cuban musicians, such as members of the Buena Vista Social Club, make pop-up appearances here. It’s a soulful Cuban institution that you simply can’t miss.

Fort in Santiago, Cuba

Salsa aside, there’s plenty to see and do in Santiago. Explore the Moncada barracks, where Castro was captured after leading his guerrilla army into disastrous defeat against General Batista in 1953. Wander around the battlements of the UNESCO-protected Castillo el Morro, take a ferry over to Isla Granma and amble between the beautiful colonial casas of Parque Césepedes in the historic quarter.

On the 3rd day, you’ll wave goodbye to this musical city and journey onwards through Cuba.

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Speak to our Cuba specialist, Jules

"One of my favourite things about travelling in Cuba is simply watching life on the streets; kids playing football, old friends having a game of chess, salsa music lingering in the air. It's not hard to fall under Cuba's spell."

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