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Best of Cuba
Commences Havana 30 Oct and ends Havana 10 Nov 2017

  • Havana
  • Cuban Dancing
    Cuban Dancing
  • Camaguey
  • Baracoa Bay
    Baracoa Bay
  • Santiago de Cuba
    Santiago de Cuba
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $ 11,740
  • Program Code GCTCUB17
  • Single Supplement $ 1,045
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader To be advised

Tour Itinerary

  • 11 Nights
    • 3 - Havana 
    • 2 - Trinidad 
    • 1 - Camaguey 
    • 2 - Santiago de Cuba 
    • 2 - Baracoa 
    • 1 - Havana 

Commences Havana 30 October and ends Havana 10 November 2017

 Tour Highlights

  • The streets, monuments, legendary places of historic and present day Havana
  • Art Nouveau and the French influence in Cienfuegos
  • Stroll the cobblestone streets of Trinidad and Camaguey
  • Learn the history about the tobacco, rum and guayabera (men’s shirts) production on the island
  • Santiago de Cuba and the epicentre of Afro-Caribbean culture, music and religion
  • SantiSpiritus, Camaguey and Baracoa, Cuba’s earliest cities founded by the Spaniards 500 years ago.

Tour Overview

With the generous, warm spirit of Cuba’s people enhancing your journey every step of the way, Cuba is a culturally and geographically rich country with virgin forests hugging rustling tobacco fields, colonial cities centred at the foot of rugged mountains and rivers carving through fertile valleys. 

We gain a sense of the past and experience the quickly changing present in the capital city of Havana, the colonial gem of Trinidad, with its beautifully preserved cobblestone streets, the queen of central Cuba, Camaguey, and at the eastern edge of the island is Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city of the island. We explore these historic Spanish colonial cities and smaller towns such as Baracoa, the first settlement founded by the Spanish in America and also Cuba’s first capital. We learn about the Spanish colonial era, the Cuban Revolution and the Cuba of today. 

We explore churches, grand plazas, forts, sites of the Cuban Revolution, farms and museums. We learn about the racial composition of Cuba, its Spanish and African heritage. From this blend, singular musical rhythms, dance, art and cuisine have evolved and represent the cultural landscape: Salsa, rumba and mambo rhythms can be heard in the streets of Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Cuban cuisine is a blend of Spanish and Caribbean, with wonderful and flavourful dishes such as, 'arroz con frijoles', 'picadillo', creole style meat dishes and the famed plantains that originated from Africa. We are tempted to try these dishes and more. 

Join us on a journey to explore this proud nation, to learn of its complexity, its rich and lush natural landscape, and its vibrant and dynamic culture.

Tour Inclusions

    • Including return economy class international airfare
    • 11 nights in en-suite Category “A” hotel accommodation 
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 9 lunches and 11 dinners
    • Local flight:  Baracoa - Havana
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

This is our first 2017 tour announcement. Combinations will be advised soon.

To be advised


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.

Detailed itinerary to follow shortly