Cuba Guider
Duration: +- 5 hours/day
Location: Santiago de Cuba city
Price: 60 CUC EACH
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One of the first 7 villages ever founded in Cuba and the first capital Cuba had, this city holds so much history, idiosyncrasy, customs and culture. Santiago de Cuba is the second most important city of Cuba exhibiting beautiful landscaping in composition with natural and urban elements. Crib of the African religion shows to the visitors so many dances and rituals, plus where rhythms like ‘son’, ‘bolero’ and ‘trova’ were born which form nowadays part of our national culture. Place where every year is held ‘El CarnavalSantiaguero’ and ‘La Fiesta del Fuego’. You will have a very busy and fun tour if you end up going to Santiago de Cuba!
WAY POINTS (Admission fees included)
Revolution Square ‘Antonio Maceo Grajales’ square   |   Moncada Garrison   |   Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Square   |   Diego Velázquez’s house   |   NuestraSeñora de la Asunción Cathedral   |   Casagranda Hotel   |   Bacardí Museum   |   Carnival Museum   |   Dolores Square   |   Marte Square   |   Santa Ifigenia Cemetery   |   Santiago de Cuba port   |   Castillo San Pedro de la Roca “El Morro”


Start the tour at Revolution Square Antonio Maceo y Grajales (known as The Bronze Titan), dedicated to the local hero and one of the most important figures of our entire history.

Enjoy a panoramic visit of the Hatuey brewery, the first brewery the Bacardi clan owned since 1927, it is still operational nowadays.

Move next to the international wide known Santa Ifigenia cemetery where the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz is burried, close to Jose Marti’s gravesite (Cuba’s apostle).

Afterwards visit the interesting barracks CuartelMoncada (today City School 26th of July) that Fidel attacked on july 26th of 1953, where many soldiers lost their lives and the event that served as preamble for the historic document ‘The History will absolve me’ written by Fidel Castro.

Follow the tour closer to downtown where the Museum Emilio Bacardi Moreau is located since 1927, with a vast collection of items from the 10 Years War (from 1868 to 1878), the Spanish-Cuban-American war in 1898, international ancient history and interesting information on the Bacardi family tree, the clan that founded the Bacardi brand(rum).

Then move along towards Carlos Manuel de Cespedes square, Santiago de Cuba’s downtown to enjoy the daily ambiance.

Visit the Santiago de Cuba cathedral Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion founded in 1522, witness of earthquakes, Pirates’ attacks and several weather disasters.

Sightsee (panoramic) the balcony at the City Hall from which Fidel Castro spoke to the cuban people days after the Cuban Revolution triumphed and also the Hotel Casa Granda, a colonial hotel founded in the XIX century which later on belonged to the ‘Cuba Railroad Company’, this Hotel was host of important figures as Babe Ruth(baseball player), Jose Raul Capablanca(chess player), Ernesto Lecuona(piano player and composer), Alicia Alonso(prima ballerina assoluta) and Rosita Fornes(famous actress).

Discover the history behind the Diego de Velazquez’s house, one of the first houses to be built in the XIV century, totally renovated with a vast collection of Imperial Style furniture and original architecture.

Keep on to the San Juan Hill monument, place where the San Juan Hill battle happened in 1898, battle that after won by the american and cuban troops made Spain surrender the country over to the americans on the island.

And last but not least important, the Fortress ‘San Pedro de la Roca’ or ‘El Morro’ how is known world-wide, this masterpiece of the cuban architecture was founded in 1638 and took them several years to be complete, served its purpose to protect the Santiago de Cuba city and the bay as well, from pirates’ attacks and invaders.

Throughout the tour the clients can enjoy a lunch break at one of the local restaurants they like and try some typical food and drinks.