This escorted tour combines the very scenic and somewhat remote mountainous areas in the east of the island with a two night stop in Cuba’s very vibrant second city of Santiago and a visit to the coastal town of Baracoa at the far eastern tip of the island. After an overnight stop in the colonial town of Bayamo the tour travels through some of Cuba’s most beautiful countryside deep into the Sierra Maestra to La Plata the former headquarters of Fidel Castro from where he launched the Cuban Revolution. Overnight accommodation is in a beautiful location at El Salton before moving on the following morning via the church at El Cobre to Santiago. There’s a full day guided tour of Santiago city with visits to the Moncada Barracks, Parque Cespedes, the Ayuntamiento from where Castro delivered his victory speech in 1959 before a walk through some of the city’s lively streets. In the afternoon there’s a visit to Castillo del Morro with dramatic views along the Caribbean coastline and inland to the towering Sierra Maestra. On day 5 we travel past, the now infamous Guantanamo Bay, before the road rises and we start what must be one of the most scenic journeys in the Caribbean, along La Farola to the sleepy town Baracoa. This is Cuba’s wildest country with tropical forests and a large river system much of which is now protected as a UNESCO biosphere area. Cocoa is one of the main crops of the area and included in the tour is a visit to a plantation to see how the cocoa is turned into chocolate, but not before a picnic lunch overlooking the river. Flights from the UK are all via Havana so we can include time in Cuba’s atmospheric Capital City both before and after the tour if you wish.