|starts at||9:30 – 10:30 a.m.|
|ends at||6:00 – 6:30 p.m.|
|sights to see||The Sanctuary of El Cobre, the Morro fortress, Vista Alegre, “1900” – declared the best restaurant in Cuba, the Museum of Rum, the Museum of Carnival, Plaza Dolores and Enramadas (the Main Street of Santiago)|
|breaks||Lunch break, coffee (cocktail) break|
|price||50 Euro (if the group is 7) to 70 Euro (if the group is 3)|
|price includes||Transportation, all entrance fees, the fees of the musicians, the lunch (lobster, beer, cocktail), one cocktail (soft drink, coffee, rum), a bottle of mineral water|
Santiago is the second city of Cuba and the only one officially titled “Hero City” and not only for its role in the Independence Movement 1868-1898. It is the capital of the Oriente (the Eastern Provinces), considered to be the real heart of Cuban spirit. It is the birthing place of the contemporary rum developed by Facundo Bacardi and later spread all over Cuba and Central America. Santiago is la cuna (the cradle) of the Cuban music and in the vicinity of Santiago is the sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Cuba – Virgen de la Caridad.
This route is trying to give you the chance to see, hear, taste, feel some of what Santiago really is, of what Cuba really is.
I. Duration – one day
II. Price – 50-70 Euro (depending on the size of the group).
What covers the price?
III. Starting point – depending on the location of the passengers: Parke Cespedes, in front of the Port or Hotel Melia Santiago
IV. Places to visit
1. The Sanctuary of Virgen de la Caridad in El Cobre
Virgen de la Caridad is the Saint Guardian of Cuba (for further details please see the annex) and is considered miraculous helping the health and noble success of the believers. The route Santiago – El Cobre is considered a kind of pilgrimage and many people are covering it on foot so they can get the help they need from the Virgen.
2. Vista Alegre in Santiago
3. El Morro (Castillo del Morro San Pedro de la Roca)
4. Restaurant “1900”
“1900”, is situated in one of the houses belonging to Emilio Bacardi (built in 1900) and the architectural style, the authentic porcelain vases and sculptures, big Venetian mirrors, the old marble, inside garden with marble fountain, six meters high ceilings, luxurious terrace covered with vines makes it deserve the qualification “The Best Restaurant of Cuba” given by Fidel Castro in 1973 and written on a bronze plaque at the entrance
The cuisine of “1900” offers a good variety of succulent meals prepared of beef, pork and chicken. Of course, the marking point is the seafood, langosta /lobster/ tail being the pearl in the crown. Also chatinos (tostones) – the favorite dish of the Queen of England is offered as side dish and Cocktel de Camarones (Shrimp Cocktail) as a starter.
“1900” is specialized in preparation of Daiquiri. Daiquiri Rebelde (Daiquiri with Mint Liquor) is the specialty of Santiago (as everything “rebelde”) and the specialty of “1900” bar.
Beautiful trio tenors is performing the best of the Cuban traditional music in two formats – three guitars and guitar, tres and maracas. It really is something that is a must.
5. The Museum of Rum
Santiago is the berthing place (la cuna) of the contemporary rum. It is very interesting to know how Facundo Bacardi developed and produced the fine Santiago Ron that later became the matrix of the rums - the Caribbean and Central American most famous drink. In the tour is included tasting of the rum produced in the former Bacardi factory at the Museum of Rum in Santiago.
6. Carnival Museum
7. Walk around Plaza Dolores, one authentic Cuban cocktail in “Don Pancho” prepared with Ron Santiago, Ron del Caney or Ron Cubay (or an ounce of the beautiful local rums), then walk down “Enramadas” (the central street of Santiago), passing along Carniceria Street, Cerano Park and finishing in Cespedes Park in front of the Cathedral.
7.1 Duration – 45 minutes