Santiago de Cuba City Tour 

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Historically, Santiago de Cuba has long been the second-most important city after Havana, and still remains the second-largest. Founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, the first governor of Cuba, the settlement proved to be a strategic location on the northern Caribbean Sea in the early colonial period. It also served as the country’s capital until 1553. Even though the city has been a focal point for much revolutionary conflict over the years, Santiago de Cuba is known for its frenetic, passionate, and boisterous beauty. In fact, the city’s striking façade displays a wealth of colorful colonial architecture including the Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, or Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Assumption.

The tour begins with a transfer to Parque Céspedes, a park located in the heart of the city. This plaza is surrounded by the Cathedral, City Hall, Archdiocesan Museum, and the Diego Velázquez House, today known as the Museum of Historical Ambiance due to its deep cultural heritage. Walk along the busy and colorful pedestrian promenade, Calle Enramadas, where you can see and interact with locals bustling about their daily lives. Afterwards, depart for the small village of El Cobre to visit the Holy Shrine dedicated to the Lady of Charity, Cuba’s patron saint. The Shrine of El Cobre has become the most important pilgrimage destination on the entire island. Thousands of devotees visit every year to express their devotion and gratitude to the Patroness of Cuba. Upon your return to the city center, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of some iconic sights, including the military barracks at El Cuartel Moncada and the Plaza de la Revolución, featuring an enormous statue of General Antonio Maceo. After, you will be returned to your pick up/drop off location.

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

$56 per person (Tips or gratuities are not included).


For more information, you may contact one of our agents.

This tour is a shared group tour that requires a minimum of two passengers to operate. You may be joined by other travelers. If the minimum is not met, a refund will be given. To book a private tour, please contact us at [email protected] or click here to chat with one of our agents online.

3 hours / Monday – Sunday

10:30 am / 2:00 pm


Tour departs from Parque Cespedes (pick up / drop off location). For full meeting instructions, please click HERE.

  • Parque Céspedes, surrounded by colonial architecture
  • Holy Shrine of El Cobre, dedicated to Cuba’s patron saint, Lady of Charity
  • Walk along the pedestrian street, Calle Enramadas
  • Travel under a general license, 31 CFR 515.574 – Support for the Cuban People
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour around Parque Céspedes and Calle Enramadas
  • Visit to El Cobre to see the Holy Shrine, Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
  • Travel under a general license, 31 CFR 515.574 – Support for the Cuban People
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour around Parque Céspedes and Calle Enramadas
  • Visit to El Cobre to see the Holy Shrine, Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
  • This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • This tour is OFAC compliant certified by Cuba Travel Services.
  • US credit cards and dollars are not accepted in Cuba. Please have local currency (CUC-Cuban pesos) with you for purchases and tips within the destination. For more information on currency in Cuba, please visit our FAQs.