Travel 2 Touring 18/19

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

CARIBBEAN

1

Havana

4

1

Santa Clara

CUBA

3 LAND NIGHTS S AYED Trinidad

1

3 Baracoa

1

Camagüey

3

Santiago de Cuba

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

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INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

• Overnights in homestays for an immersive Cuban experience few travellers get to enjoy • Explore Old Havana on a walking tour • See colonial cities of Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba • Enjoy beach time in Baracoa LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

SMALL GROUP TOUR

PRICES FROM £1229pp

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

15 day Cuba Colonial Havana • Santiago de Cuba • Baracoa • Camagüey • Trinidad • Santa Clara

TOUR DETAILS

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£1229 per person

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LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Day 1: Havana Arrive in Havana and transfer independently to your hotel. After checking in perhaps start exploring the old city streets on your own. Days 2 & 3: Santiago de Cuba Fly to Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of the Revolution, and home of traditional son rhythms. There are also museums, colonial churches and buildings of more recent historical importance, such as the Moncada Barracks, which are well worth exploring. Santiago has a very vibrant traditional music scene and is known for its lively and energetic Carnival celebrations and its Festival of Caribbean Culture. Explore Santiago de Cuba during an orientation walk around town, listen to live music at the Casa de la Trova or visit the Revolution Museum. (B*) *Day 3 only. Days 4 – 6: Santiago de Cuba - Baracoa Situated on a beautiful bay with the mountains of the Sierra del Purial in the background, Baracoa was the first settlement founded by the Spanish in Cuba, and was only accessible by sea until the 1960s. It is now a quaint colonial city offering numerous options for outdoor activities in the nearby mountains and bays, including hiking excursions near El Yunque. The beaches of Playa Maguana and Playa Nava are easily accessible by bike or taxi and the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is also well worth a visit. (B) Day 7: Santiago de Cuba Travel back to Santiago de Cuba for 1 more night. (B) Day 8: Santiago de Cuba - Camagüey Travel to Camagüey, the third largest city in Cuba. It retains much of its colonial heritage in its buildings, plazas and its tinajones – large clay pots traditionally used for collecting rain water. An optional city tour will reveal narrow winding streets and impressive sites. (B) Days 9 - 11: Camagüey - Trinidad Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you continue your journey to the colonial city of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 and home to lovely Spanish-style churches and great museums. Upon arrival, you’ll join your guide on an orientation walk around town to help you get your bearings. During the next few days you’ll have an option to hike in Topes de Collantes National Park or visit Ancón Beach for diving, snorkelling or beach lounging and enjoy a local dinner hosted by one of the homestay families. Trinidad is a hub of cultural activity and you are never

out of earshot from a group of musicians playing local salsa or son. You can also take advantage of a complimentary salsa lesson during your stay. (B*,BD) *Breakfast included on days 10 & 11 only. Day 12: Trinidad - Santa Clara Head west to Santa Clara, a key city in the Revolution. Santa Clara is probably best known as the home of the statue of Ernesto Che Guevara at the Plaza de la Revolución. The remains of Che and his comrades who fell in Bolivia are interred in the mausoleum at this site. (B) Days 13 & 14: Santa Clara - Havana In the morning you’ll fly back to Cuba’s capital. Enjoy a walking tour of Havana, one of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere and a designated World Heritage Site. See a wealth of colonial architecture as you stroll through Old Havana. Points of interest include La Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana, the Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras, Museo de Arte Colonial and the Plaza de Armas. You may choose to visit one of Havana’s many museums, attend one of the famous cabaret-style performances such as the Tropicana or explore the city in a vintage car. Since one of Havana’s most prominent attractions are its music and clubs, wherever you go, you will hear and feel the music and witness people dancing freely in the streets. (B) Day 15: Havana The tour ends with an independent transfer (own expense) to the airport. (B)

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PRICES INCLUDE • 14 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels and homestays • Meals as specified: 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner • Shared touring by private vehicle • Services of a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides • Internal flights and sightseeing as per itinerary DEPARTURES Multiple departures per month throughout Jan - Dec 19. Please call for details

TOUR STYLE: Small Group (Classic)

GROUP SIZE: 16 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in Havana. Please call for details.

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