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Colourful Cuba...

A wonderful journey through an island forgotten by time.

 

The warm humid Caribbean air filled with the scents of the tropics is an ideal accompaniment to a reflective Mojito at the end of a day. There is much to reflect on, a lesson in cigar making, a trip in a 1950’s taxi, a walk through fields of pineapple and tobacco or the time warp experience of Spanish colonial cities. Then let the music catch your attention, it is never far away. Or maybe muse on Cuba’s unique political experiment. The facts are well known but always worthy of further consideration on a balmy Cuban night.

 

We fly into Havana and then travel to the Sierra del Rosario Mountains with three nights at Viñales and one at Soroa. Here we explore the rare Karst rock formations of the Viñales Valley. Everywhere the land is fertile and green. We will walk past fields of tobacco and pineapple, stopping for lunch at a farmer’s hut.

 

We fly west and continue by road to Baracoa to walk where Columbus landed more than 500 years earlier, and then to Santiago,Cuba’s second city. Stopping at Camaguay we continue to old Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Americas. We walk in the Sierra del Escambray. Finally to Havana with time to explore one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Chaotic, careworn in places but full of life and music and endlessly engaging, it is a great place to spend some time.

 

This is a holiday for the traveller and has a pioneer status to indicate the spirit of adventure, as things may not always go as expected – it’s the Cuban way! However we aim to get out into the hills for walks on eight days.

 

Visit soon – with the new spirit of entente, Cuba isn’t going to remain unique and untouched forever! Please ask about extending your stay in Havana at the end of the holiday.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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    Date
    09 Oct 2017
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
    Depart From
    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Available
    Price From
    £2,655
    Date
    06 Nov 2017
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
    Depart From
    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Available
    Price From
    £2,675
    Date
    20 Nov 2017
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
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    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    £2,675
    Date
    18 Dec 2017
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
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    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    £2,949
  • Itinerary & Map
    09 Oct 2017 - 24 Oct 2017

    Day 1 - Viñales Valley
    Depart London to Havana. On arrival travel west by road to our hotel in the Viñales Valley for a light meal and 3 nights accommodation.

    Day 2 - Viñales Valley
    Morning introductory walk. Free time in the afternoon.

    Day 3 - Viñales Valley
    Morning walk. Afternoon visit to the El Indio Caves.

    Day 4 - Soroa
    Travel east to Soroa for 1 night.

    Day 5 - Baracoa
    We travel back to Havana and fly east and continue to Baracoa for 3 nights.

    Day 6 - Baracoa
    Exploring from Baracoa. We will spend 2 days sightseeing on foot in the town and also walk in the surrounding country.

    Day 8 - Santiago de Cuba
    We drive to Santiago de Cuba for 1 night with time in the afternoon to explore on foot in and around Santiago.

    Day 9 - Camagüey
    A full day of travel by road to Camagüey for 1 night, with some short stops en route.

    Day 10 - Trinidad
    Another full day travelling (east) by road to Trinidad for 3 nights. Lunch is included on the transfer.

    Day 11 - Trinidad
    Two days exploring from Trinidad. We will have a half day sightseeing on foot in the city, and also take walks in the surrounding ‘Sierra del Escambray’.

    Day 13 - Havana
    Continuing east, with an en-route stop at the Bay of Pigs for swimming and lunch, which is included, arriving in Havana for 2 nights accommodation.

    Day 14 - Havana
    A day exploring Havana on foot with some free time in the afternoon.

    Day 15 -
    Free time in the morning until our afternoon transfer to Havana airport for our return overnight flight to London.

    Day 16 -
    Arrive London.


  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is in twin-bedded and single rooms with shower/wc in hotels being a standard of three stars. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge, and will be taken either at the hotels or in local restaurants. Hotels are subject to change at short notice.

  • What's Included
    Holiday Price Includes:
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • All local transport for walking and sightseeing excursions.
    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • Services of a dedicated leader.
    • Services of a Cuban local guide.

    Supplement for single room £250-£280


  • Holiday Highlights
    • Havana. The music, the dancing, the Malecon, the street life, what a city!
    • Walking through the Viñales Valley past traditionally tended fields of pineapple, tobacco and coffee. 
    • Trinidad City. Spanish colonial architecture transports you back to the 1840s. 
    • Walking through Finca Codina, an old slave plantation now returned to nature. 

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs).
    • Flights Gatwick-Havana (c9hrs 30mins), Virgin Atlantic.
    • Provisional times Outward depart/return arrival 1230/0950.
    • Upgrades Virgin Premium Economy and Upper Class available, please ask for
      a competitive quote. 
    • Visa is required. 

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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