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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 have two nights to acquaint ourselves with the music, sights and atmosphere of one of the most distinctive capital cities in the world. We fly west and continue by road to Baracoa to walk where Columbus landed more than 500 years earlier.

We have a long day stopping in Santiago for lunch and sightseeing and then on to Bayamo. We walk to Castro’s command centre during the revolution. A fascinating insight into what happened.

Continuing west with a night at Camaguey and a cycle taxi tour of the town we reach old Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Americas. Whilst here we stay in Casa Particulares, Cuban houses, to get the best idea of life for the locals. We walk in the Sierra del Escambray.

Next to Santa Clara, perhaps the most Cuban of cities and home to the Che Guevara memorial.

Finally we reach the Sierra del Rosario Mountains with three nights at Vinales. Here we explore the rare Karst rock formations of the Vinales Valley. We will walk past fields of tobacco and pineapple, stopping for lunch at a farmer’s hut.

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! Visit soon – with the new spirit of entente, Cuba is changing fast and isn’t going to remain untouched forever.

Please note this itinerary refers to 2018 holidays. In 2017 we follow a slightly different itinerary. Please refer to the relevant Holiday Information Sheet below.

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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. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    Date
    06 Nov 2017
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
    Depart From
    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Available (Guaranteed)
    Price From
    £2,675
    Date
    20 Nov 2017
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
    Depart From
    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Available (Guaranteed)
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    £2,675
    Date
    18 Dec 2017
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
    Depart From
    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Status
    Limited (Guaranteed)
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    £2,949
    Date
    15 Jan 2018
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
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    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Available
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    £2,999
    Date
    29 Jan 2018
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
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    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Available
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    £2,999
    Date
    12 Feb 2018
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
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    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Available
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    £2,775
    Date
    26 Feb 2018
    Nights
    15
    Grades
    Level A
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    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    Available
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    £2,775
    Date
    12 Mar 2018
    Nights
    15
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    Level A
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    London (Gatwick), London (Gatwick)
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    08 Oct 2018
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    15
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    05 Nov 2018
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    15
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    19 Nov 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    06 Nov 2017 - 21 Nov 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
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • All local transport for walking and sightseeing excursions.
    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • Lunches on five days.
    • Services of a dedicated leader.
    • Services of a Cuban local guide.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Enjoying Havana’s music, dancing, the Malecon, the street life, what a city!
    • Walking through the Vinales Valley past traditionally tended fields of pineapple, tobacco and coffee.
    • Being transported back to the 1840s by Trinidad’s colonial architecture.
    • Comandancia de la Plata. Fidel’s revolutionary command post.
    • Casas Particulares in Trinidad. Experience life in a Cuban home.    

  • 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. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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