Cuba Express Adventure, 8 Days

Cuba

HIGHLIGHTS: Havana - Playa Larga - Trinidad Day 2 Havana full day tours. Begin your authentic cultural experience in Havana, famous for its wonderful architecture, by going on 2 exciting tours with local friendly guides. Get to know modern Havana with your fun local guide on a Communist Experience Day Trip to see the real Cuba. Learn how to use the local peso, see the city's unknown gems and hop into local shared taxis and unusual forms of local transportation. Stop at a local shop for a coffee, snack or cold beer with your guide to immerse yourself in parts of Havana rarely seen by tourists. Then, get ready for a fun night out on the town in Havana, dancing salsa and partying After a walk along the Malecon to get in the mood, some street music and dancing, we head indoors to one of the great Salsa Bars and Music clubs with Cuban guides as your chaperones. Casa de la Musica, Jazz Cafe and the famous after hours clubs in Vedado depending on your guide and where the night takes you. (Please bring an extra 15CUC per person for cover fees, taxis and drinks on the Havana Night Out Tour). Day 3 Transfer from Havana to Playa Larga & Horse and Buggy Ride. Today, take a public bus passing to Playa Larga where you will get settled in to you homestay with free time to have lunch on your own before your fun afternoon activities Take a half-day horse and buggy ride through the scenic countryside to a nearby crocodile farm with a local guide. Here, thousands of crocodiles are hatched and raised with half released locally back into their natural habitat and half are used for meat, leather goods and artesania. (Not included: Entrance Fee 2 CUC to Crocodile Farm) Day 4 Pez Lion Snorkel Experience & Transfer to Playa Giron. Go on a half-day snorkeling tour with a local fisherman who will take you fishing for the Pez Lion. Take your catch ashore to fillet and cook them up for a delicious and fresh lunch on the beach. Then transfer to Playa Giron where you will have time to visit the Bay of Pigs War Museum on this beautiful beach. Day 5 Transfer from Playa Giron to Trinidad & Salsa Lesson. Enjoy free time in the morning to relax on the beach. Today you will take a public bus to Trinidad, which is well-known for beautiful white sand beaches, colonial architecture, waterfalls and a charming village atmosphere. Take a fun salsa lesson in Trinidad tonight with a professional local instructor. Day 6 Full day Bike or Horse and Buggy Ride in Trinidad. Embark on a full day trip by bike or Horse and Buggy with a local guide to Ancon Peninsula with beautiful beaches stopping off at the old port of Casilda and other beautiful spots on the way. Return to Trinidad in the afternoon and spare some energy for a night out on your own. The nightlife in Trinidad is probably the most accessible and intense in all of Cuba, with numerous live music venues and many dance performances everyday of the week, all amongst the enchanting setting of old colonial buildings and the cobblestone streets. (Not Included: Lunch) Day 7 Transfer from Trinidad to Havana. Make your way back to Havana today and enjoy your last evening in Cuba before taking your flight back home the next day. Day 8 Havana Airport Drop-off. You will be transferred to the Havana airport today in order to catch your flight back home. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: 6 February 2015 - 30 March 2016

8 days
FROM $1,119*
8 days FROM $1,119*

Splendours of Cuba, 11 Days

Cuba

HIGHLIGHTS: Havana - Las Terrazas - Vinales - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Santa Clara DAY 1: To Cuba. Transfer to the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel for 3 nights. DAY 2: Havana. Morning walking tour of old Havana, including the Camera Obscura and a stop at El Floridita, home of the daiquiri cocktail. Afternoon panoramic tour in a classic American car, visiting Revolution Square and the Rum Museum. DAY 3: Havana. Day at leisure to stroll along old Havana's cobbled streets, perhaps relax by the rooftop pool or take optional visits to the Bellas Artes Museum, Hemingway's Museum or the Revolution Museum. DAY 4: To Las Terrazas. In the morning, drive to Las Terrazas in the western province of Pinar del Rio. Established as a sustainable environmental and development project, Las Terrazas provides an ideal introduction to Cuba's countryside life and landscapes. Visit to the local community and the partially restored 19th-century coffee estate and stay 2 nights at La Moka Hotel. DAY 5: Vinales. Full day tour of the beautiful Vinales valley, its tobacco plantations and rounded limestone hills. Visit a cigar factory and take a boat ride through the Indian Cave. DAY 6: To Cienfuegos. Travel to Cienfuegos via the Peninsula de Zapata. Take a boat trip through the mangroves and drive past Playa Giron, site of the 1961 invasion. Continue to the small city of Cienfuegos, with its distinct French influence. Enjoy dinner at Cienfuegos Yacht Club and stay for 2 nights at La Union Hotel. DAY 7: Cienfuegos. Morning tour of the city, known as the "Pearl of the South", and visit the Cienfuegos botanical gardens. Afternoon at leisure or take optional excursions. DAY 8: To Trinidad. Morning drive to Trinidad for a walking tour of the town, including the Romantic Museum or Cantero Museum and a visit to Casa de la Musica. Founded in 1514, Trinidad contains beautifully preserved colonial buildings, with hardly a trace of 20th-century architecture. Stay for 2 nights at the Iberostar Grand Hotel, a restored colonial building in the heart of the old town. DAY 9: Trinidad. Morning tour of the Valley of the Sugar Mills, dotted with ruins of large former sugar plantations. Visit the watchtower of the Manaca Iznaga plantation, a reminder of Cuba's colonisation and slave trade, then have lunch before returning to Trinidad. Afternoon at leisure. DAY 10: To Santa Clara & Havana. Morning drive to historic Santa Clara, the site of the turning point in the Cuban revolution and see Che Guevara's museum and mausoleum. After lunch, continue to Havana for 1 night at the Iberostar Parque Central. Optional evening music performance. DAY 11: Depart Havana. Transfer to the airport to continue your journey. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Only 6 April 2015.

11 days
FROM $2,120*
11 days FROM $2,120*

Cuban Rhythms

Havana

Day 1 Havana Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Havana/Trinidad (1B) Included Activities: Santa Clara Visit Orientation Walk Trinidad Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))Day 3 TrinidadThose visitors who wish to pursue outdoor activities will find Trinidad a haven for horseback or bicycle riding (don’t expect any modern mountain bikes though!). If a beach sounds like what you're looking for, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón, just 12 km (7.5 miles) from town. Included Activities: Salsa Lesson Casa de la Trova Visit Trinidad HomestayDay 4 Trinidad (1D) Included Activities: Trinidad HomestayDay 5 Trinidad/ViñalesViñales is in the Pinar del Rio province and located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, we have many opportunities here to enjoy the area, whether it be horseback riding, hiking, or simply sitting back and enjoying the view. While you're here, visit a "vega" or cigar factory, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Included Activities: Vinales Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)Day 6 Viñales Included Activities: Day Trip Cayo Jutias Vinales HomestayDay 7 Viñales/Havana Included Activities: Las Terrazas Stop Havana City Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))Day 8 Havana (1B) Included Activities: Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 24/12/2016

8 days
FROM $749*
8 days FROM $749*

Vintage Cuba

Cuba

Day 1: HavanaKick off in Cuba’s gloriously old-school capital. Dodge ’50s Cadillacs as you stroll the Melancon, swing your hips in a low-key rum shack and smile at every local you pass. Random facts about Cuba: one in four cars on the road is a Russian Lada, there are no poisonous snakes, sex-change operations are free and legal. Practical stuff: there are two types of currency here; you'll use convertibles (CUC), while the locals use pesos (CUP). Hola, Havana!Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 2: Santa ClaraHead to the historic city of Santa Clara and hit up the Revolutionary Plaza. Stand in the shadow of Che Guevara (the monument). It would be nice to commemorate this event with a souvenir of some sort – if only you could find a t-shirt, poster, keyring, book, scarf or pet rock with Che Guevara's face on it.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 3-4: TrinidadTouch down in Trinidad. This city is everything you imagine Cuba to be – horses trot down cobblestone streets, old men strum guitars on doorsteps and stretches of white sand are ripe for exploring. Climb the bell tower of Central Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos for epic city views or sip on a canchanchara (lemon juice, honey and Santero Cuban rum served in a glazed ceramic pot). It’s a hard knock life.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 5-7: VinalesAside from being crazy good-looking and therefore a very pleasant place to spend a few days, Vinales is also known for cheeky porches, tobacco plants and mojitos made with honey. Practice blowing smoke rings from your balcony seat overlooking the giant bubbles of limestone that cover the landscape. Or go for a hike, that’s probably better for you.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinnerDay 8-9: HavanaGuess who’s back? Havana’s back. Toast the end of your trip with a mojito and one last salsa lesson at Casa de la Musica, and then bid farewell to the enigmatic city streets.Meals IncludedBreakfastlunchdinner

Travel Dates: From 13-Jul-2015 to 03-Jan-2017

9 days
FROM $995*
9 days FROM $995*

Central Cuba Adventure

Havana

Day 1 HavanaThere are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening. Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Havana/Santa Clara (1B)Head east along the Carretera Central to the city of Santa Clara, a key location in the history of the Revolution. On the way into town, visit three key historical sites, including the massive Che monument (Santa Clara is also the final resting place of Che Guevara) and the Marta Abreu monument, before settling in for the night. Included Activities: Che Monument Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))Day 3 Santa Clara/TrinidadTravel south through the beautiful Topes de Collantes region to the coastal city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad. Enjoy an orientation walk of the area to get your general bearings with free time to wander the cobblestoned streets, shop, and experience the great music scene that has made this city famous. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))Day 4 TrinidadFor outdoor enthusiasts, Trinidad is a haven for horseback riding or bicycle riding (no typical mountain bikes though!). If a beach is in the cards, try snorkelling or diving in nearby Playa Ancón.Day 5 Trinidad/CienfuegosTravel along the coast to Cienfuegos, a delightful and interesting city with a history largely different to that of the rest of the country. Enjoy an included boat ride around the Bay of Cienfuegos, which is nearly 90 sq km. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Bay of Cienfuegos Boat Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))Day 6 Cienfuegos (1B)Day 7 Cienfuegos/Havana (1B)Opt for one final night on the town. Included Activities: Havana City Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))Day 8 Havana (1B)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 10/12/2016

8 days
FROM $999*
8 days FROM $999*

Cuba Libre

Havana

Day 1 Havana Additional Notes: It is important to note that Cuba tends to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and infrastructure are generally old and may not have been maintained to the highest standard. Elevators, internet and A/C often break down, things happen very slowly and water pressure and hot water can be minimal. Cuba is an amazing place to visit but to fully enjoy and relax, western expectations should be left at home and your sense of adventure should be your guide. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Havana/Viñales (1B)Travel into the Pinar del Rio province to the small town of Viñales, beautifully located in a fertile valley surrounded by the unusual mogotes, or limestone pincushion hills. Arguably one of the prettiest natural areas in Cuba, there are myriad opportunities to enjoy the area— go horseback riding, hiking, or simply sit back and enjoy the view. While you're here, visit a "vega" or cigar factory, to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Included Activities: Cigar Factory Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)Day 3 ViñalesDay 4 Viñales/María la GordaEn route to María la Gorda, opt to stop and tour the world-famous Robaina Tobacco Plantation. Maria la Gorda's location on the Northwestern tip of Cuba offers some of the best sunsets, beaches and marine life you will find in Cuba, an ideal place for water sports. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 170km)Day 5 María la Gorda (1B)From María la Gorda, head out to Cabo San Antonio, a protected area famous for the sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beach. After learning some information about the region, visit the Roncalí lighthouse. Enjoy some free time on the beach. Included Activities: Cabo San Antonio and Roncalí Lighthouse ExcursionDay 6 María la Gorda/Soroa (1B)Travel to the lush mountain resort of Soroa. Known as the 'rainbow of Cuba', the area receives a lot of rainfall resulting in the growth of tall trees and orchids. There are nearby coffee plantations, waterfalls and hot springs for the passing visitor. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 230km)Day 7 Soroa/Havana (1B) Included Activities: Las Terrazas Stop Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 90km)Day 8 Havana (1B)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 24/12/2016

8 days
FROM $999*
8 days FROM $999*

Highlights of Caribbean

Cruising the azure playground of the Caribbean is a riot of colour, rhythm and flavours. Fewer than 10 per cent of the Caribbean's 7000 islands are inhabited – so you can get as close to, or as far from civilization as you want.

A few of the highlights of cruising the Caribbean:

  • The dual-named island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is split into Dutch and French territory respectively, making a stop in its capital Philipsburg a chance to see 2 Caribbean cultures in one day. There are 37 beaches dotted around the coastline, from sandy stretches to little coves and clothing optional spots. Locally-produced rum and spicy West Indian creole dishes make for a tasty treat ashore.
  • Grand Cayman Island is the banking haven fringed by calm azure waters that really are as enticingly aqua as the postcards claim. It's a perfect place for watersports lovers and a top spot to get close to various types of marine life, from turtles at Boatswain's Beach to Stingray City. 'Kissing' a stingray may delight or terrify you but either way, you won't forget it!
  • Barbados' capital Bridgetown is inescapably English, given their influence since establishing a settlement there more than 300 years ago. For a glimpse into the island's colourful history, take a look at Barbados Museum when you dock in Bridgetown. Barbados' east coast is the rugged, Atlantic-facing side of the island and the south has a lively pocket of restaurants and bars at St Lawrence.

Weather

The Caribbean really is a year-round destination. Temperatures seldom vary from highs in the 80s (lows in the 70s), with humidity hovering at the 70 percent level just about all year. The hurricane season, which officially lasts from June 1st to November 30th, can occasionally disrupt cruise itineraries.

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