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Classic Cuba Highlights - 11 Days - 12th November 2018
We have teamed up with the Solo Travellers Group Holidays Meetup to offer our members some amazing trips. Their trips are always very popular and sell out quickly, so reserve your space now! Whether it’s the white sand beaches, the Spanish colonial architecture or the rum fuelled nightlife that’s drawing you to this Caribbean island, our Cuba tour is perfect for any Solo Traveller. Join us for 10 amazing nights as we travel to the colourful Cuban capital, Havana, experience authenticity in the Cuban city of Santa Clara with its plentiful local music venues, and relax in Trinidad on unspoiled stretches of white sand beaches, perfect for snorkelling and diving. We also visit Cienfuegos, deemed the ‘Pearl of the South’, with the option to partake in some outdoor activities in the culturally rich village of Vinales. Whatever you’re looking for, Cuba has something for all Solo Travellers, so why don't you join us on this trip of a lifetime! Day 1 - Nov 12 – Arrive Havana Arrive in Havana. Today is the arrival day of the tour so there are no planned activities and you can check into the Casa and relax or go and explore the city. Day 2 - Nov 13 – Walking city tour of Havana One of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere, Havana was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Adventure among the splendorous crumbling architecture of the streets of old Havana and sit on the famous sea wall (El Malecon) to take in the view and some fresh air, and socialise with the colourful and friendly 'Habaneros'. Day 3 - Nov 14 – Havana Day of leisure in Havana. Day 4 - Nov 15 – Havana / Santa Clara After breakfast, we head inland to Santa Clara, a key city in the Cuban Revolution. Upon entering Santa Clara, there is a huge statue of Ernesto Ché Guevara, which commemorates his death and that of the revolutionaries who were murdered along with him in Bolivia. There is also a museum here dedicated to his amazing life (free entry). We have time to visit this museum, to wander the city centre, and to see a few other historical sites mostly to do with Che. Santa Clara isn’t a thriving tourism hub, and that in itself creates its own interest as you can experience a more authentic Cuban city. The small local restaurants and local music venues are a treat to visit in this small friendly town. Days 5, 6, & 7 - Nov 16, 17, 18 – Trinidad For most visitors to Cuba, Trinidad is their standout favourite destination (well, for the ones that make it this far anyway). No other colonial city in Cuba is so well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, none the least of which is Santeria, which is one of several Afro-Cuban religions. The thing that visitors most love about Trinidad is the nightlife. There are no less than 10 live music venues all within a short walking distance. Many of these have lovely outdoor settings, in courtyards, and within the walls of old colonial ruins. We are near the lovely Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugarmills) and Playa Ancón - where you can enjoy long stretches of unspoiled, white sand beaches. Scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming in waterfalls and horse-riding are other optional activities. Day 8 - Nov 19 – Trinidad / Cienfuegos Today we head to the French founded city of Cienfuegos through the densely vegetated Peninsula de Zapata swamp-lands, and along the beautiful Bay of Pigs. This is where the landing of counter-revolutionary exile militia occurred in 1961. There is a museum here that recounts the events of this conflict which resulted in the first defeat of a U.S backed take-over in Latin America. We will also make stops at a beautiful swimming hole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank, and if the conditions are favourable, at beach for snorkelling. Cienfuegos appeal lies partly in the European flavour of its colonial hub, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades, and there is an ambience to inspire Cuba’s most celebrated singer to write the words “Cienfuegos is the city I like best”. Days 9 & 10 - Nov 20,21 – Vinales We then make our way on to Pinar del Rio and the town of Viñales. Surrounded by picturesque limestone pincushion hills (“mogotes”), Viñales is a small and culturally rich village, with friendly and welcoming residents and a wide variety of outdoor activities available. Exploring caves, hiking, biking, horseback riding or simply enjoying the views of the valley and sprawling tobacco fields below are all options. Viñales is one of the more agriculturally productive areas, so an abundance of local seasonal fruit and vegetables are always on offer such as enormous avocados and mangoes, pineapples, papaya, guava, and several varieties of sweet potatoes. Its one of the cooler areas of Cuba, so its also a nice escape from the hotter parts of the country. The nightlife is very active in this village with the local residents more than willing participants in dancing to the local live music. Day 11 - Nov 22 – Departure back to Havana Airport The cost of tour is £799.00. You can reserve a place at this price on payment of a non refundable deposit of £150.00 via bank transfer. Flights are not included in the price. Please do not book your flights until at least 5 people have RSVP'd. Don't delay and pay your deposit today to ensure you take advantage of a lower priced flight. Get in touch for recommended flights. We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas Tours without flights are TTA bonded. A Visa is required for Cuba, please get in touch for further details. ***Please click on the link below to secure your place and pay your deposit by credit card. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. Please get in touch for details if you would prefer to pay by bank transfer*** https://live.tourcms.com/reserve/r1.php?t=72&a=10037&w=10365&ty=t&k=d1f35cb9db8f By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies: http://www.meetup.com/solo-travellers/pages/Booking_and_Cancellation_Policy Your place on the trip will be secured on payment of just the £150 deposit. The remaining balance will be split into TWO PAYMENTS: one payment of £325 to be paid 3 months before travel, and one payment of £324 to be paid 6 weeks before travel (plus the cost of single supplement to be added to this final payment if applicable). Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most hotels. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive. It may sometimes be necessary to make small, last-minute changes to our itineraries or hotels for reasons beyond our control. We will ensure that you are kept updated of any changes. What’s included? - Sharing twin accommodation in homestays (please note accommodation in Cuba is basic but clean and comfortable) (single room supplement is £299.00) - 10 breakfasts - Walking tour of Old Havana - Local guide throughout tour - All local transport - Transfers from the Airport (as long as you are arriving at the same time as most of the group, otherwise, there is a separate charge) If you have any questions about the trip, please email us at [masked]

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