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Classic Cuba - 11 Days - 26th February 2018

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Price: £150.00 /per person

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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.

26th Feb 2018 - Day 1 – Arrive Havana

Transfer from the airport to your Casa, where you can relax or enjoy the city of Havana.

Day 2 – Havana

After breakfast you will be taken on a walking tour around the city of Havana with a local guide.

Day 3 – Havana

The third day of this Cuba tour will be spent at your leisure in Havana.

Day 4 – Havana / Santa Clara

After breakfast, you will be heading inland to Santa Clara, a key city in the Cuban revolution. Upon entering Santa Clara, you will see a huge statue of Ernesto Che Guevara, which commemorates his death and those who were murdered with him in Bolivia. There is also a museum here dedicated to his life, which you will have time to visit if you wish. In Santa Clara you will experience a more authentic Cuba, with an abundance of local restaurants and music venues in this small, friendly town.

Day 5 / 6 / 7 – Trinidad

No other colonial city in Cuba is as well preserved as Trinidad. Steeped in religiosity, the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. The thing most people love about this place is the nightlife; there are no less than 10 live music venues all within a short walking distance of each other. Many of these have beautiful outdoor settings in courtyards, and within walls of old colonial ruins. In Trinidad you will also be near the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugarmills) and Playa Ancón, where you can enjoy long stretches of white sand beaches, and get involved with activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, waterfall swimming and horse-riding.

Day 8 – Trinidad / Cienfuegos

After breakfast, you will travel 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. You will visit a museum here which recounts the events of this conflict. You will also stop at a beautiful swimming pool resembling a huge natural tropical fish tank, and at a beach for snorkelling (weather permitting). Overnight in Cienfuegos.

Day 9 – Cienfuegos / Viñales

After breakfast, you will make your way onto Pinar del Rio and the town of Viñales. Surrounded by picturesque limestone hills, Viñales is a small but culturally rich village with friendly and welcoming locals and a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, exploring caves and horseback riding, which you will have the option to partake in. Viñales is one of the cooler parts of Cuba, so an abundance of fresh seasonal fruit and veg is always on offer. Although a small village, the nightlife remains as good as anywhere in Cuba.

Day 10 - Viñales

Free day in beautiful Viñales.

8th March 2018 - Day 11 – Depart Havana

Transfer from Viñales to Havana Airport for international flights.

The price of the above tour is £799.00 and does not include flights from the UK. 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 non refundable deposit of £150.00 via bank transfer will secure you a place, please get in touch for bank details. Reserve your place now and take advantage of the best priced flights by booking in advance. Current price valid until 01 September. Visas are required for UK passport holders to enter Cuba (this is a quick and easy process that can be done online). Please also ensure you have 6 months validity on your passport. Travel insurance is mandatory, so please ensure that you have this too. Do not book flights until we give you the go ahead.

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.

By paying the deposit you are agreeing with the following cancellation policy:

http://www.meetup.com/solo-travellers/pages/Booking_and_Cancellation_Policy/

What’s included in the Cuba tour?

- Sharing twin accommodation in home-stays and guest houses (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 (airport transfers only included if travelling on suggested flights)

What's not included?

- International flights
- Lunches / Dinners
- Excursions on days of leisure

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