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Idyllic beaches, a rich history and vibrant culture
Cuba is one of the most exciting countries in the Caribbean and is referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’. The island is a captivating mixture of fascinating history, pristine beaches, fading colonial grandeur, forest-covered mountains and an intoxicating fusion of traditions. Oh, and classic American cars, hand-rolled cigars and rum!
Be sure to visit the Museum of the Cuban Revolution in Havana, housed in the former Presidential Palace, that tells the compelling story of the island before, during and after the revolution. It’s a living museum – the sweeping central staircases still have bullet holes following an unsuccessful attack in 1957 – and features a tank used during the CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs fiasco. For something a little more unusual, why not visit the Necropolis, Havana’s main cemetery and one of the largest in the Americas, with elaborately sculpted mausoleums with striking religious iconography.
Enjoy a Cuba Libre – a simple rum and coke to you and me, perhaps with a splash of lime juice – that became popular after Cuba won independence after the Spanish-American War. Experience local cuisine in Trinidad and immerse yourself in the magic of Cuban salsa music. Follow in the footsteps of legendary Che Guevara in Santa Clara, relax on the stunning beaches of Varadero or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean.
Perhaps Cuba’s most renowned resident was a certain Ernest Hemingway, who lived just outside Havana. He enjoyed fishing, lavish entertaining, hunting U-boats – honestly! – and may have partaken of the occasional rum! He also wrote a great deal while living in Cuba, most famously his acclaimed masterpiece The Old Man and the Sea.
A hidden gem is the spectacular city of Santiago de Cuba, which attracts visitors with its bohemian creativity, artistic heritage and energetic musicians. Not only is this where Facundo Bacardi, a Spanish merchant, opened his first factory, but it is also where the opening shots of the Cuban Revolution were fired, where Castro proclaimed victory and where his ashes are buried.
Discover some of Cuba’s historic cities and the natural landscapes of Jamaica and the Dominican Republic
Take a tour beyond Cuba’s idyllic Caribbean beaches and explore its rich terrain, vibrant cities and old historic towns with this 12-day tour of Cuba’s colourful heritage. This outstanding tour combines the best of both city and countryside from the rolling Cuban hills, coffee plantations and beautiful national parks to colonial cities steeped in history.
Discover faded colonial grandeur, delightful rolling countryside, the historical sites of the revolution and the ever-present rhythms of the son and mambo styles of music on this 16-day tour of Cuba.
Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors, then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself.
Hop over the wall and get to know Cuba like you never have before on this unique eight-day journey through the islands of the Canarreos Archipelago aboard an exclusive catamaran
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