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Cuba & Panama 2018

Salsa & fun in the heart of the Caribbean.


22 sizzling days


Tour at a Glance

Confirmed Price: $13,850 per person, share twin
$1,700 single supplement
Tour Dates: 27 February - 20 March, 2018
Tour Leader: Frances Hall
Inclusions: All airfares & taxes
  1 night in Santiago (Chile) on the way to Cuba
  Accommodation in 3-star, 4-star & 5-star hotels
  18 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 16 dinners
  Visa for Cuba
  Group tipping
  Touring by private coach
  Services of English-speaking local guides

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Be wowed by Havana’s stunning architecture, including the Museo de Revolucion, the façade of the San Cristobal cathedral and the Palace Capitanes Generales.
  • Stroll with the locals along Havana’s Malecon, its seaside promenade.
  • Watch the Cuban art of hand-rolling cigars and visit a plantation that produces the tobacco itself.
  • Visit Santa Clara, closely associated with legendary Che Guevara.
  • Take in the mind-boggling architectural styles that abound on a former Batista-era casino in delightful Cienfuegos.
  • Relish a guided tour of one of the largest botanical gardens in Latin America.
  • Groove to the music in a traditional Trinidad music club and explore much more in this World Heritage-listed town.
  • Dip at least your toes in the Caribbean Sea and feel the soft white sand underfoot.
  • Taste a famous canchanchara cocktail in a Trinidad bar.
  • Savour the neo-classical architecture of Camaguey.
  • Visit Cuba’s most famous church, a basilica, almost buried in the jungle.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Velasquez as we tour his home in Santiago de Cuba.
  • Relive the battle of the Moncada Barracks, where Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries first came to prominence in their rebellion against Cuba’s dictatorship.
  • Relish the views along one of Cuba’s great scenic drives, La Farola, which will take us through the Sierra Maestra mountains.
  • Relax beside the sea in Baracoa, Cuba’s oldest town at its easternmost-tip.
  • Gaze out across the bay where Columbus once sailed.
  • Cruise up the Rio Toa, Cuba’s largest river and savour lunch in a tropical fruit garden.
  • Make a pilgrimage to the home of Ernest Hemingway – it’s just as he left it and even includes his own pet cemetery!
  • Take a boat ride through the caves that abound in the Vinales national park and admire Cuba’s largest collection of orchids.
  • Rumble through the streets of Havana in a classic American automobile.
  • Be blown away by the spectacle that is the Tropicana nightclub’s cabaret. Count the feathers on the dancers’ costumes – there’s not much else to them!
  • Shop for unique Cuban souvenirs in Havana’s atmospheric streets and its wharfside market.
  • Make a partial transit through one of the world’s great engineering marvels...the Panama Canal.
  • Enjoy the geographical feat of viewing the Pacific and the Atlantic (Caribbean) oceans within a matter of hours.
  • Explore the historical heart of Panama City that was once sacked by pirate Henry Morgan.

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