• Explore the cultural heritage of Cuba, from the art and architecture of Havana to the natural beauty of the Viñales Valley
• Discover Cuba’s varied colonial history, including the lasting influences of both Spanish and French occupation
• Visit the Cueva de los Portales, Che Guevara’s headquarters during the Cuban Missile Crisis
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Depart London Gatwick 1200 on Virgin Atlantic, arriving Havana 1710. Transfer to Iberostar Parque Central for three nights.
Morning lecture: Cuban Architecture followed by visit to Museum of Rum and guided walk around Old Havana to include the Plaza San Francisco, Plaza de Armas, site of the Palace of the Captains General (former seat of Spanish governors) and cathedral. Afternoon: American taxi tour of the city, including Malecón promenade, ending at the Hotel Nacional. Free evening.
Morning lecture: Cuban Art followed by visit to Museum of the Revolution (former palace of President Batista). Afternoon: Cuban art collection in the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Depart for Cienfuegos via the Bay of Pigs. Afternoon walking tour of Cienfuegos to include Parque José Martí, neoclassical Catedral de la Purísma Concepcíon and Tomás Terry Theatre (subject to restoration). Continue to Trinidad for three nights at Casa Hostal Lola.
Walking tour of old colonial town of Trinidad to include Museo Histórico Municipal (Casa Canteros), cathedral and 19th century Plaza Mayor. Visit to the restored sugar mill on Manaca-Iznaga estate with optional visit to craft market.
Morning: nature walk in Park El Cubano in the Sierra del Escambray with a naturalist guide. Free afternoon.
Depart by coach via pretty town of Sancti Spíritus to Santa Clara (monument dedicated to Che Guevara). Return to Havana for three nights at Iberostar Parque Central. Free evening.
Morning lecture: Writing in Cuba – Graham Greene and Ernest Hemingway followed by morning in Old Havana with private on-site talk and guided tour by a specialist from the Historiador de la Ciudad de La Habana (organisation devoted to the restoration of Old Havana). Continue to fishing village of Cojimar. Afternoon excursion to small town of San Francisco de Paula to visit Finca La Vigía, home to Ernest Hemingway between 1939 and 1960. Brief visit to room 511 at Hotel Ambos Mundos (which Hemingway regularly booked in the 1930s) before early evening guest talk on Cuban performing arts.
Morning: privileged visit to the famous National Ballet School. Afternoon: talk on the contemporary Cuban art scene followed by optional visit to an artist’s studio. Free evening.
Morning: brief stop to visit Plaza de la Revolución and Memorial to José Martí en route to Pinar del Río. Visit to Orquideario (orchid garden with over 700 species) before continuing to Viñales with visit en route to the Cueva de los Portales (headquarters of the Western army during the Cuban Missile Crisis). Visit to the mogotes viewpoint near Horizontes las Jazmines. Two nights at Hotel Central Viñales.
Morning: Palacio Guasch and Teatro Milanes. Afternoon: Héctor Luis Prieto tobacco plantation and Cuevas del Indio.
Morning walking tour in the mogotes countryside area. Continue to Havana for 1620 departure.
Arrive Gatwick 0620.
12 Jan — 24 Jan 2020
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Please note that this tour requires a good level of fitness as the itinerary is full and includes a significant amount of walking, including over cobbled streets and in parks and countryside where the ground may be uneven.
Cost of £4295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches, eight dinners with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £400.
Flight reduction: £685