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Luxury Cuba: Colonial classics and coast

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With a direct flight from the UK, you spend just 10 days on a luxury break to experience the hospitality of the people, their extraordinary history, living culture, music and dance. Stay in the country's top of-the-range accommodation on a first class holiday where you will explore both by day and at night old Havana’s evocative historic quarters and Trinidad’s elegant colonial streets.

Finally,  you’ll soak up the sun on the chalky white sand beach at the Caribbean island Cayo Santa María, the largest and most developed of an archipelago of coral islets. There’s time at leisure to choose optional excursions and activities at your top quality resort hotel, or just lie on the beach with a mojito or piña colada in your hand.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Havana. Transfer to hotel in the historic city centre.

Day 2

Guided vintage car tour of Old Havana.

Day 4

Transfer by car to UNESCO World Heritage Site Trinidad, in southern Cuba.

Day 5

Guided colonial city tour.

Day 6

Day at leisure or to explore the Escambray mountains.

Day 7

Land transfer to first class resort hotel on Cayo Santa María.

Days 8-9

At leisure

Day 10

Transfer to Havana overland .

Day 11

Transfer to airport for international flight home.

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I wanted to create a holiday which brings out Cuba’s innate style and charm and I think that’s what we’ve done here. This holiday is ideal if you’re looking for a short luxury break; we’ve selected first-class properties, all of which I believe provide an exclusive yet low-key atmosphere in which to enjoy Cuba’s stunning Caribbean beaches and colonial towns. An added bonus is the direct flight from the UK, which will see you relaxing with a mojito in hand in no time!

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Luxury Cuba: Colonial classics and coast

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Havana
Havana is one of Latin America’s most evocative and intriguing cities - famously stuck in a time warp, with crumbling façades and junk shop furnishings, it streets choked with one-gear bikes and classic American cars. Technology-free, it embodies 1950s nostalgia. Nowadays a lot is being done to restore the baroque colonial buildings and squares, there are new restaurants and smart hotels, and local people are more involved in the modern economy. But the place hasn’t lost its romance, its colour, its spontaneity, or the ever-present reminders of its unique modern history. Just shut your eyes and listen to the music...
When's the best time to visit Havana?
The high season for visitors is Dec - Apr when the weather is usually sunny, mostly dry and not too humid, though there can be cool days. Hurricane and tropical storms are possible Aug - Nov.
What's the official language in Havana?

Spanish.

How do I get local currency in Havana?
You can purchase Cuban Convertible Pesos at the airport or in banks or money exchanges (cadecas). US dollars are not accepted so you need to take cash in sterling. Euros are also accepted but the rate may not be as favourable.There are some ATM machines which supposedly accept debit cards but they are not always reliable. You can also get cash with a credit or debit card (not issued by a US bank). You can change surplus money back to convertible currencies at the airport at the end of your trip.
What's the time difference between Havana and UK?

GMT -5 hours; usually there is daylight saving in the summer but it is a moveable feast.

What places combine well with Havana?

Anywhere in Cuba, transport links are improving all the time, there are tourist bus services and internal flights as well as car hire; Mexico’s Yucatán, with flights from Cancún to Havana, 1 hour 15mins.

How do I get to Havana?

9 hours 45mins on a direct flight.

What are the festivals, sport and cultural events in Havana?
Carnival: Havana’s carnival moves around date-wise ear upon year, but is always accompanied by parades, music, drumming and dancing.
International Jazz Festival: Havana, Dec.  Workshops and concerts. One of the world’s best.
There are many other cultural festivals in Havana most months throughout the year: dance, ballet, theatre, cinema, fishing and sailing.
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Trinidad and the Escambray Mountains
Trinidad
Southeast of Havana, wedged between the south coast and the Escambray Mountains lies Trinidad, Cuba’s most graceful and cultured city, a UNESCO Word Heritage Site with a vibrant music scene.  For decades isolated from the rest of the country, this colonial treasure bypassed the 20th century, and is in its organic whole one of the best preserved baroque works of art on the continent, with delightful cobbled streets, palaces and museums. Not far away are sugar-white beaches, and the city has a backdrop of chunky mountains draped in woodland and studded with jade green lakes, a popular leisure area.
When's the best time to visit Trinidad?
The high season for visitors is Dec - Apr when the weather is usually sunny, mostly dry and not too humid, though there can be cool days. Hurricane and tropical storms are possible Aug - Nov.
What's the official language in Trinidad?

Spanish.

How do I get local currency in Trinidad?
You can use sterling cash to purchase Cuban Convertible Pesos at banks and money exchanges (cadecas) in Trinidad - the rate of exchange for euros tends to be less favourable.

The more valuable convertible peso (CUC) has been reserved for use in the tourism sector and foreign trade. In October 2013, as part of a package of economic reforms its value will be gradually unified with the lower-value CUP, ending a system resented by ordinary Cubans.

What's the time difference between Trinidad and UK?

GMT -5 hours; usually there is daylight saving in the summer but it is a moveable feast.

What places combine well with Trinidad?
Sancti Spíritus (55 km) small, unspoilt colonial town; Cienfuegos (61 km) the Pearl of the South. Beach time on one of the mangrove-fringed sandy cayes off the north coast – Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Ensenachos.
How do I get to Trinidad?

A journey by road from Havana (375 km) takes up to 6 hours.

What are the festivals, sport and cultural events in Trinidad?
Semana de la Cultura, Trinidad, second week of Jan. Live music, dancing and exhibitions.
Carnival:  Trinidad, Jun. Complete with carnival queen and other festivities.
Semana Santa: Trinidad; processions and Easter celebrations, one of only a few religious festivals in Cuba.
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Caribbean Cayes and Coast
Cayo Santa Maria Cuba
Cuba’s exquisite beaches are famous for their unpolluted sugar-white sands and warm, turquoise waters, safe for swimming and water sports. Some beaches have large all-inclusive resort hotels offering only a glimpse of the life led by most Cubans, but there’s also a growing number of secluded, first class properties. Elsewhere there are small cliff-defined coves with pocket-sized beaches hosting smaller hotels. Off the coast, coral atoll islands have been left in their natural state offering a more intimate, private beach experience. The remote western and eastern tips of the island, Pinar del Rio and Baracoa harbour some of the loveliest unspoilt beaches, with a rural backdrop of craggy hills sheltering quaint colonial villages.
When's the best time to visit Cuba's Caribbean beaches?
The high season for visitors is Dec - Apr when the weather is usually sunny, mostly dry and not too humid, though there can be cool days. Hurricanes and tropical storms are possible Aug - Nov. The sea is calmer in winter on the south and west coasts (Nov - Apr) and in summer on the north coast (May - Sep).
What's the official language on Cuba's Caribbean coast?

Spanish.

How do I get local currency on Cuba's Caribbean coast?

You can use sterling cash to purchase Cuban Convertible Pesos at banks and money exchanges (cadecas) in Trinidad - the rate of exchange for euros tends to be less favourable. NB: The more valuable convertible peso (CUC) has been reserved for use in the tourism sector and foreign trade. In October 2013, as part of a package of economic reforms its value will be gradually unified with the lower-value CUP, ending a system resented by ordinary Cubans.

What's the time difference between Cuba's Caribbean coast and UK?

GMT -5 hours; usually there is daylight saving in the summer but it is a moveable feast.

What places combine well with Cuba's Caribbean coast?
From the northern Cayes: Sancti Spíritus (89 km) small, unspoilt colonial town; Cienfuegos (177 km) the Pearl of the South; Trinidad, Cuba’s best preserved colonial city, (198 km). 
How do I get to Cuba's Caribbean coast?

A journey by road from Havana (375 km) takes up to 6 hours, by air to Santa Maria is 1 hour, by air to Holguin (for Guardalavaca) is 1.5 hours.

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