CAPTIVATING
CUBA

We’re going to captivate
your senses before it’s too late!

Thursday 03 January 2019

16 days

 


Please join us to this exciting island with its diversity, its pristine beaches and whilst the island still holds the charm which captivates the heart and soul of every visitor!

From the sight-packed city of HAVANA, Cuba’s intoxicating capital to the fascinating Cuban culture, which is diverse, complex and truly fascinating you will be enthralled with this beautiful island and its people. You’ll just LOVE it!

NB. Please be advised that due to an ongoing internal air accident investigation from earlier this year, Travelsphere have made the decision to withdraw the included internal flight from Havana to Guardalavaca. Instead, the whole tour will now be enjoyed by land. Of course this means we will see even more of Cuba than previously envisaged! The amended itinerary can be seen below.

January is a wonderful time to visit Cuba. After the Christmas festivities and cold UK weather, over 20° degrees of sunshine will be a real tonic. The weather in Havana is beautiful all year round and is particularly enticing during the northern hemisphere’s winter. The average temperature ranges from 22°C  and 27°C. This is the coolest month and one of the most comfortable in which to visit Varadero. Due to the tropical climate it can be quite humid before it does rain and then again after with the average humidity in January around 80%.

With so many varying influences throughout its history, from Europe, North America and Africa, an incredibly unique Cuban identity has been shaped. Not only is Cuba a beautiful country, it also has a population that is very friendly and hospitable in spite of the economic difficulties in the last few years.

The Cuban revolution was one of the most fundamental changes to occur in Cuban history. The political and social upheaval that occurred has, without doubt, had a huge impact on the development of modern Cuban culture, so the best time to go is NOW, while the island is still holds the charm which captivates the heart and soul of every visitor.

If Cuba is on your bucket-list, but you’ve never got around to going, why not join us and make it easy for yourself! Travelling in a small local group is great fun, hassle-free and you will not believe how much you can see and do in such a short time.

We will transport you in style to London Gatwick Airport and with the comfort of an airport lounge, personal travel treats and your Solent Events escort to ensure you are well looked after from start to finish, you will enjoy this holiday-of-a-lifetime completely stress-free and totally relaxed.  Whether you travel solo, as a couple of a small group friends, we look after you!

NB. For your comfort, a max of 20 passengers apply to this exclusive Solent Events tour (the normal public maximum being 45). Therefore, please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! See itinerary below.

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The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge

Return Virgin Atlantic International flights

14 nights accommodation plus
1 overnight flight

Good standard hotels
with pools
(except one overnight)

27 included meals
(14 Breakfasts; 5 lunches:
8 dinners

Overseas transfers & other
transportation

Porterage

All UK and overseas airport taxes
and security charges

Excursions as per itinerary plus
the opportunity to select choice
of optional excursions

Travelsphere Tour Manager

Solent Events Escort

 


For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged 
with Travelsphere Worldwide Holidays who are fully bonded.

View our AMENDED Itinerary (updated 01 August 2018)

Proposed Amended Itinerary

Day 1 Thursday 03 January                        UK/Havana
Travel to London Heathrow by Luxury coach from our four local pick-ups and relax in an airport lounge before our Virgin Atlantic  flight to Havana, Cuba. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel.

DAY 2 Friday 04 January 2                          Cienfuegos
We will leave Havana this morning, for the journey to Cienfuegos (approx 3hrs) for a 2-night stay. You’ll see more of Havana on our return towards the end of the tour.  B, D

DAY 3 Saturday 05 January                        Cienfuegos
Today is yours to relax in Cienfuegos. If you head off to explore at your own pace, a visit to the former Gothic mansion Palacio de Valle is highly recommended. If you would like to join an optional excursion, a Bay Cruise and a visit to the Che Guevara’s memorial at Santa Clara are two possibilities.   B

DAY 4 Sunday 06 January                          Camaguey
We’re heading inland this morning for the city of Camaguey, which takes us through numerous rural Cuba’s traditional villages and farming communities.  We’ll stop at the city of Ciego de Avila, to relax and take lunch at leisure.
On arrival in Camaguey we’ll head off on a sight-seeing tour to discover a maze of streets in its UNESCO-listed centre, which is home to hidden plazas, Baroque churches and pastel-hued buildings. Enjoy a free afternoon before gathering for dinner at the hotel. B, D

DAY 5 Monday 07January                           Santiago de Cuba
Our journey continues as we call at Bayamo. Bayamo is an ancient city known as the ‘city of horsecarts’ where half the population still travels by horse! A stronghold of early revolutionary Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, who freed his slaves and declared war against Spain, i’s also often referred to as ‘the cradle of Cuban Revlution’. We now set our sights on Santiago de Cuba, where we’ll enjoy lunch together before an afternoon at leisure. B, L

DAY 6 Tuesday 08 January                        Santiago de Cuba
Named the ‘Heroic City’, Santiago de Cuba was instrumental in the success of the Cuban Revolution of the 1950’s. We’ll begin our day with a visit to Bacanao National Park, where one highlight is Granijita Siboney, the farmhouse from which Fidel Castro launched his attack on the city.
You have free time to head off for lunch before joining an included tour of Santiago de Cuba, with the tomb of Cuban hero Jose Marti being just one of the many highlights. Later, come with us to Casa de la Trova, one of the country’s best-known music venues, where you can join in the salsa dancing if you wish!  B, L

DAY 7 Wednesday 09 January                    Guardalavaca
Rest and relaxation is on the cards today as we head to the idyllic beach resort of Guardalavaca for a two-night stay. Once you have settled in at the hotel, you will be able to enjoy the facilities or simply head to the beach with a good book!

DAY 8 Thursday 10 January                      Guardalavaca
Today is free for you to spend at leisure. The white, sandy beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun and with crystal clear waters, you might be tempted to don a snorkel and have a swim, but if you would prefer to take an optional excursion, there’s the chance to explore a nearby Indian Village.  B, L, D

DAY 9 Friday 11 January                             Trinidad
Today’s journey takes us to Trinidad, with a stop en route to stretch our legs in Camaguey and take lunch at leisure. B, D

DAY 10 Saturday 12 January                       Trinidad
The picturesque colonial architecture of Trinidad is the star of your morning tour, with cobblestone streets and pastel-coloured houses being part of this pretty town’s charm.
How you spend the afternoon is entirely up to you, the pristine sands of Trinidad’s beaches may prove tempting. B, L, D

DAY 11 Sunday 13 January                           Havana
We’re heading back to where our tour began – Havana, where we will stay for four nights. As we travel by road,we will stop at the splendid colonial city of Sancti Spiritus for a tour. Founded in 1514, it was moved to its present site in 1522 and amongst its sightseeing highlights are a 16th century church and the picturesque stone bridge which crosses the Yayabo River. On arrival at our hotel, take time to settle in before gathering once more for dinner. B, D

DAY 12 Monday 14 January                          Havana/Vinales Valley
There’s a feast for the eyes on offer this morning, as we head out for a day of discovery in the beautiful, lush Vinales Valley. SUrrounded by mountains and rocky outcrops that rise up to 300 metres, it’s fertile soil produces crops including tobacco, cultivated using traditional farming methods. Amidst this rural landscape, many species of birds thrive, especially hummingbirds and mockingbirds. We will also visit the lovely city of Pinar del Rio, where the rare microcycas calocomathrives. This ancient, type of palm has been growing on Earth unchanged since the Jurassic period and is only found in this area. Lunch today is included, with a relaxing evening at leisure in the hotel.
B, L

DAY 13 Tuesday 15 January                         Havana
Cuba’s capital is the biggest city in the Caribbean, and with its grand architecture and classic American cars, it’s a delight to discover. Come with us to La Habana Vieja, or Old Havana, for a tour of its highlights. They include the Plaza de Armas, the former Presidential Palace and Cathedral Square. During a free afternoon and evening, you can explore Havana further at your own pace and mingle with the locals, or ‘habaneros’. B

DAY 14 Wednesday 16 January                    Havana
Now you know Havana a little, it’s time to make your own discoveries, so this afternoon can be spent at leisure, before joining up for a farewell dinner. The night does not have to end here, as there will be an optional visit to the world-famous Tropicana Nightclub!
B, D

DAY 15 Thursday 17 January                         Havana/UK
After a morning at leisure we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Overnight flight to UK. B

DAY 16 Friday 18 January                               UK
You’ll arrive in the UK today. Coach transfer to home area.

All flight times will be confirmed at a later date.

Solos: Single supplement £650pp (double room for single occupancy)
Deposit: Only £325 per person

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS – full details to be confirmed at a later date:

  • Visit a Traditional Indian Village
  • Santa Clara, including Che Guevara’s memorial
  • Cruise the bay of Cienfuegos
  • Guided Walk in Vinales
  • Cabaret Show at Havana’s Tropical Night Club

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY with ‘VARADERO’ ADD-ON
to 20 DAYS for ONLY £349
Extend your stay in Cuba with an extra four nights in Varadero, staying at the 3-star Hotel Sol Palmeras, a lovely hotel located right on the beach. The largest resort in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts an array of shops and stunning beaches, a great destination for relaxation. There will be plenty of time for you to explore this beautiful peninsula or you can simply spend time unwinding by the lapping waves of the turquoise waters on sandy white beaches that stretch for almost 20km.
NB. A Tour Manager will not be accompanying this ‘add-on’ destination.

Currency: Cuban Convertible CUC (for visitors) Cuban Peso (locals) NOT US dollars as 10%surcharge to change them.
Recommended BEST CURRENCY to take with you: – GBPs to exchange at banks
Meals: Inexpensive – with drinks £16 Drinks: Beer 80p-£1.60 Water: 80p  Cuban Rum: £6.30-£8.30 Taxi: (per km) 48p

Immunizations:
The World Health Organization generally recommends the following vaccines for Cuba, but check with your doctor a few months before travel.
For the short-term traveller the vaccinations for Cuba include:
NHS Routine Vaccinations; Typhoid; Hepatitis A; Tetanus

Tipping: Gratuities for the Tour Manager, coach driver, local guides & hotel staff are at your discretion.

T & Cs: Travelsphere Terms & Conditions can be found on their website www.travelsphere.co.uk or by telephoning 0844 2735935.

INTERESTED? Please contact us as soon as possible or complete the online booking form below

Original Itinerary

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Original Itinerary (for information only)

Day 1 Thursday 03 January                        UK/Havana
Travel to London Heathrow by Luxury coach from our four local pick-ups and relax in an airport lounge before our Virgin Atlantic  flight to Havana, Cuba.  

DAY 2 Friday 04 January 2                          Guardalavaca
You’ll leave Havana this morning, but you’ll see more when you return later on in your tour. Now we’re going to fly to Guardalavaca, and you’ve a two-night stay in this idyllic beach resort to look forward to.

DAY 3 Saturday 05 January                        Guardalavaca
Today is yours to relax in Guardalavaca. The white-sand beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun and with crystal-clear waters, you might also be tempted to don a snorkel and have a swim. If you’d like to take an optional excursion, there’s the chance to explore a nearby Indian village. ​

DAY 4 Sunday 06 January                           Santiago de Cuba
Start your day with a morning on the beach and lunch at your hotel, before we journey by road to Santiago de Cuba. Named the ‘Heroic City’. On the way we’ll stop for a tour of Baconao National Park, where one highlight is Granjita Siboney, the farmhouse from which Fidel Castro launched his attack on the city.In Santiago de Cuba we’ll view the tomb of Cuban hero José Marti. Later, come with us to Casa de la Trova, one of the country’s best-known music venues, where you can join in the salsa dancing if you like.

DAY 5 Monday 07January                           Santiago de Cuba
Enjoy some time at leisure, before our afternoon of sightseeing begins with a relaxing lunch at a restaurant overlooking the sea. Afterwards our sightseeing tour includes Castillo del Morro, a magnificent UNESCO-listed castle.

DAY 6 Tuesday 08 January                         Camaguey
We’re heading for the city of Camaguey this morning, a journey which takes us through rural Cuba’s traditional villages and farming communities

DAY 7 Wednesday 09 January                    Trinidad
Back on the road, this time we’re heading to the cobblestone streets and pastel-coloured houses of Trinidad. En route we pass through the splendid colonial city of Sancti Spiritus.

DAY 8 Thursday 10 January                       Trinidad
The picturesque colonial architecture of Trinidad is the star of your morning tour. How you spend the afternoon is entirely up to you, the pristine sands of Trinidad’s beaches may prove tempting.

DAY 9 Friday 11 January                             Cienfuegos
Your explorations of Cuba now take you to the beautiful port of Cienfuegos, which retains a strong French influence thanks to the 19th century migrants from Louisiana. Before arrival at our hotel, we’ll visit the Botanical Gardens to see a staggering array of plants.

DAY 10 Friday 11 January                             Cienfuegos
Your explorations of Cuba now take you to the beautiful port of Cienfuegos, which retains a strong French influence thanks to the 19th century migrants from Louisiana. Before arrival at our hotel, we’ll visit the Botanical Gardens to see a staggering array of plants.

DAY 11 Sunday 13 January                           Havana
You’re heading back to where your tour began today, Havana. During four nights here there’s plenty of time to explore.

DAY 12 Monday 14 January                          Vinales Valley
There’s a feast for the eyes on offer this morning as we tour the lush Vinales Valley and the lovely city of Pinar del Rio. Another feast comes in the form of an included lunch.

DAY 13 Tuesday 15 January                         Havana
Cuba’s capital is the biggest city in the Caribbean, and with its grand architecture and classic American cars, it’s a delight to discover. Come with us to La Habana Vieja, or Old Havana, for a tour of its highlights. They include the Plaza de Armas, the former Presidential Palace and Cathedral Square

DAY 14 Wednesday 16 January                    Havana
Now you know Havana a little, it’s time to make your own discoveries. Later, there’s an exciting evening planned, with a farewell dinner and an optional visit afterwards to the world-famous Tropicana nightclub.

DAY 15 Wednesday 16 January     Havana/UK
After a morning at leisure we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Overnight flight to UK.

DAY 16 Thursday 17 January        UK
You’ll arrive in the UK today. Coach transfer to home area.

 

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Our Proposed Hotels in Cuba

PROPOSED HOTELS (all have swimming pools except for 1 night in the Colon Hotel, Camaguey)

The accommodation in Cuban hotels can often be confirmed near to departure, but the following hotels have been reserved for this tour.
Included Meal plan: B = breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner  TBC

Day 1, 11, 12, 13, 14              NACIONAL HOTEL HAVANA, Havana (total of 5n)
Nacional Hotel is situated in an excellent location amidst landscaped gardens, overlooking Havana coastline. It is located in the city centre within easy reach of the major areas of interest. All rooms are coming with en-suite facilities and are fully air conditioned. Every room has additional facilities, such as hairdryer, satellite TV, telephone, radio, safety box and minibar. B & B,D

Day 2 & 3                                JAGUA – Cienfuegos (2n)
The Jagua Hotel is centrally located in the residential area of Punta Gorda, overlooking the Bay of Cienfuegos. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer and balcony or terrace. B

Day 4                                      COLON HOTEL – Camaguey (1n)
The popular Colon Hotel in Camaguey is located right in the heart of the city and is ideal for a one-night stopover. This small Colonial boutique hotel offers a restaurant, bar, hair salon, TV room and gift shop. Although small, all bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe and TV. B,D

Day 5 & 6                                MELIA SANTIAGO – Santiago de Cuba (2n)

The Melia Santiago Hotel is perfectly located boasting a stunning backdrop of the Sierra Maestra Mountain Range and close to Santiago de Cuba’s historical quarter. Hotel facilities include restaurants, bars, nightclub, fitness centre, outdoor swimming pools and an evening entertainment programme. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and hairdryer. B,L

Day 7 & 8                                  PLAYA COSTA VERDE RESORT HOTEL – Guardalavaca (2n)
With an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace with sun loungers and parasols, you can make the most of soaking up the warm sun whilst keeping cool in the pool. If you prefer to sun bathe listening to the tranquil sound of waves, then Pesquero beach is only 100m away. For an ultimate holiday treat, indulge yourself with a massage or a dip in the whirlpools to completely de-stress. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and hairdryer. B,D

Day 9 & 10                              BRISAS TRINIDAD – Trinidad (2n)
The Brisas Trinidad Hotel boasts a lovely beachfront location and is surrounded by the Escambray Mountains. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, daytime and evening entertainment, fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe and hairdryer. B,D

Day 11 – 15                            NACIONAL HOTEL HAVANA, Havana      AS PER DAY 1

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel descriptions provided. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy.

Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents within your Solent Events Travel Pack, sent to you by post, approximately 10 days before departure.

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