A heady cocktail of Hispanic history, atmospheric cities, Latin culture, wonderful music and coconut palm-fringed Caribbean beaches in a Communist state - now there’s an interesting mix! Starting out from Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you cover much of the 1250km long island. Outside the capital, the roads are empty, much of the land is given over to cultivation and you have the opportunity to walk in various imposing mountain ranges. Each area has its own distinct character: the picturesque landscape around Viñales; unspoilt Trinidad, with its car-free cobbled streets; vibrant Santiago - birthplace of the revolution and the island’s musical capital; laid-back Baracoa with its simple, pastel-coloured houses. Cuba’s isolation has ensured that its cars are endlessly recycled - making it into a mecca for lovers of 1950’s automobiles. Above all, the Cubanos themselves make any visit memorable – open, warm and friendly people with a zest for life.
This holiday gives you an in-depth exploration of Cuba's past and present, exploring the fascinating blend of Latin culture, atmospheric cities and Caribbean beaches. The colour and music weave their way through the country; sip a rum cocktail, enjoy red snapper at a friendly paladar, savour a cigar and a cafe cubano, and shortly after arriving you'll be engulfed in the passion and tapping your feet to the Cuban rhythm.