It’s come in from the cold, but steal a trip to Cuba in 2015 before it’s too late

Tuesday 30 December 2014

The USA and Cuba have finally reached a truce after nearly five decades of impasse meaning, if you haven’t already been, or were planning to revisit the island, the time has come to experience Cuba before the expected influx of tourists from the USA changes the face of the Latin American island forever.

It’s come in from the cold, but steal a trip to Cuba in 2015 before it’s too late

Cuba is a multi-ethnic country where the people, culture and customs derive from diverse origins. These include the aboriginal Taino and Ciboney tribes, Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves, a close relationship with the Soviet Union during the Cold War and proximity to the United States.

Since 1959, the Cuban Revolution has had a great effect on local life. As a result, Cuban cuisine is a blend of Spanish, African and Caribbean.  Cuba has produced famous artists in many different disciplines, including literature, music, fine art, ballet, film and theatre.

Saga operates two 15-night tours and a relaxing hotel stay to the island, giving plenty of choice to experience the vibrant culture.

Capture the true essence of Cuba on Saga’s Cuba Libre Tour – prices start from £1,699 per person for 15 nights

This tour blends the island’s unspoilt rural scenery and remarkable biodiversity with the Spanish colonial cities of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. A relaxing four-night stay in the beach resort of Varadero completes this memorable holiday. With an optional excursion uncovers Ernest Heminway's Cuba, you can visit the villa at San Francisco de Paula where he lived for over 20 years and discover the inspiration behind some of his greatest literary achievements including 'The Old Man and the Sea'. The Viñales Valley is known for its large limestone formations called ‘mogotes’, which date from the Jurassic period.  An optional excursion in Havana visits the flamboyant open-air show at the Tropicana Nightclub. This famed cabaret club’s influence has helped spread Cuban culture throughout the world. Take an included city tour of Cienfuegos with a boat trip around the bay. Known as 'the pearl of the South’ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cienfuegos differs from other Cuban cities – it was founded by the French, not the Spanish. Head to Varadero, stopping en route in historic Santa Clara in the heart of sugar cane country to see the final resting place of Che Guevara. 

Saga’s Viva Cuba tour introduces you to Cuba's highlights – prices start from £1,799 per person for 15 nights

From the spiritual home of Cuban dance and music in the south east, Santiago de Cuba, to the vibrant capital in the north, Havana, this tour will give you an introduction to the Cuban way. Contrast old and new Havana on an included tour, or explore the city independently. You can also join a full-day optional excursion to the tranquil Viñales Valley. As the tour progresses, you can join an included tour of Santa Clara and visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum, take the time to explore Cayo Santa Maria or relax on one of its beautiful beaches. An included tour visits Trinidad and the famous La Canchanchara Bar. City tours are included, taking in Sancti Spiritus and Camaguey.

Hotel Breezes Jibacoa - Enjoy all-inclusive value in an unspoilt beachfront setting – prices start from £1,099 per person for 8 nights

This hotel stay enjoys a tranquil, unspoilt location between green mountainous peaks and the wide, golden sandy beach of Arroyo Bermejo on the north coast of Cuba so it’s ideal for a relaxing break. Set in large, lush gardens, the hotel has a small and friendly feel, which is reinforced by the charm and professionalism of the staff. Cuba’s capital, Havana is only one-and-half hours’ drive away, so is easily explored on included and optional excursions. Altogether this charming hotel offers excellent value for money.

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Notes:

Holidays and tours include VIP door-to-door travel service; meals, as advertised; the services of a Saga representative; welcome drink, cocktail party and Saga dinner where advertised;  fruit and water in your room on arrival where advertised; porterage at your hotel; travel insurance and additional cancellation cover; return flights and transfers; tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK

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