Board a flight for Havana, the largest city in the Caribbean founded in 1515. Havana, rich in history, an interesting mix of colonialism, capitalism and communism, is the centre of Cuban government. Departing at sunset, sailing out of the harbour past the Spanish forts built to protect the city from pirates, buccaneers, and corsairs.
First stop is Cayo Guillermo, a quite island, one of more than 2500 islands and islets surrounding the island of Cuba. Known for its 5 km of fine white sand beaches and crystal clear water, its a perfect place to explore the natural habitat, snorkel, scuba, kite sail, and at the end relax on the beach with a cocktail.
Bahia de Nipe, a deep tidal bay in the province of Holguin on Cuba's north shore, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, was described as the most beautiful land ever seen by human eyes. Visit by catamaran, Saetia Key, covered by woods and meadows where 19 species of exotic animals including antelopes, zebra, and wild boar roam free. Hike in the biosphere of Cuchillas de Toa or to the Guayabo waterfall, or wander through La Mensura National Park.
Santiago de Cuba, the second largest and historically significant city in Cuba is home of the revolution hero Frank Pais. A centre for Afro-Cuban religion introduced by the Haitian immigrants in the 19th century is the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and traditional dances from which the Salsa is derived. You will find a variety of architectural styles in the old buildings, from Baroque to neoclassical. An important port for trade during the slave and sugar boom, you can visit the ruins of a French coffee plantation.
You will be the first visitors welcomed into the Jardines de la Reina, national park at Cayo Caguama, a 16 square kilometre island and one of a chain of some 660 coral cays to spend the morning exploring and snorkelling. A large number of seabird species and marvellous marine life below the surface make this a nature lovers paradise.
Enjoy the beautiful city of Cienfuegos, with its neoclassic architecture, a chief Cuban port, protected by the Castillo de Jaua erected in1745 against pirates. Although sugar is the main export, the local farmers grow coffee and tobacco. Travel to Trinidad, a 500 year old UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Walk on the cobblestone streets and enjoy the warmth of the Cuban people or visit the Torre Iznaga in the Valley of the Sugar Mills, a remnant of the 19th century sugar industrys past glory.
Isla de la Juventud, Isle of Youth an island where the scent of pines mingles with orange blossoms and salt water breezes. The largest island next to Cuba itself with a population of 100,000. Transfer to a glorious white sand beach at Port Frances, to snorkel and soak up some sun, and after that, a BBQ with live music on a private beach.
Returning to Havana, aglow with new friendships, fond memories and the warmth of Cuban hospitality. A truly remarkable experience. It's the best way to see Cuba. The way you always dreamed. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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