Travel to Cuba and experience the enthralling history of this seductive Caribbean island. Then see forests, fauna and fireworks on the Costa Rican adventure
Cuba's imminent political and cultural change makes it something to experience now before it evolves. Wander through Havana’s glittering colonial architecture, soak up the clear mountain air among Soroa’s vibrant mountain orchards, relax on Playa Ancon’s vast white beaches and admire Trinidad’s unrivalled ambience. Then onto the jewel of Central America, Costa Rica's environment is world-renowned for being diverse, vibrant and healthy. Visit San Jose’s colonial streets; La Fortuna’s hot springs and volcano; Monteverde’s cloud forest; and Manuel Antonio’s turquoise seas. From old cars to fragrant cigars then onto intense volcanic landscapes and superb Pacific beaches, this Cuba and Costa Rica Discovery is a perfect combination of differences.
A guided walking tour of Old Havana sheds lights on the difference between the lives of city and rural life in Cuba
Take in all the colours and aromas of Soroa, the stunning valley area known as the 'rainbow of Cuba'
Stroll along the rural dirt roads of Vinales as tractors, vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages pass you by
Experience the diversity of Costa Rica's environment
Lay back and relax in La Fortuna hot springs
Spot wildlife in the lush Monteverde cloud forest
Cash is difficult to access in Cuba. Credit cards (not debit cards) are essential – ideally multiple credit cards from several different banks.
Luxuries such as air conditioning, and even kitchen sinks, are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.
There's plenty of time to eat the delights of the sea, but it's good to keep in mind that accompaniments are not as expansive as in another countries, due to limitations on imports
Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it's available it's often unreliable and expensive. This is, on the other hand, a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.
Cuba is different and that’s what makes it such a fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Regulations concerning foreigners and currency may appear strange to you, buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. Cuba may not be wealthy in a monetary sense, however if you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Cubans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.
Some included activities such as the hikes in the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manuel Antonio NP can be quite strenuous.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
COMPLIMENTARY ARRIVAL TRANSFER
An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
The international flight between Havana and San Jose on day 8 of this itinerary is not included in the price of this trip.
COMPLIMENTARY MID-TRIP TRANSFERS
A departure transfer to Havana Airport & an arrival transfer in San Jose is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking or at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:A single supplement is available on this trip.
There are unprecedented changes happening in Cuba right now. It is an exciting time but it also means some patience and understanding is required for the heightened demand of infrastructure, accommodation and crowds.