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Great Escapes: Cuba – Escapade to the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’
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Cuba is a land whose riches are found in the hearts of its people. With a written history that stretches back to the 15th Century, it has endured and thrived through times of colonial expansion, despotism, and revolution. This enduring spirit is expressed through art, music, and a dedication to the preservation of its natural environment. Here you will see how the largest swampland in the Caribbean is protected for future generations of Cubans and native species. You will experience how art and music play an integral part in creating and preserving community cohesion in towns throughout the island. This is an island where richness is not measured in the tinkle of coins, but in the beats of a heart.
  • Superior accommodations as indicated or best available.
  • Meals while in Cuba, as indicated on the itinerary.
  • All transfers by private motor coach.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and with meals.
  • Professional guide throughout.
  • All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
Your journey begins as you board your flight bound for the Cuban capital, Havana, where you will land at Jose Marti airport. A Classic Escapes representative will greet you upon arrival and help to orient you to the magical enigmatic place that is Cuba. Start your trip in magical Havana, a city suspended in time with classic cars driving past colonial houses, with local Habaneros dancing to the rumba beat and cigar smoke filled wood-lined bars. The first thing you’ll notice in Havana is that the streets are filled with colorful and bright vintage “Old Styler” American cars. Enjoy a panoramic overview of Havana on your stop at the Revolution Square. Located in the modern political and cultural center of Havana, Revolution Square is presided over by a 357-foot tall tower with an elevator to take you to the top for spectacular views of Havana. The 59-foot statue of José Martí, the leader of the Cuban independence movement back in 1895 as well as a gifted poet and journalist, fronts the government palace. Lunch today is at the infamous Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a hot spot for Americans up until the Cuban Revolution. Afterwards, venture off to discover Habana Vieja, the old part of the city with some of the most stunning Spanish colonial architecture in the world. The old city was declared a UNESCO Heritage of Mankind Site in 1982. Continue with your educational overview of the City and its people by visiting some of the city’s iconic sights, including: Capitolio, Obispo Street and the Cathedral Square. Stop for an interactive visit to San Jose Craft Market before arriving at your hotel and enjoying a welcome cocktail. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at local paladar or private restaurant. Overnight at the MELIA HABANA HOTEL in standard rooms or similar.

(Lunch, Dinner)

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Cuba’s climate is mild and subtropical. Throughout the year, temperatures range between 65 degrees and 95 degrees, making it a wonderful destination to visit particularly in the winter. The rainy season is May to October, but it does not rain every day or all day, although there can be torrential rain at times, including hurricanes between June and November. The dry season is November through April.