FABIENNE FOSSEZJOY BLAKECUBAHavana.Trinidad.Cayo Ensenachos..Cayo Las BrujasLuxury Cuba 12 days, 10 nightsHavana 3 nights, Trinidad 3n, Cayo Ensenachos 3n, Havana 1n.Day 1 Fly from the UK, arriving Havana the same evening. Private transport to your accommodation, the classy, neoclassical Hotel Saratoga, on the fringe of the old city, overlooking the capitolio. Day 2 Tour of the historical highlights of the city. Day 3 Explore on your own the attractive and seductive corners of the capital; maybe visit a museum, see some live music or a cabaret, or drop in to a bar for a refreshing mojito cocktail. Days 4-6 Transfer to Trinidad (p58) by private car. You will stay at the Iberostar Trinidad Hotel, a small and elegant property occupying a meticulously restored colonial building in the heart of the town. From here you can easily explore on foot the cobbled streets, mansions, churches and parks of this beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. Days 7-9 Drive across the causeways linking a necklace of cayes on the north coast to the Royal Hideaway Resort on undeveloped Cayo Ensenachos. This all-inclusive property is particularly graceful with arches and fountains, and a style harking back to a bygone age of prosperity. Day 10 Fly from Cayo Las Brujas for a night in Havana. Day 11 Transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving day 12. Prices from £1,106pp based on two sharing, excluding transatlantic flights. Daily from the UK city tour with a difference Enjoy a ride round Havana in the back seat of one of the many pre- revolutionary, chrome-embellished American classic cars which still cruise the streets. You might feel as though you're driving through a film set: the soundtrack is provided by Havana's many talented musicians whose music exudes from the atmospheric bars and tree-lined plazas throughout the city. Centre stage is 'Habana Vieja' which has many museums, galleries and churches lining its cobblestone streets. Viñales?just breathtaking scenery and wonderful view from Los Jazmines Hotel. IE, Ross-on-Wye020 8747 8315 / journeylatinamerica.co.uk bookings, consultant advice and additional information 57Below Rooftop pool at Saratoga.
IBEROSTARParadisus VaraderoThose heading for the beach have a wealth of choice in Cuba, from the family-friendly international resort at Varadero to quieter places further down the coast and on the coral cayes. Historically significant cities?Trinidad, Santa Clara, Santiago? can be reached by fast road from the capital. You can visit in organised excursions but we suggest you consider hiring a car to explore this area or the island as a whole, an adventurous but rewarding option. Southeast of Havana, wedged between the south coast and the Escambray mountains lies Trinidad, Cuba's most graceful and cultured city, which has a vibrant music scene. The luxurious, well-regarded Iberostar Trinidad Hotel makes for a great base from which to explore the cobbled streets, palaces and museums of this colonial treasure and take excursions to the sandy beach and lakes and woodland of the mountain backdrop. The low-rise all-inclusive resort, Paradisus Varadero sits on the quieter eastern end of the peninsula (below). There is a huge pool, several restaurants and a full programme of activities, water-sports and entertainment, making this an ideal spot for families.East from Havana Hotel lberostar, Trinidad was the nicest hotel on the trip, elegant and very peaceful. We had a very spacious and comfortable room with a patio area. FW, Stockport58 Cuba