There are few better ways to explore the waters off Varadero than this luxury catamaran cruise. This full day jaunt includes free time and lunch on a tropical beach on Cayo Blanco. And to top it off, you'll jump in for a 15-minute encounter with dolphins, too.After setting sail from Varadero Marina, relax aboard en route to your first stop, Rancho Cangrejo – a platform in the middle of the sea. Then, head to tiny Cayo Blanco. This place has a real desert island feel – all powder-like sands, swaying palms and turquoise waters. Drop anchor and hit the beach for a tasty lunch served fresh.Once refuelled, roll out a towel on the beach or take a dip in the warm ocean. Snorkelling off the beach is also recommended – the waters here are teeming with tropical fish. You'll round off the day with a short dolphin encounter where you can learn and interact with these clever aquatic mammals.
If you thought Varadero was the business, wait till you sail by catamaran to Cayo Blanco. This luxury cruise will take you to a secluded key of white sands and clear waters, where you can unwind on the beach while nursing a rum cocktail or snorkel among the reefs.
This two-day tour is an insight into the Cuba of old. You'll discover the stopped-in-time charms of Trinidad and Cienfuegos – two of Cuba's oldest cities. And after spending the night in the Escambray Mountains, you'll follow a highland trail and see the Tren Blindado Museum.First up is Cienfuegos for a guided tour of this elegant seaside city, known as the ‘Pearl of the South'. See the most impressive buildings, including Palacio de Valle – a grand seafront hotel stuck in an early-20th century timewarp. Then, visit Trinidad, a city with a timelessness that has earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Day one ends with a stay in Topes de Collantes Natural Park. The next morning, you'll hop on a truck for a mountain tour. Coffee and banana trees as well as the trogon, Cuba's national bird, are all on the sightseeing checklist. Rounding off the tour is a drive by Santa Clara's Tren Blindado Museum.
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With its peeling Spanish buildings, 1950s American cars and cigar-chomping locals, Havana looks and feels like something from a movie set. And this tour immerses you in the capital's charms. Among the sites visited are Old Havana, Revolution Square and the Vedado district.
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Driven in a 4x4, you'll go where no car can go into the heart of Matanzas province as you trundle by sugar plantations and sleepy villages of the Yumuri Valley. Visit the paradisiacal Coral beach, snorkel in the stunning Saturno Cave, have lunch in a ranch and enjoy a motorboat adventure on the River – all in just one day.
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Think Cuba and think cigars and rum. And this tour will introduce you to both commodities and give you an insight into how they've been woven into the fabric of Cuban national identity. A sightseeing tour of Cardenas rounds off the day.
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