Explore, the adventure travel specialist, is encouraging customers to travel to Cuba sooner rather than later to experience the country’s unique character and charm before it changes forever.
Following talks between American President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro, it was announced last night that relations between Cuba and America have thawed, allowing Americans to travel more freely to Cuba.
Ashley Toft, Managing Director of Explore has travelled to Cuba on a number of occasions and has mixed emotions about the news.
“On the one hand it is very evident that change will come at some stage, and that the younger generation of Cubans are waiting for that to happen. Whilst they have excellent education and healthcare, there is still real poverty, and they lack things that we all take for granted such as a choice of goods to buy (food is mostly from ration shops) and access to the internet and to world news.”
He goes on to add “on the other hand, part of the charm and intrigue of Cuba as a travel destination is that it is ‘stuck in time’, with few shops, no global brands and of course a huge number of old gas guzzling 50’s American cars on the roads.
"I have no doubt that change will happen quickly once diplomatic relations start to build, and especially if congress agree to start lifting sanctions, which looks likely to happen now. All these things will take some time, but if you want to see Castro’s Cuba before change starts to happen and I would really recommend travelling soon."
Explore offers 11 small group tours that take customers to the very heart of Cuba. Amongst the most popular is the eight day Backroads and Beaches of Cuba offering an exciting introduction to Cuba, exploring the captivating capital of Havana and the twisting alleyways of the colonial town of Trinidad. Along the way discover the dramatic limestone 'mogotes' landscape of Vinales, visit Che Guevara's mausoleum at Santa Clara and travel to the historic Bay of Pigs. Prices start at £1,299 per person, this eight day tour includes return flights; seven nights hotel with breakfast; transport; and the service of a driver, tour leader and local guides.
Explores’ Highlights of Cuba by Bicycle tour provides a unique experience this cycling on quiet roads through the verdant countryside and along the stunning coastlines of Cuba. En route explore the colonial towns of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, Remedios and Trinidad - and experience Cuban hospitality in Casas Particulares. Also visit the historic Bay of Pigs, the monument to Che Guavara in Santa Clara and the vibrant capital Havana. Prices start at £1,499 per person this eight day tour includes return flights; five nights hotel accommodation and two nights homestay all with breakfast; transport including bike hire; and the service of a driver, bike mechanic, and tour leader / cycle guide.
Another favourite is the 15 day Cuba Libre tour which explores the island's revolutionary history and its modern, exotic Caribbean culture. Visit glorious countryside, from verdant rainforests to volcanic mountains, home to hummingbirds and exotic orchids. The sea is never far away, with spectacular coastlines and tropical islands to enjoy. Prices start from £1769 per person, this 15 day tour includes return flights; 12 nights hotel and two nights camping all with breakfast; some other meals; transport; and the service of a tour leader, driver and local guides.
For further information, or to book, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 884723.
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