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. Sailing from Varadero, you've an hour or so to chill on deck or lounge on the nets before stopping at a platform in the middle of the sea where you can dive into the water. Next is Cayo Blanco itself, where we'll drop anchor off the beach for lunch.
This two-day tour gives you a taste of some of Cuba's prettiest cities and countryside spots. You'll explore Cienfuegos, with stops at Ciénaga de Zapata and Punta Perdiz for snorkelling on the way. After spending the night in the Escambray Mountains, you'll follow a highland trail and see the Che Guevara Museum.First up is Ciénaga de Zapata. Part of the most important wetland region in the Caribbean, it's a haven for rare plants, birds and wildlife. After snorkelling in the waters off Punta Pediz, there'll be lunch at a local restaurant, plus an open bar. Next, visit Cienfuegos for a guided tour of this elegant seaside city, known as the ‘Pearl of the South'. Day one ends with a stay in Topes de Collantes Natural Park.The next morning, you'll hop on a former Red Army 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 Che Guevara Museum.
There are few better ways to explore the waters off Varadero than this luxury catamaran cruise. This full day jaunt includes free time and a seafood barbecue 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 lunch of fresh prawns, lobster, octopus, chicken and rice.After lunch, 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.
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.
See both old and new Havana on this premium tour of the Cuban capital. Among the star turns of this full-day trip are a visit to Hemingway's villa, a cannon shot ceremony and a delicious dinner in an authentic local restaurant.Kick off at Finca Vigia, Hemingway's Cuban retreat. And it still looks as if he'd just run out the door, with papers and typewriter in situ. You'll also drop into La Floridata and La Bodeguita del Medio – two of his favourite hangouts. Next, discover landmarks such as the Cathedral and St Francis of Assisi Square. There's also a panoramic tour taking in Revolution Square and more.Afterwards, recharge with a cocktail in a typical bar, where you'll collect your lunch box. There's also dinner in an Old Havana restaurant and the cannon shot ceremony at Morro Castle.
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, Colono Cemetery and the Vedado district.