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Cuba

Take delight in the authenticity of Cuba, this open air museum where history has left its timeless stamp. Havana and Trinidad ooze colonial charm while Viñales offer stunning natural scenery. Enjoy paradiacal, white sandy beaches in Varadero and Cayo Santa Maria. Live at the rhythm o fthe salsa and enjoy the hospitable Cubans, their rum, cigars, and stories about Che... They are just a few or the ingredients which will turn Cuba into the sensation which will thrill you for years to come.

Hotels & Meals

Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean cuisines. Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. Food rationing, which has been the norm in Cuba for the last four decades, restricts the common availability of these dishes. The traditional Cuban meal is not served in courses; all food items are served at the same time.

The typical meal could consist of plantains, black beans and rice, ropa vieja (shredded beef), Cuban bread, pork with onions, and tropical fruits. Black beans and rice, referred to as Moros y Cristianos (or moros for short), and plantains are staples of the Cuban diet. Many of the meat dishes are cooked slowly with light sauces. Garlic, cumin, oregano, and bay leaves are the dominant spices.

(Wikipedia)

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you. 

Travel Documents

  • An international e-passport containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 1 day at the date of return + a Cuba Tourist Card which can be obtained from your travel shop at 22 EUR. All travelers to Cuba must be able to present proof of a insurance policy, certificate or traveling assistance valid for the time they will stay in Cuba and approved by Asistur. 
  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. 

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. Please surf to http://www.itg.be for the latest updates.

Time Zones

-6h (summer),  -7h (winter)

Currency

Currency

Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), 10 CUC = 8.76 EUR & 1EUR = 1.14 CUC (02/11/2018)

Payment Methods

Bring cash euro's (small notes). The exchange of USD are heavily taxed. Please also note that Credit Cards issued by American bank institution such as American Expess, Diners, Citibank,...are NOT accepted. Use of other Credit cards will be subject to a 10% commission.

Climate

Tropical climate with two seasons: a dry season (winter) from November to May and a rainy season (summer) from June to October-November (characterized by intense but short rainfall).

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Havana 26 27 28 30 31 32 32 32 31 30 28 27
Santiago de Cuba 27 27 27 27 28 29 29 29 29 29 29 28
Trinidad 26 26 27 28 28 28 27 27 27 27 27 26
Varadero 27 27 28 29 30 31 31 31 31 29 28 27

 

Highlights

  • Havana
  • The most vibrant city in the Caribbean, with its colonial palaces, vintage cars and late night salsa music and parties. Havana is the cultural and historical capital of Cuba. Its old houses worn by the years testify to a rich colonial past and give the impression that time has been frozen a long time ago. Be sure to take a stroll along the Malecon, the long ocean-hugging avenue which connects Old Havana with the residential districts of Miramar. And do enjoy a mojito or a cuba libre; the real stuff!

  • Cayo Santa Maria
  • From Remedio, a 45 km long bridge spans the sea and verdant mangroves and introduces you to Cayo Santa Maria, the perfect place for each for beach fun after your selfdrive. Its small stretches of white sand bordering the crystal clear ocean waters invite you to unwind and enjoy sea, sand and sun. Each of our all-in hotels here offer sporting activities, entertainment and shows.

  • Varadero
  • Its sandy beaches and turquoise waters make it the ideal place to unwind after your selfdrive or even spend a beach holiday here. Our selection of all-in hotels all offer sports activities, entertainment and shows. Night owls can 'work-out' in bars and discotheques of the seaside resorts to their heart's content.

  • Viñales
  • The cradle of fine cigars
    Beautiful green landscapes and limestones rock formations are the ideal setting for a magnificent nature walk, bicycle trip or ride on horseback

  • Trinidad
  • Magnificently preserved colonial town and Unesco World Heritage Site
    Perfect sport for a leisurely stroll through the streets and over the squares

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