CUBA 143 CENTRALAMERICA Imaginative Facts Tour code: LACU • Activities: Cycling • Accommodation: 12 nights tourist class hotels • Transport: Bike, private bus • Fully Escorted: By Imaginative Traveller tour leader and/ or local Cuban guide DAY 1: HAVANA- Arrival day. DAY 2: HAVANA- After a morning orientation tour of the old city of Havana, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Free afternoon to further explore this vibrant city with its creaking old cars, beautiful colonial buildings and lively street life. ( BL) DAY 3: VIÑALES- An early morning start on the ' Tobacco Road' brings us to the province of Pinar del Rio in the western part of Cuba, where we visit a cigar factory on the way to the picturesque village of Viñales. Today we begin our cycling with a short ride to prepare ourselves for the rest of the tour. ( BD) DAY 4: PUERTO ESPERANZA- Today we cycle to nearby Puerto Esperanza, a charming village by the coast which is almost completely untouched by tourism. ( BLD) DAY 5: VIÑALES VALLEY- Cycle through the lush Viñales Valley, visiting several local farms and tobacco leaf- drying sheds. ( BLD) DAY 6: CIENFUEGOS- Drive to central Cuba and Cienfuegos, ' the pearl of the south'. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this famous port was redesigned by French colonists in 1819 and has many beautiful buildings. We have time to explore the city by bicycle, and sample the local speciality, fresh seafood. ( BLD) DAY 7: TRINIDAD- We transfer to Guajimico, from where we begin cycling to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with unique colonial architecture. There is time to wander the cobblestone streets, and admire the main square, surrounded by the mansions of the former sugar barons. ( BLD) DAY 8: TRINIDAD- A full free day to explore this enchanting town. Alternatively there is the option to cycle to the Valle de los Ingenios ( Sugarmill Valley) in the Sierra del Escambray, one of the most beautiful areas of Cuba. In the evening we might visit the local Casa de La Musica ( House of Music), to enjoy some of the best Cuban music. ( BD) DAY 9: ANCON BEACH- Today we ride our bicycles to the nearby Ancon Beach. We spend the day relaxing on its golden sands and swimming in the Caribbean Sea. ( BD) DAY 10: SANTA CLARA- Transfer to Topes de Collantes, from where we continue by bike to Santa Clara, a buzzing provincial town that was the first major city to be liberated by the communists. We visit the Che Guevara monument and have time to explore the old city. ( BD) DAYS 11 & 12: HAVANA- We return to Havana where the rest of our time is free to explore this amazing city. Why not spend your last evening drinking a Mojito in ' La Bodeguita del Medio', Hemingway's favourite bar in Havana. ( B) DAY 13: HAVANA- Tour ends. ( B) Note: A support vehicle accompanies the group at all times. This means that it is always available for those who might require a rest from cycling. Cycling to the rhythm of this fascinating country • Starting and ending in Havana- with support vehicle throughout! • Visit cigar factories and coastal villagesin the scenic Viñales Valley • Enjoy the best Cuban music in colonial Cienfuegos and Trinidad • Relaxon the golden Caribbean sandsof Ancon Beach • What better way to truly experience Cuba and meet the local people? Cycling Cuba • Seasonal Supplement £ 25 Single Supplement £ 130 ( optional) Voluntary Carbon Offset £ 17.44 * Price includes tour price of £ 999and local payment of € 275All prices are subject to currency fluctuations £ 1140pp Land Only * adventurer Tour duration 13 days Starts SunEnds Fri HavanaHavana 2009 03- May- 0915- May- 09 28- Jun- 0910- Jul- 09 • 23- Aug- 0904- Sep- 09 • 18- Oct- 0930- Oct- 09 13- Dec- 0925- Dec- 09 • Starts SunEnds Fri HavanaHavana 2010 07- Feb- 1019- Feb- 10 • 04- Apr- 1016- Apr- 10 30- May- 1011- Jun- 10 25- Jul- 1006- Aug- 10 • 19- Sep- 1001- Oct- 10 14- Nov- 1026- Nov- 10 • Seasonal supplement applies new tour for 2009 Save up to 15% on your tour - see page 243
ANTARCTICA 144 " Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. It is a spectacular, unforgettable and utterly unique continent. It is also the driest place on the planet!" antarctica Our Expedition Ships offer adventure combined with the service and many of the amenities of a classic passenger vessel. They provide quality and value at a good price. ' Clipper Adventurer'( 110 Guests) On board facilities: • All cabins have exterior views • 61 outside cabins, all featuring private facilities • Spacious dining room with unreserved seating: buffet- style breakfast with table service lunch and dinner with main course choices from changing daily menu; cakes served in mid- afternoon. • Lounge / Presentation room that accommodates all guests • 2 bars • Library and Gift Shop • Satellite communication, phone, email and internet access • Clinic with licensed doctor • Exercise room ' Lyubov Orlova' ( 110 Guests) On board facilities: • 59 outside cabins, all featuring private facilities. • Spacious dining room with unreserved seating: buffet- style breakfast with table service lunch and dinner with main course choices from changing daily menu; cakes served in mid- afternoon. • Newly renovated presentation room • Lounge and bar • Library with collection of polar- themed books • Satellite communication, phone, email • Clinic with licensed doctor • Exercise room Welcome to our Expedition Ships Expedition inclusions: • Welcome service at the airport on Day 1 in Ushuaia. • Hotel accommodations: one night pre- expedition with breakfast at our conveniently located hotel. ( The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travellers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.) • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping. • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. • All shore landings and Zodiac excursions as per the daily programme. • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities. • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers. • Photographic Journal on DVD. • A pair of rubber expedition boots on loan for shore landings. • Hair dryer in every cabin. • Coffee, tea, cocoa, and bottled water available around the clock. • Comprehensive pre- departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader. • Group transfers from the hotel to the ship at the embarkation port, and from the ship to the local airport on disembarkation - plus all baggage handling aboard ship. • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program. Antarctica 2009/ 10 Prices ex Ushuaia Classic Antarctica: Discovering the Peninsula Code: LTCA Expedition vessel ' Lyubov Orlova' or ' Clipper Adventurer' Fromper person Triple£ 2,049 Lower Deck Twin£ 2,890 Middle Deck Porthole Twin£ 3,415 Middle Deck Window Twin£ 3,625 Captains Deck Twin£ 3,310 Superior£ 3,785 Deluxe£ 4,310 Suite£ 4,365 All prices are per person. There is no local payment however this trip requires a booking deposit of £ 800. Please see booking conditions. Prices vary according to date of departure. Prices ex Ushuaia Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia Code: LTAF Expedition vessel ' Lyubov Orlova' or ' Clipper Adventurer' Fromper person Triple£ 4,149 Lower Deck Twin£ 5,520 Middle Deck Porthole Twin£ 6,149 Middle Deck Window Twin£ 6,520 Captains Deck Twin£ 7,625 Superior£ 6,999 Deluxe£ 6,999 Suite£ 8,680 All prices are per person. There is no local payment however this trip requires a booking deposit of £ 800. Please see booking conditions. Prices vary according to date of departure.