Exploring Cuba by rail now possible thanks to new Cuba by Rail and Cruise package

Posted: 21-Oct-15 12:18

One of North America's most highly specialised and largest providers of rail tours has unveiled today a brand new tour package that will instantly become Cuba's first ever rail holiday package. The new Cuba by Rail and Cruise recently launched by Vacations by Rail will see US travellers exploring Cuba like no one has ever before, taking in the landscapes that can only be admired from its old trains. The new 12-day tour will be a People-to-People cultural exchange programme and will start at New York, travelling by train to Miami and from there taking a cruise to Cuba, where more train journeys awaits.

Exploring Cuba by rail now possible thanks to new Cuba by Rail and Cruise package

A first for Cuba, some pretty lucky US travellers will be in for a treat when Vacations by Rail’s latest Cuba by Rail & Cruise officially launches in February 2016.

The new 12-day tour will see visitors boarding Cuba’s fleet of old trains on a journey throughout the island calling at various points of interest, including Cuba’s most heritage-rich cities, most dazzling natural reserves and most idyllic beaches.

Journeys begin on wheels from the very start, with the tour departing from New York, where passengers board a Silver Meteor train taking them to Miami, from which they will then embark on a luxury vessel, the MS Saint Laurent, which will be finally setting sail towards Cuban waters.

Once in Cuba the tour will be stopping at various destinations, starting in Havana and then moving on to Pinar del Rio (where they will visit the Viñales Valley), Maria La Gorda, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, Baracoa and Holguin.

One of the most comprehensive Cuba tours in existence today, this new package ensures travellers don’t leave a stone unturned, from taking in Cuba’s most glorious rural and protected natural landscapes, to diving in its richest coral-infested waters and taking in the local folklore, historic riches and architectural of colonial cities like Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos.

As part of the itinerary, travellers will be spending time with local artisans and musicians, hearing their stories from their own account and getting a first-hand insight into their daily lives. They will also be going on guided walks to learn about the various cities visited’ past and present, and to further gain a better perspective of what local life is like for many Cubans, they will also be given a fully immersive insight into local religious folklore as they are taken to see Afro-Cuban dance shows and learn about Santeria.

Experienced naturalist will also walk tourists along some of the most diverse ecosystems in the Caribbean with the opportunity to catch sighting of endemic bird species such as the Cuban Amazon parrots, the elusive Ivory-billed woodpeckers and the Hook-billed kites. To perfectly round it all off they will also dine at a family-owned organic farm, visit tobacco plantation fields and explore beautiful limestone caves.

Todd Powell, CEO and co-founder of Vacations By Rail said of their latest Cuba package addition;

"As travel regulations to Cuba continue to relax, we are seeing a huge pent-up demand by our customers for the Cuban experience, and we’re pleased we can now offer them the opportunity to visit through our newest rail/cruise product.

“Now is a great time for travelers who love music, food, culture, architecture and history to enjoy the rousing rhythms, lavish landscapes and friendly locals that make Cuba a top travel destination."

These new tours will kick off on 9th February at a starting cost of $5,353 per person, which includes all meals onboard the train and cruise, hotel and train stays as well as accommodation aboard the MS Saint Laurent for nine nights, where extra entertainment and activities will also be provided.


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