An island nation of the size of Benelux, this amazing country offers multiple experiential layers to the visitor: a culture rich and diverse in religion, ways of life and expression in art and food all blending together with the traces of past colonisations, there are national parks filled with a myriad of species including leopard and the iconic Asian Elephant and mountains draped with tea gardens and treaded with trails and ringed by golden beaches.
Situated at the southern end of the Indian Ocean there are a few islands that are close geographically, each with such different characters. First of all, Réunion Island, politically French territory with multiple cultural influences, it offers a very volcanic landscape – out of the ordinary with fantastic possibilities for walks and hikes around the famous Pitons culminating at 3,070 metres of altitude! Further east, Mauritius, a former British colony, with its superb coast offers many activities (beach, water sports, diving, snorkelling), there are the well-known tourist parts but also wilder parts such as the south coast. Finally the island of Rodrigues even further east, which has retained its authenticity and offers some of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. What could be better than to combine them during an exceptional trip.
The initial shock of Havana, with its first delights: its old city, its markets, its nightly impromptu concerts, its small restaurants. For those with rhythm in their soul, a Salsa dance class awaits you, for others a percussion class, or both! Let the atmosphere of Havana seep into you to get the best out of this trip. Then onto Viñales and Trinidad to explore what they have to offer, then head north to Varadero and its chilled atmosphere. And finally back to Havana for a last concert!
At the meeting point the Caribbean and South America, these islands have different geological origins, Tobago more oriented to the tourist has the oldest protected rainforest in the New World and Trinidad, though more vibrant, offers hidden treasures.
After three nights on an enchanting tiny islet off Martinique, you join a catamaran for a cruise along the southern islands, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, and St. Lucia where you spend your time sailing, hiking on mythical two volcanoes, reading, relaxing and snorkeling.
During this trip, you will explore the southern Caribbean explorers did in the past, by sail. Hiking the volcanoes, magnificent scenery, see the leatherback turtles, these are the real treasures of the Caribbean.