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We've done it - we've bought our flights to Cuba. Now the planning begins!

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Well, we've done it. Thank you Pres. Obama for galvanising us into action. [we want to get there before half of America does]. After lots of thinking and changes of minds over dates, we finally pressed the button. Return from LGW to Havana from 4th-25th Jan. We looked at other alternatives - BA, Air France and KLM, but in the end, Virgin was cheaper [£1100 each, prem economy] and better, particularly as we can fly from our local airport to LGW which will be very convenient.

so now - the planning begins. My present idea is this:

Day 1 - arrive Havana at 17.50. Stay in Havana for 4 nights.
Day 5 - Fly to Holguin. stay 3 nights, see city and surroundings.
Day 8 - bus/taxi /drive to Baracoa - stay 2 nights
Day 10 - bus/taxi/drive to Santiago - stay 3 nights
Day 13 - bus/train/drive to Camaguey - stay 2 nights
Day 15 - bus/train/drive to Trinidad - stay 3 nights
Day 18 - bus/train.drive to Cienfuegos - stay 2 nights
Day 20 - bus/taxi/drive to Havana or Vinales - stay 2 nights
Day 22 - fly home [flight is at 20.00 so we have a whole day either in Havana or getting back from Vinales. [about 2 hours to the airport].

I appreciate that there are few people on the forum who have had the opportunity to do a trip like this [though it looks as if that may be changing] but I still thought that i would like to consult you all. if no-one responds, I've not lost anything, and it's been helpful to write my ideas down to see how they work.

one of the main decisions we need to make is whether to hire a car or not. I've read various different views about this; mainly I'm worried about the prospect of being stuck in Cuba if we had an accident and the police wouldn't let us leave [not unheard of, I gather]. Also getting taxis and buses would mean mixing more with locals, though we might not be able to go exactly where we wanted to.

any thought/suggestions all gratefully received.

thanks!

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