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CUBA

22nd – 30th November 2018

Pre & Post-conference Extensions in Trinidad de Cuba

Conference Plus is pleased to return to Cuba after 17 years to enjoy the special timeless nature of this beautiful Caribbean island. We shall organise a programme of Continuing Medical Education alongside visiting a Cuban Polyclinic. We shall be based in Havana first and then the beach area of Varadero whilst providing the opportunity of either a pre- or post-conference extension to the beautiful colonial town of Trinidad.

The magnificent Iberostar Parque Central in Havana is ideally located on the edge of the historic Old Town and the centre of the "new" Havana opposite rows of vintage classic car taxis, the iconic National Capitol building as well as the neo-baroque Gran Teatro. This elegant 5* hotel is known for its colonial-style architecture, comfortable rooms and rooftop swimming pool.

Havana has a rich colonial past as well as plenty of history of the Cuban Revolution plus the literary giant Ernest Hemingway. His love of Cuban rum has been preserved in the El Floridita bar (the cradle of the daiquiri cocktail) and in La Bodequita del Medio (the home of the Mojito).

Cubans seem to have music in their blood so it is no surprise to hear the Salsa rhythms escaping from the many bars and restaurants that line the streets of old Havana. For aficionados there is the opportunity to go to the Buena Vista Social Club or the world famous dance review Cabaret Tropicana.

Havana is also synonymous with cigars and there will be an opportunity to see how the tobacco leaves are transformed into famous brands such as Montecristo, Romeo & Julieta and Cohiba.

During our stay in the capital you will have the opportunity to join a walking tour of the city to learn all about their checkered history, take a ride in a fabulous vintage car around town or practice your Salsa skills with a Cuban dance teacher. You can sample the cocktails in Floridita and experience the stunning shows with their infectious rhythms and dancing.

Varadero is well known for the most beautiful beaches in Cuba. This lends itself well as the base for our conference sessions. As well as being able to enjoy the white sandy beaches and azure blue sea between conference sessions there will also be an opportunity to visit the capital of the province Las Matanzas with its magnificent Pharmacy Museum and interesting architecture.

Our base on the coast is the Iberostar Hotel Varadero. This is a 5* resort hotel located on the soft white sandy beach in Varadero. The hotel offers an All Inclusive meal package to all of its guests, which includes food and drinks. There is a main dining room plus 4 specialty restaurants, as well as poolside snacks. They offer entertainment during the day as well as in the evenings.

You can play tennis, beach volleyball, or archery all free of charge, as well as joining aerobics or kayaking. For a small fee you can also go horse riding, scuba diving, water skiing or play a round of golf.
Or you can simply relax on the beautiful beach or around one of the pools and read a good book.

Programme Overview:

  • Direct Flights with Virgin Atlantic from London to Havana
  • Private land travel for our group within Cuba
  • 3 nights at the 5* Iberostar Hotel Parque Central, Havana B&B
  • 4 nights Iberostar Hotel Varadero. All Inclusive
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners & drinks included in Varadero
  • Exclusive optional Tour Programme
  • Optional extension in the Cuban town of Trinidad

At Additional cost:

  • Academic post-graduate educational programme
  • Optional tours
  • Optional Extension to Trinidad de Cuba
  • Flight upgrades
  • Room upgrades
  • Tourist visa

 

PRE or POST CONFERENCE EXTENSIONS

OPTION 1 & 2

There is an optional extension either pre or post-conference to stay in the Cuban colonial town of Trinidad which exudes charm with its cobbled streets and colourful buildings. This is an opportunity that should not be missed but places are limited due to the small size of the hotel, so early booking is advised.

The Pre-Conference Extension has 1 night in Havana followed by two nights in Trinidad and the Post-Conference Extension has an additional 2 nights in Varadero followed by 2 nights in Trinidad.

The 5* Iberostar Trinidad is undoubtedly the best hotel in town, a stunning colonial building in beautiful surroundings with the most comfortable beds.

Trinidad is a Unesco World Heritage Site and you will immediately see why. Full of beautifully coloured buildings lining the cobbled streets, with arts & craft shops, cafes and restaurants in abundance and music spilling out from its doorways. There are a few museums in the town which you may like to visit in your own time and the ‘Casa de la Musica’, an outdoor music venue where you can while away the evening with a cocktail whilst listening to the bands playing all the great Cuban vibes and join the locals on the dance floor.

From Trinidad it is possible to take a train journey through the sugar plantation valley to an old farmhouse to hear about the history of the sugar industry.

Not far from Trinidad is the beautiful town of Cienfuegos which bears testimony to the presence of the French on the island reflected in the wonderful architecture. We will be stopping here for a visit en route either to of from Trinidad.

OPTION 3

And for those of you who would like a few more nights at the beach, we can offer an extension at the Varadero hotel returning on 03 December (landing 04 Dec) giving you an additional 4 nights at the Iberostar Varadero all inclusive hotel.

Includes all meals, drinks, hotel facilities as outlined in the main programme and airport transfer to Havana at the end of your stay.

Academic Faculty to include:

  • Dr Catherine Hardman

    Consultant Paediatric and Adult Dermatologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

    Paediatric Dermatology, Eczema and Food Allergy, Psoriasis update, Skin Cancer

  • Dr Rama Vancheeswaran

    Consultant Integrated Respiratory Physician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

    Asthma targeting treatment to the correct phenotype, COPD a change in approach to management, Interstitial Lung Disease, Chronic Cough

  • Prof Hasan Tahir

    Consultant Physician in Rheumatology and Acute Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust and Spire Bushey

    Back pain, Sports Injuries, Inflammatory Arthritis, Pot Pourri of Rheumatological Problems

  • Mr Anuj Goyal

    Consultant Urological Surgeon, The Royal Free Hospital, London Spire Hospital Bushey

    UTIs, Haematuria, Urinary Tract Stones

Flights with Virgin Atlantic

CUBA - Main Tour

Date From Depart Arrive To
22/11/18 London Gatwick 11:30 16:40 Havana
29/11/18 Havana 19:10 08:50 (30/11) London Gatwick

TRINIDAD de CUBA - Pre-conference extension

Date From Depart Arrive To
19/11/18 London Gatwick 12:30 17:40 Havana
29/11/18 Havana 19:10 08:50 (30/11) London Gatwick

TRINIDAD de CUBA - Post-conference extension OR VARADERO Post-conference extension

Date From Depart Arrive To
22/11/18 London Gatwick 11:30 16:40 Havana
03/12/18 Havana 20:10 09:50 (04/12) London Gatwick

All flight times subject to confirmation.

Please request a quote for Business Class.

Visas

Tourist visas are required by all visitors to Cuba and these must be completed before travel and taken on the trip for the immigration authorities. Allow us to take the hassle out of this for you by obtaining them on your behalf which will then be posted to you with your final documents. Please indicate on the booking form if you are happy for us to do this.

Price

Cuba Main Tour

£1799 per person, includes flights based on economy fares. Upgrades to Premium Economy & Upper Class available. Based on two people sharing a double/twin Classic room.

Course Fee: £540 per delegate

Extras

  • Tourist visa – £24
  • Single supplement – £295 in a classic room in Havana & Varadero
  • Parque Central Colonial Suite, Havana upgrade supplement (double occupancy) 123 per person for 3 nights
  • Parque Central Colonial Suite, Havana upgrade supplement (single occupancy) 235 per person for 3 nights
  • Iberostar Varadero Spa Room (double occupancy) 148 per person for 4 nights
  • Iberostar Varadero Spa Room (single occupancy) 288 per person for 4 nights
  • Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy FROM: 741 (subject to availability)
  • Virgin Atlantic Upper Class FROM: 1367 (subject to availability)

Extension Option 1 - Trinidad de Cuba Pre-Conference Extension (3 nights)

  • £659 per person, includes 1 night accommodation in Havana and 2 nights in Trinidad on Bed & Breakfast, and all transfers. Based on two people sharing a double/twin room.
  • £145 single supplement
  • Parque Central Colonial Suite, Havana upgrade supplement (double occupancy) 41 per person
  • Parque Central Colonial Suite, Havana upgrade supplement (single occupancy) 79
  • Trinidad Terrace room supplement (double occupancy) 30 per person
  • Trinidad Terrace room supplement (single occupancy) 90 per person
  • Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy FROM: 741 (subject to availability)
  • Virgin Atlantic Upper Class FROM: 1517 (subject to availability)

Extension Option 2 - Trinidad de Cuba Post-Conference Extension (4 nights)

  • £674 per person, includes return flights as shown above, 2 nights accommodation in Varadero and 2 nights in Trinidad on Bed & Breakfast, and all transfers. Based on two people sharing a double/twin room.
  • £180 single supplement
  • Iberostar Varadero Spa Room upgrade supplement (double occupancy) 74 per person
  • Iberostar Varadero Spa Room upgrade supplement (single occupancy) 144
  • Trinidad Terrace room supplement (double occupancy) 30 per person
  • Trinidad Terrace room supplement (single occupancy) 90 per person
  • Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy FROM: £741 (subject to availability)
  • Virgin Atlantic Upper Class FROM: £1517 (subject to availability)

Extension Option 3 - Varadero Post-Conference Extension (4 nights)

  • £499 per person. Based on two people sharing a double/twin Classic room on All Inclusive basis in Iberostar Varadero.
  • £199 single supplement. Classic room on All Inclusive basis.
  • Iberostar Varadero Spa Room (double occupancy) 148 per person for 4 nights
  • Iberostar Varadero Spa Room (single occupancy) 288 per person for 4 nights
  • Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy FROM: £741 (subject to availability)
  • Virgin Atlantic Upper Class FROM: £1517 (subject to availability)

Deposit (non refundable)

£750 per person

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Hotels

Iberostar Parque Central, Havana

www.iberostar.com/en/hotels/la-habana/iberostar-parque-central

 

Iberostar Varadero

www.iberostar.com/en/hotels/varadero/iberostar-varadero

 

Iberostar Trinidad

www.iberostar.com/en/hotels/trinidad

 

Booking

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