Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Booking the trip to Cuba

Normally I book the all my holidays independently by searching the internet and booking multiple hotels, flights and car hire. I then end up with some complex itinerary staying in 4 or 5 hotels, flying to my destination with one airline, using another airline to get to another part of the country, perhaps with a car hire or a bus or train journey thrown in somewhere.

This year I decided that it would be nice to have a holiday where everything was all arranged for us. No hassles of booking all the different parts of the holiday separately – just decide where to go and find out where we can get the best price. So my boyfriend Stuart and I set to work looking through the Caribbean brochures to find our ideal all inclusive holiday destination, for a cost of less than £1000 each.

After many hours of looking at Caribbean brochures till my eyes glazed over I came up with the idea of Cuba. This is a country that I’ve always wanted to visit, and the thought of combining a city break in Havana with lazy days on an all-inclusive resort really appealed to me. I don’t think I’d want to spend a whole fortnight on a resort without seeing the real country. It would be a shame to travel so far and only see the inside of a resort.

After looking at the hotels in the brochure and reading reviews on websites I went in search of the cheapest price, checking out a few of my favourite websites for finding holidays such as lastminute.com and TripAdvisor In the end I found a holiday I liked the look of on a site called http://www.theholidayplace.co.uk and ended up booking a 13 night holiday for 880, travelling on May 11th from Gatwick. The price included return flights with Cubana Airways, 10 nights all inclusive in the 5 star Playa Pesquero resort, internal flight from Holguin airport to Havana, 3 nights in the 5 start Hotel Nacional in Havana and all transfers to and from the airport by coach. Although this is slightly more money than I normally spend upfront for a holiday, this price included all my meals and alcoholic drinks for 10 nights, so I figured that in the end it would actually work out mucho cheapo, due to the fact that I’d hardly need any spending money for the first 10 days.

I was very happy with the The Holiday Place for booking the trip. You have to speak to them on the phone to actually make your booking, but they’re very helpful and friendly and I received my tickets and my tourist visa (extra £25) on time.


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