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Cathay Pacific Business Class Earlybird to Europe
Raising the Curtain on Cuba with Tina
Sizzling Cuban Holidays
Caribbean and Cuban Cruises
Celebrate the Holidays in Paradise with Paul Gauguin
In the News
And Finally
Cathay Pacific Business Class Earlybird to Europe

Cathay Pacific Business Class

Cathay Pacific Business Class Earlybird to Europe

Why should you fly with Cathay? Dylan on our Products Team enjoyed Cathay's Business Class on a recent trip to China, below are some of his favourite things about Cathay:

- Spacious and comfortable fully-flatbed seats
- Fantastic service from check-in through to welcome drinks and then onto dessert
- Delicious food to suite all tastes, with Western and Chinese influenced options every course was incredibly satisfying
- The wine list and beer and cocktail options make for the perfect accompaniment to your meals
- The four business class lounges in Hong Kong are superb, with fantastic interiors and facilities and a rnage of cuisines from pizza, to noodle bars to cafes 


Business Class to London

London

$9175

Save $1750

from $7,425


Business Class to Paris
Paris Skyline

$8900

Save $1750

from $7,150

Business Class to Europe
Venice

$8800

Save $1750

from $7,050
  • Earlybird Business Class Special to Europe for Departures 01Mar16 - 30Nov16
  • Fly flat bed on select routes
  • For full terms and conditions please contact your travel specialist
  • Sale until 27Nov15

Other Amazing First and Business Class Specials

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Raising the Curtain on Cuba with Tina

Havana, the Capital of Cuba

A mystery wrapped in a time capsule, smothered with gorgeous antique veneer and coated with colourful spice; Cuba is a country that's hard to define. With the embargo curtain that has covered Cuba for so long finally being drawn, travellers are flocking once more to see the Pearl of Antilles. Whether you travel for the people, the culture, the history or the landscape itself you'll always find a little bit for everyone here. Tina Tong
Tina Tong

Havana

Where better to start on your Cuban journey than in the capital of Havana? A bombardment of colours, sound, flavours and culture is what welcomes you from the first moment you step foot in pastel coloured city. The vibrant capital of Cuba has stood proud through the years of neglect and emerged just as beautiful as ever, a celebration of a nation truly coming into its own again. 

Walk the Picturesque Streets of the Cuban Capital

Founded in 1519 by the Spanish, la Habana, as the locals call it, is home to some of the best historical sites in the Caribbean. The impressive area of Old Havana stands as a testament to the impressive architecture of the city's past as one of the most important ports in the region. A must see is the extensive network of fortifications which still stand in place protecting the buildings constructed by the gold of the conquering Spanish fleets. Past the former city walls you'll discover an intricate arrangement of urban plazas surrounded by gorgeous classical architecture. You'll want to get lost in the UNESCO protected region, it is truly unique and you won't find anything else quite like it on the rest of the American continent.

Cafe Laurent and the Walls of Old havana

What truly makes the city of Havana special is not its history however but it's present, its people. The vibrant local community of Havana is a tourist attraction in its own right. From the intense flavours of the new culinary renaissance of a post embargo restaurant community, to the colourful and ever entertaining classic car culture and sizzling nightlife, the Cuban people are as interesting as any of the islands attractions. While in Havana some of the best restaurants to check out for great ambience and Cuban food are Castropol (make sure to get seated upstairs for the best view of the Malecón), Abel, Castes & Tal, Bellopuerto, Café Laurent or La Floridana.

A Cuban Feast and Dancing the Night Away

If you fancy yourself a dancing star then Havana's nightlife will definitely suit you. The outdoor venue La Cecilia is probably the most iconic night club in the city boasting a roster of local salsa legends with live bands and frequent dance performances. If you want a more traditional night out then Tropicana offers a Las Vegas Style with a sizzling Cuban flair.

If you're a fan of literary fiction then Hemmingway's old haunt La Floridita is a must! Located in Old Havana this bar is home to Hemingway's favourite daiquiri in the world, and the bar's owners keep the writers indomitable spirit alive with a life-sized  statue of the writer standing at the bar. If you are a Hemmingway fan, then just outside of the city you'll also find the village of Finca Vigia where the author's Cuban home still stands. The modest town was home to the American when he wrote three of his most celebrated works, the Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bells Toll and Moveable Feast.

Playa Del Este

If you want a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean then you'll have to head outside of the capital. Playa del Este (Eastern Beach) is one hour outside of Havana and offers the best day in the sun and sand close to the city. However if you are venturing around the island then you will be spoilt for choice, with hundreds of fantastic beaches on offer where you frolic in the Cuban sun.

The Breathtaking Viñales Valley

On a day trip outside of the capital you can go on tours to the marvellous community of Las Terrazas or the breathtaking Viñales Valley, both UNESCO protected sites. The eco-village of Las Terrazas is extremely popular with travellers, offering not only Cuba's only canopy tour but also boasts being the site of Cuba's oldest surviving coffee plantation. Further afield and around two and a half hours outside of Havana is Viñales Valley. Located near the western end of the island this rocky valley is renowned for its striking landscape and traditional agricultural practices. Time honoured methods of farming tobacco are still used here, with modern machinery forsaken in favour of animals and good old fashioned human effort. The site is of significant historical and cultural importance with a rich melting pot of ethnicities representing the vast colourful makeup of the Caribbean all in one place.

Trinidad

Trinidad

South East of Havana, on the other side of the island you'll find the famous city of Trinidad. While the region is infamous for its industrial endeavours, the city itself is not to be underrated as a travel destination. The scenic town is more traditional then the vastly modernised Havana and you'll find yourself lazily walking along pebble streets as you hop from bar to restaurant to bar again. The city however is overshadowed by the beauty of the natural landscape that surrounds it. Rich nature swamps and verdant forests encased by imperious mountains offer endless opportunities for lovers of hiking and bird watching. While for those more historically inclined the nearby heritage listed Valle de los Ingenios offers the sites of over seventy former sugar mills, some as old as the eighteenth century! Closer to town, the gorgeous Ancon Beach offers a great way to spend your days lounging in the sun, while San Jose offer unlimited choices for dining and partying.

Cienfuegos - Pearl of the South

Cienfuegos

Also on the south side of the country is the famous Pearl of the South, Cienfuegos. Famously described as the Paris of the Caribbean, this early nineteenth century French settlement is iconic for its rich natural beauty and stunning resplendent white architecture. Circling probably the most beautiful natural bay in Cuba, Cienfuegos is famous for its aquatic activities and the nearby reefs along the coastline attract divers from all over the world. The calm crystal clear waters of the region are also perfect for water sports above the waves and will give you days of fun and entertainment. For those who want to continue their historical tour of Cuba then the famous Castillo de Jagua is a must visit. Widely recognised as one of Cuba's most important military structures, this fortress was built to defend the city against the scourge of pirates in the Caribbean and is a must history buffs and ghost chasers alike with legends suggesting the imperious structure is haunted.

A Town Called Australia on the Way to Cienfuegos and Classic Cars Along the Road

Travel Information

With no direct flights between Australia and Cuba, flight times can stack up going directly to the island. This makes it the perfect destination to add-on to any holiday you currently are planning in Central or South America, the USA or Europe. Havana is only a short flight from the American mainland and any of these destinations have easy connections throughout.

Since the relaxing of travel restrictions to Cuba by the US government, there has been huge interest worldwide in travel to the island.  This surge in demand, coupled with scarcity of inventory, and very limited phone/internet connection locally available, means it's highly recommended to prebook your accommodation especially if you wish to stay in the top hotels or get a rental cars. So to make sure to plan your trip well in advance, ask one of our dedicated Travel Specialists for details. 

For more information regarding flights, itinerary, accommodation or other travel arrangements, contact us on travel@firstclass.com.au, or call 1300 308 081.

 

 

Where to Stay in Cuba

Iberostar Parque Central Havana
Consistently rated #1 in Havana, this hotel is an oasis in the heart of the city's most culturally vibrant area, this iconic hotel combines two worlds of colonial and modern architecture to create an experience like no other.
Hotel Saratoga, Havana
A favourite of the likes of JayZ and Beyoncé, this first-class hotel combines luxury and innovative design with a great range of facilities, services and a central location. 
Hotel Palacio del Marqués de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal, Havana
Baroque and modern styles combine to form this charming 5-star hotel, with an unbeatable location on the picturesque Plaza de San Francisco de Asis.
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Sizzling Cuban Holidays

With a new wave of tourism flocking to Cuba, the best way to travel is with a guided tour.
Luckily there are some great luxury tour packages to choose from.

7 Day Cuban People and Places Tour with Tauck
Discover the best that Havana and her people have to offer with this incredible 7 day itinerary from Tauck. Explore local culture, history, art and food as Cuba opens it's shores.
7 Day Signature Cuba Tour with Abercrombie & Kent
Discover Cuba with this 7 day private itinerary with Abercrombie &Kent. Experience Havana and its surrounds and make meaningful people-to-people connections that reveal the spirit of the real Cuba.
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Caribbean and Cuban Cruises

Don't just stop in Cuba when the Caribbean islands are just a short boat ride away.
Discover the Pearl of Antilles and the greater Caribbean with these amazing luxury cruises.

10 Nights Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale with Silversea Cruises
10 Nights Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale with Silversea Cruises
Departure Date: 21Mar16
Depart From: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cruiseship: Silver Spirit

Ends in: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cruiseline: Silversea

24 Nights Silversea Exclusive Charter to Cuba, Ecuador & Galapogas
24 Nights Silversea Exclusive Charter to Cuba, Ecuador & Galapogas
Departure Date: 12Oct15
Depart From: Nassau, Bahamas
Cruiseship: Silver Explorer & Silver Galapagos
From: AU$23895
Ends in: Quito, Ecuador
Cruiseline: Silversea

13 Nights Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans with Crystal Cruises
13 Nights Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans with Crystal Cruises
Departure Date: 08Nov16
Depart From: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Cruiseship: Crystal Serenity
From: USUS$5495
Ends in: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Cruiseline: Crystal

16 Nights Miami to Los Angles with Regent Seven Seas Cruises
16 Nights Miami to Los Angles with Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Departure Date: 28Dec16
Depart From: Miami, Florida
Cruiseship: Seven Seas Explorer
From: AU$12925
Ends in: Los Angeles, California
Cruiseline: Regent Seven Seas
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Celebrate the Holidays in Paradise with Paul Gauguin

Celebrate this Holiday Season in Paradise

Sail away to Paradise this Holiday season in style with Paul Gauguin.
Save with special fares starting from US$2,034 per person twin share.

Check here for more amazing options for Christmas and New Years Travel Happy Holidays!

 

7 Nights Tahiti and Society Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises
Fly and Cruise Specials
7 Nights Tahiti and Society Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises
Departure Date: 23Jan16, 13Feb16, 19Mar16, 26Mar16, 9Apr16, 7May16, 14May16, 18Jun16
Depart From: Papeete, Tahiti
Cruiseship: Paul Gauguin
From: AU$4996
Ends in: Papeete, Tahiti
Cruiseline: Paul Gauguin
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In the News

In the News...

Etihad To Fly A380 Airbus From Melbourne From June 2016
The Etihad Airways flagship Airbus A380 will begin, on 01Jun16, daily flights to Melbourne. On board will be the world's best first class experience - the Etihad First Class Apartment.  Each apa...

Your Guide To Sydney Airports International Business Class Lounges
Sydney Airport boasts no less than seven business class lounges in its international terminal – and with some travellers able to access two or even three lounges with the one ticket, it pays to ...

Peninsula Paris and Shanghai Voted Best Hotels By Condé Nast Traveler
Every year 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards highlight the best hotels that discerning travellers flock to across the globe. This year The Peninsula Paris and The Peninsula...

Also in the News...

British Airways A380 to Fly to Singapore Daily
Etihad Airways Unveils New Business Class Kits

 

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And Finally

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The FirstClass Team

 


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