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    News bites – 1 July 2021

    Our Man in Havana: Meet Che Guevera’s son
    Vive La Revolution in Arcadia’s Cuban expedition


    Cuban cigars in Havana. Image courtesy Tiago Claro/Arcadia Expeditions

    Mark May 8, 2023 in your diary for an insider’s peek into Cuba, led by historian, Michael Bustamante. Arcadia Expeditions have created a 16-day expedition to explore the history of the Revolution in Cuba with curated meetings with Cubans from all walks of life. Follow Fidel Castro’s revolution when Cuba was catapulted to the forefront of a global power struggle, with events such as the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Against all odds, the Cuban revolutionary experiment continues today, with the country remaining one of the last outposts of state socialism.


    Cuban Cars. Image courtesy of dorothea oldani and Unsplash

    This expedition gives guests a behind the scenes insight into life in modern Cuba. It includes extended stays in the colonial cities of Trinidad and Havana. There will be rides in classic cars, snorkelling over war relics, learning percussion or salsa and sampling of cigars and rum with local experts.

    Curated meetings include time with local journalists, artists, entrepreneurs, and even Che Guevara’s son. Accommodation ranges from luxury boutique hotels through to a rustic farm stay in the village of Santo Domingo.


    PrePost Touring Vinales. Image courtesy Arcadia Expeditions

    This 16-Day expedition, limited to just 12 people, has two departures: 9th-24th May 2022 and 8th-23rd May 2023. The expedition is also available for private departures.

    Inclusions:

    • Meals as per itinerary (15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners) including welcome and farewell dinners
    • Private airport transfers (arrival and departure)
    • Accommodation as stated on a twin-share basis
    • Porterage at hotels
    • All land transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
    • Services of an Arcadia Expedition Leader and tour escort
    • Sightseeing as specified including entrance fees to sites mentioned in itinerary
    • Reusable responsible travel water bottle with daily drinking water provided
    • Gratuities/tipping for local guides, drivers, accommodation staff and restaurants for included meals
    • All taxes

    Exclusions:

    • Return international flights
    • Passport and Cuba Tourist Card charges
    • Items of a purely personal nature (i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Excess luggage
    • Lunch and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in itinerary
    • Travel insurance with health cover (a compulsory Cuba entry requirement)

    Nine ways to enjoy a Barossa Wine Weekend


    Yalumba, The Barossa Valley, South Australia. Image courtesy of Ultimate Winery Experiences

    The Barossa is home to over 70 wineries with a back drop of historic stone churches and European architecture framed by gum trees and vineyards. You may even catch a local speaking Barossa Deutsch.

    South Australia’s Barossa Valley is more than a destination for wine-lovers although if you enjoy a tipple that certainly helps. Below are nine ways you can enjoy one of Australia’s oldest wine regions.

    1. To market, to market
      Where there’s a wine region, there’s always a good country market or two. The Barossa Farmers Markets, is held in the historic Vintner’s Sheds in Angaston every Saturday morning, serves a mouth-watering brunch from 7.30 – 11am. Roam the markets for stunning pastries and baked goods, freshly roasted coffee and blended teas, gin and confectionery.
    2. Take a Masterclass
      Feel a spine-tingling sense of arrival as you enter the driveway of St Hugo, framed by a majestic cork tree plantation. Whether you consider yourself a wine aficionado or a novice, the St Hugo & Riedel Masterclass will awaken your senses as you discover how glassware influences the taste of St Hugo wines.

      Explore why a varietal-specific wine glass is a critical component of enjoying wine to its fullest. As you taste four St Hugo favourites, you’ll understand how the shape of a glass draws different characters and personality from the wines. Location: 2141 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat.

    3. Taste your birthday wine

      Jacobs Creek Picnic Barossa Valley. Image courtesy Ultimate Winery Experiences

      Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine each year. In fact, its Centennial Collection boasts an unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to today. At the Seppeltsfield Centennial Cellar you can taste Tawny made in your birth year directly from the barrel, table reds released in small batches from the historic 1888 Gravity Flow Winery, or the renowned 100-year-old Para Vintage Tawny. Don’t miss out on the Seppeltsfield Centenary Tour, one of Australia’s great travel experiences and a ‘must’ when visiting the Barossa Valley.You could easily spend a day at the Seppeltsfield Estate, exploring the buzzing community of wine, food, art and beauty, complemented by the world-class cellar door and tasting rooms. Book a workshop at the JamFactory Contemporary Art & Design studio for a hands-on experience in a variety of media, including ceramics, glass and millinery. Location: 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield

    4. Bird’s eye view
      Take to the skies and witness the beauty of the Barossa from above in a hot-air balloon. There’s something about the serenity of floating above the world that makes time stand still on this Barossa Balloon Adventure.
    5. Picnic at Jacob’s Creek
      One of Australia’s most iconic wineries, Jacob’s Creek is a lovely picnic pits-stop. Pick up your map and hamper from the cellar door and choose your own spot to lay out the blanket. Take in sweeping views of vineyards and hills as you feast on locally sourced goodies and a bottle of Jacob’s Creek impeccable wine. Before you head off, take advantage of a complimentary tasting flight and check out the winery, featuring cutting-edge design based on principles of sustainability, recycling and energy conservation. Location: Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat
    6. A taste of history

      St Hugo Barossa Valley, South Australia. Image courtesy of Ultimate Winery Experiences

      The Yalumba Wine Company is one of the most historic family-owned wineries in Australia, established in 1849, with its magnificent estate located near the town of Angaston in South Australia’s Eden Valley in the Barossa region.Oak barrels, family artefacts and artworks line the walls of the famous Wine Room where passionate Wine Room Ambassadors introduce visitors to the wines and many stories of Yalumba. This the only winery in Australia and one of a few worldwide to craft their own oak barrels onsite. Explore the cooperage on a self-guided tour, smell the woody scent and see the coopers in a workshop that dates back to the late 1800s. The Yalumba Cooperage Tour includes a tasting of five wines from the portfolio, featuring varietals iconic to Yalumba and the Barossa. Location: Eden Valley Road, Angaston

    7. Retail therapy
      Barossa Valley is famous for its boutique shopping, with everything from unique homewares, arts and crafts, antiques and artisan edibles all here for the taking throughout the region.
    8. Feed your Instagram
      Stop off at Steingarten Vineyard for the quintessential Barossa Valley snap. Situated at the end of a dirt road, this picturesque spot is well worth the effort. Spend a romantic sunset taking in the views and sipping on a glass of Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Riesling or hit the Mawson Trail during the day on foot or mountain bike. 373 Steingarten Road, Rowland Flat.
    9. Check into The Louise
      In the heart of the Barossa, The Louise is blissfully nestled among old vineyards and rolling hills, under a vast blue skyscape. This luxury resort is an ideal place to lay your head during your idyllic Barossa weekender. Enjoy a sunrise breakfast with kangaroos in native bushland, cycle the bush tracks adorned with native flours and keep the camera ready to capture local birds and wildlife. Location: 375 Seppeltsfield Road, Marananga, Barossa Valley.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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