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Cuba group tour - Hemingway and Highlights

Discover Cuba with Lydia Bell

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  • Visit the Hemingway's Museum with VIP guest guide, Valerie Hemingway
  • Discover Havana's historical buildings with renowned architect Hermes Mallea
  • Accompanied throughout by esteemed journalist and Cubaphile Lydia Bell
  • In-depth introductions to tobacco cultivation in Vinales and the historic city of Trinidad

Through a series of special private meetings, hosted dinners and expert-led tours, this unique journey through Cuba will introduce you to the highlights of western and central Cuba and take you behind the scenes with some of Cuba’s most celebrated names.  

Travel with journalist Lydia Bell on this exclusive small group tour to discover and understand this extraordinary and complex society. Begin your journey in Havana where you will meet with Valerie Hemingway, who will share her experiences as Ernest’s PA, and later daughter-in-law, whilst exploring the exterior of his residence, Finca Vigia. Discover Havana’s outstanding architectural masterpieces through the creative eyes of renowned architect Hermes Mallea and tap the nights away to the sounds of Cuba’s finest musicians.

Continue to the jagged countryside of Viñales to explore the striking landscape and meet with local farmers with the goal of better understanding the challenges that face Cuba’s tobacco and food production. Travel south to explore the natural highlights of UNESCO wetlands biosphere Cienega de Zapata before continuing to Trinidad, once the centre of Cuba’s slave industry. Finally, to Santa Clara (Che’s City) for an account of the decisive battle that secured the success of the revolution and a visit to Che Guevara’s mausoleum.

Why should I join this group tour to Cuba?

This tour is for those who wish to seek an overview of Cuba whilst gaining a comprehensive understanding of its historical development and culture, all in a small group environment. The classic images of Cuba as a cigar producing tropical socialist republic that is stuck in a time warp of vintage American cars, crumbling colonial buildings and songs from the Buena Vista Social Club do remain, but we will scratch beneath this surface to identify political, social and cultural changes that are slowly carving out a new future for the island. Guides, invited guests and characters you meet along the way will help bring the island, its stories and possible futures to life. Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunity to enjoy what Cuba does best, and party. Music, art and rum take over after dark when the island’s vibrancy and infectious zest for life comes to the fore. Prepare to be mojito’d.

To learn more about Valerie Hemingway and her time as Ernest Hemingway's personal assistant, read her blog here. 

Does this Trip offer Value for money?

Through our contacts, we have designed this tour to go beyond the highlights and to give you the most comprehensive and privileged insight into Cuba that we can. Not only have we included some of Cuba's most high-end properties but also behind the scene access, private performances and guest appearances from iconic figures and revered names. In addition to Lydia Bell, you will have a driver-guide accompanying you throughout as well as a concierge service. All excursions are included with excellent local guides. Besides the odd meal for you to pay for locally (where we felt you might be like some time to yourself) meals are included at hand-picked eateries, not only for the quality of food but also for location and ambience (we’ve even thrown in the odd cocktail). If in any doubt, just call our travel expert John, who has just returned from two weeks travelling in Cuba to research this tour and can share his first-hand experiences and give you his honest opinion.

Who is Lydia Bell?

Lydia Bell is a journalist whose love affair with Cuba has spanned more than a decade. She has written numerous travel and feature articles about the island and since returning to England, she travels to Cuba at least twice a year. Fully aware of the nuances of Cuba and fluent in Spanish, Lydia will be on hand to take you on an in-depth journey through this extraordinary country.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

What is the accommodation in Cuba like?

You will be staying in a range of accommodation, each of which has been carefully selected to maximise your experience in each location.

Is April the best time to travel to Cuba?

April is a great time to visit Cuba. The days are warm and sunny, and the temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius in the evening. There is little rainfall in April, so low humidity.

Can I extend my time in Cuba?

We will be happy to advise on extending your stay in Cuba, perhaps to explore the Eastern part of the island and travel in the footsteps of Ché and Fidel as the country celebrates 60 years since the revolution. Or, combine Cuba with another destination in the Caribbean or Central America. Please call 01285 885333 to speak to one of our travel experts.



Departing on:
  • 4th April 2019

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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what is included

  • A concierge service based in Havana to explain how Cuba functions (electricity, currency etc) and who will be on hand and check in with the group throughout the tour
  • Accompanied by Lydia Bell and driver-guide for 12 days
  • All accommodation as detailed
  • All tours and activities as detailed
  • All transfers and vehicle support
  • Guest appearances including Valerie Hemingway, Hermes Mallea and Ricardo Torres
  • Live music and performers
  • Most meals as stated in the itinerary at carefully selected restaurants
  • Private dining experiences
  • VIP fast track arrival service
  • Visa Tourist Cards for UK residents

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • International Flights
  • Visas for non-UK residents

TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, OUR GROUP TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS STANDARD. WE CAN ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON YOUR BEHALF AND THE ABOVE IS AN INDICATION OF COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

VIP Arrival
A member of airport staff will be waiting to fast track you through immigration. After being escorted through the security checks, you will be guided to the VIP lounge to wait for your luggage.

If you do not see anyone holding a sign please make yourself known to any officials you see standing in the area as you immediately exit the ramp and let them know you have the VIP arrival service. Jose Marti International airport is very basic with a limited infra-structure that has not been expanded in line with the huge increase in tourism over recent years. This means that whilst the number of flights has quadrupled, facilities such as luggage belts, trolleys, porters, number of scanners etc have not been increased and you may experience significant delays.

Once your luggage has been located, the VIP airport staff will escort you out to the arrivals area and introduce you to our local representative who will also have a paging board with your name on. You will then be shown to your private vehicle for the transfer to your hotel.

Romantic, beautiful and fascinating, Havana is a must for anyone's visit to Cuba. Fortifications, colonial buildings and churches tell of a rich history, whilst a Communist regime and erosion from the sea lend a faded glory to the city. The old heart gives way to Soviet starkness, whilst the 1950s playground of Vedado, neighbours the historic mansions of Miramar. Quite simply, stunning.


Welcome Dinner at Rio Mar
With fantastic waterside views and sleek modern interiors, Rio Mar is reminiscent of a Miami restaurant. With great service and good food, this is a fun place to start your holiday and take in some live music. (Included)


You will be staying at Twins apartment, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Ballet Rehearsal
This morning visit the Cuba National Ballet Company. The company was started in 1948 by Alicia Alonso and today is one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world which travels to Europe, Asia and the Americas.


Old Havana Walking Tour
Walk in the footsteps of Havana´s colonial past visiting the four plazas of Old Havana, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Cathedral with your expert guide offering insightful history along the way.


Lunch reservation at San Juan
San Juan is a lovely restaurant with a traditional wooden oven and stove. Experience the traditional flavours of Cuban cuisine with contemporary touches and interesting ingredient combinations. San Juan offers a great atmosphere with live music and excellent service. (Included)


Hemingway Tour with Nelson and Valerie
After lunch, a fleet of convertible 1950s classic cars will be waiting to pick you up and drive you to the outskirts of Havana to visit the house of Ernest Hemingway. His villa is in a spectacular location upon a hill top with a magnificent view of the city and the house has been left as it was in 1960 with many of his personal belongings still there. This tour will be accompanied by retired professor of English at Havana University, Nelson, and Valerie Hemingway, Ernest's former assistant. Visit the exterior of the house (not open to the public) and grounds on an exclusive tour as Valerie and Nelson share their anecdotal stories of Ernest's life there.

On the way back to town, your guide will bring you to see Cojimar fishing village, a small picturesque town that inspired Hemingway to write the novel The Old Man and the Sea, and whose fishermen he dedicated his Nobel Prize to. As you return to Havana, you will have the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular views of the city from the El Morro Fortress across the harbour.


Restaurant Reservation at Tierra, Cuba Art Factory
The Fabrica de Arte Cubano is where the best of the island's avant-garde arts can be enjoyed with all the artistic manifestations under the same roof. Inside, the restaurant Tierra can be found. A travelling-theme, the menu is a culinary tour of the world with 20 delicious dishes to choose from and huge delicious cocktails on offer. (Dinner included)


For those that wish to make an evening of it, stay on and enjoy the live music


You will be staying at Twins apartment, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Afrocuban Religions Tour
From Havana, take the ferry across the bay ( 20 minutes) to Regla, home to a predominately African community. The African cults and religions enrich all aspects of Cuban culture. Politics, art and civil events such as weddings, funerals, festivals and carnivals all possess distinct Afro-Cuban characteristics. Afrocuban religion can be broken down in to three main strands: Santeria, Palo Monte and Abakua and include aspects of all origins. Santeria and Abakua both feature large parts of their liturgy in African languages (Yoruba, Igbo and Nanigo respectively) while Palo uses a mixture of Spanish and Kikongo. Santeria is syncretised with Roman Catholicism.


Lunch at Doña Eutimia
This delightful restaurant has a privileged position located in the heart of Old Havana just off the Cathedral square. The décor here, is fresh and functional and the menu offers excellent Cuban creole food. (Included)


Architecture Tour with Hermes Mallea
This afternoon, join Hermes Mallea, Cuban born architect and author of Great Houses of Havana. This tour will take you on a wonderful journey of Havana's historic buildings from Baroque to 1950's Modernism.


Rumba Evening at Restaurant Grados
The original paladar in Havana was a new dining experience where enterprising Cubans opened their homes to provide traditional Cuban meals to visitors. Today the paladars are established restaurants with many more tables than the capped number of eight covers. This evening, experience the old-school paladar and dine with the owner of Grados, Raulito, as he chats to you whilst he cooks. Relax with a drink while his mother plays the piano. The menu consists of mostly long-lost recipes from his childhood from a pre-revolution Cuba including slow-cooked lamb in pru (a herbal drink from Eastern Cuba). The evening is rounded off with a performance from one of Havana's best folkloric musicians and dancers. (Dinner included)


You will be staying at Twins apartment, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Havana to Vinales via Pinar del Rio


Your driver will collect you this morning to drive you from Havana to Vinales. This is a journey of approximately two and a half hours covering a distance of 130 miles.


Robainas Farm
Robainas Farm is one of the most famous tobacco farms in the country which lies up a dirt road in San Luis in the southwest of Pinar del Rio. The farm is named Cuchillas de Barbacoa, but everyone knows it as the Robaina farm, the plantation of the late, and great, Alejandro Robaina. This is the only real opportunity in Cuba to tour a working tobacco plantation. The fertile fields (vegas) of the Vuelta Abajo region have been growing quality tobacco since 1845, but it was not until 1997 that a brand of cigars known as Vegas Robaina was launched on an international scale.

Pinar del Rio offers a landscape of limestone monoliths, cave complexes and Caribbean islands. Woven into this landscape is a tapestry of fertile lands, tobacco curing shacks and traditional farms and towns. Explore rural Cuba as you horse ride in the valley, see cigars being rolled by hand and snorkel some of the finest reefs in Latin America.


Traditional Lunch
Lunch included today at Robainas farm. Your local guide will join you for lunch and explain more about Cuba's agriculture and the challenges Cuba faces with food production. Lunch is traditional fayre with rice, beans, fresh vegetables and salad.


Dinner tonight is included at Casa Luis with live music.


You will be staying at La Ermita, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Trek to the Water People.
This trek is named after the local traditions of a small number of residents that live in the Viñales Valley and believe in the healing properties of water.
The walk itself is around four kilometres long and along the way you will see the dramatic landscape of this stunning natural area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The valley was once filled with limestone karsts which have since eroded away, leaving in its place the rounded Mogote hills that have become the distinctive natural symbols of this area. The rich red earth of the Viñales countryside is also home to the local farming population who lovingly tend the surrounding landscape to grow the tobacco crops from which Cuba's world famous cigars are made.


Lunch included today.


Afternoon at leisure
You will have the remainder of the day to explore Vinales at your leisure.


Dinner included tonight at the restaurant, 3J de Tapas.


Live Music at Centro Polo Montañez
For those that wish to experience some Viñales nightlife visit the Centro Polo Montañez . Named after the late Pinar del Rio farmer-turned guajiro hero, Polo Montañez. Guajiro is a flamenco style of music derived from the Punto Cubano. The bar/restaurant is an open-air patio just off the main plaza with a main stage and lighting rig that comes alive after 9pm. (Not included)


You will be staying at La Ermita, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Road Transfer to Playa Larga


You will be transferred this morning to Playa Larga, a journey time of approximately four hours, approximately 260 miles.


Nature Tour with Ernesto Reyes Mouriño
This morning head out into the Zapata National Park with local expert Ernesto Reyes Mouriño. This hike is for approximately two kilometres along flat trails. You will be able to experience flooded caves and beautiful cenotes. This swamp area has a plethora of nature to observe including bats, sea turtles and freshwater fish. You can take a refreshing swim as well as snorkel in the fresh-water cenotes. The birdlife here is also plentiful with mockingbirds, humming birds, swallows and a type of owl that can only be found in the cenotes. Typical of this area are also jutias, otherwise known as tree-rats.


Opportunity for lunch at a local paladar (to be paid for locally).


Visit to the Bay of Pigs Museum
Bay of Pigs Museum visit. There is little to see at the Bay of Pigs relating to the sea and air attack. However, this small museum provides a fascinating Cuban perspective on the events leading up to the invasion and a clear account of the attack and its aftermath.

A British-built Sea Fury aircraft, used by the Cuban military, is proudly displayed in front of the museum along with a rather Soviet looking monument but you must ensure that your guide also takes you behind the museum to see the debris of US aircraft, tanks, trucks and landing craft.

Playa Giron to Cienfuegos


Transfer approximately one hour to Cienfuegos, about 78 kilometres.


Described as the 'Pearl of the South', Cienfuegos is an attractive port town boasting some of the finest neoclassical architecture in the Caribbean. Founded by the Spanish, yet settled initially by French immigrants, Cienfuegos is a delightful town of wide French boulevards, the grand Tomas Terry Theatre where Caruso himself once performed, and one of Cuba's finest castles, the Jagua Fortress.


Dinner tonight at Finca del Mar, a fine restaurant serving fantastic seafood (included).


You will be staying at Hotel La Union, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Cienfuegos City Tour
Cienfuegos is a very typical Cuban town with French colonial architecture, an interesting mudejar style palace and the Tomas Terry Theatre where Caruso and Sara Bernhardt once performed. Visit Jose Marti Park, the Boulevard and local markets.


Lunch in Cienfuegos
Stop in Cienfuegos for lunch. Dine at Camila's Bar and Restaurant on Cuban creole or Caribbean food with a beautiful view of Cienfuegos Bay. (Included)

Travel from Cienfuegos to Trinidad


Continue along the coast road from Cienfuegos to Trinidad, a scenic drive of around 90 minutes.


Afternoon at leisure
Trinidad is beautiful from the sea. You may wish to relax on the beach at Playa Ancon or take a short catamaran ride to snorkel on Cuba's magnificent Southern Reef. Fish off the boat or just relax and sunbathe before returning to see the town at sunset. You could rent a bike and ride to Playa Ancon. All of these can be arranged and paid for locally.


Dinner at San Jose
San Jose is the latest paladar to open in Trinidad. It offers a Cuban fusion inspired menu. Fresh and tasty, the dishes come in huge portions. The décor is a combination of New York loft and Cuban colonial home. This restaurant is frequented by locals as well as visitors. (Dinner included).

Trinidad is arguably the most beautiful town in Cuba. Said to be dozing in an 18th century time warp and where the pace of life remains as slow, it is a perfect relic of Spanish colonialism with plazas, churches, palaces and cobbled streets. Trinidad is also gateway to several Caribbean beaches, as well as and the trekking trails and sugar mills of the Escambray Mountains.


Listen to Trova
Suggestion: Take a table at the Casa de Musica and watch a whole night of Cuban music and dance from Son to Salsa. There is a great atmosphere and a lively crowd in a wonderful outdoor venue. (To be paid locally)


You will be staying at Finca Kenia, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Walking tour of Trinidad
Meet your guide for a three hour walking tour of Trinidad’s historic city centre. Your guide will talk you through the history of Trinidad by visiting its architectural highlights and give you an insight into its colonial era. Finish at Bar Canchancharra for a local mojito of wild mint, honey and rum and, of course, some Cuban music. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes for walking the cobbled streets.


Sugarmill Valley tour
This afternoon explore the area outside Trinidad, in particular the Sugarmill Valley in the Sierra Escambray, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Cuba. Learn about the sugarcane industry and climb up the famous Iznaga slave tower, which was built to control the slave workforce. The tour focuses on slave history, the working plantation homes of the sugar barons and looks at the enormous impact sugar production had on this area.


Lunch and dinner are not included today so you can have time to yourself.


You will be staying at Finca Kenia, bed and breakfast

Day 9

The Grill - Day at The Beach
Day at leisure. Opportunity to spend today at the beach and experience Trinidad from a different perspective. Playa Ancon is a beautiful and a lovely place to sunbathe, swim and relax. Sun loungers will be provided and the guides on hand to bring drinks or organise snorkelling (both payable locally). Alternatively, you can remain at Finca Kenia or we can arrange cycling, a guided walk or even a massage. You decide on the day.


La Marinera
This evening, dine at La Marinera. The restaurant is a favourite with the locals. It is predominantly a seafood restaurant, but chicken and meat options are also served. The seafood risotto is especially good. (Included)


You will be staying at Finca Kenia, bed and breakfast

Day 10

Trinidad to Remedios


Transfer Trinidad to Santa Clara, a journey time of approximately two hours.


Santa Clara City Tour
Santa Clara is known as 'Che's city' as he won the pivotal battle of the revolution here and took over the city in 1958. This led effectively to the end of Batista's rule in Cuba. There is an interesting Museum underneath the statue celebrating Che's success. Carriages from the Blindado train that was attacked by Che have been preserved and converted into a mini museum, telling the story of the battle for Santa Clara. You may also visit the mausoleum where Guevara was interred after his body was repatriated from Bolivia following the discovery of his remains in 1997. The town also has several colonial buildings and a busy central plaza.


Cafe Museo Revolucion
Stop for a light lunch at the Cafe Museo Revolucion which pays homage to Santa Clara's (and Cuba's) revolutionary past with photos, old uniforms and other memorabilia carefully curated by the owner.


Exchange at Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara
Estudio Teatral de Santa Clara is an experimental theatre group founded in 1989. The bulk of their work lies in acting training and the creation of a body of work inspired by Cuban every-day life. There will be a 45 minute presentation as well as a short performance of a scene from the play, Cuba and the Night, followed by a 15 minutes questions and answers session.

Santa Clara to Remedios


Transfer Santa Clara to Remedios a journey time of approximately one hour.


Remedios Night Tour and Dinner
Explore Remedios by night with your guide. Dinner is included tonight which will be cooked by a Cuban chef followed by a live concert at La Paloma.


You will be staying at Hotel Barcelona, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Museum of Parrandas
Visit the Museum of Parrandas this morning where you will discover the history of this annual Christmas Eve spectacle. The tradition of the Parranda dates back to 1820 when a young priest named Francisco Vigil de Quinones noticed that on the chilly mornings of December his congregations were dwindling. To persuade the people to leave the warmth of their beds he decided to gather a group of children and encouraged them to make as much noise as they could. Today on Christmas Eve, it's a wild battle of firework displays, lights and artwork between two huge floats, each representing half the town. It is the cultural highlight of their year.

Drive from Remedios to Sagua (Road Journey)


Transfer Remedios to Sagua, a journey time of approximately one hour and twenty minutes.


Sagua Tour
A visit to Sagua really takes you off the beaten path to one of the most abandoned but fascinating towns in Cuba. Sagua has incredible buildings each with a captivating story. This area had a high population of slaves so there is a distinct Afro-Cuban culture. A 40-minute train ride takes you through the Santa Isabella Sugar Plantation. On the weekends, there is a prominent country music scene. Have lunch at one of the great beach shacks serving the freshest lobster and seafood dishes.

Sagua to Havana via Che Memorial


Depart Sagua for Havana, a journey time of approximately four hours.


La Guarida Farewell Dinner
For your final night in Cuba, dine at one of the most atmospheric paladars in Havana. In 1996 Enrique and Odeisys Numez opened a small dining room with just four tables in their second-floor apartment. Today it has become one of Cuba's most celebrated paladars and has expanded with a delightful balcony and a very cool rooftop bar. (Included)


Guest Appearance Ricardo Torres
Ricardo Torres is a highly regarded lecturer and Cuban economist. He is extremely knowledgeable and is fascinating to talk to for an overview of the current economic situation in Cuba. This is an opportunity to chat with him frankly and listen to his honest opinions and not the official lines. After dinner, a question and answer session over a few more Cuba Libres will also be possible.


You will be staying at Twins apartment, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Day at leisure in Havana

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Finca Kenia

Finca Kenia

Built in the second half of the nineteenth century, on the edge of Santa Rosa Valley, Finca Kenia (also known as La Casona) is one of the oldest houses in Trinidad....

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Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski

Constructed between 1894 and 1917 as the first European style shopping arcade in the country, this handsome building is now a high-end hotel, located in the centre of Havana that faces the Capitolio building and the Gran Theatre....

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Valerie Hemingway

Valerie Hemingway
A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face to face with Ernest Hemingway. Valerie devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, travelling with them through beloved old haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months in Cuba. In name a personal secretary, but in reality a confidante and sharer of the great man's secrets and sorrows, Valerie literally came of age in the company of one of the greatest literary lions of the twentieth century.

Five years after his death, Valerie became a Hemingway herself when she married the writer's estranged son Gregory. Now, at last, she tells the story of the incredible years she spent with this extravagantly talented and tragically doomed family.

Lydia Bell

Lydia Bell
The trip will be accompanied by Lydia Bell. Lydia is a travel and features journalist who has worked on staff for publications including The Australian, The Financial Times, Harper’s Bazaar and House and Garden. Her speciality is travel writing and editing and she has a special interest in Cuba. Lydia first visited Cuba in 2007 and fell in love with the island, returning to do research for a cooking book called Eat Cuban. She later married a Cuban and gave birth to a daughter called Havana, now seven. Lydia and Havana have recently returned from six months living in Cuba, where Lydia was writing a novel and Havana was brushing up her Spanish and making friends at a Cuban state primary school. Over the last decade, Lydia has written numerous travel and feature articles about the island, continuing to travel there at least twice a year. She has also recently completed a pilot episode of a Britain-set sitcom with a Cuban as the main character. Lydia will be on hand to guide you in the subtleties of Cuba’s cultures mores, its idiosyncracies and its contradictions, to explain anything strange or eccentric and to interpret if necessary.
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Lydia Bell, Valerie Hemingway

Departure Date (S):

  • 4th April 2019

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