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Information for travellers to Cuba and our other destinations.  Tips, advice, travel stories and our musings…

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International Choir Festival Cuba – a musical adventure of a lifetime

If you love to sing and love to travel to exotic locations, this is the trip for you!  Santiago de Cuba, the second city of Cuba nestling in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra mountain range, is the undisputed home of choral music in Cuba and hosts this well respected choir festival every two years. Join us from 28 Oct – 3 Nov 2019 for a musical experience of a lifetime.

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Why visit Cuba? The connection between Cuban culture and music

Are you ready for a cultural adventure in Cuba? Read our latest blog post by Patty who along with her husband Bob, took a tailormade trip to Cuba arranged by Caledonia. Both musicians, they became immersed into the world of Cuban music and fascinated by it’s presence in everyday life and culture.

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Learn Spanish in Havana: more than just learning a language!

Have you ever fancied going on holiday to Cuba and learning Spanish? Read our guest blog post by Val who enrolled on a Spanish course in Havana and gained much more than a new set of language skills!

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“Cuba Music Holiday: The Trip of a Lifetime!”

Interested in diving into the world of Cuban music? Bob and his wife Patty recently joined our Cuba Music Holiday in Santiago de Cuba. Both passionate musicians, their visit proved to be an experience of a lifetime. Read on to find out more about their trip…

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The Austrian Tirol: a perfect school trip destination

Caledonia recently took a school group out to the Austrian Tirol for a German language and culture trip. With its dramatic mountains, strong cultural heritage and easy access using flights into Innsbruck, read on to find out how the Tirol offers students a culturally immersive language learning experience.

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5 essential travel apps to download for a trip to Cuba

With internet access scarce in Cuba, check out our top 5 pick of offline travel apps which can help you on your Cuban holiday to navigate around the country, it’s economy and culture.

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Exploring Eastern Cuba: Our 5 top things to do in Baracoa

Want to get off the beaten track in Cuba? Travelling to Baracoa in the Eastern province, a lesser-known region with a strong individual character offers beautiful hiking trails and surrounding nature with a distinctive cuisine. Read on to discover our top 5 picks for Baracoa.

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Exploring Northern Spain: San Sebastian and the Basque Country

Planning a trip to Spain but want something more authentic than a beach resort? Read on to find why San Sebastian in Northern Spain is a dream holiday destination.

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Black Friday holiday discounts!

BLACK FRIDAY holiday discounts in Cuba and Colombia. 10% discount for bookings made by 5pm on Tues 28 November 2017.

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Top 5 Things to Do in Lucca

Tempted by a short break to Italy? Why not discover Lucca, the Jewel of Tuscany. In this post, guest blogger Laurel shares her top 5 tips for visiting Lucca.

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Why did I book a dance holiday when I had never danced before?

Ever fancied going to Cuba to learn salsa from scratch? Read on about Leanne’s trip of a lifetime and her experience as a complete beginner in Cuban dance.

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A view of lush green landscape in Viñales Valley, Cuba. Small, red roofed farm huts sit at the foot of a group of towering limestone structures

Western Wonders: Exploring Central and Western Cuba

Tempted to explore the Central and Western regions of Cuba? Our newest team member Caron shares her experience of La Isla Bella.

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Back to the Classroom for a Week of Italian Language

Interested in learning Italian? There is no better place than in Italy! Jake recently returned from a 1 week beginner’s Italian Language course in the beautiful Lucca, Italy. Read on to hear all about his trip and learning experience.

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Last two places on July Cuba dance holiday!

Last two places left for our Cuban dance holiday in July coinciding with annual Carnival in Santiago de Cuba! Direct flights from London Gatwick to Holguin included, 18 July – 1 August (14 nights), single room accommodation, half board meals, dance lessons, nights out and cultural excursions, all for just £2, 265. Colourful and lively celebrations for 7 days and nights. Not to be missed!

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Learn Italian in Italy: Discover Salerno and the Amalfi Coast

If you are looking to learn Italian in Italy for a truly authentic experience, away from the typical tourist trail and within easy reach of iconic sites as well as the renowned Amalfi coast, then Salerno ticks all the boxes. Rachael recently visited our friendly partner language school there, ideally situated with the sparkling sea on one side and the charming old town on the other. She was impressed, and thinks you will be too! Read on for her answers to our questions!

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Planning a holiday to Cuba? Return flights from just £399 return including taxes!

Planning a holiday to Cuba? Virgin Atlantic have just announced their Easter weekend sale on flights to Havana with return fares starting as low as £399 return including taxes.

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5 most frequently asked questions about Salsa holidays in Cuba

With almost twenty years experience of running Salsa holidays in Santiago de Cuba, we have had hundreds of people travelling with us over the years to learn how to dance salsa and other Cuban styles. Based on the questions we most get asked by people enquiring about our Salsa holidays in Cuba, we hope the following might be useful!

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Your dream Salsa holiday in Cuba …

“Absolutely fantastic trip! For anyone reading this, I highly recommend going!! In preparing for the trip Caledonia was very responsive to emails and questions. Once in Cuba, it was definitely a trip of a lifetime.”

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Caledonia is recruiting!

Caledonia Worldwide has been operating since 1996 and is a small specialist tour operator focusing on cultural and educational travel. Over the last 5 years the business has seen steady growth, particularly for bookings to Cuba, and we are now looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team in our bright, sunny offices in Leith, Edinburgh.

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European Day of Languages

Happy 26 September, the European Day of Languages! Did you know there are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world – spoken by 7 billion people divided into 189 independent states? Or that at least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages? Today is the day when people all over the world celebrate language learning, from fun activities in schools and colleges to national campaigns across Europe to promote languages and to acknowledge the important role that learning a language plays in a wider cultural context.

Here are 3 fun facts for today:

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