Axes Apart: Travel the Unknown to Iran & Cuba


Travel The Unknown has created possibly the most diverse two-centre holiday ever seen in the UK; a chance to discover the two fascinating, friendly, and deeply contrasting pariah states of Iran and Cuba in 16 days, on one, highly-original trip.

Comments David McGuinness, Founding Director of Travel The Unknown, “The two-centre trip may sound a bit left field, but it truly reflects the adventurous nature of the people that choose to travel with us. The term ‘unforgettable holiday’ is over-used in our industry but I think in this instance we have a fair claim to use it!”

The first part of the itinerary is in Iran, commencing in the poet’s city – Shiraz – with a chance to wander its charming markets – before exploring the ancient Persian capitals of Persepolis, and the site of Cyrus the Great’s tomb, Pasargadae.

Discover Isfahan’s squares, palaces and famous Mosque, and see the pinnacle of Islamic art and architecture, before taking in the bustle and superb museums of Tehran.

The small group (maximum 12 people) will then fly to the Caribbean island of Cuba, for a totally different experience, commencing with a city tour of the capital, colonial Havana, to soak up its sights, sounds and colours.

Moving on, the next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cienfuegos, via the citrus fruit and sugar plantations on the Zapata Peninsula, and stopping at Cueva de los Peces, a large sinkhole containing hundreds of multi-coloured fish.

The group will also visit a museum dedicated to Cuba’s victory at the infamous Bay of Pigs Invasion, before heading on to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the colonial town of Trinidad, noted for its lively music scene.

The town – situated between the Escambray Mountains and the Caribbean coast, and which prospered from the sugar trade in the 19th Century, has an architectural mix of 18th Century Moorish and Andalusian influences, and 19th Century European neo-classical forms.

No visit to Cuba is complete without a visit to the tomb of the infamous Ché Guevara’s, and the Bay of Pigs, to learn about the failed revolution and the cause of the decades-long stand-off with the USA.

The first departure for the unique holiday is 1 May 2018, and costs from £2795 pp (two sharing a room).  This includes all land transportation, 15 days’ B&B, sightseeing, entrance fees, and a guide.  Flights not included, bookable through Travel The Unknown.  CLICK HERE for full itinerary.

Travel The Unknown, 020 7183 6371.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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