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Meeting the locals in Cuba, cycling in Jerusalem, multigenerational luxury in the Maldives and finding Moby Dick in Massachusetts

Havana street (Photo: Rickshaw Travel)
Havana street (Photo: Rickshaw Travel)

If you’ve always wanted to get under the picturesque surface on a trip to Cuba, Rickshaw Travel has launched a new set of experiences for customers travelling to the country, matching them with like-minded locals.

The Cuban Connections option is intended to team travellers and Cubans who share a particular interest or passion and arrange an activity with a Cuban twist to suit — whether it’s walking, cooking or listening to music.

Prices for the activities start from £22 per person, with a range on offer lasting between half an hour and half a day; all of which are designed to be part of a longer trip exploring the island.

Jerusalem cycle tunnel (Photo: Oren Ben Haken)
Jerusalem cycle tunnel (Photo: Oren Ben Haken)

On your bike

If you fancy exploring Jerusalem by bike, there’s plenty to tempt cyclists into the saddle.

Not only were the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia held in the city, the first time a Grand Tour has started outside Europe, the city also has its first cycling tunnel.

Opened for the international road cycling marathon GFNY (Gran Fondo New York), which took place on April 28 as GFNY Jerusalem, the 1.3 mile tunnel will reopen to the public in a few months.

Linking Ein Lavan, near the Biblical Zoo to the Ein Kerem junction, the tunnel is three metres wide.

(Photo: JW Resort and Spa Maldives)
(Photo: JW Resort and Spa Maldives)

Multgenerational Maldives

If you thought the Maldives were only for honeymooners, a new resort opening in November is aiming to prove that it’s perfect for all the family.

The JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa is opening on the island of Vagaru, with 61 villas, all with a private pool, plus open-air cinema, kids club, spa, five restaurants and an on-site marine biologist as well as the vibrant house reef.

The over-water villas include the four-bedroom Royal Water Villa if you’re travelling with the whole family, while activities in the kids’ club include coral planting and a pirate ship, along with games and obstacle courses.

Humpback whale (Photo: Pixabay)
Humpback whale (Photo: Pixabay)

Follow the whale trail

A new trail in Massachusetts is letting whale watchers theme an entire holiday around the cetaceans.

Connecting museums, tours, heritage sites and whale watching spots, it links nearly 40 regions, sites and experiences associated with the 11 breeds of whale found off the coast, along with destinations linked to Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. 

There’s even whale art and whale-inspired beer to discover, courtesy of the Moby Dick Brewing Company. For more details, visit whaletrailma.com

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