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7 days/6 nights - From $675 Per Person Based On DBL. $240 Extra Per Person Based On SGL.
Day 1: Fly to Cuba. Arrive in Havana where you will be met by an English speaking guide and transfer to the 5* TRYP HABANA LIBRE Hotel or similar with breakfast for 2 nights.
Day 2: After breakfast half day City Tour hotel pick-up. In the evening - Tropicana show optional $105,00 pp (see details below)
Day 3: After breakfast, you will be transfer to Varadero to the 4* BE LIVE EXPERIENCE VARADERO All-inclusive (or similar) for 4 nights.
Day 4: After breakfast, pickup from hotel for Seatour optional $100,89
Day 5: After breakfast pickup for special swimming with dolphins tour-optional $115,68
Day 6: Visit to Cuevas de Bellamar (optional). Hotel round trip transfers included. $56,54
Day 7: Transfer from Varadero to Havana for your return flight back home.
State of CA registration: 208-9360-40
8 days/7 nights (3 nghts in Havana, 4 nghts in Varadero)
From $795 Per Person Based On DBL. $240 Extra Per Person Based On SGL.
Day 1: Fly to Havana. Arrive in Cuba where you will be met by an English speaking guide and transfer to the 4* PLAZA Hotel in Havana with breakfast (or similar).
Day 2: Day at Leisure to explore the city on your own, or take an optional tours.
Day 3: Excursion Havana City Tour.
Day 4: After breakfast, you will be transfer to the 4* BE LIVE EXPERIENCE VARADERO All-inclusive in Varadero (or similar).
Day 5: Day at Leisure.
Day 6: Visit to Cuevas de Bellamar.
Day 7: Day at Leisure.
Day 8: Transfer from the hotel back to the Airport for your return flight home.
State of CA registration: 208-9360-40
11 days/10 nights - From $2,209 Per Person Based On DBL. $240 Extra Per Person Based On SGL.
Day 1,2: Havana. Arrive in Cuba where you will be met by an English speaking guide and transfer to the 5* TRYP HABANA LYBRE Hotel with breakfast (or similar).
Day 3,4: Transfer to La Moka in Artemisa province.
Day 5,6: Vinales & Cayo Levisa. Days of excursions.
Day 7,8,9,10: Transfer to Varadero to the 4* BE LIVE EXPERIENCE VARADERO All-inclusive (or similar). Days at leisure & tours.
Day 11: Transfer from Varadero to Havana for your flight back home.
State of CA registration: 208-9360-40
7 days/6 nights - From $789 per person
Day 1: After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll take a short drive to the Meliá Cohiba for hotel check in and tour orientation.
Day 2: After breakfast, we’ll hear a lecture by a local expert on contemporary Cuba. Guests will be encouraged to ask their most pressing questions. Then, enjoy the rare chance to see a dance demonstration of the different orishas, part of Cuba’s Santeria religion. After, you’ll visit the Finca "La Yoandra," an organic farm that also provides afterschool programs for children and inspiration to the community. The variety of fruits and vegetables will spoil you! We’ll continue our organic theme with lunch at the farm’s own paladar, Il Divino, where many of their fresh fruits and vegetables are grown. Next, we’ll meet the dynamic artists and musicians behind Muraleando, one of Havana’s groundbreaking projects, where artists converted an old water tank into an art-and-performance space. Lastly, meet university students and business professionals by your hotel’s poolside, for candid discussions about daily Cuban life. Dinner tonight will be at the famed El Aljibe.
Day 3: En route to one of Cuba’s renowned photography organizations, Fototeca, we’ll stop to take in the colonial splendor of Old Havana: its cobblestone streets, vibrant dynamics and stunning architecture. For lunch, we’ll eat at a popular local paladar. After lunch, we’ll soak up Havana’s nostalgia the Cuban way, by taking the ferry across the harbor to the town of Casablanca. The day’s highlight will be a visit to Hemingway’s home, Finca Vijia, where you may come to understand why the author chose to spend twenty years in Cuba. Dinner tonight is on your own. Your tour leader will be happy to recommend the best local paladares.
Day 4: After breakfast, we’ll leave Havana to begin a journey exploring the magic of Pinar del Río. Along the way, we’ll stop for a visit at the Patio de Pelegrin community project, an organic farm, art space and coffee shop. There, we’ll enjoy a lunch prepared by community residents. Next, we’ll meet a curator at a popular artist’s home and studio to learn about his artwork, displayed in galleries in the US and museums in Cuba. After checking in at the hotel, we’ll meet with the members of a remarkable opera-and-theatre group, who perform around the world. Dinner tonight will be at paladar Café Ortuzar.
Day 5: On your second day in Pinar del Río, we’ll head north towards Viñales National Park to meet a local guide. At a tobacco-drying house, a tobacco farmer will teach you how to roll cigars. For lunch, you’ll indulge in a delicious farm-to-table meal preparred with local ingredients from the near-by crops. After lunch, we’ll wander into Viñales Valley, Cuba’s Yosemite-like habitat, and into Viñales city. You’ll walk on clay and admire up close the giant limestone rocks that make Viñales famous. At the end of the day, treat yourself to a savory coco loco (honey, rum and coconut water). Take our word for it: you won’t be disappointed! Dinner tonight is on your own.
Day 6: After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out, then visit a cigar factory in Pinar del Río, where you’ll see firsthand how these legendary cigars are made. On our way back to Havana, we’ll stop for lunch at Las Terrazas, a quaint, wholly self-sustainable eco community that also acts as a nature reserve. Then, we'll watch a dance performance from a local dance company who combines classical training with contemporary moves. In Havana, enjoy a farewell dinner at a delicious paladar.
Day 7: After breakfast, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home.
State of CA registration: 208-9360-40
Dates available 2018: Feb 3 – Feb 9, Feb 17 – Feb 23, Mar 3 – Mar 9, Mar 17 – Mar 23, Mar 31 – Apr 6, Apr 14 – Apr 20, Apr 28 – May 4, May 12 – May 18, May 26 – Jun 1, Jun 23 – Jun 29, Jul 21 – Jul 27, Aug 4 – Aug 10, Sep 8 – Sep 14, Oct 6 – Oct 12, Oct 27 – Nov 2, Nov 24 – Nov 30, Dec 22 – Dec 28
5 days/4 nights - From $645 per person
Day 1: After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll take a short drive to your hotel for check in and tour orientation.
Day 2: After breakfast, you’ll begin with a walking tour of Old Havana, a famous UNESCO heritage area, en route to the Abdala recording studio, where famous musicians, including Nat King Cole and the Buena Vista Social Club, recorded some of their best music. Later, you’ll visit a renowned artist in his studio. For lunch, you’ll dine at El Aljibe, made famous by Anthony Bourdain during his visit to Cuba. After lunch, you’ll join Cuban musicians at the famous jazz club La Zorra y El Cuervo for a private gathering to discuss the influence of Cuban jazz around the world. Tonight, you’ll dine at a paladar, a private, family-owned restaurant.
Day 3: This morning, you’ll depart for Matanzas, where your first stop is a unique book publisher that makes handmade paper and hand-bound books. Signed copies of books can be purchased for a small fee. After lunch, you’ll visit a dance-and-performing-arts center to meet with the performers and learn about rhumba and other folkloric dance forms. The beat goes on during a special visit with AfroCuba de Matanzas, one of Cuba's most-respected folklore groups, performing traditional African dances, percussion, and songs. After, you’ll take a leisurely journey back to Havana on the northern coast. Dinner tonight will be on your own, we suggest trying one of Havana's local paladares.
Day 4: This morning, you’ll visit a local food co-op to learn about an important part of Cuban life. Later in the morning, you’re in for a special visit to the Fine Arts Museum, where you'll meet with a specialist who will tell you about Cuba's most impressive collection of national art. After lunch, you’ll participate in an educational exchange with a group of local artists. You’ll wrap up the day with a farewell dinner at a local paladar, a privately owned restaurant in a Cuban home.
Day 5: After breakfast, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home.
State of CA registration: 208-9360-40
Dates available 2018: Feb 14 – Feb 18, Mar 7 – Mar 11, Apr 4 – Apr 8, May 2 – May 6, May 30 – Jun 3, Jul 4 – Jul 8, Jul 25 – Jul 29, Aug 22 – Aug 26, Sep 19 – Sep 23, Oct 17 – Oct 21, Nov 14 – Nov 18, Dec 29, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019
8 days/7 nights - From $895 per person
Day 1: After clearing immigration, customs, and collecting your luggage at José Martí International Airport in Havana, make your way to the hotel where a representative will meet you. (Check-in begins at 3:00pm.) This evening, we’ll celebrate your arrival with a tour orientation and welcome cocktail reception.
Day 2: After a healthy breakfast, marathon, half-marathon, 10K runners, and companions will have the pleasure of participating in the MaraCuba 3k race. This race is run simultaneously in each province throughout Cuba. It's great fun as local residents and children join the crowd of runners as you make your way through Old Havana. Walkers are invited. Afterwards, everyone can take part in the post-race parade with music and dancing followed by an optional medical orientation and briefing about course conditions and how to seek medical treatment, should anyone need it during the race. Companions are welcome to tag-along, or explore Havana on their own through people-to-people activities. Our marathon concierge team in the hotel is available to suggest activities and answer any of your questions. This afternoon, you have the option to participate in a runner’s clinic to review equipment, weather conditions, and receive running tips from Cuban marathoners experienced in the course. Later in the day, we’ll distribute running bibs. You’ll also have time to partake in self-guided people-to-people activities and explore Havana on your own. Tonight, dine on your own with friends or your travel companion at a paladar, a private, family-owned restaurant. Your marathon concierge, a dining-scene expert, will make outstanding recommendations.
Day 3: Let the race begin! Early this morning after a light box-breakfast, we'll transport you to the starting line of the Havana full, half marathon and 10k. Companions are welcome to join to cheer on their runners, or may explore Havana on their own through people-to-people activities. Our marathon concierge team in the hotel is available to suggest activities and answer any of your questions. After the race, and following the award ceremonies, we'll take you back to the hotel to freshen up, relax, take a swim, and enjoy the afternoon. At tonight’s farewell cocktail reception, celebrate in the company of your Cuban counterparts and new American friends.
Day 4: While most fellow 4-Day guests and runners will be heading back to the airport, today begins the second half of your trip to Cuba. Today, we’ll visit the famous Cemetery Colon and meet with representatives who will discuss some of Cuba’s most beautiful sculptures, and its most enduring and enchanting legends. Then, meet with an internationally recognized dance group for backstage access to a dress rehearsal. After lunch, you’ll visit the Literacy Museum to learn about a moment in Cuban history when the island’s youth mobilized across the country to teach rural residents how to read. Later, you’ll have the special privilege of meeting members of The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), the leading organization responible for Cuba's films. Tonight you'll have the opportunity to dine on your own and explore one of Havana's culinary delights.
Day 5: After breakfast, we’ll leave Havana to begin a journey exploring the magic of Pinar del Río. Along the way, we’ll stop for a visit at the Patio de Pelegrin community project, an organic farm, art space and coffee shop. There, we’ll enjoy a lunch prepared by community residents. Next, we’ll meet a curator at a popular artist’s home and studio to learn about his artwork, displayed in galleries in the US and museums in Cuba. After checking in at the hotel, we’ll meet with the members of a remarkable opera-and-theatre group, who perform around the world. Dinner tonight will be at paladar Café Ortuzar.
Day 6: This morning, depart for Viñales National Park, where you’ll meet your local park guide who will take you on a tour into the valley where you’ll meet with a local tobacco farmer and visit a tobacco drying house. You’ll have lunch at el Palenque de los Cimarrones, a restaurant set in a cave, where traditional Afro-Cuban music will be playing. After a savory smoked pork lunch, we’ll wander into Viñales Valley, Cuba’s Yosemite-like habitat, and into Viñales city. You’ll walk on clay and admire up close the giant limestone rocks that make Viñales famous. Afterwards, we’ll return to Havana, where you’ll dine on your own at a paladar, a private, family owned restaurant. Your tour leader can make expert recommendations.
Day 7: This morning, you’ll visit a local farmers market, where you’ll experience firsthand Cuba’s dual currency at work and see how state-provided foodstuffs are supplemented by up-and-coming organic farms. After that, we’ll visit a polyclinic to get an insider look into Cuba's socialized medicine. After lunch, we're off to a local community project where barbers have created a free school teaching children life skills. This evening, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Day 8: Check out of your hotel and bid “adiosito” (“goodbye for now”) to Havana. Travel to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.
State of CA registration: 208-9360-40
Dates available 2018: Nov 19 – Nov 25
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Excursion Havana City Tour
A beautiful excursion to know the Havana city visiting the sites of major interest. Starting with a visit to the Morro Cabaña complex and then a walking tour at the Historical Centre of Old Havana where you will see the Plaza de Armas, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the Templete, La Bodeguita del Medio and other interesting places.
Visit to the Bocoy rum factory. Stop at Capitol building. Panoramic tour of areas of modern Havana. Stop at Revolution Square
It includes Professional guide service. Omnibus pick up time 8:00 beginning from Western hotels to Eastern hotels. Return at 13:00
Excursion to Vinales, $129
This excursion visits Viñales Valley, one of the most beautiful places in Cuba. The excursion includes. Omnibus pick up time 07:00 beginning from Eastern hotels to Western hotels. Air-conditioned vehicles.Professional guide service. Visit to a cigar factory in Pinar del Rio city.Stop at Los Jasmines viewpoint. Visit a tobacco farm house and to a tobacco plantation at “Casa de Benito” or “Casa del Veguero”. Boat ride along the Cueva del Indio cavern. Visit to the Prehistoric Museum, a gigantic mural painting on one of the geological formations. Lunch with one inclusive drink.
Jeep Safari, $102,86
Pick-up at the hotels according to the staggered timetable established for the excursion and transfer to the Hotel used as the departure point for the jeep convoy. An adventure over more than 150 kilometres of embankments, tracks, quarries, palm groves and rural villages. Snorkelling on the Coral Beach (equipment included). Visit to the Saturno Cave with time for a swim. A drive through the city of bridges, Matanzas, with its wealth of cultural assets. A drive though the Yumurí Valley with a stop at Rancho Gaviota, including a welcome drink. Visit to a rural house for a typical Cuban lunch. Guided tour of the crop-growing and animal-rearing areas. Free time for horse riding. A trip on a high-speed launch for approximately 30 minutes along the river Canímar, a protected area; this allows you to enjoy the beauty and sights of the natural surroundings. Return to the original departure point for the jeep convoy and transfer to hotels.
Note: Jeep seating capacity: 4 If the excursion is booked for fewer than 4 people and the payment does not cover exclusive use of the jeep, the vehicle may be shared with other clients who may or may not wish to drive for part of the journey. The jeeps are manual transmission vehicles. Those wishing to drive will need to bring their driving licence. Fully comprehensive insurance is included. If the client is found to be under the influence of alcohol or psychotropic substances and/or damage has been caused intentionally or as a consequence of their negligent actions, the client shall pay the full cost of the damage caused. If the booking is for 3 or more people, at least one must carry a driving licence.
Show in Tropicana Cabaret, $105
After more than fifty years of existence, this famous Cuban nightclub is internationally renowned for the virtuosity of its dancers, experience of its artistic directors and skill of its cast, the performance is in a "Paradise under the Stars". Its show has toured the leading capitals of the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas.The best show in the Caribbean includes:
- Show, Welcome cocktail, 1 Soft drink, Fingerfoods, ¼ bottle of White rum
Our Rep will contact for delivering your voucher. Transfers are not included
Hemingway Tour, $149
Visit to the Hemingway Museum in the property “La Vigía.” Tour of Cojímar, visit to the Hemingway monument. Lunch at the “Las Terrazas de Cojímar” Restaurant, visited by the great writer. Free time in Old Havana. Return to the hotel in Havana.
Crusero del Sol, $142,29
09:00 pick-up from the hotels according to the timetable established for the excursion and transfer to Marina Gaviota Varadero for the boat trip, to explore the charms of our seas. The Tour includes: Approximately 15 minutes for interacting and swimming with dolphins. Snorkelling on the most beautiful coral reef in the north of the central region of Cuba. Visit to Cayo Blanco for a buffet lunch with seafood and other options. On board and on the key you can enjoy an open bar with beers, soft drinks and Cuban cocktails. Free time for a dip in the sea. Enjoy the non-motorised watercraft on the key. In the afternoon, return to the Marina and transfer to the hotels.
Note: This excursion is subjected to the current cuban navigation regulations, for Cuban citizens. The order of the route may vary according to the total number of tourists on the tour that day. The boat is shared with other tourists. Equipment and protective gear for sailing and snorkelling is included. In the interests of the dolphins, there may be times when swimming with them is not included, in which case the relevant price will be indicated.
09:00 pick-up from the hotels according to the staggered timetable established for the excursion and transfer to Marina Gaviota Varadero for the boat trip, to explore the charms of our seas. Recorded music and open bar with beers, soft drinks, Cuban cocktails on board and on the Key. On board snack. Snorkelling on the most beautiful coral reef in the north of the central region of Cuba. Visit to Cayo Blanco for a buffet lunch with seafood and other options. Free time for a dip in the sea. In the afternoon, return to the Marina and transfer to the hotels. Note: This excursion is subjected to the current cuban navigation regulations, for Cuban citizens. The order of the route may vary according to the total number of tourists on the tour that day. The boat is shared with other tourists. Equipment and protective gear for sailing and snorkelling is included.
Special Swimming with dolphins, $115,68
Pick-up at the hotels according to the staggered timetable established for the excursion and transfer to the Marina Gaviota Varadero for the boat trip to Rancho Cangrejo. The Tour includes: Recorded music and open bar with beers, soft drinks, Cuban cocktails and on board snack. Visit to the dolphinarium and special swimming with dolphins, with the performance of an amazing set of interactive exercises, such as jumps, dolphin acrobatics and more, lasting approximately 30 minutes. Return to the Marina and transfer to the hotels.
Note: This excursion is subjected to the current cuban navigation regulations, for Cuban citizens. The boat used will depend on availability at the Marina and on the number of clients. Clients must wear a life jacket and follow the trainers' instructions, which will be given before the activity starts. Children aged 0-6 will swim with their parents and under the conditions stipulated by the trainers in charge of the swimming with dolphins.
Visit to Cuevas de Bellamar, $56,54
Staggered pick-up from the hotels, with a stop at a roundabout of the Canímar river. Includes visits to: Mirador de Monserrate, Triolet Pharmacy Museum and a tour of the city's squares: Libertad, Catedral and Vigía, with a visit to the photo gallery at Hotel Velasco and the iron bridge of Calixto García. At the end of the excursion, a visit to the Bellamar Caves.
Note: There is a charge for the use of cameras and video cameras during the visit to the caves and the museum.
For the second time, I need to thank you for your great services you provided to the group regarding our trip to Cuba. Even though we had some bad weather because of Hurricane Matthew, all the services were provided as scheduled. Once again, thank you for a great trip. Best regards, Debbie.
My trip to Cuba was super! You will forever have me as a life customer. All of the tours and the hotels were fantastic. I'm planning another vacation for 5-6 nights soon. Thanks a million for all your hard work.
Thanks for all of your arrangements for our last minute trip to Cuba. We want you to know, we enjoyed our stay even though we booked everything three days prior. The National hotel in Havana was superb with all the accomidations.
Hello Vicky, Our trip to Cuba on June 7th was excellent. We requested, and you managed to book us at the Capital Melia Habana Hotel, where President Obama had stayed when he visited Cuba. It was a really fun experience to have. The Iberostar Varadero All Inclusive was also superb! We will surely reffer your company to all of our people here at Time Magazine. Thank you once again.
Hi Maria, Our trip to Cuba was great, and very informative. The hotel staff were attentive to our needs, and they were open about suggestions for places to eat and visit. Our liaison upon arriving expedited our entry process; we had no negative issues when it came to traveling there and back. The tour was also great! Our guide spoke English to accommodate us, and she was very informative. Thank you for arranging everything for us
Hello Vicky, Thank you for your help with the group to Cuba for all 25 people. Everything was very well organized, and everyone was really happy with your services. We loved exploring the beauty Cuba has to offer. We reccomend this destination to everyone! We are planning to book another vacation with your company again in November. Thank you for all of your help!