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Specialized Cuba Tours | Cuba Travel Packages

Our staff is specialized in preparing people-to-people cultural exchanges for travelers originating their travel from the United States (or, from any other country), and who wish to travel in compliance with current federal regulations relating to travel to Cuba.

We can prepare custom tour packages for a couple, or a group of thirty, and anything in between. We have lodging available in a wide variety of Bed & Breakfasts in Cuba, and we also have access to every hotel on the island. We offer tour packages that include a car and driver, whether it is a modern car or van, or a classic American car with air conditioning.

All of our services include a professional English / Spanish speaking guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay.

Our goal is to make your dream trip to Cuba a reality, and we guarantee your satisfaction.

Cuba People-To-People Tour 9 Days Multi-City ID: PTP-09

Description

Day 1 "Hello Havana"

  • Depart U.S. Miami International Airport or JFK International Airport for Jose Mart International Airport in Havana, Cuba.
  • One of our guides will accompany you on your flight to Havana.
    Meet & greet with tour guide at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.
  • Guide will accompany you for the duration of your stay.
    Accommodation in B&B in Havana, for 3 nights with breakfast included, through which you will have the chance to learn about Cubans´ daily routine.
  • Welcome lunch at private restaurant. (If you are not in Havana at lunch time, then there will be an included welcome dinner).
  • Driving City Tour of Havana, including a drive along the famous Havana malecon seawall, Vedado neighborhood, 5th Avenue in the suburb of Miramar, and stops at the Plaza of the Revolution, and Almendares Park (2-3 hours).
  • Visit to La Lavanderia, the studio and workshop of Cuban painter and sculptor Rafael Perez Alonso.
  • Transfer to B&B.
  • Dinner at restaurant of guest's choice. (Not included in the price)
    Live music at la Zorra y el Cuervo.

Day 2 "Old Havana & Art"

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • 9:00 am City Encounter of Old Havana, a walking tour through Old Havana and its five main plazas, with stops at the residence of the colonial era Captain General of the island, the Havana Cathedral, Obispo Street, the Capitol building, and more. Most of our guests in Cuba start their cultural exchanges with a walking tour of Old Havana. This event is directed by one of our professional English speaking guides, and gives you a taste of the island in a very interesting tour, that feels as if you have gone back in time. Old Havana has buildings and streets that are some of the oldest in the Americas, with some buildings dating to the 17th Though the buildings are hundreds of years old, they are still used to house a significant number of Havana's inhabitants. Old Havana features the first church built on the island, a street paved with wooden bricks, palatial residences, and much more! Old Havana is one of the largest, oldest, and most authentic colonial areas in Latin America (3.5 hours).
  • Lunch at restaurant of guest's choice (Not included in the price).
  • 2:30 pm Museum experience, visit to the Havana Museo de Bellas Atres, this includes a visit the national Cuban Museum of Art, and the International Museum of Art, both located in old Havana, 4 hours. The national and international branches of the Cuban Museo de Bellas Artes feature the highest quality artwork on the island, in strikingly different settings. The international branch is housed in the ornate former Centro Asturiano, which house a society of Spaniards from the province of Asturias who resided on the island, and is located steps away from the capitol building. The national branch is housed in a strikingly looking modern building, considering that it was built before the revolution in the 1950s.
  • Dinner at private restaurant (Not included in the price).
  • 9:00pm Live music and art exposition at La Fabrica de Arte Cubano.

Day 3 "Cigars, Rum, & Revolution"

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • 9:00 am Cigar and Rum experience, this is a walking tour that traverses Old Havana, with visits to the Rum Museum, and the Cigar Museum, and stops at a cigar factory and warehouse. The Rum Museum illustrates the history of the sugar industry in Cuba, and includes a replica of a colonial era rum distillery, and a presentation of the culture and tradition of Cuban rum production. The Rum Museum displays contemporary Cuban painter's works, so you just may see the early works of Cuba's next Wilfredo Lam. The "Habano" Museum illustrates the history of tobacco cultivation, and cigar making on in Cuba. Guests will have an opportunity to sample both fine Cuban rums and cigars during this event. Depending on schedule you may see a demonstration by a master cigar roller (3 hours).
  • Lunch at private restaurant (Not included in the price).
  • 2:00 pm Museum of the Cuban Revolution Tour, the Museum of the Revolution is housed in the former Presidential Palace of Cuba. It is located in Old Havana across from the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which exhibits works by Cuban artists. Civilian and military artifacts are on display in the Museum, as are brief written descriptions of the events that led to the overthrow of the Batista regime in 1959. Artifacts from the armed struggle are amongst items on display, and they range from bloody shirts and pistols, to the motor yacht Granma, which ferried Fidel Castro and the members of the 26 of July Movement to Cuba from Mexico in 1956. Military vehicles that were used during the fighting in the late 1950's are on display outside of the Museum, and they range from tank and jeeps, to airplanes and tractors that were turned into armored fighting vehicles (3 hours).
  • Dinner at restaurant of guest's choice. (Not included in the price)
    8:45pm Cannon Blast Ceremony, witness one of the oldest traditions of colonial era Cuba that still takes place, the 9:00p.m. cannon blast at the San Carlos de la Cabana Fortress, it is probably the most important of Havana's fortifications. Traditionally a cannon shot is fired at 9:00pm to signal the closing of Havana Bay with chains during the colonial era to avoid the entree of corsair and piratic ships. This ceremony is performed by the light of torch as 4 centuries ago, performers resemble this event wearing the typical costumes of the Spanish army in the colonial era in the 17th century.
  • Live music at Sarao or la Casa de la Musica.

Day 4 "Hello Trinidad"

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • 9:00 am Transfer to Trinidad, and walking tour of this well-preserved jewel of the Caribbean's colonial era. Founded in 1514, Trinidad has Cuba's most original colonial era quarter, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage, and visits to the Church of the Holy Trinity, the San Francisco Bell Tower, and the town's main plazas. Trinidad is over five-hundred years old, and is considered Cuba's best- preserved colonial town. Trinidad feels like a living museum. UNESCO declared the town of Trinidad a World Heritage Site in 1988, and its wonderful people set it apart from any other destination in the Caribbean. Many of its narrow streets are paved with the original bricks that are hundreds of years old. Stops include the cities Cathedral, the Palacio Cantero, which houses the City Museum, with stops at the artisanal quarter, the Plaza Mayor, and more. A special experience to a unique town that visitors to Cuba should not miss! (7 hours).
  • Lunch at private restaurant (Not included in the price).
  • Transfer and settle into B&B in Cienfuegos for 1 night with breakfast included.
  • Dinner at private restaurant (Not included in the price).
  • Night free to enjoy on your own.

Day 5 "Cienfuegos & Bay of Pigs"

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • 9:00 am City tour of Cienfuegos, with stops at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception, the Paseo del Prado, the Provincial Museum, the Terry Theatre, the Palacio del Valle, and more (3 hours).
  • Lunch at private restaurant (Not included in the price).
  • 2:00 pm Transfer to Havana.
  • Settle into B&B in Havana for 1 night with breakfast included.
  • Dinner at private restaurant (Not included in the price).
  • Night free to enjoy on your own.

Day 6 "Valley of Vinales"

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • 8:00 am Transfer to Pinar del Rio's Valley of Viñales (475 km-4 hrs).
  • The tour of the Valley of Viñales is one of the most unique experiences on the island of Cuba. Visit the fugitive slaves' cave where you will learn how sugar was fabricated 200 years ago and the sugar-cane juice.
  • The unique rock formations that seem to be growing out of the valley's soil are known as "mogotes," known as the Two Sisters which resemble a small, roughly made Ayers Rock, and are only found here, and in southern China. The UNESCO World Heritage site is best seen on horseback, and you will have the choice of either taking a walking tour, a cycling tour, or on horseback. During your day at Viñales you will visit the Jasmines' watchtower which covers a beautiful, stunning and fabulous view of the mogotes and the Valley of Viñales. There are also many plant species that are found in the valley, and nowhere else on earth. Amongst these are the Corocho Palm, which is considered an ancient species, its origins being in the Jurassic period. There are also a wide variety of birds in the valley, including the "Zunzun, tocororo, cartacuba, ruisenor," and the "Tomeguin del Pinar."
  • Also visit the Indian's cave, you will tour a working tobacco farm. You will have time to explore the quaint town of Viñales located in the center of the valley, and has developed along traditional lines, as new construction along the main street continues to be built in a similar style to homes from an earlier time. Homes here are characterized by columns on their front porches, and red tile roofs, and enjoy a personalized tour of the valley that is oriented towards your individual groups wishes. The views along the various routes that traverse the valley are spectacular, and everyone enjoys it in their own way.
  • Visit the Prehistoric mural which features drawings of life as it has developed over thousands of years in the valley, with representation of both wildlife and Cuba's native Indian population illustrating the evolution of life in the valley. Trails through the Valley provide opportunities to see a vatiety of birds, including the bee hummingbird (8-12 hours).
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (included in this tour).
  • Settle into B&B in Vinales for 1 night with breakfast included.
  • Dinner at private restaurant (Not included in the price).
  • Night free to enjoy on your own.

Day 7 "Santeria & Hemingway"

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • 8:00 am Transfer to Havana.
  • 10:00 am Santeria workshop, this workshop covers the basics of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, and includes such topics as the syncretism of Catholicism and African religions, and the role and significance of drums in the religion. The religion is a syncretism of African religions and Catholicism, and is currently practiced by a large percentage of the island's population. This workshop covers the main deities of the religion, their origin myths, the colors and vestments associated with them, and their roles in human life. A visit to the Casa de Africa is included, and there you will see African musical instruments, artifacts, and a room dedicated to the orishas, the Yoruba deities. Guests are usually amazed after attending this workshop that the many multicolored wristbands and necklaces worn by many Cubans are associated with the religion (3 hours).
  • Lunch at restaurant of guest's choice (Not included in the price).
  • Settle into B&B in Havana for 2 nights with breakfast included.
  • 2:30 pm Hemingway encounter, visit the places Ernest Hemingway regularly frequented, including La Finca Vigia, and La Terraza de Cojimar, the Gregorio Fuentes walking tour of the town of Cojimar, which was the inspiration for the novel "The Old Man and the Sea." This event also includes visits to room 511 at the Ambos Mundos Hotel, where Hemingway stayed and wrote, and a stop at La Bodeguita del Medio and the Floridita bars. This encounter is a must for any Hemingway fan, and covers some of the most productive and interesting years of the famous writer's life (5 hours).
  • Dinner at restaurant of guest's choice (Not included in the price).
  • 9:00 pm Live music featuring the Buena Vista Social Club.

Day 8 "Resolviendo & Dancing"

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • 9:00 am RESOLVIENDO Workshop, through this workshop we attempt to give our guests a peek into the life of a regular Cuban citizen. You will see an actual tarjeta de abastecimiento, which roughly translates to provisions card. These are the small notebooks that every Cuban citizen is given at birth, and which entitles them to five chicken eggs, a quarter chicken, coffee, cooking oil, and other items every month. The provision card also entitles its' bearer to purchase select items that are deemed to be necessities at discounted prices. You will visit what is known in Cuba as an agricultural market, agro, and is basically the produce section of a supermarket, where most people buy their fresh produce. You will visit a bread distribution point, where bread is distributed through the provision card at discounted prices. Depending on schedule and other factors you may also visit a grocery store, meat market, and other markets where meats are sold. This workshop will show visitors some of the daily rituals most Cubans deal with, it will be presented by your guide, and sometimes we have invited guests who are experts in certain areas of the food distribution chain in Cuba. The history of the provisions card will also be covered (4 hours).
  • Lunch at restaurant of guest's choice. (Not included in the price).
  • 2:00 pm Salsa & Rumba Dance Workshop, begins with our best dancers performing an impressive interpretation of Cuba's two endemic dance styles. You will then learn some of the history of salsa music in Cuba, the basic steps involved in dancing, and its contributions and influences around the world. The history of rumba will cover its African Abakpa, Bantu and Yoruba roots, its roots in Spain's coros de clave, and the three distinct styles of this characteristically Cuban musical genre, Columbia, Guaguanco, and Yambu. You will then receive individualized salsa dance instructions. Rumba dancing lessons are not included in this workshop, unless specifically requested before-hand, please leave the rumba to the Cubans! (3-4 hours).
  • Dinner at restaurant of guest's choice (Not included in the price).
  • 9:00 pm Live music at venue to be determined.

Day 9 "Bye, Cuba"

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport for return flight to U.S.

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Accommodation in B&B
  • Guide for duration of stay
  • Breakfast included
  • Transfer In (Airport to B&B)
  • All visits tickets
  • Transfer Out (B&B to Airport)
  • Chofer at disposal

Availability & Prices

Package From To Price
Double Occupancy 01-09-2018 31-12-2018 $ 2013 per person
Single Occupancy 01-09-2018 31-12-2018 $ 3317 per person
Infant (child in arms, One Per Two Adults) 01-09-2018 31-12-2018 $ 468 per person
Child (Aged 2-10, accompany 2 adults) 01-09-2018 31-12-2018 $ 936 per person

Policies & Fees

  • Policies

    Price includes:

    - all listed activities,
    - Cuban entry visa(s),
    - full time English-speaking professional guide,
    - all transfers & transportation*,
    - 8 breakfasts and 2 lunches.

    * One of our guides will accompany you on your flight to Cuba.
    * Price only valid for groups of 2 to 12 guests and does NOT include roundtrip airfare.
    * Car & driver at your disposition on days...

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