AUTHENTIC CUBA TOUR

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Trip Type Small Group Tours
Group Size MAX 20
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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Enjoy expert-led excursions and speak with local Cubans of all walks of life as you explore the culture, history and rapidly changing identity of this unique island nation.

 

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hotel accommodations as listed ( 5 nights in Havana and 2 nights in Varadero)
  • Private pre-tour briefing at the hotel
  • U.S. Treasury Department, OFAC License Certification and Authorization Letter
  • Flo Tours exclusive-guided programming, including; unique handpicked people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba's famous places and those rarely seen; and private visits and lectures with Cuba's renowned experts
  • Experienced Flo Tours tour leader
  • Expert English speaking Cuban tour guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Small group size (usually 16 or fewer guests; never more than 24)
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • All in-country ground transportation
  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline
  • Flo Tours Travel Documents Kit
ITINERARY

Day 1:  Arrive Havana  [D]

Upon arrival in Havana, meet your Cuban guide who will provide local history and knowledge throughout the program. Drive by the Capitolio, the Malecón – Havana’s seafront promenade, U.S. Embassy, La Rampa, and Havana University. Explore the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, also known as “La Cabana” or “El Morro”. This fortress protected the mouth of the Havana harbor in its day and offers unique views over Havana ­ideal for gaining a better understanding of the city’s layout. Check-in your hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travelers and tour guide for a briefing and welcome dinner. Overnight in Havana.

Day 2: Habana Vieja, Cuban Business, Community Arts [B,L,D]

We discover a local Farmer’s Market, to understand the cost of living and interact with local vendors. Then set out on exploration of Old Havana. Begin at the Plaza de Armas, the oldest part of the city. See the Greek Roman ‘El Templete’ site of the first Mass and town  council meeting in 1519. Enjoy a performance by contemporary dance company Danza Combinatoria (another company may be substituted if they are on tour). Boxed lunch with the performance group, a unique opportunity to have one on one conversations.

In the afternoon, visit the offices of a local business, learn about the details of doing business in Cuba. Engage in a discussion on the changing economics of Cuba with an expert. Enjoy the panoramic views overlooking all of Havana from the office’s advantageous location.

Tonight, enjoy homemade cooking prepared by the members of a neighborhood arts center and learn the story of the center’s unique construction. Later,  interact with locals at the neighborhood community arts center and enjoy their music and dance party. Overnight in Havana.

Day 3: History of Cuban Music and Arts  [B,D]

After breakfast at our hotel, a  lecture by a musicologist takes you on a journey through the history of Cuban music. Explore the Fine Arts Museum of Havana with your Cuban Study Leader. Cuban art is renowned worldwide. Delve into the stories that each work of art relates and the statement on politics, culture and society that each artist conveys.
Lunch will be on your own. After lunch,  continue your guided exploration of Old Havana including stops at Plaza San Francisco and Plaza Vieja. Overnight in Havana.

Day 4: The Vinales Valley [B,L]

Set out early and head west to the province of Pinar del Rio, to the famed Vinales Valley, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley boasts Cuba’s most strikingly beautiful landscapes, with anomalous Karst formations rising from the valley floor, unlike any other region of the island. Meet a farmer and learn why the best tobacco is found here.Enjoy a home ­cooked meal prepared with the produce of their organic farm.
In the afternoon we will stroll the main square of the small village of Vinales before returning to Havana. Overnight in Havana.

Day 5: Discover Matanzas, Afro-Cuban Dance, Organic Farmer  [B,L,D]

Depart Havana by private motor coach for the drive to Varadero. En route, stop in Matanzas for a People-to-People Connection with a dance company that preserves Afro­Cuban culture and the traditions of Santeria. Continue to an organic farm which is the home and ceramics workshop of a couple whose unique vision is expressed through both their agricultural and artistic creativity.
After lunch at a local Paladar, continue on to Varadero Beach. Dinner and overnight in Varadero.

Day 6: Cuban Dance: Danzon  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, another People-to-­People Connection: Meet a group of vivacious seniors who share their enjoyment of Danzon, the most traditional dance of Cuba with you.  Learn how to dance the Salsa, the most popular of Cuban dances, in a fun and energetic dance lesson.
Return to our hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Varadero.

Day 7: Hemingway’s House in Cuba  [B,L,D]

Departure from the hotel in Varadero and drive to the outskirts of Havana to Finca La Vigia, the Hemingway Farm. This beautiful property hosts the house where the Nobel Prize ­winning author lived with his third wife Mary for over 30 years. Look into the open windows and doors to see the home in perfect condition with Hemingway’s personal belongings as he left them. Walk the grounds to see his private writing studio, swimming pool, and beloved fishing boat, Pilar. The boat is featured in his novel “Islands in the Stream.”
Lunch will be served at a Paladar on Havana. Afternoon arrival at our hotel. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Havana.

Day 8: Departure from Havana  [B]

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Havana Airport for return.

ISPECIAL PROGRAM NOTES: PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLEI
Please note that this special, people-to-people program will be different from other programs on which you may have previously participated. FLO Tours operates the people-to-people program to Cuba under a general license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control and, as dictated by U.S. law, all participants are required to adhere to a full-time schedule of activities designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted. Per the general license requirements, this is a full-time program with many inclusions and there will be little to no free time on most days of the program.

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WHAT TO EXPECT
  • Havana: Hotel Melia Cohiba *****
    The Meliá Cohiba is a 5 star luxury high-rise hotel located in the Vedado district of Havana, Cuba. The hotel opened in 1994, in total it has 401 rooms and 61 suites. The hotel sitting just off the Malecón, and next to the Hotel Habana Riviera with its sharp angles and alternating walls of stone and glass, is one of the more modern buildings in Havana, along with its sister the Meliá Habana. The Cohiba has a wide range of restaurants and shops, as the Habanos Cigar Store. The Habana Café has a nightly floor show and live music.
  • Varadero: Hotel Melia Marina *****
    All Inclusive 5 Star beach resort, situated in the Marina Gaviota Varadero, 40 minutes from the International Airport. The complex boasts modern rooms, bars and specialist restaurants, meeting rooms, swimming pools with recreation areas and a Yhi Spa. It offers something unique in Varadero as its facilities are integrated with a wonderful seafront with shops and a marina. Ideal for families, yachting, diving, fishing, events, meetings, weddings and honeymoons.
DATES & PRICES Show All Dates
DATE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE OCCUPANCY
July 10, 2019 - July 18, 2019 $ 4395per person $ 1295per person
August 7, 2019 - August 15, 2019 $ 4395per person $ 1295per person
September 4, 2019 - September 12, 2019 $ 4595per person $ 1295per person
September 18, 2019 - September 26, 2019 $ 4595per person $ 1295per person
October 2, 2019 - October 10, 2019 $ 4595per person $ 1295per person
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hotel accommodations as listed ( 5 nights in Havana and 2 nights in Varadero)
  • Private pre-tour briefing at the hotel
  • U.S. Treasury Department, OFAC License Certification and Authorization Letter
  • Flo Tours exclusive-guided programming, including; unique handpicked people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba's famous places and those rarely seen; and private visits and lectures with Cuba's renowned experts
  • Experienced Flo Tours tour leader
  • Expert English speaking Cuban tour guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Small group size (usually 16 or fewer guests; never more than 24)
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • All in-country ground transportation
  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline
  • Flo Tours Travel Documents Kit
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Trip Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra drinks with meals
VISA INFO

Your visa will be provided by the air carrier before departure.

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