HAVANA EXPLORER TOUR

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Trip Type Small Group Tours
Group Size MAX 20
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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Join our experienced Trip Leader and in-the-know Cuban Guide for this activity-filled sojourn in Havana. In their engaging company, you’ll experience the sights and sounds of the city, spend time with artists, students and professionals, and come away with a deep appreciation and understanding of Cuban life and culture.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTES: PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE
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.

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Arrive in Havana  [D]

Welcome to Havana! You will 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 Rámpa, and Havana University. Explore La Fortaleza de Sán Carlos de la Cabaña, 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 Témplete” 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 (Museo Bellas Artes) 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 Viñales Valley [B,L]

Set out early and head West to the province of Pinar del Rio, to the famed Viñales 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: Departure from Havana [B]

Breakfast at the hotel, then departure to Havana airport for your return flight home.

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WHAT TO EXPECT
  • Havana: Hotel Melia Cohiba *****
    This upscale hotel in the Vedado business district lies 3.1 km from Old Havana. It's also 8 km from El Malecón esplanade.
    Simple, relaxed rooms and suites feature free Wi-fi, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs. They also have desks and coffeemakers, while Club rooms add 24-hour room service and sea views. Suites have whirlpool tubs and separate living rooms.
    The hotel offers free buffet breakfast. Other amenities include 5 restaurants, 2 cafes, and 2 bars, plus a cigar bar. There's also an outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness center, as well as a business center and 8 meeting rooms.

**Because of the lack of hotel capacity in the countryside, we cannot guarantee exact hotel or star rating in Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos; the accommodation is in typical “tourist” class hotels that can be changed according to capacity.

DATES & PRICES Show All Dates
DATE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE OCCUPANCY
May 30, 2019 - June 4, 2019 $ 2795per person $ 1295per person
June 13, 2019 - June 18, 2019 $ 2795per person $ 1295per person
July 11, 2019 - July 16, 2019 $ 2795per person $ 1295per person
August 8, 2019 - August 13, 2019 $ 2995per person $ 1295per person
September 5, 2019 - September 10, 2019 $ 2995per person $ 1295per person
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hotel accommodations as listed ( 4 nights in Havana)
  • 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
VISA INFO

For US Citizens:

Visa will be provided by your airline during check-in process. Your are eligible for legal travel to Cuba under" People-to-people" category when you book this tour.

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