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Culture of Cuba: Led by Ralph Velasco (8th trip!!!) ~ 11/16-24, 2014

Culture of Cuba: Led by Ralph Velasco (8th trip!!!) ~ 11/16-24, 2014

Highlights

  • Program cost includes Miami-Havana round-trip airfare, and Visa fee.
  • Cuba’s greatest asset ~ Its people.
  • Meet and interact with people’s lives on the streets of Havana’s distinct neighborhoods.
  • Explore the architecture of Old Havana, designated an UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Panoramic views of the harbor, Morro Cabana, and the skyline of Havana.
  • Landscape of Vinales, another UNESCO site, with village exploration.
  • Education on the arts of Cuba, and witness the art of cigar making at its finest.

Itinerary

Culture of Cuba: Led by Ralph Velasco (8th trip!!!) ~ 11/16-24, 2014

Day 1: Home - Miami

Due to the time of the group charter flight tomorrow morning it will be necessary for everyone to fly to Miami today, overnight at hotel (at your cost). We cannot be responsible for missed connections. We recommend everyone staying at the same hotel as your photo leader in order to coordinate departure time in the morning back to the airport. There are various hotels around the Miami airport so if you should decide to stay elsewhere please notify us of hotel and phone number. Suggested overnight at Marriott Miami Airport

Day 2: Miami - Havana

Depart Miami today on the charter flight from Miami to Havana (time to be announced). Currently we can pre-pay the Cuba Visa fee for you, which is currently $75, this has now been included in your tour cost.

As we make our way to the hotel our guide will orient us to the highlights of Havana. You will have some free time to explore the neighborhood around the hotel before we walk to a lovely restaurant on the Plaza Vieja in La Habana Vieja for our welcome dinner. Overnight Hotel Inglaterra or similar. (L, D)

Day 3: Old Havana

There will be a guided walking program of Old Havana (or Haban Vieja) after breakfast. This is a great opportunity to meet and interact with local Cubans going about their everyday lives on the city streets. After lunch you'll continue your guided walk.

In 1982 Old Havana was designated an UNESCO World Heritage site and it is brimming with a variety of historical landmarks and interesting things to do. Just walking the streets in this area is a favorite pastime and will surely result in an unforgettable experience with plenty of chances to meet the locals and to take advantage of a myriad of photo ops. (B, L)

Culture of Cuba: Led by Ralph Velasco (8th trip!!!) ~ 11/16-24, 2014

Day 4: Morro Cabana - Vedado

After breakfast the group will transfer by bus to Morro Cabana, a.k.a. Castillo del Morro, to explore, including access for panoramic views of the harbor and the skyline of Havana. In the late morning transfer to an area of Havana known as Vedado, located right on the Malecon. Sit down with some locals and enjoy a drink with a commanding view. (B)

Day 5: Viñales


Day 6: The Arts - Hemingway


Days 7 - 8: Trinidad


Day 9: Trinidad-Havana

Travel back to Havana today, stopping for lunch in Cienfuegos. The city is nicknamed La Perla del Sur (the pearl of the South). The rest of the day will be free in Havana to return to your favorite places. There will be a farewell dinner at a local traditional restaurant. Overnight Hotel Inglaterra or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Havana - Home

There will be a morning transfer to Havana airport to begin your trip home (Exact time to be announced, planning on Miami arrival at 12PM-1PM). Be sure to leave three hours between your connection times in Miami. (B)

Important Notes


Pricing

Tour land cost: $4,195 US Dollars based upon minimum of 7 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 6 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single room supplement: $395; single rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Note: The land costs on international tours is based upon current exchange rates. Although the rate has been relatively stable, should it change, there may need to be an adjustment in the land cost.

Details

Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds


Includes

Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed.
Services of driver, cultural guide (bilingual if applicable) during the tour.
Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
Extensive pre-departure information and services.

Excludes

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities listed as optional, or those taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, film or processing, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Air

Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties.

Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

Health

Fitness and Health
The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and should be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:
The following destinations require more physical activity. China, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.
There will be several hours of walking each day, sometimes over rough terrain or at high altitude. It is important for you to be able to get around easily, since you will be hiking rough trails.

Insurance


Subject to Change

This itinerary has been carefully constructed to assure participants the best this destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. Above is a summary of typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

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