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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)
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)
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.
Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds
Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
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.
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.
Fitness and Health
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.
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.