Travel to Cuba – 7 Days / 6 Nights

Havana, Cuba! Maybe you have heard about it. Perhaps you’ve read about it or have seen old footage from a classic film. How about going there to see it for yourself? Cartan Tours is legally licensed by O.F.A.C. (Office of Foreign Assets Control) to offer people to people programs. What this means is, Americans can travel to Cuba legally as long as they are participating in a pre-planned and approved  itinerary where travelers have cultural exchanges with the Cuban people each day. Visits to day care centers, universities, centers for the elderly, community centers of the arts and more will have you meeting Cuban people from all walks of life!  Experiencing the Cuban culture through food will also be enjoyed as we will dine at various government run eateries  and privately owned restauarants known as paladars.  This people to people exchange is for the person who desires an in-depth stay in Havana.  

Day 1 – Arrive Miami 
Your Cartan Tours Cuba travel experience begins in Miami with welcome briefing and reception at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel where you will meet your Cartan Director and the members of your small group.
Overnight – Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel

Day 2 – Miami – Havana (B, L, D)
After breakfast, your Cuba travel begins as your group boards an included charter flight to Havana’s Jose Marti International airport, where your local Cuban guide greets your group. The drive from the airport orientates you with Cuba’s capital city, Habana Vieja, whose nearly 500-year-old heart is home to one of the largest collections of Spanish-Colonial architecture in the Americas. Following lunch, check in at the Melia Cohiba Hotel with a welcome drink awaiting us. Before dinner, you will have an orientation meeting with your local tour guide.
Overnight – Melia Cohiba

Day 3 – Havana (B, L, D)
Following breakfast at your hotel, visit a community center for the elderly and interact with nuns and participants to learn about their various projects. Our next People to People activity will have us meeting an Architect of the Historian’s office to discuss Havana’s restoration and architectural grandeur during a walk through Old Havana. After a lovely lunch we will visit the expansive San Jose Market to interact with artists and vendors of handicrafts. Today visit Casa de la Cultura, a community center that teaches classes in the arts to the local neighborhood. Dinner tonight will be at a local paladar, a privately owned restaurant.
Overnight – Melia Cohiba

Day 4 – Havana-Pinar del Rio-Havana (B, L)
Today we make our way to Vinales in the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba.  As we leave the city of Havana, concrete turns into lush landscapes as tobacco fields, vegetation, wild flowers and mountains come into view. After our arrival we will stretch our legs and hike along the Mil Cumbres Trail.  During the walk, our naturalist-guide will give an explanation of its history and how this eco-reserve is protecting the area’s highest mountains. Lunch will be at a farm – an ecological restaurant that grows their own herbs and vegetables. Next we visit El Despalillo and interact with the workers there to learn how tobacco leaves are processed prior to cigar production. Our last stop before returning to Havana is La Casa del Negro, an organic farm and studio. Learn how palm oil production has impacted Cuba economically and environmentally.  Dinner is at your leisure this evening.
Overnight – Melia Cohiba

Day 5 – Havana (B, L, D)
This morning we discover the relationship American author Ernest Hemingway had with Cuba. We will visit several key places and learn about Hemingway’s more than 30 years permanent contact with Cuba. After lunch we return to our hotel. Our last People to People interaction today is with a traditional Cuban music group from the Cuban Institute of Music.  Before dinner, they will perform and then discuss with us the various instruments and styles of music and its importance in the Cuban communities. Dinner this evening will be at the Melia Cohiba Hotel.
Overnight – Melia Cohiba

Day 6 – Havana (B, L, D)
The day begins with a visit to a day care center operated by nuns in the Parraga suburb of Havana.  Together we will discuss the need of day care for single mothers and the programs offered to the children. Enjoy lunch at a local paladar where there is a an organic urban farm on-site and then engage with the owners about private enterprise and the importance of urban farms in the Havana area. Our next visit is to the University of Havana where we learn about university life in Cuba and compare it with experiences at United States universities.  Students will share their curriculum requirements and discuss job opportunities available. Afterwards we visit “the shortest street in Havana”, Callejon de Hammel, which is filled with decorated murals and scupltures. Learn how this art form is influenced by Santeria, an Afro-Cuban religion. Upon our return to the hotel and prior to dinner we will have a discussion on U.S./Cuba policies and relations with a question and answer period. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight as we reminisce about all of our people to people experiences. 
Overnight – Melia Cohiba

Day 7 – Havana – Miami (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your included return charter flight to Miami. If you need assistance with accommodations in Miami due to your air schedule, we would be able to assist you. Thank you for traveling with Cartan Tours to Cuba!

Tour Highlights

  • 1 night – Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel
  • 5 nights – Melia Cohiba, Havana
  • Chartered round-trip air transportation Miami-Havana-Miami
  • Escorted travel beginning and ending in Miami by a professional Cartan Tour Director
  • Experienced Cuban guides fluent in English and Spanish
  • All ground transportation
  • Most meals in Cuba – 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
    including authentic Cuban cuisine at local restaurants and private paladares
  • Visits and discussions with representatives from Cuban schools, arts and charitable organizations, museums, organic farms, tobacco production and more
  • Exclusive Cartan experiences fostering meaningful cultural connections with Cuban musicians, students, artisans, educators, farmers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders
  • Included gratuities for: Cartan Director, local guides and drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Admission fees to all included activities
  • Luggage porterage

Dates and Rates

Departure Date Double Rate Single Rate
January 16, 2016 Sold Out Sold Out
February 13, 2016 Sold Out Sold Out
March 12, 2016 Sold Out Sold Out
April 9, 2016 Sold Out Sold Out

 

CANCELLATION POLICY & FEES

Cancellation fees will be assessed based upon each departure date and are on a per person basis. They are as follows:
– Date of Reservation to 76 days prior to departure: $75
– 75 to 61 days prior to departure: $175
– 60 to 30 days prior to departure: 25% of total program price
– 29 to 15 days prior to departure: 50% of total program price
– 14 days or less prior to departure: 100% non-refundable

For clarification, total program price includes, but is not limited to, airfare, visas and land package.
Any passenger substitutions less than 60 days prior to departure date will incur a $300 administrative fee.

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