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Cuba Trips – Connecting Cultures

New Year’s Eve in Cuba – December 28, 2018 – January 01, 2019 – 5 Days/4 Nights

Double Occupancy-B&B’s $1,420 pp
Hotel Copacabana $1,675 pp
Single Supplement $200

  • Visitor’s Visa
  • Lodging
  • Breakfast
  • Airport transfers & Daily Private, Air Conditioned Classic Car with Driver
  • 4 days private guide to explain and connect you to various meaningful experiences
  • Day tour Viñales Countryside w/lunch and entrance to La Cueva del Indio
  • Entrances to Old Presidential Palace & Museum of Rum
  • Cabaret Parisien Dinner & Show
  • Welcome Lunch
  • Visits to cultural and historical sites

Note: Airfare is not included, but it may be added to the package. Provide departure city.

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

  • $50 non-refundable deposit to book tour
  • You may pay by check, or for credit card payment add 4%.
  • Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival date (flexible payment plan available)
  • No refunds will be issued within 30 days prior to arrival.
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New Year’s in Cuba
(December 28, 2018 – January 02, 2019)

Day 1 – Friday- December 28, 2018

Welcome to Havana – Meet Our Cuban Team & Private House Host!
This day’s Itinerary may change based on flight arrival times.

  • Pick up at Jose Marti Airport. Meet your tour guide and driver.
  • Exchange your dollars to Cuban CUC’s.
  • Welcome Lunch at Chef Justo’s El Carbon Restaurant (included by tour guide).
    Breaking the ice meeting over lunch with Letty’s Cuba Tour Leader, Cuban guide, and driver, who would guide you throughout your visit.
  • Walking tour starting at Parque Central, Capitolio (experts considers it one of the six palaces of major world relevance), Gran Teatro de la Habana (Alicia Alonso), a place for significant concerts and ballets. Continue along Paseo Prado, with its beautiful bronze lions, statues, towards the Habana Malecon to San Salvador de la Punta Castle. Take a rest at Habana’s Malecon.
  • Check in at lodging.
  • Panoramic tour around Morro and Cabaña in the early evening and then attend the Cannon Fire Ceremony at the Fort 9:00 pm – be there at 8:00 pm (cover included)
  • Dinner on your own
    We will be more than welcome to give you some advices and make a reservation for you.
    Dinner suggestion for this night – El Canonazo

Day 2– Saturday – December 29, 2018

Explore the Colonial Plazas

  • Walking tour of Obispo Boulevard, passing various shops and bars. Stop by the perfume shop, where you can mix your scent. Towards the end of the Boulevard you will pass Hotel Ambos Mundos, home in the city to American writer Ernest Hemingway. In his fifth floor room, he wrote “As the Bell Tolls.”
  • Continue to lively Obispo Street starting at Hemingway’s favorite El Floridita.
  • Lunch (included by Havanatur).
  • Museum of Rum – learn all the steps in the manufacture of the original Cuban rum.
    Stop at Almacenes San Jose at the port for the best selection of souvenirs, art and crafts.
  • Back to lodging to freshen up.
  • Relax at iconic Hotel Nacional’s terrace. Enjoy a mojito or your favorite cocktail. Don’t miss the Hall of Fame Bar!!
  • It is Showtime! Enjoy Hotel Nacional’s Cabaret Parisien dinner and show!

Day 3 – Sunday – 30 December, 2018

Day trip to Viñales Countryside

  • The Viñales valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops called Mogotes. Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. Attractions in Viñales include visits to tobacco farms, caves, hiking and the expectacular lookout site.
  • Drive 2 hours to this country side community, where the scenery of beautiful stand-alone rock formations will take your breath away. Stop at the look-out point.
  • Lunch at a local Restaurant (included by Havanatur)
  • Visit the Indian Cave and take a short boat ride
  • Visit a privately owned tobacco farm
  • Dinner on your own
    We will be more than welcome to give you some advices and make a reservation for you.
    Dinner suggestion for this night – Castropol

Day 4 – Monday – December 31, 2018

History, Connect, Explore, Shopping

  • Take a walking tour of Havana’s Colonial Plazas. Immediately inland of Havana harbor, Plaza San Francisco de Asis is one of the four leading plazas laid out in the 17th century. One of its architecture beauty is the domed Lonja del Comercio and Hotel Palacio del Marques de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal.
  • Plaza Vieja. In the 1980s, when Old Havana was listed by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage site, architects and restorers began to work to save the Plaza Vieja. Residences around the square are now restored with housing on the top floors and several small museums and art/photo galleries, on the ground floor.
  • Plaza de Armas, is surrounded by colonial Hotel Santa Isabel, El Templete and Castillo La Fuerza.
  • Plaza La Catedral. The last of the main squares to be created, this is one of Old Havana’s most beautiful spots. After the plaza was paved in colonial times, wealthy families moved into the area and began building their mansions there. Today the plaza is the home of art galleries, museums and restaurants. Stop by the famous La Bodeguita del Medio (one of Hemingway’s favorite hangouts).
  • Lunch (included by Havanatur)
  • Panoramic view of Plaza de la Revolucion, Bosque de la Habana, Vedado, Malecon, Miramar. Your guide will give you an overview of the main neighborhoods of Havana.
  • Bye, bye 2018 – Farewell Dinner (included by Havanatur)
  • Hello 2019 !!! New Year’s Eve Party. (included by Havanatur)
    Say good bye to 2018 at Cuban style, laughing, dancing, eating and full of positive vibes

Day 5 – Monday – January 1st, 2019

Bye, Bye Cuba Friends!

  • Transfer to Jose Marti airport. (Be there 2 and ½ hours prior to your flight time).