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Havana Miami Seascape Discovery - Havana & Varadero Trip
Seascape Discovery - Havana & Varadero tour
Cultural Culture Seascape Discovery - Havana & Varadero package

Seascape Discovery - Havana & Varadero

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2.8 . Average
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
From: $ 5,100 $ 850 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Panoramic overview of Havana
  • Montalván Art Gallery and Studio
  • Old Havana historic center
  • Santo Angel Neighborhood
  • Arte Corte & Jose Fuster Community Projects (artists)
  • Las Tres Monedas
  • Panoramic tour of Havana by antique car
  • University of Havana
  • Habana Compas Dance Group rehearsal in Marianao
  • Kamil Bullaudey Art Studio
  • Angeles del Futuro Community Project
  • (teaches children acrobatics for Cuban circus)
  • Matanzas - Music and Art school
  • Plaza de la Libertad- Matanzas Main Square
  • AfroAtenas Community Project
  • Panoramic tour of Varadero
  • Varadero-cultural exchange with the Danzon Club
  • Local craft market
  • Casa Dupont (rum and cigar tasting)

Short Description

Cuba is an island nation rich in history, culture, beauty and natural resources. Its varied geography includes rolling farmland, rugged mountains, urban metropolises, quaint Colonial villages and stretches of alabaster sand beaches that melt into larimar seas. Cuban culture is influenced by its melting pot of cultures, primarily those of Spain and Africa. Home to nine UNESCO Heritage sites, Cuba is ranked very highly in the United Nations human development index. Its government has established rigorous sports, ballet and music programs, and offers free education to all. Cuba is home to 47 universities and has the second highest literary rate in the world at 99.8%.

With recent relaxation of the regulations to obtain required licenses for travel to Cuba, this island nation has become more broadly accessible to US travelers. Experience the sounds of rumba and salsa in the streets at night. Stroll past the vividly painted arches that grace the buildings of Old Havana. Admire the gleaming classic cars that roll past colonial architecture. Most of all, meet the warm and friendly Cuban people, who are as anxious to interact with Americans as we are to hear their stories and experience their culture first-hand.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Miami
End City Miami

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip charter flights: Miami to Havana/ Havana to Miami
  • Most meals as indicated in the itinerary/2 bottles of water per person per day
  • Gratuities for porterage, wait staff, local guide, and driver
  • Activities and visits indicated in the itinerary (except optional excursions)
  • Accommodations: 1 night at Miami Airport hotel, 4 nights in Havana
  • Pre-trip briefing and welcome cocktail
  • Transportation with driver (per itinerary)
  • 24-hour tour director to accompany the group
  • Cuban local guide services (per itinerary)
  • Cuban Tourist Visa
  • Charter flight Miami to Havana/ Havana to Miami
  • Cuban Medical Insurance (excluding pre-existing conditions)

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Miami Arrival Day
Travelers will be arriving independently to Miami and gathering at the pre-night Miami airport hotel. In the evening, join the group in attending a welcome briefing to get you prepared for your Havana-Varadero Seascape Discovery. Your Tour Director will be available to answer any questions you may have and will invite you to a welcome cocktail to get better acquainted with your traveling companions.

Day 2 - Havana Arrival Day
After your morning arrival in Havana, you'll be transferred to the city center where you'll enjoy a panoramic overview of the city including Vedado, University of Havana, Malecon, Revolution Square, and the Capitol Area. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Mediterraneo before heading to the Montalván Art Gallery and Studio of Rafael Zarza (if possible). Interact with the artists and learn about their work, as well as the challenges young artists face in Cuba today. In the late afternoon, you'll check in at your hotel and later enjoy a welcome dinner at El Litoral. INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Havana
After breakfast at the hotel, walk through Old Havana's historic center with a local historian or architect, and learn about Havana's recent restoration projects and the history of the city. You'll also visit the four major squares in Old Havana. Next, partake in an interactive visit to the Santo Angel Neighborhood and the "Arte Corte" Community Project (comprised of a barber shop, art galleries, private businesses, an elderly center, and a children's park). After lunch at the local paladar, El Figaro, visit the Jose Fuster community project in Jaimanitas "Fusterlandia." Fuster is known as the "Picasso of the Caribbean". Exchange with the artist and local residents of all ages, and learn about how this project has impacted the local community. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon to freshen up before a visit to Las Tres Monedas (a local lounge owned by the famous artist, Kadir). Admire Kadir's works of art on display while you enjoy two included drinks and appetizers at the bar. Later, you will be picked up at Las Tres Monedas by an antique car to enjoy a panoramic tour of Havana before being taken to La Casa Restaurante for dinner on your own. INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Havana
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning exchange with students and professors at the University of Havana. Next, visit the area of Marianao and interact with members of the Habana Compas Dance Group. Attend one of their rehearsals and experience the energy of this modern dance troupe. After lunch at the El Aljibe restaurant, you'll visit the Kamil Bullaudey Art Studio, and then the Angeles del Futuro Community Project that teaches young children acrobatics to prepare them for the Cuban circus. Interact with the children and learn about the neighborhoods they come from and their strict daily rehearsals. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening. INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Havana-Varadero
After your hotel breakfast, you'll depart for Matanzas. Stop at the Bacunayagua bridge view point overlooking the Yumuri Valley on your way to Matanzas city, where you'll visit the Music and Art school and interact with students and teachers. Next, visit the nearby art studio and workshop of Lolo, a famous local artist. Stop at Plaza de la Libertad, Matanzas' main square, before enjoying lunch at the Hotel Velasco. From there, you'll visit Callejon de las Tradiciones, which is part of the AfroAtenas Community Project. The Callejon comprises an urban block of artists in the neighborhood of Pueblo Nuevo. The project's aim is to remember, preserve, and enforce the roots and traditions inherited by the Cuban people from the African culture introduced to Cuba by the slaves. In late afternoon, you'll continue to Varadero Beach and enjoy a panoramic tour along the center of the city. Check into your hotel in late afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel. INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Varadero
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Casa de la Cultura in Varadero and enjoy a cultural exchange with the Danzon Club. Meet the musicians and dancers and learn about the Cuban National Dance "El Danzon." Later, you'll visit one of the local craft markets. Interact with the artists and vendors to learn about possibilities in Cuba for setting up private-run stores or markets in this new era. Next, depart for Jovellanos to visit Finca La Luna. Tour around the farm, interact with the family and enjoy lunch there. Then return to Varadero and visit Casa Dupont (also known as Xanadu), the former estate of American millionaire Irene Dupont. Tour the mansion, learn the story of the Dupont family, and enjoy a rum and cigar tasting. Return to your hotel for a farewell dinner with musical entertainment by the pool or other hotel venue, and interact with the musicians. INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Departure
Depart for Havana at 5:00 am, arriving at the airport at 8:00am for your 10:30am departure to Miami (subject to change). INCLUDED MEALS: Box breakfast

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Trip Excludes

  • Roundtrip flights between Miami and your home airport (optional - may be purchased through Apple Vacations)
  • Gratuities to housekeeping staff and tour director
  • Cuban Departure Tax of $25 USD, payable at Miami airport prior to departure
  • AV-OK Total Vacation Security including Trip Cancellation Waiver (available at an extra charge)
  • Some meals not included, as specified in itinerary

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