VETERAN’S DAY CUBA TOUR - Cuba Travel & Trips



DAY 1 “Hello Havana”

  • Depart U.S. from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Tampa International Airport to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba.
  • Meet & greet with guide and driver at Jose Marti International Airport.
  • Guide and driver will accompany you for the duration of your stay.
  • Welcome lunch at private restaurant. (If you are not in Havana at lunch time, then there will be an included welcome dinner.)
  • Driving City Tour of Havana, including a drive along the famous Havana malecon seawall, Vedado neighborhood, 5th Avenue in the suburb of Miramar, and stops at the Plaza of the Revolution, and Almendares Park. (2-3 hours)
  • Visit to La Lavanderia, the studio and workshop of Cuban painter and sculptor Rafael Perez Alonso.
  • Transfer to B&B
  • Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
  • Live music at La Zorra y el Cuervo.

Day 2 “Old Havana, Resolviendo, & Art”

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • 9:00am Old Havana Encounter, our walking tour through Old Havana, La Habana Vieja, and its five main plazas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco, and Plaza del Cristo, with stops at the residence of the colonial era Captain General of the island, the Havana Cathedral, Obispo Street, and the Cuba’s capitol building. You will stop at the L’Antigua Habana book store, right across the street from Sloppy Joe’s, where you just may find a first edition of “The Old Man and the Sea,” or just a simple postcard. Old Havana gives you a taste of the island and will make you feel as if you had travelled back in time. Old Havana has some of the oldest buildings and streets in the Americas, with buildings and structures dating to the 16th century. These ancient buildings still house a significant number of Havana’s inhabitants. Old Havana features the first church built on the island, a street paved with wooden bricks, palatial residences, the hotel where Ernest Hemingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the beautiful Bacardi building, and the Cuba’s former presidential palace. Some of the notable buildings you will see during this tour include the house built by Ponce de Leon’s grandson, a section of Havana’s original colonial era sewer system, and the beautiful Palacio Viena Hotel, which like many structures in Old Havana has been undergoing a never-ending renovation. Our tour of Old Havana includes stops at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bars, el Floridita and la Bodeguita del Medio. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, Old Havana is the largest, oldest, and most authentic colonial area in the western hemisphere. This event is directed by your professional, English-speaking guide. (4 hours)
  • Lunch at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price
  • 2:30pm RESOLVIENDO Workshop, through this workshop we attempt to give our guests a peek into the life of a regular Cuban citizen. You will see an actual tarjeta de abastecimiento, which roughly translates to provisions card. These are the small notebooks that every Cuban citizen is given at birth, and which entitles them to five chicken eggs, a quarter chicken, coffee, cooking oil, and other items every month. The provision card also entitles its’ bearer to purchase select items that are deemed to be necessities at discounted prices. You will visit what is known in Cuba as an agricultural market, agro, and is basically the produce section of a supermarket, where most people buy their fresh produce. You will visit a bread distribution point, where bread is distributed through the provision card at discounted prices. Depending on schedule and other factors you may also visit a grocery store, meat market, and other markets where meats are sold. This workshop will show visitors some of the daily rituals most Cubans deal with, it will be presented by your guide, and sometimes we have invited guests who are experts in certain areas of the food distribution chain in Cuba. The history of the provisions card will also be covered. (4 hours).
  • Dinner at private restaurant. (Not included in tour price)
  • 9:00pm Live music and art exposition at La Fabrica de Arte Cubano, or live music at Corner Café

Day 3 “Cigars, Rum, & Revolution”

  • 9:00am Havana Cigar and Rum experience, this is a walking tour that traverses Old Havana, with visits to the Rum Museum, and the Cigar Museum, and stops at a cigar factory and warehouse. The Rum Museum illustrates the history of the sugar industry in Cuba, and includes a replica of a colonial era rum distillery, and a presentation of the culture and tradition of Cuban rum production. The Rum Museum displays contemporary Cuban painter’s works, so you just may see the early works of Cuba’s next Wilfredo Lam. The Habano Museum illustrates the history of tobacco cultivation, and cigar making on in Cuba. Guests will have an opportunity to sample both fine Cuban rums and cigars during this event. Depending on schedule you may see a demonstration by a master cigar roller. (3 hours)
  • Lunch at private restaurant. (Not included in tour price)
  • 2:00pm Museum of the Cuban Revolution Tour, the Museum of the Revolution is housed in the former Presidential Palace of Cuba. It is in Old Havana across from the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which exhibits works by Cuban artists. Civilian and military artifacts are on display in the Museum, as are brief written descriptions of the events that led to the overthrow of the Batista regime in 1959. Artifacts from the armed struggle are amongst items on display, and they range from bloody shirts and pistols, to the motor yacht Granma, which ferried Fidel Castro and the members of the 26 of July Movement to Cuba from Mexico in 1956. Military vehicles that were used during the fighting in the late 1950s are on display outside of the Museum, and they range from tank and jeeps, to airplanes and tractors that were turned into armored fighting vehicles. (3 hours)
  • Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
  • Live music at Sarao or Jazz Café Miramar.

Day 4 “Santeria & Hemingway”

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • Santeria workshop, this workshop covers the basics of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, and includes such topics as the syncretism of Catholicism and African religions, and the role and significance of drums in the religion. The religion is a syncretism of African religions and Catholicism, and is currently practiced by a large percentage of the island’s population. This workshop covers the main deities of the religion, their origin myths, the colors and vestments associated with them, and their roles in human life. A visit to the Casa de Africa is included, and there you will see African musical instruments, artifacts, and a room dedicated to the orishas, the Yoruba deities. Guests are usually amazed after attending this workshop that the multicolored wristbands and necklaces worn by many Cubans are associated with the religion. (3 hours)
  • Lunch at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
  • 2:30pm Hemingway encounter, visit the places Ernest Hemingway regularly frequented, including La Finca Vigia, and La Terraza de Cojimar Restaurant. Includes the Gregorio Fuentes walking tour of the town of Cojimar, which was the inspiration for the novel “The Old Man and the Sea.” This event also includes visits to room 511 at the Ambos Mundos Hotel, where Hemingway stayed and wrote, and a stop at la Bodeguita del Medio and the Floridita bars. This encounter is a must for any Hemingway fan, and covers some of the most productive and interesting years of the famous writer’s life. (5 hours)
  • Farewell dinner at private restaurant.
  • 9:00 Live music at La Casa de la Musica.

Day 5 “Bye, Cuba”

  • Breakfast at B&B.
  • Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport for return flight to U.S.
*Price includes all listed activities, Cuban entry visa, full time English-speaking professional guide, all transportation*, and 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner.
*Car & driver at your disposition on days 1 and 4, and one of our guides will accompany you on your flight to Havana.
Your price per person with Bed&Breakfast DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1,150
Price per person SINGLE OCCUPANCY $1,250
Price for veterans and active duty military with Bed&Breakfast DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $800 (DD-214 OR OTHER PROOF OF SERVICE REQUIRED)
Price for veterans and active duty military with Bed&Breakfast SINGLE OCCUPANCY $850 (DD-214 OR OTHER PROOF OF SERVICE REQUIRED)
SCHEDULE DEPATURES; Depart MIA on 11/9/2017 on AA1345 at 4:20pm and return MIA on 11/13/2017 on AA1334 departing Havana at 11:45am
Depart MIA on 11/11/2017 on AA1447 at 9:30am and return MIA on 11/15 on AA 1334 departing Havana at 11:45am