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Say Hello to Havana on this 4 day People to People program highlighting Havana's allure, history, culture and cuisine. 

Tour Hemmingway's trail, experience El Canonazo ceremony and enjoy Havana's top evening event, El Cabaret Parisienne at Hotel Nacional. Deluxe hotel accommodations in Havana snd top guides make for a comfortable and educational experience.

 

 

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  Features 
 

  • Deluxe hotel in Havana with buffet breakfast daily
  • 6 meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 1 Dinner
  • Comprehensive city tour of Old Havana including the Museo de Bellas Artes and a Mojito cocktail at La Bodeguita del Medio 
  • Lectures and briefings  
  • Cabaret Show at Hotel Nacional
  • All escorted guided tours and visits including admission fees throughout
  • All transportation within Cuba
  • Government Hotel Taxes
  • Services of SLT local representatives throughout Trip Interruption Insurance is required 

Notes:

* Min 2 to operate
* Charter flights tickets (not included) cost  $500 to $700 based on seasonality.
* Air tickets include visa fee and airport Tax. Call 1800-7837839 for availability and rate.

PAYMENTS & CANCELLATIONS:

  • Deposit of $500 per person non refundable
  • Final payment due 90 days prior departure
  • Cancellation within 90-60 50% penalty
  • 0-60 days prior trip date 100% penalty

Rate $1299 apply for these dates: May 1 - July 14, 2016

 

 

 

 

 ITINERARY

 

Day 1 US- HAVANA
Arrive to Terminal 2 at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana.
After customs our guide will meet you.
Havana Panoramic Drive into 5th Avenue and Old City along the Malecon to your first experience in Cuba.
Welcome cocktail and People-to-People presentation for your itinerary, commitments and expectations Lodging and dinner at hotel.

Day 2 OLD HAVANA UNESCO World Heritage Site
Breakfast
Old Havana Tour. The Havana, a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants. Founded in 1519 Old Havana by the 18th century was the most important port of the region. Old Havana defined by the extend of the city walls retains an interesting mix of Baroque and Neoclassical monuments, and an ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wroughtiron gates with internal courtyards. Walk thru Old Havana and visit El Templete, where the City of Havana was founded in 1514, the Office of the City Historian and many historical Spanish plazas including the Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza San Francisco. 
Lunch serve at Restaurant “TEMPLETE”. Continue to Havana's Museo de Bellas Artes and walk the famous Central Park where local Cubans discuss their favorite pastime "Baseball”, the Bacardi Building, famous for its Art Deco architecture, Cathedral Square and “La Bodeguita del Medio Bar-Restaurant”, Hemingway’s favorite to enjoy a Mojito Cocktail, (included for you).
At night, visit to La Cabaña fortress for the Ceremony of Cannon.

Day 3 HAVANA & THE ERNEST HEMIWAY’S TRAIL
Breakfast.
Morning departure to “Finca La Vigia” former home of Ernest Hemingway where he wrote many of his novels.
A visit to Alamar Community to meet the local leaders to discuss the historic “Micro
Brigades”, organized in 1965 by local residents to build their own housing.
Continue to Cojimar where Hemingway keep his boat “Pilar”, and embarked on daily fishing trips to the Caribbean and found inspiration for his novel, “The Old Man and the Sea”. Lunch at “LAS TERRAZAS”, his preferred restaurant where Hemingway sat for lunch, after fishing on the “Pilar”. Continue to the monument honoring Hemingway built by local fisherman with their boat anchors.
On our return to Havana, visit “El Castillo del Morro”, (Morro Castle) and “Fort La Cabana”. The tour continues with a walk up Obispo Street and a stop at the Ambos Mundos Hotel and the room, now a museum, where Ernest Hemingway wrote his famous novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.
The walk continues through Havana’s former banking district and on to “El Floridita”,
Hemingway’s favorite bar for his favorite trademark drink, the “Rum Daiquiri”, (included for you).
Tonight the SHOW CABARET at the Hotel Nacional

Day 4 HAVANA- US
Transfer to Havana airport for your departure flight to the U.S.

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REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • The "Cuba For Your Senses" program requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and most importantly participating in a full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.
  • Due to the special requirements to visit Cuba, participants will be required to complete visa application and travel reservation forms and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a people-to-people license and are aware of the travel rules. Participants are also required to send a copy of their passport photo page. 
  • This educational people to people Cuba tour is operated under Sunny Land Tours Cuba Travel License Case #20CT-2015-317165-1

Trip Interruption Insurance is required

Note:

* Tour participants must observe Strict compliance to the itinerary schedule.
* Tour Operates with min 2
* Travel Insurance required to enter Cuba
* Visa will be provided with Airline Tickets

REGISTRATION FORM

 

USEFUL TIPS:

WHAT TO BRING- as some of these items may be more difficult to purchase while there

 

-Bug Spray

-Sunscreen and Sun Hats

-Comfortable Clothing, Walking Shoes (casual attire)

-Medications and OTC drugs, band-aids, etc

-CASH (CC’s and ATM’s don’t work)

-Sunglasses

-Hand sanitizer

 

PLEASE REFER TO CUBAN CUSTOMS policies for allowances, restrictions and limitations: www.aduana.co.cu.

 

MONEY

-2 Currencies: there are two types of currencies in Cuba.  The first is the Cuban Peso, used primarily by the locals for basic staples.  The second is the CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso), which is the currency mostly used by tourists.  It is important to make sure you are getting back the right change in the right currency when making purchases.

 

–Exchange:  You can exchange USD for CUC at any airport, hotel, exchange bureau in town centers and some banks.  The current fee for exchanging is 13%, i.e. for 100 USD you will get 87 CUC.  The fee is the same no matter where you exchange your currency. You will need your passport to exchange money.   In Cuba, they will not accept bills that are torn or written on when exchanging into CUC. When exchanging money into CUC , try to get small denominations to make purchases easier ,as many places(little stores, bars and restaurants do not always have the possibility to break down smaller notes for you).

 

–Credit Cards & Traveler’s Checks: US-issued credit cards, debit cards, and ATM cards do not work in Cuba.  Only credit cards issued in other countries may be issued (other than US).  You must have cash in order to make any purchases in Cuba or pay for any services.  Most places will not take USD, so you must exchange currency upon arriving.  Tips however can be given in any currency.  Traveler’s Checks may also be difficult to cash while in Cuba.

 

–Tips – tipping is a way of life in Cuba.  It is common to tip people in all walks of life if they do something special for you.  In addition, as in all destinations, restaurant staff, housekeepers, porters, taxi drivers, concierge, and others in the hospitality industry.

 

We recommend  having around 500 Pesos ($20) daily for tipping and incidental items you may find  in smaller shops; local Restaurants or street vendors as you interact with local people

 

CALLS AND INTERNET

-Cell Phones: US cell phones do not work in Cuba, even if you have an international plan.

 

–Calling Home: It is possible to call home from your hotel by visiting the business center or dialing direct from your room.  If you wish to use the phone in your room, you will need to leave a cash-deposit at the front desk, so that they activate your line.  It can be expensive to call home, sometimes more than 2.50 CUC per minute, and connection charges may also apply. You can also purchase local calling cards to use at pay phones or land lines.

 

-Internet: Wi-Fi is not available throughout Cuba except at some hotels. Most hotels also have a business center with computer, with limited hours, where internet service is available. Charges can up to 12 CUC per hour depending on the hotel.  Because of the limited technology in Cuba, it is not uncommon to have internet outages.

 

–Communication with the US: Though internet is the best way to communicate with family back at home, you may want to warn them of the difficulty in communications between Cuba and the US.  Not only can it be costly, but sometimes business centers are not open at the hours that are convenient to your schedule, internet may be experiencing difficulties, or you may have problems getting a line to the US from Cuba, since they are often rerouted through third countries.

 

ELECTRICITY

–Electric Current: 220 V at most hotels, though it is common to find both 110 and 220 throughout Cuba.  Sometimes both European and American plugs can be used.  It is advisable to bring a converter, if your electronics are not travel-ready (105-240 V).

 

–Outages: In Cuba it is possible to experience temporary power outages due to limited resources on the island.  Though this seems to be happening less frequently in the past few years.

 

SAFETY

-Safety Deposit Boxes: Hotels are equipped with safety deposit boxes and may charge a per day fee.  Check with the front desk.  It is advisable to leave valuables, including passports in the safe.  A copy of the passport should suffice for ID purposes.  You will however need your passport for exchanging of currency.

 

–Pick-pockets: though Cuba is generally a very safe place to travel (more than other parts of the world), it is always best to watch your belongings and beware of pick-pockets and purse snatchers. Leave expensive jewelry in the safe and only carry what you need for that day. You may see some kids or older adults begging on the streets, sometimes asking for soap, pens, etc.  Though a nuisance, this is not considered to be dangerous
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Optional A $300 with an extra night BB 

HAVANA CITY TOUR

Pick up at your Hotel: Visit to the Morro.  Visit to Colonial Havana, declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Walking tour of the old town, with its squares, fortresses and buildings constructed by the Spaniards’ between the Sixteenth and Nineteenth Century.  Opportunities for purchasing local crafts.  By Transport you will have a visit to La Bodeguita del Medio, and main streets and avenues in Old Havana with a stop at the Capitol. Liquid lunch in a restaurant in the area. Continue the tour with a panoramic view of the University of La Habana with a stop at the Revolution Square; time for pictures. Back to your Hotel.

Optional B: $400 with an extra night BB First Class Hotel

TRIP TO VINALES

Pick-up at your Hotel: Departure to Pinar del Rio.  Here we will visit the Rum Factory, ‘Guayabita del Pinar’.  Then we proceed through the Valley of Vinales, known as a National Cultural Monument, and, declared and protected by Unesco as  a World Culture Passage.  We will visit the House of Veguero for a Welcome Coctail and where you will see and appreciate cultivated tobacco plantations.  Next we stop at ‘Jasmine Point’, a viewpoint that offers a beautiful general view of the Vinales Valley.  From here you will visit the Indian Cave by boat ride on a river that flows to the interior.  Lunch at a restaurant in the area. Next a visit to a Prehistoric Mural depicting the  process of life’s Evolucion in the Mountains of the Organos, from Mollusk through to the first indigenous inhabitants of the area.  Return to your Hotel.

Optional C: $1200 pp with 2 extra nights in VARADERO and all meals.

Day 1 HAVANA. MATANUS- VARADERO
After breakfast drive to the picturesque city of Matanzas situated along Matanzas Bay. The old city buildings are mostly from XVIII and XIX centuries, while in other areas buildings are modern. The first stop will be the visit to the Pharmaceutical Museum National Monument , a French Drug store from XIX Century, it is the only one that remains in the world, and it preserves the original tools, instruments, furniture and building along the Matanzas. Bay continue to the Varadero Peninsula for check in at your selected hotel.. Overnight Varadero. All Inclusive Hotel Los Aredas Joradas.

Day 2 CARDENAS SUGAR & LOCOMOTIVE MUSEUM-VARADERO
After breakfast a short drive will take us to the City of Cardenas. Today we learn about the second railway station built in Cuba and the museum of the Sugar Industry & Steam Locomotives used in the sugar cane transportation. Experience with the local engineer a short ride on one of those ancient engines (12 pax minimum) Return for lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon visit the City of Varadero a tourist resort town, boasting more than 20 km of white sandy beaches. The first tourists visited Varadero as early as the 1870s, and for years it was considered an elite resort. In 1910 the annual rowing regatta was started,  five years later the first hotel, named Varadero and later Club Nautico. Tourism grew in the early 1930s as Irénée du Pont Nemours, an American millionaire, built his estate on the peninsula for a visit". Continue to Museo Municipal " for a lecture presentation by the Museum Curator. Visit "Taller de Ceråmica Artistica" to meet with local Cuban potters and learn about their great artworks of high quality  to bring back home. We will visit some private business in Varadero  where the "Cuentapropista" or Entrepreneurs are growing fast. Overnight Varadero. All meals Included.

Day 3 VARADERO- HAVANA-U.S.
After  Breakfast Transfer to the International Airport Jose Marti in Havana to board your flight departing to the US.

All prices shown are per person based on double occupancy.

Single occupancy supplement add $100 to Option A or B and $200 to Option C.
Minimum 2 travellers required to operate this tour.

 

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