Upon arrival of your flight to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana and after ustoms our local representative will greet you and you transfer to your selected hotel for check in.
Dinner at the Hotel Memories Miramar
This morning after check-out, you will be picked up from your hotel for your overnight tour to Cuba’s southern region. Sit back and enjoy air conditioned bus trip to Santa Clara for a visit the Museum Che Guevara, then trip to the city of Cienfuegos. Arrival to Cienfuegos. Panoramic tour the city with his brief stay in park central. Visit The Palacio del Valle and theater Thomas Terry nineteenth century architectural gem. Lunch At the Yacht Club. Visit The city of Trinidad, a relic colonial declared a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Heritage and where is preserved intact the atmosphere of those times. Visit to a Museum, the Potter’s House and Canchánchara the tavern, to taste a typical cocktail which takes the place name. Ascenso To Topes de Collantes. Check-in for dinner and overnight at Hotel Los Helechos. (BLD)
After Breakfast and checkout be ready for a 4×4 ride into the mountain followed by a hike where waterfalls and lunch await. Topes- Charco Azul- Guanayara perfect for observation flora and fauna.
During The course will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful jump into El Rocio waterfall and swin in the natural pool “Deer”. Enjoy a typical local lunch at House
Of Gallega Restaurant. Return To Havana for check-in and evening at leisure. (BL)
Today we start visiting Havana a sprawling metropolis of 2 million in habitants. Founded in 1519 Old Havana became and 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, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.A visit to La Marqueta, a scale model of the City of Havana, the Rum Museum and Havana’s Antique Auto Museum. Continue to Old Havana with a visit to El Template, where the City of Havana was founded in 1514, the Office of the City Historian and many historical old Spanish plazas including the Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza San Francisco. 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). LUNCH AT “TEMPLETE” Continue to Havana’s famous Central Park where local Cubans discuss their favorite pastime, “Baseball”, the Bacardi Building, famous for its Art Deco architecture, the Revolution Museum, Cathedral Square and “La Bodeguita del Medio Bar-Restaurant”, Hemingway’s favorite for a Mojito Cocktail, (included).ON HAVANA MEMORIES MIRAMAR HOTEL (BL)
Morning departure to “Finca La Vigia” former home of Ernest Hemingway is a museum, here he wrote many of his novels. Next a visit to Alamar to meet the local residents to discuss the historic “Micro Brigades”, formed by local residents to construct their own housing. Continue to Cojimar where Hemingway keep his boat, the “Pilar”, and embarked on daily fishing trips to the Caribbean and found inspiration for his novel, “The Old Man and the Sea”. We will have 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”.
Tonight the SHOW CABARET at the Hotel Nacional. ON HAVANA MEMORIES MIRAMAR HOTEL
Breakfast and check-out. Today transfer to the International Airport Jose Marti 3 hours prior to the departure of your flight to the US. (B)
- 5 nights First Class hotel in Havana with buffet breakfast daily
- Overnight Mountain Lodge Los Helechos in Topes de Collantes dinner & breakfast
- 11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
- 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
* Air fare & Visa not included
Trip Interruption Insurance is recommended
NOTICE: Sunny Land Tours is not responsible for any issues/costs resulting from delays or interruption in air transportation. All such issues should be addressed directly with the airline.
Mandatory Travel Insurance while in Cuba is included with the airline tickets.
Optional Travel & Trip interruption insurance is available from Sunny Land
- 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
* 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
*What Do I Bring? Currency & Money
•Currency: Bring bills only, no coins. US dollars subject to a 10% surcharge
•You will need your PASSPORT to exchange money.
• 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.
•Parallel Currencies CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos) and the CUP (Cuban Peso) 1 CUC = 24 CUP. You are unlikely to come across, or need, the CUP if you are staying at a resort hotel.
*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. 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).
*Clothing: Despite its subtropical climate, Cuba has distinct summers and winters. Winter is between November and April, with nice temperatures between 75º to 80º F. Cool, Periodically it rains due to cold fronts moving through the island. The climate is very similar to South Florida in comparison. May through October is off-season and is the hottest period with temperatures between 85º and 90º F, and the possibility of severe storms and hurricanes, most notably in July – September. Casual, comfortable, and light clothes are your best bet. It is always wise to bring a poncho or light wind-breaker (water resistant) in case it rains. Unless you are in Cuba for business, there is little use for a suit and tie. However, a cocktail dress or pair of kakis may be needed for a night out at the club or restaurant. Always bring comfortable walking shoes, and pack a lot of socks.
*Adapters/Electric Converters: All of Cuba runs on 110 volts and 60hz. The outlets are for flat prongs. However, the Parque Central Hotel has 220 volts. If staying there, make sure you bring an adapter/converter like the ones use in most of Europe (round prongs).
*Hair Dryers: The rooms at are equipped with hair dryers, however, they are attached to the wall and are not the most convenient and comfortable to use. For the ladies that are accustomed to blowing their hair properly, you may want to bring your own compact hair dryer.
*Medical Supplies and Sundries: Although larger hotel stores carry some goods, travelers to Cuba should bring their own medicines, vitamins, bandages, contraceptives, sunscreen, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo, soaps, prescription medications (in their original bottles) and other essentials as none of these items are readily available. It is best to assume you will have difficulty finding daily essential items in Cuba. It is recommended that travelers also pack rolls of toilet paper, tissues, pre-moistened towelettes, and anti-bacterial wash to anticipate the chronic shortages one can encounter on the road at locations outside of the hotel.
*Laundry: There are no coin laundries in Cuba, and most hotels offer a laundry service that charges on a per piece basis.
*Water: We recommend that you only use island water for brushing teeth etc. Drinking water should be bottled.
*Tipping Is expected in Cuba. Suggest 10% on Tipping.
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.
Both 120 and 220 watts are used in Cuba. The older historical hotels have 120 watts in the rooms. The newer or remodeledhotels, run on 220 watts.
Important Contact Information
CALZADA E/ L Y M
53-5-286-1607 AFTER HOURS
WHAT CAN I BRING BACK?
$400 Total of all Cuban goods (except as noted below). This includes a maximum of $100 of both Cuban alcoholic and/or tobacco products. Please note that the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) impose duties if more than one liter of alcohol, 50 cigars or 300 cigarettes are imported into the US—even If the total value was less than $100.
Any value of Art and Other Informational Materials. There is no value limitation on informational materials (including art, books, magazines, CDs, DVDs).
CBP will seize Cuban items that exceed the value limitations above.
-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
If you have purchased air transportation with us note:
Baggage policy and DAY OF TRAVEL
Licensed persons are expected to check-in 3 hours before the charter flight is scheduled to depart. The direct air carrier will close each charter flight 70 minutes prior to departure. If any passenger arrives after the flight has been closed, ABC cannot process the passenger. In this case, the passenger will not be permitted to board the charter flight.
ABC Charters guarantees to transportation of checked baggage per person.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES:
$20.00 will be charged for each checked baggage.
ADDITIONAL EXCESS BAGGAGE FEES:
Each passenger will have all of his or her baggage weighed—including the carry on luggage. Anything over 44 lbs. will be charged at EXCESS FEE. Excess Baggage Fee charges are to $2.00 per pound, boxes are $3.00 per pound.
CARRY ON ALLOWANCE:
Passengers may one small carry-on bag, plus one personal item. The carry-on bag cannot exceed the dimensions of the airline baggage size: 22 long x 14 wide x 9 tall