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Cuba: Best of Cuba - Licensed & Approved for US Citizen Group Travel - 9 Days

GEC Trip Type: GROUP TOUR

*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! Free roommate matching provided - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

The group will travel:
- April 13 - 21, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: GECtravel is Fully Licensed & Approved by the US Government’s Office of Foreigen Asset Control (OFAC) to offer this group trip to Cuba for US Citizen Travelers under the people-to-people educational category. Please see the NOTE below, as well as the “Important Information” section at the bottom of this page for more details about US Citizen travel to Cuba.

Join the group as we explore the undiscovered beauty of Cuba on this 9-day Best of Cuba group trip. Starting and ending in Miami, we’ll explore the island in an effort to engage with the everyday person and support the people and small private businesses in Cuba. We’ll take a ride in a privately owned classic Cuban car, meet local artists and everyday Cubans, take a salsa dance lesson, learn about Cuban cuisine at a family owned restaurant, learn to make your own Mojito, witness the beauty of Cuba’s colonial architecture and stunning landscapes, see the Bay of Pigs, visit locally run cigar and rum businesses, and so much more!

NOTE: Under the new US Govt. rules, individual US citizens are prohibited from traveling to Cuba on their own for travel, however group travel with a licensed and authorized US based tour company IS allowed. GECtravel is Fully Licensed and Authorized by the US Government’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) to provide “People-to-People” group tours to US Citizens*. This tour will be led from start to finish (Miami to Miami) by a US based GEC Trip Leader who will carry our license, coordinate with our Local Cuban Guide, maintain required records, and ensure, for the benefit of all group members, that our itinerary meets and follows all OFAC directives and requirements for People-to-People travel. Furthermore, to satisfy your obligation to maintain a record of your travels for AT LEAST 5 YEARS, GECtravel will electronically maintain on your behalf, and in accordance to OFAC rules, all of your recordkeeping obligations that document your travel, itinerary and your compliance to the regulations, so that you do not have to take on that burden. Rest assure, you are in great hands! Please see additional comments regarding OFAC rules, requirements and this trip’s adherence to them in the “Important Information” section at the bottom of this page.

*Please see OFAC’s FAQ Page
, section II Travel (page 5, sections 15, 16 & 17) for recent information pertaining to People-to-People educational activities. Please also see OFAC’s Cuba Sanctions Resource Center for complete details about travel to Cuba and the associated regulations.

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Places Visited:

Group Tour of Cuba, Group Tour to Cuba, OFAC Approved, Havana, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Classic Car Experience, Cuba Tobacco Plantation, Organic Farm Visits, Vinales Valley, Salsa Dance Lessons, Partagos Cigar Factory, Ha


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Mandatory Trip Orientation and Educational Briefing in Miami
Day 2: Fly Miami to Havana. Dinner & Cultural Salsa Dance Lesson (B,D)
Day 3: Local Farm to Table Experience. Havana City Cultural Tour & Hemmingway’s House (B, L)
Day 4: Tobacco Plantation & Local Organic Farm Visits in Vinales Valley (B, L)
Day 5: Santa Clara. Trinidad. Casa de la Musica (B)
Day 6: Trinidad. Valley of the Sugar Mills (B)
Day 7: Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs Museum, Havana (B)
Day 8: Havana City Visit & Classic Car Experience. Farewell Dinner (B, D)
Day 9: Fly Havana to Miami. Trip Ends on Arrival in Miami (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1
Mandatory Trip Orientation and Educational Briefing in Miami


Your trip starts at the designated hotel near the Miami International Airport for the Mandatory Trip Orientation and Educational Briefing (NOTE: exact time and location details will be provided in the Pre-Departure Dossier which will be emailed to each person on the trip about 3 weeks before departure).

During this Mandatory Trip Briefing you will receive additional educational materials associated with this trip, as well as be provided with an overview of your requirements on this trip to maintain compliance with US Government rules. You will also receive a full trip briefing from your US based GEC Trip Leader who will be with the group from today through your return to Miami. This meeting will also be a wonderful opportunity to meet all of your other fellow travel mates on this group trip and get any last-minute questions answered.

Tomorrow bright and early tomorrow we’ll head to the airport for our group flight to Havana.

Overnight Miami


Day 2
Fly Miami to Havana. Dinner & Cultural Salsa Dance Lesson (B,D)


Early in the AM you will meet your US based GEC Trip Leader at the assigned time in the group hotel lobby, transfer to the airport, and fly from Miami to Havana*. Your GEC Trip Leader will have all of the group’s US/CUBA flight details, including the GEC Cuba Group OFAC Travel License.

On arrival at the Havana Airport, we will be greeted by our local GEC Cuban transfer representative and transferred to our assigned Casa Particular (Cuba’s version of a B&B – see the “Important Information” section for details and a description). It is here that we will meet our GEC Local Cuban Guide who will be traveling with the group from start to finish and will be working in conjunction with your US-based GEC Trip Leader to ensure an amazing Cuba people-to-people experience.

Tonight, we will organize a special welcome dinner. Along with dinner you will have the opportunity to meet with a local dance instructor who will introduce you to the basics of Cuban salsa, a dance of nation pride. Cuba is abundant with music and something you will encounter throughout your trip.

Overnight Havana


Day 3
Local Farm to Table Experience. Havana City Cultural Tour & Hemmingway’s House (B, L)


This morning we will travel to Cojimar for an authentic Farm to Table Experience. We’ll visit with a local herb grower to talk about how they grow, hand select and distribute their herbs. We will then meet the staff of a nearby locally owned restaurant in the fishing village of Cojimar, who will show us how their business works, talk about the origins of Cuban cuisine and business ownership in modern Cuba, and then demonstrate how they prepare their dishes in an authentic Farm to Table manner. We will then enjoy the included lunch with a presentation by the local staff on how to make a classic Cuban Mojito... you’ll even have a chance to work with the staff to make your own Mojito!

The dish presentation can vary based on what is growing at the time, but typically your lunch includes bread service (accompanied by several freshly prepared sauces), ajiaco (a typical Cuban root vegetable-based soup/stew), rice, salad, beans, yucca, sample the beef/lobster/shrimp dishes that you learned how to prepare in the kitchen, accompanied by a national brand beverage, your choice of several typical Cuban desserts, traditional coffee, and aged rum to finish off the meal.

This afternoon your GEC Local Cuban Guide will take you to La Finca Vigía on the outskirts of Havana. This sprawling estate was the Cuban home of Ernest Hemingway, where the great man lived and worked. Next stop is Cojimar (14 kilometres from Havana), where Hemingway was inspired to write The Old Man and the Sea. There’s another unique statue of Hemingway here, and we’ll also show you the restaurant Las Terrazas, the preferred Cojimar hangout of the author and the late Captain of his boat (Pilar); Gregorio Fuentes.

We’ll follow this up with a people-to-people experience of Havana Old Town. There’s no better way to see Old Havana and meet the locals than on foot. Old Havana is where the city was born. Once a fortified settlement, the city soon began to creep beyond the fortress-like walls of the old town to become the city you will quickly come to love. As you walk through town and stop to meet the locals, you will pass by the El Capitolio, the Museo de la Revolución, and the Plaza San Francisco de Asis to name but a few.

This Old Havana Walking Tour also takes in some of the most stunning squares you will ever see; the Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza San Francisco de Asis and Plaza Vieja.

While these sights will catch your attention, you will be just as enchanted by watching and talking with the people of the city as they go about their daily lives. We like to think of Old Havana as being like a street theatre of sorts, and this is the side of the city our GEC Local Cuban Guides pride themselves in demonstrating.

Overnight Havana


Day 4
Tobacco Plantation & Local Organic Farm Visits in Vinales Valley (B, L)


Today we make our way to the dramatic beauty of the Pinar del Rio province and the rural town of Viñales. The landscape is dotted with mogotes - steep rounded hills that contrast the flat plains around them. A rich, fertile valley of the Pinar del Rio province is where you will find Viñales. This compact and authentic village is one of the most breath-taking spots in all of Cuba and is also the heart of Cuba’s famous tobacco growing region. Viñales is deceptively industrious, and many of Cuba’s trademark cigars are made from tobacco that is grown here.

Upon arrival you will have the chance to have a look around the township, meet some of the locals and experience the lively music and dance scene that Viñales excels in.

Along the way, should timing and the schedule permit, we may take a very short detour to the fishing village of Jaimanitas. This unassuming part of the city has been utterly transformed by the artist Jose Fuster. Fuster has made his entire home, and much of the surrounding neighborhood, into an artwork using tiles in mosaic forms. This public art installation is lovingly known as Fusterlandia and has now spread to encompass more than 80 homes, all decorated with ornate murals and domes to reflect the personality of each of Fuster's neighbors. Fuster’s art has become a cherished part of Cuban culture and arguably joins the rank of other public artworks such as that of Gaudi in Barcelona or that of Brâncuși in the Romanian city of Targu Jiu - art that has come to almost define a particular part of a city. If time permits, you will have a chance to meet and talk with some of the local artists to discuss life in this part of Cuba.

As you are arriving into Vinales, there will be time to stop at the Los Jazmines Look-Out Point to admire Vinales and the Pinar del Rio province in all its splendor. As we travel through the Viñales Valley we will see the many different plantations of the region (manioc, arrowroot, sweet potato, tobacco, tomato, banana, mango and pineapple) and talk with the locals, many of whom farm and work these fields and businesses. You will also have an opportunity to taste delicious sugar cane juice mixed with grapefruit juice, a local drink known as guaratón.

For lunch, we will stop at a local organic farm and enjoy a delicious lunch made from the local products of the valley.

Later we will learn about the rich red soil that is ideally suited to the cultivation of tobacco, and we will learn about the origin of cigars. To learn about the local tobacco-growing process we meet with locals at a tobacco plantation to discuss the growing of the plants and to see a fully operating secadero (drying house) in which tobacco leaves are cured from February to May. The evocative scent that wafts out of the secadero will forever be associated with Cuba.

The fertile soils around Viñales isn’t just good for tobacco. Lots of fresh fruit is grown here and is simply delicious. Overall, Viñales is the perfect opportunity to experience an authentic slice of Cuban rural life.

Overnight Havana


Day 5
Santa Clara. Trinidad. Casa de la Musica (B)


Our first stop today on our way to Trinidad is Santa Clara. Rather unsurprisingly, there are many tributes to the Cuban Revolution in Santa Clara, and while it’s a troubled past, the events here are what led to the ultimate victory in the struggle and led to the formation of post-revolution Cuba. The town is extremely significant, and while it’s not as visited as Havana, its place in modern Cuban history cannot be denied and conversations with the locals is always interesting.

Contemporary Santa Clara is a beautifully maintained city, an important commercial hub and home to one of Cuba’s largest universities (giving the whole town a youthful and energetic vibe), but is probably best known as the resting place of Che Guevara. It was Che Guevara who led the revolutionary forces in that final victorious battle. Naturally we will take you to see his final resting place. The Che Guevara Mausoleum and Memorial was originally intended as a memorial, as Guevara’s final resting place was still a mystery when it was constructed. He was executed in Bolivia in 1967 and his body was placed in an unmarked grave beside a military landing strip, where they would remain for 30 years. Upon their discovery, his remains were transferred to Santa Clara and interred in the memorial that bore his name. There is also an interesting museum, and here you will learn and talk with the locals about how Guevara played a pivotal role in the demise of the dictator Batista, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the impact it has had on Cuba.

Now it is on to the favorite destination of many a traveler to Cuba. Trinidad was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez and is considered a jewel in Cuban colonial architecture. The town is sublimely beautiful and (much like Havana’s Old Town) the area has been maintained as a result of its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Here we will take a guided walk around the town, and you will come to understand why the term “living museum” is often used when it comes to describing this part of Cuba. It really is like time has stood still here. To live in Trinidad was once to a symbol of prestige, even given its isolated nature (before highways and mass transit). This prestige came at a cost, and this cost was carried by the efforts of the thousands upon thousands of slaves who worked the sugar plantations at the adjacent Valle de los Ingenios during the early 19th century. The wealth of the town came from this sugar, and while the town lost some of its sheen in the subsequent decades after the abolition of slavery, it has retained its distinctive grace.

While its former key industry is but a distant memory, Trinidad has slowly found a new identity, much of which is based upon the number of visitors who are drawn to its narrow streets and preserved colonial architecture.

During today’s walk with your guide, you will visit some of the town’s museums and have the opportunity to talk with the locals about daily life in modern Trinidad.

Your time in Trinidad would not be complete without at least one evening sitting on the steps outside the open-air Casa de la Musica. Every night the area beside the Cathedral in Plaza Mayor comes to life with a live salsa band and it’s a great opportunity to talk to the local people about their love of music and how it’s so ingrained and part of the Cuban culture. There is no cost (although tipping is generally encouraged), the drinks flow freely and inexpensively, and this all takes place under a beautiful, balmy, starry sky.

Overnight Trinidad


Day 6
Trinidad. Valley of the Sugar Mills (B)


This morning you will have a guided walk of the city with your GEC Local Cuban Guide that covers the main points of interest and introduces you to the people and culture of this amazing city.

During your walk, you will visit the Casa Templo de Santería Yemayá to meet a local priest and learn more about the Santeria religion. Your GEC Local Cuban Guide will also take you to a family run pottery factory that has been handed down for many generations.

Afterwards you will set-off to visit the Valle de los ingenios. The ruins of dozens of ingenios (small 19th-century sugar mills), including slave quarters and manor houses, are scattered throughout this valley. The royal palms, waving cane and rolling hills are timelessly beautiful. The prime sight is Manaca Iznaga, an estate purchased in 1795 by the dastardly Pedro Iznaga, who became rich by trafficking in slaves.

Overnight Trinidad


Day 7
Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs Museum, Havana (B)


Today we will travel back to Havana via stops in Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs.

While it was primarily the Spanish who settled Cuba, there were other European powers that made their mark, and this is particularly obvious when you see the rich French-influenced architecture of Cienfuegos. A number of French settlers influenced the development of the city, many of whom came to Cuba after being dissatisfied with their fortunes in other French territories in the New World. Founded in 1819 by Don Luis de Clouet, Cienfuegos largely managed to remain free of pirate attacks (although this was primarily a matter of chance) allowing the settlement to prosper unhindered.

Here you will have the opportunity to take some time to explore the wide streets and promenades, visit Parque Jose Marti and enjoy a walk along the Malecón, the longest promenade on the island (which is not to be confused with the Malecón which snakes along the waterfront in Havana) and talk with the locals of this marvelous town.

Next stop on the itinerary is the Bay of Pigs. There has been much turmoil in Cuba’s history, the majority of which is hard to spot since it took place in areas that now seem to be the definition of tranquility. One such place is the infamous Bay of Pigs/ Playa Girón, which is long associated with the USA’s first military failure in Latin America. The natural beauty of this area is stunning with cave systems, coral formations and an abundance of sea life making it a must for local snorkelers, divers and ocean lovers alike. There is also a small museum to visit that shares some of the history of the area.

Following our educational visit to the Bay of Pigs, we will make our way back to Cuba’s capital city.

Overnight Havana


Day 8
Havana City Visit & Classic Car Experience. Farewell Dinner (B, D)


Cuba is a country of indulgences, and today you will familiarize yourself with two of these indulgences in particular. When anyone mentions Cuba, two of the first things that come to mind are cigars and rum, immortalized by the American writer Ernest Hemingway.

There is a rich cultural tradition when it comes to producing the world’s best cigars and rum, and on this tour you will gain an insight into just why these famous exports are so intertwined with Cuba and talk with locals who center their lives and livings around them.

We’ll start with the Partagas Cigar Factory where a local expert will talk us through the mystique behind the Cuban cigar. We’ll witness expert local cigar makers in action in the factory and see the amount of effort, care and tradition that goes into making these Cuban treasures (even non-smokers will find this tour very interesting).

The next stop is the Havana Rum Museum. If you think this museum looks palatial, you are correct since it’s housed in a converted old palace. Here you will have the chance to learn about the rum making process, talk with the people behind the production of it, and even do some tastings.

The early part of our afternoon will be occupied by Havana’s Museum of the Revolution, where not only will the locals talk to you about its impact on Cuban society, but even the building in which it’s housed has a story to tell. This grand building, deliberately impressive in scope, was the Presidential Palace prior to the Cuban Revolution. After the government was overthrown in 1959, the building was home to the Government and the Council of Ministers until 1965, when it hosted Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. In 1974, it became a museum dedicated to the Cuban Revolution, and two years later, it witnessed the approval of the 1976 Constitution. It was awarded national monument status in 2010.

As an alternative you might choose to visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Arte Cubano). This is where the crème de la crème of Cuban art is proudly displayed (and the museum exclusively displays Cuban art). Works are displayed in chronological order starting on the 3rd floor and are surprisingly varied. This ordering allows you to easily take in the development of Cuban art throughout the centuries. Amongst others, you will see the works of Guillermo Collazo, considered to be the first truly great Cuban artist. There is also Rafael Blanco, with his cartoon-like paintings and sketches; along with Raúl Martínez, a master of 1960s Cuban pop art; and the Picasso-like Wifredo Lam.

Next we will visit Almacenes de San José. Havana’s largest arts and crafts market is the Almacenes de San José at the Port of Havana. Built in 1885, this mammoth and ornate warehouse now serves as a cultural center with art exhibitions, theatrical performances and recreational activities. Its most significant contribution is undoubtedly the vast number of local artists trying to make a living through art. Here you can talk with the artists and purchase their handicrafts directly from them.

The later part of our afternoon brings us to one of the absolute highlights of the trip; a ride in one of Cuba’s classic cars that parade through the streets of the city. With a local driver/ower behind the wheel and telling stories of life in Havana, we’ll be whisked out of Old Havana, past the Colon Cemetery, Revolution Square, the once affluent Miramar district, and arriving at the Hotel Nacional in Havana Vedado for a drink and a wonderful view of the Malecon for sunset with your local driver.

This evening we will organize a special farewell dinner for you. We will also arrange tickets to La Taberna in the heart of Havana’s Old Town. La Taberna offers the best traditional Cuban music as popularized by the Buena Vista Social Club and a great place to socialize with the locals.

Overnight Havana


Day 9
Fly Havana to Miami. Trip Ends on Arrival in Miami (B)


At the appointed time, we will be pick up at our casas and take a group transfer to the airport for our flight back to Miami. Your trip ends with your flight arrival back in Miami.



Important Information



This is a GEC small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.


This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms. If you would like your own room (where available), please choose the optional single room supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.

Cuba Visas/Tourist Cards are required for entry into the country. Closer to departure, we will advise you as to when and how you can purchase and obtain a Visa/Tourist Card.

Cuban healthcare is nationalized and as such, each person is required to purchase Cuban Health Care Insurance before entry into Cuba is allowed. This will be arranged as part of the group flight process and at an additional cost of US$30 (mandatory add-on during check-out). Please note that this is NOT travel insurance, which you may purchase separately to protect your trip.

Important OFAC Compliance Notes: Please note that this fully-guided group trip will take place under GECtravel’s General License as issued by the US Government’s Office of Foreign Asset Control’s (OFAC) and as permitted pursuant to “people-to-people exchanges”. Individual travel to Cuba under the “people-to-people exchanges” category is no longer permitted and as such US citizens MUST travel as part of a licensed group. These US regulations further require that all group members must stay on a full-time scheduled itinerary of educational exchange activities that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, support the private small business sector in Cuba, promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities, channel economic activities away from the Cuban military, intelligence and security services, and that will ultimately result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba. As such, these regulations require that everyone in the group maintain the scheduled itinerary and stay with the group at all times. Group members CANNOT skip scheduled activities in lieu of free time. If you do not agree to stay on schedule as directed by the Trip Leader and/or to the premise of these requirements, regardless of your country of citizenship, then please do not book this trip. Please see OFAC’s FAQ Page, section II Travel (page 5, sections 15, 16 & 17) for recent information pertaining to People-to-People educational activities. Please also see OFAC’s Cuba Sanctions Resource Center for complete details about travel to Cuba and the associated regulations.

There will be a Mandatory Trip Orientation and Educational Briefing on the evening of Day 1 at the designated group hotel near the Maimi Aiport (exact time and location details will be provided in the Pre-Departure Dossier which will be emailed to each person on the trip about 3 weeks before departure). Please ensure that you are at this important meeting, as your US-based GEC Trip Leader will be distributing important additional educational materials associated with this trip, as well as providing an overview of your requirements on this trip to maintain compliance with US Government rules.

IMPORTANT: We highly advise arriving in Miami at least one day early, as the group flight departs very early on Day 2 of the itinerary and the GEC Trip Leader will have all necessary documents and paperwork (extra night hotel at the Miami Airport is available during check out OR checkout beautiful Miami Beach on your own). Should you miss this group flight, you will be fully responsible for all costs and necessary arrangements to catch up with the group and no refunds of any kind can nor will be given. Travel Insurance is also highly recommended.

The emerging status of Cuba's tourism industry is one of the primary reasons people choose take this amazing adventure. However, this authenticity and emerging status, coupled with US regulations on where US citizens can stay and what we can do, means that Cuba's tourist infrastructure and the accommodations that we use tend to be very limited and basic. Accommodations are in Casa Particulars (Cuba’s version of a Bed and Breakfast), which are basic in nature, yet charming in the authenticity. Casas are also very small family owned places (sometime just a few rooms), so the group will likely be split into two or more Casa’s, but all in close proximity. This is a very common way to travel in Cuba. Casas do not have elevators and can be several stories high, so you must be comfortable and agreeable using stairs multiple times a day and carrying your luggage up the stairs. Rooms in most casas have their own bathroom, however they are local people’s homes so there could be the possibility of having to share bathroom facilities with other guests. Rooms are assigned randomly, so you will not be able to have a choice or preference of rooms.

All deposits and payments include the mandatory add-on cost of your round trip Miami/Havana airfare and the $750 standard deposit. Once the trip is guaranteed to depart, the airfare costs are non-refundable and standard cancellation policy applies to the standard deposit. Full payment is due at least 100 days before departure.

Trip ID: NA1228
PRICING
Departure Dates:

Group Airfare During Trip (Mandatory Add-on):
-- Miami-Havana
-- Havana-Miami
$487.00
Local Fee
$100.00
Cuban Health Care Insurance
$30.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room)
$625.00

Price Includes
  • Small group tour of Cuba for US Citizens
  • Fully licensed and authorized by US Govt. for US travelers
  • US-Based GEC Trip Leader
  • Expert English-speaking Local Cuban Guide from arrival to departure in Cuba
  • Cultural Visits to Havana, Trinidad & Cienfuegos
  • Bay of Pigs Visit
  • Classic Car Experience
  • Visit with local priest to learn about the Santeria religion
  • Casa la Musica Cultural Experience
  • Havana Rum Museum
  • Visit to La Finca Vigía-Ernet Hemingway’s Havana Home
  • La Taberna/ Buena Vista Social Club performance
  • Make Your Own Mojito Experience
  • Local Herb Growing Farm Visit
  • Farm to Table Cooking Demonstration at Family Owned Restaurant
  • Cultural Salsa Dance Lesson
  • Local Tobacco Plantation Visit
  • Visit to the Partagas Cigar Factory
  • Local Organic Farm Visit
  • Day tour of the Vinales Valley
  • 7 nights lodging in family owned Casa Particulars (Cuba’s version of a B&B)
  • 1 night in an excellent mid-range hotel near Miami Airport
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 2 dinners
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare (MIA-HAV-MIA group flight – mandatory add-on)
  • Flights to/from Miami for start/end of trip
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Travel medical insurance (details)
  • Cuban Health Insurance (see “Important Notes” section below)
  • Cuban Visa/Travel Card (see “Important Notes” section below)
  • Local fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for GEC Trip Leader & GEC Local Cuban Guide
  • Optional activities
Group Leader
  • US-Based GEC Trip Leader
  • Expert English-speaking Local Cuban Guide from arrival to departure in Cuba
Accomodation Included
  • 7 nights lodging in family owned Casa Particulars (Cuba’s version of a B&B)
  • 1 night in an excellent mid-range hotel near Miami Airport
Transportation Included
  • Private Vehicles
Seasonal Info
    Cuba’s weather is a constant Caribbean warm with a dry and a rainy season. May through October see the highest amount rainfall (approximately 10 days per month), whereas November through April seeing about 6 days a month (March and April are the lowest at 5 days of rain per month & are also the lowest relative humidity months). Temperatures average about 80F (27C) during the day to 70F (20C) at night.


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