Prepare to spend Memorial Day Weekend in beautiful Havana, Cuba. We’ll experience Cuba’s rich culture and history while exploring this uncharted territory that seems to have escaped the hands of time. Prepare to meet and be guided by locals, learn about Afro-Cuban culture, and spend your nights salsa dancing the night away. This will be a once in a lifetime trip you won’t be sure to miss.
May 25, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Today you arrive in Havana! Once you’ve landed, you’ll get settled into your hotel. You may decide to relax or you can head out to explore Havana as you wish. In the evening, we’ll all gather together for the chance to meet the rest of your group mates during the Welcome Dinner.
After breakfast, you’ll be picked up in the famous Cuban 1950’s convertibles for a tour of Havana. You’ll see Revolution Square, tour Old Havana, cruise on the Malecon and more to get familiar with your new city for the next week. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off at Obispo Street, where you’ll find live music, quaint souvenir shops and outdoor cafes. Later that evening, prepare to dance the night away during salsa lessons, then put your new moves to good use as you explore Havana’s nightlife.
Today, wake up early as we leave Havana to head to the countryside town of Vinales. There you will learn how the famous Cuban cigars are made on a local tobacco farm, see them rolled by hand in front of you, and even smoke a few while you’re there. After the cigar farm, you’ll have the option to ride horseback through the countryside to visit a coffee farm to learn how Cuban coffee is made. Before we head back to Havana, you’ll have the chance to take a boat ride through a cave to see ancient rock formations to wrap up the day.
After breakfast, you’ll be picked up once again by 1950’s Cuban convertibles to embark on an exploration of Afro-Cuban culture. You’ll learn about the history of Black Cubans, their culture, and the religion of Santeria that combines ancient religion from their roots in Africa and elements of the new religion of Catholicism that they assimilated to. After the tour, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you please.
Start the day at your own pace. Take the morning to sleep in or get some early morning exploring in. Today we will have a lazy day relaxing at Santa Maria Beach. Enjoy food and drinks delivered to you as you lay oceanside soaking up the Cuban sun. When we return to Havana, freshen up and prepare to head out for a night on the town.
Today is your last full day in Cuba. Use this day to visit places in town that you’ve been meaning to visit, to taste the foods that you haven’t yet gotten to try, and to buy the last souvenirs. In the evening, rejoin with your group mates for one last dinner together.
Today is your last day in Havana! Pack your bags, bid farewell to your group mates, and say one last adios to Cuba. Safe travels!
6 nights in a shared room with one roommate
Transportation to planned excursions
Convertible city tour with admission to museums
Afro-Cuban Culture tour
Day trip to cigar farm in Vinales
What’s not included?
Transportation to nightlife
Optional horseback riding on cigar farm
THIS TRIP MAY NOT BE FOR YOU IF…
You are unable or unwilling to walk moderate distances
You are intolerant of warmer climates
You are not willing to be open minded, flexible, or respectful of other cultures
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
You must have a valid passport that does not expire within 6 months of the last day of the trip.
You may choose to get vaccinations. The CDC recommends that all travelers to Cuba be up to date on all of their routine vaccines. In addition to routine vaccines, the CDC recommends that travelers receive Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, rabies, and typhoid vaccines. These are not required, but they are recommended and the individual choice of the traveler.
You must arrive in the country on the first day of the trip. Arrival times may vary, but everyone must arrive on the first day, so plan your flights accordingly.
You will be required to buy travel health insurance. While we don’t anticipate having to use it, in the case of illness or injury, health insurance to cover the cost of your hospital or clinic visit will be needed. Some of the insurance offered by airlines when you buy your plane tickets will include a health insurance component. If this is the case, this insurance will suffice. The cost of international health insurance averages around $15 when bought separately.
YOUR DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT.
A nonrefundable deposit of $300 reserves your trip to Cuba.
YOU MAY CHOOSE TO PAY IN FULL OR PARTICIPATE IN A PAYMENT PLAN.
Monthly payments are due on the 15th of each month, with the last payment due on the 15th of the month before the trip. Payments will be calculated from the date of the payment of the deposit. All payments are nonrefundable.