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Trip Details
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4 Days / 3 Nights
Trip Includes:
3 night accommodation at Hotel Saratoga
Medical Insurance while in Cuba (excluding pre-existing conditions) 
Expert Cuban Guide
All tours and entry fees (as listed in the program) 
Photography fees at venue which are usually an additional 5 CUC 
Meals as identified within program
Two (2) beverages per meal; Two (2) bottles of water per day
Air conditioned transportation while in Cuba
Cuban Departure tax of 25 CUC approx. $30 USD
Baggage fee includes up to 44lbs combined of carry-on checked luggage (cost of $25.00) 
 
Trip Excludes:
International Air - Add $750.00 per person 
Additional beverages and snacks 
Some tips to misc. service providers 
Miscellaneous tips (entertainment, bathroom attendants, etc.) – 1-2 CUC per person/per day
Individualized hotel expenses (Mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.) 
Meals other than listed on itinerary or described as on your own
Gratuities for guide and driver ( see tipping suggestions)
Trip cancellation insurance 
Wi-Fi /internet access except where supplied in program
Trip does not include Cuban Guide and Cuban Driver’s tips.
 
*All program tours, accommodations and flight schedule are subject to change* 
We strongly recommend insurance to protect your investment. 

Trip Overview

Cuba is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean and is located just 90 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida. With its mix of Spanish and African roots, Cuba is the least commercialized and most exciting island in the Caribbean. Experience the vibrant Cuban culture through our “people to people” exchange program. During this trip, you will be able to connect with the rich cultural heritage of Cuba. Immerse yourself into Cuba’s fascinating modern history, music, food, architecture, art, local community and much more!

Points of Interest

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Havana

This brightly covered capital of Cuba is home to over 2 million people and one of the biggest economic hubs in the Caribbean. The city itself isn't what you would consider your typical beauty, but the flavors and culture present certainly alter your perspective. A trip here feels a bit like going back in time, with vintage cars lining the streets and colonial buildings dating back hundreds of years, you'll feel as though you're in a different era. 

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Project Fusterland

Project Fusterland is a life-size studio, residence and community project of Fuster. Inspired by Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, and Brancusi, Fuster decided to us his neighborhood as canvas. It covered the roofs, walls, doorways and benches, stretching for blocks around the epicenter of his studio enclave, with brightly colored sculptures and mosaics.

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HM7

HM7 is a relatively new restaurant in Havana, but it's popularity has already exploded with visits by celebrities and politicians alike. The multicultural gourmet menu with personalized service begins in a modern show cooking open kitchen and often includes the chef completing the course at your own table. The 50s-style décor and contemporary Cuban art are the details that make HM7 a place to return.

Itinerary

  1. Arrive to José Martí International Airport 
     
    Check-in at the Hotel Saratoga where you will have a welcome cocktail and orientation. The Hotel Saratogs is one of Havana’s top hotels. - within are spacious rooms boasting chic styling and 21st-century amenities. In fact, it’s the only Havana hotel with free Wi-Fi. The rooftop has a spectacular view of the city. The hotel also features a Moorish-themed Anacaona restaurant, where you can puff a cigar and have a cocktail in the neon-lit mezzanine bar.
     
    Orientation Meeting with your Cuban guides and tour Leader - Learn about the history, culture, and dynamic legacy of Cuba, while you enjoy a delicious mojito. 
     
    Depart for Dinner from Hotel Lobby 
     
    Welcome Dinner at HM7 
     
    Following dinner - retire and relax from your journey at the hotel, or feel free to explore all Havana has to offer. A collection of local attractions, music and historic information will be provided.
  2. Breakfast at your leisure at Hotel 
     
    Depart for a Walking Tour through Old Havana
    You will be escorted for a stroll in the streets of Havana, taking in its grand architecture, rich history and lively streets. 
     
    Cigar Factory
    Cuban cigars are well known as the finest in the world. Learn about how these cigars are made and experience them for yourselves. 
     
     Lunch at La Moneda Cubana
    Located at the entrance of the Plaza of the Havana Cathedral, la Moneda Cubana had its beginnings in 1924 where they sold food and liquor among other items. Today, this restaurant-paladar welcomes its customers with the Cuban house warming and its most exquisite Cuban flavors while they enjoy the beauty of the colonial Old Havana and the wonderful views that can be seen from la Moneda Cubana. We will learn about the city’s architecture and churches. 
     
    Depart Hotel for Hemingway Tour – Finca Vigía, Cojímar, La Terrazas Bar and Restaurant
    Take a trip back in time and walk in the shoes of one of the world's greatest writers.  Visit Finca Vigía, the former residence of the American writer, where many of his most famous literary works were written.  Visit Cojímar, a fisherman village Hemingway docked his fishing boat, “El Pilar” and source of inspiration for his famous novel, “The Old Man and the Sea”. Enjoy cocktails at La Terrazas Bar and Restaurant, a place related to the life of the famous writer and to Gregorio Fuentes, the captain of his fishing boat. 
     
    Visit the Fusterland Project 
     
    Return to the Hotel and enjoy the rest of evening on own
    Refresh and unwind before dinner and your evening activities.
  3. Breakfast at your leisure at Hotel 
     
    Depart Hotel for a Panoramic City Bus Tour
    Take a driving tour, while learning about the area. View the local universities, the Modern Art School and the “planned” Ballet school in the Miramar area. Take in the magnificent sights of Downtown Havana, Centro Habana - Cárdenas street, the former Cuban Telephone Company, Reina street, Aldama Palace, Golden Scepter, José Crusellas’ house, Convent and Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Carlos III Avenue, Grand Masonic
     
    See:
    American Embassy
    Plaza de la Revolución – Conceived by French urbanist Jean Claude Forestier in the 1920s, the gigantic Plaza de la Revolución (known as Plaza Cívica until 1959) was part of Havana's 'new city,' which grew up between 1920 and 1959.
    Estadio Latinoamericano – Also known as Latin American Stadium, this is a stadium that is primarily used for baseball. 
    Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón – Also known as Christopher Columbus Cemetery, this is one of the great historical cemeteries of the world, and is very important in Latin American history. 
    Great Houses of Havana - Casa Lasa y Baró, Manzana de Gómez, Casa Juan Gelats
    FOCSA Building – The tallest building in Cuba! 
    Cubanacán - Convention Center and former residences of Havana’s upper class, schools of art.
    Marianao - Monument to Finlay and surrounding buildings, hospital area. 
    Parque Almendares – This Park runs along the banks of the city's Río Almendares, below the bridge on Calle 23. 
     
    Lunch at El Aljibe
    El Aljibe is a well-known restaurant that has been delighting taste buds for years. Their famous pollo asado (roast chicken), is served up with as-much-as-you-can-eat helpings of white rice, black beans, fried plantains, french fries and salad. The accompanying bitter orange sauce is said to be a state secret. 
     
     Return to the Hotel or take time to explore on your own 
     
     Depart hotel for dinner 
     
    Farewell dinner at Rio Mar
    This restaurant sits on an inlet at the entrance to the Almendares River which cuts through the city of Havana. It has a beautiful view in the distance of the Torreon de Santa Dorotea de La Chorrere
  4. Breakfast at your leisure at Hotel 
    Check out of hotel 
     
    Departure from Hotel 
     
    Old Havana Flea Market
    Visit this area where local artisans share their crafts. 
     
    Lunch at Mediterraneo Havana Paladar (Family Style)
    Enjoy traditional island cuisine in one of the family run restaurants of Cuba. The food is authentic and will provide the flavor of this international island. 
     
    Transfer to José Martí International Airport 
     

Accommodations

Hotel Saratoga

There are few hotels in Havana where the front door miraculously swings open (thanks to a deft doorman, naturally) – the Saratoga is one of those hotels. And that door has swept open for many notable guests since the historic hotel re-opened in 2005 including legendary guitarist Jimmy Page and pop phenom Beyoncé.
The Saratoga, voted one of the region’s top hotels by Condé Nast Traveller, is fast gaining a reputation as the hip place to stay in Havana and not only for its high-profiled clientele: this hotel is living proof that international standards for luxury can be met, maintained and even improved upon, in Cuba.
The elegantly curved building was originally constructed in 1879 and expanded between 1915 and 1925. Its location across from the Parque de Fraternidad (with a tree planted from each country in the Americas) and diagonally opposite the legendary Partagas Cigar Factory and the iconic Capitolio, has been a draw for over a century.
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