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Havana 5 nights & Vinales 2 nights Sample Itinerary

 

Day 1 :  USA – Havana

 

Check in early this morning for your flight from the USA to Havana, Cuba.  After clearing Cuban immigrations and customs collect your luggage and proceed through the arrivals terminal and meet your private guide outside the terminal.  

 

 •  Transfer directly to Old Havana

 •  Visit the Plaza de la Revolucion

 •  Lunch at a local restaurant in Old Havana.

 •  Guided walking tour of Old Havana including the Plaza de Armas, the Used Booksellers Market and the Plaza de la Catedral –

    generally soak in the sights and sounds of Habana Vieja!

 •  Stop for a no-host mojito or daiquiri at the famed La Floridita Bar

 •  Check-in to our hotel between 4:00 and 4:30PM.

 •  Welcome dinner at a local Paladar  (private enterprise home restaurant)  this evening

 

Hotel to be advised subject to availability    (L, D)

 

Day 2:   Havana - Finca Vigía – Alamar -  Cojimar & Murelando

 

 •  Breakfast at the hotel

 •  Visit the Cemetery of Christopher Columbus.

 •  Half hour drive to Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban home and currently a national museum.

 •  Visit the communal District of Alamar on the outskirts of Havana with its community gardens called Organoponicos and

    Soviet-style pre-fabricated concrete apartments.

 •  Walk through the local fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for ‘The Old Man and the Sea”.

 •  Lunch at Paladar El Ajiaco in Cojimar.

 •  Visit the impoverished yet vibrant barrio of Muraleando. A small but devoted group of artists volunteer their time and skills to

   help establish a center for arts, music, dance and theatre.

 •  Dinner this evening is at a Paladar located within walking distance of your hotel.

 

Hotel to be advised subject to availability    (B, L, D)

 

Day 3:  Havana

 

 •  Breakfast at the hotel

 •  Visit the former residence of the Governors of Havana (Palacio de los Capitanes Generales), a Cuban Baroque mansion and

    museum which showcases colonial-era art and artifacts.

 •  Stop at the Callejon de Hamel, one of the shortest but most interesting and colorful streets in all of Havana.

 •  Lunch at El Aljibe Restaurant in the Miramar section of Havana.  El Aljibe is famous for its farmer style atmosphere and

    delicious roasted chicken.

 •  Visit the Cemetery of Christopher Columbus.

 •  Visit the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry, an institution dedicated to the improvement of the quality of

    Cuban films and artistic expression.

 •  Dinner this evening is not included

 

Hotel to be advised subject to availability    (B, L)

 

Day 4: Havana - Las Terrazas – Vinales, Pinar del Rio Province

 

 •  Breakfast at the hotel

 •  A 1 ½ hr. drive to Las Terrazas in ARTEMISA Province, a “must see” in Cuba and known worldwide for its magnificent scenic

    beauty.  

 •  A brief stop at the Clinica Las Terrazas to learn how medical services are handled in rural Cuba.

 •  Visit Maria, the oldest member of the community and the sole proprietor of the town’s only coffee shop, Café Maria – ‘best

    coffee in the country”.

 •  Visit to the home and private studio of artist Lester Campa subject to his being in residence.

 •  Country-style Cuban lunch prepared and served outdoors at a local farmhouse near Las Terrazas.

 •  After an opportunity to swim with local Cubans in the San Juan River proceed to scenic Vinales in the heart of Cuba’s tobacco

    growing region, Pinar del Rio Province.

 •  Dinner included this evening at the hotel.

 

Hotel Los Jazimines or Hotel La Ermita   (B, L, D)

 

Day 5:  Valley of Vinales – Mogotes & Tobacco farming

 

 •  Breakfast at the hotel

 •  Begin the day by traveling through the impressive landscape surrounded by “mogotes”, the boulder-like hills and mountains

    that surround the valley.

 •  Visit a tobacco farm and meet rural families who have farmed this land for generations.

 •  Visit a local ration store and learn how food is rationed in Cuba and the two currency system that exists to this day.

 •  Visit the Botanical Gardens of Caridad

 •  Lunch at a local farmhouse

 •  Afternoon moderate hike through “Del Mirador al Valle” (View of the Valley).  Cameras ready!

 •  Dinner is on your own this evening to explore a little and discover one of the many local in-home Paladars offered in Vinales.

 

Hotel Los Jazimines or Hotel La Ermita   (B & L)

 

Day 6 :  Vinales – Tobacco Factory – Fuster - Havana

 

 • Breakfast at the hotel

 • Drive to Pinar del Rio and visit the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory

 •  Tour the factory and visit with a few apprentices to learn about their lives and perhaps a brief visit to where they live.

 •  Return to Havana with lunch served at a local restaurant.

 •  After lunch you have the distinct pleasure of visiting “Fusterlandia”, the home and surrounding neighborhood of “The Picasso

    of the Caribbean”, Jose Fuster.

 •  Dinner this evening is not included.

 

Hotel to be advised subject to availability    (B, L)

 

Day 7:  Havana

 

 •  Breakfast at the hotel

 •  Visit Cuba’s famed Museo des Belles Artes (Museum of Modern Arts) concentrating on the iconoclastic Cuban section.

 •  Visit a minimum of two local artists in the private homes or studios.

 •  Lunch today included at a Paladar

 •  After lunch visit Galleria La Lavanderia, a project of young Cuban artists and meet founder and artist Rafael Perez if he is in

    residence.

 •  Visit the Artisans Market located on the Malecon

 •  Farewell dinner this evening is at one of Havana’s lovely Paladars.

 

Hotel to be advised subject to availability    (B, L, D)

 

Day 8:  Havana - USA (Breakfast provided)

 

 •  Breakfast at the hotel

 •  Transfer to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport and check-in for our  flight back to the USA Your guide will meet

    you in the lobby of the hotel after you check out this morning and assist with your transfer to the airport.

 •  Check in for your flight from Havana to the USA.

 

Program includes:

 

 •  7 nights double or single room accommodation in hotels mentioned or equivalent

 •  Meals per day as noted (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

 •  One drink per included meal: bottle of water, coffee, beer, mojito, soft drink, etc.  Any additional drinks can be ordered and

    paid for by the client in cash.  

 •  Private English speaking national guide throughout the tour

 •  All transportation as noted in itinerary by modern air-conditioned bus

 •  All entrance fees to included tour sites

 •  2 bottles of water per day per person onboard the motor coach (except transfer days).

 •  Cuban travel insurance covering medical and re-patriation expenses only (required by the Cuban government)

 

Package price does not include:

 

 •  Air transportation to or from the USA or overnight accommodations in prior

 •  Air transportation USA – Havana – USA

 •  Cuba visa :  estimated $85 per person

 •  Gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel maid service, hotels porters , restaurant waiters.

 •  More than one drink at meals which are included in the program at restaurants

 •  Cuban departure tax:  estimated $25 per person

 •  Expenditures of a personal nature (laundry, telephone, internet fees, etc.)

 •  Anything not mentioned in “Included” above

 

BOOKING CONDITIONS

 

We are pleased to present a proposal for you to present to your clients. Our proposals are always given in a NET amount.

Upon approval of the proposal and confirmation of the program, we will send you an invoice. We will also forward you a spreadsheet with the information required to process the visas, air accommodations and travel affidavits. Client passports MUST be valid for at least 6 months after the departure date from Cuba.

 

 •  Cancellation penalty:  $100 processing fee if clients cancel alter receipt of $500 deposit 50% non-refundable 44-30 days prior to arrival in Cuba. No refund for any cancellation for any reason within 30 days of arrival in Cuba or for any reason during the actual operation of the tour in Cuba.  

 

 •  PAYMENT CAN BE MADE BY CHECK ONLY

 

At approximately 30 days prior to travel, Vaya Sojourns will prepare a final itinerary which will be sent via an attachment in an email. We will mail the visas, ticket vouchers (if applicable) and the travel affidavits along with check in instructions and local contact information.

 

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to conduct people-to-people travel programs in Cuba.