HAVANA, CIENFUEGOS, TRINIDAD, CAMAGUEY & HOLGUIN
JUST IN: Cruises to Cuba can no longer operate, but smarTours People to People Programs for 2019 and 2020 are officially authorized. Under the new regulations, pre-existing reserved people to people programs to Cuba are protected, so we can offer you our full range of Cuba programs- from our culturally immersive and experience-rich Cuba Up Close to our inclusive multi-city Best of Cuba and our exciting new launch of Cuba Highlights for 2020! Due to increased demand, there are limited spots left for 2019 and 2020, so book today!
- 1 night in Miami
- 2 nights in Havana
- 2 nights in Cienfuegos
- 1 night in Camaguey
- 2 nights in Holguin
- A true “people-to-people” experience with cultural exchanges such as visits with artists, musical performances, and local organizations
- Riding in American Vintage Automobiles (Havana)
- Home of Ernest Hemingway (Havana)
- Cigar Factory (Havana)
- Casa Fuster (Havana)
- Bay of Pigs Museum (Giron)
- Walking Tour of Trinidad
- Bici-Taxi Tour of Camaguey
- Beaches of Guardalavaca (Holguin)
- Round-trip airfare from Miami
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Health insurance in Cuba (mandatory)
- Cuban Visa (for US Citizens) & Cuban Departure Tax
- Intra-Cuba ground transportation and transfers
- Pre-night in Miami Airport Hotel
- Accommodations at First Class hotels in Cuba
- 20 meals: 8 full buffet breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 5 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive People-to-People experiences and cultural tours including admission fees, following U.S. regulation CFR 515.565
- Experienced Cuban English-speaking guide and a USA Tour Director throughout
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Pre-Night in Miami
Your unforgettable Cuba vacation begins today with a night in Miami. After independent check-in at your hotel, join your US Tour Director for an orientation meeting!
Depart Miami/Arrive Havana (Cuba)
This morning, you’ll grab a quick breakfast before heading to the airport for your short flight to Havana, the largest and liveliest city in Cuba (and the Caribbean). With over 500 years of fascinating and tumultuous history, Havana was once a slave port for the Spanish and once the gambling capital for the US mafia, yet despite ups and downs, Cuba’s capital has emerged at the forefront of modern Latino culture. Upon arrival in Havana, you’ll be greeted by your English-speaking Cuban guide and taken to Revolution Square (Plaza de Revolucion), the site of many…
After a sumptuous breakfast, explore Old Havana with a walking tour of the plaza squares. Marvel at the spectacular colonial baroque architecture while learning more about the history of this magnificent capital city from a local expert. Then tour a cigar factory to learn about one of Cuba’s most recognized industries, interact with the factory workers, and witness a rolling demonstration. and see how famous Havana Cigars are made. Later, as you enjoy an included lunch at a paladar, you’ll interact with a Cuban baseball player who will shed light on a shared pastime for both Cuba…
Havana/Bay of Pigs/Cienfuegos
This morning, depart vibrant Havana for Cienfuegos and Trinidad, with an important stop at Playa Giron to visit the Bay of Pigs Museum along the way. The Bay of Pigs, known as Invasion de Bahia de Cochinos, was a CIA-sponsored counter-revolutionary attack by the US government in 1961 that was rebuffed by the Cuban armed forces led by Fidel Castro, leader of the the revolutionary left-wing government. At the museum, you’ll see the Cuban perspective on the conflict. You’ll continue on towards Cienfuegos, a historic city on the southern coast of Cuba, known as the…
After breakfast, drive to Trinidad, a quaint yet much-heralded town that recently celebrated its 500th birthday. Considered one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when sugar cane dominated the region, Trinidad is as charming as it is old, and there’s no better way to see this historic town than with a walking tour. After an included lunch, visit a Santeria temple and learn about this religion of Caribbean and African origin with clear influences from Roman Catholicism. You’ll also visit Palacio Cantero, which is Trinidad’s most well known…
Following breakfast, we depart for Camaguey, Cuba’s third largest city and home to some of the country’s greatest artistic talent. Founded in the early 16th century, Camaguey is known for its winding alleys and forked streets that lead to squares of different sizes. After lunch at a local paladar, you’ll see a Flamenco Dance troupe! Check into your boutique hotel and enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel. Then you’ll take a tour through the windy streets of Camaguey in Bic-Taxis (Bicycle Taxis), visiting a variety of talented artists, including Pepe Gutierrez, whose work with…
This morning, you’ll visit the Casanova Pottery Studio where you’ll learn about Camaguey’s famous large red pots called tinajones. Afterwards, drive to the beautiful coastal Guardalavaca region in the province of Holguin. When Christopher Columbus laid eyes on the Holguin coastline in 1492, he declared it “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen.” The spectacular beaches set against a backdrop of rolling hills and rugged mountains will be sure to take your breath away. Arrive in Guardalavaca, a seaside town in Holguin known for its white sandy…
This morning, drive to the Gibara, a quaint seaside town that was once the main port on the northeastern coast of Cuba, where you’ll enjoy a true people-to-people interaction at the Casa de Cultura (Cultural House) Community by interacting with community members of all ages and marveling at their artistic talent. Then, enjoy an included lunch at a local paladar and visit the accompanying organic herb garden. Following lunch, you’ll get the opportunity to meet local fishermen in Gibara and understand the life of a fisherman in northeastern Cuba. Later, back at the resort hotel,…
Depart Holguin/Arrive Miami
After a sumptuous breakfast, enjoy a bit of time at leisure at your beautiful beach resort. Transfer to the airport and say “adios” to your Cuba tours before boarding your return flight to Miami. Your memorable Cuba vacations come to an end as you arrive back in Miami later today. (B)
|Depart||Return||Depart - Return||Best Value Pricing - Reserve by Sep 30, 2019||Reserve after|
Sep 30, 2019
|2019||2019||w/ eCheck Discount||Sale||After Sale|
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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599
November 2019 Onwards: Single room supplement is $649
* Note: All trips begin with a mandatory orientation meeting at the designated hotel in Miami on Day 1 and depart from Miami for Havana on Day 2. For example, the Dec. 27 tour has its Miami orientation meeting in the evening on Dec. 27 and departs from Miami for Havana on Dec. 28.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport Hotel
950 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33126
Four Points by Sheraton Havana
Avenida 5ta A 76 – 80, Miramar District
Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza
Havana, 10400, Cuba
Meliá Cohiba Hotel
Avenida Paseo entre Calles y 3ra, Vedado, 1ra
Jagua Hotel or similar
Ave. 37 No. 1
Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Hotel El Marques
Cisneros No. 222 entre Hermanos Aguero y Marti
Hotel La Sevillana
Calle Cisneros entre Hermanos Aguero y Marti
Hotel Santa María
Calle República esquina Ignacio Agramonte
Camguey 70200, Cuba
Hotel Playa Pesquero or similar
Guardalavaca, Holguin, Cuba
NOTE ON TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE
Please note that the tourism infrastructure in Cuba is more limited than what you might be accustomed to. You can expect slightly lower standards at the hotel properties with fewer amenities. On occasion, it may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary while the tour is in progress due to circumstances beyond the control of smarTours and our local partner. Please keep this perspective in mind in advance of and during your tour to this very special country.
PRE-NIGHT IN MIAMI
You will check in independently at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Miami International Airport, where you may check in as early as 3pm. The address for the hotel is 950 NW 42nd Ave. (Le Jeune Road), Miami, Florida, and the phone number is (305) 446-9000. The orientation briefing will take place at 8pm at the hotel. Your Tour Director will hand out required documents for your trip and provide you with other important information in advance of your travel to Cuba.
Your flights from Miami to Cuba and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. At your orientation meeting in Miami the night before your flight to Cuba, your Tour Director will advise you about the schedule for the following morning. There will be shuttle transportation from your hotel in Miami. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|2020: Jan. 2||American Airlines||6:30AM||7:05PM|
|All Other Dates||American Airlines||6:30AM||3:00PM|
If you are planning to catch a connecting flight after you return to Miami, please make sure you allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The airlines operating the chartered flights does not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.
PASSPORT, VISA, AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION
The following documents and steps are required for legal travel to Cuba sponsored by smarTours under a general license for people-to-people travel (Educational Activities – CFR 515.565), where each traveler follows a full time schedule of activities involving meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba to learn about their unique culture. The following information applies to U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens, except for Cuban-born U.S. citizens.
1. If you have not already done so, please send copies of the picture pages of the passports for all travelers. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return.
2. Please fill out and return an original copy of the “Travel Affidavit Form / Visa Application Form” no later than the final payment due date 90 days prior to departure. The cost of the visa is included in the program price and will be arranged on your behalf. The visa will be provided in Miami prior to departure from the U.S. to Cuba. Upon arrival in Cuba, Cuban immigration officials will collect one half of this two-part card. The other half will be collected upon departure from Cuba. Please note that effective April 1st, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax now must be collected in advance, and smarTours will be covering the cost of the tax on behalf of our clients.
3. Cuba also requires the purchase of mandatory health insurance (known as Asistur), which has been included in this package and covers basic medical needs if required during your trip.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CUBAN-BORN US CITIZENS
Cuban-born U.S. citizens require the following documents depending on when they departed Cuba. (1) Those who departed Cuba prior to December 31, 1970: PE-11 visa (allow 6 weeks to process) or a Cuban passport (allow 4 months). (2) Those who departed Cuba after January 1, 1971: Cuban passport (allow 4 months). We recommend that Cuban-born U.S. citizens who have previously been rejected for a Cuban visa do not reapply, as repeat rejection is likely and trip cancellation fees will apply.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING LEGAL TRAVEL TO CUBA
Although it is not legal to travel to Cuba for “tourist activities,” travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens is permitted for certain types of activities as identified by the U.S. Treasury Department in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. smarTours sponsors an authorized form of travel following a general license for people-to-people travel (Educational Activities – CFR 515.565), where each traveler follows a full time schedule of activities involving meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba to learn about their unique culture. For more information about the rules governing travel to Cuba, please visit the following link: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf
DAILY JOURNAL REQUIREMENTS
OFAC requires that travelers to Cuba maintain a daily travel journal during their trip. This journal will serve as documentation that your trip to Cuba was consistent with the requirements of the People-to-People travel license. We recommend that you keep your journal for a minimum of five years after the trip.
Your final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in writing in case of a change of your address.
The temperature in Cuba ranges from the mid 60’s to high 70’s in January and February, high 60’s to low 80’s in March, April, November and December, low 70’s to mid 80’s in May and October, and mid 70’s to high 80’s in September. Rainy season runs from May to October.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
COMMUNICATING WHILE IN CUBA
U.S. cell phones do not work in Cuba, and access to Wi-Fi is extremely limited, except that most hotels have business centers with a computer or two. You may wish to make calls from the hotel room or business center, but you should expect calls to cost approximately $2.50 (or more) per minute. You should also expect to pay $10-15 per hour for Wi-Fi.
CREDIT CARDS, ATM MACHINES AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Until recently, U.S. credit cards and debit cards were not permitted in Cuba. Although the guidelines are changing and certain credit cards/debit cards will be accepted over time, we continue to recommend that you plan to bring as much as cash as you think you will need for the duration of the trip. As for currency, the Cuban Peso (also known as “Moneda Nacional”) is the official currency. However, the Convertible Cuban Peso (CUC) is the currency that most tourists use. You can exchange your money to convertible pesos at airports, hotels, banks, and exchange offices. Please note that exchanging U.S. dollars into CUC is subject to a 13% fee, whereas exchanging Canadian dollars, Euros, and other currency is not subject to this fee. Please also note that you will not be able to exchange torn or ripped bills.
You may dine at either the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a local hotel is about $20-25 per meal per person.
According to new U.S. regulations, you may now bring back $400 USD worth of goods for personal use, of which $100 USD can be in the form of tobacco and alcohol products.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. Please also note that there is a $25 fee per checked bag imposed by the airlines and should be paid directly by you at the airport in Miami. This fee applies on the flight from Miami to Cuba only.