HAVANA, LAS TERRAZAS, CIENFUEGOS, TRINIDAD, & SANTA CLARA
Be captivated by the spirit and beauty of Cuba with immersive experiences that bring you up close and personal with the history, people, and culture. In Havana, you’ll tour historic sights, colorful plazas, and a cigar factory where you’ll meet the rollers. You’ll also take an exciting cooking class, meet performance artists, and ride in classic cars to an authentic dinner with Cuban baseball players. Get close to nature with stops at Las Terrazas, an eco-community in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, and the El Calvo waterfalls and natural pools. On a day trip, explore the town of Trinidad, and while in Cienfuegos, enjoy music, meet more local artists, and connect to the community.
- 3 nights in Havana
- 2 nights in Cienfuegos
- 1 night in Havana
- A true “people-to-people” experience with cultural exchanges such as visits with artists, musical performances, and local organizations
- Ride in American classic cars (Havana)
- Traditional Cuban cooking/cocktail class
- Home of Ernest Hemingway (La Finca Vigia)
- Cigar Factory tour
- Walking tour of Old Havana
- Jose Fuster’s home and art gallery
- Visit to Las Terrazas a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a swim in the San Jose river
- Cienfuegos city tour
- Walking tour of colonial Trinidad
- Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos
- Round-trip airfare from Miami
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Health insurance in Cuba (mandatory)
- Intra-Cuba ground transportation and transfers
- Accommodations at First Class hotels in Cuba
- 18 meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
- Comprehensive People-to-People experiences and cultural tours including admission fees, following U.S. regulation CFR 515.565
- Experienced Cuban English-speaking guide
Please note the tour itinerary is subject to change.
Depart Miami/Arrive Havana (Cuba)
Our unforgettable Cuban adventure begins as we depart Miami today. Upon arrival in Havana, we’ll be greeted by our English-speaking Cuban guide and taken for a tour of Home of Ernest Hemingway (La Finca Vigia). If time allows, we’ll stop for an authentic Cuban lunch at a local paladar (restaurant). Then, on the way to the hotel, we’ll take a panoramic tour of the major sites, Plazas, and Old Havana with an in-depth overview of the history and architecture of the city by the local Cuban guide. After hotel check-in and a briefing from our guide, we’ll create a delicious Cuban meal…
Wake up with breakfast at the hotel and begin your day with a tour of a cigar factory where you’ll interact with the cigar rollers and learn about the cultural and economic importance of cigars. Then, head out on a walking tour of Old Havana which features special stops at a graphic artists workshop, and a rations store. You’ll savor a great lunch at Fuster’s Art Gallery and Workshop (known as the Cuban Gaudí), and visit the headquarters of the Habana Compas Dance Company to see a performance and meet with the dancers and directors. In the evening, ride in classic cars to…
Start the day with breakfast at the hotel and then depart for Las Terrazas, an eco-community in Pinar del Rio, located within the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. Stop at the reforestation projects, local school, and polyclinic. You’ll also visit with local artists and have a delicious lunch at a local café. Weather permitting, cool off with a swim in the San Juan River. If time permits, we’ll stop at the San Jose Market before returning to the hotel. Optional activities will be available.
Meliá Cohiba Hotel | Breakfast, Lunch
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then head out to Cienfuegos, stopping first at Matanzas, the City of Bridges, for a brief city tour. Break for lunch at a local paladar in Matanzas and then continue onward to Cienfuegos. Upon arrival, tour the city and see the Terry Theater, along with other art studios where you’ll meet with the artists to learn more about their work, their artistic influences, and the life of an artist in Cuba.. After this, take in a performance by the Guitar Orchestra of Cienfuegos or the Choir of Cienfuegos and then enjoy a traditional Cuban dinner at Los Laureles…
Fuel up for an exciting day in the town of Trinidad with breakfast at the hotel. Your first stop will be the Valley of the Sugar Mills to learn about the importance of the area’s sugar production through discussions with the local farmers and workers. Lunch will be had at Barrancon with live music before taking a walking tour of Trinidad. The tour includes one Museum (Palacio Cantero or the Architecture Museum), and a visit a local agricultural market in Trinidad. After, delight in an Afro-Cuban musical performance at the Congos Reales and then explore more of the area with some free…
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then we’ll visit the Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos, which is considered a National Monument in Cuba. Here, we’ll learn more about the interesting varieties of tropical plants and trees. Next, we’ll visit a polyclinic before enjoying lunch at a private restaurant (paladar), and then continuing to Havana. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a paladar.
Meliá Cohiba Hotel | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Have a final breakfast at the hotel this morning and then check out for our flight back to Miami.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $449.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm 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 your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
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.
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.
|2021: Mar. 4, Apr. 22, Jul. 15||American Airlines||10:30AM||1:00PM|
|2021: May 6||American Airlines||9:30AM||1:00PM|
|2021: Oct. 14||American Airlines||TBA||TBA|
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 assignments will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.
2021 DEPARTURES: 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 Support for the Cuban People (Section 515.574), 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, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date of return.
2. Please fill out and return an original copy of the “Certification of Travel to Cuba” by mail no later than the final payment due date 90 days prior to departure (mailed to smarTours at PO Box 619, Old Greenwich, CT 06870). Please fill out your name, date of birth, phone number, and address, and then sign and date right below the line stating “I certify that the above information is true and correct.”
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.
4. Your Cuban visa can be purchased at the Miami airport’s Cuba check-in desk for approximately $100 per person.
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:
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 Support of the Cuban People license. You must keep your journal and a copy of your certification form 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 $30 fee per checked bag imposed by the airlines and should be paid directly by you at the airport. This fee applies on both the flight from Miami to Cuba and the return flight from Cuba to Miami for a total of $60.