General

Day 1  Miami

This wondrous experience begins with your arrival in Miami, Florida. After checking in to your Miami hotel, early evening you will meet your Central Holidays representative and fellow program participants, review your travel documents and itinerary, and get ready for your unforgettable people-to-people program in Cuba.

Day 2  Miami, Havana

In the morning you will be transferred to Miami International Airport for a short one-hour flight to Havana, Cuba. Upon arrival at José Martí International Airport and after clearing customs, you’ll meet your professional English-speaking Tour Director. Drive through the city where time stands still and American classic cars abound, stopping at Revolution Square to see the famous Che Guevara image with his well-known slogan of “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” (Until the Everlasting Victory, Always) lives. After check-in at your hotel overlooking Havana’s world famous Malecón, gather with your group for a brief meeting to review your enriching cultural program over appetizers and a welcome drink. Your people-to-people interactions begin right away with a dinner at “Mediterraneo,” a “paladar” which is a small, privately-owned restaurant serving homemade farm-to-table Cuban dishes. (L,D)

Day 3 Havana

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a tour of the Museum of the Revolution that displays documents and artifacts, weapons and planes from the 1950s revolution. The museum is housed in the former presidential palace that was the home to Cuba’s leaders from the 1920s until 1959. Next, visit the Antonio Núñez Jiménez” Foundation (FANJ) Headquarters in Sancti Spiritus, which focuses its work on urban sustainability. Here you will have the opportunity to engage with representatives and members of the organization. Then you head to the charming fishing village of Jaimanitas to visit the home, workshop and gallery of world-renowned artist and painter José Fuster, often called the “Picasso of Cuba.” Roofs, walls, doorways and benches stretching for blocks around his studio are adorned with his brightly colored sculptures and mosaics. After lunch, you will have a special opportunity to experience a performance by the Habana Compás dance troop, featuring an exhilarating mix of percussion and dance rooted in flamenco and Afro-Cuban rhythms and moves that is sure to thrill you. Tonight dinner and a show showcasing the renowned Buena Vista Social Club await at Habana Café. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Havana

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel then participate in an enlightening walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while participating in open dialogue with a local architect. Learn about the challenges of renovating the city’s exquisite historic buildings, and see some of the area’s exquisite restorations as you stroll the charming cobblestone streets. Visit the Maqueta Vieja Habana Museum that houses the scale model of the City of Havana, and wander Old Havana’s four main plazas and the Graphic Arts Workshop. Savor a flavorful lunch at “Ivan Justo Paladar” then visit with some of the members of the community arts project “Imagen 3” which combines music, plastic arts and design. Later you will have the opportunity to visit the Historic Hotel Nacional and tour the building and grounds before relaxing with a typical Cuban mojito in the gardens overlooking the Malecón or at the Bar de la Fama. This evening is yours at leisure to explore this great city. (B,L)

Day 5 Havana

A buffet breakfast at your hotel is a great way to commence the day before you visit the Alamar Organóponico. Located in the eastern part of Havana, it is the largest farm cooperative in the city. Here you will enjoy a fascinating exchange with the workers and local residents about the history and objectives of urban gardens in Cuba. Take your time to discover the unique finds at Almacenes de San Jose Artisans’ Fair and Market, the open-air crafts market situated on the Port of Havana. Lunch today will be yet another delight for your tastebuds at La Moneda Cubana, a paladar in Old Havana. After you will have a special visit with the Danza Chevere Project and take part in a lively salsa lesson. This evening enjoy a ride to dinner in one of Cuba’s iconic classic American convertible cars . Your delectable farewell meal tonight will be at “El Litoral” on the famed Malecón where the spectacular sunset and blue ocean views will remain etched in your

Day 6 Havana To USA

After breakfast, bid “hasta luego” or “see you later” to Cuba before you depart for the airport and your return flight to Miami with memories to cherish and share of your Taste of Havana cultural travel program to this enchanting country. (B)

 

Transfer to your selected hotel in San Jose. Spend rest of the day on your own to enjoy the Hotel amenities.

NOTE:  Amiri Travel is *not responsible * for any optional tours purchased by passengers in Cuba.

VISA REQUIREMENTS:

***All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.

Travel Insurance:

We strongly recommend that all clients take out comprehensive travel insurance when making a booking. We recommend getting insurance that covers loss of baggage, trip cancellation, and medical expenses. Insurance is available at additional cost. You can get insurance HERE.

 Cancellation without insurance:

Cancellations are very costly and usually do not occur in time for resale of the cancelled tour. If Amiri Tour and Travel receives any cancellation prior to commencement of services without travel Insurance, the following cancellation fees will apply per person:

  • 60 days prior to departure: $250 per person.
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of cost.
  • 30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost. No refund

Available departures

Tour Starts Tour Ends Land & Air from Single- Surplus Cost
December 30th, 2016 January 4th, 2016 $3590 $850
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Highlights

Package includes:

  • VIP Priority Check in at Miami International
  • Airport Transfer from the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel to Miami International Airport
  • Pre-tour Briefing at your Miami Hotel
  • Baggage fee for your first checked bag from Miami to Cuba
  • Round Trip Flight between Miami and Cuba
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury authorization under a General License
  • All ground transportation & Airport Transfers in Cuba via Deluxe Air Conditioned
  • Motor coach
  • Fresh Bottled Water while touring
  • Full People to People Cultural Exchange Program
  • All entrance fees for scheduled activities and events
  • Professional English speaking Cuban guide who will be with your group from the moment you land until your departure
  • Central Holidays Tour Manager
  • Cuban Visa & Cuban Health Insurance
  • All tips for Porters and restaurant Staff as well as programmed activities during the tour
  • 11 meals including breakfast daily as well as 4 lunches and 3 dinners with a cocktail and wine
  • Cuba Departure Tax

Package Excludes:
NOTE: The following tips are not included as they are a personal choice            for each

  • Cuban Guide, Bus Driver and Maids at your Hotels
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Tips for our local tour guides, bus driver, and Bell Boy.
  • Visa fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Other meals
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Sales Tax

 Booking Procedure:

  • The final confirmation will be communicated 15 days before departure.
  • Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.