Authentic Cuba Tour

Itinerary

Enjoy expert-led excursions and speak with local Cubans of all walks of life as you explore the culture, history and rapidly changing identity of this unique island nation.

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Arrive Havana  [D]

Upon arrival in Havana, meet your Cuban guide who will provide local history and knowledge throughout the program. Drive by the Capitolio, the Malecón – Havana’s seafront promenade, U.S. Embassy, La Rampa, and Havana University. Explore the Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, also known as “La Cabana” or “El Morro”. This fortress protected the mouth of the Havana harbor in its day and offers unique views over Havana ­ideal for gaining a better understanding of the city’s layout. Check-in your hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travelers and tour guide for a briefing and welcome dinner. Overnight in Havana.

Day 2: Habana Vieja, Cuban Business, Community Arts [B,L,D]

We discover a local Farmer’s Market, to understand the cost of living and interact with local vendors. Then set out on exploration of Old Havana. Begin at the Plaza de Armas, the oldest part of the city. See the Greek Roman ‘El Templete’ site of the first Mass and town  council meeting in 1519. Enjoy a performance by contemporary dance company Danza Combinatoria (another company may be substituted if they are on tour). Boxed lunch with the performance group, a unique opportunity to have one on one conversations.

In the afternoon, visit the offices of a local business, learn about the details of doing business in Cuba. Engage in a discussion on the changing economics of Cuba with an expert. Enjoy the panoramic views overlooking all of Havana from the office’s advantageous location.

Tonight, enjoy homemade cooking prepared by the members of a neighborhood arts center and learn the story of the center’s unique construction. Later,  interact with locals at the neighborhood community arts center and enjoy their music and dance party. Overnight in Havana.

Day 3: History of Cuban Music and Arts  [B,D]

After breakfast at our hotel, a  lecture by a musicologist takes you on a journey through the history of Cuban music. Explore the Fine Arts Museum of Havana with your Cuban Study Leader. Cuban art is renowned worldwide. Delve into the stories that each work of art relates and the statement on politics, culture and society that each artist conveys.
Lunch will be on your own. After lunch,  continue your guided exploration of Old Havana including stops at Plaza San Francisco and Plaza Vieja. Overnight in Havana.

Day 4: The Vinales Valley [B,L]

Set out early and head west to the province of Pinar del Rio, to the famed Vinales Valley, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley boasts Cuba’s most strikingly beautiful landscapes, with anomalous Karst formations rising from the valley floor, unlike any other region of the island. Meet a farmer and learn why the best tobacco is found here.Enjoy a home ­cooked meal prepared with the produce of their organic farm.
In the afternoon we will stroll the main square of the small village of Vinales before returning to Havana. Overnight in Havana.

Day 5: Discover Matanzas, Afro-Cuban Dance, Organic Farmer  [B,L,D]

Depart Havana by private motor coach for the drive to Varadero. En route, stop in Matanzas for a People-to-People Connection with a dance company that preserves Afro­Cuban culture and the traditions of Santeria. Continue to an organic farm which is the home and ceramics workshop of a couple whose unique vision is expressed through both their agricultural and artistic creativity.
After lunch at a local Paladar, continue on to Varadero Beach. Dinner and overnight in Varadero.

Day 6: Cuban Dance: Danzon  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, another People-to-­People Connection: Meet a group of vivacious seniors who share their enjoyment of Danzon, the most traditional dance of Cuba with you.  Learn how to dance the Salsa, the most popular of Cuban dances, in a fun and energetic dance lesson.
Return to our hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Varadero.

Day 7: Hemingway’s House in Cuba  [B,L,D]

Departure from the hotel in Varadero and drive to the outskirts of Havana to Finca La Vigia, the Hemingway Farm. This beautiful property hosts the house where the Nobel Prize ­winning author lived with his third wife Mary for over 30 years. Look into the open windows and doors to see the home in perfect condition with Hemingway’s personal belongings as he left them. Walk the grounds to see his private writing studio, swimming pool, and beloved fishing boat, Pilar. The boat is featured in his novel “Islands in the Stream.”
Lunch will be served at a Paladar on Havana. Afternoon arrival at our hotel. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Havana.

Day 8: Departure from Havana  [B]

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Havana Airport for return.


SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTES: PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE
Please note that this special, people-to-people program will be different from other programs on which you may have previously participated. FLO Tours operates the people-to-people program to Cuba under a general license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control and, as dictated by U.S. law, all participants are required to adhere to a full-time schedule of activities designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted. Per the general license requirements, this is a full-time program with many inclusions and there will be little to no free time on most days of the program.

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Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 4 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Authentic Cuba Tour.

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9   
Accommodation
9   
Transport
9   
Meals
9   
Guide
9   
Value for money
9   
Program accuracy
9   

Guest reviews

  • Sally
    2016-04-11

    The People-to-People aspect of this trip is wonderful. I left Cuba with an empathy and understanding of the Cuban people that I don't think I could've gotten on my own. It enables me to see the country and its people in a more balanced and realistic light. If we were allowed to travel independently, as Americans will be able to do post-Obama visit, I don't think we would have had such a rich, meaningful experience.

  • Dennis J
    2016-02-11

    This was a wonderful, educational and interesting trip with very informative and interesting guides. What was crammed into eight days was mind boggling. As I tried to digest the last venture, I was already being introduced to the next venture. it fulfilled a long time wish to visit Cuba and see if it was really as bad since the Revolution as our government told us it was. it certainly was not! It was amazing to me how enterprising and ambitious the Cuban people are. They are taking advantage of every opportunity afforded them to prosper. It was interesting to learn that the Castros are very low key and live like every other Cuban. There are no homeless in Cuba!

  • David Cameron
    2016-01-11

    Flo Tours exceeded my expectations on so many levels! I could never have received so much cultural insight into Cuba without them. I will always look to Flo Tours when I plan to travel again.

    I wish i signed up for a longer trip and see more of Cuba.

  • shebby
    2015-02-22

    It was awesome. Great itinerary and great tour company to travel with!

    Nothing in particular.

Authentic Cuba Tour 2017 Departure Dates

Departure-Return DatePrice
(Per Person in DBL room)
Single
Supplement
Availability
Jan 10 - Jan 17$4,795$1,295SOLD OUT
Jan 24 - Jan 31$4,995$1,395SOLD OUT
Feb 7 - Feb 14$4,995$1,395SOLD OUT
Feb 21 - Feb 28$4,995$1,395SOLD OUT
Mar 7 - Mar 14$4,995$1,395SOLD OUT
Mar 21 - Mar 28$4,995$1,395SOLD OUT
Apr 4 - Apr 11$4,995$1,395SOLD OUT
Apr 18 - Apr 25$4,995$1,395SOLD OUT
May 2 - May 9$4,595$1,295SOLD OUT
May 16- May 23$4,695$1,295SOLD OUT
May 30 - Jun 6$4,595$1,295SOLD OUT
Jun 13 - Jun 20$3,995$1,295SOLD OUT
Jul 11 - Jul 18$4,395$1,295BOOK NOW
Aug 8 - Aug 15$4,395$1,295BOOK NOW
Sep 5 - Sep 12$4,595$1,295BOOK NOW
Sep 19 - Sep 26$4,595$1,295BOOK NOW
Oct 3 - Oct 10$4,995$1,295BOOK NOW
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Nov 14 - Nov 21$4,895$1,395BOOK NOW
Nov 28 - Dec 5$4,895$1,395BOOK NOW
Dec 12 - Dec 19$4,895$1,395BOOK NOW
Dec 26 - Jan 2$5,495$1,595BOOK NOW

Authentic Cuba Tour 2018 Departure Dates

2018 Departure Dates  
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(Per Person in DBL room)
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Jan 9 - Jan 16$4,795$1,295BOOK NOW
Jan 23 - Jan 30$4,995$1,395BOOK NOW
Feb 6 - Feb 13$4,995$1,395BOOK NOW
Feb 20 - Feb 27$4,995$1,395BOOK NOW
Mar 6 - Mar 13$4,995$1,395BOOK NOW
Mar 20 - Mar 27$4,995$1,395BOOK NOW
Apr 3 - Apr 10$4,995$1,395BOOK NOW
Apr 17 - Apr 24$4,995$1,395BOOK NOW
May 1 - May 8$4,595$1,295BOOK NOW
May 15- May 22$4,695$1,295BOOK NOW
May 29 - Jun 5$4,595$1,295BOOK NOW
Jun 12 - Jun 19$3,995$1,295BOOK NOW
Jul 10 - Jul 17$4,395$1,295BOOK NOW
Aug 7 - Aug 14$4,395$1,295BOOK NOW
Sep 4 - Sep 11$4,595$1,295BOOK NOW
Sep 18 - Sep 25$4,595$1,295BOOK NOW
Oct 2 - Oct 9$4,995$1,295BOOK NOW
Oct 16 - Oct 23 $4,995$1,295BOOK NOW
Oct 30 - Nov 6 $4,995$1,295BOOK NOW
Nov 13 - Nov 20$4,895$1,395BOOK NOW
Nov 27 - Dec 4$4,895$1,395BOOK NOW
Dec 11 - Dec 18$4,895$1,395BOOK NOW
Dec 25 - Jan 1$5,495$1,595BOOK NOW

Inclusions

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hotel accommodations as listed ( 5 nights in Havana and 2 nights in Varadero)
  • Private pre-tour briefing at the hotel
  • U.S. Treasury Department, OFAC License Certification and Authorization Letter
  • Flo Tours exclusive-guided programming, including; unique handpicked people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba's famous places and those rarely seen; and private visits and lectures with Cuba's renowned experts
  • Experienced Flo Tours tour leader
  • Expert English speaking Cuban tour guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Small group size (usually 16 or fewer guests; never more than 24)
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • All in-country ground transportation
  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline
  • Flo Tours Travel Documents Kit

Exclusions

  • Trip Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra drinks with meals

Hotels

    • Havana: Hotel Melia Cohiba *****
      The Meliá Cohiba is a 5 star luxury high-rise hotel located in the Vedado district of Havana, Cuba. The hotel opened in 1994, in total it has 401 rooms and 61 suites. The hotel sitting just off the Malecón, and next to the Hotel Habana Riviera with its sharp angles and alternating walls of stone and glass, is one of the more modern buildings in Havana, along with its sister the Meliá Habana. The Cohiba has a wide range of restaurants and shops, as the Habanos Cigar Store. The Habana Café has a nightly floor show and live music.
    • Varadero: Hotel Melia Marina *****
      All Inclusive 5 Star beach resort, situated in the Marina Gaviota Varadero, 40 minutes from the International Airport. The complex boasts modern rooms, bars and specialist restaurants, meeting rooms, swimming pools with recreation areas and a Yhi Spa. It offers something unique in Varadero as its facilities are integrated with a wonderful seafront with shops and a marina. Ideal for families, yachting, diving, fishing, events, meetings, weddings and honeymoons.

Visa Info

Your visa will be provided by the air carrier before departure.