Havana Explorer Tour

Itinerary

Join our experienced Trip Leader and in-the-know Cuban Guide for this activity-filled sojourn in Havana. In their engaging company, you’ll experience the sights and sounds of the city, spend time with artists, students and professionals, and come away with a deep appreciation and understanding of Cuban life and culture.

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Arrive in Miami

Welcome to Miami! This evening you will join your fellow travelers for a trip briefing in the hotel where you will learn about the exciting days ahead and prepare for your Cuban People-to-People experience. Overnight in Miami.

Day 2: Flight from Miami to Havana  [D]

Departure from the hotel to the terminal (final flight times will be confirmed during orientation). The Flo Tours Group Leader will meet the group in the hotel lobby to transfer to the airport. Please be in the hotel lobby with your luggage and be ready to depart the hotel 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Transfer to the airport and check in to the charter flight to Havana.

Upon arrival in Havana, meet your Cuban guide who will provide local history and knowledge throughout the program. Begin an overview of Havana. 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. Late afternoon arrival at the hotel. Overnight in Havana.

Day 3: Habana Vieja, Cuban Business, Community Arts [B,L,D]

We discover a local Farmers 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: Departure from Havana [B]

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Havana airport for return charter flight to Miami. (Please allow a minimum of 3 hours between arrival from Cuba and onward flight connections, as flights from Cuba are often delayed and you must pass through US Immigration’s, Baggage Claim and US Customs before proceeding to your Domestic Airline for check-­in).
PLEASE NOTE: Flight schedules are subject to change and are beyond the control of Flo Tours.


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 Havana Explorer Tour.

Overall
9   
Accommodation
9   
Transport
9   
Meals
10   
Guide
10   
Value for money
10   
Program accuracy
7   

Guest reviews

  • Margarate Riva
    2017-01-11

    I would recommend Flo Tours to my friends and family for sure! They took care of my booking process very fast and easy for my Cuba trip. We got our travel documents 2 weeks before our trip and headed to Cuba. We met the group leader in Miami and flew to Havana. The entire trip was amazing. We got to experience so many things I never thought I’d see. The tour guide had great English, our group leader answered all our questions with confidence and we followed the itinerary to every detail. We had some free time and the group still stuck together because we enjoyed each other’s company. We are planning to go to Iran with Flo Tours next year. Thank you for a great trip.

  • Tracey Kingman
    2016-12-15

    Enjoyed it!

  • Francine Eldenbrook
    2016-12-06

    Our Havana trip was set up by phone and internet, we always got prompt replies, you could feel the smile by phone. Every vehicle, driver and hotel was perfect, I was worried that the language would be a problem but all worked out just fine, our guide was an Archeologist very well-known and everything that we learn was very interesting. Food was awesome different flavors, people off course very talkative and genuine, we got a great impression overall, and we are demanding travelers. You can contact Flo tours for the best trip that you can get

  • Ayesha Conor
    2016-12-06

    Hi everybody, Havana explore tour was an exciting week for me, just what I was needing to unwind, my hotel Iberostar Parque was cozy and comfortable. The people in Cuba is kind and friendly to the extreme, the food and my dance classes were my favorite activities I suggest to use these guys: www.flotours.com They're very effective. Good luck

2017 Departure Dates  
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Jan 9 - Jan 14$3,795$995BOOK NOW
Jan 23 - Jan 28$3,995$895BOOK NOW
Feb 6 - Feb 11$3,995$895BOOK NOW
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May 1 - May 6$3,695$795BOOK NOW
May 15- May 20$3,695$795BOOK NOW
May 29 - Jun 3$3,595$795BOOK NOW
Jun 12 - Jun 17$2.995$695BOOK NOW
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Aug 7 - Aug 12$2,995$695BOOK NOW
Sep 4 - Sep 9$3,595$795BOOK NOW
Sep 18 - Sep 23$3,595$795BOOK NOW
Oct 2 - Oct 7$3,995$895BOOK NOW
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Nov 13 - Nov 18$3,995$895BOOK NOW
Nov 27 - Dec 2$4,795$995BOOK NOW
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Dec 25 - Dec 30$5,995$1,595BOOK NOW

Inclusions

  • Hotel accommodations as listed (1 night in Miami, 5 nights in Havana)
  • Private pre-tour briefing at the hotel
  • Non-stop flights from Miami to Havana to Miami via U.S. Government-licensed charter service
  • Priority check-in services
  • U.S. Treasury Department, OFAC License Certification and Authorization Letter
  • Cuba Entrance Visa & Departure Tax
  • 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 Cuban guide and driver
  • 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 and airport transfers
  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline
  • Health insurance in Cuba (mandatory)
  • Customary tips

Exclusions

Hotels

  • Miami: Miami International Airport Hotel****
    This modern airport hotel is located right before the security checkpoint on the 2nd floor in Central Terminal Concourse E.
    All the soundproofed rooms and suites have marble bathrooms and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. WiFi is available for a surcharge. Suites also have dining areas and minifridges, and some have living areas.
  • Havana: Hotel Nacional de Cuba *****
    Located in the center of Havana, The Nacional Hotel is situated on a vantage point overlooking the Malecon – Havana’s seafront promenade. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba has hosted numerous illustrious guests: actors, artists and many other famous people. The hotel is a National Monument and is inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
  • Havana: Iberostar Parque Central *****
    Rightfully considered to be one of Havana’s best hotels, Iberostar Parque Central (formerly NH Parque Central) offers 427 comfortable rooms - including 27 suites, 34 junior suites, 1 presidential suite and 3 rooms for the disabled - divided over two buildings, which are connected by a tunnel.
    The location of Hotel Parque Central on the edge of Old and Central Havana could not be more convenient. Within minutes you can walk to the most important sites, shops and restaurants in Old Havana as well as the Capitolio with its outstanding architecture and Havana’s famous sea boulevard, El Malecon.
    Beside the luxury rooms, excellent service and fantastic location, Iberostar Parque Central offers one of the best (roof top) pools you’ll find in the Cuba's capital. From here you can enjoy an outstanding view over the city.
  • Havana: Hotel Melia Cohiba *****
    This upscale hotel in the Vedado business district lies 3.1 km from Old Havana. It's also 8 km from Malecón esplanade.
    Simple, relaxed rooms and suites feature free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs. They also have desks and coffeemakers, while Club rooms add 24-hour room service and sea views. Suites have whirlpool tubs and separate living rooms.
    The hotel offers free buffet breakfast. Other amenities include 5 restaurants, 2 cafes, and 2 bars, plus a cigar bar. There's also an outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness center, as well as a business center and 8 meeting rooms.

**Because of the lack of hotel capacity in the countryside, we cannot guarantee exact hotel or star rating in Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos; the accommodation is in typical “tourist” class hotels that can be changed according to capacity.