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.
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.