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Authentic Havana

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Overview

Featuring Take in the heart & soul of this colorful & cultural island: Havana, Cojimar & Regla
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 23 open departures, December 2017 – January 2019
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Non-stop round trip flights from Miami to Havana, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • U.S. Treasury Department, OFAC License Certification and Authorization Letter
  • Cuba Entrance Visa & Departure Tax
  • All land transportation, transfers & porterage in Cuba
  • 4 nights accommodations in Cuba at a well-located & completely renovated 'casa particular' (Cuban bed and breakfast)
  • 9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Comprehensive educational exchange program, including entrance fees
  • Friendly Planet Tour Manager
  • Professional, English-speaking local guide, who will facilitate the educational exchanges with Cubans
  • Health insurance in Cuba (mandatory)
Optional
  • Pre-Night stay in Miami
  • Post-Night stay in Miami
  • Casa Suite Upgrade (Very Limited: Call us for availability)
Highlights
  • Explore Old Havana’s architectural treasure trove
  • Learn how Cuban masters hand-roll cigars at a famous Cigar Factory
  • Visit the fascinating Afro-Cuban neighborhood of Regla
  • Meet young, up and coming Cuban artists in a private studio
  • Walk in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway at Finca Vigia
Departs Miami (MIA); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes History & Culture
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted educational program includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.

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Authentic Havana itinerary

On our popular new tour, Authentic Havana, we’ll bring you into the heart of a typical Cuban neighborhood with a four-night stay at a privately owned, colonial style Cuban bed and breakfast. This B&B has been lovingly restored and furnished and is managed by a small team of dedicated men and women who will be like family away from home. Our centrally located bed and breakfast, just a ten minute walk to Old Havana and even closer to shops, restaurants and nightlife, offers a more authentic and intimate experience yet provides all the amenities and comforts you want and deserve. 

Thanks to reduced flights via more convenient scheduled air and great pricing at our “casa” we’ve managed to reduce prices while maintaining our high standard of creative, culturally-focused itineraries. On Authentic Havana, you'll dive deep into the daily life of everyday Cubans. You’ll visit a private studio of one of Cuba's budding artists and tour a famous Cigar factory. And that’s just for starters. There's so much to love about our new tour to Cuba, so book your space today, because space is flying!

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Sep. 28, 2017!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2017 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Mon, Nov. 27, 2017
Returns: Fri, Dec. 1, 2017
Nov 27 – Dec 1 $2299 Closed
Departs: Mon, Dec. 4, 2017
Returns: Fri, Dec. 8, 2017
Dec 4 – Dec 8 $2299 Closed
Departs: Fri, Dec. 22, 2017
Returns: Tue, Dec. 26, 2017
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 22 – Dec 26 $2499 –$300 Sep 28 $2199 Select
Departs: Fri, Dec. 29, 2017
Returns: Tue, Jan. 2, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 29 – Jan 2 $2699 –$300 Sep 28 $2399 Select
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Regular Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Current
Price
Departs: Fri, Jan. 12, 2018
Returns: Tue, Jan. 16, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jan 12 – Jan 16 $2299 –$300 Sep 28 $1999 Select
Departs: Fri, Jan. 19, 2018
Returns: Tue, Jan. 23, 2018
Jan 19 – Jan 23 $2299 Closed
Departs: Fri, Feb. 9, 2018
Returns: Tue, Feb. 13, 2018
Feb 9 – Feb 13 $2299 Closed
Departs: Fri, Feb. 16, 2018
Returns: Tue, Feb. 20, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 16 – Feb 20 $2299 –$300 Sep 28 $1999 Select
Departs: Fri, Mar. 2, 2018
Returns: Tue, Mar. 6, 2018
Mar 2 – Mar 6 $2299 Closed
Departs: Fri, Mar. 9, 2018
Returns: Tue, Mar. 13, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 9 – Mar 13 $2249 –$300 Sep 28 $1949 Select
Departs: Fri, Apr. 6, 2018
Returns: Tue, Apr. 10, 2018
Apr 6 – Apr 10 $2199 Closed
Departs: Fri, Apr. 13, 2018
Returns: Tue, Apr. 17, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 13 – Apr 17 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, May 4, 2018
Returns: Tue, May 8, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 4 – May 8 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, May 11, 2018
Returns: Tue, May 15, 2018
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May 11 – May 15 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Jun. 1, 2018
Returns: Tue, Jun. 5, 2018
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Jun 1 – Jun 5 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Jun. 8, 2018
Returns: Tue, Jun. 12, 2018
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Jun 8 – Jun 12 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Jul. 6, 2018
Returns: Tue, Jul. 10, 2018
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Jul 6 – Jul 10 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Jul. 13, 2018
Returns: Tue, Jul. 17, 2018
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Jul 13 – Jul 17 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Aug. 3, 2018
Returns: Tue, Aug. 7, 2018
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Aug 3 – Aug 7 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Aug. 10, 2018
Returns: Tue, Aug. 14, 2018
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Aug 10 – Aug 14 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Sep. 7, 2018
Returns: Tue, Sep. 11, 2018
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Sep 7 – Sep 11 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Sep. 14, 2018
Returns: Tue, Sep. 18, 2018
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Sep 14 – Sep 18 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Oct. 5, 2018
Returns: Tue, Oct. 9, 2018
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Oct 5 – Oct 9 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Oct. 12, 2018
Returns: Tue, Oct. 16, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 12 – Oct 16 $2199 –$300 Sep 28 $1899 Select
Departs: Fri, Nov. 2, 2018
Returns: Tue, Nov. 6, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 2 – Nov 6 $2249 –$300 Sep 28 $1949 Select
Departs: Fri, Nov. 9, 2018
Returns: Tue, Nov. 13, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 9 – Nov 13 $2249 –$300 Sep 28 $1949 Select
Departs: Fri, Dec. 7, 2018
Returns: Tue, Dec. 11, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 7 – Dec 11 $2299 –$300 Sep 28 $1999 Select
Departs: Sat, Dec. 22, 2018
Returns: Wed, Dec. 26, 2018
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 22 – Dec 26 $2499 –$300 Sep 28 $2199 Select
Departs: Sat, Dec. 29, 2018
Returns: Wed, Jan. 2, 2019
Book by Thu, Sep. 28, 2017 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 29 – Jan 2 $2699 –$300 Sep 28 $2399 Select

Want to stay longer? Unfortunately, we don't offer late returns on this package.

Options & Fees

Authentic Havana
Rooming Selection1
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Apr 6, 2018;  Apr 13, 2018;  May 4, 2018;  May 11, 2018;  Jun 1, 2018;  Jun 8, 2018;  Jul 6, 2018;  Jul 13, 2018;  Aug 3, 2018;  Aug 10, 2018;  Sep 7, 2018;  Sep 14, 2018 +$185
All other departures +$230

1. There is limited inventory of more spacious rooms with a king size bed for an additional $80 per person sharing double occupancy. Please call us to request availability.

Optional Pre-Night Crowne Plaza Miami
Pre-Night Crowne Plaza Miami, with breakfast
Nov 27, 2017;  Dec 4, 2017;  Dec 22, 2017;  Dec 29, 2017;  Oct 5, 2018;  Oct 12, 2018;  Nov 2, 2018;  Nov 9, 2018;  Dec 7, 2018;  Dec 22, 2018;  Dec 29, 2018 +$95
Jan 12, 2018;  Jan 19, 2018;  Feb 9, 2018;  Feb 16, 2018;  Mar 2, 2018;  Mar 9, 2018;  Apr 6, 2018;  Apr 13, 2018 +$110
All other departures +$75
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Nov 27, 2017;  Dec 4, 2017;  Dec 22, 2017;  Dec 29, 2017;  Oct 5, 2018;  Oct 12, 2018;  Nov 2, 2018;  Nov 9, 2018;  Dec 7, 2018;  Dec 22, 2018;  Dec 29, 2018 +$75
Jan 12, 2018;  Jan 19, 2018;  Feb 9, 2018;  Feb 16, 2018;  Mar 2, 2018;  Mar 9, 2018;  Apr 6, 2018;  Apr 13, 2018 +$90
All other departures +$55
Optional Post-Night Crowne Plaza Miami
Post-Night Crowne Plaza Miami, with breakfast
Nov 27, 2017;  Dec 4, 2017;  Dec 22, 2017;  Oct 5, 2018;  Oct 12, 2018;  Nov 2, 2018;  Nov 9, 2018;  Dec 7, 2018;  Dec 22, 2018 +$95
Dec 29, 2017;  Jan 12, 2018;  Jan 19, 2018;  Feb 9, 2018;  Feb 16, 2018;  Mar 2, 2018;  Mar 9, 2018;  Apr 6, 2018;  Apr 13, 2018;  Dec 29, 2018 +$110
All other departures +$75
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Nov 27, 2017;  Dec 4, 2017;  Dec 22, 2017;  Oct 5, 2018;  Oct 12, 2018;  Nov 2, 2018;  Nov 9, 2018;  Dec 7, 2018;  Dec 22, 2018 +$75
Dec 29, 2017;  Jan 12, 2018;  Jan 19, 2018;  Feb 9, 2018;  Feb 16, 2018;  Mar 2, 2018;  Mar 9, 2018;  Apr 6, 2018;  Apr 13, 2018;  Dec 29, 2018 +$90
All other departures +$55
Taxes & Fees
Cuba Visa Fee included
Airline Baggage Fee (per flight)1 (paid separately) +$25

1. Baggage fees must be paid at airport for each flight: $25 for 1st checked bag / $40 for 2nd checked bag.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities (details).

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Before You Book section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 120 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 120 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $600

Itinerary

Day 1: Miami/Havana

Accommodations: 4 nights El Encanto de Perseverancia, Havana. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Depart the USA on your flight for Havana
  • Welcome dinner at a local paladar

El Capitolio, Old HavanaFull Day Itinerary: Today, board your flight bound for Havana, Cuba's capital city and designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

¡Bienvenidos a La Habana! You are welcomed by your private Cuban National Guide holding a Friendly Planet sign outside the arrivals terminal at the Havana Airport. Board your air-conditioned vehicle and transfer to the casa.

Check into the casa and enjoy a welcome drink. You’ll meet your tour manager and have some time to rest a little or take a stroll to the nearby Malecon before dinner.

This evening, the group will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local paladar.

Day 2: Old Havana

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Leisurely orientation walk through Old Havana, including the Used Bookseller's Market
  • Visit private studio of one of Cuba's talented independent artists
  • Enjoy lunch at a local paladar
  • Learn about Cuba's two currency system at a local ration store
  • Tour the famous Christopher Columbus Cemetery

Used Booksellers Market, HavanaFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, enjoy a leisurely orientation walk in Old Havana with your guide through the vibrant cobblestone streets as you immerse yourself in the colors of Cuba which surround you. Explore the Used Booksellers Market, a cross-cultural treasure trove for readers of every genre. Meet local independent booksellers and engage in friendly conversation with Cuban readers about popular Cuban and American literature.

Visit the private studio of one of Cuba's talented independent artists. During your visit, you'll learn different techniques of printmaking, sculpture and other art forms from innovative Cuban artists and their teams.  

Enjoy lunch at a local paladar.

After lunch, visit a local ration store. Your Cuban host will explain the system of rationing and the two-currency system as well as the difference between Ration Stores, Cuban Peso Stores, and CUC stores.

Christopher Columbus CemeteryVisit the famous Christopher Columbus Cemetery, a miniature city of mausoleums, crypts, family chapels, vaults, sculptures and ornate gravestones, which has been named a National Landmark.

Return to the casa and enjoy the rest of the day on your own. We recommend dining at a paladar for dinner. Feel free to choose one from the list we provide or ask your guides for recommendations.

Day 3: Alamar, Cojimar & Havana

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Tour one of Havana’s famous cigar factories
  • Explore Ernest Hemingway's home, Finca Vigia
  • Tour co-op community gardens in Alamar
  • Enjoy lunch in the fishing village of Cojimar
  • Visit Muraleando or another interesting community Project
  • Enjoy a cocktail at Bar la Fama in the Hotel Nacional

Hand rolling a cigarFull Day Itinerary: This morning, visit one of Havana's famous cigar factories where you will see hundreds of workers rolling Cuban cigars by hand. If the cigar factories are closed, a private cigar rolling demonstration will be provided instead.

Drive to Hemingway's Cuba retreat. There are many historical and cultural ties between Cuba and the United States, and one of the best known is the legacy of Ernest Hemingway, who lived more than 20 years in Cuba, from 1939 to 1960. You'll visit Hemingway's beautiful mansion, now a museum, Finca Vigía, (literally meaning "lookout farm"), where his 9,000 book library is preserved, as well as his animal trophies and famous fishing boat, Pilar.

Then, drive to the district of Alamar on the outskirts of Havana. Started as an expansive social housing project in the 1970's, these Soviet-style pre-fabricated concrete apartment blocks are now home to roughly a hundred thousand Cubans. Among the buildings in Alamar are community gardens, called "Organopónicos," where residents grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for their own consumption and local sale. Similar to co-op and community gardens in the United States, these Organopónicos facilitate community development and offer Alamar's residents access to fresh produce. Enjoy a visit to one of these Organopónicos, which few visitors to Cuba have the opportunity to do.

Hemingway monument, CojimarYou'll continue on to the quaint fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for Hemingway's book, The Old Man and the Sea, and enjoy lunch at a local paladar. La Terraza Restaurant, where the book's character Santiago brings in the remains of his epic fish, still stands today, and the pier where Hemingway's fishing boat docked can be seen from the shore.

After lunch, visit Muraleando or another interesting community project.

Visit the Bar la Fama at the Nacional Hotel de Cuba, one of Havana’s most iconic, historical properties.

Afterwards, return to the casa and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 4: Havana & Regla 

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Take the small ferry to Regla across the bay 
  • Visit the Fine Arts Museum (Cuban collection) or the Revolution Museum
  • Lunch at a paladar
  • Walk along Paula promenade and stop at the Artisans Market
  • Join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner

Revolution MuseumFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, transfer to the ferry terminal for a short ferry ride to the other side of the bay. Visit Regla, a settlement south of the bay, and the famous Virgin of Regla Church, where an interesting blend of Afrocuban creeds and the Catholic faith can be experienced.

Return by coach from Regla to the edge of Old Havana to experience the Cuban collection at the Fine Arts Museum. Here you can appreciate the evolution of the country's history through the work of its most famous artists. If you prefer history to art, you can choose to visit the Revolution Museum, housed in the former Presidential Palace instead.

Salsa dancers, HavanaEnjoy lunch at a local paladar.

Then, walk along the beautiful Paula Promenade by the waterfront to see the changes related to the program of transformation for the Bay of Havana. Stop at the Artisans Market, where you will find plenty of souvenirs, including handicrafts, posters and other collectibles.

Return to the casa to rest before dinner.

Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner, served in a privately owned restaurant. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes as you enjoy live, traditional Cuban music and salsa dancing, reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Day 5: Havana/Miami

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport and board your flight back to Miami

Full Day Itinerary: Today, bid farewell to Cuba as you transfer to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport and check in for your flight back to Miami. ¡Adiós, Habana!

Note: Itinerary is subject to change based on local availability.

This itinerary provides a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interactions between you and individuals in Cuba. U.S. law requires that all persons who participate in this program adhere to this full time schedule, and imposes on Friendly Planet the obligation to ensure such adherence.

Infrastructure in Cuba, including even the best hotels, may not always be up to U.S. standards. The hotels really do try to maintain quality accommodations, and in the properties we select for our tours, they generally do a good job. However, Cuba's resources and climate do sometimes impact a hotel's ability to keep up with maintenance and indoor air quality. For example, in Cuba's tropical climate, you might notice musty odors in some buildings, including hotels. We do our best to select the highest quality hotels, restaurants and paladars that Cuba has to offer, but we appreciate your flexibility and understanding when you encounter a minor imperfection. Cuba has a long way to go before its hotels, highways, public restrooms and other features reach U.S. levels, but all in all, you will not suffer any major difficulties in tolerating the small issues that may occur. If you have any medical or dietary concerns, however, please inform us when you make your reservation, so we can take whatever special precautions are required to assure your comfort and wellbeing.

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We had a really wonderful time in Cuba, on this our 2nd FP tour (Galapagos, 2013). Our leader, Connie Dineen, was terrific! She called us at home before the trip, just to introduce herself and to see if we had any questions, needs, or concerns. While in Cuba, she was always cheerful, efficient, and helpful -- ready and eager to do anything we needed, such as making restaurant reservations or giving recommendations for shopping, extra sightseeing, etc. When we got home in the US, she even sent us a thank-you card! Our hotels and group meals and cultural activities were all great on our trip, as was our local Cuban guide, Osmin. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for giving us an unforgettable experience and a unique and special educational adventure!

Jack Karolewski, Davis CA

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