The Friendly Planet Newsletter

Published Aug 9, 2022
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Just 90 miles off the Florida coast, Cuba has everything you want in a Caribbean destination—palm trees, white-sand beaches, and beautiful blue skies. But the true allure of Cuba lies in its friendly and innovative locals, making Cuba a must for every intrepid traveler.
 
Our programs take you to where Cubans live, work, and play. You'll visit creative community projects run on shoestrings yet yielding great results. You'll support private entrepreneurs as you enjoy gourmet meals at paladars (privately owned restaurants) and shop at privately owned boutiques. Cuba is the land of the glass half full, and you will gain an appreciation for that perspective during your visit.
 
 
 
Rest your head at a Cuban Bed & Breakfast or casa particular, lovingly restored and operated by a private Cuban family, in the heart of a typical Cuban neighborhood
 
 
 
 
Visit community projects dedicated to uplifting young Cuban people through art and music.
 
 
 
 
Learn from local farmers about efforts to improve access to fresh produce at an organopĆ³nico (organic garden) and participate in a hands-on cooking class putting those ingredients to use!
 
 
 
Dine at privately-owned restaurants or paladares throughout the tour, savoring creative dishes and local favorites.
 
 
 
 
Enjoy lunch at a local farmhouse in the ViƱales valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn about traditional agricultural practices for growing tobacco, cassava, and taro from the farmers.
 
 
Authentic Havana
 
 
Take in the heart & soul of this colorful & cultural island: Havana, Cojimar, Guanabacoa & Lawton
 
FROM
 
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$2299
  
$1999
  
5
W/ FLIGHTS
TOUR ONLY
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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Authentic Havana & the Scenic Viñales Valley
 
 
Explore the magic and magnificent heritage of Cuba from the culture and communities of Havana to the spectacular vistas of the Viñales Valley
 
FROM
 
FROM
 
$2799
  
$2499
  
7
W/ FLIGHTS
TOUR ONLY
DAYS
per person, double occupancy*
 
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* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

† The Carefree Booking policy is not travel insurance and only applies to a new booking—defined as booking without the use of funds on file from a previous cancellation. With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason, you can transfer all payments you've made excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties.

Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus the deposit, per person future travel credit.

You may use these credits anytime, however they must be used or transferred within 5 years of your booking.

The Carefree Booking policy only applies to your original booking—limiting rebookings to one. Subsequent bookings will be subject to standard cancellation penalties. Additionally, any coupon or discount (other than our Instant Savings) does not transfer from the cancelled booking and therefore will not be applied to the new booking.

Travel protection premiums may be credited to your new tour provided: no claim is filed; (no vendor penalties such as Air, sea or rail etc have been incurred); and your new trip departs within 1 year of the cancellation of your original tour.

Valid for bookings made on or after September 23, 2022 Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

†† $199 deposit available on select packages. Valid for new bookings only. Changes to your package, departure date, or flights may require an increased deposit. If you select our optional travel protection plan, the premium will be added to your deposit. See additional terms & conditions.

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