Authentic Havana

Take in the heart & soul of this colorful & cultural island: Havana, Cojimar, Guanabacoa & Lawton

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from$1699Tour + Flights from$1349Tour Only 5days
price per person, double occupancy,* based on May 22, 2020 departure from MIA
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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures March – December 2020 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureBucket ListCity Stays
Activity Level Recreational
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted program includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.
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On our popular 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!

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Our tours are still legal and compliant with recent changes in U.S. policy. Questions? See our Cuba FAQs.

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Non-stop round trip flights from Miami to Havana, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Health insurance in Cuba, included in the cost of your airfare
  • U.S. Treasury Department, OFAC License Certification
  • Cuba Entrance Visa
  • 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 exchange program, including entrance fees
  • Friendly Planet Representative
  • Professional, English-speaking local guide, who will facilitate the exchanges with Cubans

Optional add-ons

  • Pre-Night stay in Miami
  • Post-Night stay in Miami
  • Casa Suite Upgrade (Very Limited: Call us for availability)

Why you'll love it

  • Enjoy 4 comfortable nights at a casa particular located in a typical Cuban neighborhood.
  • Feel the history of Cuba come to life as an expert guide introduces you to the vibrant streets of Old Havana.
  • Learn about different art forms from innovative Cuban artists in their private studios.
  • Participate in a traditional Cuban cooking class experience.
  • Interact with locals at the used booksellers market.
  • Visit Muraleando, a community project dedicated to uplifting young people through art and music.
  • Learn about Afro-Cuban culture with private enterprise Beyond Roots in Guanabacoa.

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Unfortunately, we don't offer late returns on this package. However, if you select the Land Only option, you're welcome to make your own arrangements to arrive early or stay later. Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Authentic Havana
Rooming Selection1
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199

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
Dec 23, 2019;  Dec 30, 2019;  Oct 12, 2020;  Nov 2, 2020;  Nov 23, 2020;  Dec 14, 2020 +$100
Jan 13, 2020;  Feb 7, 2020;  Feb 28, 2020;  Mar 16, 2020;  Apr 10, 2020 +$115
All other dates +$80
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Dec 23, 2019;  Dec 30, 2019;  Oct 12, 2020;  Nov 2, 2020;  Nov 23, 2020;  Dec 14, 2020 +$100
Jan 13, 2020;  Feb 7, 2020;  Feb 28, 2020;  Mar 16, 2020;  Apr 10, 2020 +$115
All other dates +$80
Optional Post-Night Crowne Plaza Miami
Post-Night Crowne Plaza Miami, with breakfast
Dec 23, 2019;  Dec 30, 2019;  Oct 12, 2020;  Nov 2, 2020;  Nov 23, 2020;  Dec 14, 2020 +$100
Jan 13, 2020;  Feb 7, 2020;  Feb 28, 2020;  Mar 16, 2020;  Apr 10, 2020 +$115
All other dates +$80
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Dec 23, 2019;  Dec 30, 2019;  Oct 12, 2020;  Nov 2, 2020;  Nov 23, 2020;  Dec 14, 2020 +$100
Jan 13, 2020;  Feb 7, 2020;  Feb 28, 2020;  Mar 16, 2020;  Apr 10, 2020 +$115
All other dates +$80
Taxes & Fees
Cuba Visa Fee included
Airline Baggage Fee (per flight)1 (paid separately) +$30

1. Baggage fees must be paid at airport for each flight, in Cuba this must be paid in cash. This cost is subject to the airline and can change at any time.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA)1 included
New York City (NYC) +$50
Dec 30, 2019 unavailable

1. For flights from MIA, upgrades may be available to First Class starting from $250. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

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

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Miami/Havana

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

El Encanto de Perseverancia Dinner

Full Day Itinerary
El Capitolio, Old Havana

¡Bienvenidos a La Habana! Upon arrival to Cuba's capital city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, you are welcomed by our representative 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 enjoy your welcome dinner at a local paladar (privately-owned restaurant).

Day 2 Old Havana

  • Walk through Old Havana, including the used booksellers market, Hotel Ambos Mundos (Ernest Hemingway's first home in Havana), and at various private enterprises to engage with and support Cuba's growing private business sector
  • Meet with staff at Clandestina, Cuba’s first online clothing retailer and renowned design shop
  • Enjoy lunch at a local paladar
  • Visit an artist’s private studio
  • Step into Cuba’s world of dance with a private demonstration and lesson

El Encanto de Perseverancia Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Used Booksellers Market, Havana

After breakfast, your expert guide will lead you on a leisurely walk through the labyrinthian streets of Old Havana. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of Cuba while walking along the cobblestone streets. 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. Stop at Hotel Ambos Mundos, Ernest Hemingway’s first home in Cuba, and learn about his strong connection to Cuba and its culture.

Among the private businesses you'll discover during your walk, Clandestina, is one shop that is making plenty of waves both in Cuba and abroad. Founded by Idania del Río and Leire Fernández, two creative, entrepreneurial women who believe in a sustainable, fair and ethical fashion industry. Clandestina is the country’s first online clothing retailer and has even appeared as a pop-up store in New York. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local paladar, or private restaurant.  

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

Step into Cuba’s world of music and dance with a private dance class just for us. First, experience Cuba’s most traditional dances through a demonstration by your talented and personable teachers. Engage with them about the importance of music and dancing to life here in Cuba. Then, stand right up and participate with them to learn the basic steps for yourself. 

Return to the casa and enjoy dinner on your own. We recommend dining at a paladar for a delicious Cuban dinner. Choose one from the list we provide, or ask your guide for any additional recommendations. 

Day 3 Havana, Cojimar, Guanabacoa & Lawton

  • Travel to Cojimar, the local fishing village that was the setting for Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
  • Participate in a traditional Cuban cooking class experience, from gathering ingredients from a local "organopónico" (organic garden), to putting them to use in the kitchen (and bar) itself
  • Learn about Afro-Cuban culture with private enterprise Beyond Roots in Guanabacoa
  • Visit an inspiring community project, such as Muraleando
  • Stop at the independent Artisan’s Market

El Encanto de Perseverancia Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Muraleando

This morning drive to the quaint fishing village of Cojimar, which served as the setting for Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece The Old Man and the Sea.

Learn the secrets of the Cuban kitchen by taking part in a traditional Cuban cooking class experience. Begin your experience by meeting the staff of the paladar Café Ajiaco, who will take you on your culinary journey today. First, stop at the paladar’s “organopónico” (organic garden) to see where their products and ingredients grow. Pick some for yourself and bring them back to the restaurant to help elaborate your dishes. Learn from the experienced chefs of Café Ajiaco as they take you through the process of making some of Cuba’s most delicious traditional food, and even learn to prepare an authentic Cuban mojito along the way.

Enjoy lunch courtesy of your morning cooking activity at the paladar Café Ajiaco. 

Visit the municipality of Guanabacoa, a town known very well for its deeply-rooted traditions and connections to the Afro-Cuban culture. Get a first-hand look into a temple dedicated to Afro-Cuban religion, and learn about the religion and culture through an educational and dynamic conversation led by members of Beyond Roots, a private organization that celebrates and educates others about Afro-Cuban heritage and culture in Cuba. 

This afternoon visit Muraleando, where art, music and community spirit have transformed a once-drab neighborhood into one of beauty and color. See garden sculptures, paintings, mosaics and all types of recycled materials that have been transformed into stunning and colorful artwork. It is remarkable to see how the project’s beautiful murals have literally resurrected the neighborhood's appearance and pride. The center also provides free workshops for the community including voice lessons, drumming, dance classes, ceramic art, painting, cinematography and much more. Muraleando helps to inspire and cultivate artistic skills in children from the entire neighborhood and has won awards in Cuba for being the most effective community project in the country.

Stop at Havana’s independent Artisans Market, where you will be able to engage with local private artisan stands, and find plenty of souvenirs, including handicrafts, posters and other collectibles. 

Day 4 Havana

  • Stop by a local farmer’s market
  • Walk Havana’s grand San Rafael Boulevard and visit with private business owners to learn about how private enterprises work in Cuba
  • Have lunch at a local paladar
  • Visit the famous community mosaic project known as “Fusterlandia”
  • Experience the future of Cuban acrobatics with the children’s community project Angeles del Futuro
  • Take a ride in a classic American convertible to tour picturesque Havana in style
  • Enjoy your farewell dinner at a local paladar

El Encanto de Perseverancia Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Mosaics, Fusterlandia

Begin your day by experiencing one of Cuba’s typical farmer’s markets (“agromercados”). Catch a glimpse into daily life for Cuban people, shopping for fruits, vegetables, beans, and spices based on what is available to them that particular day.

Walk along Havana’s renovated San Rafael Boulevard, visiting with multiple private entrepreneurs along the way. The boulevard is host to some of Havana’s most innovative projects and one-of-a-kind shops.  Behind every private business is a progressive individual or co-op excited to share with you a bit about their journey in the Cuban private sector and their passion and enthusiasm for what they do. 

After lunch at a local paladar, take a walk in Jaimanitas, a neighborhood unlike any you have ever seen, where you'll discover a wonderland of mosaic art created by independent artist Jose Fuster. Known world-wide for his intricate works made of colorful tiles, Fuster has covered his house as well as his entire neighborhood in mosaic murals of cultural, historic, and whimsical designs. With a bit of luck, you might even encounter the often-barefoot artist on the glistening, multicolored patio of his house, hard at work on his latest project.

Experience the future of Cuban acrobatics with a meet-and-greet and show from the incredibly talented Angeles del Futuro. This community project trains children in the art of circus acrobatics in the municipality of Marianao, a short drive outside of the city center. The director, coaches, volunteers, and parents all work together as a team to provide the training, costumes, and equipment free of charge to the children and their families. It is truly a project that supports Cubans, their dreams, and the arts. Watch an example of the circus show and see for yourselves the talent of these kids – and after the show, get to know these young acrobats themselves.

Return to your casa to rest before dinner.

Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner at one of our favorite paladars. 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

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

Breakfast

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!

Note: Itinerary sequence and visits are subject to change based on local availability.

This itinerary provides a full time schedule of 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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