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EL ORIENTE: CUBA FROM THE OTHER SIDE

December 6 - 19, 2017

Cuban woman wearing pink shirt

Package Includes:

  • 13 nights accommodations or similar (Hotels Pending Confirmation)
  •      4 nights Hotel Casa Granda, Santiago de Cuba
         3 nights Hotel El Castillo, Baracoa
         2 nights Hotel Encanto Ordono, Gibara
         4 nights Hotel Parque Central, Havana
  • Intra flight: Holguin-Havana
  • Related documents required for legal travel to Cuba
  • Shared room accommodations in 5-4-3-star hotels (single supplement available)
  • 2 meals per day (excluding arrival and departure days)
  • Preparatory reading and orientation materials
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour escort/manager from arrival to return
  • Local guides as required
  • Welcome cocktail and one bottle of water daily
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Admissions, honoraria and fees to all program activities

Not Included:

  • Flights to and from Miami as well as related transfers
  • International Flight Miami-Holguin and Havana-Miami
  • Travel visa ($65)
  • Extra Beverages or snacks and one meal a day
  • Optional tours/activities
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Room service charges
  • Gratuities to the bellboys and waiters, and your guide and driver
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
  • Travel/Medical Insurance (recommended)
  • Cuban departure tax (appx $28 paid in cash at Miami airport)
  • Baggage handling fee (appx $20 paid in cash at Miami airport)
  • Anything not mentioned in the package includes section.

Special Features

  • Enjoy a small group tour (10-15)
  • Learn about the Afro-Cuban religion, music, and dance that dominates this region
  • Visit the church and major pilgrimage site of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre
  • Enjoy a son music performance, the Cuban musical style synonymous with Cuban culture
  • Visit La Fabrica de los Coches, and take a ride on a horse-drawn cart through town
  • Enjoy photo walks through remote towns and cities
  • Visit Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Explore Cafetal La Isabelica Coffee Plantation (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Tour the Moncada Barracks, where Castro and his revolutionaries staged their attack against Batista
  • Visit Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, where Fidel Castro and Jose Marti are buried
  • Take a ferry ride to Caya Granma
  • Explore Cuba's vibrant street life, visiting local markets
  • Visit Bacardi Rum Factory
  • Enjoy sunset at a beautiful beach
  • Visit a chocolate farm
  • Ride a traditional canoe through Cuchillas de Toa Natural Biosphere (UNESCO)
  • Visit the Garden of Polymitas, and see the world's most colorful snails
  • Visit Fabrica de Organo, the only mechanical organ factory in Latin America
  • Explore Choro de Maita, an important pre-Columbian site
  • Visit a cigar factory
  • Enjoy a dance performance by Tumba Francesca
  • Ride classic cars along the Maelcon
  • View the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo
  • Visit a community center for seniors
  • Witness Procession de San Lazaro, one of the most important pilgrimages in Cuba
  • Enjoy a private jazz concert
  • Visit the homes and studios of the country's leading artists
  • Experience the burgeoning free enterprise scene at private restaurants (paladares)

Pricing

  • Program price is $5,912.01. Single supplement is $1095 for a private room

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