Cuba Experience

SAVE UP TO $300 PER COUPLE

Cuba Experience

  9 Days • 20 Meals
Travel to Cuba where we explore the cultural and historic legacy of our neighbor to the South

Travel with Mayflower Tours where we explore the cultural and historic legacy of our neighbor to the South — People-to-People educational itinerary developed by John and Mary Stachnik, Founders and Co-owners.

Highlights

What’s included in your program

It is good to know what’s included in the cost of your CUBA EXPERIENCE. This way you can compare our program to others, so that you know of the wonderful value you are receiving. Although unlikely, the items listed below could change.

  Nine days and eight nights’ accommodations
  20 meals — all meals except one. Several meals at Cuban “paladars”, privately-owned and operated restaurants which add to the flavor of our visit. All meal gratuities included
  Smaller group experience – no more than 26 travelers per departure
  Round trip transfers between Miami hotel and airport
  Non-stop charter flights from Miami to Cuba and return
  Airport transfers in Miami and Cuba
  Visa fee and accompanying work to obtain visas
  Four-star hotels throughout. All lodging is air conditioned and has full service amenities
  Porterage for all hotels and gratuities for porters
  Transportation by Deluxe Air-Conditioned Motorcoach
  Universal Health Care in Cuba—cost of mandatory health insurance included
  A Mayflower Tour Manager is with you throughout. In addition we are accompanied by an English-speaking Cuban guide
  Many People to People activities, including interaction and traveling in Cuba’s antique car fleet. All gifts and gratuities for these experiences are included
  The ability to purchase Travelers Protection coverage that is also valid in Cuba
  $1,000,000 Travelers Assistance Program – a condition for membership for the United States Tour Operators Association
  The peace of mind that your CUBA EXPERIENCE is being operated by Mayflower Tours, and its trusted Cuban suppliers
  $45 in Mayflower Money

People-to-People educational itinerary developed by John and Mary Stachnik, Founders and Co-owners.

Itinerary

Day 1 HOME TO MIAMI

Travel from your home town to Miami, Florida, where we meet our fellow People To People participants at the hotel. Our program begins at 6:00pm with a reception and orientation session. We will hear from an expert about US-Cuba relations and the impact it has had on both countries. There is also paperwork and documentation that we fill out together in anticipation of our Cuban visit.

Day 2  MIAMI TO CIENFUEGOS, CUBA

Transfer to Miami International Airport for our charter flight to Cuba. You will be amazed that a country so remarkably different than America is less than an hours’ flying time away. Upon arrival in Cienfuegos, Cuba, our home for the next two nights, we take a panoramic tour, followed by an Orientation Walk. There is a visit to the Thomas Terry Theater, as well as a chance to learn about shopping in Cuba and the different types of stores and availability of products. There is an evening performance by the Cienfuegos Choir at our hotel. Breakfast and dinner

Day 3  CIENFUEGOS AND TRINIDAD TOURING

This morning we visit a cigar factory where we can interact with the employees. Then, we stop at Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens where we interact with a specialist to learn about plant life and conservation in Cuba, as well as about the close ties the Gardens have with Harvard University. On the way to Trinidad we visit a Ceramic Studio and Gallery and learn about their long traditions with this art form. Walk through Trinidad’s cobblestone streets before lunch at a local paladar where we interact with these young entrepreneurs. Visit to Casa de la Trova and meet with local musicians and dancer, during an interactive salsa session. Back to Cienfuegos where dinner this evening is at a local private restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4  SANTA CLARA AND CAYO SANTA MARIA

Our first stop is in Santa Clara where we see the Che Guevara Memorial and Mausoleum. We also have interaction with the Kids Choir or a Theater Performance followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Before leaving Santa Clara we visit the School of Art, Dance and Music. We come to our home for the next two nights, the Playa Cayo Santa Maria, a resort located on a grouping of islands which jut into the Atlantic. Dinners, breakfasts and beverage service are included in our stay here. Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5  REMEDIOS AND CAIBARIEN EXCURSIONS

Let’s take a bicycle-taxi tour of Remedios and learn about Parrandas (a festival of competition among neighborhoods featuring floats and brilliant costuming.) We’ll visit the Cathedral here and learn of the many community projects they have for residents of all ages. This afternoon we board an antique sugar cane steam train. En route the train stops at El Curujey Restaurant for a typical farm lunch. Learn how the trains were restored, and visit the Sugar Factory and Museum to understand this important part of Cuba’s history. Arrive in Caibarien with an overview of the city. We see an old printing press that came from the United States and learn of its usage. Meet with local artists to learn of their community Project Por La Costa. Back to our resort lodging. Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6  TRAVEL TO HAVANA

On our way to Havana we visit the farm Fiesta Campesina, where we interact with the farmers and have lunch. There will be artisans from the area there as well. In Havana we visit the Angeles del Futoro community program for kids, where they learn gymnastics and acrobatics. Cuba has an estimated 66,000 cars in operation that are from the 1950s and 1960s, and it seems most of them are on the lightly traveled streets of Cuba’s capital. We check into the Melia Cohiba for three nights. Tonight, we visit the home of a young couple, one of which is an artist, to learn about life in Cuba today. Then, dinner at a local paladar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7  OLD HAVANA

Meet with a local architect for a most enlightening walk through Old Havana. Learn about its restoration works and future plans. There is a visit to Arte Corte Community Project before lunch at a local paladar in the Santo Angel neighborhood. Later we will have a presentation at our hotel by the Cuban Institute of Music, with a chance to interact with the musicians and staff. The evening is free for dinner, and those who wish can attend the Cannon Firing Ceremony at Cabana Castle. Breakfast and lunch

Day 8  HAVANA TOURING AND ANTIQUE CAR RIDE

This morning will be a panoramic tour of Havana with overviews of the city, Plaza de la Revolucion, the Capitol, the Malecon, University of Havana and the Vedado neighborhood. Meet and mingle with the artisans of the San José Craft Market, with time to shop for indigenous arts and crafts. Immerse yourself in Cuban Cinema with interactive discussions. Lunch at a local café before visiting Casa Fuster and the Jaimanitas neighborhood. This evening we will have a fleet of antique cars meet us at our hotel. We have time to inspect the cars, talk shop with their owners, and find out just how they manage to keep their cars running without replacement parts available to them. We then travel in style in these antique cars to our farewell dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9  HAVANA TO MIAMI

We take our short flight back to Miami mid-morning with time to catch connecting flights*. Connecting flights should depart Miami after 3:30pm. Memories of one of the most unique excursions you could ever take will reside with you for years to come. Breakfast

*Subject to flight schedules

Lodging

Day One – Hilton Garden Inn, Miami, FL

Day Two & Three – Hotel La Union, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Days Four & Five – Playa Cayo Santa Maria Villa Clara, Cuba

Day Six through Eight – Melia Cohiba Havana, Cuba

Hotels subject to change

Dates and Rates

Departure Date Per Person Twin Single Room  
May 3, 2015 $4,199 add $799 SOLD OUT
May 10, 2015
SAVE UP TO $300 PER COUPLE
$4,199 add $799 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
May 17, 2015
SAVE UP TO $300 PER COUPLE
$4,199 add $799 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
May 24, 2015 $4,199 add $799 SOLD OUT
October 4, 2015 $4,199 add $799 AVAILABLE
October 11, 2015 $4,199 add $799 AVAILABLE
November 1, 2015 $4,299 add $699 AVAILABLE
January 24, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
February 7, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
February 21, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
March 6, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
March 13, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
April 3, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
April 17, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
May 1, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
May 15, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
October 9, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE
October 23, 2016 $4,399 add $849 AVAILABLE

*Savings valid when booked by June 30, 2015.

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