9 Day Tour from Miami to Miami
From $2,600 | 9 Days
2018 Alluring Cuba Tour Dates
Shrouded in mystery for the last 50 years, you now have the opportunity to visit the captivating country of Cuba. This special people-to-people program allows you to share meaningful interactions with Cubans while enjoying the rich history and culture of this amazing country.
On this Cuba tour, interact with Old Styler car owners, farm workers, local business owners, and community members to learn about life here through captivating educational activities and conversations. Highlights include a visit to a print shop that still employs traditional printing and binding methods; an interactive dance lesson; a ride in an Old Styler car; lunches at organic farms, where you can engage in discussions with the staff and owners about farm–to–table processes and Cuba’s free enterprise system; a visit with local children; a visit to the studio of artist José Fuster, known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean;” and a meeting with young children learning acrobatics and circus skills.
You’ll also enjoy a guided walk in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a guided nature walk in Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve, where you’ll learn about the area’s unique flora and fauna. Hemingway fans will be delighted to visit his beloved home, where he lived in Cuba for 30 years, and to see his fishing boat, El Pilar. You’ll also visit Cuba’s lush tobacco region, where you’ll even have a chance to try rolling your own cigar!
All of this and more await you on this value-minded Cuba tour. You’ll come away with a deep understanding of Cuba and its people on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience!
Services of a professional Cosmos Group Leader and English-speaking Cuban Tour Director
Bacunayagua Bridge, Varadero, Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve, Viñales Valley
The “Cuba Discovery” program requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and participating in a full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.
Due to the special requirements to visit Cuba, participants will be required to complete and sign a travel affidavit/visa application form confirming that they are traveling under a people-to-people license and will participate in a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities. Participants are also required to send a color copy of their passport valid photo page (passports must be valid 6 months from the last date of travel). These items must be sent to Globus within 7 days of making a reservation.
In Cuba, activities that have been scheduled far in advance can sometimes become unavailable for a number of different reasons. The purpose of the trip is to have meaningful interactions with the locals and if the planned people-to-people educational exchange isn’t available, rest assured that another will be substituted that will be just as enriching.
Airport transfer in Miami; touring by private, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.
7 breakfast, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Havana
DAY 1 Arrive in Miami
Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Cosmos Group Leader for a 6 pm welcome meeting. This is a good time to meet your fellow program participants and get last-minute questions answered.
DAY 2 Miami–Havana, Cuba–Varadero
A short flight brings you to Havana, where you’ll meet your Cuban National Tour Director. Travel through Cuba’s countryside, stopping at BACUNAYAGUA BRIDGE, the tallest bridge in Cuba. Enjoy incredible views and time for pictures at this spectacular lookout point. Arrive at your beautiful waterside resort for a 2-night stay.
DAY 3 Varadero. Excursion to Matanzas
This morning, visit Matanzas, known as the “Athens of Cuba” for the many renowned artists and intellectuals it has produced. Visit TRIOLET PHARMACY, which dates back to 1879 and is preserved in its entirety. Then, interact with workers at EDICIONES VIGIA, a print and binding shop, and learn about the traditional craft that is still done by hand. Before returning to your hotel, stop at CASA DUPONT, built in 1926 by American millionaire Irénée du Pont. See the lavish grounds, and admire the detailed architecture of this former mansion, nicknamed “Xanadu” by its owner. Enjoy an interactive DANCE LESSON before dinner tonight.
DAY 4 Varadero–Havana
This morning, travel to Havana, the bustling capital of Cuba and your home for the next two nights. Start your time in Havana with a visit to FINCA VIGIA, Ernest Hemingway’s beloved home. Hemingway lived in Cuba for 30 years and is well respected by the Cuban people. Also see his fishing boat, El Pilar, used to patrol for German U-boats during WWII. Next, visit a local ORGANIC FARM, where you’ll join a discussion with the workers. Enjoy lunch at the farm’s paladar (a special, privately owned restaurant). Over dessert, discuss with the owner and staff their farm-to-table process and the free enterprise system in Cuba. Then, visit a DAYCARE CENTER to interact with the children and the nuns who run the program. The children may even delight you with a song or two. Tonight, enjoy dinner at El Aljibe Restaurant, famous for its open-air ambiance and special slow-roasted chicken.
DAY 5 Havana
Start the day with a panoramic tour around Havana that includes REVOLUTION SQUARE, the University of Havana, the Capitol Building, and Prado. Next, join your Cuban Tour Director for a guided walk in OLD HAVANA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discuss the different types of architecture found throughout the city, the progress of restoration projects, and how they receive their supplies and funding. Afterward, interact with the young members of EN BUSCA DEL SOL (In Search of the Sun), a community project founded by a local artist. We’ll end the day with a stop at the SAN JOSÉ MARKET to meet local artists and see the wares sold at this area market.
DAY 6 Havana–Las Terrazas–Viñales
Today we travel to the western end of the island to the province of Pinar del Río. With some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, you’ll see lush emerald-green tobacco fields and dramatic limestone formations, called mogotes, which are the height of skyscrapers and tower over the Viñales Valley floor. Visit LAS TERRAZAS’ BIOSPHERE RESERVE, where you’ll enjoy a guided NATURE WALK to learn about and discuss some of the unique flora and fauna found in this region of Cuba. Visit a local SCHOOL and interact with the children who call this part of the world home. Upon arrival in Viñales, your Tour Director will take you on a walk through the handsome square and along the wide main street lined with turn-of-the-century cottages with red-tiled roofs. Spend the next two nights at a Casa Particular (a privately owned bed & breakfast). Here is a unique opportunity to interact with a local family and immerse yourself in the Cuban culture.
DAY 7 Viñales. Excursion to Pinar Del Río
This morning, we travel to Pinar del Río and visit a local COMMUNITY ART PROJECT to discuss their program that helps children with Down syndrome. Return to Viñales and meet a local farmer and his family at a TOBACCO FARM. Learn about the process of growing, drying, and rolling tobacco. You can even try rolling a cigar yourself! Take some time to get acquainted with the owner and his family over coffee. Lunch will be served at a local ORGANIC FARM, where you will have the opportunity to chat with the staff and owners. Afterward, visit a TOBACCO-STRIPPING HOUSE to learn more about the importance of tobacco, both culturally and commercially for Cuba.
DAY 8 Viñales–Havana
Return to bustling Havana and visit artist JOSÉ FUSTER’S STUDIO, cleverly nicknamed the “Picasso of the Caribbean.” Here, you’ll discover a surreal world—like nothing you have seen before. Interact with members of the neighborhood to discuss the project’s impact on the surrounding area. This afternoon’s highlight includes a workshop at the ANGELES DEL FUTURO Community Project, where you’ll meet young children learning acrobatics and circus skills. You’ll be amazed at their talents and impressed with the skills they have mastered at such a young age—definitely a trip highlight! Before dinner this evening, meet members of the local Old Styler Car Club. Hear why Havana’s streets are filled with vintage American automobiles, and converse about how these cars are obtained and what it takes to keep them running. Ride in an OLD STYLER CAR to your farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your time in Cuba.
DAY 9 Havana–Miami, USA
After breakfast, depart for the airport and your return flight to Miami. Please schedule connecting flights after 6 pm.
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MIAMI Courtyard Miami Airport (F)
VARADERO Memories Varadero Beach Resort (MF)
HAVANA Memories Miramar Havana Hotel (MF)
VIÑALES Casa Particular (BA)