Introduction
Until the middle of the 20th century, ordinary Americans puddle-jumped to Cuba for quick getaways. The door is now ajar again. But this time it opens to deeper, longer, more thoughtful interactions with the people of Cuba on the Educational Exchange Program that Classic Journeys has been licensed to offer. In the company of expert local guides, you’ll meet a remarkable cross-section of the society: school students and cigar-makers, naturalists and artists, farmers, historians and more. On the streets of Havana, in a mountainous eco-village, at the home of Ernest Hemingway or in the fields of a peasant farm, every moment is a revelation – and a meaningful opportunity to absorb the island’s rich culture. To broaden your perspective, accommodations range from highly regarded Havana landmarks to a beautifully situated hotel overlooking the Valle de Viñales. This is sure to be one of the most enriching travel experiences you’ll ever have. 
Picture yourself...
  • Meeting and talking to the Cuban people
  • Walking in tobacco fields and seeing cigar rollers at work
  • Chatting with vintage car restorers in their workshop
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - URBAN LIFE IN HAVANA
Our introduction to this vibrant city includes a visit to La Muraleando where we meet the visionary artists who founded the project that has filled the streets with murals and art installations… a guided walk in beautiful Old Havana… and visit a working cigar factory. You’ll shop the local markets on a typical Cuban’s budget for food. We’ll retrace Hemingway’s footsteps as we visit small bars he favored, hear the local music, and sip an authentic Cuba libre.

DAYS 3-4 - THE AGRARIAN WORLD OF VALLE DE VIÑALES
Beyond the city, we visit Las Terrazas, a sustainable community in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve where we learn about reforestation and the unique program to encourage small-scale private enterprise. From our hotel with impressive views of the valley, we visit a local school for a fascinating back-and-forth conversation with students and teachers. To experience the scenic Cuban countryside, we’ll take rural walks that offer chances to talk with peasant farmers and learn about cigar making, and have lunch at an organic farm where they views are amazing.

DAYS 5-6 - THE CULTURE OF HAVANA
On our return to Havana, we’ll stop in at the workshop where Cuba’s famous car lovers refurbish and maintain their tail-finned treasures. Then, we’ll hop in for a ride to Revolution Square and other points of interest. We’ll get a cooking instruction at a typical restaurant and visit Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home where he wrote some of his greatest work.

DAYS 7 - FAREWELL
Before parting ways at the airport, we'll visit the Hotel Nacional, go down into tunnel shelters built during the Missile Crisis, and see the recently reopened U.S. Embassy.

 
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Starting Point: Havana, Cuba - 10:00am - Melia Cohiba Main Lobby

Ending Point: Havana, Cuba - 3:00pm - José Martí Airport

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Is it legal to go to Cuba with 
Classic Journeys?
Yes! See why...and get answers to your other questions about taking one of our people-to-people Cuba vacations.
Who are Classic Journeys' guides in Cuba?
All of our guides are proud natives of Cuba, dedicated to making sure you gain a personal, multi-faceted understanding of the country they call home.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
June 24-30, 2017$4995.00$2095.00
September 9-15, 2017$4995.00$2095.00
October 22-28, 2017$5295.00$2095.00
November 19-25, 2017$5295.00$2095.00
December 17-23, 2017$5295.00$2095.00
December 23-29, 2017$6495.00$2095.00
January 14-20, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
February 11-17, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
March 11-17, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
March 18-24, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
March 25-31, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
April 15-21, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
June 23-29, 2018$4995.00$2095.00
September 8-14, 2018$4995.00$2095.00
October 21-27, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
November 18-24, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
December 16-22, 2018$5295.00$2095.00
Dec 29, 2018-Jan 4, 2019$6495.00$2095.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All meals, except dinner on your own on day 5
Visas can be purchased at the ticket counter of whichever airport your Havana-bound flight departs from. They are usually around $100 depending on which airline you book.
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Cuba’s climate is “semi-subtropical”, which means it is warm all year with relatively small seasonal variations. To take advantage of that fact—and to offer you the most flexibility to participate in our program—Classic Journeys schedules departures in many months of the year. From November to April, which is the dry season, daytime temperatures average 78-85 degrees. The rainy season extends from May through October. At the peak of summer in August, temperatures climb into the 90s. The official hurricane season runs from June through early November, though hurricanes are more likely to occur from August through early October.

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Hotels
Melia Cohiba

The Melia Cohiba soars into the sky near the Malecon, Havana’s waterside promenade. All rooms have been recently renovated, and most have ocean views. Facilities include an outdoor pool, as well as an array of dining options within the property.

Los Jazmines Hotel

One of Cuba's best-known country hotels, Los Jazmines offers spectacular views from its hillside in the Valle de Viñales. The simply decorated rooms feature French doors that open on to a balcony. The outdoor pool is a prime spot for taking in the vista.

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Who are Classic Journeys&#39; guides in Cuba?
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