Friday, Dec. 16th:
4:50pm-8:01pm Austin to Atlanta via Delta 2471
(Confirmation # GK9KU2 & GLKFWD ~ Seats: 43F & 42F)
10:25pm-12:23am Atlanta to Miami via Delta 886
(Seats: 43F & 42F)
Once you have gathered your luggage, proceed to the exit and take a taxi or an Uber to your hotel. (Your hotel provides a shuttle however service ends at midnight.)
Traveling by car from the Miami International Airport- the closest motorway junction is SR 948 of SR 826. It takes less than 5 minutes by car.
Quality Inn Miami Airport
3959 Northwest 79th Avenue, Doral, Miami (Florida), FL 33166
Friday, Dec. 16th- Saturday, Dec. 17th ~1 night
Booking #: 1584009805
3 Double Rooms with Two Double Beds
Check in: 3:00pm ~ Check out: 12:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 17th:
3:00-3:15am- Check out of your hotel, and take a taxi or an Uber to the airport. (Your hotel provides a shuttle however service doesn’t begin until 6:00am) Please arrive at the airport two and a half hours prior to your flight departure (3:30am).
6:00am-7:00am Miami to Havana via Havana Air Flight # EA3139 (see included air tickets)
Arrive in Havana
Once you arrive in Havana, clear immigrations/customs and exit the airport. Our airport representative will meet you outside. They will have a sign with your names and will assist with your luggage in preparation for your private transfer.
To maximize your time in Cuba, you will have in route stops along the way to your hotel.
Havana Libre Hotel
Calle M, La Habana, Cuba
Phone: +53 7 8346100
Saturday, Dec. 17th- Monday, Dec. 19th ~2 nights
1 Double Room and 3 Triple Rooms
The Hotel Habana Libre is one of the biggest hotels in Cuba and one of the more emblematic of Havana City; it’s located in 23 and L streets, Vedado, a few meters from the Malecón. This 4 star hotel is a jewel of the urban design and boasts the best view in Havana City. The Habana Libre Hotel, rise majestically in the nerve center of La Rampa, one of the most famous corners in the center of the Cuban capital some few steps of popular Coppelia (Ice cream Cathedral).
All rooms include amenities case, telephone in the bathroom, hanger in the bathroom, plug for electric razor in the bathroom, hair dryer, 110 volt, control of temperature, mini bar, satellite television, table and seats for breakfast, musical thread, radio alarm, safe deposit box, telephone, air conditioning.
In route to your hotel see suburban Havana with stops at:
The Hotel Nacional de Cuba is considered a symbol of history, culture and Cuban identity. The guns that made up the old Santa Clara Battery are on exhibition at the garden, they were declared part of the World Heritage Site. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba was declared a National Monument and it was inscribed in the World Memory Register. With its privileged location in the middle of Vedado, it stands on a hill just a few meters from the sea, and offers a great view of the Havana Harbor; the seawall and the city.
The Hotel stands out due to its refined elegance and its ancient splendor, which since 1930 has attracted a large number of personalities from the arts, science and politics, such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, artists Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Johnny Weismuller, Maria Félix.
7:00pm- Dinner Reservations at La Moraleja. Please take the 10 minute walk from your hotel to this lovely 4.5 star restaurant. The cost of dinner is included and you will have three entree options.
La Moraleja means “the point of the story” or “the moral of a kid’s fable”. The philosophy of this paladar located in the ample backyard of a Vedado mansion is “Dreaming is free, so dream on, you’re at La Moraleja, a dream come true.” The backyard is spacious and encompasses an indoor air-conditioned part split from the main garden by a long glass wall, and several tables outside underneath a huge mango tree around which the terrace has been constructed. This is a comfortable and discreet outdoor location in a solidly middle-class neighbourhood. The atmosphere is traditional with old 50’s music (Benny Moré, Buena Vista Social Club and jazz), being the preferred fare when a live jazz band is not on tap.
9:15pm- After dinner you will be transferred to the Tropicana Show. Admission Tickets are included.
1:30-2:00am- At the end of the show you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Sunday, Dec. 18th:
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and be ready for your morning transfer.
9:00am- While traveling to Cuba on the “People to People” program, your guide will share with you the Quisicuba Socio-Cultural Project and Museum. The mission of Quisicuaba is to impact the lives of both individuals and families living in the targeted community. While being very specific to state that the organization is non-profit, Quisicuaba is upfront about the fact that it is highly attuned to its community’s spiritual needs, in addition to its cultural and materials needs. This will be an educational and entertaining experience for everyone.
Next you will be taken on a private guided tour of Havana Vieja “Old Havana” founded in 1519. Your english speaking guide will explain the history and culture of Cuba as you stroll along the narrow streets. Included you will see:
Lunch will be at La Imprenta, a 4 star restaurant in the heart of Old Havana. The cost of lunch is included and you will have three entree options.
La Imprenta “The Printing Press” is a beautiful place restored on top of the ruins of what used to be La Habanera printing house back in the 19th century. This is a place of homage to Gutenberg’s printing. This is where real quality restoration has been combined with thoughtful design as to what works well for a restaurant. There is a mix of wooden tables and seats recreated with letters and numbers, additional furniture inspired by desks or with symbolic references to printing type cases and even a courtyard, to which visitors can access through a wooden footbridge. La Imprenta often features high up on TripAdvisor’s restaurant list.
After lunch you will visit the local Artisan Market and then return to your hotel. After the market, an optional drop off at Callejon de Hamel will be offered. If you choose to stop, you may take a taxi back to your hotel.
7:00pm- Dinner Reservations at the Paladar Litoral. The cost of dinner is included and you will have three entree options.
The 4.5 star El Litoral opened its doors after extensive renovations in January 2014 in a renovated mansion almost next door to the US interest section. The ceilings are high but this is a modern finish with tasteful and elegant furniture. The menu is extensive with a range of tapas and it’s known for the best-stocked cold cuts and salad bar in Havana.
10:00pm- After dinner you will be transferred to the Casa de la Musica. The cover charge and one drink is included. The Miramar House of Music has been a mainstay for the very best salsa bands for many years now. It is an absolute must if you have any interest in salsa. It is housed in a beautiful old Havana mansion and offers a great atmosphere. Be warned also that it gets smoky inside.
1:00am- The bus will transfer those of you who want to return back to the hotel. For anyone that wants to stay longer, there are taxis in the area and the cost should be around 7-9 cucs.
Monday, Dec. 19th:
Please be ready for your transfer to Havana Marti International Airport (Terminal 2). You will be notified of your transfer time by your guide.
When leaving Cuba you are allowed $800 in total Cuban purchases per person, of which 100 cigars and 2 liters of liquor along with other merchandise is part of the allowance.
1:30pm-2:30pm Havana to Miami via Havana Air Flight # EA3144 (see included air tickets)
5:50pm-7:46pm Miami to Houston via United Airlines #UA1105
(Confirmation # BDYZBF ~ Seats: 37B & 37F)
9:35pm-10:33pm Houston to Austin via United Airlines #UA1234
(Seats: 38B & 32E)
Included in your Cuba program:
Tips for drivers and guides, hotel incidentals, miscellaneous purchases, additional meals and beverages not included in the program.