5 Day Havana, Face to Face with Miami

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Sep 11  (Sold Out) $2149 $2379*
Sep 18  (Sold Out) $2149 $2379*
Oct 30  (Sold Out) $2249 $2479*

*Not Included:
Prices do not include gratuities for guides/tour managers.


Additional Information:
Land only price does include flights Miami-Havana & Havana-Miami, as well as the arrival transfer.

It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive in Miami no later than 5 pm on Day 1.

It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart Miami no earlier than 4 pm on Day 5.

Triple rooms are not available for this package.


Any passengers born in Cuba, regardless of current citizenship, must notify Gate 1 at the time of booking as additional entry restrictions or fees may apply.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There are early morning wake-ups on this program. Not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. There will be little or no free time during your time in Cuba as all meals and sightseeing are included to be consistent with OFAC General License. A pre-night in Miami is required to ensure passengers are prepared for their flight and arrival to Cuba.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Miami, Miami-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Miami-Havana & Havana-Miami
  • 4 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Miami
    • 3 nights Havana
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in air conditioned motorcoach
  • Services of a Cuban English-speaking Guide and a USA tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided activities & cultural exchanges including entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Visa to Cuba (for US Citizens)
 

Tour Highlights

  • Walking tour of La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Finca Vigia, home of novelist Ernest Hemingway who left behind an enduring legacy
  • Meet members of the Old Styler Car Club and ride together in a vintage "Old Styler" car
  • Listen to the thunderous "Canonazo Ceremony" held every evening since the 17th century!
  • Visit Casa Fuster, known as ”Fusterlandia,” the bizarre studio of artist José Rodriguez Fuster
  • Conversation with a Havana resident about life in Cuba today and perspectives on the future
  • Tour an urban farm and hear about their goals of providing organic products to the community
  • Attend a performance of the Buena Vista Social Club

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There are early morning wake-ups on this program. Not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. There will be little or no free time during your time in Cuba as all meals and sightseeing are included to be consistent with OFAC General License. A pre-night in Miami is required to ensure passengers are prepared for their flight and arrival to Cuba.


This 5 day "on-the-go" program features the highlights of Cuba in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days. Itinerary is subject to change. If any activities do change, they will be replaced by other people-to-people activities.

DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in Miami
Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers followed by a briefing by the Tour Manager about the exciting program that awaits you in Cuba
Overnight:
Miami

DAY 2, Tuesday - Havana
Bienvenidos! Your Cuba experience begins with an early morning flight (subject to change) to Havana, Cuba's magical capital. Upon arrival, a panoramic tour takes you past the busy Vedado area to the iconic Plaza de la Revolución with its towering José Martí Memorial. Visit the Museum of the Revolution, housed in an ornate former neoclassical building that once served as the Presidential Palace. Continue on a walking tour that reveals beautiful La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), the historic heart of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll the charming cobblestone lanes and admire the 16th century buildings being lovingly restored and transformed. Lunch at a restaurant on the seaside Malecon promenade introduces you to Cuba's savory cuisine. Then, on to Finca Vigia, home of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway who lived in Cuba for over 30 years and left behind an enduring legacy. At the nearby tiny fishing village of Cojimar, view Hemingway's boat and the monument built to honor him. Tonight, a fun-filled evening! Meet members of the Old Styler Car Club and then ride together in a colorful vintage "Old Styler" car to a local restaurant for a Welcome Dinner. Listen to the thunderous cannon blasts coming from the fortifications across the bay; the traditional "Canonazo Ceremony" has been held every evening since the 17th century!
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Havana
On the visit to the bustling San Jose Craft Market this morning, opportunity to view diverse expressions of Cuban art as you interact with some of the resident artists housed in this renovated warehouse built in the 1880s. Then, on to the Santo Angel neighborhood where you'll meet members of the community and learn how the project was founded to better the neighborhood by offering services such as a beauty school, community cafeteria for the elderly, art galleries to enrich the neighborhood and more. After lunch at a popular restaurant, be prepared for outrageous sights as you arrive at Casa Fuster, also known as "Fusterlandia," the bizarre studio of artist José Rodriguez Fuster. Most famous for bringing the amazing designs of Gaudi and Brancusi to Cuba, he has adorned the surroundings of his studio enclave with brightly colored sculptures and mosaics. Truly a sight to see! Later, meet a young Havana resident for an informative conversation about life in Cuba today and perspectives on Cuba's past, present, and future. A dynamic evening begins with dinner accented by panoramic views of Havana
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Havana
Today begins with a visit to a community Day Care Center operated by the Catholic Nuns in the Parraga suburb of Havana. The discussion is focused on the needs of day care for single mothers and the impact of suitable programs for the children. Then, on to the organic urban farm of Divino, to hear about their involvement with the community, including an elderly center they run onsite and their goals of providing fresh products to the community. Savor some of Cuba's latest cuisine at a nearby highly praised restaurant using fresh products from the farm. Conclude the day at a studio for local and international artists featuring murals and sculptures celebrating Cuban life. Tonight, a festive Farewell Dinner at one of the unique family-owned restaurants in Havana offering wonderfully prepared food along with a traditional setting. The evening concludes at a performance of the renowned Buena Vista Social Club, well known for their traditional Cuban music. On your last night in Cuba, bid a fond farewell to your Cuban guide, fellow travelers and an enlightening journey in Cuba
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Depart for Miami
Morning flight back to Miami. Connect to your departure flight upon arrival to Miami International Airport
Meals: Breakfast

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Pamela O. Grass Valley, CA
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This was one of the BEST trips we have ever been on. Bill (tour guide) was professional, funny, personable and delightful to be with. We would love to be on another tour with Bill as our guide. Vic was excellent as our coach driver. His experience as a driver was second to none. We felt safe and secure with Vic driving. The tour was so beautiful with all the wonderful stops we made...we had no idea that there was so much to see and do in the area travelled. It has left us with the desire to return again and see more of what our country has to offer. We have been raving about this trip to our family and friends. The accommodations were great....even though the stay inside Yellowstone Park was a bit more "rustic" then what we were used to. It added to the ambiance. Our group was wonderful...we truly became "family" as our tour progressed. There were lots of laughs and camaraderie with our traveling companions. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Gate 1 did a fantastic job all around. Thanks for a memorable trip. We look forward to many more happy travels....

Cheryl M. Ocala, FL
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Gate 1 rocks! You guys blew me away this trip. I’ve taken two other trips with your company, which I also enjoyed. But this one was the best for a number of reasons. Most impressive was the fact that you fed us for all three meals, every day that we were in country. These weren’t average meals either. Every one was a feast that could be categorized as “gourmet” at times. Lobster! Swordfish! Red snapper. Amazingly great fare served at top-tier restaurants; and not just by Cuban standards. Every lunch and dinner included dessert, too. Not only that, but you ensured that we travelers had our whistle more than whetted. Imagine, a mojito (sometimes 2 or 3), AND a beer, every meal! How could we not have a swinging time? You folks did not skimp. I can’t tell you how much it relieves us travelers when we don’t have to go through the stress of finding a good restaurant in a strange country. One that has great food, and one that won’t make us sick. You have no idea how much stress you relieved by providing this service. The other thing that I enjoyed was how action-packed each day was. You took us to all the places I personally wanted to see in Havana. Visiting Heminway’s home was tops on the list of “must dos.” So was the ride in the 50’s era American cars. Here was another place where you didn’t cut corners. We got to ride in convertibles! So cool. The night at the Havana Club was also a highlight I will never forget. Again, you folks exceeded our expectations by paying for a number of mojitos, and even tapas on top of that. We had a blast. The show was terrific and so was the dancing that we got to do. Which reminds me, thanks for the Salsa lesson. Best of all, none of these “excursions” were extra! What a refreshing change from other tours I have been on. You guys rolled everything into one single price; which I might add was very reasonable. When it comes to value for your money, Gate 1 cannot be beat. Of course, we loved our guides. Sergio and Romero knew their stuff, and we felt very confident that they could take care of us throughout the trip. You sure know how to pick your guides. And yes, Juanito, the bus driver, was also more than helpful and patient. Did I say that Gate 1 rocks? I mean it. I can hardly wait to sign up for another trip with your company.

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Jennifer F. Statham, GA
5 Day Havana, Face to Face with Miami, August 2016
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I enjoyed my Gate 1 escorted trip to Cuba very much. I took the People to People tour on August 22, 2016. It was everything the brochure advertised. I was very pleased with every aspect of the itinerary. It gave the comprehensive look of Havana I wanted and expected. I was very pleased with the accommodations at Memories Hotel. It was lovely and the staff there was very pleasant. All of the dining establishments we were brought to exceeded my expectations. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The sightseeing destinations were all interesting. The air conditioned bus was outstanding. It was always clean and cool!!! It made it a pleasure to be driven around Havana. The local tour guide as well as the Gate 1 guide (Sergio) were very informative, organized, and were fabulous at their jobs. I would highly recommend this tour to others. Despite the fact that it was only 3 days, I felt I saw so much. I got a real peek into the life of the people of Havana.

Valerie P. Oakland Gdns, NY
14 Day Ultimate National Parks, August 2016
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Our trip was fantastic! The scenery was gorgeous, a fulfillment of my dream to see some of the West and Rocky Mountain National Parks. The accommodations and food were good. Our tour guide, Timothy, and bus driver, Bob were the best. Timothy was very knowledgeable about the parks, shared the information in an interesting way..even with music and videos and treated us to a few goodies. He was always cordial and friendly to all and smoothed over any ruffles with humor. He was a wonderful tour guide...keep him. I would go on another trip with him. The trip was well run and efficient but allowed the group members some individual time.

Carol G. Needham, MA
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton , August 2016
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Fantastic. We lucked out with weather, but as I told Jay, our tour guide, we have a habit of bringing good weather to tours. This was true of our May Scotland-Ireland Gate 1 tour and also Alaska, China and Australia-New Zealand trips with other companies. Speaking of the tour guide, he was terrific - so knowledgeable, so willing to respond to your every concern, and so entertaining. This was our first guided American tour as we normally plan and execute these ourselves, as opposed to foreign sojourns. In this case, we were very happy that we paid for the guided tour as it eliminated all the planning and uncertainty of a self-guided tour and was a good value to boot. I honestly don't think I could have done this on my own cheaper at the same quality level. The hotels in Rapid City and Salt Lake City were outstanding, especially the Salt Lake City. We are so happy with our decision to extend our journey by one day at either end of the guided tour.

Robert G. Leland, NC
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, August 2016
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The trip was wonderful and we enjoyed ourselves very much. The sights and history of the old West were well worth seeing along with the Crazy Horse monument, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone Park and the Grand Tetons. Our tour guide Rick and bus driver Ken were very good and treated us well. We thought the trip was well organized and run by your company. We will definitely keep Gate 1 in our future planning for additional trips.

George M. Surfside Bch, SC
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, August 2016
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My trip was outstanding. I loved all the locations we visited. I left Yellowstone with the feeling that I saw everything in Yellowstone that was important for me to see. Our tour guide was wonderful, our bus drivers were great, I couldn't ask for anything more.

Rodger W. Narrows, VA

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