Tour introduction and overview of activities

6 days and 5 nights of an amazing ‘People to People’ experience in Cuba organized by Global Relations Travel Club (GRTC), in partnership with The Golf Firm, adhering to all U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control Rules & Regulations.

Cuba’s big! Its land mass is 42,426 square miles – about 80 percent the size of Alabama. Cuba is nearly as large as Louisiana, and larger than Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio or Indiana. Altogether it’s bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined.

Day 1 – Monday :: Arrival U.S. departure city to go to Cuba

  • Individual arrival U.S. departure city, accommodations arranged and included

Day 2 – Tuesday :: Arrival Cuba and Hello pearl of the antilles

  • Depart to Havana
  • Arrival at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. Collect your bags and go through customs. You will be welcomed at the airport lobby by your Cuba Education Tours guide and your professional coach chauffeur, included
  • Private transfer to Hotel Los Frailes, located in heart of Havana’s Old City, the 1793 former residence of the fourth Marquis of France and Captain of the French Navy, included
  • In route from airport stop by Plaza de la Revolucion, included, visited by President Obama, two Popes and multiple Fidel gatherings
  • Private check-in with assistance from your guide and welcome cocktail at the Hotel
  • Free time to settle in and get oriented to your historic lodging, just a few yards from the energetic Plaza Vieja
  • This evening you will enjoy dinner at the popular private restaurant, Los Mercaderes in Old Havana, included
  • After dinner, your guide will keep you posted on local entertainment options

Day 3 – Wednesday :: Exploring Old Havana, cigar making in Cuba, history of rum and Hemingway

  • Breakfast, included
  • Morning walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit the historic plazas that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere. It contains the largest collection of remaining colonial-era architecture. This is a private tour led by your Cuba Education Tours guide, included
  • Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza on the island. Named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana built by the Jesuit order
  • Square of Arms, an ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers, surrounded by impressive buildings such as:
  • Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, former seat of colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City
  • Palacio del Segundo Cabo [Palace of the Second Lieutenant] dates from 1770. Today it houses the Instituto Cubano del Libro [Cuban Book Institute] and the Galería Raúl Martínez (famed poster artist)
  • You will continue on to San Francisco Square, one of the oldest plazas in the historical quarter. The square is named after magnificent Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco de Asís dating from the 16th century. The basilica is a striking example of Cuba baroque architecture
  • Then on to Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times. Absent are churches and government buildings, and is in contrast surrounded by opulent aristocratic 17th century residences
  • Visit La Casa del Habano, Hotel Conde de Villanueva. If you’ve never seen a peacock outside a cigar store, you’ve never been to the Casa del Habano at the Hotel Conde de Villanueva. This small and soulful cigar store is up a narrow flight of stairs off the courtyard of the boutique hotel. You will meet with the cigar roller of the house and have a Habano tasting, included
  • Lunch at harbor side El Templete Restaurant, overlooking the Bay of Havana, included
  • Visit Museum of Rum, included. Learn the history of Rum and slave trade on the island along with a rum sample at the end
  • Visit Finca La Vigía, home and farm of Ernest Hemingway. This unique National Museum also includes his boat Pilar (in part made famous from his book Old Man and the Sea), the graves of some of his dogs and the fully furnished home which you will be able to see inside, included
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner not included. With all the great food you have heard about in Cuba, this is your chance to check out a paladar on your own. Your Cuban Guide and GRTC Team will be glad to help
  • Late evening options Tropicana, Jazz Clubs, Buena Vista Social Club and others, but plan ahead

Day 4 – Thursday :: Varadero

  • Breakfast, included
  • Travel to Varadero and enjoy some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches
  • In route you will stop for a brief city tour in the city of Matanzas and lunch at Amelia del Mar, a small private paladar, included
  • Check into Melia Las Antillas, your beach front all-inclusive Resort
  • Time to relax and get oriented to your resort
  • Dinner at resort, included

Day 5 – Friday :: Varadero activies and last night in Cuba

  • Breakfast at Resort, included
  • Golf at Varadero Golf Club, the only 18 hole course on the island. The Xanadú Mansion Golf Course Club House, located on the San Bernardino crags, was designed in 1927. The property was owned and developed by the DuPont family, founded by French American millionaire Irenee Dupont de Nemours in 1876
  • Included is a round of golf, an electric cart for two and clubs
  • Lunch at Resort, included
  • Afternoon activities TBD
  • Dinner at Resort, included

Day 6 – Saturday :: Varadero and Home

  • Breakfast at Resort, included
  • Check-out
  • Transfer to Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport in Varadero for flight home, transfer included.
  • Memories of a wonderful visit to the Pearl of the Antilles: Cuba, included!
Cuba travel is a challenge. Our staff and Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly despite Third World conditions on the island. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers understand this is part of their Cuban adventure.
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  • Teleconference with the tour group and Global Relations Travel Club (GRTC) leadership to go through the itinerary, answer questions and offer suggestions on opportunities not on the schedule
  • A series of briefing e mails, starting weeks before departure, to assist you in preparing for the trip
  • All taxes, amounts are quoted in US dollars
  • Hotel in the U.S. the night before your Cuban departure
  • Airport transfers in Cuba: You will be met at the airport in Cuba on your arrival and taken to your hotel. You will be taken from your hotel to your Cuban airport for departure
  • Hotels in Cuba as listed in tour itinerary, or similar
  • Welcome cocktail upon arrival
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary
  • All activities, services, and meals as described in tour itinerary except those noted as “optional” or “not included”
  • A round of 18 holes of golf, an electric cart for two and clubs are included
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach transportation and a full-time professional driver, dedicated to your group. Cold bottled water on board
  • An expert Cuban English-speaking guide whose background matches tour content, along with GRTC and The Golf Firm Team members, from the U.S., escorting the tour
  • Ongoing support from your Cuban Tour staff and the GRTC Team before, during and after your stay
  • Emergency collect call access to North America while in Cuba
  • Emergency cash advance for tour participants who face complications accessing funds, from abroad, while in Cuba
  • Global Relations Travel Club (GRTC) membership: $29 http://www.globalrelations.us/membership.html Membership is a requirement, by Rule, to participate in GRTC tours.
  • Airfare is not included
  • Fly into your U.S. departure city Monday, August 7, the first night of your Tour and your lodging is included. Fly into Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, August 8, and your transfer at the Cuban airport is included. On your last day of the Tour, Saturday, August 12, you fly out of Varadaro, Cuba, back to the U.S. Your transfer to the airport is included. Flight reservations are the responsibility of the participant. GRTC Team will be of assistance
  • Cuban Visa and departure tax from Cuba will be arranged by your airline, along with mandatory Cuban medical insurance coverage during your island stay. GRTC Team will be of assistance
  • Gratuities for Cuban tour guide, coach/van driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters, etc. for group activates
  • Optional travel interruption and cancellation insurance. See http://globalrelations.ourcuba.com/insurance/