6 Days - Tour Dates: September 20 - 25, 2021
Day 1 - Monday, 9/20/2021 - Fly to Havana, Cuba
Upon arrival in Havana and clearing customs, meet your local English speaking Cuban Guide outside the baggage terminal. Board your coach, and make a photo stop at the Plaza de la Revolucion, the center of Cuban political life where millions of Cubans listened to the speeches of Fidel Castro. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of the Colon Cemetery founded in 1876, noted for its elaborate sculpted memorials and the final resting place for famous Cubans including artists, writers, musicians, and ballplayers. Check into your hotel and enjoy and included dinner in Havana tonight. - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday, 9/21/2021 - Old Havana / Artist Visit
This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of pedestrian only Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See beautiful, baroque Cathedral de la Havana, built in 1748. Next, a fascinating tour of the Havana Club Rum Museum with a local rum expert to learn about Cuban Rum and an opportunity to sample the differences. Following lunch, visit the famous Museum of the Revolution. See documents and artifacts, weapons and planes from the revolution. Head to the charming fishing village of Jaimanitas to visit the incredible Home and Workshop of world famous artist Jose Fuster, often called the “Picasso of Cuba”. Dinner is on your own this evening. Explore the fine restaurants and jazz clubs of Havana. Perhaps even take in a show at the world famous Tropicana Club. - Breakfast - Lunch
Day 3 - Wednesday, 9/22/2021 - Cigar Factory / Performance
Begin the day with a fascinating visit and tour with a local cigar expert to the La Corona Cigar Factory. The factory rolls such brands as Hoya de Monterrey and Cuaba & Punch. Next enjoy a performance by the amazing Habana Compas Dance Group. Interact with the students and teachers to learn more about the Cuban dance culture. Next, tour the famous Nacional Hotel, once Havana’s flagship hotel that hosted celebrities and world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra. Free time to explore or even sip a Mojito on the patio. Meet a former famous professional Cuban baseball player and join in a discussion regarding the history and love of this game in Cuba. Dinner is included at a local Paladar. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday, 9/23/2021 - Vinales Valley
Travel into the scenic rural Cuban countryside to the Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This region is known for its prehistoric looking flat-top mountains or “mogotes”, tobacco plantations, caves and rivers. Visit a traditional Tobacco Farm and Farmhouse for a tour and experience a cigar rolling demonstration. Also meet with his family while enjoying some Cuban coffee. Next enjoy lunch at the beautiful Finca Paraiso Paladar offering incredible panoramic views of the Vinales Valley and an opportunity to meet the Cuban family that owns this organic farm. Stop at the Los Jasmines viewpoint for more incredible views of the Vinales Valley. Return to Havana with the evening on your own to explore or simply relax. - Breakfast - Lunch
Day 5 - Friday, 9/24/2021 - Hemingway's Farm / Car Club
Enter the world of Ernest Hemingway with a visit to Hemingway’s Farm, Finca La Vigia (meaning ‘lookout house’). View the perfectly preserved home and his famous boat on display. Make a photo stop at Morro Castle, built in 1589, to protect the mouth of the Havana Harbor. Next visit the San Jose Craft Market and Art Center to meet and interact with the local artists. Before dinner, meet the local Old Style Car Club owners. Enjoy a drive through the streets of Havana in a vintage car to your farewell dinner at a one of Havana’s top local Paladars. After dinner discuss with the owners how this private Paladar enterprise works in Cuba. - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Saturday, 9/25/2021 - Fly Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flights home. - Breakfast
CUBA TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
On June 4, 2019, the Department of Treasury Announced changes that impact people to people travel to Cuba under a “People to People” license defined under 31 CFR § 515.565(b) of the regulations. Below is a copy of the actual language as well as our interpretation of the changes.
The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending § 515.565 to remove the authorization for group people-to-people educational travel in § 515.565. OFAC has added a “grandfathering” provision in § 515.565 to authorize certain group people-to-people educational travel that previously was authorized where the traveler has already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to June 5, 2019. Premier World Discovery confirmed reservations for the group of travelers prior to June 5, 2019 and it’s our understanding that their group travel qualifies as being “grandfathered” under § 515.565.
Important Note: Many of the activities included in your itinerary may also qualify under 31 CFR § 515.574, Support of the Cuban People, which has not changed. Furthermore, scheduled airline service (American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, Southwest or United Airlines) to Cuba has not changed nor was it impacted by the new regulations.