CUBA ESCAPES

Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Choose your dates for a 5 day escape!*

3 travelers, $2,895 per person
4 - 10 travelers, $2,695 per person

Immerse yourself in Cuba's Caribbean South Coast, Historic Trinidad, French Colonial Cienfuegos, and learn about Cuba's Revolution in Santa Clara
*price will vary with length of stay and time of year

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Although  less visited by tourists, Santa Clara is one of the largest cities of Central Cuba, and the capital of the Province of Villa Clara. During the visit here, we learn about one of the most important moments in the final stages of the Revolution. We will visit the site of where General Batista's train was captured (today a museum), as well as the grandiose Che Guevara Memorial. From here we will head to the Southern Caribbean coast, to Cienfuegos, also known as "the Pearl of the South", where we will visit its stunning plazas, quaint shopping streets with art galleries and beautiful French Colonial architecture. The journey ends in UNESCO heritage marked Trinidad, with its' cobble stone streets, street vendors selling beautiful artifacts and textile , amazing eateries and a bustling music and dance scene better than Havana's!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 | Santa Clara Upon arrival in Santa Clara, you will meet your Cuban guide and drive to your Casa Particular in Santa Clara. After checking in, we will spend the evening at a local paladar featuring traditional Cuban food and music.  Santa Clara Accommodation  (D)

Day 2 | Santa Clara/Cienfuegos Begin your first full day in Cuba by visiting the Che Guevara Memorial and get a city tour by your local guide. Lunch is included at a local paladar. After lunch, we will visit the famous site of the Batista train, and learn about one of the most pivotal points in Cuba's Revolution, before we board our mini-van to travel to our next stop of Cienfuegos. Settle in to your room, and venture out on the town to explore a local eatery on your own, and perhaps followed by an evening salsa dancing at Casa De la Trova. Cienfuegos Accommodation (B/L)

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Day 3 | Cienfuegos/Trinidad  After breakfast, we take a tour of the city center and its plazas, and a visit to the architecturally stunning Terry Theather. Lunch on your own. The afternoon will be free for visit the local art galleries, shopping a strolling along the streets of Cienfuegos, maybe visit the Cienfuegos marina, or a stop at the local Coppelia ice-cream shop. After a day of exploring this charming middle class Cuban town, we will embark our bus again, to travel the 1.5 hours to our next and final stop of Trinidad. Dinner will be prepared for you by your local hosts, and awaiting you upon arrival. Trinidad Accommodation (B/D)

Day 4 | Trinidad After breakfast enjoy a walking tour through Trinidad's historical streets with a local guide and historian, ending at the Museo Romántico. Enjoy lunch near the main plaza on your own. In the afternoon, visit the Casa de Velazquez colonial era house for a guided tour of the oldest intact house in Cuba and the home of the first governor of Cuba in the 1500’s. Here we can envision what life was like at that time. For our farewell dinner we will gather at the popular Paladar Ache, before we experience the best of the nightlife Cuba has to offer! Trinidad Accommodation (B/D)

Day 5 | Trinidad/Santa Clara/Home Following breakfast, we bid Cuba farewell as we transfer back to the airport for our flight home.  (B)

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Havana

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3 travelers, $2,395 per person
4 - 10 travelers, $1,995 per person

Immerse yourself in the classic and contemporary, arts and music of this vibrant capital city.
*price will vary with length of stay and time of year

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Never have a dull moment in Havana! Situated only 90 miles off the shores of the Florida Keys, Havana is one of the most romantic and bustling cities of the Caribbean islands. The Malecón (waterfront) is washed day and night by the Atlantic Ocean's deep blue crushing waves. Next to the crumbling pastel facades, the sidewalks fill with young musicians and artists, and local Cubans on their way to and from work. All over town, you will find amazing small family run restaurants, and despite the country's limited resources, they are able to provide visitors with some of the most exquisite and creative cuisine of the region. Enjoy music and dance at local bars and clubs along the cobblestones streets in Old Town or at the Jazz and Blues clubs in Havana's Vedado district and Miramar neighborhoods. Meet amazing contemporary young painters and sculptors, visit art galleries and museums you will never forget. Don't miss visiting a cigar factory, or trying the local specialties; Mojitos and frozen daiquiris made with the local Havana Club or Santiago rum! Finally, check out a true Havana treasure, only 45 minutes away, the white sand beach of Santa Maria.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 | Havana Upon arrival in Havana, you will meet your Cuban guide and drive to your accommodation in Havana. On the way, your guide will show you the historical memorial to José Martí at Plaza de la Revolución, Revolution Square, and give you a short driving tour to see the general layout of this beautiful city including the Malecón, Havana’s famous waterfront. After checking into your accommodation, walk to dinner and absorb your first impressions of the tropical air, rhythm and color wafting out of the doorways as you pass — laughter and conversation bouncing amongst neighbors, easily meeting local people along the way. Dine this evening at a local paladar featuring traditional Cuban food and music. Havana Accommodation   (D)

Day 2 |  Havana Begin your first full day in Cuba with a walking tour of the history of the city’s fascinating past venturing out into the streets and see the four plaza that make up on to Habana Vieja (Old Havana). Continue the walking tour to visit Ambos Mundos, the former residence  of Ernest Hemingway and La Floridita, where he claimed served some of the best daiquiris in Havana. Enjoy lunch in Old Havana at a local paladar. In the afternoon visit the artisans and musicians that populate Callejón de Hamel. Enjoy a free evening to sample one of the many paladars and restaurants, patron a local café and take part in the various nightlife activities Cuba has to offer. Optional evening performance at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Havana Accommodation (B/L)

Day 3 |  Havana In the morning, head out to walk through the Colon Cemetery. Founded in 1876, it is nearly the 140 acres in size, and is famous for its elaborately sculpted memorials. There are more than 500 distinct mausoleums, chapels, and family vaults. Sample Fidel Castro’s favorite ice cream at the 50’s style institution of Copellia, then visit a Cuban ration store to see how most of Cuba gets their groceries. After lunch at a local paladar, visit Havana’s National Museum of Fine Arts, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, where your guide will share the history of Cuba through its impressive art history. Either take the afternoon for some leisure time for reflecting, exploring, or relaxing or head to the Museo de la Revolución (Museum of the Revolution) housed in what was once the Presidential Palace of all former Cuban presidents from Marion Garcia Menocal to Bulgencio Batista. Dinner on your own. Havana Accommodation (B/L)

Day 4 | Havana. After breakfast, take the local ferry to the island of Regla to visit Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla (Church of Our Lady of Regla) with the Black Madonna, their patron saint. Talk with the Santeria priestesses outside the church, learning about the rich roots of an African tradition very much alive in Cuba. After lunch on your own, we visit Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemingway’s primary residence from 1939 to 1960 for a guided tour and where Hemingway penned much of his classic “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. Later we visit the Almancenes de San Jose where artisans and craftsman gather, selling everything from hand-rolled cigars to beautifully crocheted dressed. Celebrate the evening with a farewell dinner and then an outing to the Fabrica de Arte Cubana or optional visit to La Tropicana or the famous Buena Vista Social Club. Havana Accommodation (B/D)

Day 5 | Havana /  Home Following breakfast, we bid Cuba farewell as we transfer to the airport for our flight to Miami or your home city. (B)

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INCLUDED: US People-to-People license to travel legally to Cuba; in country transportation per itinerary; daily  breakfast at your Casa Particular, l plus 1 lunch and 3 dinners (B/L/D per itinerary); Cuban English speaking local guide; all entrance fees on itinerary; preparation materials; tips for included meals on itinerary; bottled water on the bus.

NOT INCLUDED: International airfare; Cuban visa; departure tax; medical insurance while in Cuba; meals not on itinerary, 2 lunch and 2 dinners (B/L/D per itinerary); alcoholic drinks; excursions not on the itinerary; tips for local guide and driver (optional, yet customary); travel cancellation and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended, info will be sent upon registration).

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change to take advantage of the serendipity of the moment when we are in Cuba... to meet someone special, to engage in an activity that might occur unexpectedly, or to accommodate circumstances beyond our control. Restaurants or hotels may change in similar category.

TRAVEL PROTECTION: Cross Cultural Journeys recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

Contact Cross Cultural Journeys at (800) 353-2276 to learn more about how to help protect you and your trip investment.

Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. If you have questions about coverage available under our plans, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800.228.9792 or email customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N

Choose your dates for a 5 day escape!*

from $3,195 per person with 2 travelers

3 travelers, $2,895 per person
4 - 10 travelers, $2,695 per person

Call us at (800) 353 - 2276 to book 

INCLUDED: US People-to-People license to travel legally to Cuba; in country transportation per itinerary; full breakfast daily plus 2 lunches and 2 dinners (B/L/D per itinerary); Cuban English speaking local guide; all entrance fees on itinerary; preparation materials; tips for included meals on itinerary; bottled water.

NOT INCLUDED: International airfare; Cuban visa; departure tax; medical insurance while in Cuba; meals not on itinerary, 2 lunch and 2 dinners (B/L/D per itinerary); alcoholic drinks; excursions not on the itinerary; tips for local guide and driver (optional, yet customary); travel cancellation and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended, info will be sent upon registration).

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change to take advantage of the serendipity of the moment when we are in Cuba... to meet someone special, to engage in an activity that might occur unexpectedly, or to accommodate circumstances beyond our control. Restaurants or hotels may change in similar category.

TRAVEL PROTECTION: Cross Cultural Journeys recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

Contact Cross Cultural Journeys at (800) 353-2276 to learn more about how to help protect you and your trip investment.

Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. If you have questions about coverage available under our plans, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800.228.9792 or email customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N

Choose your dates for a 5 day escape!*

from $2,795 per person with 2 travelers

3 travelers, $2,395 per person
4 - 10 travelers, $1,995 per person

Call us at (800) 353 - 2276 to book 

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