​Ursula Hosting, 2019

La habana - Trinidad - VAradero

January 23 - February 4

Good day, 

I would like to present to you a high-level program for your 12 day trip based on the input you have provided.  If you choose to travel with, I will continue to add details and finalize the itinerary until it is 100% complete.  

 

All these are recommendations and options. You decide what the final program will look like.  Again, thank you for the opportunity to present to you what traveling with Ursula Hosting could be like. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

SUMMARY

In summary, our package includes: 

 

  • 6 night accommodation in Havana

  • 2 night accommodation in Trinidad

  • 4 night accommodation in Varadero in an all-inclusive resort.

  • ???? activities in Havana

  • ??? activities in Trinidad

  • Airport pick up and drop off

  • Private transportation to Trinidad from Havana

  • Private transportation to Varadero from Trinidad

  • Private transportation to Havana International Airport from Varadero

  • Breakfast

  • All meals and drinks in Varadero as part of the all-inclusive package. 

  • Concierge services before and during your trip. We know the city and can recommend and help with reservations at restaurants, shows, and setting up transportation. 

  • Access to your own local agent. Someone who is there to help you and guide you as needed. He will welcome you and go over your plan when you arrive, and will also be available to assist during the duration of your trip.

  • Assistance exchanging money at the best rate possible.

  • All required paperwork to meet US restrictions on travel to Cuba

  • A cell phone you can use to contact our local agent whenever he is needed. We include $30 CUC credit (About $27 USD) 

  • We also provide 5 WiFi cards (one hour each) so you can stay connected when you arrive. 

  • We leave in the apartment wine, rum, and beers for you to enjoy during your stay

Accommodations

  • I am recommending a variety of types for accommodations during your stay.  Private apartments, hotels, and BnB's.  These are all  centrally located, and with all the amenities necessary to have a very comfortable stay.  Please take a look 

Havana - Stylish Private Apartment - 2 bedrooms - Amazing View 

  • Located right between Habana Vieja and Centro Havana. This apartment is located in one of the best ares in the city. With views of the bay and the fortresses. 

  • It is beautiful, very convenient, and close to many attractions.   It is near major museums, the famous "malecom", great restaurants, bars, shops, and other attractions.

  • It is in one of the most prestigious and best maintained apartment buildings in the city. It has a 24/7 doorman.

  • Elegant and sleek, 2 bedroom/1 bath, plenty of space.  A lot of natural lights, large bathroom. 

  • Breakfast is prepared and served everyday in the apartment.  

  • This one is another one of my favorites places in the city  Guests love the view, how convenient is for walking, how safe it is, and its proximity to major sites.

Trinidad Option one - Casa Particular (BnB) - Private bedroom with two beds, and small balcony, or entire house (three bedrooms).

  • This is a casa particular.  A popular way of accommodations in Cuba.  Home owners have turned their homes or second homes into bed and breakfasts.  Only three rooms in the house. Hostess does not live in the house, only guests, which offers a lot of privacy. 

  • House is in great condition, rooms are very comfortable, and this house also offers WiFi, which as you might know it is not common in Cuba. You still need to use WiFi cards, but you wouldn't need to travel to a hot spot to access the internet. 

  • The house has a rooftop, as well as a open courtyard.

  • Breakfast is prepared and served everyday at the house. 

  • Located a short walk from the center and busiest areas of the town.  Close enough but also far enough to offer quieter nights, and the opportunity to see more how locals live. 

  • This one is one of my favorite and most trusted hosts in Cuba. Guests love the opportunity to interact with other guests (If just one room), how comfortable beds are, as well as how welcome and helpful staff and hostess are.  

Trinidad Option Two - Hotel in center of town (4 Stars) - Iberostar Grand Trinidad 

  • Classic and elegant hotel.  It is one of the few 4-star hotels in Trinidad.  Perhaps the nicest left with room at this moment. (only one room)

  • It has a bar, restaurant, and breakfast buffet.  Rooms are spacious. Room available is a standard room, with two beds.

  • Just the previous option, this hotel is located a short walk from the center of the town, main plaza, restaurants, and cafes.  

  • Although one of the best hotels in the city, I must highlight that hotels in the Cuba can disappoint. They are significantly more expensive, but conditions are not always the best.  Decor and facilities might be outdated, food quality varies often.  Guests do like the style of the hotel, location, and the service, which again can vary, but it is usually good. 

Varadero - All Inclusive Resort - Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa - Adults Only

  • This one is perhaps the best of the all-inclusive resorts. It is always at the top of the lists. Multiple pools, beach access, many restaurants, bars, spa, etc.

  • Architecture is nice, beaches are beautiful, and the rooms are very comfortable. I am recommending for you the Junior Suite Diamond Club room, which comes with exclusive offers only for Diamond Club guests. Such as exclusive beach and pool areas, exclusive dinner and cocktails once a week, spa offers, Diamond launch with special services, á la carte meals in one of their restaurants,  etc.  We could look into the other option suite if desired ($200 difference)  

  • Again, I must highlight that hotels in the Cuba can disappoint.  Decor and facilities might be outdated, food quality varies often as well.  Guests do like the style of the hotel, and the service, which again can vary, but it is usually good. 

​Possible Itinerary

This is an example of what your itinerary could look like. It all depends on your total number of nights, and final dates in each city. 

Day One

  • Airport Pick up​

  • Depending on arrival time, we could do Once Upon the Time.  Walk the streets of Old Habana with one of our favorite guides. Learn about history, best places to explore, and more.  Route can be influenced by any particular requests you might have.  This is a great way to see the touristic part and get to know the city from the start. 

  • Night out. We can recommend and help you prepare for a fun night out (e.g. Dinner reservations, art shows, bars and clubs)

Day Two​​​

  • Classic Riding. During the afternoon, enjoy the beauty of Habana onboard a beautiful convertible American Classic car. This is experience is led by our favorite and most wanted guide. He know about history and fun facts.  He will take you to multiple points of interest and some of his favorites spots too.  This can be in the morning or afternoon. 

Day Three 

  • Artsy Route. We take you to some of the most popular art projects in the city, and artists' studios. Our local art expert will share a bit about the realities of the local art scene and take you to see some of its best representatives.

  • At night, we could do a Habana Night experience for you. Live music and drinks at one of the best cabarets for life music, or a dance clubs.. This can be a guided or not, and we can select the type of music/ambiance together. 

Day Four

  • Revolution Time.  You can't leave Havana without learning about the revolution that changed its history. We have the perfect guide to take you to the beautiful Museo de la Revolution, one of the most beautiful buildings in Havana. 

  • Home Cooking - Diner prepared and hosted by a family in Cuba. Get to enjoy delicious food, drinks, a cuban coffee from a terrace overlooking he city in the Casablanca neighborhood.  First meet one of the hosts and ride the ferry with him towards Casablanca. This is as local as it gets. Note: If interested in this one I would need to confirm with the family, they usually require more than a week to prepare.

Day Five, Six, and Seven

  • Varadero. Time to relax while enjoying the beauty of this famous beach.  

Day Eight 

  • Departure.

 

Note for Lunch - Dinner - We can recommend for you great places for lunch. Let us know and we will be happy to make a reservation if you would like everyday. This service is included in the price. 

Some Additional Options 

  • Day trips  - They include transportation and guide. Leave around 7-8 am and return around 6-7pm

    • to Viñales (country side, nature, horse back riding, tobacco and coffee fields, etc)

    • to Bahia de Cochinos (National park, with shows representatives of natives, crocodile farm)

    • to Soroa - Terrazas ( Nature, waterfalls, hikes) 

  • Hemingway Tour

  • Castle/fortress tour

  • We can coordinate other experiences is you share with us specific interests.