​Ursula Hosting, 2019

Giselle in Havana

4 Nights/5 days

Hello, 

Again thank you for considering traveling with us to Habana.  I have updated the sample I shared earlier to personalize the information based on your inputs.

We can tailor this to reflect what you choose, and once we confirm dates we can proceed to confirm accommodations, activities, and cost.  Please review, and tell me what you think. 

Accommodations

All our accommodations are located in central areas of the city. Either in Old Town, Centro Havana, or Vedado are all good locations depending on where you like to stay and what you like to do.  These are all privately owned and follow the rules and requirements of the US Government as it relates to travel to Cuba. 

Option -  Room w/ Private Bathroom in a small Bed and Breakfast - Centro Havana ($1349)

  • Very comfortable Bed n Breakfast that offers guests a lot of privacy and comfort.  It has three levels, a large balcony, and nice terrace. All rooms have AC and bathroom.  

  • The staff comes only in the mornings to do room cleaning and breakfast, and leave in the afternoon.

  • I personally know the team, and they would take good care of you. Great breakfast and service.

  • Located in Centro Habana. Which is walking distance from Old Havana, in the heart of it all.  It is a very safe neighborhood. Very representative of the city.

  • It is also only a couple of blocks from the famous Malecon, and near some of the best restaurants in the city like La Guarida, and Casa Miglis.

  • Breakfast included. 

Note: I personally like Centro Havana the most, because It is more central, and it does allow tourist to see a more real Havana.  You are just a 10 minute walk from Old Habana, you are right next to the famous Malecon, and closer to other areas la Vedado and Miramar.   If you do prefer to stay in Old Havana, I can look for options but it would help to know dates to look for actual availability.  B&B in that area would start at about $40 more per night, in other words $160 more than this estimate.

Possible Itinerary - This is a sample created on your input. We can modify activities, combine them, or create complete new ones based on your interests

 

Day One 

  • Arrival - Driver will be ready to pick up and drive you to the house. 

  • 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 will be the best introduction to this area and the city. Departure time will depend on the time you arrive. 

  • I would provide recommendations and make reservations for dinner and drinks/music after for you.  In many cases this will depend on what day of the week it is. 

Day Two

  • 11:00AM - Beach Please. A favorite of our clients. We arrange transportation to one of the most beautiful beaches near Habana.  Only 40 minutes aways. We also provide you with tips on how to make it a fantastic day.  Departure and return time would be determined by you. 

  • I would provide recommendations and make reservations for dinner and drinks/music after for you.  In many cases this will depend on what day of the week it is. 

Day Three

  • 07:30 AM - 6:30 PM Country Living (Viñales). Breathtaking views, prehistoric sites, coffee/tobacco fields, organic farms, and other natural wonders made Viñales an UNESCO World Heritage site. Viñales is a complete paradise ready to welcome visitors, and what better way to explore it than horseback riding. Leave the house early in the morning, and be welcomed in Viñales by our local guide who will have your horses ready.  Some of the options are visiting tobacco plantations and factories, learn about local farming, swim in a lake, ride near the famous mogotes, and more.  Our guide will adjust route to your desires.

  • Another option would be a tour of the Museo De La Revolución. This is a very informative and fascinating guided walk through the beautiful museo located in the old presidential palace.  A favorite of those who are interested in history. This activity would only be 2 hours, and would be considered a local activity. 

  • I would provide recommendations and make reservations for dinner and drinks/music after for you.  In many cases this will depend on what day of the week it is. 

 

Day Four

  • Free morning - Perfect time to go back and explore Old town, Visit plazas and galleries, do shopping, etc., on your own pace.

  • 04:00 PM  - 06:00 PM Classic Riding. 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 knows about history and fun facts.  He will take you to multiple points of interest and some of his favorite spots too. 

  • I would provide recommendations and make reservations for dinner and drinks/music after for you.  In many cases this will depend on what day of the week it is. 

Day Five

  • Departure

  • Depending on the time of your flight, we could schedule another activity in the morning if you desire. 

Please note:

  • Nights out - I recommend based on your preferences places to go and explore for night live. Live music, bars, etc.  (e.g. Tropicana, gay nights, etc.)

  • Lunch/Dinners -  I provide a list of recommendations for restaurants based on my own and previous guests' experiences.  You tell us where you want to go and we will make all reservations for you. I am happy to provide suggestions as well if you are not sure.  This is valuable, as places in Havana are a hit or miss. 

  • Transportation We can also pre-arrange transportation to restaurants and additional places as you need. You can pay each ride in Cuba, or pre-paid with us so you don't spend your valuable cash in Cuba (remember no ATMs or credit cards). 

Some Additional Options for Activities.

Some of these require additional cost, for instance Day trips. 

  • Hemingway Tour - Follow the steps of the famous writer who lived in Cuba for more than a decade/

  • Dinner with locals 

  • Castle/fortress tour

  • Museum Guided Tours (e.g. Revolution Museum, Modern Art Museum)

  • Art Tours

  • Fishing or Scuba diving.

  • We can also coordinate Day trips - They include transportation and guide. These will require additional cost. Prices available upon request

    • to Varadero (World famous beach. This can also be overnight stay in an all inclusive resort) 

    • to Bahia de Cochinos ( Eco tourism, national park, learn about indigenous traditions)  

    • to Soroa - Terrazas (Waterfalls, nature walk and hike)

  • We can also coordinate  experiences based on your interests (e.g. music, cuisine, art, tabaco, Rum)) upon request

 This plan in particular would also include the following:

 

  • Round trip Airport transportation in an American Classic Car

  • 4 night accommodation

  • Breakfast 

  • Concierge services before and during your trip. We know the city and can recommend and help with reservations at restaurants, shows, and other things to do. We can also help setting up transportation. All of this can be planned in advance and pay through us so you don't have to worry about bringing enough money to Cuba

  • Access to our 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 paper work to meet US restrictions on travel to Cuba under the People to People Exchange category

  • Guides for the city upon requested

  • A cell phone for you to use to contact our local agent whenever he is needed. We include $10 CUC credit ($12 USD)

  • 2 WiFi cards (one hour each) to help you connect when you first arrive. 

  • A bottle of a 7 Year Reserved Rum by Havana Club and beers.

Please Note:

  • I have included 4 activities in this sample. Three are local, and one is what we considered a day trip (Viñales).  We can include more, or less. We will just need one per night/day to meet government regulations.  For example:

    • If you prefer the option of the museum instead of the day trip to Viñales, the cost would come down to $1239​.  

    • If you prefer the option of the museum instead of any of the other proposed options, price would remain the same.   

    • If you would like to add the option of the museum without removing one of the other ones, the cost would go up to $1429. 

  • We would provide as well guidance and recommendations for you to enjoy during your free time. 

Let me know if you have any questions or comments after reviewing the package.  We are happy to work with you until we have the perfect package. 

THANK YOU