​Ursula Hosting, 2019

Jill and Steven in cuba!

7 nights- March  

Good day Jill, Steve 

I am excited to present to you a high-level plan for your 7-night trip to Cuba.  This plan shows options and suggestions for you to consider based on our conversation. 

Please take a look and let me know what you think.  You decide what the final program would look like. We can add, and change things until you are satisfied, and as long as we the government requirements  

 

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 or comments

SUMMARY

In summary, our package would include all of the following: 

 

  • 7 night accommodations in Cuba

    • See all plans for specifics​

  • Airport pick up and drop off in Havana

  • A total of 6 activities and experiences

    • See options in suggested itinerary​

  • Roundtrip transportation to Viñales and/or Trinidad from Havana

  • Breakfast in all locations

    • breakfast would be served in guest houses (Bed & Breakfasts)​

  • Personalized concierge services from now and throughout the trip. We know the city and can recommend and help with reservations at restaurants, shows, additional activities, and setting up transportation as desired. 

  • Your own local host. Someone who you can contact and access locally to help you and guide you as needed. He will welcome you and go over the 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 when you land.

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

    • We start documentation with explanation of how your trip meets the requirements of the Support for the Cuban People category of the General License. ​

    • We will ask you to use these documents to annotate additional information about your trip. 

  • A cell phone you can use to contact our local agent whenever is needed. We include $30 CUC credit (About $33.50 USD) 

  • We also provide you with 3 WiFi cards (one hour each) so you can stay connected.

PLANS - Options for your trip

I am going to present to you three options for itineraries.  Different ways you could spend your ​7 days in Cuba

  • Plan One

    • 4 nights in Havana 

    • 3 nights in Viñales

  • Plan Two

    • 4 nights in Havana

    • 3 nights in Trinidad

  • Plan Three

    • 3 nights in Havana​

    • 2 nights in Viñales

    • 2 nights in Trinidad

Accommodations

  • I am recommending small guesthouses or BnB's for your accommodation. These places are good options to experience the warmth of the Cuban people, obtain good service, and accommodations for a good price.  

    • I always offer options centrally located, with high ratings, and with all the amenities necessary to have a very comfortable stay (AC, Hot Water, cleaning service, breakfast, etc.)

    • Private room with private bathroom.

    • I am including photos of some of the ones I usually work with. Once we have confirmed dates I will confirm availability and show you actual options. 

  • I can also look for boutique hotels , or small private apartments if you would like to go a bit higher on budget. Please review current cost and let me know if you would like to explore those options.

CITIES

Havana (See photos here) 

  • Capital and larges city.  A lot of parks, museum, and main landmarks. Including the famous Old Havana (colonial area), Revolution Museum, Malecon, Hotel Nacional, and many more.

  • There are also a lot of restaurants, bars, and cafes, art galleries, and music venues and cabarets. 

 

 Viñales (See photos here) 

  • This is a Unesco Site. Small country town 4 hours from Havana.  Known for its natural beauty, breathtaking views, valleys, caves, farming landscape, and outdoor layback atmosphere.   

  • It is smaller than Havana, but has a cute small town center, with a good amount of restaurants, cafes, music venues, and outdoor activities.  Tobacco fields are popular in the area.  

  • This city has become more popular in the last years, and it is perfect example of small entrepreneurship in Cuba.

 Trinidad (See photos here) 

  • Beautiful colonial city located 5 to 6 hours away from Havana in car. Surrounded by national forests, and beautiful landscapes. 

  • Small city with a lot of history and pretty happening city center.  There are plazas, art galleries, live music places, and museums.  Old sugar factory and its colonial pebble 

  • This has been a major tourist attraction for decades. 

​Possible Itinerary

Plan One - with Viñales (recommended) 

Day One - Night One

  • Airport Pick up​ -

    • Upon arrival our host will help with check-in, provide all necessary instructions, and help get you situated.

  • Early Afternoon - Once Upon the Time - Our old town experience.  Walk the streets of Old Habana with one of our favorite guides. Learn about history, best places to explore, visit the main plazas and site, and much 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.

  • Lunch/ Dinner - We will recommend and make reservations in a nice restaurant for you. Also, recommend places where you can go for a drink and live music after. 

Day Two 

  • Morning - Revolution Museum - Meet our guide for a very educational tour. Listen to the revolution story as Cubans are told, ask questions, and feel free to have a discussion about this hot topic with our guide.  In . addition, the museum is one of the prettiest buildings in Havana, the old presidential palace.

  • Lunch/ Dinner - We will recommend and make reservations in a nice restaurant for you. Also, recommend places where you can go for a drink and live music after. 

Day Three

  • Afternoon - Cooking Class / Dinner with locals  - Spend few hours with locals and other tourists, chatting, getting to know each other and some delicious recipes, while having some drinks, and eating delicious food!

  • Lunch - We will recommend and make reservations in a nice restaurant for you. Also, recommend places where you can go for a drink and live music that night

Day Four 

  • Afternoon - 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 favorites spots too. Route will include Chinese neighborhood, Colon Cemetery, Miramar, Vedado, John Lennon Park, and more.  

  • Lunch/ Dinner - We will recommend and make reservations in a nice restaurant for you. Also, recommend places where you can go for a drink and live music after. 

Day Five

  • Early afternoon Drive to Viñales - Depart for your 2 hour drive on a private car. You can decide the time and also any additional stops you might  want to do. 

  • Get to Viñales and settle in. Enjoy the evening walking the town and grabbing dinner. 

 

Day Six

  • Horse Back Riding Tour - Enjoy of a nice and slow ride across fields and valleys. Visit lakes, farms, and caves, as well as famous landmarks in the area.  Enjoy lunch while out in an organic farm (Lunch not included)

  • Free afternoon to explore on your own the town. 

Day Seven - Night Seven 

  • Country Living - Walking tour to a Tobacco farm, where you can learn about the process of growing, and producing tobacco (Drying, rolling). enjoy lunch on us and relax getting to know the country life style in Cuba.  

  • Free afternoon to explore on your own the town. 

Day Eight 

  • Departure to Havana Airport - We will determine the time of departure based on your flight schedule. 

Plan Two - with Trinidad

Day One Through Day Four

  • Same as above

Day Five

  • Early morning drive to Trinidad - Depart for your 5-6 hour drive on a private car. You can decide the time, but it must be early since the drive is much longer. You can and also request stops for lunch, or rest. 

  • Get to Trinidad and settle in. Enjoy the evening walking the town and grabbing dinner. 

Day Six

  • City Walking Tour - Our guide will meet you at the house and take you on a tour not to forget. This city is full of beautiful buildings and interesting history. Entry to museum included. 

  • Free evening to explore on your own the town. 

Day Seven - Night Seven 

  • Tour on memory lane - Trinidad was once a driving port city with major industries.  Let us take you around the city and show you some of this history.  Great sites and even greater views. 

  • Free evening to explore on your own the town. 

Day Eight 

  • Departure to Havana Airport - We will determine the time of departure based on your flight schedule.  If early flight, we would need to schedule return one day earlier, and move itinerary around a bit. 

Plan Three - with Viñales and Trinidad

Day One - Night One

  • Airport Pick up​ -

    • Upon arrival our host will help with check-in, provide all necessary instructions, and help get you situated.

  • Early Afternoon - Once Upon the Time - Our old town experience. 

  • Lunch/ Dinner - We will recommend and make reservations in a nice restaurant for you. Also, recommend places where you can go for a drink and live music after. 

Day two

  • Early morning drive to Trinidad

  • Arrive in Trinidad and settle in. Enjoy the evening walking the town and grabbing dinner. 

Day Three 

  • Morning - City Walking Tour

  • Afternoon - Tour on memory lane

  • Free evening to explore on your own the town. 

Day Four 

  • Early morning departure to Havana (5-6 hours)

  • Check in and settle in

  • Afternoon - Cooking Class / Dinner with locals 

Day Five

  • Morning - Revolution Museum 

  • Late Afternoon - Classic Riding

  • Lunch/ Dinner - We will recommend and make reservations in a nice restaurant for you. Also, recommend places where you can go for a drink and live music after. 

Day Six

  • Early morning Drive to Viñales 

  • Horse Back Riding Tour

  • Settle in BnB and grab dinner

Day Seven - Night Seven

  • Country Living 

  • Free afternoon to explore on your own the town. 

Day Eight 

  • Departure to Havana Airport - We will determine the time of departure based on your flight schedule. 

Some Additional Options for Activities.

You could change the ones I am recommending for these, or add them as additional activity.

Some of these require additional cost (e.g. Day trips)

  • Day trips

    • to Varadero - Beautiful and famous beach resort town (2 hour drive)

    • to Soroa - Terrazas - Eco tourism, Hiking, waterfalls. 

    • Bahia de Cochinos (Pig Bay) - important historic sites (failed CIA(US) invasion site), beach. 

  • Beach day - transportation to a beautiful beach just 45 min away from the city. There, you could relax, order lunch and drinks.

  • Tropicana Cabaret Show or Parisian Cabaret Show - Famous Cuban Shows. Think Vegas, Cuban style. 

  • Dance Classes - Classes with locals

    • We can also plan a night out dancing salsa as an additional activity. ​

  • Hemingway Tour - Visit places where the famous author lived, hung out, and got inspired.

  • Art Day - Visit community art projects, and private galleries and studios of new and hot artists.

  • Castle/fortress tour - Explore one of the largest forts in the Americas. Beautiful architecture and amazing views. 

  • Fishing or Scuba diving.

  • Visit to tobacco factory or rum distillery.

  • We can combine, edit, and create other experiences if you have other interests/desires in mind.  

NOTE

  • This is itinerary is a recommendation based on your input. We can add or remove activities as desired. We can also coordinate other experiences is you share with us any other specific interests. 

Estimated Cost - Proposal 

You can see below the estimated cost of the above plans, including all items in the summary. I am also adding the cost if you were to prefer doing shared drives or buses to the other cities. 

Plan One (With Viñales)

  • $1,860 - Private transportation as listed above

    • You choose departure times (within recommended time frames)​

    • Pick up and drop off at accommodation.

  • $1,730 - Riding buses

    • Specific times. Taxi required to and from terminal ($25 in Havana / $15 in other cities)​

    • Drive is approximately 30 min more

  • $1760 - Riding collective shuttles

    • Small car with 2 or 3 more passengers

    • Times are estimated, as drivers wait to see if they can fill car.

    • Pick up and drop off at accommodation

Plan One (With Trinidad)

  • $2,140 - Private transportation as listed above

    • You choose departure times (within recommended time frames)​

    • Pick up and drop off at accommodation.

  • $1,890 - Riding buses

    • Specific times. Taxi required to terminal ($25 in Havana / $15 in other cities)​

    • Drive is approximately 1.5 hr more

  • $1930 - Riding collective shuttles

    • Small car with 2 or 3 more passengers

    • Times are estimated, as drivers wait to see if they can fill car.

    • Pick up and drop off at accommodation

Plan Three (With Viñales and Trinidad)

  • $2,470 - Private transportation as listed above

    • You choose departure times (within recommended time frames)​

    • Pick up and drop off at accommodation.

  • $2080 - Riding buses (not recommended) 

    • Specific times. Taxi required to terminal ($25 in Havana / $15 in other cities)​

    • Drives would be longer and might affect tight schedule

  • $2180 - Riding collective shuttles

    • Small car with 2 or 3 more passengers

    • Times are estimated, as drivers wait to see if they can fill car.

    • Pick up and drop off at accommodation

NOTE:

  • Final itinerary and price will be determined once dates are confirmed.  

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

THANK YOU 

Enjoy some photos from previous clients below: