Nathan in Havana

March 25-31

(6 Nights/7 days)

Hello again Nathan, 

I have updated the plan to reflect your input and preference.  This is still a high level plan that provides you an example of what your trip could look like with us. 

Please take a look and let me know 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 2 -  Private Apartment - Two Bedroom.  Old Havana ($2830)

  • This place is also located in Habana Vieja, in a recently restored and beautiful area. Quieter area of Old Havana, and near bars, cafes, some shops, galleries, restaurants, museums, all within walking distance

  • This apartment is more modern than the rest.  Features high ceilings, large windows, new furnishings, original floors, all modern amenities.

  • Two bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms, nice balcony and killing views. 

1/9

Varadero

  • This place is simple, but close to the beach and with good hosts.  

Possible Itinerary - Based on received input

Day One, Wednesday, March 25 

  • Arrival

  • Afternoon - 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 would be a good night to make dinner reservations at a fun restaurant with some live music. 

Day Two, Thursday, March 26 

  • Hemingway Tour.  Let's go on a journey following the steps of Mr. Hemingway.  Where he lived, where got inspired, where he used to get drinks and more.  A nice day learning about the writer and exploring Cuba! 

  • This would be a good night to check out places like Fabrica de Arte
     

Day Three, Friday, March 27 (overnight)

  • Soroa - Terrazas.  Let's start the day early and head out to two of the most beautiful areas to the west of Habana, known for their landscape and serenity.  You can do Zip-lining tour (only one in Cuba), some hiking, bath in a river, explore the town.  You can also visit the famous Soroa Orchid garden, and its waterfall. Our activity includes private transportation and a guide who will accompany you all the way through Viñales.

  • Overnight in Viñales. Arrive in Viñales late afternoon and settle into your home for the night. A room in a small guest house, one of our favorites in the town.  Take advantage and enjoy Viñales night life. 

 

Day Four, Saturday, March 28 

  • Viñales. Let's start in the morning to enjoy the 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.  We will tell you where to meet Yosbel, our local expert. He will have your horses ready and will take you on an unforgettable tour of the area.  You will visit farms, and learn about coffee, honey, and even rum production in the area. You will aso visit a tobacco farm, and have the chance to swim in a natural spring, as well as ride along the famous mogotes.  

  • After the tour, prepare to head back to Havana early afternoon (2.5 hours). Expect to be back mid - late afternoon. 

  • This could be a good night for gay bars!! 

Day Five, Sunday, March 29

  • Morning - 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. 

  • ​Early Afternoon - Departure to Varadero​

  • Night in Varadero

Day Six, Monday, March 30

  • Varadero

    • We can help you organize additional activities. Caves, snorkeling, scuba diving, more.  ​

Day Seven, Tuesday, March 31

  • Departure Day - We recommend living at least 4.5 hours before your flight. 

NOTE:

Only Two Guests vs. Three: Overall cost would be about $300-$350 less for just the two of you.  Private apartments of just one bedroom are not as common.  We could  look for nicer boutique hotel rooms, but the cost would be similar to the apartments.  I have a couple of places in mind, but don't want to overwhelm you with options if it is not necessary. 

Beach Please. I have included in the estimate the cost for a car ride to the gay beach, any day of the week.  This way your friend could choose what day he would like to go based on the schedule.   

Nights out. We can recommend and help you prepare for a fun night out (e.g. Restaurants, Fabrica de Arte, Clubs, etc.)

Some Additional Options for Activities.

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

  • Hemingway Tour

  • Dinner with locals

  • Museum Guided Tours (e.g. Revolution Museum)

  • Art Tours

  • 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 (One ride)

  • 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 Support to the Cuban People category

  • Suggestions, recommendations, and tips to explore the city on your own upon request.

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

  • 3 WiFi cards to help you connect when you first arrive. 

  • A nice bottle of rum, beers, and water for you to enjoy during your stay

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

Previous Options

 

Option 1A -  Room (One King & one single) w/ Private Bathroom in Bed and Breakfast - Centro Havana ($2120)

Option 1B - Two rooms/ Private Bathroom (each room with one double bed) - Centro Havana ($2320)

  • This is a 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, and closer to Vedado on the other side.  Really in the heart of the city.  It is a very safe and representative of the city.

  • It is also only a couple of blocks from the famous Malecon, and near some of the best restaurants and good places for live music La Guarida, Michifu, Casa Miglis, Malecon 663. Also closer to gay bars in the city. 

Option 2 - Private Apartment Centrally Located - Old Havana ($2360)

  • This is a two bedroom apartment located right at one of the main plazas of Old Havana, Plaza Vieja. Right next door to restaurants and short walk to many landmarks.

  • The place is simple, but very comfortable, and it has a great location, if you are interested in being in the middle of it all. 

  • Two bedrooms, 2 bath, shared patio and terrace.   

Option 3 -  Private Apartment - Two Bedroom.  Old Havana ($2740)

  • This place is also located in Habana Vieja, in a recently restored and beautiful area. Quieter area of Old Havana, and near bars, cafes, some shops, galleries, restaurants, museums, all within walking distance

  • This apartment is more modern than the rest.  Features high ceilings, large windows, new furnishings, original floors, all modern amenities.

  • Two bedrooms - 2.5 Bathrooms, small private. bathroom

​Ursula Hosting, 2019