​Ursula Hosting, 2019

six days in havana

(nov 7-12/Nov 14-19)  

Hello, 

Thanks again for considering working with me to plan out this trip.  Habana truly is one of my favorite destinations!! and hope we get to show it to you

This is a high level summary of what we can do for you. A sample of what the trip can look like to get feedback and input so we can continue to tailor it.  

 

Please Note:

  • These are estimates for 5 nights/6 days, 10 people

  • We classify activities into two categories, local activities and day trips, This estimate includes four local activities, and one day trip.  

  • We will work on this plan, until the group is satisfied and itinerary is confirmed.  Pricing will be adjusted as needed in the process. 

  • Recently the US government announced it will create additional restrictions to travel to Cuba, We are paying close attention to see when they come out with official information.  In the meantime we recommend to plan as it nothing is changing, and then try to adapt if required.  Also, this might be best time to purchase tickets, etc. before things change and restrictions are applied.  Let me know if you have any questions about this. 

Accommodations

  • I am listing a range of accommodations to give you an idea of what we could get.  These properties are examples we could actually rent, but we will need to confirm dates first.  For now, these seem available for one or two of the weekends we are considering.  

  • I looked into my favorite areas of the city for places that would still reflect the Habana vibe, were comfortable, and all the amenities you would need. 

  • Habana Vibe:  I call this how many houses in Habana are decorated.  They are very colorful, a lot of the linen looks the same, furniture can look old, finishings can look old, etc.  This is simply the reality of the city, of the country.   Nevertheless, it is charming, and part of the culture.   There are more modern places as well; I could look for some, but they are just usually more expensive. You tell me

Option One - Old town House - $6649

  • This one is a large one level home in old town. Built in the early 1800's, it was renovated in the early 1900's! So it is not modern, but it is charming, and very classic. The furniture and the amenities are older, but classic. Cute living room, dining room, long balcony. Small terrace. 

  • It is in the Old Town, so close walking distance to a lot of museums, plazas, the bay, etc.  You could just walk around and feel like you don't have to leave. It is the most touristic area. 

  • This one has 5 rooms/5 baths - 9 guests max.

    • Room A - Double Bed

    • Room B - Double and Single

    • Room C - Two Singles (Or one King if together)

    • Room D - Two Singles. 

    • Room E - Double bed

Vedado 

The next two options are located in a newer side of town than Old Town, Vedado.  This neighborhood is still classic and much older compared to what we know.  Houses are more from early 1900's.  This used to be the rich neighborhood so there are many large houses like this one, but many are abandoned.  I actually like to take clients for a walk here to see some of these beautiful houses. It is an experience.

It is not as central as old town, but there are many attractions walking distance. Also some of the best clubs and bars are in this area. Including gay bars/clubs. 

One issue here is that you might need to depend more on taxis, but we can assist with that.  We can coordinate taxi for you some of the activities as needed.   Taxis can be around $25-$50 each way since it is 9 of you and large cars or at least two cars would be needed.  On the other hand, you would won't need to pay as much when going out. 

Option Two -  Vedado Large Guest House - $7619

  • This house is bigger. Larger rooms, more balcony and terrace space. etc. 

  • 5 bedrooms/5 baths - 12 guests max

    • All with king size beds. One room with an additional double bed

Option Three - Vedado Large Apartment  - $8139

  • This is a large apartment.  Good size rooms, large balcony with view of the famous Malecon and ocean. Some of the rooms also share this view.  

  • 6 bedrooms/6 baths - 12 guests max

    • Three Rooms  with King beds

    • Two Rooms with double beds

    • One room with two single beds 

Miramar

The next option is located in an even newer side of town, MIramar.  This neighborhood might not even feel like "Cuba".  This is where the city continued to grow right before and after the revolution.  The wealthiest part of town. 

It is located after Vedado, but our option is located right on the border of the two.  Walking distance you can find famous restaurants and also places like the FAC, and Havana's beach.  

Similar to Vedado, you would need taxis or walk longer distances than if you were staying in the other areas. Again, we can help arranging transportation as needed.   

Option Four - Miramar Mansion - $10299

  • This house is simply amazing. It is large like only possible in this part of town.  Large rooms and bathrooms, tons of open spaces indoor and outdoor.  Large pool (not common in Havana), sundeck, and  large game room. 

  • The service staff in this house match the house. They are simply incredible and will tailor to your needs. 

  • This house is also the only one with 7 bedrooms/6 baths - 12 guests max

    • Two rooms with a King and a double bed

    • Three rooms with one queen bed

    • Two rooms with one double bed

​Possible Itinerary 

 

Day one - Thursday

  • Airport Pick up​

  • Depending on arrival time, we could do Once Upon a Time.  Walk the streets of Old Habana, the main touristic area of the city, with one of our knowledgable guides. Learn about history, fun facts, and some of best places to explore on your own. Route can be influenced by any particular requests you might have.  Make sure to check out some great restaurants and bars after the tour. Transportation and guide provided. 

Day two​ - Friday

  • Classic Riding. Enjoy the beauty of Habana onboard convertible classic American cars.  Late afternoon (or morning), for three hours. This is experience would be led by two of our favorite guides. They will take you to multiple points of interest and some of their favorites spots too, and share with you history and interesting facts of the city.  We would need two or three cars. 

Day Three - Saturday 

  • Day Trip. Viñales. A Fascinating countryside town two hours from the city with an amazing landscape.  We will show you around while horse back riding. See tobacco and coffee plantations, visit a bee/honey farm, learn about local flora and fauna, swim in a lake, etc.  Category is country side extravaganza! 

 

Day Four - Sunday

  • Beach Please (This is recommended for Sunday but can be another day if preferred). A favorite of our clients. We arrange transportation to one of the most beautiful beaches near Habana, and give you tips on how to make it a great experience. Gay Beach!! Only 40 minutes aways.  You can rent chairs, umbrellas, order drinks and lunch from your chair, and have a good old time. 

Day Five - Monday 

  • Revolucion! This word has a strong meaning in this country. It is their past and their present. You can’t think of Cuba without thinking about the revolution, and wonder what happened. There might be multiple versions, but only one told by the government. Learn what is told to Cubans, and then feel free to discuss what you have heard outside of Cuba with your guide.

Day Six - Tuesday

  • Depending on departure times, we would recommend places to visit or things to do during your free time. 

  • Departure to the Airport (Recommended 2.5 hours before flight) 

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 (e.g. Day trips)

  • Day trips

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

    • to Bahia de Cochinos - Eco tourism, national park, alligators, learn about Island native tribes. 

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

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

  • 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.

  • Dinner with locals - Dinner hosted by local family. 

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

  • Fishing or Scuba diving.

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

Summary

In addition to accommodation, four local activities, and one day trip, our package would also include:

 

  • Up to three airport shuttles. Round trip onboard classic American cars 

  • 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

  • All required paper work to meet US restrictions on travel to Cuba

  • One host (me)  We will welcome everyone, provide guidance and assistance throughout the trip.  The host leads some activities, makes sure everything goes smoothly. 

    • Money exchange​ at best rate possible

    • transportation

    • Credit for phone and wifi cards

    • Reservations

  • Guides for the city (Upon request)

  • WiFi cards to access internet. One card per person. Each card would last an hour.  

  • Drinks at the house to get you started! (Rum, beer, water; limited amount)​

THANK YOU