Cuba: Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future

Ho
Heart of Travel
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54 reviews
Nov 10 - 17, 2023
Group size: 6 - 12
Cuba: Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future
Cuba

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
54 reviews

$NaN
Nov 10 - 17, 2023
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

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The island of Cuba is easily one of the most unique and interesting destinations to visit in all of Latin America, if not the world. While you may come to Cuba looking for answers, you're more than likely to return home with even more questions. Cuba's vibrant culture is reflected in its art, music, dance, food, drink, and overall energy. However, it's important to recognize the struggles that Cubans have been facing for years, with their fate in the hands of an oppressive government and the outdated US embargo. 


In recent years, Cubans, both on and off the island, have been raising their voices and demanding change in Cuba. The Cuban government's response to the July 2021 protest was a direct violation of human rights as they censored citizens,  reduced access to resources such as the internet and electricity, and wrongfully imprisoned civilians for peaceful protest and personal expression. The decision to resume tours to Cuba was not taken lightly, but we eventually decided it was ultimately in the best interest of our local operators in Cuba to resume tours to the island and continue with our mission to educate people on Cuba. 


Heart of Travel's trip gives you the opportunity to hear a variety of experiences and perspectives directly from Cubans as we discuss Cuban history, politics, the economy, and current events. All of the activities on our trip are designed to support small, privately owned businesses and individual freelancers. We will not be staying in any government-owned hotels or eating in government restaurants and we will get absolutely as much of every cent possible directly into the hands of Cuban civilians and not government-operated businesses. 


Our Cuba tours immediately immerse you as you settle into your "casa particular" owned and run by a Cuban family. From there you will jump into learning about Cuba's historic and cultural past and present while traveling throughout both urban and rural Cuba. Our in-country host families, local guides, and drivers look forward to sharing the real Cuba with you! 

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
    Private room + bathroom inside casa particulares
  • 15 meals
    Includes one beverage at each meal
  • In country transport
    Ground, air, water as indicated on itinerary
  • Entrance + guide fees
    For all activities included on the itinerary
  • 24/7 access + support
    Provided by bilingual Heart of Travel Tour Leader
  • 5 DAY EXTENSION ONLY
    5 nights accommodation in casas particulares
  • 5 DAY EXTENSION ONLY
    12 additional meals
  • International airfare
    To/from Havana
  • Travel Medical Insurance
    Required, usually included in flight. We will provide assistance
  • Tourist Card/Visa
    You can purchase at airport on departure day or in advance online. We will provide assistance
  • Meals not stated
    Any meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Trip insurance
    Recommended, not required
  • Tips
    To local guides

Available Packages

Cuba 8 day/7 night: Double Occupancy
Available until July 10, 202212 left

Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for an 8-day/7 night trip in Cuba including visits to Havana and Viñales. 

$2,750
Deposit: $750
Cuba 8 day/7 night: Single Occupancy
Available until July 10, 202212 left

Per person price when booking single-occupancy spot for an 8 day/7 night trip in Cuba including visits to Havana and Viñales. 

$2,995
Deposit: $750
Cuba 13 day/12 night: Double Occupancy
Available until July 10, 202212 left

Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot for a 13 day/12 night trip in Cuba including visits to Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. 

$3,495
Deposit: $1,000
Cuba 13 day/12 night: Single Occupancy
Available until July 10, 202212 left

Per person price when booking a single occupancy spot for a 13 day/12 night trip in Cuba including visits to Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. 

$3,850
Deposit: $1,000

Available options

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Itinerary

Day One
Welcome to Havana

Upon arriving at the airport, one of our Program Directors will be waiting to greet you. They will then accompany you to La Habana Vieja to get settled into your casa particular. You will then be given a brief orientation to the neighborhood. 


That evening we will all enjoy a welcome dinner during which travelers can get to know one another and the guides better as we discuss the itinerary for the following days. 


We'll later get into the spirit of Havana with cocktails and live music at one of Havana’s most iconic, privately owned, bars just steps from the Capitol! 

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Ho
Heart of Travel
54 reviews
The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.

Reviews

We had a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. We were with a great group of people and enjoyed comfortable accommodations, good food, and interesting outings. We visited three different geographic areas in Costa Rica and learned a great deal about the plants, animals and people in each. Our guides were informative and fun, and Chelsea handled every situation with ease.
By Thomas B for Adventure and Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica on 10 Jul, 2022
Most amazing trip ever. Wonderfully organized covering many insightful aspects of Ecuadorian culture and its varied people. Great to learn all that is done to preserve Ecuador’s special natural treasures. Our Ecuadorian guide, Gustavo, went over and above to make our visit the best I have ever had when traveling in a foreign country.
By pamela g for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 03 Jun, 2022
Gustavo, our guide, was wonderful! He was attentive to details & helpful & organized. Great meals including choices like fresh fish and the desserts were fabulous. All the animals and great activities were life changing . Our days were packed with adventure. Some of the boat rides & bus rides in the Galapagos were long & uncomfortable. The accommodations were quite good and ranged from excellent (Hotel de la Isla) to comfortable with a view. (Casa de María needs some hooks to hang things in the rooms but the views were magnificent so can’t complain too much. ) All the support staff from guides to drivers, etc. we’re very warm & welcoming.
By Elizabeth M for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 01 Jun, 2022
Absolutely loved the casa gardenia. Such great breakfasts options. Passion fruit is my new favorite... and such GREAT service. They anticipated our every need... even had food to go for our EARLY morning departures. Thank you !
By LAURIE b for Ecuador: Extra Night Double Occupancy on 30 May, 2022
Had a wonderful guide that knew all the best spots to share with us. He kept us busy without feeling overwhelmed. He was extremely informative about what we were experiencing and sharing the culture.
By LAURIE b for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands on 29 May, 2022
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