Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future

Ho
Heart of Travel
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36 reviews
Nov 6 - 13, 2021
Group size: 4 - 12
Exploring the Island's Past, Present & Future
Cuba

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
36 reviews

Nov 6 - 13, 2021
Group size: 4 - 12

About this trip

The island 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 ambiance felt as you cruise the streets of la Habana Vieja or spend a leisurely afternoon smoking a cigar on a family-run tobacco farm in Viñales Valley.


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 are all friendly, warm and excited to share the real Cuba with you! 

Learn more on our free Discovery Calls!

For those interested in joining our Cuba's Past, Present and Future Immersion trip, we will be hosting two Discovery Calls via Zoom.  These calls consist of a brief presentation as we walk through the itinerary together before opening up the session to questions and general conversation. 


Join us on Wednesday, May 26th at 6:00 pm PST here


Join us on Saturday, June 19th at 6:00 pm PST here

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
    Private room + bathroom inside casa particulares
  • 17 meals
    Includes one beverage at each meal: water, coffee, tea, juice, soda, beer, wine or a cocktail
  • 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
    13 additional meals
  • International airfare
    To/from Havana
  • Tourist Card/Visa
    You can purchase at airport on departure day or in advance online
  • 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 September 6, 202111 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. 

$2175
Deposit: $750
Cuba 8 day/7 night: Single Occupancy
Available until September 6, 202111 left

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

$2500
Deposit: $750
Cuba 13 day/12 night: Double Occupancy
Available until September 6, 202111 left

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

$2750
Deposit: $750
Cuba 13 day/12 night: Single Occupancy
Available until September 6, 202111 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. 

$2995
Deposit: $750

Available options

$25 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$25
$50 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$50
$100 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$100
$250 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$250


Itinerary

Day One
Arrival in Habana

Upon arriving at the airport, one of our Program Directors will be waiting to escort you to our headquarters in La Habana Vieja, and then to your Bed and Breakfast (casa particular), and given a brief orientation of the city. 

There will all meet to enjoy a homemade welcome dinner & cocktails during which time 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 bars just steps from the Capitol! 

Your Organizer


Ho
Heart of Travel
36 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

From my very first contact with her, Chelsea impressed me with her professionalism. responsiveness, and enthusiasm for ethical and sustainable exploration in Guatemala. She provided me with two itinerary proposals for a family visit to Guatemala in July 2021 and then tailored the one we chose to our family's needs and preferences. We opted to stay within a limited area to minimize in-country travel time and give us a few days to relax on Lake Atitlan. Our family of 4 (me, my husband, and our 2 boys, ages 13 and 18) enjoyed our trip immensely. The destinations and accommodations Chelsea booked for us were all excellent, and -- even more importantly -- the guides and local partners she chose were all outstanding. I'm a nervous passenger, and our drivers navigated both the traffic of Guatemala City and the winding mountain roads of the Highlands with equal calm and competence. Our guide Selvyn was unfailingly kind, patient, and knowledgeable (also a good, safe driver). A highlight was our visits to producers and artisans -- from Don Jose, the coffee grower outside of Antigua, and Joaquin, who gave us a cooking lesson on our first night (a do-not-miss experience), to the home cooks and textile artists in the Highlands and in San Juan on Lake Atitlan, everyone we met taught us something new and showed us something beautiful, moving, or delicious. At all of our accommodations, Chelsea had made all necessary arrangements, and our rooms met or exceeded our expectations. Chelsea was also an invaluable aid when it came to getting things like tipping and other local details right. She also arranged for covid testing on the eve of our departure; basically, she provided all the support we needed to ensure that our visit to her adopted home would be smooth and safe without feeling like we were just parachuting in for some R & R. After our eleven days in Antigua, the Highlands, and Atitlan, I hope to get back to Guatemala and Central America soon. When and if we do, Chelsea at Heart of travel will be the first person I'll contact.
By Elizabeth P for Liz Philips: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 28 Jul, 2021
I can't say enough about our custom trip to Guatemala. We changed our itinerary a few times before we even traveled and Chelsea was fantastic about all of our modifications. All of the information that we received prior to travel was amazing and had us very prepared when we arrived. Once we got there, everything was just as expected. All of the places chosen were beautiful, the local guides we had were the absolute best and our experience was nothing short of amazing. Given that we decided to go in June, during rainy season and the rainiest month of the year, we expected to have some potential weather issues. We were incredibly lucky to have great weather for the majority of the trip. However, for the one issue we did have, we asked to re-route our trip due to a weather issue and Chelsea and our fantastic local guide Selvyn made all of the changes for us last minute. We never would have known that we decided to take a completely different itinerary for 2 days if we hadn't requested them because everything went so smoothly. We learned so much about the country and the culture from Selvyn, saw everything we asked to see plus some, and truly enjoyed every moment we were there. They are truly the best and I wouldn't travel with anyone else if you go to Guatemala.
By Jodi W for Jodi Whitehead: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 25 Jun, 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed my 11-day/10-night trip to Guatemala and highly recommend Heart of Travel. The itinerary Chelsea planned for me was perfect. The pricing was very reasonable. Her communication and support before and during the trip was exceptional. She went above and beyond in helping me solve a couple of SNAFU’s of my own making. I look forward to traveling again with this company in the hopefully not too distant future. I consider myself a well-traveled (104 countries), fairly adventurous, 61-year-old. My previous trips have ranged from completely self-planned to high-end travel companies, solo to small group. I seek unique, authentic experiences. Probably more so than most travelers my age, I enjoy being active and even physically challenged. However, like most travelers my age, I have become old and spoiled and place great value in a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed in a safe environment.
By Kent M for Kent Miller: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 27 May, 2021
This trip exceeded my already high expectations. The itinerary was planned and crafted with such care to allow for an immersive experience. Chelsea and the Heart of Travel allow you to experience Guatemala like a local while touching on the experiences all tourists want to have. Chelsea welcomed us to Guatemala with open arms and we left with full hearts. An 11/10 experience; highly recommend.
By Julie I for Transportation and Tours Services: Julie Irwin on 18 May, 2021
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Heart of Travel thinks of every possible scenario and detail and made every thing so effortless for us so we could just enjoy our trip. Will be using heart of Travel again and again! Great guides, shuttle drivers, and support through out the trip.
By Flow Yoga Adventures for Transportation and Tours Services: Suzanne on 10 May, 2021
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