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Cuba: Connecting with People and Culture

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Jan, Mar - Apr, Nov - Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Havana, Finca Vigia, Vinales
Connecting People Culture Escorted Cuba Tour
Viñales Valley, Cuba

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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

Five days of “People-to-People” educational exchange in Havana, Finca Vigia and the Viñales Valley

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

On-Tour Air (2 flights) 

 

All hotel accommodations – 1 night in Miami at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami and 5 nights in Havana at the Meliá Habana

 

Tauck’s “Leave Your Worries at Home” service, with all day-to-day travel details taken care of for you

 

Escorted travel from the moment your People-to-People trip begins in Miami, accompanied by a professional Tauck Director and experienced local Cuban guides, all fluent in both English & Spanish

 

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Embark to a country that until recently few citizens have been able to experience on our 7-day Cuba escorted tours.

Experiences of a lifetime

Until recent years, few U.S. citizens have been able to experience Cuba travel. Today, meet face-to-face with local residents from different professions, share thoughts, gain knowledge, and connect with Cuba’s cultural heritage on our 7-day, Havana-based Cuba: Connecting with People and Culture.

Through cultural exchange activities built around key themes including Cuban culture and the arts, history, architecture, agriculture, cigars, vintage cars, baseball and more, you'll interact directly with the people of Cuba on Tauck's Havana-based People-to-People trip. Meet Cuban students, educators, entrepreneurs, architects, artists and artisans, dancers, musicians, technicians, baseball players and coaches and more. Explore Ernest Hemingway’s life in Cuba at his preserved home. Discuss art and private enterprise with artists in their studios. Visit with agricultural workers to talk about agrarian reform, tobacco production and organic farming. Interact with members of Havana organizations about their work, from dance to historic preservation to baseball. Learn about Cuban cultural traditions… have meals at paladares (small, privately operated Cuban restaurants)… and connect with the people of Cuba, their passions and their culture in many ways through unique Tauck Experiences. Read Less

Discover Cuba's passion for baseball

To Cubanos, it's béisbol

America’s “National Pastime” – baseball – is also Cuba’s national sport. After sailors and returning students brought it over from the US during the 1860s, “béisbol” quickly grew to become the island’s most popular sport. Banned by Spanish colonial authorities, the game became symbolic of Cuba's freedom and national pride during the 19th-century struggle for independence from Spain. Cuba’s league system went officially amateur after the 1950s Cuban Revolution, but since the 1990s, scores of Cuban-born players have played in the Major Leagues. Learn how passionate Cubans are about béisbol when you meet Little League-level players and coaches to former pro and national team players.

Visit the tobacco fields of the Vinales Valley

Day 5

They grow and process tobacco for Cuba's iconic cigars

Premium, hand-rolled Cuban cigars are renowned as among the best in the world – and during your People-to-People travel with Tauck in Cuba, you’ll take a close look at some of the key processes involved in the production of the country’s iconic export, and have an opportunity to meet and talk with Cubans involved in the various phases of cigar production – from growers in the Viñales Valley tobacco fields... to the skilled workers who perform the despalillo (stripping) and rezagado (grading) of the tobacco before it reaches the factory.

Wonderful trip, people, guides/directors, food, Cuban people, a trip to not miss! Our group of 25 had terrific tour directors who went above and beyond!

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Ernest Hemingway's Finca Vigía

Day 6

Tell them "Ernesto" sent you...

Famed American novelist Ernest Hemingway loved Cuba and its people, who returned that affection. Explore his life and work here on a guided visit to Finca Vigía (“Lookout Farm”), his winter home from 1939 to 1960, where he wrote some of his best-known works. Although visitors are not allowed to enter the house in order to preserve the property, you can explore the grounds and see inside the house through open windows and doors, and talk with a docent about Hemingway's strong connections to Cuba; the author's extensive, 9,000-volume library, his beloved yacht Pilar, his typewriter and other personal effects are on display here. You may also see some of Hemingway’s haunts in Habana Vieja, where he lived during his first years in Cuba.

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Get what you pay for and then some – about 100 cost components are included on every trip. From fine hotels in prime locations to all luggage handling, most taxes, airport transfers upon arrival and departure, unique travel experiences and more. Because we believe that when you travel, just about everything should be included.

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Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Deposit Protection Plan – Tauck provides a “Deposit Protection Plan” at a cost of AUD $75 per person per tour or cruise. The cost is non-refundable and non-transferable and must be paid at the time of booking with your deposit. It only applies when you cancel your tour or cruise prior to final payment date. The deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties in relation to air, rail travel, hotels, transfer or applicable cruise cabins. When booking airfares through Tauck (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply. In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. We will only credit the remainder of deposit to a future tour or cruise booking if you book within 24 months of cancellation of the original Tauck tour or cruise. This offer expires after the 24 months. We will only credit the remainder of the deposit to a future tour or cruise booking Balance Due and it can’t be used as a credit for the initial deposit of a future tour or cruise booking. The Tauck “Deposit Protection Plan” only covers a Tauck tour or cruise and it does not replace Travel Insurance, which we recommend at the time of booking.
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