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Cuba, Its People & Culture

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Havana, Cuba

From $2599 (was $2799)

8 Days

Includes 14 meals on tour

Passport Required

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Introduction

Known for its fascinating history and welcoming people, Cuba is the largest and most populous island in the Caribbean. Even though it’s located just 90 miles south of Miami, it’s a world away with its charming colonial architecture and vintage cars. By participating in YMT’s full-time program of cultural and educational visits and activities, you’ll be able to explore the heart of Cuba in the capital city of Havana. With YMT’s hand-picked itinerary, you’ll have unique access to Cuba’s rich history and culture and many opportunities to interact with local people, intended to give visitors a meaningful understanding of this island nation. Space is limited on our Cuba program, so don’t delay.

YMT Vacations has been issued a specific license by the Department of The Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizing travel to Cuba. Our License number is CT-2013-301339-1 and permits YMT Vacations to organize ‘People-to People’ group travel that includes a full time program of cultural and educational exchange activities to promote contact and interaction with the Cuban people. Travel for US citizens, or anyone under the jurisdiction of the US, is legal and authorized as a registered participant of the YMT program.

General notes about our program:

Travel to Cuba for Americans and Permanent Residents of the US is tightly controlled by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC). U.S. law imposes restrictions on how much individuals may spend there and what may be purchased and imported to the US. Details will be sent with your travel documents. If you require further information please visit www.treasury.gov and see the Cuba sanctions pages.

Participation: U.S. law requires that all participants of this program adhere to the full time schedule of people-to-people activities. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted.

Itinerary: Specific itinerary inclusions, visits, meetings with individuals and organizations, and home visits are dependent on outside factors and it may sometimes be necessary to substitute with alternatives of equal relevance and interest.

Activity Level: This is a full-time program of educational exchange activities. Participants should expect and be prepared for full and long days. Many of the activities on this tour require extended periods of walking and standing, walking over rough or uneven ground, climbing steps, and navigating busy areas. While this shouldn’t pose a challenge to most guests, please consider before booking that this is an active tour.

Flights & Transportation: Our special Miami charter flights to and from Cuba are all operated by U.S. carriers and governed by the FAA and our ground transportation in Cuba is serviced by a fleet of modern motor coaches.

Flights from Your Home City to/from Miami: Flight timings for your charter flights between Miami and Cuba will be confirmed on your final travel documents. If you are making your own air arrangements to/from Miami, please wait for confirmed charter flight timings before booking your tickets. This is to ensure that you book appropriately timed flights with adequate connection time on the return leg. Guests who make their own flight arrangements to/from Miami should note that a group briefing takes place in the Miami hotel on the arrival evening, usually between 6.30-8pm. Please make your flight arrangements with this in mind.  

Cuba Charter Flight Baggage Allowance: One checked bag and one carry-on per person with a combined weight not to exceed 44lbs are included when you purchase the round trip charter flights to and from Miami from YMT. Excess baggage weight may be carried, but will be charged at $2 per pound (payable at check-in) round trip. If you check in a second bag, an additional $20 charge will apply in addition to the excess weight charge.

Infrastructure: Cuba is a developing country and as such, visitors are reminded that certain aspects of life are not the same as in North America. Many amenities and services we take for granted are luxuries in Cuba, or simply not available. Hotel accommodation in Cuba is subject to the same influences and while basic necessities, comfort and cleanliness can be assured, you should not expect U.S. standards and other amenities (including air conditioning) are prone to unreliability.  Please bear this in mind when booking this trip.

Visas: A Cuban tourist visa is included when you purchase the round trip charter flight to/from Miami for all travelers regardless of nationality. You will receive your visa in Miami the evening before departure. A copy of YMT’s specific OFAC license permitting your travel to Cuba will be sent with your travel documents. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return travel date. Important: Those born in Cuba cannot travel on a tourist visa and must themselves apply directly for a visa (extra cost). 

Extra Charges: All guests will be required to pay a Cuban departure tax of approximately $30. This must be paid in cash locally upon departure.

Gratuities: Gratuities for porterage in Cuba, included meals and hotel housekeeping are included in the price or your tour. Gratuities for your YMT Program Manager, National Cuban Guide and driver are customary and not included in the price of your tour.

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Trip includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights hotel accommodations based on twin-double rooms in moderate hotels consisting of 1 night at Hilton Miami International Airport and 6 nights in Cuba.

  • Airfare: Round trip from Miami to Cuba on a special charter flight plus intra-tour airfare ($500 value).

  • Program: A full time program of cultural and educational exchange activities and special events as listed.

  • 14 Meals: As per the itinerary - daily breakfast in Cuba, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.

  • Service: A professionally trained YMT Tour Manager will accompany your group throughout along with an English speaking Cuban National Guide who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room in Miami for one piece of checked baggage per person.

  • Gratuities: For people-to-people visits and activities.

  • Gratuities: For included meals, hotel luggage porters and hotel housekeeping.

Trip highlights

  • Stay 4 nights in Havana and 2 nights in Cayo Santa Maria
  • Visit Old Havana & Revolucion Plaza and learn about their fascinating history
  • Tour José Fuster’s House
  • Visit Ernest Hemingway’s farm
  • Learn about the agricultural processes at a tobacco farm and participate in cigar rolling
  • VIsits to community and artistic projects
  • Attend musical and artistic performances by the Cuban people