¡Viva Cuba!

Join Nick Lucey on the forbidden island of Cuba for the trip of a lifetime

January 26 — February 2, 2019
$4,390 per person, double occupancy
Travel powered by Becky Boman/Cruise Planners

For decades, the dream of traveling to Cuba for so many adventurous Americans was just that — a dream. Today, it’s reality. Now that the door is open to the Caribbean island, there are many trips that just scratch this surface. This isn’t one of those trips. Join me on a voyage to the forbidden island for the trip of a lifetime January 26 to February 2, 2019. This trip is bursting at the seams with immersive cultural experiences. You will discover the real Cuba, talk to real Cubans, stay in Cuban homes, eat real Cuban food and be guided by Cuban hosts. This trip isn’t for the faint of heart, nor is it for folks looking to sit on a beach and laze away the day. We’re not skimming the surface, we’re diving deep into Cuba’s roots.

Join Nick and Tiffany — and Greg and Becky Boman from Cruise Planners — as we discover the real Cuba. The journey includes all meals listed, transportation, and lodging. Here are the highlights:

Day 1
Flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Havana, Cuba
Airport greeting by a guide
Walking tour of Old Havana
Lunch at a cafe with political science professor/diplomat
Museum of the Revolution, Parque Central and Havana Fine Arts Museum (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana)
Welcome to Cuba! Dinner at a paladar (paladares are private, family-run restaurants — the engine for rapid growth in Cuba’s middle class)
An evening of art and music at Fabrica de Arte Cubano, an art gallery and club that’s located inside a former cooking oil factory, and is one of Havana’s premier nightclubs

Day 2
Cojimar (Ernest Hemingway’s adopted village and inspiration of “Old Man and the Sea”), Finca Jesus
Cooking lesson at Ajiaco
Classic American car tour of greater Havana — ending along The Malecón
Tour and drinks at Hotel Nacional de Cuba, home of the Cuban Mob, Mafia and Glitterati during the nation’s “Roaring 50’s”, headquarters of Fidel Castro during the Revolution
Dinner at paladar
Late-night salsa dance at Club 1830

Day 3
Tour Partagas Cigar Factory
Havana Club Rum Store
Boat ride across the harbor to the community of Regla
Dinner at paladar
Buena Vista Social Club show

Day 4
Drive to Vinales via the orchid gardens and river of the Soroa region
Lunch at Finca Agroecologica El Paraiso
horseback, oxcart or hiking the lush Vinales Valley with tobacco farm visit
Tour Vinales town
Dinner on a hilltop overlooking the Vinales Valley

Day 5
Day trip to Cayo Jutias beach to roam island, swim, snorkel or hike
Lunch at cafe
Dinner at paladar

Day 6
UNESCO Biosphere and Las Terrazas
Hike the rainforest at Las Terrazas with the resident naturalist, and there will be a zipline option
Visit home gallery of artist Lester Campa
Dinner at paladar

Day 7
Morning at Playa Tarara
Lunch at beach
Visit Fusterlandia, an imaginative neighborhood improvement project by the “Picasso of Cuba”, Jose Fuster
Tour the Spanish Colonial architecture of Cemetery de Colon (one of Cuba’s most visited sites)
Farewell Cuba! Dinner at paladar
Tropicana Club Show

Day 8
Ernest Hemingway Estate, “Finca Vigia
Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Reserve Your Spot / Get Updates

If you are interested in joining us, please provide us with your name, email, phone number and any comments or questions you may have, and we will contact you to make arrangements. If you would like to reserve your spot on this limited trip, let us know and we will contact you about the deposit. Thank you for your interest in this unique travel opportunity. We look forward to exploring the real Cuba with you!


The Fine Print

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot; full payment is due 60 days prior to trip date (November 24, 2018). Travel is powered by Becky Boman/Cruise Planners. Airfare to Cuba is reserved by us, debited to traveler’s credit card, with $200.00 airfare credit included in trip price. Travelers may use miles for all or part of the trip. Our group will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, so you will need to book a flight into FLL (we can also assist you with that). Visas will be obtained for you for a fee of $85, and currency exchange will be provided upon arrival in Havana, Cuba. There will be 12 minimum in this travel group, 24 maximum. Lodging is in private residences, double-occupancy in air-conditioned bedrooms with bath en suite, daily maid service, breakfast cook, and 24/7 security. Meals that are mentioned in the itinerary are included. There will be one English-speaking guide for every 8 to 10 travelers. Admissions and fees are included, as is bottled water.

Things that are not included: Airfare to Fort Lauderdale, Florida; accommodations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; alcohol, except as offered by the establishment; the bar bill is circulated at the end of meals; snacks and drinks between meals; trip insurance (recommended); gratuities for guides, drivers, lodging, restaurant personnel, specialty guides.

Cancelation policy: 90+ days: 100% refund less deposits and prepaid air/hotel, as applicable; 61-90 days: 50% refund less deposits and prepaid air/hotel, as applicable; 0-60 days: no refund.

nick¡Viva Cuba!