Cuba: The best of Havana

unique and cultural havana
january 18-24, 2023
7 days / 6 nights

With the starting and ending in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a group.
Your Cuban airfare is included in tour price

Trip Status: SOLD OUT
Single Occupancy – $4,990
Double Occupancy – $4,490

Dates: January 18-24, 2023
7 Days / 6 Nights

Location: Havana, Cuba

Airport: Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL). Airfare to Cuba is included.

Accommodations: Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Local Cuban Bed and Breakfast

 

 

Trip Status: Open
Single Occupancy – $4,990
Double Occupancy – $4,490

Dates: January 18-24, 2023
7 Days / 6 Nights

Location: Havana, Cuba

Airport: Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL). Airfare to Cuba is included.

Accommodations: Fort Lauderdale Hotel & Local Cuban Bed and Breakfast

 

 

Meet your Hostess 

Shayne Barness

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Let our team know that you are interested in joining us on this tour. Our team will reach out via email and will be available to chat about this trip.

Make a Reservation

Secure your reservation here. We only take 10-12 women on each trip. Making a reservation is the only way to secure your name to the trip list.

Important to know when Traveling to cuba

We are traveling to Cuba under “The Support of The Cuban People” Statue. What that means is we are supporting the people of Cuba in the following ways: Lodge at a private Bed and Breakfast (B&B); Use private transportation; Eat at private restaurants; Visit with Cuban families and learn about their lives; Engage with locals (car readers, artists, musicians, book sellers, etc.); Use a private Cuban guide; Visit a church and learn how charities work; Visit a local farm; Buy souvenirs at privately owned shops; etc.

Money: Credit and Debit cards do not work in Cuba. Beatrice Bradley will have Cuban CUC for you to exchange your USD to CUC in Fort Lauderdale. If you run out of CUC while in Cuba, you can buy more Cuban Money from Beatrice Bradley while in Cuba.  

Visa: You will need a visa to enter Cuba. This is a very easy process and we will walk you through the process the fee is included in the cost of the trip.

Safety: Safety is our #1 priority on our trips. We are working extremely close with a credited local tour guide and will always travel in our group. Crime in Cuba is very low but we take all precautions when traveling to another country. 

Other Need-to-Knows

  • The electrical outlets are 110 volts. Beatrice Bradley will provide you with 2 adapters to use during your trip and to be returned at the end of the trip. 
  • Airfares to Cuba include the medical insurance. If you have a medical emergency, you can go to the Cira Garcia Hospital and show your ticket stub.
  • There is no vaccination record or PCR requirement to enter Cuba.
  • Keep Tourist Visa with you when you leave Cuba. Also, you must keep your signed one-page affidavit, tour itinerary and home voucher in a file for 5 years.
  • You are not allowed to import Cuban alcohol or tobacco products into the US.

 

Trip Details & Itinerary

We will be flying, round trip, as a group to and from Havana out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Your airline ticket from FLL to Havana is included in the price of the tour. 

*Itinerary subject to change*


Day 1: Wednesday, January 18: Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Arrive at Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) 

  • We will check into our hotel and have a fun dinner together

Day 2: Thursday, January 19: Group Flight to Havana / Arrival, Check In & Visit with Host, Welcome Dinner, Cannon Fire

We will wake up in Fort Lauderdale, have breakfast together and head to the Fort Lauderdale Airport for our flight into Havana.

Arrive in Havana: Our local Cuban driver and guide will welcome us at Jose Marti International Airport. On your way to your accommodations, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Plaza of the Revolution, Old Havana and Vedado.

Check In at Bed and Breakfast, the host will be waiting with refreshments.

Welcome Dinner at Chef Ivan’s El Carbon Restaurant

  • Pamper your senses with an outstanding, family style welcome dinner. The menu includes typical Cuban dishes like “arroz con pollo” and “masitas de cerdo.” Chef Ivan uses new recipe ideas from his travels around the world to create his flavorful “Cuban fusion” cuisine. Join the list of many happy clients including the King of Spain. 

Cannon Fire Ceremony

  • Take a drive to the fairgrounds of Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña. A spectacular sunset and view of the city awaits you. Meet tourists and locals who visit the fort to witness the unique tradition of the Cannon Fire Ceremony. Since the 1700’s, this event takes place at 9 pm, signifying the closing of the city doors. Furthermore, you may shop for souvenirs at the end of the event.

Day 3 – Friday, January 20: Classic Convertible Ride & Photoshoot & Colonial Plazas

1 1/2 Hour Classic Convertible Car Ride & Photoshoot

  • Ride with class in one of our colorful, classic convertibles in Havana. For one hour, you will ride along Old Havana and the Havana Malecon. With the photoshoot included this will be a unique and unforgettable experience!
    Note: Photographer will give you a memory stick with your photos the day before departure.

Lunch at La Vitrola Restaurant

  • Rest and delight in a “al fresco” lunch at La Vitrola. The restaurant offers a great view of the energy of the plaza.

Explore Havana’s Plazas

  • Plaza Vieja The eclectic Plaza Vieja is surrounded by colorful colonial buildings. The oversized Carrara dominates the center of the plaza. Great place for photos!
  • Plaza San Francisco de Asis The plaza features the Basilica Menor San Francisco de Asis, the boutique Hotel del Marques de San Felipe and Santiago de Bejucal, and the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Plaza de Armas The Plaza houses the Hotel Santa Isabel, the Templete Monument and the Castillo de la Fuerza Real.
  • Plaza La Catedral The Cathedral Church dominates this Plaza, but you can also discover restaurants and small museums within the square. Hemingway’s Bodeguita del Medio is a “most stop,” for a mojito and to leave your name on one of the street walls.

    Almacenes San Jose

    • Enjoy live music while you shop for souvenirs, art, and crafts.

    Back to lodging to freshening up.

    Dinner Together

    • Cuban and Spanish cuisine is served at this ocean view restaurant. Great “ropa vieja,” pork and fish.

    Day 4 – Saturday, January 21: History, Architecture, Culture, Shopping

    Fine Arts Museum

    • Delight in masterpieces from colonial times and contemporary art exhibitions.

    Hemingway’s Finca Vigia

    • Today, we will drive to San Francisco de Paula for a tour of Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s country home in the 1940’s. He wrote some of his famous work, the most famous, “The Old Man and the Sea.”

    El Mirador de Acosta Restaurant in Lawton 

    • Like its name, the restaurant offers great views of Lawton all the way to the coast.

    Muraleando Community Project

    This community project, at the suburb of Lawton, is an enriching artistic and social community project. Guests can delight in local art and music.

    Muraleando is truly an exceptional place! What started out as one person’s desire to provide art classes to kids has grown into a huge artistic, cultural, educational, community center. Artists from all over the world travel to add their artistic touch to the murals that now stretch down both sides of the street. And they not only offer typical art classes, but now all kinds of art including drawing, painting, ceramics, theater, music, dance, and more! There is also a focus on art education for students with special needs. And the community can use the beautiful space for a variety of celebrations. 

    “This place brought tears to my eyes!” — I literally teared up as we walked through this project and learned about its history. A local center that used to be a trash dump and now serves as a center for art and learning for the community and area students. There is so much love and pride here you can’t help but walk away wanting to support their continued success. Buy something from one of the local artists and support the cause! Have a drink while you watch music that the volunteers perform. Just stop for a minute and think about what it is that they have accomplished on their own with so little support. Heart warming and humbling.

    Back to lodging to freshening up.

    Cabaret Parisien (Doors open at 9:30 pm) 

    • Dress up time for the Cabaret Parisien Dinner/Show! Beautifully staged, the show represents the development of the Cuban “mulato,” a fusion of Indian, African, and Spanish roots.

     

    Day 5 – Sunday, January 22: Viñales Valley Countryside

    Viñales Valley with Lunch (Day Long)

    • The Viñales Valley’s landscape is an impressive ecological site. For instance, the valley is dotted with stand-alone rock formations called “mogotes.” Also, the Viñales area is one of Cuba’s most fertile areas, where some of the world’s best tobacco is grown. Learn how tobacco is grown at a plantation. Discover the Indian Cave and the Prehistoric Mural. Savor a “criollo” lunch at one of Viñales private restaurant Casa de Barbaro.

    Farewell Dinner at Allie’s Bed & Breakfast

    • This wonderful lady has a very successful Bed and Breakfast, and her chef is amazing!

    Day 6 – Monday, January 23: Goodbye Cuba! Group Flight to Fort Lauderdale

    This amazing Cuba experience has reached its end. We are leaving Cuba with so much knowledge, new experiences, and great friends. We hope that your experience was amazing! Our friendly driver will transfer you to Jose Marti airport where we will fly out as a group to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Once we land in Fort Lauderdale, we will gather as a group for a small dinner and reminisce on our time spent together in Cuba. 

     

    Day 7 – Tuesday, January 24: Flight home 

    Schedule your flight home anytime that works for you from the Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)

     

    Pricing and Payment Information

    Single Occupancy – Limited Spaces
    *Please note that we are staying in Local Bed and Breakfast style homes. It will be a community space, single occupancy guarantees a private sleeping space

    $4,990

    Double Occupancy – Limited Spaces
    *Please note that we are staying in Local Bed and Breakfast style homes. It will be a community space Double occupancy you will share a bedroom with another traveler

    $4,490

    Trip Status

    Open

    Secure your spot HERE with a $250 deposit 

    Included in Price

    • Round Trip Airline ticket from Fort Lauderdale to Havana
    • Visa
    • All Accommodations
    • All Meals
    • Airport Transfers
    • Daily Classic Car Transport
    • 5 Days Cuban Local Guide
    • All Activities Listed in Itinerary

    Payment Plan available for this Trip

    If booked 90 days before trip

    • $250 down at time of booking
    • First Installment due: 90 days prior to event
    • Second Installment due: 2 weeks after first installment
    • Third Installment due: 4 weeks after first installment
    • Forth Installment due: 6 weeks after first installment

    Secure your spot HERE with a $250 deposit 

    Payment Options

    • Payment plan (if the trip is more than 90 days out)
    • Pay via ACH to avoid 3% credit card convenience fee
    • Pay via credit card – please note a 3% convenience fee will be charged on to the total balance

       

      Payment Terms

      Full Trip Balance is due if the trip is passed the payment plan window of 90 days

      Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to arrival forfeits entire payment.

      Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to arrival a 50% fee charged and balance is held on credit for future travel.

      Cancellations made 90 days prior to the event full refund is given and Deposit is transferred to a new trip of choosing.

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      Flight Details

      Airfare is not included in any of our Beatrice Bradley Adventures

      Airport Pick Up is included when arriving at the designated airport within the specified pick up window. 

      Arrival Airport: FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport
      Arrival Date: January 18, 2023. Any time. Check into Fort Lauderdale hotel at 4 PM

      Cuban Flight is Included

      Departure Airport:  FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport
      Departure Date:  January 24, 2023. Any time.

       

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What if I cannot find an arrival flight before designated arrival window?

      Our trips are typically only 4-6 days in length so we really try to make the most out of our time together. The first night we host a special Welcome Dinner where you really kick off the fun and start to get acquainted. However, we understand that it is not always possible to find a flight that works. There are a few options:

      1. Let our team know ASAP and if it’s possible we can accommodate for it. In some situations there is a hotel shuttle or taxi that can be taken. However, some airports are too far from our destination for shuttle or taxi services, so it is important that you let our team know ASAP.
      2. Arrive a day early

      • You will be responsible for your own transportation and hotel arrangements during that time
      • Please let our team know if you would like to stay at the same hotel and we can help arrange it

      What if I can not find a departure flight before designated departure window?

      Our trips are typically only 4-6 days in length so we really try to make the most out of our time together. We have scheduled tours or meals the day of departure so it is possible that if you have a flight earlier than designated departure time that you will miss part of the tour. We would recommended tying to stay an extra night. Please note that you are responsible for all ground transportation for your departure if your departure is outside of designated window.

      Please call 763-784-8291 with any questions or concerns

      Other Information

      Passport and Visa Needed

      Transportation

      All ground transportation is included 

      Covid Policy

      We do not require you to be vaccinated nor tested to book a trip with Beatrice Bradley. We do not require you to wear a mask. However, we can not control the state, local and federal restrictions. Please make sure to check airline and travel restrictions when booking your ticket.

      Tipping 

      ALL Tips for your local tour guides and meals are included.

      Tips for your Hostess: Our Hostess and Trip Coordinator work extremely hard to make each and every trip run smoothly. Tipping is never required but always welcome.