CUBA REVISITED- OFFERED BY CARLSON MARITIME TRAVEL- YOUR CUBA CONNECTION

It is a momentous time in our history to re-visit Cuba! Cuba’s indefinable culture makes it one of the most colorful and fascinating places on earth, full of art, culture, culinary surprises, history and music.

We are pleased to offer you an exceptional opportunity to visit Cuba yourself on a remarkable 5-day exploration. In this people-to-people exchange, you will discover Cuba through the resource that has kept the country vibrant through decades of political strife and isolation from the world: the Cuban people. Their joys, challenges and unique world outlook will unfold for you through personal meetings and enjoyment of their arts and culture in this program. Encounter Cuba through intriguing excursions, informative discussions led by knowledgeable experts and personal contact with a variety of Cubans including musicians, artists, teachers, budding entrepreneurs, and everyday people.
Explore Havana’s timeless streets, architecture and famous landmarks. Venture into Cuba’s countryside across impossibly verdant landscapes to plantations and tobacco farm communities. Savor local cuisine; talk with Cubans about their way of life. This program will show you Cuba’s unexpected delights and the very real struggles of its people.


CUBA REVISITED

Day 1: (D)
We begin our CUBA REVISITED tour with a panoramic tour of Revolutionary Square where there will be time for some great photo ops. Reminisce as you view the array of vintage cars that will be lined up on the square. We will see Havana University, the U.S. Embassy, the Statue of Jesus the famous Nacional Hotel and Paseo Del Prado. Lunch will be one of Havana's legal paladars, or private restaurants.


After lunch we continue with a dose of Cuba history by walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site. We will visit several private art studios such as WILFRERO LAM studios who oversees the art biennials in Havana. We will visit Taller Experimental de Grafica, a cooperative workshop where you will observe young lithographers at work.
During our walking tour we will visit the unwed mother convent where the government supports unwed mothers for the first 18 months of the infant's life. We will donate hand-knitted infant caps and hand-made dresses that will be given to us by a private humanitarian donor.

Dinner this evening at an privately owned paladar which supports entrepreneurship and private business.


Day 2, (B,L,D)
After breakfast we have a private tour of the Bellas Artes de La Habana (National Fine Arts Museum). Our good friend Omar - knowledgeable art professional and docent will give us a private insiders tour. Even if you are not a fine arts- lover or collector, this tour is a tapestry woven with art of Cuba's history sprinkled with Omar's wicked sense of humor.

Our next stop is Callejon de Hamel, a commnity project created by Salvador Gonzales. This alley is full of Afro-Cuban themed art, murals and salvaged materials, making a unique and cultural statement.

After lunch we will experience Compas Dans which is an amazing and enterprising troupe of talented young people who have created a magical show of dance expression with only hand made wooden chairs, drum sticks and percussion. This is truly one of our favorite cultural experiences in Havana to visit. This group travelled and performed at the Straz Center several years ago to a sell out audience. If time permits we will visit the newly refurbished capitol building very close to the art museum. Dinner this evening at private paladar.


Day 3-(B,L)
After breakfast we visit UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE-VINALES VALLEY in the province of Pinar Del Rio. We will see the pre-historic murals and take a boat ride through the Indian caves which are a huge part of the culture of this area. Lunch will be at treat at an agricultural farm called Finca Paradiso Agroecologica offering a true farm to table experience. Everything is raised, grown and cooked at this hilltop private paladar. After this nearly 9-course lunch we will stop at one of the tobacco farms owned by Benito and his family and learn how tobacco is seeded, grown and stored while sipping some rum and coffee at his farmhouse with his family. Dinner on own this evening. (If you can possible eat anything else). Since alcohol and tobacco are no longer legal to bring back, this would be a good time to purchase a few inexpensive, fresh hand-rolled cigars to enjoy while you are in Cuba!

After lunch we will head back to Havana to the Almacenes San Jose Artisans Market for some shopping and retail therapy. This evening dinner on own.

Day 4-(B,L,D)
After breakfast we visit Finca Vigia- Home of Ernest Hemingway.. La Finca Vigia, near Cojimar, is a quaint fisherman's village. With your entry fee included - you’ll be able to observe Hemingway’s personal belongings, trophies, firearms and see the room where he used to write, as well as his fishing souvenirs and the other remembrances of his life in Cuba. This is where Hemingway celebrated his Pulitzer prize in 1953 with his fishermen buddies and the now legendary boat skipper, Gregorio Fuentes, captain of his yacht El Pilar, and the main character of his book, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, which was set in this area. We’ll also have a chance to see El Pilar which is now conveniently located in a corner of the property.

Day 5-(B,L)
Hotel check-out
After breakfast we visit a very important artist and ceramist, Jose Fuster, who has transformed a poverty-stricken village into a community project and whimsical wonderland of mosaic tiles. -FUSTERLANDIA- The overall impression defies written description. He has been called the "Picasso of the Caribbean"
We will enjoy lunch at a lovely paladar , then it's time to say goodbye to our new Cuban friends and head to the airport for non-stop departure.

PRICING and INCLUSIONS:


TOUR PRICING:


$2799.00 per person double occupancy- TPA air and land
$499.00- single occupancy supplement
$85.00- Cuban visa


INCLUSIONS:

*Round-trip air from Tampa
*Round trip airport transfers
*Accommodations at the Hotel Grand Aston La Habana located on the Malecon
*Breakfasts-4, Lunches-4, and Dinners-3
*Drink packages at all meals
*All entrance fees and venues listed herein
*Fully escorted by Suzanne Carlson
*Medical Insurance
*Cuban Visa Processing ($85.00 additional for visa)
*Private Senior Guide and Driver

*Most gratuities to Cuba guide and driver



NOT INCLUDED:

*Airfare from gateways other than Tampa (ask us)
*$85.00- Cuban Visa-We will obtain for you
*Items of a personal nature
*Optional cancellation insurance-which is strongly recommended. Ask us for a quote
*Gratuities to servers at meals
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Additional food and beverage not listed herein

SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR PRIVATE TOUR:

* The new Hotel Grand Aston La Habana- located on the Malecon
*Newly Remodeled Capitol Building
*Jose Fuster's Ceramic Community Project-FUSTERLANDIA
*Revolutionary Square
*UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, Old Havana
*Private art studtios such as Wilfredo Lam Studios
*Taller de Grafica Print Art Studio
*Hamel's Alley Community Project
*National Fine Arts Museum, Cuban Collection
*Bacardi Building
*Statue of Jesus
*Compas Dans-one of Cuba's internationally acclaimed dance troupes
*San Jose Market
*Bellas Artes de La Habana-Fine Arts Museum, Cuban Collection
*Finca Vigia-Ernest Hemingway's Home and Hemingway Museum
*UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE- Vinales Valley, Pre-Historic Mural and Indian Caves
*Maternal Home Leonor Perex + Teresa Vaz Nursery

INFORMATION


DEPOSIT: A deposit of $500.00 per person is due at time of booking. $250.00 of this deposit is non-refundable.
FINAL PAYMENT: Your final payment is due 24 Jan 2023 for the February tour. Your final payment is non-refundable. Please ask us for an insurance quote.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED: A valid passport with at least 6 month's expiration date required. A Cuban Visa is required which we will obtain for you at the cost of $85.00 per person.
CUBAN MEDICAL INSURANCE: Cuban Medical insurance is included in the cost of your tour.
OPTIONAL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend you purchase optional cancellation and medivac insurance. Please ask us for a quote.


LICENSING: This tour is authorized by OFAC, The Office of Foreign Asset Control under Group People to People Educational travel CFR 515.565. It promotes people to people contact, while engaging in a full-time schedule of activities, supports civil society and will result in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba. Carlson Maritime Travel has been OFAC licensed (CU-2014-307835-1) and is presently OFAC compliant. Carlson Maritime Travel also holds a Department of Commerce License D1118969 and is directly contracted with Havanaturs Celimar, one of the leading travel companies in Cuba designed to handle legal travel to Cuba for American citizens.

HOW TO JOIN!

Please fill out registration forms and mail back with copy of passport and your $500.00 deposit. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at : 727.945.1930 for assistance.
Passports must have at least 6 months validity date

CLICK FOR REGISTRATION FORMS:


Carlson Maritime Travel
623 E. Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, Fl. 34689

Ph: 727.945.1930
Email:
Suzanne@scarlsontvl.com

Website: http://www.scarlsontvl.com

SMALL GROUP TOUR- requires a minimum of 18 passengers to be guaranteed. Itinerary is subject to change as availability of venues, rules and regulations may change.

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