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Flavors & Colors of Cuba

April 07 to 14, 2019

Cuba conjures up visions of romance, music, beauty, and intrigue. It's filled with bright vibrant colors, bands playing on every street corner, rambunctiously beautiful scenery, and warmhearted, resilient people. A visit to the heart of Old Havana is not for the timid; it is life in full force and in your face, with old classic Chevys honking at bicycle rickshaws, and people smoking cigars on the steps of their dilapidated homes, just steps away from beautifully restored foreigners-only hotels. A paradox at every turn, an eye-opener in every sense of the word, Havana is one of the world’s most romantic and alluring cities, bar none. Head to the country side towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad (both oozing with colonial charm), add some wildlife exploration, mix in some mojito drinking, and weave in some elbow rubbing with locals for the full effect. Yes, our Cuba program is ambitious, to put it mildly. But we think that it's more than worthwhile to seek out the heart and soul of this tenaciously vibrant country's landscape, culture, and people…Come and join us before this amazing island becomes overrun, commercialized or even possibly closed to Americans.

Speaker: Richard Ouellette, CRNA, Med. & Sandy Ouellette, CRNA, MS, FAAN

Tour cost per person in double occupancy
(Land only): $2,995.00
For group size Min 8 and Max 20  

Single Supplement: $500.00

CRNA registration fees: $300.00 for alumni of STS and $500.00 for a new participant

Topic: Current Issues in CRNA Practice

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists approved for 20 CE credits

Code Number 1036633;
Expiration Date 4/14/2019.

Travel provided by Experience Cuba Now, LLC.

Tour Includes:

  • Private homestay accommodations on bed and breakfast basis in local homes/apartments/Casas
  • Full schedule of guided people-to-people activities
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary: 7 lunches & 3 dinners
  • US Treasury Dept. License & Authorization Letter
  • Tour Leader and Cuban Guide
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers in A/C bus
  • Cuban medical insurance (mandatory)
  • One daily bottled water.

Tour Does Not Include:

  • Airfare from your hometown to/from Havana (approx.. $200-$500 depending on departure city)
  • Additional Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Tips for your drivers, guide and home hosts
  • Alcoholic Beverages and additional Bottled water
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature (camera fees at sites, laundry, phone calls, emails, excess luggage, etc.)
  • Cuban Visa

View Tour Itinerary

Sunday, April 07
Arrival Havana

Today, you are welcomed by your private Cuban representative outside the Jose Marti arrival terminal. Board your air-conditioned coach, and jump right in as you head directly to your Casa/home to check-in. Enjoy your first lunch at Restaurant 1830. Afternoon, start your leisurely orientation-walk with your guide through the vibrant cobblestone streets as you immerse yourself in the colors of Old Havana. Visit Havana’s four historic plazas: St. Francisci de Assis, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral. Tonight enjoy a special dinner provided for you at El Aljibe, Cuba’s most famous chicken restaurant. Return to your casa. (L,D)

Monday, April 08

After breakfast served in your Casa then visit “Fusterlandia”, home a neighborhood of Jose Fuster, known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean” for his amazing and world famous ceramic artistry. You will have an opportunity to have your personal tile placed in this neighborhood to mark your spot for perpetuity. This will be unforgettable. From here we take in a performance of Compas Dance Troupe. This group is famous throughout Cuba and the Caribbean. Lunch provided at El Rejoneo restaurant, a true Cuban neighborhood "paladar" followed by a visit to Revolution Square and the Museum of the Revolution, the Cuban government’s military museum of past wars and conflicts. Return to Casas. Dinner provided at El Canonazo, located a short block from the historic Canon Firing Ceremony which you will attend before returning to your Casa for the evening. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, April 09
Pinar Del Rio/Vinales

After breakfast followed by a full day excursion to the beautiful mountainous province of Pinar del Rio. This western most region is known for its amazing valleys, landscapes and mountains. An incredible lunch provided at the only Cuban Organic farm on the island, Finka de Organico. You will then visit one of the famous tobacco farms (Finka de Tobaco). Learn how this mainstay crop of Cuba is planted, harvested and prepared for shipping to tobacco factories to bring to final product. A personal guided tour by Montesino, the owner, will highlight. After the tobacco farm you will visit an authenic Cigar factory in Pinar del Rio so you can see first-hand how the leaves from the farm are magically transformed into the final product. Return to Havana. Dinner is on own. (B,L)

Wednesday, April 10

After breakfast served in your Casa. 9:00 am discussion with a local doctor of medicine. You may ask any questions the medical field in Cuba. Afterwards you will visit an elementary school to interact with the students and teachers inside their classrooms. This is an extremely special “honor” as very few Americans are allowed to do so. A visit to a neighborhood medical clinic will follow. You will then visit the historic Hemingway House Museum for a short walking tour. Lunch provided at D’Next, a recently opened paladar. From there you will take a walking tour of the iconic Havana Club Rum Museum to see how this famous beverage is made and sample Cuba’s best rum. To finish the day a trip to the colorful San Jose (flea) Market for souvenir and clothing shopping. Return to casas. Dinner is on you own. NOTE: Please bring at least one lined composition book with pencils for the school kids and bring something for the nurses at the medical clinic. This is important. Thanks. (B,L)

Thursday, April 11
Havana – Cienfuegos

After breakfast, check out of your casas headed south across the island through small towns and villages in route to Cienfuegos, known as the "Pearl of Cuba", located on the Caribbean Sea. Stop along the way in the seaside town of Giron to explore the fish life and learn about the local Cuban sea life via snorkeling. Lunch provided and a visit to the historic Bay of Pigs Museum will follow. You will continue on to Cienfuegos to check into your casas and meet your new hosts. (B,L)

Friday, April 12
Cienfuegos – Trinidad

After breakfast in your casa, board the bus for a 1.5 hour ride to Trinidad, the most historic city of Cuba. Included in the walking tour of the city will be a visit the Museum of Architecture and learn the significance of preserving city architecture and the process leading up to its UNESCO Preservation designation. Local lunch will be provided followed by some free time to shop. On the way back to Cienfuegos you will have an opportunity for a scenic 2 mile hike up a mountain trail leading to El Cubano, a beautiful waterfall where you can jump in and take advantage of the cool fresh water. From there we return to Cienfuegos. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

Saturday, April 13
Cienfuegos - Topes de Collantes

After breakfast a city tour (Hilda) of Cienfuegos including a visit to the very impressive Palacio del Valle, Tomas Terry Theatro and more. Lunch will be provided at a local “paladar”. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to view Cuban artwork and meet the artists. The remainder of the day will be free to interact with the locals and meld with the Cuban culture. Return to casas. A special farewell dinner provided. (B,L,D)

Sunday, April 14
Havana – Miami

Today, Bid farewell to Cuba as you transfer to Havana’ International Airport and check-in for your charter flight back to Miami. (B)

“We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed.”