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Join Laurel Attanasio for a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore and immerse into the Cuban culture.

 

Learn about Cuba’s unique political, musical, art and culinary history. Your days will be filled with opportunities to explore and disconnect from the outside world and connect with the culture and beauty surrounding you. Daily yoga sessions will provide the perfect balance allowing for self-reflection as well as time for stretching and movement before days of sight seeing and maybe even some dancing!

 

Why Visit Cuba?? 

Why not, should be the question… Explore an Island that has not yet been overwhelmed by tourism. Cuba, The Pearl of the Antilles, will not only have you moving your hips with its fantastic music, but its urban and coastal scenery and its people will move your heart. Take a ride in a vintage car. Enjoy some latin jazz with a mojito made with Cuban Rum. Learn to salsa and then dance the night away! Maybe, even try a Cuban cigar. Most importantly, meet friendly and welcoming people who want to share their culture.

Want to learn more about Cuba?? Check out Lonely Planet’s Video! Click HERE!

This amazing adventure is brought to you in collaboration with Porterra Travel and International Planning Services, Inc. d/b/a INTERPLANNER. This trip is a person to person cultural exchange. This is a legal and licensed trip for US citizens.

 

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What’s Included: 

  • Daily yoga and meditation.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations in Varadero.
  • 4 nights at a Casa Particulars (B&B) accommodations in Old Havana. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 4 lunches.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at authentic Cuban Paladars.
  • Cooking lesson at Jardin de los Milagros a private restaurant.
  • Walking tour of Old Havana.
  • Visit to the City of Regla where you can visit the church of Nuestra Señora de Regla, one of Cuba’s most frequented pilgrimage churches.
  • Walking tour of the coastal town of Varadero, including a stop at Al Capone’s House (Casa del Al) which has been converted to a restaurant.
  • Visit the maritime port town of Cárdenas.
  • Visit to the Hemingway Museum.
  • Visit to the Fuster Project in Jaimanitas, a small coastal neighborhood west of Havana, led by the famous Cuban painter and ceramist Jose Fuster.
  • Dancing class at one of Havana’s best dance schools specializing in salsa lessons, but it can also guide you through rumba, chachachá, mambo and more.
  • All transportation while in Cuba. Air conditioned motor coaches.
  • U.S. & Cuban departure taxes.
  • Fully escorted by an Interplanner tour director.
  • Interplanner local English speaking representative services.
  • Pre-departure meeting in Easton, PA to review logistics and meet fellow travelers. Materials will be provided via email, if you cannot join.
  • And, much more!! See the full itinerary below!

 

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Cost: $3,545, including round trip airfare from JFK!

  • Price includes double occupancy.
  • Single occupancy supplement is $599.
  • No money due at registration.
  • Pay $600 non-refundable deposit within 14 days of registration. Payment instructions provided after registration completion.
  • Final payment due NO LATER THAN January 5, 2019.
  • Round Trip Transportation from the Easton Park and Ride to JFK will be available for an additional cost.
  • Travel insurance available through Porterra Travel.
  • Prices include all airport departure taxes and fees subject to change until time of booking.
  • Please contact Porterra Travel, with any questions.

 

Additional Information You Will Need to Know:

  • Tour logistics and travel services are being provided by International Planning Services, Inc. d/b/a INTERPLANNER.
    Porterra Travel will work closely with you and Interplanner to ensure everything goes smoothly,
  • Visas will be obtained by Interplanner on your behalf and will cost an additional $75. Participants are required to provide a clear photocopy of their valid passport, to be collected by Porterra Travel NO LATER THAN January 5, 2019.
  • Your passport must be valid to September 2019. If it is not, you will need to renew your passport.
  • All participants must fly in and out with the group. There will be no exceptions and no land only option for this trip.
  • All participants must be US Citizens.​

 

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Detailed Itinerary:

March 23, Saturday, Havana 

Transportation from the Easton Park and Ride will be available for an additional cost. Departure from Easton TBD.

Flying JetBlue JFK to HAV non-stop direct. Flight 243 depart JFK 9:04am arrive HAV 1:05 pm

Welcome lunch at a local paladar.
Transfer to your B&B.

Welcome yoga session will be conducted at your B&B or nearby park.
Enjoy a welcome dinner at Paladar San Cristoal. This is one of Havana’s best serving typical Cuban cuisine. Special guest will be Yoga Master Eduardo Pimentel Vazquez.

After dinner time to enjoy walking around old Havana.

Option to arrange for a drive through Havana in a classic car or visit a local latin jazz club, additional minimal fees apply.

Overnight in a privately owned Casa Particular (B&B)

March 24, Sunday, Havana 
Please Note: Breakfast will be provided daily during your stay in Cuba.
Morning meditation and yoga class will be conducted at your B&B or nearby park.

Enjoy a walking tour of the historic center of Old Havana, a village founded in 1519 and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982.

Lunch on your own while you explore Old Town Havana.

After lunch depart for a visit to the city of Regla. Visit the church of Nuestra Señora de Regla, one of Cuba’s most frequented pilgrimage churches. The most impressive is the statute of the Virgin of Regla who is black and cradles a white infant in her arms. She is the patron and protector of sailors. She is considered the equivalent of Yemaya, the goddess of the sea in the Yoruba religion. Visit the Municipal Museum of Regla.
Dinner on your own.

Option to arrange for a drive through Havana in a classic car or visit a local latin jazz club, additional minimal fees apply.

Overnight in a privately owned Casa Particular (B&B)

March 25, Monday, Havana-Varadero-Matanzas

Havana-Varadero – (2 ½ hours) – Via Guines

Morning meditation and yoga class will be conducted at your B&B or nearby park.

This morning the delegation will have a welcome orientation to Cuba on behalf of the staff at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with People in conjunction with our local team at the Casa de la Amistad.

This morning we’ll visit an organic food growing cooperative. The project’s strengths include its ability to aid in ensuring food availability in an urban setting.

Lunch and cooking class will be provided at Jardin de los Milagros Private Restaurant.

After lunch we’ll head to our hotel in the beach town of Varadero with a stop at Guines on the way.

Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Las Palmas Hotel Varadero

March 26, Tuesday, Varadero

Morning meditation and yoga class will be conducted by the pool at your hotel.

This morning your tour guide will take on a stroll along the Hicacos Peninsula for a sightseeing tour of the resort town of Varadero. The program includes first a panoramic tour to see the hotels, the Varadero Museum, the Josone Park, the Al Capone’s House (Casa del Al) which has been converted to a restaurant. Time to shop at the large craft market and also visit local art galleries.
Lunch on your own.

After lunch, there will be more time to shop at the large craft market and also visit local art galleries. This is a great opportunity to meet the locals and learn from the shopkeepers about the new private business sector.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Las Palmas Hotel Varadero

March 27, Wednesday, Varadero-Cardenas-Havana
Varadero-Cardenas-Havana – 94miles – 2 ½ hours.
Morning meditation and yoga class will be conducted by the pool at your hotel.

Early departure for Cárdenas a maritime port town on the Bay of Cárdenas, sheltered by a long promontory (Hicacos peninsula, including the Varadero beach resort). The city lies between the sea and hills. It is a pretty colonial style town with mostly narrow streets, various squares (including the Plaza de Colón, with a bronze statue of Columbus given to the city by Queen Isabella II.and erected in 1862) and substantial and elegant business and public buildings, including the ornate parish church designed by Architect Rafael Carrerá, who also built the famous Palacio Aldama in Central Havana.
Next, there will be a visit to the Rosa Luxemburg Neurological Development Rehabilitation Center, founded in 2002. Here, get an inside glimpse of this fantastic center and learn how it has changed the lives of thousands of people.
Continue on a visit to ACAA – the Cuban Association of Artisans & Artists of Cardenas. The center’s aim is the rescue and promotion of traditional crafts creation. After meeting with staff members for a little Q & A exchange, the association will host a special lunch for us.
On the way back to the B&B in Havana, there will be a brief stop at the unique Ediciones Vijias Book Store in Matanzas.
Upon arrival in Havana transfer to your B&B.
Dinner on your own.

Option to arrange for a drive through Havana in a classic car or visit a local latin jazz club, additional minimal fees apply.
Overnight in a privately owned Casa Particular (B&B)

March 28, Thursday, Havana

Morning meditation and yoga class will be conducted at your B&B or nearby park.

This morning visit the Hemingway Museum located in his former residence  on the outskirts of the city.
Then, lunch at El Ranchon paladar for a taste of some very local cooking on our way to Fusterlandia, a crazy ceramic and tile complex located in a small coastal neighborhood west of Havana, led by the famous Cuban painter and ceramist Jose Fuster.
Afterwards, get ready for a dancing class at one of Havana’s best dance schools specializing in salsa lessons based out of El Salón Chévere, a popular dance club in Parque Almendares. Ayayaye!
Share your memories of Cuba at a farewell dinner at La Casa Paladar. One of the oldest and best Paladars in Cuba.
Overnight in a privately owned Casa Particular (B&B)

March 29, Friday, Havana-USA
Today you bid farewell to Cuba, “The Pearl of the Antilles” Transfer to the airport for departure. Our guide and local airport representative will be available to help you with the check-in procedures.

Flying JetBlue HAV to JFK non-stop direct. Flight 242 depart HAV 2:20PM arrive JFK 5:37PM.

Please Note: Daily itinerary subject to change.

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