April 29-May 3 Two Cities Havana and Santiago, Cuba!
A country lost in a time capsule of the 1950’s…If you have a party of 4 or more pick your own date!
Last minute note: Any females who are coming alone – Betty Bauman will share a room with you but move fast please!
Read below and if interested (women or men!) put your info HERE for this trip and get in touch with our agent.
If you have a group and want to go another time legally on your own – we can set it up for you! Add some notes as to what you want. Go BEFORE it is spoiled.
Let’s Go Visit Cuba Tour Havana plus Santiago 4 nights total April 29-May 3, 2017 – TWO SPOTS LEFT! If you have more than two ask, it may be possible.
$1165 per person in double room and $1250 per person in single room.
In-country air from Havana-Santiago included. If the in country airfare increases we will advise, you should book this trip asap.
International Airfare additional, approx $200, flying one way into Havana, one way back from Santiago or Holquin (Driver will take you) from South Florida. The sooner you sign up the better the airfares!
Lodging, transportation, tours in vintage air conditioned cars, certain meals and drinks as described below and Travel Visa to visit Cuba legally INCLUDED! Service from guides who can translate for you, no need to speak Spanish. If you want to join us for this tour and come earlier or stay more days we can do that, too.
Includes (brief list see bottom for entire list):
- 4 nights at a Casa Particular (Real Cuban Home or Apartment! 2 nights Havana 2 nights Santiago), breakfast and for other meals included, see Itinerary.
- IN country airfare Havana-Santiago
- Many great tours included! Most and possibly all the tours will include transportation by vintage cars!
- Your travel visa
GET IN ON THIS! Go through the time tunnel to life in the 1950’s while you can! With us it’s usually a small group, more fun than a big group.
See our video playlist from the last Cuba trip! See our Photo Gallery
This trip has lots of cool tours but no fishing. If you want to fish, go to the Keys afterwards as the fishing there isn’t much different than in Cuba.
See Havana and Historical Santiago!
Why Santiago? Santiago was the First Capital of Cuba, a plunge into Cuban history. This is where Fidel Castro launched his revolution and the fight against Batista, plus where Bacardi based their first-ever rum factory. All Cuban Bacardi rum factories were confiscated during the revolution. Santiago (not far from Guantanamo) is the birthplace of some Cuban music genres (recommended to watch the film “Buena Vista Social Club”). It is the first of seven settlements in Cuba founded by Europeans in the 16th Century. The founding fathers made the most of its stunning setting, a coastal terrace with structures built with precious woods from the tall forest on the nearby mountain range to raise the first buildings of what would, for several years, be Cuba’s first capital. Close by the Caribbean Sea, with a backdrop of mountains and terrain; it is one of the most beautiful and joyous of Cuba’s cities, filled with a mixture of architectural styles which run from the baroque to the neoclassical. We are flying as to drive it takes 8-10 hours.
Havana is rich in history, with fascinating architecture and places to see. The vibrant streets are full of music, patio restaurants and souvenir shops with hand-made Cuban art and crafts. It is a Must-See!
Note: When staying in Cuban house or apartment, the money goes to the Cubans, not the government. Facilities like this are usually more reliable as far as plumbing, hot water and such than the hotels operated by the Government plus hundreds a night less than the hotels. Plus, you may interact with a Cuban family and learn more about Cuban life that is stalled in the 1950’s under a socialist regime. In Havana we are staying in an apartment house on a side street in Old Havana so you can walk a short distance to explore. “Paladar” for meals is a Cuban-operated restaurant; not government operated such as in hotels.
LLGF Cuba Tour April 29-May 3
Most tours are in air conditioned American vintage cars INCLUDED! You get to see TWO cities. There is no fishing, we are going to visit the forbidden country!
Fly South Florida to Havana, fly from Havana to Santiago then fly back to South Florida from Santiago. If you’re a vintage car fanatic, you have like 4 days in air conditioned vintage cars! Just our group, we won’t be on tour busses with other people.
Included: Hotel, tours, flight Havana-Santiago, many meals as per itinerary. Gratuity is extra. See the end for more details.
1st Day FLORIDA – HAVANA
- Land in Cuba and leave the airport by 2:30 PM (approximately)
- Go to the bank to exchange Money
- Visit the Revolution Square – monument with Jose Marti. This is where the Cuban Revolution is celebrated.
- City tour through Malecón Avenue, all along the coast side, Vedado neighborhood the newest part of the city with architecture before the 1960’s, big houses European style, see vintage cars and people, and US Embassy.
- Visit the National Hotel, its Museum Rooms/mobster photos, and drink a cocktail in its astonishing terrace. Built by the American Mafia confiscated during the revolution.
- Time TBA Check in Private House or apartment
- Visit Plaza San Francisco de Asís where kids came daily to feed the pigeons, where the girls come for pictures to celebrate their 15th birthday (Cuban tradition). Tour through the 4 Squares.
- Visit the Garden of Maria Teresa of Calcutta, a short, green peace of paradise in the crowded Old Havana.
- Visit Palacio de Los Capitanes Generales, home of the former governors of San Cristobal de la Habana. Facing this palace, there is the only wooden street in Cuba, made with the purpose to avoid the noise made by the iron wheels of the carriages.
- Plaza de Armas with El Templete, place where was held the first mass and was founded the Villa de San Cristobal de la Havana back in 1519
- Shop for vintage books and magazines at Plaza de Armas
- Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a stone fortress that keeps the Giraldilla, symbol of Havana.
- 6:30 PM Transfer to dinner in a Cuban Paladar (Not included pay on your own)
- 8:00 PM Transfer to Cannon Shot Ceremony, representing the time of the colony when they closed the door of the city to protect the city from the Spanish pirates.
- 9:30 PM Return to the accommodations. Optional: Step out on your own to walk Old Havana and hear the music.
2nd Day HAVANA
- Breakfast and leave the Private House by 9:00 AM
- Visit the Havana’s Christ and the exhibition of “The Cuban Missile ” Missiles sent from Russia to Cuba to attack U.S. See the missiles and have an explanation, almost causing the third World War.
- Visit Ernest Hemingway house in Finca Vigia, its books collection, fruit trees, beloved Pilar Yacht and panoramic view of Havana from one of the highest viewpoints.
- Panoramic tour though some popular Havana neighborhoods
- 12:30 PM Transfer to lunch in a local Paladar (Not included pay on your own)
- Visit the Presidential Palace, home of all Cubans President before Fidel, including Batista. On March 13, 1957, when a group of students from the University took up arms to take the power from Batista, Batista escaped through a secret back door to save his life.
- Tour through the Central Park in front of the Havana Interesting small park.
- Visit the exterior area of the Havana Capitol modeled after the U.S. Capitol building; the only difference is one meter wider and higher.
- Visit Gran Teatro de la Habana, beautiful theater that hosts ballet festivals and such, where Obama spoke in 2016 with nice architecture.
- Inglaterra Hotel, old architecture with a terrace with cocktails, coffee, and music.
- Visit the famous and Hemingway’s favorite Floridita Bar, daiquiri´s birth place
- Return to Private Accommodations
- Dinner in a private Cuban house with a Cuban family. Dining table with just our group and the family. Chicken, pork, and picadillo will be set along with traditional Cuban food. Enjoy what they eat daily. Different than restaurants.
- Return to the Private accommodations
3rd Day HAVANA – SANTIAGO DE CUBA
- 7:30 am Transfer to Havana National Airport
- Land in Santiago de Cuba and leaving the airport by 10:40 AM (approximately)
- Visit the Revolution Square “Antonio ”
- Visit Santiago de Cuba Downtown
- Visit the Central Park “Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.”
- Check in the Private Accommodations
- Lunch in a Local Cuban Paladar (Not included pay on your own)
- Visit the Castle El Morro. Learn about the Spanish-Cuban-American War (1895-98)
- Visit the Memorial San Juan Hill
- Visit the “Cuartel ” Moncada Barracks, art deco building/1938, historical site of armed attacks by Castro in 1953.
- Transfer to dinner in a Cuban Paladar (Not included pay on your own)
- Return to Private Accommodations
4thDay SANTIAGO, THE FIRST CUBAN CAPITAL
- Breakfast and leaving the house by 9:00 AM
- Visit the Sanctuary of “Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.” Protector of Cuba and all Cubans, where Cubans go when they need to pray.
- Visit the Museum House of Diego Velázquez – The oldest house in Cuba. Dating from 1516 to 1530, preserved to see.
- Visit the Cathedral of Santiago de Cuba. Santiago was built around their park and cathedral.
- Lunch in a Cuban Paladar (Not included pay on your own)
- Visit the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. Visit the tombs of Fidel Castro, Jose Marti, Emilio Bacardi, Tomas Estrada Palma and other important people in the History of Cuba. Beautiful handmade huge sculptures to commemorate those who passed away. Many encompass entire families
- Visit the Museum of Rum inside Emilio Bacardi’s See rums from the 1800’s.
- Visit the Museum Emilio Bacardí. Bacardi lost their rum operations in 1960.
- Visit the “Casa de la Trova de Santiago de Cuba.” Cradle of Cuban Music. Sometimes there are live performers. This is the history of Cuban music and performers and part of Cuban culture where they could not voice their opinions but could communicate through music.
- Return to Private Accommodations
- Dinner in a private Cuban house with a Cuban family. Dining table with just our group and the family. Chicken, pork, and picadillo will be set along with traditional Cuban food. Enjoy what they eat daily. Santiago has different local dishes than in Havana.
- Return to Private Accommodations
5th Day SANTIAGO DE CUBA – FLORIDA
- Breakfast and leave the house by 9:00 AM
- Walking tour to say “See you soon Cuba.” If time allows.
- Departure to the International airport return to Florida
- Exact times and tours offered may vary depending on arrival times.
- If you want to go out on your own versus Cuban Family dinner you can do so at your own expense, notify the tour guide early on so the family knows how much food to prepare.
Experience the REAL Cuba before it is commercialized! If Cuba is on your Bucket List, now’s the time to go – don’t wait!
Imagine the stories you will have to tell your friends about visiting a socialist third world country, BEFORE it is open to the average American and ruined by commercialism!
Stay tuned for Betty’s eBook full of travel tips from her first-time Cuba visit during the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing January trip! To see photo and videos of the January trip visit the Facebook Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing page or check out our photo gallery button on our website.
The Nonprofit Ladies Let Go Fishing invites you to embark in a cultural & learning exchange and a human experience with the Cuban people. Experience Cuba as it is now, frozen in time!
Learn about the average Cuban struggles, help share in their lives through education & connect with the Cuban people on a local level.
Cuba remains a developing country, and guests traveling there should adjust their expectations accordingly.
Delays commonly occur, and flexibility and patience on the part of visitors is a must. Traveling to Cuba on a cultural exchange is quite unlike journeying to other destinations. It will be an unforgettable experience.
While every effort will be made to operate the program as scheduled, all activities are subject to change without notice.
- Who can come: Females or males, it’s ok to bring your guy.
- Passports: You must have a passport valid for at least a month beyond your expected date of departure, 6 months preferred.
- Safety: Cuba is reportedly very safe compared to other countries.
- Phones: Hook into wireless at the hotel to call home via Skype or Viber (additional) or purchase an international package from your cell provider.
- Leave your laptop at home and disconnect! Don’t depend on Wifi here and it may cost $5/hr.
- Souvenirs – much of the souvenirs are made by hand in Cuba. You can bring back a limited amount of cigars, alcohol and souvenirs
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Program certified under license people 2
- Two nights in Havana, with breakfast included
- Two nights in Santiago de Cuba, with breakfast included
- Two dinners with a Cuban Family, the first one in Havana and the second one in Santiago de Cuba
- Airfare from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, One Way
- All ground transfers in comfortable air-conditioned classic car
- Tours described as program
- All entrance fees to sites and activities described
- Professional bilingual tour guide, full time
- Assistance by our staff 24 hours if you have a phone that works in Cuba or ask your driver or people in private house or hotel
- Affidavit and Tourist Card
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- International ticket or others not described in the program
- Additional meals in Paladar (Cuban restaurant) such as lunches, plus dinners in addition to the two Cuba Home dinners listed above.
- Personal expenses like taxis to non-scheduled activities or laundry.
How it works: You reserve with the agent and pay by check. The agent will provide forms for you to complete to obtain your affidavit and visa. The visa is sent to you.
If you are interested click HERE to provide your info.