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2019 November Trip to Cuba

Here are the estimated prices for each tour, not just the hotels.  

There may be some unanticipated minor changes.  The prices include guides in Cuba, administrative support in the US and Cuba, hotel, all breakfasts and other meals as stated in the itinerary, transportation and admissions for planned activities, honoraria for speakers, tips for guides, drivers and group meals, cost for the conversion and wire fees.

Anniversary Havana Tour (November  11- 17th)     

Hotel Vedado (2-star hotel): $930        

Habana Victoria (4-star hotel): $1295     

Single Vedado $120                                            

Single  Victoria $380                                          

Provincial Excursion Tour (November 17th- 21st)
Hotel Vedado (2-star hotel): $1560

Habana Victoria  (4-star hotel): $1975

Single Vedado $195 

Single Victoria $500

Each hotel has a website.

Nov. 11: Travel day. 

Arrive in Jose Marti International Airport.

Today is set aside as an arrival day.  

We ask that the group arrive by 4 pm.

We will arrange 1 group transfers this day.

For those that arrive early please plan on meeting us at the hotel between 3 and 4pm to check in.  

Some arriving people will have to take or share a cab.

  • 06:00 pm

    Welcome Meet and Greet Orientation Meeting with your Cuban Guide Arturo Mesa (requested) and our AltruVistas Rep. with a Welcome Mojito.

  • 08:00 pm   

Welcome Dinner  (Cava with invited CTC and ICAP Guests).

Nov. 12:

  • 09:00 am

    Briefing by Cuban Architect Miguel Coyula, “Havana Past, Present, Future”.  

    Enjoy a guided Walking City Tour of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

    Delegates also have time to engage with Cubans at their art studios, galleries and markets where participants will meet with Cuban artists and find out first hand how artist negotiate between the tourist market, a socialist economy and new opportunities for individual entrepreneurship.

  • 11:00 am 

    Enjoy a guided Walking City Tour of Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delegates also have time to engage with Cubans at their art studios, galleries and markets where participants will meet with Cuban artists and find out first hand how artist negotiate between the tourist market, a socialist economy and new opportunities for individual entrepreneurship. Visit the four major historical squares of Cuba. Historian’s massive efforts to restore Old Havana buildings, attract tourism and new investment, and improve social services for local residents. See buildings and homes in different stages of reconstruction, meet with neighborhood residents. Learn about how tourism impacts economic good.

    Lunch in old Havana at Hemingway’s old dive the Bodequita del Medio and then

    continue our City Tour .

  • 03:00 pm

    Visit to the National Capitol building, the Capitolio.

  • 04:00 pm

    We end our orientation in Havana with a visit to the Museum of the Revolution with our guide, and for those that have been with us with the docent from the Fine Arts Museum.

  • 05:00 pm - 07:30 pm

    Free time for personal exploration 

07:30 pm

Dinner tonight is at the Floridita Restaurant.

Nov. 13:

  • 09:00 am

  • Tour of one of Havana’s Biotech Lab sand learn of Cuba’s investment in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

  • 11:00 am

  • Exchange with Biotech leaders who would be the right people for starting negotiations with joint drug trials of advanced Cuban medicines.

  • Lunch with invited guests.

  • 02:30 pm

  • Visit to a local polyclinic or hospital to meet with a MINSAP representative to learn about its integrative preventative care public health system.

  • 04:00 pm

  • We end the day with a visit to ELAM 0 the Latin American Medical School.

  • 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

  • Free time for personal exploration

  • 07:30 pm

  • Dinner (requested Jardin del Los Milagros ) with invited guest from the FMC- Federacion de Mujeres Cubanas to share about the struggle and success of

  • Cuban Women’s’ struggle for equity.

Nov. 14:

  • 09:00 am

    Meeting with a representative from the Poder Popular to discuss political representation and to discuss the New Constitution.

  • 11:00am

    Briefing Cuban History from a Workers perspective by Jorge Mario. 


    02:00 pm

    Exchange with the CTC, the Cuban Workers Union who were elected to the National Parliament.

    Exchange with the General Secretary of the CTC, the Cuban Workers Union to learn about the history and current status of labor and labor rights in Cuba.

  • 04:00 pm

    Exchange with the Muraleando Community Arts program a community-based art programs in Havana, inspired originally by local neighborhood artists who taught art “in the streets.”

    Outdoor murals and sculptures, depicting fanciful celebrations of Cuban life, were a natural outgrowth of these art classes.

  • 05:30 pm


  • 07:30 pm


  • 09:00 pm

CDR (Committees for the Defense of the Revolution) block party exchange.

Nov. 15:

  • 09:00 am

This morning we will learn about the role and contribution of Afro-Cubans in the

cultural, political history of the nation session with Gloria Rolando.

  • 11:30 am

We explore the Afro Diaspora and learn about the Slave Route in Cuba as well as the legacy in culture and religion today (Ifa, Santaria, Palo, etc.) as we visit with the Yoruba Association or the Cabildo Quisicuaba an Afro-inspired community health project.

  • 01:00 pm

    Lunch at el Cimmaron Paladar

  • 03:00 pm

    Meeting with a representative from ICAP, the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples.

    Here you can ask questions about US Cuban international relations today.

  • 04:30 pm

    Visit to Cuba’s Museum of the Organs of State Security enjoy a community exchange at the Museum of Guanabacoa to experience their small museum and then enjoy a traditional AfroCuban dance of the Orishas.

    Break and dinner is free .

Nov. 16:

Day for City of Havana Celebrations and festivities (tba)

If we have free time we will visit the San Jose de Amancenes arts and crafts fair for

those that would like to shop for gifts and exchange with local craft persons.

  • 05:00 pm -06:00 pm

    Wrap- up Meeting facilitated by Bill Camp and BRCL.

  • 06:30 pm

Farewell Dinner at a local Restaurant

Evening celebration!

Nov. 17: Hasta Luego

Anniversary Havana Tour Ends

  • 09:00 am

    Check out of Hotel after breakfast. We will have a morning transfer to Jose Marti International Airport for our departures back to US.

    Please plan with the hotel to arrange a taxi.

    Please be at the airport 3 hours before departure to allow for plenty of time to pass through immigration.

For those leaving later, feel free to have the hotel care for your bags after your 12 noon check out time.

Nov. 17th    Las Terrazas                                                 ( B,L,D) 

Provincial Excursion Begins

  • 8:00 am

Breakfast at the hotel and check out

  • 9:00 am

Departure to Artemisa to visit Las Terrazas community.

  • 10:30 am

Visit to the Eco Station and enjoy time to hike the community and enjoy café at Maria’s Café.

  • 12:30 pm

    Lunch at the ecological restaurant ¨El Romero¨ and meet with Tito (if he is there, the founder of the gourmet Cuba vegetarian movement) .

  • 2:00 pm  

Hike through and visit the community and their local residents and artists.   

  • Pm   

Departure to the hotel in Viñales.

  • 6:30 pm

Check in at the hotel and time to relax. 

  • 7:00 pm

Dinner at hotel and time to relax together (La Ermita or Jazmines requested)

Nov. 18th  Viñales      (B,L )

  • 09:30 am

Walking Farm tour in the Valley . This morning we will enjoy a guided walking tour through farms. Meet with different farmers (including tobacco) and their families as you learn about Cuban agriculture and small-scale farming. 

  • 11:00 am

    Visit Paraiso Farm with Wilfredo and Family.

  • 12:30 pm

Lunch at Paraiso Farm.  Exchange with Tobacco farmers. 

Pm return to the hotel and have time to relax and have dinner on your own. 

  • 8:30 pm

Exchange with a local CDR and overnight in Vinales 


November 19th    Pinar del Rio   (B,L)

  • 09:30 am

We are off to visit the town of Pinar del Rio.

Here we will visit a community arts project called Love and Hope. This project supports those with Down’s Syndrom using arts and culture to inspire.

Lunch in town.

  • 02:30 pm

    Learn about public health and provincial medicine at a local Hospital.  

  • 04:30 pm

    Return to Vinales Valley for an opportunity to hike, rent horses, etc. 

Overnight in Vinales. 

Dinner is free for you to enjoy local paladares.

November 20th Viñales (B,D)

  • 08:00 am 

Breakfast at the hoteL

  • 09:00 am

    Check out of our hotel.

09:30 am
Visit with a local family doctor  in Viñales .
After we we  return to Havana on arrival we will have free time for lunch in Old Havana and for arts and craft shopping at the San Jose de Almancenes. 

Farewell Dinner at a local  Paladar with invited guests from the CTC-the Cuban Union of Workers. 

November 21st  Departure                                                        (B)   

Breakfast and transfer to the Jose International Airport


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