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New Year’s in Havana

$1,836 – $2,916 US Per Person

Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019

Overview
Celebrate the coming of 2019 in a city stopped in time! This 4-night getaway showcases of Havana’s beauty and architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Highlights

  • American classic car ride
  • Malecon tour
  • Kadir Lopez’s house
  • Walking tour of Havana Historic Center
  • Sloppy Joe’s Bar
  • Prado Promenade
  • Palacio de Artesanias
  • Fusterlandia
  • Nacional Hotel
  • Hall of Fame bar
  • Gala dinner at Plaza de Catedral
  • Musical performances for New Year’s Eve Gala
  • San Jose Craft Market
  • 2019 event at La Habanera paladar
Capitolio in the background

Overview
Celebrate the coming of 2019 in a city stopped in time! This 4-night getaway showcases of Havana’s beauty and architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Highlights

  • American classic car ride
  • Malecon tour
  • Kadir Lopez’s house
  • Walking tour of Havana Historic Center
  • Sloppy Joe’s Bar
  • Prado Promenade
  • Palacio de Artesanias
  • Fusterlandia
  • Nacional Hotel
  • Hall of Fame bar
  • Gala dinner at Plaza de Catedral
  • Musical performances for New Year’s Eve Gala
  • San Jose Craft Market
  • 2019 event at La Habanera paladar

INCLUDED in your program:

  • Accommodation: 4 nights at a hotel selected below
  • Local guide to Cuba and driver for duration of the itinerary
  • 1 group transfer from and to airport
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 2 waters per person per day
  • Activities: American classic car ride, Malecon tour, Kadir Lopez’s house, Walking tour of Havana Historic Center, Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Prado Promenade, Palacio de Artesanias, Fusterlandia, Nacional Hotel, Hall of Fame bar, Gala dinner at Plaza de Catedral, Musical performances for New Year’s Eve Gala, San Jose Craft Market, 2019 event at La Habanera paladar

 

NOT INCLUDED in your program:

  • Visa
  • Flight tickets
  • Additional arrival and departure transfers for non-group flight arrivals and departures
  • Gratuities and donations
  • Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Waiver (available at an extra charge)


DEC 29

ARRIVAL DAY

Welcome to Havana! After making your way through customs at the Havana International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Cuban guide and driver who will be with you for this Havana New Year’s Eve celebration!

Enjoy a panoramic overview of Havana with an introduction by your guide about the history and life of Cuban people and culture. Take a brief photo-op at Plaza de la Revolución.

Be privately checked into your hotel with the help of your guide. Take some leisure time to settle in prior to the nighttime activities.

Be picked up in an American classic car for a ride and tour around the Malecon and Old Havana. You’ll be dropped off at Cuban artist Kadir Lopez’s House in Old Havana for a cocktail reception. Recognized and awarded nationally and internationally for his art, much of Kadir’s work is inspired by a reflection on time: blurring the past, present and future. He criticizes the effects of progress or lack of it, and its spiritual, economical, and political effects on society.

Dinner will be at a local paladar, a privately owned restaurant. Enjoy a famous Cuban cocktail in the rooftop bar, where you can appreciate a panoramic and genuine view of Old Havana.

Skyline of Havana with Capitol building at dusk

DEC 29

ARRIVAL DAY

Welcome to Havana! After making your way through customers at the Havana International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Cuban guide and driver who will be with you for this Havana New Year’s Eve celebration!

Enjoy a panoramic overview of Havana with an introduction by your guide about the history and life of Cuban people and culture. Take a brief photo-op at Plaza de la Revolución.

Be privately checked into your hotel with the help of your guide. Take some leisure time to settle in prior to the nighttime activities.

Be picked up in an American classic car for a ride and tour around the Malecon and Old Havana. You’ll be dropped off at Cuban artist Kadir Lopez’s House in Old Havana for a cocktail reception. Recognized and awarded nationally and internationally for his art, much of Kadir’s work is inspired by a reflection on time: blurring the past, present and future. He criticizes the effects of progress or lack of it, and its spiritual, economical, and political effects on society.

Dinner will be at a local paladar, a privately owned restaurant. Enjoy a famous Cuban cocktail in the rooftop bar, where you can appreciate a panoramic and genuine view of Old Havana.

DEC 30

OLD HAVANA 

After breakfast at the hotel, begin the day with a walking tour for Havana Historic Center. Take in the charm of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. During the 2 hour walking tour, be introduced to the restoration and preservation process of its most elaborate buildings, along with old ties and new hopes around every corner.

Enjoy a light lunch at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a legendary bar restaurant the Los Angeles Times described as “one of the most famous bars in the world.”

After lunch, walk along Prado Promenade towards the Capitol building and Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. Visit the Palacio de Artesanias, a handicraft market on the edges of Old Havana. This varied gallery of shops will introduce you to the world of Cuban cigars. Meet with skilled rollers and learn how to roll a Habano cigar. Enjoy some Cuban rum matched with a Cubano cigar.

Your guide will return you to your hotel for some leisure time. Dinner is on your own tonight. If you need some inspiration, your guide can give you ideas on delicious paladares.

View over the famous seaside promenade Malecon with skyline of modern Havana with hotels is visible in the background, elevated view, long exposure

Dec 30

OLD HAVANA 

After breakfast at the hotel, begin the day with a walking tour for Havana Historic Center. Take in the charm of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. During the 2 hour walking tour, be introduced to the restoration and preservation process of its most elaborate buildings, along with old ties and new hopes around every corner.

Enjoy a light lunch at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a legendary bar restaurant the Los Angeles Times described as “one of the most famous bars in the world.”

After lunch, walk along Prado Promenade towards the Capitol building and Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. Visit the Palacio de Artesanias, a handicraft market on the edges of Old Havana. This varied gallery of shops will introduce you to the world of Cuban cigars. Meet with skilled rollers and learn how to roll a Habano cigar. Enjoy some Cuban rum matched with a Cubano cigar.

Your guide will return you to your hotel for some leisure time. Dinner is on your own tonight. If you need some inspiration, your guide can give you ideas on delicious paladares.

Dec 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Happy New Year’s Eve! After breakfast, visit Fusterlandia, a community project started by renowned Cuban artist Jose Fuster, “the Picasso of the Caribbean,” who transformed his entire neighborhood into a colorful mosaic and artistic mecca.

Continue your day with a panoramic tour of modern Havana through Miramar and Vedado. See 5th Avenue, Tejas Verdes House, Riviera Hotel and the Malecon. Drive along the elegant mansions of Spanish and Art Deco style all built before the Cuban Revolution.

Lunch will be at a local paladar. Stop at the Nacional Hotel, a historic landmark of Havana. Tour the property with a local guide and enjoy a Cuban mojito at the Hall of Fame bar.

Return to the hotel to prepare for the New Year’s Eve festivities tonight! After getting ready, your local guide and driver will pick you up for a tour of Catedral de La Habana. Built in 1787 from blocks of coral, it is one of the most iconic buildings in Old Havana. Participate in the festivities organized by the city and interact with locals.

Make your way to the Plaza de la Catedral. Enjoy a delicious Gala dinner for the New Year’s Eve celebration. After dinner, enjoy the rest of the Gala at the plaza with the available activities and musical performances planned for the New Year.

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Dec 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Happy New Year’s Eve! After breakfast, visit Fusterlandia, a community project started by renowned Cuban artist Jose Fuster, “the Picasso of the Caribbean,” who transformed his entire neighborhood into a colorful mosaic and artistic mecca.

Continue your day with a panoramic tour of modern Havana through Miramar and Vedado. See 5th Avenue, Tejas Verdes House, Riviera Hotel and the Malecon. Drive along the elegant mansions of Spanish and Art Deco style all built before the Cuban Revolution.

Lunch will be at a local paladar. Stop at the Nacional Hotel, a historic landmark of Havana. Tour the property with a local guide and enjoy a Cuban mojito at the Hall of Fame bar.

Return to the hotel to prepare for the New Year’s Eve festivities tonight! After getting ready, your local guide and driver will pick you up for a tour of Catedral de La Habana. Built in 1787 from blocks of coral, it is one of the most iconic buildings in Old Havana. Participate in the festivities organized by the city and interact with locals.

Make your way to the Plaza de la Catedral. Enjoy a delicious Gala dinner for the New Year’s Eve celebration. After dinner, enjoy the rest of the Gala at the plaza with the available activities and musical performances planned for the New Year.

Jan 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY

Happy New Year! Enjoy breakfast and some relaxation time. Explore Havana at your leisure. Lunch will be on your own today.

After lunch, your local guide will pick you up to visit the outside of Morro Castle for the perfect photo-op with the iconic lighthouse and castle. Then, visit the San Jose Craft Market along the seaside of Old Havana. It is a large warehouse transformed into a bazaar with over 100 privately owned artisan and handicraft stalls. It is a fantastic place to purchase souvenirs for those back home. Converse with the local entrepreneurs to learn about this burgeoning sector of private enterprise.

Be dropped off at the hotel to get ready for the “Welcome 2019!” event at La Habanera paladar tonight.

In a private reception at La Habanera, you can participate in a party of musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs making this last day in Cuba an exceptional farewell.

El Morro Spanish fortress with lighthouse, cannons and Cuban flag in the foreground, with sea in the background, Havana, Cuba

Jan 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY

Happy New Year! Enjoy breakfast and some relaxation time. Explore Havana at your leisure. Lunch will be on your own today.

After lunch, your local guide will pick you up to visit the outside of Morro Castle for the perfect photo-op with the iconic lighthouse and castle. Then, visit the San Jose Craft Market along the seaside of Old Havana. It is a large warehouse transformed into a bazaar with over 100 privately owned artisan and handicraft stalls. It is a fantastic place to purchase souvenirs for those back home. Converse with the local entrepreneurs to learn about this burgeoning sector of private enterprise.

Be dropped off at the hotel to get ready for the “Welcome 2019!” event at La Habanera paladar tonight.

In a private reception at La Habanera, you can participate in a party of musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs making this last day in Cuba an exceptional farewell.

Jan 2

DEPARTURE DAY

Like 2018, your Havana New Year’s Eve journey has come to an end. Your local guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the Havana International Airport!

Hasta luego and safe travels!

Bicicleta

Jan 2

DEPARTURE DAY

Like 2018, your Havana New Year’s Eve journey has come to an end. Your local guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the Havana International Airport!

Hasta luego and safe travels!

Prices
HotelStandard Room (Single Occupancy) Standard Room (Double Occupancy)
Hotel Melia Cohiba, Standard $ 2,199 US $ 1,836 US
Hotel Melia Cohiba, The Level $ 2,500 US $ 2,016 US
Hotel Nacional, Standard $ 2,276 US $ 1,974 US
Hotel Parque Central, Modern $ 2,736 US $ 2,373 US
Hotel Parque Central, Colonial $ 2,916 US $ 2,555 US
Boutique Houses $ 2,427 US $ 1,910 US

*Domestic and/or international flights should not be booked until the departure is guaranteed.

*Definite Departure Dates: Tours will be guaranteed once the total minimum number of guests, 5 (five),  have booked. Tours will be guaranteed no later than 65 days prior to departure. If the minimum number of guests, 5(five), is not met to guarantee the departure, CTP will provide a full refund.

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