February 2018 trip to Cuba

With the ever tightening restrictions and confusing information about travel to Cuba, I'm getting more and more requests for another trip. I've led four group trips to Cuba this year and am excited to announce a February 2018 group trip to Cuba. I'll be holding an info session at 7pm on Tuesday, December 5th inside Shops at the Loom at 1087 Flushing Ave in Brooklyn.

Everyone is scrambling to visit Cuba, a diverse island paradise seemingly stuck in the 60s. From classic car tours through Old Havana and bike tours through Vinales' tobacco country to scuba diving in the Bay of Pigs, flamingo watching in Cienfuegos and waterfall jumping and art walk tours in Trinidad - Cuba has something for everyone. 

Join me for an unforgettable small group trip that will visit four distinct Cuban cities, each of which offering its own flavor and flare. This cultural, people-to-people educational tour is activity-heavy, including lots of walking, hiking, and biking.

In addition to visiting typical tourist sites like Revolution Plaza and Old Havana, there will also be opportunities to zip line through tobacco country, snorkel/scuba dive in the Bay of Pigs, go flamingo watching and jump off waterfalls in national parks. We will take cars in between cities and rent bikes to get around within various cities. For those not interested in biking, walking and horseback tours can be arranged.

A classic car in Vedado

A classic car in Vedado

Revolution Plaza

Revolution Plaza

Zip lining through Vinales Valley

Zip lining through Vinales Valley

February 16th - 25th, 2018

Friday, February 16

Arrive in Havana, get settled, visit the stunning Hotel Nacional and enjoy a walking tour of the Vedado

Saturday, February 17

History and culture bike tour of Havana (Revolution Plaza, Old Havana, “The Forest”, Cemetery). The ride will be about 15-20 miles at a relaxed pace, making frequent stops Evening visit to the Cuban Arts Factory arts space/concert hall/bar/club

Sunday, February 18

Attend a traditional Afro-Cuban rumba dance performance in the morning before an afternoon historical tour of the Museum of Revolution.

Monday, February 19

Four-hour drive to tobacco country, Vinales, where we’ll visit a tobacco plantation to learn how cigars are made and hike to a stunning view of the valley before enjoying a home-cooked dinner at our “casa” overlooking the mountains.

Tuesday, February 20

Full-day bike tour (approximately 15 miles at a leisurely pace) during which we’ll visit a subterranean river, enjoy stunning views of the mountains and tobacco valleys, and go zip lining. A walking/horseback option is also available instead of cycling.

Wednesday, February 21

6-hour drive to Bay of Pigs, where we’ll visit the Bay of Pigs memorial museum documenting the failed US invasion of the beach before watching the sunset on the beach.

Thursday, February 22

Snorkeling and/or scuba diving in the Bay of Pigs in the morning before spending the afternoon at the beach. Instead of snorkeling/diving, an educational flora and fauna tour of the swamp wetlands can be arranged.

Friday, February 23

Two-hour drive to the colonial city of Trinidad, where we will enjoy an art history and culture tour of the city. In the evening, we will enjoy classic salsa lessons and a live Afro-Cuban musical performance.

Saturday, February 24

Historical tour of former sugar plantations and refinery before the four-hour drive back to Havana. Evening stroll along the bustling Malecon, where all of Havana congregates in the evening.

Sunday, February 25

Morning activities can be planned for participants who have afternoon/evening flights.

Client Testimonials (more here)

I joined one of EscapingNY’s 10-day group tours and had an absolutely amazing time and I can’t say enough good things about the trip. I so much enjoyed meeting a variety of Cubans from different walks of life to learn about their daily life and culture.
— Susan, New York City, February, 2017
Zip lining and scuba diving were great, I enjoyed the trip very much! We would not have done this many activities if we had gone on our own. Thanks!
— Mei C., New York City, April, 2017
I joined a 10-day trip and had an excellent time. We went on a flamingo-watching boat ride in a nature preserve, jumped off waterfalls in the jungle, cycled through Old Havana, visited several beautiful beaches, and went salsa dancing in a hot nightclub built inside a cave. I had limited expectations of Cuba because I don’t speak Spanish and I’d never traveled to a “non-westernized” country. My expectations were absolutely exceeded.
— Amy M, New York City, December, 2015
EscapingNY customized a special travel plan for me focusing on an in-depth, authentic Havana experience. During my short stay, I made many interesting local friends, biked off-off-beaten paths, and learned about Cuban culture. I’d highly recommend EscapingNY to anyone interested in really getting to know a country. Thanks again!
— Wei C., (New York City), July 2017
Vinales tobacco farm

Vinales tobacco farm

Cigar demonstration

Cigar demonstration

Ride through Vinales valley

Ride through Vinales valley

Breakfast at our Bay of Pigs home

Breakfast at our Bay of Pigs home

Posing with our taxi driver

Posing with our taxi driver

Biking through Havana forest

Biking through Havana forest

Pricing

With so many new restrictions and prices skyrocketing as a result, I'm still determining the final price but expect a full 10-day trip. Discounts available for those who share a room, refer a friend, and/or book early! Space is limited but you can put down a small deposit, which is fully refundable up until the final price is announced. Contact me for more information!