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Cuba has quickly become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and with good reason.  From stately buildings that rival the Opera in Paris, Goudy  architecture of Barcelona, Crystal blue waters,  stately hotels refurbished to new  world class standards;  As you fly over see  beaches and enjoy sunshine as only found in the Caribbean.  Immerse yourself in the colorful culture of Cuba, discovering historic plazas, traditional music, complicated history and distinct architecture in Old Havana.

Join us November  7-11, 2019 for a peak season five day/four night immersion tour into Cuba. You will be arriving just a week before the 500 year birthday anniversary of Cuba.  There will be lots of visitors, which will include government dignitaries and tourists from around the globe.  Our selected hotel offers all the comforts of a world-class hotel. This tour will sell out fast so register quickly!

The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is a 5 star deluxe hotel and you will really feel at home here. Full American style breakfast is available daily.

Price per person double $3,339.00

Price per person single  $4,708.00

*Prices per person (adults 18+) based on double occupancy (unless otherwise stated). Escorted tour packages items listed. Cuba Airfare is extra and can cost from $600.00-800.00 depending on departure city and finalized dates.

Airlines are United, American, Jet Blue. You will need to apply for your Visa at gateway airport, Newark, Miami or Houston, and you can do so on the connection of your flight if you are transiting One of these cities.  The Cost is approximately $85. Per guest to process at the airport and you need a passport style photograph that you can have taken at CVS. 

Trip Cancellation and supplemental insurance policies apply. Be certain to understand how and what is possible in Cuba.

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is required to secure your participation on this program.  After you are confirmed the space, air should be booked next.    Book your air by Emailing marty @ marty@summitmgt.com or calling  Marty at 973-239-4005 ext 110.

Flight options 

  • The Airlines to Cuba are Jet Blue, Delta, American United and Southwest.

  • The flight from Ft Lauderdale is about 1 hour 30 minutes  

  • Flight from Newark on the nonstop is under 4 hours.

  •  You can fly in and out of Ft Lauderdale to keep the cost a little lower, Marty (Director of Reservations Services at Summit) can explain the options. He can be reached at (973) 239-4005 ext 110.

  • Service Fee is $25.00 per ticket


Itinerary

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Early Arrivals (We suggest you extend your stay and not arrive early)

thursday November 7

  • Arrivals (Please note- Most guests will land at 2:00pm)

  • Afternoon at leisure

  • Hotel Check in after 3:00pm

  • Dinner at Kempinski (optional and on own)

  • Buena Vista Social Club: 2 Drinks included and dancing

friday November 8

  • AM Walking tour of Havana and visit to the famous La Corona Cigar Factory and Christopher Columbus Cemetery

  • Lunch (included)

  • Afternoon at leisure

  • Dinner included at a local public restaurant

  • Tropicana Nightclub show is included, including rum drink and transfers

saturday November 9

  • Havana Compas Dance Club- Young people with great dance and sounds 

  • Lunch included

  • Afternoon at leisure with shuttle to artisans market for shopping

  • Vintage car transfer to Nacional for a Mojito cocktail

  • Dinner at La Guarida or Rio Mar (visiting a private home and restaurant wine and beer included)

sunday November 10 

  • Visit to Opera and local Buildings

  • Afternoon at leisure

  • Farewell group dinner at private restaurant

monday November 11

 Are you thinking about staying an extra night on your own? Extra Nights if desired is $350 per person. Includes Breakfast tax and gratuity. Add $560 if single.


Included in our Havana Cuba IMMERSION Program:

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  • 4 nights Hotel at The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

  • Meet and greet services at the airport

  • Round-trip airport to hotel transpiration

  • Hotel taxes gratuities and baggage handling,

  • Local fuel surcharges,

  • All pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes and fees (including September 11th Security Fee).

  • Baggage fees at the hotel.

  • Visa application will be provided for filling out before arriving at the airport. $75.00 paid at check in.

  • Wi Fi Internet connectivity at the hotel is included  

 Meals as specified

  • Breakfast Daily at the hotel  

  • 2 Lunches

  • 1 evening dance club with 2 drinks

  • 3 private restaurant dinner experiences

  • 1 group gathering with Mojito cocktail at the Hotel Nacional. Includes transfer via open air cars.

  • 1 evening entrance to the Tropicana Show includes rum and coke drinks, transportation and guide services   

  • Excursions and touring as specified

  • General gratuities for the itinerary are included

  • Services of an English-speaking local tour guide and driver tour transfers.

Please Note: We have taken care of mostly everything. For any charges at the hotel of personal nature, Spa, mini bar, bottles of wine on own, etc., you will be asked to sign your check and pay your final bill after you return to the United States. US currency is accepted, but and US credit Cards are noy accepted. Local currency is accepted everywhere.

Currencies

There are two types of currencies in Cuba: the Cuban peso, used primarily by the locals for basic staples, and the CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso), which is mostly used by tourists. 

Please NOTE: US currency can be changed to Colonis or Cuban Peso .  You cannot change back to US dollars.  If you have incidental expenses, your will need to approve in Cuba and then pay them once you return to the UNITED States.  For example if you have a dinner or use items from your mini bar or have a spa treatment, the bill will be presented when you return to the states. A credit card will be on file for these expenses and charge plus 5% fee.  

Restrictions may apply. Support for the Cuban People tours are under one of the twelve general Cuba travel license categories administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury. Escorted tours are organized and provided by Cuba Travel Services. All prices are subject to availability and change without notice. Adults (18+) only, minimum 10 passengers per tour group. Summit Management is not responsible for errors or omissions.

Don’t Forget to Add Trip Protection with “Cancel for Any Reason” Coverage!

Here’s what you get if you purchase a plan for your program:

  • Cash reimbursement of fees if canceling for a covered reason

  • “Cancel for Any Reason” benefit provides a credit good for future travel with Road Scholar for the full amount of the Road Scholar cancellation fee if you cancel for a reason not covered by insurance.

  • Trip Interruption coverage

  • Travel Delay coverage

  • Your airfare is covered whether you purchase it through Road Scholar or independently

Our Travel Insurance partner Berkshire Hathaway offers plans
for any kind of trip for every type of traveler.

Cuba History and Facts

Thanks to changing U.S. regulations, it is now possible to legally travel to Cuba with us! While a visit to Cuba is unlike any other vacation, interacting and engaging with the friendly people of Cuba will make this an experience you'll never forget!

History

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The history of Cuba is rich and fascinating. Declared a tropical paradise by Christopher Columbus in 1492, Cuba was colonized by the Spanish for almost 400 years until 1898, when the U.S. claimed Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Four years later, Cuba gained its independence. Soon after the Cuban revolution ended in 1959, the new government, headed by Fidel Castro, declared Cuba a socialist state and took over U.S. oil refineries in Cuba. When the U. S. stopped buying Cuban sugar in response, Castro retaliated by taking over all of U.S. businesses in Cuba, leading U.S. President John. F. Kennedy to authorize the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. 

During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a 13-day political and military standoff over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba. Many feared that the world was on the brink of a nuclear war, until Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered the missile sites dismantled and returned to the USSR in return for a U.S. pledge not to attack Cuba. Fidel Castro remained in power until falling ill, relinquishing control to his brother, Raul Castro, in 2008. 

In December 2014, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba after its government freed U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, and the ban for Americans traveling to Cuba was lifted. Before Dec. 2014, Americans could only travel to Cuba with permission from the U.S. State Department. Today, U.S. tourists may visit Cuba under one of the twelve pre-approved travel categories licensed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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Fast Facts

Government - Since the revolution in 1959, the country has been governed by the Communist Party of Cuba, and is currently headed by President Raúl Castro. Today, Cuba is the only remaining Marxist-Leninist state in the West to have a "very high" United Nations human development index , and ranks well in measures of health and education.

Education - 2nd highest literacy rate in the world at 99.8%. Education is free for all at every level, and class sizes are limited to 25 students. Cuba has 47 universities.

Geography - Just 90 miles from U.S. shores of Key West Florida, Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands, with about the same square mileage as Tennessee. The coastline is approximately 780 miles (just 60 miles less than California's coast). 

Population - Home to over 11 million residents, Cuba is the most populated Caribbean island, with a diverse population that is 65% Caucasian, 24% mixed-race, and 10% Black.

Language - Spanish is the official language, but in larger cities and tourist areas, English is widely spoken. 

Cuisine - Cuban cuisine is generally a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean styles, with Native American Taino and African influences as well. However, food rationing, which has been the norm in Cuba for the last four decades, restricts the common availability of certain dishes. The traditional Cuban meal is not served in courses; rather, all food items are served at the same time.

Weather - The rainy season in Cuba typically runs from May to November, and the dry season from December to April. There is little season variation in temperature, averaging 77-78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Electric Current - 220 V at most hotels. Your iPhone and will work well and charge just like at home.  Call us if you have any other questions. Most electronics are travel-ready.

 Havana, A Cultural and Literary Companion

by Claudia Lightfoot

An illuminating guide to the city, its history and geography, as the inspiration for writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals.

The Distant Marvels

by Chantel Acevedo

A life-affirming tale of love set during a hurricane in 1960s, post-revolutionary Cuba. To keep hope alive amongst the evacuees, Maria Sirena tells the incredible story of her childhood during Cuba's Third War of Independence.

Passage to Cuba

by Cynthia Carris Alonso

An wonderful coffee-table book that takes readers through the crumbling, baroque splendor of Havana. Subtitled "An Up-Close Look at the World's Most Colorful Culture."

Cuba

by Pierre Hausherr (Photographer), Francois Missen

With full-page photographs, introductory essays on history, architecture, music, food and more, this oversized, illustrated paperback by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Francois Missen and photographer Pierre Hausherr captures the spirit of Cuba, its people, nature and culture.

The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics

by Aviva Chomsky (Editor), Barry Carr (Editor), Pamela Maria Smorkaloff (Editor)

Organized chronologically, this multi-faceted portrait of a nation, with most of the selections by Cuban writers, includes not only history, journalism and literature but also songs, paintings, poems, cartoons and speeches.

Dreaming in Cuban

by Cristina Garcia

A short, poetic novel of three generations of Cuban women, their reaction to the revolution and the complex relation between those who remained in Cuba and those who settled in the United States. Excellent reading.

Our Man in Havana

by Graham Greene

The classic story of a British vacuum cleaner salesman who gets accidentally drawn into Cold War espionage with disastrous results.

Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So

by Lorne Resnick

This deluxe coffee-table book organizes 250 black-and-white photographs around micro-stories that immerse readers in the heat and culture of the "Pearl of the Antilles." Includes a foreword by great travel writer Pico Iyer.

Hemingway's Boat

by Paul Hendrickson

Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961, from Hemingway's pinnacle as the reigning monarch of American letters until his suicide, Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's life through the story of his beloved boat, Pilar. On display at Hemingway's Finca La Vigia in San Francisco de Paula, east of Havana, it is easy to see how this sleek craft attracted Hemingway, the setting for so much of what the writer loved and the leitmotif of Hendrickson's supple elegy.

Cuba, A Traveler's Literary Companion

by Ann Louise Bardach

Bardach (Without Fidel) samples terrific contemporary writers for this anthology, organized geographically.

Moon Cuba

by Christopher P. Baker

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Cuba.

Cuba Map

by Borch Maps

A detailed, double-sided laminated map at a scale of 1:1,000,000.

Havana Modern, Twentieth-Century Architecture and Interiors

by Michael Connors

In vivid, original photographs, Connors ushers us through 100 examples of Havana’s best-preserved Nouveau and Art Deco architecture, built between the early 1900s and 1965.

Che Guevara, A Revolutionary Life

by Jon Lee Anderson

A revised and updated edition of Anderson's definitive biography, published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know

by Julia Sweig

Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Julia Sweig traces the geography, history and identity of Cuba in this admirably succinct portrait of the island nation and its role in world affairs.

The Spaces Between, Contemporary Art in Havana

by Antonio Eligio Fernandez

This study of shared, communal spaces for Havana artists examines the context of contemporary Cuban art. Including major contemporary figures, the work discusses artists’ techniques, their major themes and the environments in which they create.

Listen, Yankee, Why Cuba Matters

by Tom Hayden

With an unabashedly liberal bias, Hayden insightfully covers the often troubled relationship between these two nations and brings readers to the present with consideration for the future of U.S.-Cuban relations.

Cuba, A History in Art

by Gary R. Libby

This slim, yet comprehensive survey of Cuban art between 1725 and 1959 explains the development of artists’ styles and how developments in Cuba (and especially Havana) changed their work.

Trading with the Enemy

by Tom Miller

Miller captures the openness, sensuality and pride of Cuba and the Cubans in this eloquent account of entertaining travels in Fidel's Cuba.

The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs

by Jim Rasenberger

Jim Rasenberger's gripping, revisionist account of the invasion of the Bay of Pigs, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the misguided adventure, draws on newly available information from the CIA and his own family history.