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Cuba People & Culture: Havana, Trinidad & Cienfuegos

10 days |  13 days with West Cuba extension
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Get to know Cuba’s vibrant culture from the warm locals who call the island country home.

Meeting students who are learning how to restore and preserve Havana’s historic buildings. Taking in a Buena Vista Social Club-style performance at a 1950s-inspired cafe. Learning how to salsa dance—and play dominoes—under the tutelage of master teachers. Through these and countless other interactions with welcoming locals, get to know Cuba at its most authentic as you soak in the country’s legendary, energetic culture.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 6 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
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Included highlights

  • Old Havana
  • Dominoes lesson
  • Museum of the Revolution
  • Havana Queens Dance Company
  • Ernest Hemingway’s home at Finca Vigía
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Havana3 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Havana & Life in Cuba Today visit
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Please note: Due to the nature of travel to Cuba, the itinerary may vary depending on departure.

Welcome to Cuba! Arrive in Havana and transfer to your hotel before meeting with a local artist or photographer for an interactive discussion about what life is like in Cuba.

Tonight, enjoy an included welcome dinner with your group.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Old Havana
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get to know the UNESCO-listed neighborhood of Old Havana, the heart of the Cuban capital, with a local architect leading the way.

  • Engage in open discussions about recent restoration projects in Havana as you walk along the colorful main streets
  • Pass through Plaza de Armas, the neighborhood’s oldest square, as well as Plaza de San Francisco de Asís and Plaza de la Catedral
  • Stop in a scenic park to learn the game of dominoes, a beloved Cuban pastime, from a local dominoes champion

After enjoying an included lunch at a local restaurant, continue your exploration of Havana.

  • Enter the Museum of the Revolution, housed in the former Presidential Palace
  • Learn about the Fidel Castro-led overthrow of Fulgencio Batista’s government, as well as the Cuban perspective on the revolution
  • Admire the museum’s beautiful interior details, from the replica of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors to decorations done by New York’s Tiffany Studios
  • Engage in insightful conversations with locals at Arte Corte, a community project centered around a hair salon and barber school

Tonight, enjoy dinner at one of the city’s small, family-run restaurants known as paladares. Then, tap your toes and sway along as local musicians perform songs inspired by Buena Vista Social Club, a group of Cuban musicians whose self-titled, 1997 debut album sold millions of copies around the world.

Day 3: Havana Queens Dance Company, Afro-Cuban cultural visits & Finca Vigía
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting

Today, learn more about the diverse lives of people in Havana.

  • Visit the Havana Queens Dance Company and engage with its performers as you watch them rehearse
  • Head to the district of Guanabacoa, one of the city’s centers of Afro-Cuban culture
  • Enter the Guanabacoa Museum and learn about Afro-Cuban religion and ceremonies
  • Stroll the alleys to get a taste of everyday life
  • Sit down for a lunch of traditional Afro-Cuban food
  • Listen to the sounds of Afro-Cuban music while you enjoy lunch and a taste of Aguardiente liquor

This afternoon, get a look at some of Cuba’s world-famous cultural touchstones.

  • Meet with a local historian at Finca Vigía, where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his most famous works
  • Enjoy an engaging discussion about the importance of Hemingway’s novels in Cuba and the U.S.
  • View Hemingway’s famous boat, Pilar, in the home’s backyard
  • Transfer to the Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, an old Spanish fortress that was built to protect Havana’s harbor

Tonight, head to the historic Hotel Nacional to learn about its significance and sip Cuba’s signature drink, the mojito.

Remedios2 nights
Day 4: Remedios via Santa Clara
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

En route to Remedios, stop in Santa Clara to visit revolutionary landmarks and get a taste of local music and culture.

  • Discuss Cuba’s revolutionary history at the Che Guevara Mausoleum
  • Walk through Parque Vidal, one of the city’s most important parks featuring monuments from various eras
  • Enjoy an included lunch, then take in a traditional trova music performance and engage with the musicians

Continue on to Remedios and set off on a sightseeing tour of the city.

  • Hop on board a bicycle taxi, known locally as a bicitaxi, for a tour of Remedios
  • Head into the main square, where you’ll meet your local drivers and share coffee
  • Talk with a local guide to learn about the famous Parrandas festival, one of the Caribbean’s largest and oldest traditional carnivals with roots stretching back to the 18th century

Sit down for an included dinner this evening at a local paladar.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Caibarién & Remedios
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head to the agricultural and cultural center of Caibarién this morning.

  • Converse with a local artist about Cuba’s vibrant creative scene
  • Discuss the tools and machinery used in sugar production with local workers at the Marcelo Salado Sugar Mill Museum
  • Ride a steam train back to Remedios, and interact with the conductors en route
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then meet with a parish priest at the Remedios Cathedral to discuss the church’s work and community projects
  • Enjoy a lively conversation with local baseball coaches at the city’s baseball stadium to learn about the importance of the sport in Cuba
  • Practice your batting and catching skills during a quick game with the coaches on the field
Trinidad1 night
Day 6: Trinidad via Sancti Spíritus
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Trinidad, stopping to visit Sancti Spíritus, one of the oldest European settlements in Cuba, along the way.

  • Wander through the charming historic center alongside a local guide, engaging in conversation about its architecture and history
  • Stroll across Puente Yayabo, an arched bridge that spans the Yayabo River
  • Enjoy an open discussion with your guide about restoration projects in the city

Continue on to learn about the history of the frozen-in-time town of Trinidad.

  • Enjoy an included lunch at a local paladar
  • Explore and discuss the UNESCO-recognized Spanish colonial zone with a local guide
  • Pass by Plaza Mayor, the Church of the Holy Trinity, Brunet Palace, Sánchez Iznaga Mansion, and the bell tower of the old San Francisco Convent
  • Meet and interact with local artists in Trinidad to learn about their lives, work, and inspiration

Tonight, learn how to salsa dance alongside local masters, and engage with the performers during a demonstration. Then, enjoy an included dinner at a local paladar followed by a group drink at the Escalinata de la Casa de la Música.

Cienfuegos Region2 nights
Day 7: Coffee farm walk, transfer to Cienfuegos & bike tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Lunch

This morning, head north of Trinidad to tour a coffee farm alongside local farmers.

  • Talk about coffee production, as well as struggles that are unique to Cuban coffee farmers, as you walk the grounds together
  • Enjoy a tasting of fresh, home-roasted coffee

Make your way to the bayside city of Cienfuegos and enjoy an included lunch before heading out on a unique sightseeing tour.

  • Grab your E-bike and set off for a ride along the Malecón, or seawall, and through the UNESCO-listed colonial zone
  • Make your way through José Martí Square and view the cathedral before passing by Teatro Tomás Terry and the neo-Gothic Palacio de Valle
  • End your ride, then interact with members of the Cienfuegos Choir and take in a performance

Please note: Those who are not comfortable with riding a bike have the option to walk instead.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of the Bay of Pigs & snorkeling
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the infamous Bay of Pigs, and converse with local experts to learn about its historical significance and marine ecosystems.

  • Engage in a discussion with locals to learn about the failed, 1961 U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion from their perspectives
  • Sit down for an included lunch at Caleta Buena
  • Join in a discussion with a local marine biologist about the bay’s impressive marine ecosystem
  • Snorkel among the peaceful bay’s well-preserved coral reefs and colorful marine life

Please note: Snorkeling equipment will be provided on-site at the Bay of Pigs.

Return to Cienfuegos and sit down for an included dinner at a local paladar.

Havana1 night
Day 9: Transfer to Havana, cigar factory & vintage car ride
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell dinner

Make your way back to Havana for an afternoon of quintessentially Cuban experiences and insightful interactions with locals.

  • Meet and converse with staff at a local cigar factory to see how Cuba’s most famous export is made from start to finish
  • Engage with local artisans at the Almacenes San José Artisans’ Market
  • Exchange ideas about art with the artisans, and shop their locally made goods
  • Get to know expert auto mechanics at a restoration garage and converse with them about how they maintain Havana’s iconic, vintage cars
  • Grab a seat in one of the cars and go for a cruise through the beautiful Miramar neighborhood and along the seaside, interacting with your local driver as you ride along

Celebrate your trip with your group at tonight’s farewell dinner featuring live performances of traditional Cuban music.

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore West Cuba.

Go Ahead Tours is pleased to offer educational and cultural exchanges to Cuba. Go Ahead Tours qualifies for the people-to-people general license established by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC). Under this license, Go Ahead Tours will offer educational and cultural exchanges and conversations with the people of Cuba. The itinerary is subject to change based on day of week and availability, but a complete people-to-people itinerary will always be maintained.

Extension to West Cuba
Continue your exploration of Cuban culture, and spend time with knowledgeable locals, in West Cuba. Home to historic sites and picturesque landscapes, the country’s quiet and scenic western side offers plenty of outdoor activities, such as scenic boat rides and snorkeling, as well as opportunities to learn about agricultural practices and marine ecosystems from skilled local farmers and scientists.
Viñales1 night
Day 10: Transfer to Viñales, tobacco farm visit & boat ride
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Viñales and take in some of the country’s more unique landscapes. Then, get to know the different sides, and welcoming people, of West Cuba.

  • Visit a tobacco farm, where you can watch a farmer roll cigars by hand
  • Meet and converse with a tobacco farmer to learn about the production of the highly prized product
  • Enjoy a locally made Cuban cigar if you’d like

Head further into the UNESCO-listed Viñales Valley to uncover its beauty.

  • Enjoy lunch at an organic farm overlooking the lush valley
  • Engage with the farm’s owners and staff to learn about their organic farming practices
  • Travel to Cueva del Indio, the ancient home of Cuba’s indigenous habitants
  • Board a boat and cruise through the cave via an underground river to admire cave paintings and archeological remains, conversing with your guide about the region’s history as you float along

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Cayo Levisa1 night
Day 11: Transfer to Cayo Levisa
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Board a ferry and travel to the beautiful Cayo Levisa, where you’ll meet local people and discuss wildlife and conservation efforts along Cuba’s coast.

  • Join a local marine biologist for a fascinating discussion about the north coast’s coral reefs
  • Chat with locals to find out what it’s like to live on Cayo Levisa
  • Spend time snorkeling, swimming, or relaxing in what will feel like your own private paradise
  • Take time to savor all the natural wonders, including marine life, birds, mangroves, and pine forests
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch at the island’s resort

Please note: Snorkeling equipment and instruction are provided, and additional activities can be purchased at the diving center.

Sit down for an included dinner with your group this evening.

Havana1 night
Day 12: Havana via Las Terrazas & coffee plantation
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Lunch, Dinner

On your way back to Havana, stop to learn about Fidel Castro’s “Green Revolution” and Cuba’s part in the slave trade.

  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Las Terrazas Biosphere Reserve and talk with an expert about the successful reforestation project
  • Learn how the mountains, ruined by Spanish loggers and hurricane damage, were salvaged with the planting of more than six million varieties of trees
  • Interact with local artisans who call the community home, and learn about their work
  • Step inside a local’s home to learn more about the Las Terrazas community while sipping coffee and engaging in conversation

After an included lunch at a local restaurant, head to the Buenavista Coffee Plantation, the first of its kind in Cuba.

  • Chat with a local guide during a tour of the partially restored plantation, which was started by French refugees after neighboring Haiti gained independence
  • Engage in a discussion about Cuban plantation slave labor with your guide
  • View the ruins of slaves’ stone cells, as well as the former master’s house
  • See the enormous tajona, or grindstone, that was used to crack the coffee beans

Continue on to Havana and enjoy a farewell dinner as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

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    Beautiful Country, Beautiful People
    10/06/19 by 3rd-time traveler Stacy

    I didn’t know what to really expect traveling to Cuba. The embargo had been lifted for several years, and for some reason I thought I had better go see Cuba before they closed the borders again. Little did I know that this would happen just before our trip. In fact some of our itinerary had to be ...

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    Cuba 2019
    02/24/19 by 3rd-time traveler Susan

    Our guides Stevyn & Jose were excellent. Cuba is such a fascinating country that we know so little about. GO!

    DIFFICULT TOUR FOR SENIOR BECAUSE OF OPPRESSIVE WEATHER AND RUGGED WALK PATHS
    10/06/19 by 3rd-time traveler Robert

    The tour was too regimented and did not allow enough opportunity for independent exploration with the citizens of Cuba. Our Tour Director, Chad, was great and extended many courtesies and extra care as we worked hard to keep up with the itinerary. The hotels worked except for the Hotel Las Cuevas, a...

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    Go Ahead Tours replied on 01/16/20

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    NH Capri La Habana
    NH Capri La Habana

    This centrally located hotel is located in the Vedado section of downtown Havana. Guests enjoy a selection of restaurants, bars with live music, and r...

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    Hotel E Barcelona
    Hotel E Barcelona

    This restored 1920s hotel is located in historic Remedios. Guests enjoy the rooftop terrace, on-site restaurant, and bar. Nearby you’ll find Iglesia S...

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    Hotel Las Cuevas
    Hotel Las Cuevas

    This relaxing hotel is located a 10-minute walk from the center of Trinidad. Guests enjoy outdoor pools, private beach space, and WiFi. Nearby you’ll ...

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    Hotel Melia San Carlos
    Hotel Melia San Carlos

    This stylish hotel is located in the historic Old Town of Cienfuegos. Guests enjoy the roof garden, on-site restaurant, and WiFi. Nearby you’ll find t...

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    Hotel La Ermita
    Hotel La Ermita

    This charming hotel sist in the Pinar del Río Province of the Viñales Valley. Guests enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, tennis cour...

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    Hotel Cayo Levisa
    Hotel Cayo Levisa

    This secluded beachside hotel is located on the north coast of Cayo Levisa. Guests enjoy pristine white sand beaches, an on-site restaurant, and bars....

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    Local weather

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    Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
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    Trinidad, Cuba
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    FAQ

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • In order to enter Cuba, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
    • In order to enter Cuba, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a Cuban Tourist Card (commonly referred to as a visa). You may purchase your Cuban Tourist Card online through Cuba Travel Services—or directly from a gate agent, depending on the airline you are flying and your flight routing. Please check with the airline(s) for more details on what is required at the gate at least 30 days prior to departure if you plan on purchasing your Cuba Tourist Card at the gate (if available).
    • As part of federal requirements, you should keep a copy of your Cuban travel itinerary and airline ticket receipt on file for five years.
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must contact your country’s consulate for specific entry requirements.
    • The Cuban government does not recognize the dual nationality of those who are Cuba-born or the children of Cuban parents.
    • Cuba-born citizens and the children of Cuban nationals may be required to hold a Cuban passport and/or HE-11 visa, and will be responsible for any additional costs incurred. If you were born in Cuba or are the child of Cuban nationals, please contact our Customer Experience Team at your earliest convenience.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code CUB.
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    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestones and unpaved paths, with few hills or stairs.
    • Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our included walks.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at all times.
    • Please note that summers in Cuba can get very hot and that this is a very full itinerary.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team so that we can review all necessary information with you.
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    Transportation & arrival information
    • Your round-trip flights must be purchased through Go Ahead Tours due to visa and medical insurance requirements specific to Cuba travel.
    • Due to airline scheduling and availability, some travelers may be required to depart one day early to arrive to tour on time.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included in the price of your Go Ahead Tours airfare package.
    • Taxis are the best way to get around on your own. However, if you choose to take a taxi, please note that drivers will most likely speak only Spanish. You should make a point to agree on the cost of the fare before getting into the cab. Additionally, cab fare may be paid in USD, or in CUC, a local Cuban currency commonly used by tourists.
    • A round trip ferry transfer from Viñales to Cayo Levisa is included in the price of the tour extension.
    • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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    Baggage allowance
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag
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    Clothing & packing tips
    • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
    • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
    • In addition, we recommend packing insect repellent, sunglasses, sunscreen, a bathing suit, a sun hat, and hand sanitizer, as well as washcloths, as most hotels do not provide them. You may also want to bring your own toilet tissue for use in public restrooms.
    • Please note that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).
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    Health
    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
    • We strongly recommend speaking with your doctor prior to your departure to review any medical concerns.
    • In order to obtain medical care in Cuba, you will need to show your airline boarding pass and passport. Make sure these are kept with you at all times while traveling.
    • If you take any daily medication, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
    • Bring a small first-aid kit that includes antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, and any other medications you regularly need.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • Drink bottled water. Aside from the hotels where you will be staying and the restaurants you will be visiting, where water is purified, it is not advisable to drink tap water.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code CUB.
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    Cuisine
    • As a result of Spain’s historical colonization of the country, Cuban cuisine is known for its Spanish influences.
    • African and Caribbean flavors also play an important part in traditional dishes. Common foods often include pork, chicken, yucca, plantains, beans, and rice. Cuban coffee is also popular and is known for being strongly brewed.
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    Currency
    • Two currencies are used in Cuba. The first is the Cuban Peso, which is used primarily by the locals for basic staple products. The second is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), mostly used by tourists. The currency you will be using for your tour is the CUC.
    • In Cuba, you can exchange USD or CAD for CUC at the Havana airport, hotels, exchange bureaus, and in some banks. Currently, there is a 13%-15% surcharge fee for exchanging USD to CUC.
    • When exchanging currency, your passport will be required at the time of transaction. It is also important to note that most places will not accept torn or marked bills when converting to CUC.
    • Credit cards, debit cards, and ATM cards issued by U.S. banks are currently unusable in Cuba. As such, purchases and payments for services must be made in local currency. You should plan on bringing enough cash with you for meals that are not included and anything else you may wish to purchase.
    • Although some small businesses and taxi drivers will accept USD, paying in CUC is strongly encouraged.
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    Electricity & air conditioning
    • Cuba generally operates on 220 volts. However, there may be both 220- and 110-volt outlets in some hotels. The outlets will work with Types A, B, C, or L plugs with two or three prongs. An adapter will be required.
    • The strength of the air conditioning in Cuban hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
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    Connectivity
    • Even with the purchase of an international service plan, U.S. cell phones do not currently work in Cuba.
    • If necessary, you may use the phone in your hotel room by arranging payment with the hotel front desk. However, placing a call to the U.S. can be expensive, sometimes costing more than 2.50CUC ($2.50USD) per minute. Connection charges may also apply.
    • While Cuba is a technologically developing country with Wi-Fi not readily available at all hotels, some hotels may have business centers where internet service is available. Charges for use may be up to 4.5CUC ($4.50USD) per hour.
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    Time zones
    • Cuba is on the equivalent of U.S. Eastern Time (ET).
    • When it’s noon in New York, it’s also noon in Cuba.
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    Guides
    • In addition to your Tour Director, you’ll be accompanied by a Cuban National Guide for the duration of your trip. Your Cuban National Guide is there to assist with any and all matters, including providing a local’s perspective and offering assistance with any issues or emergencies.
    • Tips for the Cuban National Guide have already been covered by Go Ahead Tours and additional tipping is not required.
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    Tipping
    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
    • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director.
    • In Cuba, tipping is an important part of the local economy. Local salaries are extremely low and many Cubans depend on tips for their livelihood.
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    U.S. Customs
    • Per U.S. regulations, you are allowed to bring back $800USD worth of goods for personal use.
    • Travelers returning from Cuba may be asked questions by Customs and Immigration officers. It’s possible you may need to provide a copy of the authorization letter provided to you and undergo additional screening in the Customs area.
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    Participation
    • As part of the people-to-people agreement, U.S. law requires that all travelers participate in all of the tour’s scheduled activities. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted.
    • Specific itinerary inclusions, such as meetings with individuals and visits to organizations and homes, are dependent on outside factors and may sometimes be substituted or changed while on tour.
    • It is important to go into this experience with a very open mind. Your guide will be good at swapping out activities for others when needed, and your flexibility is appreciated.
    • International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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