Cuba: A Cultural Connection for Families
NUMBER OF DAYS 9

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Cuba is a lively, inviting Caribbean cultural center, where the local kids and their parents are so eager to meet and spend time with you and your children, teens, and young adults. As of late, it’s been enjoying an exciting revival, with committed locals working on countless community art projects; agricultural and conservation initiatives; progressive dance, theater, and choir groups; dedicated educational programs, and more. Your family will witness it all on this eye-opening new adventure, and the first ever Cuba trip exclusively for families. Explore the beautiful bays, palm-lined streets, and old Spanish cathedrals and fortresses of Havana
 
Marvel at the dramatic caves, karst formations, and rounded hills (mogotes) of Western Cuba, and drive the pristine, turquoise Caribbean coastline to the vibrant poets’ town of Varadero
 
Meet young local artists and craft workers, community leaders, musicians, students, teachers, and farmers. Watch youth theater and choir performances, learn from environmental scientists about the restoration of local jungles, and witness a private rehearsal by a contemporary Afro-Cuban dance company. Cuba is an incredible learning experience for people of all ages, and this family adventure offers a captivating window into a world that’s so close, yet so foreign in many marvelous ways. 
 
2014 Dates
Dates 10 or more
travelers
6 to 9
travelers
2 to 5
travelers
Miami to
Havana Air
12/26 - 01/03 Sold Out
2015 Dates
Dates 10 or more
travelers
6 to 9
travelers
2 to 5
travelers
Miami to
Havana Air
Special
features
03/14 - 03/23 $4,490 $4,740 $4,990 $450

*EBD

04/18 - 04/27 $3,690 $3,940 $4,190 $450

*EBD

05/30 - 06/08 $3,690 $3,940 $4,190 $450
06/20 - 06/29 $3,690 $3,940 $4,190 $450

* EBD (Early Booking Discount)Book this adventure before September 30th, 2014, receive a $300 discount per party for groups of 2 -5, $700 per party for 6-9; $1500 per party for 10 or more.

Discount for children under 12: $200

Single Supplement: $2,000

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

Price includes: All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, area specialists, all meals except 2 lunches and 2 dinners, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Prices are based on the number of people in your party.

 

Day 1 - Depart Home / Arrive Miami

Arrive in Miami, where you'll meet with a representative to go over any questions you may have about your eye-opening people-to-people connection in Cuba. Rest up -- tomorrow's a big day! 

Day 2-4 - Miami / Havana

Transfer to Havana for the first leg of the most culturally enlightening experience you'll find anywere. Havana is a captivating place; classic 1950s American cars make their way down narrow streets lined with palms, colorful architecture hearkens back to different historical periods, and the local culture thrives through things like community art projects and groups dedicated to theater, Afro-Cuban dance, and more. 

 

  • Explore Old Havana on foot 
  • Visit the 18-century La Cabaña Fortress
  • Eat traditional food in family-run paladares
  • See amazing creativy at a community art project
  • Watch a youth theater or choir performance 
  • Cruise around town in a restored vintage car
  • Witness a private Afro-Cuban dance rehearsal 
  • Play Cuban dominoes with the experts 
  • Enjoy a Cuban baseball experience 
Days 5-6 - Western Cuba

The rural provinces of western Cuba are home to humble farmers and scenery that’s anything but. The lush tobacco fields, palm trees, and dramatic limestone formations – known as mogotes – make for an enchanting visual experience and the sense that you’ve really found the authentic Cuba. Within this western region lies Soroa, featuring tropical forest and coffee plantations, as well as the 61,750-acre mountain region of Sierra del Rosario – declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its abundant flora and fauna. The best-known community in Sierra del Rosario is the wildlife-packed village of Las Terrazas, a place whose inhabitants base their livelihoods around ecotourism and whose name comes from the terraces laid out for the region’s characteristic pine trees.  

 

  • Visit the studio of an artist working to restore a school 
  • See Cueva del Indio and amazing hills called mogotes
  • Meet environmental scientists in Las Terrazas 
  • Learn about jungle restoration 
  • Enter the homes and studios of local craft workers
  • Zip line at Las Terrazas 
Days 7-8 - Varadero

Varadero is a tropical setting surrounded by unbelievably turquoise Caribbean waters. The town is set in the province of Matanzas, renowned for its poets, vibrant culture, and Afro-Cuban dance and folklore. 

 

  • Take a scenic coastal drive to Matanzas
  • Eat lunch at a local potter's farm
  • Meet young students and enjoy a musical performance
  • Visit a community project 
  • Learn Cuban dances from expert instructors
Day 9 - Varadero / Havana / Depart

Drive back to Havana for your flight home. 

Hotel Quinta Avenida

Hotel Quinta Avenida enjoys an ideal location in the upscale seafront residential neighborhood of Miramar, just 15 minutes from Old Havana and boasting mansions reminiscent of a glamorous time in the city’s history. The hotel’s 178 tastefully decorated rooms each have satellite TV and a terrace or balcony overlooking the sea, city, or swimming pool. 

Hotel Rancho San Vicente
This charming country property is surrounded by natural beauty in the San Vicente Valley. It’s just a short distance from the famous Viñales Valley, known for its caves, limestone outcroppings, and mountain backdrop. The property features lush vegetation, a sulfur water swimming pool, and mineral and medicinal baths, and the 20 cabanas all have air conditioning, satellite TV, and private bathrooms. 
Hotel Melia Varadero
Melia Varadero is a chic hotel enjoying all the benefits of an ideal tropical location. The property sits right on a beautiful Caribbean beach, and also has an extremely impressive pool area with palm trees and thatched roof cabana bars. The circular lobby enjoys warm natural light and hanging gardens, and all 490 rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, and private bathrooms. 
 

Why Cuba?

The charms of Havana
Havana is a beautiful paradox of a city. Classic 1950s cars cruise past 18th-century Spanish cathedrals and fortresses, palm trees and bays abound, and building are adorned with creative murals painted by locals of all ages working on community art projects.
The scenery of Western Cuba
 The rural provinces of western Cuba are home to humble farmers and scenery that’s anything but. The lush tobacco fields, palm trees, and dramatic limestone formations – known as mogotes – make for an enchanting visual experience and the sense that you’ve really found the authentic Cuba. Within this western region lies Soroa, featuring tropical forest and coffee plantations, as well as the 61,750-acre mountain region of Sierra del Rosario – declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for its abundant flora and fauna. The best-known community in Sierra del Rosario is the wildlife-packed village of Las Terrazas, a place whose inhabitants base their livelihoods around ecotourism and whose name comes from the terraces laid out for the region’s characteristic pine trees. 
Varadero's coastline and history
The atmosphere of Varadero is something else altogether. Dazzlingly turquoise Caribbean waters caress soft white sand, and there's a rich abundance of Afro-Cuban folklore and cultural history waiting to be discovered. This area is known for its past as a haven for poets!

Why Cuba with Thomson?

First ever Cuba adventure exclusively for families
This is the first ever exclusively family adventure to Cuba. You're giving your children a one-in-a-million opportunity when you bring them to Cuba to meet and interact with local families. Their horizons will be broadened beyond belief after spending time with Cuban students and teachers, bonding with their pen pals, watching performances by local youth performers and artists, and more!
Variety of locations 
Your family will enjoy a full range of Cuban experiences, from the frozen-in-time hustle and bustle of Havana, to the remote rural charm of Viñales Valley, to the Caribbean rhythm of Varadero.
Fun, positive learning experiences
You and your kids have so much opportunity to have fun while learning -- you'll share ideas with students and teachers, musicians, artists, farmers, craft workers, and environmental scientists. Kids' minds are like sponges, and there is so much for them to absorb on this Cuban family adventure.