Cuba: A Cultural Connection for Families


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Welcome to Cuba and the first-ever itinerary designed exclusively for families! With its colorful collage of art deco architecture and classic cars, tropical landscapes and exuberant music and dance, this once-hidden island country now opens its hospitable doors to the world and offers families a cultural experience like no other. Children, teens, and young adults alike will be warmly welcomed by local families and personal interactions are sure to be a memorable highlight!


2016 Dates
Dates 15 or more
10 to 14
6 to 9
2 to 5
Miami to
Havana Air
03/12 - 03/20 $4,940 $5,590 $5,915 $6,240


Call for Availability
04/16 - 04/24 Sold Out
06/25 - 07/03 $4,965 $5,290 $5,615 $5,940


12/17 - 12/25 $5,715 $6,090 $6,465 $6,840


Call for Availability
12/26 - 01/03 Sold Out

Discount for children under 12: $200

Triple Discount: $100 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults.

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 per person and based on the number of people in your party.


Day 1: Depart Home / Arrive Miami

Fly to Miami for an overnight and a trip briefing. This is where you’ll receive your visa and airline tickets to Havana for your morning flight.

Days 2-4: Join a Community Art Project / Walking Tour of Old Havana / Ride in a Vintage Car

It’s a thrilling moment to step into the warm tropical air knowing you’re about to explore a land few outside families have visited over the past half-century. 

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Explore Old Havana and stroll the palm-lined streets, passing sun-splashed plazas and the once-colorful architecture trimmed in wrought iron. Enjoy a special lunch at famous Sloppy Joe’s, frequented by many celebrities in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including Ernest Hemingway! Linger with the locals in the center plaza in the warm evening air, and savor the flavors of Cuba at the paladars, one of the newly emerging family owned restaurants. Also, take in a Cuban baseball game or join a practice with a youth team! Learn to play dominoes with the locals and then test out our skills in a game.

Days 5-6: Discover Ancient Petroglyphs / Zip-Line in La Moka / Enjoy a Pig Roast with Locals

Explore the Sierra del Rosario Mountains, a nature reserve whose forests, lakes, and rivers are home to numerous species of botanicals and animals. 

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 Meet with environmental scientists to witness an ongoing jungle restoration project. In the fertile Viñales Valley, learn about the time-honored tradition of tobacco farming, and discover the dramatic geological features of the surrounding UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with its collage of cliffs, petroglyph-covered caves, and rounded hills called mogotes.

Days 7-8: Join a Community Project / Visit a Potter's Studio / Relax on the Beach

It doesn’t get much more scenic than the beautiful beach town of Varadero on the Eastern part of Cuba. 

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 The landscape and the ambiance of Cuba changes noticeably as you drive up the skinny Hicasos Peninsula where dazzling, turquoise Caribbean waters meet soft sugar-white sands. The provincial capital, Matanzas, is renowned for its rich Afro-Cuban culture, folklore, poetry and art and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with the locals and experience this culture first-hand!

Day 9: Depart Cuba / Arrive Miami

Return to Havana for your flight to Miami and homeward.

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 La Moka

This friendly, unique hotel is surrounded by the forest reserve of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and the Spanish colonial style rooms are built around a peaceful patio shaded by lime trees. The comfortably furnished accommodations include air-conditioning, satellite TV, radio, and mini-bar. A restaurant and lively bar hosts salsa bands in the evenings.  

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.
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