9 Day Cuba, Face to Face
Air & Land
Prices do not include gratuities for guides/tour managers.
Land only price does include flights Miami-Cienfuegos & Havana-Miami, as well as the arrival transfer.
It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive in Miami no later than 5 pm on Day 1.
It is recommended that passengers select flights that depart Miami no earlier than 4 pm on Day 9.
Triple rooms are not available for this package.
The Ultimate Learning Tour: Consistent with the requirements of the OFAC People-to-People license, this program features a full-time schedule of cultural exchange between Discovery Tours participants and your Cuban hosts. There will be little or no free time on most days, except perhaps during a free evening when you're welcome to seek a local restaurant for dinner.
Zika Virus - Passengers are recommended to visit www.cdc.gov/zika/ for current information. CDC advises pregnant women to avoid travel to the countries visited in this itinerary.
Any passengers born in Cuba, regardless of current citizenship, must notify Discovery Tours by Gate 1 at the time of booking as additional entry restrictions or fees may apply.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
Is This Trip Right for You?
People to People Package Includes
- Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
- Round trip flights New York-Miami, Miami-New York
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- All intra-flights: Miami-Cienfuegos & Havana-Miami
- 8 nights accommodations
- 1 night Miami
- 3 nights Cienfuegos
- 4 nights Havana
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers and people to people activities per itinerary in air-conditioned vehicles
- 19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
- Bottled water during educational excursions
- Services of a Cuban English-speaking Guide and a USA tour manager throughout
- Comprehensive, guided activities & cultural exchanges including entrance fees per itinerary
- Active itinerary with unique cultural features
- Visa to Cuba (for US Citizens)
- A full-time schedule of daily people-to-people activities and cultural exchanges, including discussions with locals, visits with artists, musical performances, and more
- Explore Trinidad, one of the best preserved cities in the Caribbean, with a local historian
- Hear traditional Cuban music at the Museo de Artes Decorativos, and meet the amazing musicians
- Learn about Old Havana’s restoration projects firsthand from local city planners and architects
- Witness Havana’s urban garden farming movement
- Gain insight into US-Cuba relations during a frank policy talk with an expert
- Interact with jazz musicians
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455 Maryland Drive
Ft. Washington, PA 19034 USA
*Please note the visit Bay of Pigs Museum in Playa Giron may have unexpected closures for renovations and routine maintenance. Alternative sightseeing will be advised locally.
A significant portion of your in-country programming is customized for each group to maximize your cultural experience. Many of the places we visit are not tourist destinations and are thus not always available. Therefore, this program should be considered as a sample only – please keep in mind that your particular tour may vary.
Discovery Tours itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
This tourist class hotel is about a 15 minute drive away from downtown Miami.Hotel Details
These tourist class hotels have splendid views of Cienfuegos Bay.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
The Cuba trip was superb! So pleased with how it was organized, what we saw and what we did. I learned so much about the country, it's people and culture. Joseph was great as tour manager as was Mariela as tour guide.Irena D. Monroe, CT
Gate 1 came through again with another great tour. This is our fifth time to travel with them. Our tour guides were excellent. Hotels were exceptional in Cuba. The food was delicious. In fact, I have never eaten so much as on this trip. People to People is a good way to see the country and meet with a lot of locals—young and old. We will definitely travel with Gate 1 in the future.Cheryl K. Franklin, NC
I had a wonderful time. Cuba was everything I expected and lots more. Our guide Heidi was so knowledgeable, helpful, cheerful, accommodating, calm, fun and resourceful. Our local guide Mariella was sweet, cheery, informative, willing and eager to answer our many questions, and provided us with the Cuban view in a gentle style. Our driver Amoudi was calm under the pressure of driving through crowded narrow streets in rush hour traffic, calm when there was no gasoline available in several stations, always on time, and very helpful. Our accommodations, meals, itinerary, and daily events were all the best. WHAT A GREAT TRIP GATE 1 PROVIDED.Patricia H. Tucson, AZ
Really very good and enjoyable. Liliana was on top of the logistics, as well as local knowledge. Local guide Mariela is outstanding. Knowledgeable and personable. The two of them made it worthwhile.Robert R. Pittsburgh, PA
I have high praise for our program Director Liliana, our guide Mariela, driver Boris, and the meals and hotels included. And to you, who was wonderful to work with from our first contact.Eileen E. Eighty Four, PA
It was amazing!!! We loved every minute. It was so well organized and we look forward to many more trips with Gate 1 Travel.Lynn C. Newport Beach, CA
Our tour director Monica was fantastic and made the trip meaningful and fun, despite the fact that Fidel died the day after we arrived...and there was no music allowed in Cuba for 9 days. She was great. Also let me mention to you what a wonderful guide we had in Mariela. She knows so much about everything, like a walking Wikipedia and more; but it was her kindness to every person she came into contact with, and her even- tempered nature that I will remember the most. Both women, and Yackum, the bus driver, were the best. This was my first tour of this type, and I'm definitely recommending Gate 1/ Discovery to my friends.Lake C. New Rochelle, NY
Our guide Monica was outstanding! It was an interesting time to be in Cuba,and Monica handled every situation with incredible skill. She is a real asset to Gate 1.Patricia L. Oxford, MS
We had a fabulous time in Cuba. Everything was well organized and we were fortunate to have a congenial and fun group. Mariela was our local guide and she was a true gift. We had experiences that we could not possibly have had on our own. We are usually independent travelers but we are sold on Gate 1. We went to Peru with your company last year and we were favorably impressed. We were even more impressed with the Cuba tour. Thank you!Jennifer E. Atlanta, GA
It was a terrific trip. Loved the size of the group-17, glad it was not bigger. Good tour coordinator, great Cuban tour guide, interesting sites and lots of art and music.Shelly J. Frederick, MD
Great trip. Tour guide Douglas and Marilea were great too. I feel I got a glimpse into the complexes of Cuban political situation and experienced some of Cuba. Loved the pace. No super early mornings except coming home day, mix of walking and riding the bus, balance of leisure and free time. Accommodations interesting and very adequate.Linda R. Gig Harbor, WA
My visit to Cuba "exceeded my expectations"! It was an excellent experience in every respect, from the food, lodging, people-to-people/cultural encounters, shared educational insights, and travel companions. This great adventure was facilitated by an excellent team effort on the part of the tour manager, local tour guide, and driver. Thanks again Daniel, Raciel, and Yackton! I look forward to another travel opportunity with Gate 1!Joyce W. Oceanside, CA
It was absolutely awesome. Our director, Daniel, and guide, Marcela, were incredible, very knowledgeable and helpful. The best of all were the Cubans themselves. What a joy! A big thank you to Gate 1 for helping us to celebrate our 50th anniversary in a big way. (We got fireworks and a parade because it was Fidel's 90th birthday.)Carol W. Chandler, AZ
I don't have time to go into detail right now, but please know that our Gate 1 sponsored trip to Cuba was out of this world! We have already told many how wonderful it was. I still can't believe all that we saw and experienced. Our tour guide, Daniel, was outstanding. He was warm, friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable. His assistance with dinner reservations and cabs and any questions was swift and efficient. He and our local tour guide were a fabulous team. Mariela's extensive knowledge of Cuba was a marvel. Since we were travelling to Cuba, we didn't expect to be as comfortable as we were. This tour covered a lot of ground and was extremely organized. It was one of the most fascinating and informative trips we have ever taken. We had a fun, congenial tour group of 21. Just the right size for such a full agenda. Thank you for your help Karina. We will definitely travel with Gate 1 again.Anne R. Leesburg, VA
It was totally awesome! Probably the best trip we've ever taken. Everything ran smoothly with special thanks to our guides Daniel and Raciel, and our excellent driver Adrian. Cuba is a beautiful and fascinating country. We learned so much about its history, customs, food, and people. We were greeted by hugs, smiles and kisses wherever we went.Therese O. Fairhope, AL
I have finally adjusted my bio-clock back to Hawaii time. The tour of Cuba was one of the best tours i have taken. Very well coordinated and my fellow travelers were wonderful which made the whole experience most enjoyable. Our 2 tour guides were helpful, friendly and very professional. I shall be telling all my friends that they should visit Cuba via Gate 1.Arliss W. Honolulu, HI
Our trip to Cuba was AWESOME..wonderful group, wonderful guides and an incredible itinerary ..it was total immersion . We learned so much, had a lot of laughs and will definitely have very fond memories of the trip. Loved the Mojitos , rice and beans and lobster!! Thanks for all the help getting us registered..my husband Tom and I look forward to our next Gate 1 trip, where ever that might be.Gail W. Andover, MA
Our trip was wonderful. Monica is so knowledgeable and made the whole trip. She tended to all our needs and made sure we saw everything. Monica is a real asset to your company. Marcela our Cuban guide was very good and helpful. Hotels were good and I loved the Hotel National because of all it’s history going back to the mob/stars. Loved visiting schools, boy’s and girls club and elderly senior home along with Bay Pigs. I will continue to recommend Gate 1 Travel for all travel and the People to People trip to Cuba.Joan G. Riverside, CA
The trip was excellent in every way. Heidi is a terrific guide - knowledgable, attentive to every detail, most helpful, upbeat and resourceful. Additionally, Heidi's love for Cuba and its people, and their love for her added a special personal dimension to the whole experience, as there was a sense of familiarity with the people we met and a sense of closeness to them. Our Cuban guide and the driver were very good as well. The Cuban guide was very knowledgable. The program was varied and interesting, and the people we met will forever remain with us as will our enriching and thought provoking experience in Cuba. Luckily, our group numbered only fourteen, and the dynamics among the group members were the best we ever experienced. A great group with whom we would be happy to travel again.Alvin, Irvine, CA
I wanted to let you know just how great Heidi is as a tour orchestrator and a person. She made all of us comfortable immediately and we all just had a super time for the entire 8 days in Cuba. We also very much liked our Cuban guide Ariadna and our bus driver Luis was the best! We are so happy we went on this trip. Can't wait to go on another.Leslye, Inverness, FL
Our trip to Cuba was fantastic. We had an amazing experience - eye-opening! I can't say enough about what we learned and how terrific our two guides were, the Gate 1 coordinator and the local guide.Janet, Concord, MA
It was a good trip overall - the country was beautiful! The guides were great - they really tried their best to make this a great experience and we saw a lot. Thanks for the experience!Cheryl, Lincoln, NE
Our Cuba Adventure was a stunning success. It was truly the trip of a lifetime for me - absolutely unforgettable! Thank you, Discovery Tours!Alice, Charlotte, NC
My trip was excellent. Gate 1 did a fantastic job in arranging this trip!Patricia, Woodland, CA