9 Day Cuba, Face to Face



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Courtyard by Marriott Miami Airport Miami, FL
Casa Verde & Perla del Mar Cienfuegos
Hotel Nacional Havana

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Oct 12  (Sold Out) $4449 $4699*
Nov 16  (Sold Out) $5099 $5369*
Dec 07  (Sold Out) $4549 $4769*
Dec 21  (Sold Out) $5499 $6159*

*Not Included:
Prices do not include gratuities

Additional Information:
Land only price does include flights Miami-Cienfuegos & Havana-Miami, as well as the arrival transfer.

Passengers arriving in Miami on Day 1 should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00pm.

Passengers returning to Miami on Day 9 should select flights that depart no earlier than 4:00pm.

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.

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.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms are not available for this package.

Entry Requirements:
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?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is 1 one-night stay, 1 three-night stay, and 1 four-night stay. There are early morning wake-ups on this program. Not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. There will be little or no free time during your time in Cuba as most meals and sightseeing are included to be consistent with OFAC General License. A pre-night in Miami is required to ensure passengers are prepared for their flight and arrival to Cuba. The tourism infrastructure in Cuba is more limited than what you might be accustomed to from other escorted tour series. You can expect marginally lower standards at the hotel properties with less amenities. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary while the tour is in progress due to circumstances beyond the control of Gate 1 Travel and our local partners. Please keep this flexibility in mind during your tour.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

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)
  • 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)


Tour Highlights

  • 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

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is 1 one-night stay, 1 three-night stay, and 1 four-night stay. There are early morning wake-ups on this program. Not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions. There will be little or no free time during your time in Cuba as most meals and sightseeing are included to be consistent with OFAC General License. A pre-night in Miami is required to ensure passengers are prepared for their flight and arrival to Cuba. The tourism infrastructure in Cuba is more limited than what you might be accustomed to from other escorted tour series. You can expect marginally lower standards at the hotel properties with less amenities. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary while the tour is in progress due to circumstances beyond the control of Gate 1 Travel and our local partners. Please keep this flexibility in mind during your tour.

Itinerary is subject to change. If any activities do change, they will be replaced by other up-close, people-to-people activities.

DAY 1, Thursday - Arrive in Miami
Arrive in Miami and check-in to your hotel at Miami Airport. Meet your Tour Manager at tonight's welcome orientation and briefing on Cuba. After a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers, the remainder of the evening is at leisure

DAY 2, Friday - Flight to Cienfuegos, Cuba
Depart to the airport for your included charter flight to Cienfuegos, on Cuba's southern coast, one of the chief seaports of the country. Upon arrival, you'll be warmly welcomed by your Cuban guide. This lovely city, known as the "Pearl of the South" is adorned by architecture reflecting its French colonial roots
Overnight: Cienfuegos
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Excursion to Trinidad
Morning visit to the delightful Cienfuegos Province Botanical Gardens, the oldest of its kind on the island, welcoming you with a soothing setting of palms, orchids, bamboo plants and a myriad of other tropical plants. As you walk, you'll learn more about the garden's ties to Harvard University and its founding as a research center for sugar cane. Continue to Trinidad, Cuba's best-preserved colonial city, with its winding cobblestone streets and pastel-hued houses, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the walking tour you will see the Old Cathedral and the Palacio Cantero, the city's history museum, housed in a restored neoclassical palace. Stop at a rationing store to see the process of buying local staples. After, visit a ceramic studio to observe a pottery demonstration and meet the owners who will tell you about their traditions, handed down from generation-to-generation. Transfer back to Cienfuegos, where you begin a walking tour of the city's highlights. Meet some of the storekeepers in this area to hear about shopping opportunities in Cuba and understand the difference between CUC and CUP stores. Continue to Parque Marti, the serene central park flanked by the provincial government building, Palacio del Ayuntamiento and the Arco de Triunfo. Next, to the impressive Teatro Tomas Terry with its grand gold-leafed mosaics on the façade, embellished with Carrera marble and hand-carved Cuban hardwoods; in the past, this theatre has witnessed performances by Enrico Caruso and Anna Pavlova. After some free time on El Bulevar, Cienfuegos' quintessential shopping street. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Cienfuegos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Visit to Historic Santa Clara
This morning, depart on a scenic drive to the historic city of Santa Clara, in the geographic center of Cuba. The city's fiery personality has been shaped over time by the presence of the nation's most prestigious university outside Havana, and a long association with Che Guevara, whose liberation of Santa Clara in 1958 marked the end of the Batista regime. Begin the day with a visit to the Monument, Mausoleum and Museum built to honor Ernesto "Che" Guevara; the imposing "Che" statue can be seen for miles around the city. Continue the visit to the Museo de Artes Decorativas, an 18th-century mansion, now a museum, filled with Baroque desks, art nouveau mirrors and art deco furniture that emphasizes the country's diverse architectural heritage. Here enjoy a performance by the Catedra Studio group playing traditional and old Spanish Renaissance music. At the end of the performance, you have the opportunity to interact with the musicians. Continue your visit at Alegria de Vivir, a community project for the elderly. The insightful visit reveals how art, music, and dance play a crucial role in the everyday lives of the inspiring residents. Enjoy lunch in Santa Clara before a walking tour in the center of the city, view the Parque Vidal and the Teatro de la Caridad, the Plaza del Mercado Central, and the former City Hall before returning to Cienfuegos for the evening. Enjoy a musical performance, before having an evening at leisure
Overnight: Cienfuegos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Havana and the Bay of Pigs*
This morning, head to the historic Bay of Pigs Museum in Playa Giron* which will give you a Cuban perspective on the Bay of Pigs invasion. Afterwards, on to picturesque Cienaga de Zapata National Park, one of finest bird watching areas in the world situated on Cuba's south coast, for a lecture by one of the park's naturalists. A leisurely lunch follows at Casa Enrique, a private guest house. Meet the proprietors of this family-run and privately-owned business, learn about their many talents as they share their stories and views of private enterprise. After lunch you are on your way to Havana, the energetic city that you've all been waiting to see; Cuba's distinctive capital has captivated the imagination of travelers for decades. A special dinner tonight celebrates your arrival in Havana
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Havana
The first thing you'll notice in Havana this morning are the streets filled with colorful and bright vintage "Old Styler" American cars. Today's walking tour begins with a presentation by a Cuban architect on Havana's rich architectural heritage, as you leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop to admire the 16th and 17th century buildings being carefully restored and transformed. Lunch at the Hostal Valencia with its old-world charm, decked out like a Spanish posada with hanging vines and huge carved doorways. Continue on with a visit to the Muraleando community project featuring murals and sculptures celebrating Cuban life. After Muraleando, visit a local artist's home studio and enjoy a discussion on Cuban lifestyles, art, and private enterprise. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Wednesday - Havana
This morning, visit the Jose Marti's Language School for a friendly Spanish lesson-- it's not too late to learn some great expressions to take home. Visit the Santovenia Elderly Center in El Cerro, a local center for the elderly that is a major part of Cuba's healthcare system. Experience lunch at Havana's Il Divino paladar, where you savor some of Cuba's latest cuisine, supplied by the adjacent two-acre farm La Finca Yoandra, charmingly named for the owner's wife. Then, learn more about Ernest Hemingway on your visit to Finca Vigia ("Lookout Farm") in San Francisco de Paula, Hemingway's winter home from 1939 to 1960. He loved Cuba and its people, who returned that affection to the American author by simply calling him "Ernesto". View the novelist's 9,000-volume library, his yacht Pilar and the typewriter on which he wrote some of his greatest works, including his last masterpiece, The Old Man and The Sea. On your return to the city, you're invited to attend an interesting discussion led by a Cuban scholar on the current political policies between the U.S. and Cuba. Enjoy an evening of live music and dinner before continuing to the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana to observe the "Canonazo Ceremony", a tradition held at this location since the 17th century
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Havana
The day begins at Ciudad Libertad where you will have a chance to better understand the importance of the literacy campaign that occurred in Cuba in 1961. Next, be prepared for an outrageous sight as you arrive at Casa Fuster, the studio and residence of José Rodriguez Fuster who's inspiration comes from the designs of European Masters like Gaudi, Picasso, and Dubuffet. The roofs, walls, doorways and benches stretching for blocks around the epicenter of his studio enclave are adorned with his brightly colored murals and quotations from famous writers. Afterwards, it's time to learn some of the secrets of Cuban cuisine at a chef-led Cooking Class. Taste your creations during lunch, followed by a walk through the bustling San Jose Market. Tonight, enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner. On the last night in Cuba, bid a fond goodbye to your Cuban guide, your fellow travelers and an amazing journey in Cuba
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your flight that takes you from Havana back to Miami where you will connect to your departing flight home
Meals: Breakfast

*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.

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Cuba, Face to Face, June 2017
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The trip was wonderful. Doug, our director was excellent, as were our local guide, Mariela, and our driver. The tour group was always on time and the schedule was interesting and educational. No complaints. Will recommend this trip to others.

James D. Sedona, AZ
Cuba, Face to Face , March 2017
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , February 2017
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , January 2017
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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
Cuba, Face to Face, January 2017
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , January 2017
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , December 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , November 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , November 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , October 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face, October 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , August 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , August 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , August 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , August 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , July 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , July 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face , May 2016
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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
Cuba, Face to Face, February 2016
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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