Art and Music Abound in Cuba

Art and Music Abound in Cuba

Cayo Santa Maria · VARADERO · HAVANA · CAIBARIEN · MATANZAS

May 25 to June 1, 2016

EIGHT days From $7,492

NOTE: this trip is limited to 12 guests.

Alternatively, join us for New Years 2016.2017

Cuba has long captured the interest of gay travelers. Perhaps it is the old cars that traverse its streets, or its famous music, or unique cuisine. Others may recall the writings by Reinaldo Arenas, the self-exiled gay author whose well known work, Before Night Falls (and Julian Schnabel's subsequent film of the same name), who described so patiently the repressive experiences that gays endured during the first two decades of the revolution.

Or, perhaps it is because we've been told for so many years that we cannot go, and gay people do not like being told we can't do something! The fact is, you CAN go to Cuba LEGALLY.

Zoom Vacations and guests have experienced Cuba in recent years, legally and with U.S. permission.  For some time now, Zoom Vacations guests have been asking for a follow-up trip to our past trips to Cuba.  

Recent changes in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba are sure to thaw the political tension and economic sanctions that have frozen the island in time, circa 1959.  When that time comes, and it will be soon, the Cuba of today will be forever changed.  Many will be able to travel to Cuba after the change, but only a lucky few are able to travel to Cuba legally now to experience this unique culture under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Treasury's special People to People Cultural Exchange License, designed to educate and create understanding of both countries.

Zoom Vacations is proud to partner with one of the experts in the field of legal travel to Cuba in sponsoring a people-to-people trip to the island.  Zoom Vacations Cuba guests will travel on nonstop service from Miami to Havana on a U.S. carrier charter jet, and experience all the art, culinary and culture Cuba has to offer.  Most importantly, we will be meeting the Cuban people, interchanging ideas, and experiencing Cuban culture.  Space is limited.  So, be part of it!

Note: This is exclusive group, escorted by Zoom Vacations and limited to a small number of guests

Package Highlights:

• Fully escorted with the services of a Zoom Vacations® Concierge throughout the trip

• Superior accommodations at the centrally located 5 Star Melia Las Dunas Hotel in Coya Santa Maria

• Superior accommodations at the centrally located 5 Star Melia Las Americas Hotel in Veradero

• Superior accommodations at the centrally located 5 Star Melia Cohiba Hotel in Havana

• Expert Cuban guide

• All meals while in Cuba, except for two paladar evening dining experiences on your own

• US Department of the Treasury license and People to People license holder letter of authorization

• Cuban Visa processing

• All entrance fees to scheduled activities

• All in-country ground transportation in a luxury motor coach including airport transfers with private driver

• Travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, and trip cancellation coverage (up to $1,000)

• Cuba travel guidebook

• 24 hour emergency customer service hotline

• Welcome dinner

• Daily breakfasts and lunch

• Zoom Signature dinner event in Havana.

• Enjoy a walking architecture tour of Old Havana

• Explore the city in vintage Gran Cars

• Visit Cuba's premier internationally acclamed private artist studios

• Join Cuban musicians in Santa Clara, Remedios, Cardenas, and Veradero in song and dance

• Meet with a group of organic farmers who are spearheading the Cuban farm-to-table operation

• Visit one of the city’s most beautiful churches in the Regla neighborhood, just across Havana Harbor

• Visit a remarkable community art project involving the “plastic arts” that incorporate Afro-Cuban imagery

• Visit Ernest Hemingway’s home and learn why he spent twenty years in Cuba

• Private performance by an internationally known choral group in Havana  

• Visit one of Cuba’s most renowned photographic institutions 

Space is limited. Call us today to book this tour:  773.772.9666.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
— Ernest Hemingway

Gay Friendly, Luxury Accommodations

Melia Las Dunas

Enjoy your first couple of days in Cuba at this all inclusive 5-star resort in the coastal town of Cayo Santa Maria. With access to a wonderful gastronomic boulevard and cultural square, Las Dunas is the perfect place to begin your Cuban excursion. 

Melia Las Americas

Located in Veradero along the Cuban coast, Melia Las Americas is a 5-star resort with direct access to the beach. With its fantastic staff, splendid food options, and superior accommodations, we’ll be able to relax plenty during our action packed few days in Veradero.

Melia Cohiba

During your stay in Havana, enjoy the best 5-star hotel in the city. Located in Vedado, the modern district of Havana, facing the warm Caribbean waters you will have access to the most dynamic parts of the mystical city we’ve always read about. Just a short walk from Plaza de la Revolucion and the National Library, the Melia Cohiba is perfectly located with access to so much of what the city has to offer.

 

Legality:  Our itinerary complies with  OFAC people-to-people travel licensing regulations.

Air: International and domestic airfare not included.  Airfare between Miami and Cuba is additional, and will be arranged by Zoom Vacations on your behalf. Please arrive in Miami at least one day before our scheduled departure, as our flight checkin is at 5:00 AM.

Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two blank visa pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting. 
Note: Passport pages titled "Endorsement Pages" are not visa pages.

Visas and Cuba travel documents: Please note that currently U.S. citizens must have a U.S. Department of the Treasury license and People to People  License holder letter of authorization to depart the U.S. from Miami and a Cuban Visa to enter Cuba.  

Zoom Vacations will assist with securing these documents and Cuban visa, on your behalf, which are included in the tour package price.

*Land only Introductory rate, based on double occupancy. Prices are subject to change. Need a roommate? Zoom Vacations® is happy to match you with someone, at no additional charge. Or, you may pay a single supplement and go as a single.

Please read Terms and Conditions prior to booking.