Timeworn, but magnificent. Dilapidated, but dignified. Fun, yet maddeningly frustrating. Cuba is a country of indefinable magic.
Writer Brendan Sainsbury, when talking about Cuba said, “Cuba is like a prince in a poor man’s coat: behind the sometimes shabby facades, gold dust lingers.” Existing through en economic embargo that has lasted more than half a century, Cuba’s colonial cities haven’t changed much since pirates roamed the Caribbean. The atmosphere and architecture is particularly stirring in places like Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad where grandiose squares and cobbled streets tell of opulence and intrigue.
Join Explore Amazing Places and cruise the ocean front Malecon of Havana in a 57 Chevy. Experience history as we stay in the the Hotel Nacional, where ousted president Gerardo Machado took refuge during the Sergeants’ Revolt of 1933. Be welcomed into gorgeous Casa Privadas, “Private Homes” of Cuban artists in the colonial city of Trinidad where you’ll also be able to enjoy the warm white sands of Playa Ancon. Your Explore Amazing Places experience of Cuba will be second to none.
About the leaders
Jeremy & Melissa Dyck are the co-owners of Explore Amazing Places. Together they share nearly 20 years of life abroad. Jeremy has lived and worked in places like Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru and most recently, Cuba. He began leading groups to Cuba 6 years ago and has enjoyed introducing travelers to the people and places he loves the most. Melissa, a trained RN and fluent Spanish speaker, has also led groups in Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico and more. Currently they make their home in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona where they raise their twin sons, Max and Clay.
“I am extremely excited to host this cultural experience in Cuba. It’s easy to OOOOH and AHHHHH at pictures of 57 Chevy’s and Spanish Colonial architecture, but the true beauty of Cuba lies with its people. These passionate revolutionaries have weathered decades of economic embargos and a stagnant economy and have maintained a joy that is palpable. No challenge is too great to overcome, and that attitude permeates art, music, relationships and more. You don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to explore this truly amazing place!”
Cost: To Be Announced Single Supplement: To Be Announced
Our Travel Itinerary
November 30th - December 10th
Friday, November 6th
Saturday, November 7th
Sunday, November 8th
Monday, November 9th
Tuesday, November 10th
Wednesday, November 11th
Thursday, November 12th
Friday, November 13th
Saturday, November 14th
Sunday, November 15th
Monday, November 16th
Arrival in Havana
Explore Havana by foot & classic auto
Discover the history of the Cuban cigar
Day trip to the breathtaking Viñales Valley
Travel from Havana to Trinidad
Explore Escambry by train
Discover Trinidad and Playa Ancon
Travel to beautiful Playa Varadero
Relax and enjoy Playa Varadero
Travel from Varadero to Havana
You can download a full version of the itinerary, complete with times and detailed descriptions of each destination here.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
*Before you register, please read Explore Amazing Places Terms and Conditions
Included in your Tour: 11 days, 10 nights at a unique luxury hotel as well as classic private homes ▪ Meals per itinerary, including tips ▪ Hotel Baggage handling and driver gratuities ▪ Deluxe motor coaches ▪ Excursions/entrance fees per itinerary
NOT Included: ▪ Airfare from your hometown to Havana, Cuba ▪ Airport baggage handling tips ▪ Alcohol or personal room charges ▪ Guide tip (when we provide a guide we recommend $3 - $5 per person) ▪ Travel Visa
Price: Info Coming Soon
Explore Amazing Places prefers payment to be made by check. You may make the $500 per person deposit*, pay your Balance Due, or pay the full amount for your tour by sending checks:
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MAIL TO: Explore Amazing Places
20553 W Legend Trail
Buckeye, AZ 85396
*If you are registering 120 days or less prior to the departure date of your tour, you must pay for the trip in FULL, rather than a $500 deposit.
If you prefer to pay by credit card, please use the link below and we will send you information on payment through Pay Pal. Explore Amazing Places was previously known as Explore Guatemala. All payment references are listed under the previous company’s title. Rest assured, your payment will be received by Explore Amazing Places.
Secure Your Travel Visa
Travel to Cuba requires that you secure a tourist visa. This is a simple process and easy to facilitate. You can purchase the visa online through Cuba Travel Services. The total cost of this Visa is $85.00 and you should receive it within just a couple of days. When selecting the OFAC category, be sure to select, “Support for the Cuban people” from the drop down menu. Also, you’ll want to select “Havana” from the Cuban Province drop down. Be sure to read the details listed in the description at the bottom of the page and don’t hesitate to call Cuba Travel Service with any questions you might have.