YES, we can still book Cuba! Unlike the cruise lines and other tour operators, we are not affected by the new travel restrictions, which eliminate the People-to-People (P2P) provision for legal travel to Cuba. We operate under provisions other than P2P for legal travel to Cuba and have done so since 2002. Now more than ever is the time to book your FIT and group travelers to Cuba with Ya’lla Tours USA. Book one of our published programs or design a custom itinerary for your clients. Published tours include the 4-night/5-day Havana Stopover and the 5-night/6-day Best of Havana, both privately escorted, with air from Miami any day except Thursday and Friday. Private or small group (10 passenger maximum) departures of our 7-night/8-day Glory of Cuba are scheduled monthly through October 2019.
HAVANA STOPOVER, arrive any day except Thursday and Friday
4 nights in Havana
Priced from $4,195 per person in a party of two.
For larger parties, please see price table below.
Stroll through Havana’s historical Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an architectural gem. Visit humanitarian and cultural community projects and meet local leaders working to improve the well-being and creative fulfillment of the people of Havana.
This Cuba tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 passengers.
* Private Cuba tour
DAY 1 – HAVANA Depart Miami to Havana. Upon arrival at Jose Marti airport in Havana, you will be met by Ya’lla Tours USA’s representatives and your guide. Continue to your hotel for check-in and overnight.
A special welcome reception & dinner will be at the private La Bonita paladar.
Return to the hotel for overnight.
DAY 2 – HAVANA Visit the Guarderia Padre Usera, a day care for children ages 2 to 5, mostly of single mothers, many teenagers. We will meet the director Sister Theresa visit with the teachers and the kids. This will be a perfect place to leave some of the donations you have brought for children.
Take a walking tour around the historical center of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visit Plaza de San Francisco de Asis and the 16th-century Convento de San Francisco de Asis. This is one of the finest buildings from the colonial period.
Continue to Conde Villanueva cigar lounge and learn about the history of the cigar in Cuba and the production process and see a wide variety of premium Habanos.
Then, visit the Plaza Vieja and its surrounding art galleries.
Stroll through Plaza de la Catedral, where the most prominent building is the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Havana. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Christopher (San Cristóbal) and is also known as the Cathedral of Saint Christopher. Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier famously described the cathedral as “music set in stone.”
Have lunch in Old Havana.
Visit the newly remodeled El Capitolio Nacional (National Capitol). Built in 1929 as the Senate and House of Representatives, the colossal building is recognizable by its dome, which dominates the city’s skyline. Inside stands the third largest indoor statue in the world, La Estatua de la República.
Continue to Callejón de Hamel (Hamel’s Alley) – a community project promoting art, music, and culture. Meet founder Salvador Gonzales and several Afro-Cuban artists for an up-close and personal look at the thriving arts scene. On Sundays, the alley hosts the Domingo de la Rumba (Sunday Rumba) weekly street party.
Spend some time browsing the open-air handicraft market.
Meet with members of Proyecto Muraleando, a community-oriented project founded in 2003 under the direction of Manuel Diaz Baldrich. Since then, the project has grown into an art collective, painting the neighborhood and providing workshops in all forms of art, including ceramics, theater, dance & music. For two weeks in April each year, they hold an international, wall-painting symposium.
Drive through Revolution Square, the administrative and political center of Cuba.
Continue through the once fashionable residential area of Miramar, which retains its pre-revolution air of exclusivity.
Dinner tonight will be at La Habanera Paladar, located in a beautiful house in Miramar and one of the most upscale yet relaxing dining choices in Havana. Transfers to the restaurant will be done in vintage cars.
After dinner, take in a show at the famous Tropicana cabaret nightclub from VIP seating!
DAY 3 – HAVANA Visit Convento de Belen, a world-renowned community center and social services facility, where you will have the opportunity to make contributions. This unique, ambitious project serves Havana’s poorest neighborhoods, with special focus on the elderly and disabled children. The vitality, hope and cooperative spirit of Convento de Belen is truly inspirational and visitors come away deeply touched and eager to support this work.
Continue to the Centro Hebreo Sefaradi de Cuba, meet with Dr. Levy, the head of the community, and hear about the congregation and visit their Holocaust Remembrance Hall.
Drive to the nearby seaside village of Cojimar, where Ernest Hemingway fished and was inspired to write one of his great novels, The Old Man and the Sea.
Lunch will be at Ajiaco Paladar in Cojimar.
Continue to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home in Cuba from 1939 to 1960. The house, now a museum, contains more than 22,000 original items that belonged to the writer, including records, books, paintings, personal documents, weapons and photographs. This 4-hectare property gives visitors a good sense of the daily life of the great writer during his years in Cuba.
Back in Havana, visit the 18th-century San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress at the entrance to Havana Bay. Carlos III, King of Spain at the time, requested a spyglass and exclaimed: “The Cabaña, such a valuable work, should be spotted from Madrid!” The fortress was used as a military base and a prison for more than two hundred years and Che Guevara made it his headquarters for some months during the Cuban revolution.
Return to the hotel for overnight.
Dinner tonight is on your own; ask your Ya’lla Tours guide to recommend a paladar.
DAY 4 – HAVANA We start our day with a visit to a unique project, Clave del Sol (Sun’s Key) Guitar Orchestra, founded in 2009 by the National Union of Cuban Artists and Writers to promote traditional Cuban music through choral singing and guitar playing in children from 7 to 16 years of age. The project involves the whole family in revitalizing the love of Cuban musical heritage among the inhabitants of San Agustin and other areas of the city.
Continue to Christopher Columbus Cemetery in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana. The 140-acre cemetery is noted for its many elaborate memorials and more than 500 major mausoleums, chapels, and family vaults.
Next, visit the community project Angeles del Futuro, created by Odelmis Hernández in 2007. Odelmis was a student at the National Circus School in the central province of Sancti Spiritus but was unable to finish his studies due to the economic crisis of the 1990s. However, he never abandoned his dream and in 2006, he moved to Havana and began the Angeles del Futuro project, with help from the Havana government and cultural institutions. In his home town, he had worked with local children for more than 20 years in another community project. With this new project in Havana, he was able to mix his circus talent with his love for children. The project, located in the municipality of Marianoa, works with more than 85 students from 9 to 17 years old. Students participate in workshops on dancing, acting, fitness and circus skills.
Lunch will be at Mediterraneo paladar, serving a fresh combination of Cuban and Italian food.
End the day with a private salsa lesson at Club 1830.
Return to the hotel for overnight.
Your farewell dinner tonight will be at the new Destinos Paladar, one of the best in Cuba. DAY 5 – You will be transferred to Havana Jose Marti airport for your flight to the USA.
This trip is conducted under a General License – Humanitarian project (section 515.575)