Cuba Hotels: Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Cayo Santa Maria, Varadero, Cayo

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Bienvenidos a Cuba! Welcome to Cuba! Yes, you can now travel to Cuba.  Excalibur Travel Agency escorted tours with expert guides are the easiest and most convenient way to do so. Our escorted tours include your charter flight from Miami to Cuba, the services of our bilingual expert guides, your hotel stay in Cuba, transportation throughout the island, plus all meals and drinks!

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Included in your package:
Roundtrip charter flights from Miami to Havana, Cuba
One free checked bag and one carry-on bag (max 44lbs total for both items)
Activities as outlined in the itinerary of your choosing
Bilingual tour guide and driver
Most gratuities
Transportation throughout Cuba
Hotel stay in Cuba at hotel outlined in the itinerary of your choosing
2 bottles of water per person per day
Most meals while in Cuba: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
Cuban health insurance, standard travel visa and Cuban departure fee
Not included in your package:
Pre-Departure hotel in U.S.
Tips for housekeeping staff and Tour Director
Travel insurance

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Is it legal to travel to Cuba?
A – Yes. U.S. citizens are allowed to legally travel to Cuba under a license granted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). All trip participants receive a letter of authorization in advance of their travels granting permission to travel under the people-to-people itinerary to Cuba. It is important that you keep this with your primary travel documents. You are not traveling to Cuba as a tourist, but instead as part of a People-to-People cultural exchange.

What is the weather like in Cuba?
A – Cuba has a very pleasant semi-subtropical climate, which is generally warm year-round. Regional variations and trade winds do account for fluctuations. Cuba’s average mean temperature is approximately 78°F. Compared to most countries, Cuba experiences little seasonal variation, although the months of July and August can be much warmer and humid with an average temperature in the 90°F range.

What is OFAC and what does it do?
A – The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy.

Q – Do I need a passport to travel to Cuba?
A – Yes, a valid U.S. passport is required to participate. Your passport MUST be valid for at least SIX months beyond the travel dates. Please make note of the expiration date and renew your passport if it is nearing expiration

Q – Can I travel to Cuba if I am a legal US Resident but not a US Citizen?
A – Yes. . Non-U.S. citizens are allowed to travel on our program. We will require a copy of the participant’s passport and green card upon initial deposit and reservation. If you were born in Cuba, you must contact our office immediately.

Q – Do I need to travel with a group?
A – Our small group sized departures provide our travelers with the opportunity to enjoy interactions with the people who know the country best – the locals. Chances are you’ll also travel with likeminded individuals who will share in the experiences and culture of Cuba.

Q – Will my passport be stamped by Cuban Immigration?
A – If you are a U.S. citizen, it is the general policy of Cuban immigration to stamp your passport.

Q – Do I need a visa to travel to Cuba?
A – Yes, Cuba requires all tourists to have a Cuban Visa. We book your flights to Cuba and your Cuban Visa will be given to you in Miami either at your hotel or at check-in at the airport. We require a copy of the information page your passport at the time of initial reservation.

Q: How strict is the itinerary?
A: Deviation from the program is not permitted. Per U.S. law, participants in the program are required to follow a full-time itinerary with little down time, except on some evenings when dinner is not included.

In Cuba, things work differently, and some activities that have been scheduled far in advance may become unavailable for a number of different reasons. Your guide will be good at swapping out activities for others when needed, so don’t be disappointed if things change, because they will! Enjoy every moment of it and try to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of visiting a country that has been off-limits for Americans for decades.

Q: Credit card?
A: U.S. financial institutions and Cuban vendors are NOT set up to process credit card, debit card and ATM transactions. Travel with a sufficient amount of cash (prices are similar to those in the U.S.) to make purchases or pay for services. U.S. currency is NOT accepted in Cuba, and U.S. dollars must be exchanged on arrival. Traveler’s Checks may also be difficult to cash while in Cuba and are not recommended.

U.S. dollars will be exchanged for Cuban Convertible Peso at any airport, hotel, exchange bureau in town centers and some banks. The CUC is equal to the U.S. dollar, but there is a currency transaction fee of 13% (so for 100 USD you will get 87 CUC). The same fee applies regardless of where the money is exchanged, and you must present your passport to make the conversion. Bills that are torn or written will not be on accepted.

Q: Documentation needed?
A: U.S. passport valid for 6 months valid for 6 months after completion of travel
Visa for Cuba – will be supplied in Miami after you have submitted required paperwork; application fee included
Signed affidavit that you are a licensed traveler on a “People to People” educational program
Signed reservation and charter participant form
After receipt of your deposit, Excalibur Travel Agency will provide you with all of the necessary documentation, which must be completed and returned within 5 business days.

Q: What should I pack?
Bug Spray
Sunscreen and Sun Hats
Comfortable Clothing
Rain gear
Walking Shoes (casual attire)
Medications and OTC drugs, bandages, etc.
Cash
Sunglasses
Hand sanitizer
Wash Cloths (not provided at most hotels)
Tissues and toilet Paper (good to have your own at public restrooms)
Bring anything that you cannot live without, as the availability of consumer goods is limited

Q:  Will my cell phone work in Cuba?
A: U.S. cell phones do not work in Cuba, even if you have an international plan. It is possible to call home from your hotel by visiting the business center or dialing direct from your room, however rates can be very expensive. Emergency contact numbers to leave with your relatives at home will be provided with your documentation.

Q: Is internet available?
A: Wi-Fi is not available throughout Cuba except at some hotels. Please keep in mind that because of the limited technology in Cuba, it is not uncommon to have slower service than you are used to or even full internet outages.

Q: Can I buy souvenirs?
A: Per U.S. regulations, you are allowed to bring back $400 worth of goods for personal use, of which $100 of that can be brought back in tobacco and alcohol products. Informational materials, such as books, art (including handicrafts, ceramics, sculptures), music and videos, are not included in this amount and do not count towards the $400 limit. You may be asked to show U.S. Customs officials your receipts or a copy of the authorization letter you are traveling on (located in your ticket jacket).

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Cuba Cruise
Miami, Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Miami
Fathom Mv Adonia Ship
May 28 to June  4, 2017
Staterooms with balconies $3332.00 Per Person based on double occupancy
(Call for rates for 3rd & 4th person in cabin & for Ocean View or Interior Cabin)
Includes, Taxes, Fees, & Port Expenses
Also included, Cultural Exchange Tours, on Shore and Lunch while on tour.
Deposit $300.00 per person, due at time of booking.
Final payment due February 15, 2017
Airfare & Travel Protection is not included
Contact your Travel Agent today for more information