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Cuba

Santa Clara, Santa Maria Island Cay, Caibarien, and Havana

December 28, 2015 to January 2, 2016

6 days from $5999*

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gay beach cuba

cuba governmental building

touring Cuba

 

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 experienced Cuba twice 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 two trips to Cuba.  

This time we wanted to do something extra special, and what better time to be in Cuba than over New Years and welcoming a new beginning of cross cultural, political, and economic exchange?
   
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 that island.  Zoom Vacations Cuba New Years guests will travel on nonstop service from Miami to Havana on a U.S. carrier charter jet, enjoy a beachside all-inclusive resort with white sand beaches, experience all the art, culinary and culture Cuba has to offer, as well as ring in 2016 at a special New Year's eve dinner and celebration in the historic Old Havana Cathedral Square.  Most importantly, we wil be meeting the Cuban people, interchanging ideas, and experiencing Cuban culture. New Years in the Cuba of today is a once in a lifetime experience that cannot wait until tomorrow. 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


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cuba forest

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gay cuba cars

cuban child and zoom traveler

flying into Cuba

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Our Gay Group Tour Highlights and Inclusions

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

• Superior accommodations at the centrally located 5 Star Hotel Parque Central in the historic center of Old Havana 

Superior accommodations at the 5 Star Meliá Las Dunas, an all inclusive resort stay in the Cayo Santa Maria, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and nine-by-one-mile island cay known for its turquoise waters, mangroves, and wildlife 

Experienced Tour Leader to accompany your Zoom Concierge

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

Private Cuban Driver

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

Fresh bottled water while touring

Cuba travel guidebook

24 hour emergency customer service hotline

Welcome dinner

Daily breakfasts and lunch

New Years eve dinner event in Havana.

Ring in 2016 in the historic Old Havana Cathedral Square

Dine in the best Havana restaurants on your own account with suggestions from your our local expert

Visit Caibaríen, a coastal town called the White Village for its sugary sand beaches

Tour Caibarien like a local by bicycle taxi

Tour Remedios via antique train, a form of transpiration that is still used today

In Remedios, visit a traditional printing house that still uses nineteenth-century machines

Enjoy a walking tour of historic Old Havana

Private visit to the recording studio, where famous musicians, including Nat King Cole and the Buena Vista Social Club, recorded some of their best music in Havana

Join Cuban musicians at the famous jazz club La Zorra y El Cuervo for a private gathering in Havana for a musical interchange, and who knows, maybe even a jam session.

Meet with an art specialist for an incredible private tour of Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts

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

Visit to a remarkable community project that has created colorful murals from old facades and built public parks and artworks

Lunch at a paladar in Cojimar, the setting for Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea

Private performance by an internationally known choral group.  

Visit the studio and meet renowned artist Jose Fuster, known as the Picasso of the Caribbean


 

Accommodations at the best hotels in Santa Clara and Havana

Melia Las Dunas, all Inclusive Resort, Santa Maria Island Cay, 2 Nights

Our spacious, all inclusive Cuban resort is decorated in typical Cuban tropical colors, beautiful water features and palapas which lead into a unique gastronomic and cultural boulevard with a main square.

• Unforgettable stay on an idyllic, exotic islet with a Caribbean, white sandy beach.
• Different areas: one for families and another, quieter one for adults and couples.
• Spacious lobby that continues onto a unique culinary and cultural boulevard, with a special main square for live music.
• Comprehensive programme of activities, workshops, parties, musicals, evening shows and live music.
• Distinguished in Cuba for the best service
• Comfortable rooms with exclusive luxury services

All the rooms have:

• Air conditioning
• Telephone in the bedroom
• King size bed or twin beds
• Satellite TV
• Electronic safe
• Minibar restocked daily with water, soft drinks and beer
• Kettle with coffee (on request)
• Iron and ironing board in the closet
• Umbrella
• Bathroom with bathtub, amenities and hairdryer
• Voltage: 220 V/ 60 Hz

 

Parque Central, Havana, 3 Nights

The Iberostar Parque Central is simply one of the most modern and luxurious hotels in Havana. It combines the elegance of the Spanish colonial style with modern services and facilities. The hotel is located on Parque Central, within walking distance to Plaza de la Catedral, Capitolio building, Gran Teatro de La Habana, and Havana Harbor.

Guestrooms enjoy soundproof walls and double-glazing on the windows. Classic-style wooden furniture provides a very intimate ambience. Spacious bathrooms are decorated in white, beige and green and include a bath and a separate shower. 

Other ammenities include a gym, wifi, spa, and several restaurants featuring live Cuban music.


Havana

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Legality: Provided by insightCuba, an organization licensed by OFAC to provide people-to-people travel.

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 pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting.

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.

 





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