Havana, Cuba 2017

December 7-11, 2017

An amazing cultural immersion, with touring every morning and the evenings filled with film festival screenings and other pursuits (eating in paladars, music, dancing). In addition to participating in the film festival, our itinerary encompasses an architectural tour, meeting artists in their studios, attending a modern dance company's rehearsal at the historic theatre next to the capitol, and lots of films from Central and South America.  

Regarding new rules about travel to Cuba:  individual people-to-people travel has been banned under the current administration.  One may still travel directly from the U.S. to Cuba when participating in group people-to-people exchange programs.  Frequently asked questions about Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control travel restrictions are located towards the bottom of this page.

Meticulously planned by Talk Cinema Cuban travel experts Harlan and Susan Jacobson to comply with U.S. regulations, this five day, four night immersion puts you in contact with Cubans who are doing extraordinary things. Learn directly from them about their culture, their history and their heritage. During your trip, you’ll savor the flavors of authentic Cuban cuisine, admire the art of Cuban artists, listen to the infectious beat of Cuban music and have access to the international film festival.

Space on this amazing Talk Cinema-exclusive journey is limited to 14 travelers. Be sure to make your reservations today by calling 914-589-7553 or emailing susan@talkcinema.com

 

DAY ONE –  December 7, 2017
Upon arrival in Cuba, after clearing immigrations and customs, we will be met by our local guides who will take us to check-into our hotel.  We will stop at Revolution Square and Miramar for lunch pending arrival times into Havana.  In the late afternoon your travel hosts will officially welcome you to over cocktails to Cuba with a brief orientation and review of the itinerary.  This evening we will enjoy dinner together and attend the film festival as time permits. (D)

DAY TWO  –  December 8, 2017
The morning starts with a presentation by Rena Perez, an American who has lived in Cuba since the Revolution, will talk about Cuban daily life.  Then, visit Old Havana with our local Cuban guides and our Talk Cinema hosts for a presentation that focuses on the city’s architectural history.   In Habana Vieja, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we’ll soak in the scene at the Plaza de Armas, the city’s oldest square, and see the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, residence of the colonial Spanish governors. Stroll along Havana’s pedestrian-only thoroughfare, Calle Obispo, to meet Cuban entrepreneurs.
 Lunch on your own in Old Havana. (Suggestion: Travel back in time and ride in a 1950s classic car through Havana’s neighborhoods.) dinner and movies together. (B,D)

DAY THREE -–  December 9, 2017
We will tour the Museum of Fine Arts with an art historian.  We will then participate in a salsa class followed by demonstration. We admire the work of Pavel Garcia who has created a combination after school program and Senior Center, Barrio Habana and will visit there.  Another remarkable Cuban to meet is Eduardo Guerra, master print maker, for a visit in his home studio and a demo of his unusual style of printmaking.  Dinner and film festival screenings together this evening.   (B,D)

DAY FOUR –  December 10, 2017
Explore the Museum of the Revolution and other Old Havana historic landmarks (optional:  take a drive to explore the fauna and flora of the eastern coast).  Dinner and film festival screenings together this evening.  (B,D)

DAY FIVE  –  December 11, 2017
Travel day – return to the  U.S. Airport transfers will be provided. (B)

Consistent with the requirements of the OFAC People- to-People license, this program features a full-time schedule of cultural exchange activities. Note: Itinerary may change due to local conditions. Walking is required on many excursions, and many surfaces are uneven or unpaved.

Throughout your journey, you will be in the care of a seasoned Talk Cinema travel professional who will manage all the logistics, allowing you to relax and simply soak up the ambience. Resourceful, knowledgeable and attentive, your Travel Director helps to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable travel experience.

 

Preliminary Costs based on 2016 travel, to be adjusted should local rates change.

Per person single occupancy: $2,842
Per person double occupancy: $2,542
(We accept American Express, Mastercard and Visa online; a 3.5 percent per person credit card handling fee applies.) 

The registration fee includes: 
• Health insurance while in Cuba 
• 4 nights' stay at Hotel Nacional, executive level accommodations 
• Daily breakfast buffet 
• Airport/hotel transfers on arrival & departure days in Havana 
• City and cultural tours with local guides 
• Lunches and dinners as detailed in the itinerary 
• Film festival accreditation 

Registration fees do not include: 
• Travel / Trip Cancellation insurance 
• Air transportation to and from the US to Cuba or to the airport from which you are departing and returning, or hotel accommodations should your trip require an overnight stay 
• Meals not included in the itinerary 
• Baggage fees

A minimum of 14 travelers is required before we can greenlight this trip. Please do not purchase any nonrefundabe air until the trip is confirmed. To reserve your place for this trip, please remit payment of $1000  per person as a check payable to Talk Cinema and send to Talk Cinema PO Box 686 Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520.  (We accept American Express, Mastercard and Visa online, a 3.5 percent cc handling fee applies.) Please email us at susan@talkcinema.com to let us know you want a place reserved. Be sure to indicate the number of persons in your party and the best phone and email address to reach you. Questions, call Susan at 914-589-7553.

Cancellation Policy: 
Should the trip not fully subscribe, the deposit will be refunded in full.  Once the trip is fully subscribed, the balance of registration fees will be due.  Once the trip has been confirmed, the registration fee is non-refundable. Travel/Trip cancelation insurance is strongly recommended. We recommend travel insurance through Travel Guard. 

Other Info: 
We regret that Talk Cinema cannot pair up single travelers for double occupancy accommodations. 

(Travel registration fees are payable with a check or credit card.  A 3.5 % credit card handling charge applies when purchasing with Visa, MC or American Express.)