Day 1 - Thursday May 16
WELCOME TO HAVANA!
After touching down in José Martí International Airport, you’ll be whisked off to central Havana for an orientation tour taking in the wide boulevards, winding lanes and gorgeous, leafy public squares of the neighborhood. Check into your room at the 5-star Parque Central Hotel and then head up to the rooftop pool to take in sweeping views of the city as you share welcome drinks and tapas with the rest of the group. A selection of Cuba’s most prominent LGBTQ activists will join you.
Later, you’ll be free to discover Havana’s vibrant nightlife at your own pace, either by yourself or with friends made at the welcome event. Your expert guide will offer plenty of great suggestions for must-visit spots.
Day 2 - Friday May 17
Today’s breakfast will set the sky-high standard you can expect every morning, as the group enjoys a laid-back but sumptuous tropical feast in the hotel’s elegant dining room. Then it’s off to Linea Street, where rainbow flags will be flying high over the colorful floats and costumes of the Pride Parade. Celebrate and dance “congas” alongside locals from both inside and outside the LGBTQ community as well as renowned local activists. Take advantage of some free time over lunch to get to know your new acquaintances better. Box lunch included.
Parade activities will continue in the afternoon.
Next, the group will enjoy a high-end dinner at a restaurant with a stunning rooftop dining space: El Sevilla. The restaurant is housed in an eye-catching Moorish-influenced building dating back to the early 20th century, and channels old-world Cuban glamor with its all-day, all-night live band. Enjoy a performance by a Flamenco dance group as you eat.
After dinner, the group will reconvene to party at Fábrica De Arte Cubano. This cutting-edge cultural hub is set in a former oil factory, reinvented by the well-known Cuban musician X Alfonso and his band, Synthesis. This activity is optional and is not included in the tour price.
Day 3 - Saturday May 18
Fuel up with another impressive breakfast spread at the hotel – you’ll need the energy for the morning’s engaging walking tour of the Four Plazas. These UNESCO-protected plazas – Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco de Asís and Plaza de la Catedral – offer windows into Cuba’s long and eventful history. Take in architectural styles ranging from Spanish Colonial to Neoclassical to Baroque as you visit centuries-old fortresses, cathedrals and palaces. This is the heart of La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), where the strains of live music drift across public squares and into the private courtyards of historic houses, and enticing boutiques and galleries wait down every street.
Lunch will be at El Aljibe, which has previously welcomed diners including Matt Dillon, Jack Nicholson, and former US President Jimmy Carter. This is one of Havana’s most popular restaurants, famed for its closely guarded chicken recipe, which has been kept secret for almost 70 years.
Afterward, choose from three activity options:
Option 1: Those who have signed up in advance will have the opportunity to join a workshop about Cuba’s shifting LGBTQ landscape led by Dr. Alberto Roque Guerra, a prominent LGBTQ activist who works with CENESEX.
Option 2: Head out on a walking tour of Paseo del Prado, discovering what this iconic avenue looks like when the Pride party is over. The avenue’s famous fountain and opulent buildings date from the 18th century.
Option 3: Take the exclusive chance to visit some private artists’ studios. Again, you will need to sign up in advance for this activity.
Farewell Dinner Party
Tonight, our Cuban adventure draws to a close with a colorful farewell gala dinner Special treats will include a raffle, live entertainment from some of Cuba’s hottest musical acts, a performance by Cuba’s only gay choir, and many other surprises besides.
Day 4 - Sunday May 19
This morning, the group will share one last delicious breakfast together before checking out of the hotel. You’ll be transferred to the airport, where it’s time to say goodbye to Cuba and your new friends – but you can be sure that you will have made connections that will last a lifetime. Adios! Hasta la próxima!
Havana Gay Pride Weekend!!!!!!
THURSDAY MAY 16 TO SUNDAY MAY 19 2019
Journey into the burgeoning LGBTQ scene of one of the world’s fastest-changing destinations
Think of Cuba and you might think of vintage cars, multicolored Colonial buildings, sun-drenched white beaches, swaying palms… while these images do partially reflect reality, there’s so much more to this fascinating country than unchanging, postcard-like perfection. In fact, there has never been a more exciting time for Cuba’s LGBTQ population, with the president having spoken out in favor of same-sex marriage, and constitutional change now being a serious possibility.
Join us on an exclusive five-day journey into the heart of Havana’s LGBTQ community and you’ll discover the real Cuba as you get swept up in the whirlwind of celebrations for Pride and the Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Riot of colors, dancing, music and positivity that is Havana’s epic Pride Parade. You’ll be among the relatively small number of US citizens to have had the incredible privilege of exploring this enchanting country since it opened its doors in 2015. In between high-end dinners, glamorous parties and nights spent in a lavish 5-star hotel, you’ll forge connections with the renowned activists working toward a bright future for Cuba’s LGBTQ community and sip cocktails with friendly locals. This is an utterly high-quality experience, where uncompromising authenticity and spontaneity meet luxury and comfort.
It’s also a trip with an important theme at its heart: solidarity with the LGBTQ community in Cuba. With that in mind a percentage of the proceeds from every sale will go back into supporting the LGBTQ community in Cuba.
$1.345.00 Per passenger ( Double room occupancy)
$1.745.00 Per passenger ( Single room occupancy)
- Arrival assistance at José Marti Airport (HAV)
- Collective transfer from José Marti Airport (HAV) to hotel
- Collective transfer from hotel to José Marti Airport (HAV)`
- Air-conditioned luxury coach transportation
- Cuban Visa
- Licensing cost for People to People travelers
- Accommodation at 5-star Parque Central Hotel (4 nights)
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Meals at restaurants and privately owned paladares in Cuba (all meals included as per itinerary
- All gratuities
- Transfers to and from the Pride Parade
- Pride Parade box lunch
- Entry to discussion panel on LGBTQ rights in Cuba with National Center of Sexual Education (CENESEX) staff.
- Box lunch at gay beach Mi Cayito
- Artist studio visits as per itinerary
- Concierge services
- English-speaking Cuban guide
- All activities as outlined in itinerary
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to Cuba (priced separately)
- Airfare from your home city to Miami
- Transportation to Miami International Airport
- After-hours activities
- Trip interruption insurance
- Meals or drinks not included in the program
- Personal purchases
- Anything not listed in “What’s Included” above