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.
Tonight, dinner will be at La Guarida. With a picturesque crumbling Neoclassical façade, a beautiful rooftop bar, and a splendid interior complete with marble staircase, La Guarida seems to capture so much of the typical image of Cuba. The restaurant has long been one of the most highly regarded dining spots in Havana, and its reputation was boosted even further when it appeared in the Oscar-nominated 1996 Cuban movie Fresa Y Chocolate. The movie dared to do something unthinkable in Cuba at the time: openly depict the gay life in Cuba.
After dinner, you will have another evening to yourself. As always, your guide will be on hand with recommendations, including visiting the world-famous Tropicana Club for a dazzling cabaret show.
Day 4 - Sunday May 19
After breakfast, you’ll get to choose from several different activity options.
Option 1: Catch some rays at Mi Cayito, a stretch of coastline famed for its lovely beaches and LGBTQ-friendly spirit. Despite being incredibly photogenic, Mi Cayito is a bit of a local secret, and is not widely known by tourists. It’s a peaceful, safe and extremely beautiful place to mingle with Cuba’s LGBTQ community – and to top up your tan in preparation for the evening’s farewell party.
Option 2: Or you may prefer to tour the iconic Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, one of the country’s finest examples of modern architecture, known for its towering obelisk and long history as a site of public demonstration. The plaza is home to two impressive mid-century Modernist government buildings, as well as the famous Teatro Nacional de Cuba. Later, you will visit Fusterlandia, the surreal and fantastical home and grounds of the Cuban artist José Fuster, and explore the markets of the Vedado neighborhood.
Option 3: The third and final option for the day is a visit to wonderful Finca Vigía, once home to Ernest Hemingway. The house – now an engaging museum – is where Hemingway wrote his Pulitzer-winning novel The Old Man and the Sea.
Tonight, our Cuban adventure draws to a close with a colorful farewell gala dinner at the splendid Gran Teatro Alicia Alonso. 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 5 - Monday May 20
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!
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Cuba LGBTQ Pride Celebration: Thursday May 16 to Monday May 20, 2019
Since 2015, when it opened up to US citizens, Cuba has rapidly become one of the most talked-about Caribbean destinations. And no wonder; the sunny island is an easy sell, with its pristine white beaches, high-quality hotels, and historic city streets filled with iconic vintage cars.
This exclusive five-day event offers guests the chance to participate in Havana’s joyous LGBTQ Pride celebrations at a crucial moment in Cuban history when the introduction in the constitution of same-sex marriage is looking like a serious possibility for the first time.
Guests will meet the activists who are the driving force behind all-important Cuban LGBTQ initiatives such as the Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. They’ll delve deep into the community and get to know locals from Havana’s LGBTQ scene and beyond. Meanwhile, high-end dining and 5-star accommodation ensure comfort every step of the way.
You’ll receive a generous commission for every tour spot you book, as well as a free spot for yourself if you book over 20 guests. It’s not only a unique vacation opportunity, but a chance to gain invaluable professional insight into this fast-evolving and hugely popular destination.
And best of all – a percentage of the proceeds from every sale will go back into supporting the LGBTQ community in Cuba.
$2.275.00 Per passenger ( Double room occupancy)
$2.675.00 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