Day 1 - Welcome to Havana

On arrival at Havana International Airport, participants will be met by CST Event Coordinator in the arrivals hall. Participants will then be transferred to the hotel by Classic American Cars, an amazing way to start their experience in Cuba. Alternative transfer by luxury air-conditioned tour coach(s). The transfer will take approximately 40 minutes. The tour guide(s) and CST Event Coordinator will be available for assistance during check-in at the property. Porters will take the luggage out of the cars or tour coach(s) and place in the hotel´s lobby for checking and then deliver to rooms. Participants will be met with a Welcome Cocktail, given an orientation of the property and private fast-track check-in with room key cards ready. Tonight participants will have dinner on property.

We have selected one of our preferred partner properties where participants will be accommodated.

Accommodation at the 5* Iberostar Parque Central Hotel (Standard Room). (D)

Day 2 - Havana Highlights & Treasures

07h30 - 09h00 Breakfast in room or at property restaurant.

09h00 – Participants will be met at the lobby by a CST Event Coordinator and tour guide(s) for a private guided walking tour of the old city of Havana. The walking tour covers the four most important squares, each of which has its own character and history, as well as The Princess Diana´s Garden. The Plaza De Armas has a peaceful atmosphere with thick, tropical vegetation sheltering an antique book market. Impressive baroque palaces surround the square such as the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, now the city´s museum, houses a statue of Christopher Columbus under towering Royal Palms. The Plaza de San Francisco has some impressive commercial buildings such as the old Stock Exchange and Customs House; however the main attraction is the Basilica de San Francisco which dates back to 1580. Plaza Vieja is surrounded by pastel coloured town houses and is almost completely restored. The Plaza de la Catedral is home to the exceptionally beautiful Catedral de San Cristobal as well as important examples of early colonial architecture.

All the squares are linked by historic streets such as Calle Obispo which are like open-air museums containing historic shops, vintage car museums and even a chocolate factory. Old hotels such as the Ambos Mundos can be visited where Hemingway wrote 'For Whom the Bells Tolls'. During the walking tour participants will enjoy the experience of hunting for a treasure following the Hemingway´s Trail (Floridita, Ambos Mundos and La Bodeguita del Medio).

12h00 Lunch at the elegant Cafe del Oriente Restaurant, used by State officials and foreign dignitaries located on one of the corners of San Francisco Square.

14h00 Coconut on wheels, revolutionary journey, famous places and people

Travel today on Coco Taxis which started in Havana at the end of the 90´s as another mean of transportation, especially for the increase in tourism. Their names come from their exotic shape, similar to a coconut. Driving in one of these is a very authentic experience and a great way to expend the afternoon enjoying the rest of the city. The tour guide(s) will take participants by Coco taxis for a trip into the world of pre and post 1950’s: Revolution Square (where Fidel Castro made his famous speeches, and with a building size portrait of Che Guevara), the Malecon seafront, and onto the legendary Hotel Nacional visiting the Hall of Fame with anecdotes about the former guests such as Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, Winston Churchill and the Mafia. Participants can step out into the hotel’s beautiful gardens and taste a traditional Cuban sugar cane and rum cocktail. They will then continue to Miramar (an exclusive residential area where you can see some beautiful examples of colonial villas). As a great way to finish this amazing experience, they will visit Casa Habanos, where participants can practice rolling cigars and maybe win a prize.

17h00 Return to hotel by tour coach(s).

19h15 The tour coach and tour guide(s) will collect participants at the hotel to go for dinner at La Guarida Restaurant, the most popular Paladar (private owned restaurant), frequented by people such as Queen of Spain, Jack Nicholson, Beyonce and others.

21h15 Transfer by tour coach(s) to Tropicana.

21h45 Tropicana: A cabaret under the stars

As a grand finale for tonight, Tropicana Cabaret, the world famous indigenous experience set under the stars, with over 200 artists performing on stage backed by a 30 piece orchestra.

00h00 Transfer by tour coach(s) to hotel.

Accommodation at the 5* Iberostar Parque Central Hotel (Standard Room). (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Viñales Valley Excursion

07h30 - 09h00 Breakfast in room or at property restaurant.

09h00 CST Event Coordinator and tour guide(s) will collect participants at the hotel to visit one of the most beautiful areas in Cuba, where the world's finest cigar tobacco is grown. You will travel west out of Havana to Pinar del Rio on the autopista, visit the Francisco Donatien cigar factory and plantation to learn how the region's famous dark tobacco is hand rolled into Cuban cigars. Then you will continue to Vinales. The terrace of Los Jazmines Hotel affords a magnificent panoramic view of Valle de Vinales and the Mogotes (endemic carsick formations only found in 2 other countries in the world). You can enjoy a Mojito cocktail there before driving through the picturesque country town of Vinales on your way to the Mural de la Prehistoria, where a history of evolution is painted in bright colours on the side of a Mogote. Vinales is well known for a large network of caves. Participants will visit one of these beautiful caverns: Cueva del Indio, which involves a gentle walk and boat ride through a subterranean river, before having lunch and returning to Havana.

19h00 Dinner at El Patio Restaurant

Dine on the patio of the elegant El Patio Restaurant, previously a palatial residence of Creole royalty. Located in the romantic Cathedral Plaza, the property transforms your guests to a more stately time. This is a magnificent place for to have dinner with entertainment at the centre of Old Havana featuring some of the marvellous Spanish colonial architecture and live music played by a traditional small group of musicians. After dinner participants can stay in the area, walk around, take pictures and enjoy night life in Havana, or go back to the hotel.

Accommodation at the 5* Iberostar Parque Central Hotel (Standard Room). (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Salsa Lessons & Gala Dinner

07h30 - 09h00 Breakfast in room or at property restaurant.

09h30 The tour coach(s) and tour guide(s) will collect participants at the hotel to attend the Salsa Classes.

10h00 Salsa Classes. For those who wish to learn Salsa steps Cuban style and be prepared to dance at the Gala Dinner night.

11h30 The tour coach(s) and tour guide(s) will take participants back to the hotel. Lunch will be included on property.

After lunch participants can explore Havana at leisure, buy souvenirs, take pictures or relax at the swimming pool enjoying the sun and the great views.

9h00 Classic American Cars to Club Habana for Gala Dinner.

With its chrome sparkling and bright colours gleaming, the most beautiful American cars of the 1950’s can be seen, driving the streets of Cuba every day. Over the years, necessity has dictated that the cars are maintained with great care, since the Americans left the island in 1959 without leaving any spare parts behind. In almost every alley, there’ll be an old American car, jealously guarded and cared for, just waiting for a drive. Driving in one of these cars takes you back to another era… great experience!

19h30 Gala Dinner

Club Habana represents a new concept designed for diplomats, executives, business people for their social and business contacts, and is a very attractive venue for dining. It offers professional services, many sport attractions, leisure activities and entertainment. The main clubhouse, or Casa Club, dates from 1928 when it was called the Baltimore Yacht and Country Club. The clubhouse is equipped to host work meetings and various other functions in some exquisite rooms, as well as featuring a fitness and leisure centre and is situated on its own private beach. Gala Dinner will start with a cocktail on the terrace overlooking Havana Bay. Music and a Cuban fashion show will be provided. Prize for the cigar rolling contest will be also given during the Gala Dinner.

Accommodation at the 5* Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Standard Room. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Havana & Departure Day

07h30 - 10h00 Breakfast in room or at property restaurant.

Free day at leisure.

Lunch on property or off property (as required on request and subject to departure for outbound flight).

Check out is normally at 12h00 (late checkout per room or provision of a number of rooms for refreshing and changing subject to availability).

orters will collect luggage from rooms and place in lobby for checking ready to be loaded onto tour coach(s).

Transfer by tour bus to Havana International Airport accompanied with CST Event Coordinator and tour guide(s).

Check in for outbound flight. (B)

Included:

  • Assistance by a CST event coordinator during the event.
  • One Incentive House staff free in SGL room (based on a minimum of twenty participants).
  • Hotel accommodation as specified: four nights in Havana
  • Four breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners (On property lunches and dinners do not include beverages. Off property lunches and dinners normally include two drinks per participant based on set menu).
  • Welcome Cocktail on arrival at hotel (Day 1).
  • Cuban sugar cane and rum cocktail (Day2).
  • Mojito Cocktail (Day 3).
  • Prize for best cigar roller (Day 2).
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Hospitality Desk in lobby (as required).
  • Letter room drop (as required).
  • Printed menu place cards (as required).
  • Gratuities for porters, restaurants staff, tour guide and driver.
  • Private transfers in a luxury air-conditioned coach.
  • Private transfer in American cars.
  • Service of Spanish/English (or other languages on request) speaking tour guide(s) throughout the itinerary.
  • Service of English speaking tour guide(s) throughout the itinerary.
  • 24 hr Operations & Emergency Service provided from CST Havana office.

Not Included:

  • International flights.
  • Travel Insurance, Medical Insurance (compulsory to enter Cuba).
  • Tourist Visa Cards (obtainable from Cuban Consulate in your country, or travel agent or airline).
  • Beverages at Floridita, Ambos Mundos and La Bodeguita del Medio (Day2) [unless requested in event proposal pricing].
  • Lunch (Day 5).
  • Any other F & B not mentioned as included.
  • Late check-out may incur an extra charge
  • Any other service, excursion or activity not mentioned as included.
  • Cuba Airport Departure Tax [CUC 25.00 per person] payable in cash after check-in.
  • Voluntary staff gratuities (tour guides, drivers, porters, chambermaids, bar and restaurant staff etc,.)
  • Personal expenses.

Payments & Rooming Lists:

  • 8 weeks prior to groups arrival together with final rooming lists.