CUBA INCENTIVE EVENT (6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS HAVANA – VINALES – VARDERO)
Day 1 Welcome to Havana
On arrival at Havana International Airport, participants will be met by a CST Event Coordinator in the arrivals hall and transfered 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 coach(s) and deliver to rooms.
Participants will be met with a Welcome Cocktail and live Cuban music, given an orientation of the property and private fast-track check-in with room key cards ready. A pillow gift will be provided in each room.
20h00 Meet at Hospitality Desk
20h15 Transfer for dinner (by tour coach or walking depending on the selected accommodation)
20h30 Welcome Dinner at Gran Teatro de La Habana
Havana Great Theater (Gran Teatro de La Habana) is the oldest still working theater in Latin America. Founded in 1838 and located at one of the corners of Central Park (Parque Central), it has been venue for performances of internationally recognized dancers and musicians. Since 1965 is the permanent house of the Cuban National Ballet Company. It is also one of the architectural jewels in Cuba with its majestic colonial style construction, original marble stone and impressive big halls.
Tonight participant’s welcome dinner will be arranged in one of these majestic rooms. On arrival there will be a welcome cocktail and human statues promoting a souvenir’s raffle, accompanied by jazz style life music, followed by short welcoming speech and dinner.
After dinner participants will enjoy a show with life music and dancers including 2 hours open bar.
00h00 Return to hotel
Day 2 Havana Highlights & Treasures
07h30 ‐ 09h00 Breakfast in room or at property restaurant.
09h15 Meet at Hospitality Desk. Participants will be invited to join a photography contest “Havana Highlights”. They will have time to take pictures during today´s activities, and the prizes will be given during the Gala Dinner in Club Havana.
09h30 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. 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.
12h00 Lunch at a film set
They will then continue to La Guarida Restaurant, the most popular Paladar (private owned restaurant), frequented by people such as Queen of Spain, Jack Nicholson, Beyonce and others. Located on the top floor of an old colonial building which is still occupied by Cuban families, it was the setting for the famous Cuban film ‘Strawberry & Chocolate’. Here participants will be having lunch at the film set.
14h00 – After lunch participants will be transferred to Old Havana and they will live the experience of hunting for treasure following the Hemingway´s Trail (Floridita, Ambos Mundos and La Bodeguita del Medio) while they enjoy a private guided walking tour of the old colonial 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’.
17h00 Return to hotel
19h30 Meet at Hospitality Desk.
19h45 Transfer for dinner (walking or by by coach(s) depending on selected accommodation)
21h30 A Private Audience with the Buena Vista Social Club & Dinner
As a grand finale for tonight, participants will be entertained exclusively by the Buena Vista Social Club. It was a members club in Havana that held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular location for musicians to meet and play during the 1940s. In the 1990s, nearly 50 years after the club was closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity. The recording, named Buena Vista Social Club after the Havana institution became an international success, and the ensemble was encouraged to perform with a full line-up in Amsterdam in 1998. German director Wim Wenders captured the performance on film, followed by a second concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City for a documentary that included interviews with the musicians conducted in Havana. Wenders’s film, also called Buena Vista Social Club, was released to critical acclaim, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary feature and winning numerous accolades including Best Documentary at the European Film Awards.
Participants will first have dinner at the performance venue before enjoying the famous show. This is a great opportunity to dance at the rhythm of the best traditional Cuban music.
00h00 Return to hotel.
Day 3 Vinales & Gala Dinner
07h00 ‐ 08h00 Breakfast in room or at property restaurant.
08h00 Meet at Hospitality Desk.
08h15 The tour coach 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. Participants will travel west out of Havana to Pinar del Rio on the autopista, visit the world famous plantation “Vega de Robaina” to learn how the region’s famous dark tobacco is hand rolled into Cuban cigars. Lunch will be included in the farm.
Then participants 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).
Participants can enjoy a Mojito cocktail there before driving through the picturesque country town of Vinales on their 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 explore the Valley riding horses and visit one of these beautiful caverns: Cueva del Indio, which involves a gentle walk and boat ride through a subterranean river, before returning to Havana.
15h00 Return to Havana
19h45 Guided transfer by tour coach to Club Havana for Gala Dinner.
20h00 Gala Dinner & Show
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 center and is situated on its own private beach.
Gala Dinner will start with a cocktail and canapés at the pool side while participants watch the aqua ballet show. Music and a Cuban Fashion show will be provided and a typical Cuban Carnival as a great way to finish the night. Prize for the cigar rolling and the photography contests will be also given during the Gala Dinner. The menu will be arranged specially for the event and open bar for 3 hours is included.
00h00 Return to hotel.
Day 4 Havana – Varadero
Breakfast at property restaurant and check-out.
Porters will collect luggage from rooms and place in lobby for checking before loading onto tour coach(s).
08h45 Meet at Hospitality Desk.
Participants will be transferred by the tour coach(s) to Varadero, where the world famous pristine white power beaches and azure waters greet you. They will stop on route at Bacunayagua Bridge, the highest one in Cuba, to try one of the best Pina Colada, freshly made from coconuts and pineapple with lots of rum, while enjoying the magnificent view of the canyon.
12h30 Arrive at property in Varadero.
Porters will take the luggage out of the tour coach(s) and place in the hotel´s lobby for checking and then deliver to rooms. Fast-track private check-in with room cards ready for guests, orientation and Welcome Cocktail.
Lunch on property accompanied by live music.
15h30 Cuban Afternoon
This afternoon participants will be in contact with different typical Cuban activities (salsa dance, cocktails and Cuban cuisine)
They will start with salsa lessons at the Hotel to prepare them for the night’s events. Salsa dancers will offer their expertise and engage participants in the sensuous styles of the enchanting moves and steps.
After dancing, a specialist in Cuban cocktails will join participants to teach them some of the secrets of the Cuban bars. They will be able not only to try Cuban drinks but also to prepare them by themselves and even make a competition.
Next step will be Cuban cuisine. The Chef will explain how to prepare some typical dishes and will interact with participants so that they can become part of the cooking process too. They will be able to try Cuban food prepared by them.
Participants will be provided with a CD including different recipes of Cuban cocktails and food.
20h00 Dinner on property.
Day 5 Vardero – Catamaran Cruise Adventure
Breakfast in room or on property buffet restaurant.
08h45 Meet at Hospitality Desk.
09h00 Transfer by tour coach(s) to yacht marina.
09h30 Private Catamaran Cruise Adventure
Set sail for a catamaran day cruise with seafood lunch at a paradise island; with its beautiful beach, a truly magnificent unspoiled Caribbean wilderness. Open bar, music, snorkeling over coral reefs and interacting with dolphins included on excursion.
18h00 Arrive back marina and transfer by tour coach(s) to hotel.
Other activities could be arranged for today, such as:
Option A: Jeep & Boat Safari Experience
09h00 Transfer by tour coach(s) to jeep collection point.
09h15 Spectacular off-the-road self-drive jeep adventure of more than 150 km across rivers, stone-pits and royal palm tree valleys. Sand and dust can be snorkeled off in Playa Coral or while swimming in Saturn Cave. Explore the river Canimar by boat, passing the rich flora on the riversides. A visit to Matanzas – the city of bridges – provides the cultural contribution to this varied and active tour.
- Visit to a Cuban countryside house and farm.
- Professional multilingual guide.
- Snorkeling at Playa Coral (equipment included).
- Visit to Saturn Cave. Free time for swimming.
- Sightseeing tour of Matanzas City including Pharmaceutical Museum and Parque de Libertad.
- Tour across the Yumuri Valley.
- Welcome cocktail and rustic lunch at Rancho Gaviota. Free time for horseback riding, to visit the crops and breeding farm or for nautical activities in the lake.
- Visit to Monserrate Heights.
- Boat trip on Canimar River
16h30 Drop-off jeeps and transfer by tour coach(s) to hotel.
Option B: Parachute Jump (limited capacity: 14 pax at the same time)
09h45 Meet at Hospitality Desk.
10h00 Transfer by tour coach(s) to Varadero airport.
10h30 Flight by helicopter or small airplane to jump with a coach in a parachute designed for 2 persons. Participants will jump at 2500m high and will free-fall during 30 or 35 seconds before opening the parachute. This is a magnificent way to enjoy the view of the hotels and the azure aquamarine waters before landing on the world famous powder white sand of Varadero.
Option C: Round of Golf (limited capacity)
Participants can enjoy this fascinating game amidst breathtaking beaches that runs parallel to the Gulf of Mexico, and close to many of the hotels. The course is laid out between palm trees, caves and lakes with 9 and 18 holes taking them right up to the shoreline.
There is a golf players´ reception at the Caddie House, a Pro Shop and Snack Bar. Challenging or Target Golf design modern style with narrow roads and heavily protected greens surrounded by sand traps and lakes. The Varadero Golf Course has several salt water lakes that connect directly with the sea, a feature that makes it almost unique worldwide.
The golf club continues expanding its most ambitious golf facilities projects by opening the first golf academy operated by PGA professionals and instructors from the Cuban Golf Federation. It has the facilities and experience in organizing international golf tournaments and has hosted European Challenge Tour Grand Finals.
Green fee, golf cart (shared) and golf clubs are included.
Option D: Diving Course at the Hotel
09h00 Resort diving course including basic diving lessons, practice in a swimming-pool and one immersion in the sea of 10m maximum. A certificate will be given on completion.
20h30 Beach Party Theme Dinner
On property private finale party, set on a beach under the stars dining on fresh lobsters and succulent steaks. Tables tastefully decorated with flowers and candles. The theme – participants dress in light tropical white clothes, women with flowers in their hair and men with straw hats. Entertainment options include Cuban Show, Cuban Music Group. A Salsa Dancing Contest will be held for the participants with prizes for best dancers. DJ and open bar included.
Option: Dinner & Party at Xanadu Mansion.
Xanadu Mansion keeps the glamour of the 1930´s and it is an amazing place to enjoy the views and fresh air. On arrival cocktails and canapés served on the terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico sunset. Dinner will be set in the function room accompanied by a classical trio and the menu will be arranged especially for the occasion. After dinner entertainment will take place at the air-conditioned panoramic bar with international cocktails, live music, salsa dancing contest and 3 hours open bar.
Day 6 Varadero & Departure Day
Breakfast in room or on property.
Free time at leisure.
*Lunch on property (subject to departure for outbound flight).
Meet at Hospitality Desk.
Check out is normally at 12h00 (late checkout per room or provision of a number of rooms for refreshing and changing subject to availability).
Porters will take the luggage from rooms and place in the hotel´s lobby for checking and then load onto to tour coach(s).
Transfer by tour coach(s) to Havana International Airport accompanied with CST Event Coordinator and tour guide(s).
Check in for outbound flight.
- Assistance by a CST event coordinator during the event.
- Accommodation at selected hotel(s)
- Pillow gift.
- Porters’ tips.
- Hospitality Desk at properties
- Entrances, Lunches and Dinners as specified in the itinerary.
- Off-property Havana lunches and dinners normally include two national beverages per participant based on set menu unless open bar is specified.
- All inclusive bases in Varadero hotel.
- All excursions and activities as mentioned in the Itinerary.
- Welcome Cocktail and live music on arrival at Havana Hotel Day 1.
- 5 days guide service and 40 sits coach on disposal during the complete program.
- Service of English/Spanish speaking tour guide(s). [Other languages on request].
- One doctor assistance during the program for emergencies.
- Technical support for group parties and gala dinner (lights, audio support, screens, stage)
- Personalized decoration and furniture for group parties and dinners.
- 24 Hours Operations & Emergency Service provided from CST Havana office.
Extra services we can include:
- Host company branding items i.e. bunting, flags, banners, menu cards, table reservation cards, and signs for tour coaches, notice board signage, etc.
- Professional photography and video for the event.
- Event’s App and/or website development.
- Event’s social media development.
- Team building activities based on client’s preferences.
- International flights.
- Room drop notices.
- On-property Havana beverages.
- Travel Insurance, Medical Insurance (compulsory to enter Cuba).
- Tourist Visa Cards (obtainable from Cuban Consulate in your country, or travel agent or airline).
- Any other F & B not mentioned as included.
- Any other service, excursion or activity not mentioned as included.
- Voluntary staff gratuities (tour guides, drivers, porters, chambermaids, bar and restaurant staff etc.)
- Personal expenses.
Payments & Rooming Lists
Deposit to guarantee event with final balance payable six weeks prior to groups arrival together with final rooming lists.
If site inspection required, Cuba Select Travel will charge at net rates and rebate part on final invoice of group.
Itinerary and Quotation
The itinerary is designed to incorporate as many activities as possible within the time limits and size of group.
Some activities may be subject to opening times/days, weather conditions and other factors.
Itineraries and Quotations are tailor made based on group size and preferences.
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