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CUBA

June 22-26, 2022

CUBA2022 is the most exclusive & imMersive educational exposure to cuban culture & beauty you will find

THE 5 DAY, 4-NIGHT IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE FUSES CUBAN CULTURE & HISTORY WITH ITS ENERGY & EXCITEMENT THROUGH A UNIQUE EDUCATION EXCURSION.  CUBA2022 FEATURES 5 STAR ACCOMMODATIONS, EXCLUSIVE TRANSPORTATION, CULTURAL TOURS OF HISTORIC OLD HAVANA, MEALS INCLUDED, A VISIT TO THE ICONIC TROPICANA NIGHTCLUB, A PRIVATE CATAMARAN EXPERIENCE, AND EXPLORATION OF HAVANA IN AUTHENTIC CLASSIC 50'S ERA AUTOMOBILES.  THIS WILL BE AN EXPERIENCE BEYOND YOUR NORMAL CARIBBEAN VACATION.  WITH THE SUPPORT OF U.S. BASED FACILITATORS AND PROFESSIONAL GUIDES YOUR UNFORGETTABLE CUBAN EXPERIENCE AWAITS.  

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 - June 22, 2022

  • Time TBD - Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport, Havana

    • Panoramic trip through Havana en route to Hotel

    • Private Climate Controlled Airport Transfers

    • Arrival & Private Check in (Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski)

    • Welcome Cocktail, Refresh Time

  • 11:30am - Historic Center of Havana Tour​

    • Explore the oldest part of the province; the historic urban center is a World Heritage Site full of original fortressses, ancient monuments and is one of the richest colonial areas in Latin America.  Visit Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Caterdral before visiting La Bodeguita del Medio, one of the most iconic bars in the city, home of the house Cuban Mojito and a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.  

  • 1:30pm - Lunch

    • Dine at a local Paladar (name given to the restaurant administered by Cuban Families) followed by a visit to the famous "Floridita" Bar, another Ernest Hemingway favorite. 

  • 3:00pm - Leisure Time​

    • Explore on your own / relax by the pool​

  • 8:00pm - Dinner at La Divina Pastora

    • Located on the other side of the Bay of Havana in the heart of the fortresses system that protected the city during the time of Spanish colonization, it sits at the foot of La Cabaña located in the old powder magazine area.  With beautiful panoramic views of the city and bay, La Divina owes its name and heritage to the Battery of Cannons built there in 1726, and named by the Spanish colonial government in allusion to the Virgin Mary.  ​

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Day 1 Havana

Day 2 Havana

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Day 2 - June 23, 2022

  • 8:00am - Breakfast at the Hotel

  • ​9:00am - City Tour of Modern Havana
    • Tour of Havana including Panoramic tour of Prado, Central Park, Capitolio de la Bahana, Revolution Square.  Time allotted for pictures and exploration. 
    • Visit to a classic cuban cigar factory.  Learn the process of selection and elaboration of what is considered the best tobacco in the world.  ​
    • Visit to José Martí Revolution Square.  A site of significant historic value as it was the location of many acts and events that occurred during the Cuban Revolution.  Considered one of the largest squares in the world at 72,000 square meters.
    • Time to Shop
  • 12:30pm - Lunch
    • Enjoy another local Paladar.​
  • 14:30pm - Visit Callejon de Hamel​​
    • Experience, view, and discover the Afro-Cuban culture and religión unique to Cuba.​
  • 3:30pm - Arrive back at hotel
    • Leisure time to refresh and relax​
  • 8:00pm - Dinner​​
    • Enjoy a typical Cuban meal and dining experience​
  •  9:30pm - Classic Car Transfer & Cabaret Tropicana
    • Enjoy a ride in the Vintage Cars that make Cuba special.  Ride in a 1950's era convertible around Havana as we arrive at Cabaret Tropicana.  
    • The legendary, Tropicana Nightclub, is the most spectacular of the Cuban cabaret style, open air night clubs.  Enjoy an evening of Cuban music, folklore, and vibrant colors of the Caribbean.  
  • 12:00 Midnight - Arrive Back at Hotel​

Day 3 - June 24, 2022

  • 8:30am - Breakfast at the Hotel

  • 9:00am - Transfers to Varadero

    • Enjoy a scenic​ ride across the Cuban country side on the 145 km (2 hour) journey to Vardero, Cuba's resort area.  

  • 11:00am - Private Check In At Melia Internacional All Inclusive Resort

    • Leisure time, enjoy the hotel & amenities including beach, pool, spa, etc. ​

    • Chose to relax around the resort, explore the city/area of Varadero, sign up for private excursions, and/or enjoy the nightlife of the area in venues like Casa de la Musica Varadero.  The day, evening, and night is yours to enjoy!

    • Free night

    • Open Dinner Night​.  Chose from one of the many ALL INCLUSIVE dinner restaurants.  Enjoy a casual romantic dinner with your significant other or join with some of your new friends and dine together.  

Day 3 - Journey To Varadero

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Day 4 - June 25, 2022

  • 8:00 am - Breakfast at the Hotel

  • 9:00am - Catamaran Crusero del Sol Cayo Blanco

    • Transfer to marina Varadero to enjoy a private excursion aboard the Crusero del Sol Cayo.  A chance to snorkel and enjoy the beautiful marine fauna and coral reef then continue on to the beautiful beach of Cayo Blanco (a small deserted island), where you can enjoy a delicious seafood based lunch (Choice of lobster buffet and other great selections) accompanied by live traditional cuban music.  Open bar included on Cayo Blanco.​

  • 4:00pm - Arrive Back at the Hotel

    • Evening Leisure time and dinner

Day 4- Melia &
Cayo Blanco

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Day 5 - June 26, 2022

  • TBD - Breakfast at the Hotel

  • TBD - Airport Transfers to Marti International Airport, Havana (145 KM, 2 Hours)

  • TBD - Flight Check Ins

-The Pick Up will be made 6 hours prior to flight departure

-Trip Extensions are optional

-Itinerary is Tentative & Subject to Change

Day 5 - Hasta Luego

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lodging information

Gran Hotel Manaza Kempinski

The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is a luxury, 5-Star, hotel.  Located in the heart of Old Havana, in the historic Manzana de Gómez building it is an early-20th-century building that was originally built as Cuba's first shopping mall.  The four-year-old hotel features a ground floor shopping mall with franchises including Versace, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste, & Montblanc.  

Surrounded by various Unesco World Heritage buildings in this vibrant city, the Gran Hotel's 246 luxurious guest room and 50 suites offers you the opportunity to relish in Havana's history; indulge in its various gastronomic outlets such as Lobby Bar El Arsenal or the panoramic San Cristobal; Enjoy your favorite cocktail in Bar Constante; smoke a Cigar paired with local rum in the cozy Evocación; Enjoy the breathtaking views from the beautiful rooftop pool; get pampered in the Spa by Resense; all while feeling safe with Kempinski's White Glove Service Standards.  

Enjoy your first two days in the lap of luxury in Old Havana!

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Five Star Luxury in Havana

Melia Internacional Varadero

The fine sand and crystal-clear waters of Varadero form the backdrop for paradise redefined.  This majestic and classic hotel, an icon on beautiful Varadero beach, provides the most modern technology with a wide range of dining and entertainment options.  

Located oceanfront, Melia Internacional boasts excellent sea views, a large central swimming pool, tranquil garden areas, a pedestrian boulevard with over twenty gastronomic outlets, a mix of bars and entertainment, the exclusive Level accommodations, and the fabulous YHI Spa with top floor infinity pool.  With free wifi and six swimming pools this is a paradise for couples, families, and groups to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

 

Less than a few years old, this state-of-the-art All Inclusive resort is the finest of luxury in the Varadero resort area.  A place you can unplug, unwind, and relax for two days in this Cuban paradise.  

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Ocean Front Pleasure

LUXURY
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RESORT

 

TRIP PRICING

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CUBA2022 (June 22-26)

$1,875.00 (per person, double occupancy)

*$400 Deposit Required by 11/1/21 to confirm

*Price Not Inclusive of Airfare & Airport Tax

*$535.o0 Additional for Single Occupancy

 
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To Sign up for CUBA 2022:

  1. Click the Link above to be transfered to the Isenhour International Store and remit your deposit payment today.

  2. Email us if you wish to mail a check or remit deposit payment via CashApp, Zelle, Venmo, or Paypal​​​​

       -Checks can be mailed payable to "Isenhour International", 5543 Edmonson Pike, #124, Nashville, TN 37211

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT

WARREN ISENHOUR

615-394-7407

WARREN@ISENHOURINTERNATIONAL.COM

LISA MCGOWAN

847-899-9611

LISA@AWAMEETINGS.COM

 

FAQs

This section is provided to assist you in common questions or concerns we receive related to Cuba2022 and travel to Cuba.  If you do not see an answer to your questions here please reach out to us for assistance.   

  • What is Cuba2022?

    • Isenhour International and AWA Meetings both were working to host a Cuba Experience for qualified customers in 2020.   Covid-19 prevented those efforts from happening.  In Late 2020 both companies decided to work collectively to make a Cuban Experience a reality and Cuba2022 was born.  Cuba2022 will be an exceptional educational and cultural trip for attendees to an amazing Caribbean destination.​

  • Who is eligible to attend?

    • Cuba2022 is open to anyone.  While you have to meet the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control criteria to receive your travel visa; I.I. and A.W.A. will work with you to ensure you qualify and meet our expectations for the educational and cultural aspects of the trip.

  • Is it Safe?

    • Absolutely!  I.I. representatives and A.W.A. representatives have made multiple trips to Cuba to evaluate the country and prepare for trips such as Cuba2022.  Additionally, I.V.I., our local DMC provider, is well versed in the Cuban experience and will ensure all aspects of your wellbeing and safety are taken into consideration.  Cuba is a beautiful and safe Caribbean destination with a wealth of history and culture.  The Cuban people are very welcoming to visitors and show exceptional hospitality.  

  • Who are our Hosts?

    • In the Meet the Host's section below you will find background information on all three of your host partners:​​​

      • Isenhour International​

      • AWA Meetings & Events

      • I.V.I. Destination Management Company

  • Is the technology and infrastructure up to par?

    • Granted Cuba's infrastructure has suffered from a number of factors.  A few things you should know in regards to technology, communication, and access:

      • Your U.S. Based Cellular phones will not work in Cuba; although you can access your data when on Wifi.​

      • Wifi access is much more limited there than you are used to in the U.S.  At both hotels you will have access to internet.  You are given a limited allotment of time to access and can request additional time at a fee.

      • We will assist you in making arrangements for communication back home during your time in Cuba.  There are various apps like Whats App and such that allow you to communicate easily while on Wifi/Internet data.  

  • How do I get my U.S. Travel Visa?

    • As part of your package price, we have included the cost of your U.S. Travel Visa.  Once you have remitted your Deposit and First Payment we will communicate with you on the process, have you complete the necessary forms with our assistance, and submit your Visa application on your behalf.  

  • Who will be our Points of Contacts while in Cuba?

    • You will have a representative from Isenhour International, AWA Meetings & Events, and IVI DMC all on site with you each day and at every activity and outing.  You will continually have access to us to handle any needs and concerns you have during your trip.  

  • What do I do about money and payments in Cuba?

    • You will need to bring cash for expenses beyond items included in your package price.  Credit cards based on U.S. banks will not work in Cuba and the US Dollar is not accepted.  You will need to take your US Dollar and exchange it for the Cuban Peso (CUP).  The current exchange rate is 25:1.  You should plan accordingly for how much you expect to spend while in Cuba.  Take into account tips, gratuities, additional meals, drinks and beverages, souvenir items, etc.  

  • What is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC)?

    • The CUC was a second form of currency used in Cuba.  It was pegged to the US Dollar at a 1:1 ratio and was previously accepted along with the CUP.  On January 1, 2021 the currency merger of Cuba was finalized and the CUC is no longer accepted in most businesses.  If you have CUC from a prior trip you will need to find a bank that exchanges it for CUP, likely in Cuba.  When you convert US Dollar to Cuba Pesos ensure you are receiving CUP as it is the widely accepted currency of Cuba and as of January 1, 2021, the only accepted currency.  

  • Is Cuba safe from Covid?

    • Like the rest of the world, Cuba was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Cuban Government continues to deal with the Pandemic and ensure that the country and its citizens are safe and receive vaccinations.  Comparatively, Cuba has constantly maintained a relatively safe status in comparison to many Caribbean destinations.  

  • Is my airfare included in the package price?

    • NO!  Your airfare will be a separate responsibility from the package pricing.  Given the wide range of attendees, their points of origin, and other factors we are not able to set a flat rate for air travel for Cuba2022.  However, we will work hand-in-hand with you to ensure you book the appropriate airfare and find you the best pricing available.  

  • Can I stay longer than the 4 nights/5 days?

    • Yes, this is an option a case-by-case basis and would be at an additional cost.  If you wish to extend your stay pre/post the June 22-26 dates, please reach out to us and discuss your options

 

Meet your hosts

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Isenhour International, AWA Meetings & Events, & IVI DMC bring over 100 years of experience in the industry.  With two companies based in the United States and a third based in Latin America you are getting an immeasurable amount of experience, service and resources to ensure your Cuba2022 trip is amazing.  Click any logo above to see the company profile and visit their websites.  

Trip LEADERS

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WARREN D. ISENHOUR

PRESIDENT

ISENHOUR INTERNATIONAL

Warren has multiple experiences in Cuba under his belt in addition to managing groups in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Curacaó, Jamaica, Antigua, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil; to name a few.  He will be one of your two Trip Leaders who will be on site with you throughout the duration of Cuba2022 to ensure your experience is outstanding.  

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LISA MCGOWAN

PRESIDENT

AWA MEETINGS & EVENTS

Lisa had her first experience in Cuba in 2019 and has been eager to return.  Fluent in Spanish, she understands the local culture and language and will be a valuable asset to ensure everyone is able to engage fully in the Cuban experience.  She has various experiences managing groups across the globe and will be on the ground for the duration of Cuba2022.