The Real Deal Vacation package to Cuba includes round-trip air between Miami and Havana via a U.S. government-licensed charter service; four nights at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba or similar; twelve meals (four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners); a complete touring program, including entrance fees; and most taxes and fees, from $2,099 per person.
When Oct. 3, 17, 2012 ($2,099); Jul. 25, Aug. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 28, 2012 ($2,199); Dec. 26, 2012 ($2,499).
Gateways Miami (from $2,099).
The Fine Print All air and hotel taxes and fees are included in the package price, as is the Cuba visa fee. The package also includes the necessary travel authorization from the U.S. Treasury Department. A $30 Cuba Departure Tax is not included and is to be paid separately. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $199 ($359 for Dec. 26, 2012 departure). Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By May 23, 2012 (from $2,099); add $300 for bookings made after May 23.
Why It's a Deal Until recently, Cuba has been off-limits to American travelers. In the past few years, the U.S. government has worked with a number of travel providers to operate travel programs to Cuba, but independent travel is still restricted. This travel deal from Friendly Planet provides a full itinerary of cultural and historical events, airfare, four nights in Havana, and all necessary paperwork, for a government-approved trip to one of the Caribbean's most unique islands. And if you book soon, you'll save $300 off the regular price.
More Friendly Planet offers pre- and post-trip nights at the Crowne Plaza Miami for $60 per person, per night (single supplement is $50), including airport transfers. The agency also offers a separate seven-night Cuba package starting at $3,399.