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Premium Email Subscriber May 24, 2015 at 05:48 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions about how much money we should bring? I understand there are no credit cards.
Laura Larson May 24, 2015 at 11:06 PM

Just returned from the April 20th trip (FABULOUS)!!! Maria Gross was our tour leader & she was wonderful!! Regarding $ -- no credit cards, so you need to take cash which is very easily changed at the hotels. You will need some cash for things like: any extra shows you go to (btn $25-60) (I saw the Bueno Vista Social Club -- tics around $30), there are some "free" times -- you might want to go out to dinner, or to a museum... or buy a drink at the hotel bar... (maybe $250 for those events). You might need to bring additional cash for items like "trinkets" at the local markets (nothing is "expensive)... BUT if you are planning on buying art , each piece could cost anywhere from $25-150, but upwards in some of the better galleries. Roads Sholar suggests you bring about $500, that's fine, but if you like to "shop", I'd suggest bringing more..... I brought about $800, bought lots of neat things with plenty to spare!!!

Karen Susman May 21, 2015 at 02:29 PM

I'm going on the Cuba trip June 10. I'm taking a red eye on the 9th from Denver to Miami. Anyone else going to be at the hotel early?
Florence Elion Mascott May 21, 2015 at 07:14 PM

I will be driving in from Palm Beach.. I can arrive anytime. It is about 1 hours drive. If you wish to have someone there to greet you at the hotel...I can be there. There is a shuttle that can take you directly to the hotel. If interested..561 586 5810, email, flipelion3@aol.com... I am leaving for Texas (red eye) tomorrow.. Be back on Tues, the 26th...

Anita Ramundo May 16, 2015 at 07:42 AM

finished The People of Cuba Tour on 5/14. Great experience and there is no longer a departure tax. Recommend a Paladar called Neriva which is a short walk from Hotel Nacionale de Cuba in Havana.

Laura Larson May 15, 2015 at 06:12 AM

Just came back -- yes, you can easily call the states from your hotel -- about $2.50/minute. Your cell phone will not work. You can rent "Internet time" at Varadoro hotel -- but it is very very slow.

Deborah Rice May 09, 2015 at 01:15 AM

Can you call the USA from Cuba? If so, how does that work and what are the rates? If not, do the hotels have internet access? Going at the end of September and am really looking forward to it!!
Elizabeth Augustine May 09, 2015 at 07:17 AM

It is possible to call but it's super expensive, so I'd use the phone to say "Hi I'm here" rather than to have long conversations. The hotels have internet access, but it's both slow and very expensive. You can buy a couple of hours and our guide recommended that you buy a 12-hour slot of internet access starting around 10pm when most people are sleeping.

Madeline Rude May 07, 2015 at 01:47 PM

I'm on the 5/11 program to Cuba - but arriving from Dallas on 5/10 after 2 p.m. Anyone else at the Miami Airport around this time? Looking forward to a great time!

Nancy Loomis May 05, 2015 at 01:44 PM

Elizabeth..got your post about taking the trip two times and being completely different Could you share how they were different. I thought the trip I took in March was great and am thinking of going back.
Elizabeth Augustine May 05, 2015 at 01:53 PM

Hi Nancy - great question. There was some overlap in activities, but for the most part, we visited different artists, saw different dancers, and heard different music. Our guides were different and brought new perspectives to our experiences. We heard less traditional music on the second trip, went to more paladars, had a little more free time, had more new experiences (farmer's market, OnCuba offices for example). And of course, with the announcement about the changes in the relationships between our countries, there's a real buzz in the air. I'd love to go back and spend more time outside of Havana, perhaps on the cross-country tour.
Nancy Loomis May 05, 2015 at 02:14 PM

Thanks Elizabeth. I agree about going back and seeing more of the island. Maybe???

Marianne Ham May 04, 2015 at 06:34 PM

Elizabeth ...I absolutely know there's no way to check in ...there's no way to do much of anything with the US once you're on their soil ...so what happens is what happens.

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