VARADERO GOLF CLUB-XANADU MANSION

VARADERO GOLF CLUB-XANADU MANSION

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THIS TOUR IS LED BY DAWN MERCER-GOLF PROFESSIONAL
INNISBROOK RESORT, PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA


Cuba a subject of mystery, fascination and deliberation for decades has been forbidden to American travelers – until recently. We are pleased to offer you an exceptional opportunity to visit Cuba yourself on a remarkable 7-day combination golf tournament and Cuba tour. We have combined the famous Golf Club of Varadero and Xandau Mansion with the highlights of Havana. You will explore Havana’s timeless streets, architecture and famous landmarks. This program ventures from Cuba’s beaches to golf courses and across impossibly verdant landscapes to plantations and a socialist community. You will savor some of the best local cuisine at top paladars and experience the some of the best Cuba has to offer. We hope that you will join Dawn Mercer on this once-in-a-lifetime Cuba golf tour experience.

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DAILY ITINERARY

INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT:

The Varadero Golf Club and Dawn Mercer invite you to participate in the 9th edition of the international elite Golf event. The "CUBA GOLF GRAND TOURNAMENT", combines players over 18 years of age with a certified handicap of 24 or under for me, and 30 or under for ladies. There will be one practice round and two competition rounds with three prizes per category.
All participants registered for the event will have the opportunity to pay a supplement for one companion who will enjoy the cultural and social activities of the program.
The Varadero Golf Club has a 72-par course located in the northern coast of the Hicacos Peninsula with challenging difficulties for any category of palyer. It was designed by architect Les Furber with the incomparable style of Robert Trent John.
The Varadero Golf Club offers a unique environment at its famous Mansion XANADU club house and its Bar Mirador where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the light green tone of the golf course and the turquoise blue of the surrounding sea. This is a perfect ALL-INCLUSIVE resort to experience the "CUBA GOLF GRAND TOURNAMENT
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YOUR CUBA GOLF TOURNAMENT/TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1- Oct. 25th (L,D)
Non-stop flight from Tampa (or your homegateway) to Havana. Panoramic tour of Havana including Revolutionary Square, the U.S. Embassy, the Malecon, Morro Castle and more. A stop at the famous NACIONAL HOTEL to change money, have a drink, enjoy the grounds.
Transfer to Varadero. Check-in at the MELIA LAS AMERICAS all-inclusive beachfront resort. Lunch, walk the beach, explore the golf course and club house. This evening we will enjoy our welcome dinner complete with unlimited drinks and meet our Cuban golf host.
DAY 2- Oct 26th (B,L,D)
7:00am- Registration at the Pro Shop, receive your welcome packet and practice on the driving range. Practice Round, all categories.
7:00pm- Welcome cocktain at XANADU MANSION's Bar Mirador. Orientation on tournament, information, game rules.
Dinner and drinks at your all-inclusive resort.

DAY 3- Oct 27th (B,L,D)
7:00am- Practice on the Driving Range
7:30am- 1st Competition round- all categories
Snack food and drink service throughout the course
7:00pm-Rum tasting, Cuban cigars at Bar Mirador
DAY 4- Oct 28th (B,L,D)
7:00am-Practice on the driving range
7:30am- Final Competition Round- all categories
Snack food and drink service throughout the course
Skills competition: distance to the pin (Men 8th hole)-(Ladies 3rd hole)
6:00pm- Prizes and award ceremony at the putting green of Varadero Golf Club.
7:00pm- Gala dinner at XANADU MANSION!
DAY 5 – Oct 29th (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. 6:30am-9:30am. Check-out transfer to Havana about 2.5 hours, stopping along the way in Mantanzas for a short drink and city tour.
Upon arrival in Havana, those who will be flying home will be dropped off at the Havana airport. The rest of the group will make a stop at the Nacional Hotel. We will enjoy lunch at LA BARRACA on the beautiful grounds of the Nacional Hotel. We can exchange money, purchase wi-fi cards and enjoy a mojito.
This evening dinner at LA FORESTA paladar.
Day 6 – Oct 30th (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel 6:30am-9:30am
This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Havana and the four squares. History, architecture, culture and cuisine await us in Havana. Lunch is at CAFE DE ORIENTE-one of the best government-run restaurants in Havana. Afternoon shopping at the SAN JOSE MARKET for all things Cuban under one roof! Crafts, Art, Leather, Gifts, Humidors, Souvenirs, Rum, Cigars. Dinner these evening at the wonderful SAN CRISTOBAL paladar- one of the very best in Havana.
DAY 7 – Oct 31st (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel. 6:30am-9:30am
After breakfast we will check-out and begin our day with a vintage car-ride of Havana. We will see the University of Havana, the U.S. Embassy, El Morro Castle, the Statue of Jesus, Revolutionary Square and more. There will be many photo ops along the way. We will stop for lunch at ELITE (excellent) After lunch we drive to the community project of world renown ceramist and artist JOSE FUSTER. You will experience how he has transformed an entire village into a mosaic wonderland. Transfer to airport for our 6:05pm flight to Tampa. (other cities can be arranged)
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Flight Schedule From Tampa:

Southwest #3951 Tampa-Havana 7:00a-8:15a
return
Southwest #3953 Havana-Tampa 6:05p-7:25p

Seat assignments for your flight to Havana will be given 24 hrs prior at online check-in. Your tickets will be issued under the names you provide on your registration form. Please notify us immediately of any name changes or corrections.

Baggage Charges: 2 bags fly free on Southwest plus one carry-on and one personal item. Max 50lbs each. GOLF CLUBS are also free if they are one of your two pieces of luggage and are 50lbs or under!
We are not responsible for lost luggage. If your luggage is lost, stolen, or damaged en route, the airline will make every effort to recover it or make proper compensation if you can provide them with a complete list of the contents, but this will have to be done directly with them by you.

Travel Insurance/Cancellation Insurance: We are offering additional medical evacuation, cancellation, baggage delay, trip interruption insurance for your trip in the amount of $172.00 per person. This is optional, but strongly recommended. Medical insurance while in Cuba IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP.

Document Requirements: All travel to Cuba is currently regulated by the office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and each traveler must have documentation showing
that their travel is authorized according to OFAC's Comprehensive Guidelines. You will be provided with proper documentation for legal travel to Cuba.

A valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months after travel is completed is required for travel to Cuba. A Cuban Visa (Tourist Card) is required for travel to Cuba. Your visa is included in your tour price and will be provided to you.

Medications: We recommend that you bring an adequate supply of the prescription medicines you use regularly to last throughout the program and pack them in your carry-on bag.

Inoculations: We strongly suggest that you contact your personal physician for recommendations regarding your individual health requirements. You should also be up-to-date with all your shots, including tetanus and standard immunizations.

Cuban Medical Insurance is included in your program by the airline. This policy covers major medical emergencies. The policy is in effect throughout the country.

Cuba's Climate & Weather:
 Cuba is subtropical with a mean temperature of 87-94 degrees. The wet season runs from May to October, and the dry season from November through April. The average high temperature in Cuba's hottest month of July is 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared for hot weather and a chance for brief periods of rain with temperatures averaging 75-90F. You may want to take sunscreen, definitely sunglasses and mosquito repellent. Havana weather forecasts are available on the Internet at all news bureaus sites such as CNN.com. 


Clothing and Packing Tips: 
During your daytime excursions, dress is casual with casual slacks, jeans, shorts and skirts being acceptable. Remember to bring comfortable, well-broken-in walking shoes. During the evening smart-casual attire, such as a button down-shirt with Khaki/casual slacks for men and a dress or blouse with skirt or pants for women is appropriate. Cuba is a casual destination. Expect the possibility of cooler temperatures and windy conditions to occur in the evenings. Havana has the same climate as Miami. It is suggested that you not bring or pack any expensive or sentimental jewelry.
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"Waste Management" Toilets in Cuba are plentiful, but depending on their location, they may be encountered in various states of cleanliness and conditions. Often there is an attendant at the entrance who will collect the equivalent of US 25 to 50 cuc coins for entry, and he or she will usually give you a small section of toilet paper so it's highly recommended that you carry your own at all time (small packets of Kleenex work well).

Language: Spanish is the official language in Cuba, although some people you encounter will speak English. Learning and using even a few basic words will be much appreciated by the locals.
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Time: Cuba is on the same time as EST.

Currency & Credit Cards: The U.S. dollar is not accepted in Cuba, you will have to exchange dollars into Cuban Convertible Pesos (a.k.a. the CUC – "kook"). There are exchange locations at the airport and at most hotels and a standard 13% exchange fee is imposed on all exchanges (could vary), this way you don't have to worry about shopping around for the best rate. For example: US$100 = CUC$87 Your unused CUCs can be exchanged for U.S. Dollars at face value (without a fee) upon departure. We recommend that you do not exchange all your U.S. Dollars at once. Please exchange as you need throughout the week.

Credit cards: issued by U.S. banks are still NOT accepted in Cuba at this time unless you have a Stonegate credit card. Traveler's checks cannot be used. Unless you plan to purchase artwork or other expensive items, $700.00 pp should be a sufficient amount of cash for the week. Supplementary Expenses Personal expenses such as telephone, mini-bar, room service and laundry services are not included in the program and will have to be settled with the hotel prior to departure. Meals and beverages (including wines and liquors) not indicated in your itinerary are considered personal expenses as well. Please adjust the amount of cash you bring accordingly. Remember, no credit cards are accepted at this time. Cash is king!

Tipping: Gratuites to our guide and driver will be additional and will be collected by your travel escort.

Shopping and What Can Be Brought Back to the U.S:


The U.S. regulations now allows the importation of “Cuban products” such as rum, cigars or other consumer products in unlimited amount. You must obtain a receipt for all artwork!

Electrical Current: The standard electric current in Cuba is 220 volt, 50 cycles. North American appliances such as razors and hair dryers are made to operate on 110 volt, 60 cycle current and will burn out if a current converter is not used. An electrical current converter and a European-style "two prong"plug adapter should be purchased prior to departure. Research through the manufacturer any devices you own that you might have a question about.

Communications: It is not possible to use calling cards or U.S. issued cellular phones for calls from Cuba, unless you have Verizon or AT&T as your carrier. It is possible to make direct calls to the U.S. from your hotel room. The price of the call will be charged to your room account. Please note that calls to the U.S. from your hotel room approximately $3 CUC per minute. We ask you to please bear in mind the phone service in Cuba is sometimes unreliable. Our hotel will have internet access for a fee. A wi-fi card can be purchased at the front desk for use on laptops and IPADS.

To join this tour, click on this link to download required registration forms. Fill out, sign and send back with deposit and copy of passport.

Or click on email below and we will email the forms.

Suzanne@scarlsontvl.com

Or call us at: 727.945.1930 to discuss.

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Legal

Carlson Maritime Travel is a licensed Travel Service Provider as authorized by OFAC. License CU-2014-307835-1. Those traveling under general license will be provided with the proper tickets, visas and required legal documentation to participate in travel to Cuba.

CONTACT:

CARLSON MARITIME TRAVEL
623 E. Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, Fl. 34689Ph:
Ph: 727.945.1930 Fax: 727.945.1919


email: suzanne@scarlsontvl.com
web: http://www.scarlsontvl.com
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