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

YOUR CUBA GOLF TOURNAMENT/TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1- May 26 , 2017- (L,D)

Non-stop flight from Tampa (or your homegateway) to Havana. 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- May 27 , 2017- (L,D)

After breakfast our golf tournament begins at the Varadero Golf Club. This par 72, 18-hole, 6269 meter course was designed by Les Forbes, the Canadian architect who spent many years working with the renowned Robert Trent Jones. Both greens and fairways are irrigated. Eight holes have water hazards, and there are many sand traps along the fairways as well as near the greens. Some holes border the beach along the dunes giving the golfer a spectacular view of the sea. There are three putting greens, one pitching green, practice bunkers and two driving ranges. This splendid course has been the venue of European PGA tournaments.

Refreshments will be served during play. After play: RUM AND CIGAR TASTING on the terrace. Evening dinner at the excellent french restaurant with a wine cellar, and a pleasant terrace bar.

DAY 3- May 28, 2017- (B,L,D)

After a wonderful buffet breakfast, we continue with our golf competition. Refreshments served during play. This evening is our special awards ceremony dinner in the beautiful Xanadu Mansion, previously the Dupont Mansion. Great cuisine, stunning views, rum, cigars, trophies followed by a little salsa lesson.

DAY 4- May 29, 2017- (B,L,D)

After breakfast, check-out and head west to Havana. We will stop along the way in the quaint town of MANTANZAS known for its poets, culture and Afro-Cuba folklore. Mantanzas is touted as the "Athens of Cuba" for its literary and musical heritage. Entering Havana, we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Havana, stop for a photo at the Revolutionary Square. Check-in to our 5-star hotel THE PARQUE CENTRAL and freshen up a bit before we begin our walking tour of the four squares of Old Havana. Lunch will be at the Cafe De O'riente, one of the best government run restaurants in Havana. We will see where Hemingway lived in Hotel Ambos Mundos, sip a daquiri at La Floridita- where it is said Hemingway created the daquiri.

6:00pm, meet in the hotel lobby for our first dinner in Havana. The famous NACIONAL HOTEL welcomes you to Havana with a walk through the HALL OF FAME featuring gangsters, movie stars, and mobsters from the 50's. Dinner at LA BARRACCA located on the grounds of the Nacional Hotel.

DAY 5 – May 30th , 2017 - (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. 6:30am-9:30am.
This morning we begin our tour with a stop at the Revolutionary Museum. This museum is housed is what was once the presidential palace of all Cuban presidents. Next we visit the beautiful National Fine Arts Museum and view the Cuban Collection with private guide. Another great paladar for lunch then on to Jose Fuster's community project. He is said to be the Gaudi of Cuba and one of the best ceramists in the world. If in studio, we will be meeting the world-renown Cuban artist, Jose Fuster, view his unique mosaic village, ceramics, paintings and graphic designs. You will see how his work has expanded beyond his home to the neighborhood! Bring some cash as you may wish to purchase a few items. If the artist is present, he is happy to sign his works. Dinner this evening is right on the famous Malecon at EL LITORAL. El Litoral is a beautiful new modern paladar with a nautical theme and one of our favorites.

Day 6 – May 31st 2017 - (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. 6:30am-9:30am
Today is yours to explore and enjoy Old Havana. The Parque Central is located right on the Prada, next to central park only about 7 blocks walk to the center of town. Walk to Sloppy Joe's Bar, stop in to see the Saratoga Hotel or take a tour of the Gran National Teatro, home of the Cuban National Ballet.
This evening we have a treat in store for you! Dinner at RIO MAR, where the river meets the ocean at a wonderful paladar. This evening you may wish to take in the TROPICANA show. We can assist with tickets and transportation.

DAY 7 – Jun 1st , 2017- (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel. 6:30am-9:30am
This morning we check-out of our hotel and head to the San Jose Market where you will see all things Cuban and purchase souvenirs. In this market under covered roof you will find t-shirts, clothing, jewelry, silver, humidors, leather goods, art-work and every type of souvenir imaginable.

We leave the market for a panoramic bus tour. 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 El Aljibe for our last taste of Cuban cuisine before we must depart for the airport for our flight home.

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Flight Schedule:

Southwest #3951 May 26 Tampa-Havana 7:00a-8:15a
return
Southwest #3953 Jun 01 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 $276.00 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 will be $50.00 additional and added to your invoice.

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. It is a wise idea to carry telephone numbers of immediate family as well as your physician’s name and telephone number.

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.

"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.

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: Most major gratuities are included in your package price. However you will be leaving a 1-3 CUC gratuity at each lunch and at each dinner.

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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