My Heart is in Havana

September 12th thru September 17th, 2018

Cuba: My Heart is in Havana

Christopher Columbus called Cuba the “most beautiful earth than human eyes have ever seen”. Discovered by Columbus in 1492, the beauty is still there but sometimes hidden under the last 58 years of the Castro Regime. But when you step off the plane at Jose Marti International, called the Glass Bowl because of all the windows in the airport, you will feel you have been transformed back to the late 50’s before the Revolution. Cars that date back to that era are in abundance and used as taxis and special occasions such as weddings and quinceaneras with beautiful young girls riding on the back of the convertibles.

But before we go back in time, let’s look at the present and the future of the Cuban people with our host, Charles J. Kropke, CEO of Dragonfly Expeditions. Exploring Little Havana through the Cuban Heritage Tour in Miami, we will see what happened January 1, 1960 to the present. We will understand the changes that shaped a people who had lived a good life on the island of Cuba.

Our adventure will continue with a short flight to Havana, Capital of Cuba, where we will see the beautiful architecture that dates back as far as the 1500’s. We will walk through Old Havana as Hemingway did when he lived in his home, Finca Vigia, built in 1886 by Catalan architect Miguel Pascual y Baguer, and visit the hotel, Ambos Mundos, where he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls in Room 511. Papa Hemingway loved Cuba and made his home there from 1939 to 1960.

The Regime has allowed people to open private businesses and many have created fabulous restaurants. We will visit and enjoy some of the best. Don’t be shocked when we walk into a building that appears to be crumbling….at the top of the stairs will be an amazing adventure in dining!

One of our visits will be with Milton Bernal. His artwork is extraordinary as he paints with tobacco leaves. I’m sure he would be glad to paint your portrait!

As we immerse ourselves in the culture of the Cuban people, you will feel a sense of gratitude for our visit to their homeland. A humble, sweetness embraces us as we enjoy their lifestyles and appreciate their zeal for life in spite of their circumstances.

Bienvenido a Miami y la Habana!

Day 1

Welcome to Miami

Arrive in Miami
Check in at Hotel Biltmore in Coral Gables
Meet at hotel pool bar
Evening on your own

Day 2

From little to big: Havana

Cuban Heritage Tour in Little Havana
Depart for MIA
Arrive in Havana in the afternoon
Check in at the historic Hotel Nacional
Welcome Cocktail Reception at the Hotel Hall of Fame Bar
Dinner at La Barraca
Evening walk along El Malecon after dinner with storytelling by Charles Kropke
Cigars on the veranda at Hotel Nacional

Day 3

Paint the town

Breakfast at Hotel Nacional (daily)
Meet Tour Guide Ilen Rodriguez Chou
Walking tour of Old Havana
Explore the 4 Quarters of Old Havana
Tour Museo del Ron Havana Club
Tour Real Fabrica de Tabacos Partagás
Lunch at Cafe del Oriente in Old Havana
Meet Milton Bernal, painter, at his gallery
Dinner at Elite Restaurant
Evening at the famed Cabaret Tropicana

Day 4

Step into Hemingway’s life… and favorite bar

Hemingway’s Finca Vigia
Fusterlandia Art Gallery
Travel to Cojimar, Cuba
Lunch at Ajiaco Café, with chef demonstration
Cocktails at La Bodeguita del Medio and Sloppy Joes in Old Havana
Dinner at Moneda Cubana overlooking the Morro Castle

Day 5

Dream homes make dream vacations

Tour of homes in Miramar Playa Havana
Marina Hemingway
Lunch at El Ajibe
Visit San Jose Supermarket
Dinner at La Guarida
Rest of evening on your own

Day 6

Until next time!

Flight back to Miami



ALL accommodations

Miami and Havana

ALL meals in Havana

with two alcohol drinks per meal as well as welcome drinks at Hotel Nacional/La Bodeguita del Medio and Sloppy Joe’s

ALL tours

with designated guide/bus driver and A/C bus as well as the Cuban Heritage Tour in Miami


to MIA from Biltmore Hotel
R/T air to Havana including Visa, License and departure tax

Not included: Transportation to/from original destination to/from Miami

Medical Insurance Coverage

in Cuba

Not included but highly recommended: Purchase of Travel Insurance

And much more!

like VIP tables at the Tropicana!

$3,590.00 Per Person (based on double

Single Occupancy add $500.00

Deposit May 1: $750.00 with copy of passport

Transferable – Non-cancelable

Presented by

Must meet minimum of 18 for departure

First payment June 1: $947.00
Second payment July 1: $946.50
Final payment August 1: $946.50

186 Hwy 274 , #311

Lake Wylie, South Carolina 29710

(803) 752 -0866