Eric Nadel's Baseball in Cuba Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights

Havana

Dec 12-18, 2014

Overview

For years—five decades, actually—Cuba was off limits to its near neighbor.  An island nation rich in culture, heart-warming people, explosive rhythms, and BASEBALL is waiting to be explored at last.  
 
Our host, Eric Nadel, longtime broadcaster for the Texas Rangers, and insightCuba, the leader in legal, small-group, people-to-people Cuba travel for U.S. citizens, invite you on a 7-day, 6-night journey into the heart of Cuba and our shared national pastime. 
 
As our guest, you will experience Cuba through Eric’s eyes as he offers his Major League Baseball insider perspective. Our experienced Cuban hosts, who share our passion for the game, will also provide expert viewpoints. 
 
You’ll journey through Havana and Matanzas provinces, getting to know Eric, listening to Cuban baseball stories, experiencing Cuban baseball games, and seeing some of the island nation’s most iconic sights. 
 

Eric Nadel, the winner of the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, has been broadcasting Texas Rangers baseball for 36 years. He has learned Spanish to better communicate with Latin American players and has traveled widely in Latin America, taking part in baseball broadcasts in Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Cuba. Eric is a seven-time recipient of the Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award and a member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Political Science.  

-NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR SINGLE OCCUPANCY-

What's Included

  • Tour hosted by Eric Nadel, broadcaster for the Texas Rangers.

  • Superior accommodations at the Meliá Cohiba in Havana

  • InsightCuba exclusive-guided programming, including; insider access to Cuba's famous places and those rarely seen; and private visits and lectures with Cuba's renowned experts.

  • Experienced insightCuba tour leader

  • Expert Cuban guide

  • Private Cuban driver

  • All meals while in Cuba, except for two paladar evening dining experiences on your own

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury license and insightCuba letter of authorization

  • All in-country ground transportation, and airport transfers

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • Flight package (cost additional) including; round-trip charter air; All ground transportation, and airport transfers in from in Miami and Havana as part of the tour

  • Fresh bottled water while touring

  • Travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, and trip cancellation coverage (up to $1,000)

  • InsightCuba Travel guidebook

  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline

  • Gratuities for luggage handling, restaurant service, and programmed activities throughout tour*

  • Small group size (usually 16 or fewer; never more than 24)

*Customary end-of-tour gratuities for the Cuban guide, driver, and tour leader are left to the guest’s discretion and should be based on your satisfaction with the level of service received.

Sample Itinerary

Note: A significant portion of your in-country programming is customized for each group, to maximize your cultural experience. Many of the places we visit are off-the-beaten-track and are not always available. Therefore, this program should be considered a sample only; please keep in mind that your particular tour may vary. Final itineraries are sent to guests one-to-two weeks prior to departure.

Special note: The 2014/2015 Cuban baseball schedule is not yet published and will be subject to change once the season begins. Destinations and activities for this particular tour may change based on scheduling that is beyond our control.  

Day 1: Miami / Havana

Arrive at José Martí International Airport.  After clearing immigration and customs, you’ll visit the country’s capital with your Cuban host and insightCuba tour leader. On your way, you’ll discover breathtaking colonial buildings, the picturesque, seaside Malecón and other iconic sites. You’ll see prominent landmarks, palaces, scenic squares and locals going about their daily lives as you drive through streets dotted with Russian-built Ladas and vintage American cars.

Check in at your hotel and get acquainted with your Cuban guide and insightCuba tour leader during an afternoon program orientation.

Later, celebrate your arrival with a sumptuous welcome dinner at Havana’s El Templete.

Meals | Lunch,* Dinner (*for early arrivals)

Day 2: Havana

Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy an insider exclusive lecture on baseball with a Cuban sports historian. We’ll visit Old Havana, where you’ll participate in a tour of this UNESCO Heritage Site and learn about the areas famous architecture and historical sites. Stop at the plaza known as the Parque Central (Central Park) for an "esquina caliente," a lively discussion about Cuban baseball. 

Get a snapshot into the lives and work of Cuban photographers at Havana’s Fototeca, which houses one of the city’s few darkrooms and functions as a hub for Cuban amateur and professional photographers. 

Lunch today is in Havana at La Mina.

Next, put on your baseball cap to cheer on Havana’s most beloved team, The Industriales, at the local ballpark. Afterwards, enjoy a drink with retired Cuban baseball players and share an open discussion about America and Cuba’s favorite pastime at the Hotel Nacional. Travel in style in one of Cuba’s 1950s cars to dinner at paladar Jardin de Milagros.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Havana / Matanzas / Havana

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel to Matanzas. Bring your glove for a visit to Palmar del Junco, where, in 1874, the first official game of Cuban baseball was played. The beat goes on during a special visit with AfroCuba de Matanzas, one of Cuba's most-respected folklore groups, performing traditional African dances, percussion, and songs.  
 
Lunch this afternoon is at Hotel Velazco.
 
Before departing for Havana, enjoy another national baseball game in the city of Matanzas. After, you’ll take a leisurely journey back to Havana on the northern coast and experience dinner on your own. Your Cuban guide and insightCuba tour leader can make expert recommendations. 
 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Havana

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll visit the sports university and meet with educators there. Then you'll head to the famous Abdala recording studio, where famous musicians, including Nat King Cole and the Buena Vista Social Club, recorded some of their best music. 
 
You’ll eat lunch at the highly rated Union Francesa. Then, take in another Industriales game while discussing Cuban baseball with industry experts. Dinner tonight is at El Aljibe, famous for its special chicken recipe. Former President Jimmy Carter, members of the Kennedy clan, Jack Nicholson, Danny Glover, Steven Spielberg, and Anthony Bourdain are among the many VIPs who have enjoyed its fare. 
 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Havana

Sit down to breakfast at the hotel. Then begin your day with a visit to one of Cuba’s most famous sites, the Colon Cemetery.  Next, tour Cuba’s version of ESPN radio, Radio COCO, the only station dedicated solely to sports.
 
Bite into an authentic Cuban sandwich at Sloppy Joe’s, a living shrine to pre-revolution Cuba. During the 1940s and ‘50s, Sloppy Joe’s welcomed celebrities and star-struck tourists. 
 
Enjoy a guided tour of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes with the museum’s premier guide. Explore various fine art exhibits, with collections from colonial times to contemporary Cuba. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at a local paladar
 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Havana

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll meet with representatives from INDER (Cuba’s National Institute of Sports) followed by a trip to another baseball park to meet with representatives, players, managers, and/or coaches.
 
After lunch, you’ll get to visit Santa Amalia, for a lively meeting with jazz enthusiasts—always a visitor favorite.
 
Next, we’ll meet the dynamic artists and musicians behind Muraleando, one of Havana’s most groundbreaking projects, where artists converted an old water tank into an art-and-performance space.
 
Tonight, we say farewell with dinner at Café Oriente.
 
Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Havana / Miami

After breakfast, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home.

Meals I Breakfast

Tour Dates & Prices

Eric Nadel's Baseball in Cuba Tour

Date Double Occupancy (per person) Status
Dec 12, 2014 – Dec 18, 2014 $4,395 Sold Out

Single Supplement: There is no additional charge for single occupancy.

Flight Package

Eric Nadel's Baseball in Cuba Tour

  • Round trip air from Miami to Havana
  • Cuban visa
  • Baggage fee for first checked bag
  • Priority check-in at Miami International Airport
DEPARTURESFLIGHT PACKAGE
December$595

-Flight Package Prices are subject to change unless accompanied by confirmed booking