Eric Nadel's Baseball in Cuba Tour

7 Days / 6 Nights

Havana / Matanzas / Regla / Pinar del Río 

2016 dates to be announced


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.  


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

  • Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license

  • 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)

  • Tickets for scheduled baseball games

*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 2015/2016 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. The actual number of games attended by guests on this tour may be significantly reduced due to changes to the baseball schedule. 

Day 1: Miami / Havana

Arrive at José Martí International Airport. Right after clearing immigration and customs, you’ll have the chance to meet with representatives of Cuba Deportes for a brief insight into the world of Cuban sports. Your first lunch on Cuban soil, at La Moneda Cubana, will be graced with a view. Next, a first encounter with Cuba’s vibrant art scene will take place at Callejón de Hamel in Havana Centro, where you’ll discover the noted African influences spanning the Caribbean nation.
Check in at your hotel and get acquainted with your Cuban guide and insightCuba tour leader during an evening program orientation.
Later, celebrate your arrival with a welcome dinner at Havana’s El Aljibe, known for Cuba’s 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 | Lunch,* Dinner (*for early arrivals)

Day 2: Havana / Matanzas / Havana

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll depart bright and early for Matanzas. Bring your glove for a visit to Palmar del Junco, where, in 1874, the first official game of Cuban baseball was played. The energy continues to flow with Cuban swing at the Pastorita Art School.
Put on your baseball cap for your very first game in Cuba - on Matanzas’ Pablo Avelino Stadium - after which a meeting with the broadcaster will take place. On your journey back to Havana, take in the sights of the northern coast and end the day with dinner at the hotel buffet.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3: Havana / Regla / Havana

The day starts with breakfast at the hotel. A discussion on Cuban baseball ensues with a highly regarded expert and sports writer. 
We’ll then head to Regla to meet with coaches, players, and parents of a little league baseball team. While there, we’ll visit the church of Regla and commute as the locals do - on the Regla ferry.
For lunch, 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. 
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.
The evening gets off to a sounding start, as you’ll have the rare opportunity to meet with some of Cuba’s retired baseball stars over cocktails at the iconic Hotel Nacional. Dinner tonight is on your own. Your Cuban guide and insightCuba tour leader can make expert recommendations on local paladares, privately owned family restaurants. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Havana / Pinar del Río / Havana

Immediately after breakfast at the hotel, we’ll venture out on another excursion outside the Cuban capital. This time, it’s onwards to Pinar del Río province, a Caribbean haven famous for its rustling tobacco fields. 
Upon arrival, we’ll visit the Patio de Pelegrin, a small-town community space for all ages, followed by lunch prepared for you by the community. Afterwards, cigar lovers will get a kick out of Montecino’s Tobacco Farm, just outside of Pinar del Rio. We’ll lastly meet with a sports broadcaster, former manager of a prominent Cuban baseball team. 
To end the day, we’ll visit a casa particular to discuss how private enterprise is opening up in Cuba. Following your return to Havana, a surprise dinner awaits at a Cuban sports themed, local restaurant.  

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Havana

After breakfast at the Meliá Cohiba hotel, a stop at Casa de los Abuelos follows. Here, we’ll gather with the residents of the community project and its accommodating staff for a better understanding into the Cuban approach to communal elder care.
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. Here, you’ll meet with the director of Fototeca to learn about the history of photography in Cuba.
Lunch today will be at paladar La California. A casual afternoon follows, meeting with graphic designers at ICAIC, the National Institute of Animated Cinema.
Upon return to the hotel, you’re free to enjoy the evening on your own. We suggest dinner at one of the many local paladares. 

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Havana

This morning, you’ll visit a local farmers market, where you’ll experience firsthand Cuba’s dual currency at work. Next, you’ll have the chance to interact with local fans at Havana’s infamous “esquina caliente” in Parque Central – for a lively discussion about Cuban baseball. 
For lunch, we’ll head to Cuba’s Chinatown. Before departing Cuba, enjoy another national baseball game. 
You’ll take part of a farewell dinner at Café Oriente, followed by a vibrant evening of music at one of Cuba’s most famous jazz clubs, always a visitors’ favorite! 
Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Havana / Miami

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

Meals I Breakfast