Havana Marathon 8-Day Cool Down Tour | insightCuba

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Day 1

Runner & Companion

After clearing immigration, customs, and collecting your luggage at José Martí International Airport in Havana, make your way to the hotel where a insightCuba representative will meet you. (Check-in begins at 3:00pm.)

This evening, we’ll celebrate your arrival with a tour orientation and welcome cocktail reception.


Day 2

Runner & Companion

After a healthy breakfast, insightCuba marathon, half-marathon, 10K runners, and companions will have the pleasure of participating in the MaraCuba 3k race. This race is run simultaneously in each province throughout Cuba. It's great fun as local residents and children join the crowd of runners as you make your way through Old Havana. Walkers are invited. Afterwards, everyone can take part in the post-race parade with music and dancing followed by an optional medical orientation and briefing about course conditions and how to seek medical treatment, should anyone need it during the race. Companions are welcome to tag-along, or explore Havana on their own through people-to-people activities. Our insightCuba marathon concierge team in the hotel is available to suggest activities and answer any of your questions.

This afternoon, you have the option to participate in a runner’s clinic to review equipment, weather conditions, and receive running tips from Cuban marathoners experienced in the course. Later in the day, we’ll distribute running bibs. You’ll also have time to partake in self-guided people-to-people activities and explore Havana on your own.

Tonight, dine on your own with friends or your travel companion at a paladar, a private, family-owned restaurant. Your insightCuba marathon concierge, a dining-scene expert, will make outstanding recommendations.

Meals | Breakfast

Day 3
Runner & Companion

Let the race begin! Early this morning after a light box-breakfast, we'll transport you to the starting line of the Havana full, half marathon and 10k. Companions are welcome to join to cheer on their runners, or may explore Havana on their own through people-to-people activities. Our insightCuba marathon concierge team in the hotel is available to suggest activities and answer any of your questions.

After the race, and following the award ceremonies, we'll take you back to the hotel to freshen up, relax, take a swim, and enjoy the afternoon.

At tonight’s farewell cocktail reception, celebrate in the company of your Cuban counterparts and new American friends.

Meals | Breakfast
Day 4

Runner & Companion

While most fellow 4-Day guests and runners will be heading back to the airport, today begins the second half of your trip to Cuba. Today, we’ll visit the famous Cemetery Colon and meet with representatives who will discuss some of Cuba’s most beautiful sculptures, and its most enduring and enchanting legends.

Then, meet with an internationally recognized dance group for backstage access to a dress rehearsal.

After lunch, you’ll visit the Literacy Museum to learn about a moment in Cuban history when the island’s youth mobilized across the country to teach rural residents how to read. Later, you’ll have the special privilege of meeting members of The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), the leading organization responible for Cuba's films. 

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to dine on your own and explore one of Havana's culinary delights.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch

Havana / Pinar del Río
Day 5

Runner & Companion

After breakfast, we’ll leave Havana to begin a journey exploring the magic of Pinar del Río.

Along the way, we’ll stop for a visit at the Patio de Pelegrin community project, an organic farm, art space and coffee shop. There, we’ll enjoy a lunch prepared by community residents.

Next, we’ll meet a curator at a popular artist’s home and studio to learn about his artwork, displayed in galleries in the US and museums in Cuba. After checking in at the hotel, we’ll meet with the members of a remarkable opera-and-theatre group, who perform around the world.

Dinner tonight will be at paladar Café Ortuzar.

Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pinar del Río / Viñales / Havana
Day 6

Runner & Companion

This morning, depart for Viñales National Park, where you’ll meet your local park guide who will take you on a tour into the valley where you’ll meet with a local tobacco farmer and visit a tobacco drying house.

You’ll have lunch at el Palenque de los Cimarrones, a restaurant set in a cave, where traditional Afro-Cuban music will be playing.

After a savory smoked pork lunch, we’ll wander into Viñales Valley, Cuba’s Yosemite-like habitat, and into Viñales city. You’ll walk on clay and admire up close the giant limestone rocks that make Viñales famous.

Afterwards, we’ll return to Havana, where you’ll dine on your own at a paladar, a private, family owned restaurant. Your tour leader can make expert recommendations.

Meals I Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Runner & Companion

This morning, you’ll visit a local farmers market, where you’ll experience firsthand Cuba’s dual currency at work and see how state-provided foodstuffs are supplemented by up-and-coming organic farms.

After that, we’ll visit a polyclinic to get an insider look into Cuba's socialized medicine.

After lunch, we're off to a local community project where barbers have created a free school teaching children life skills. 

This evening, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Meals I Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Runner & Companion

Check out of your hotel and bid “adiosito” (“goodbye for now”) to Havana. Travel to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.

Meals | Breakfast

  • Six nights superior accomodations at the Meliá  Cohiba Hotel in Havana, situated on the infamous Malecón

  • One night standard accommodations in Pinar del Río

  • InsightCuba exclusive-guided people-to-people activities, 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 breakfasts, four lunches, and two dinners while in Cuba

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

  • Marabana Havana full, half and 10K marathon entry fees and bib (runners only)

  • Optional medical check up (runners only)

  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events

  • Fresh bottled water while touring

  • insightCuba travel guidebook

  • 24-hour emergency customer service hotline

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

  • All in-country ground transportation (Days 4-8) via luxury motor coach

  • Transportation to races via luxury motor coach

  • Private insightCuba concierge to facilitate your in-country experience fueled by people-to-people activities 

  • Private race check-in by insightCuba

  • Private Facebook group training page

  • Cuba-centric marathon tips and strategies for race day

  • Secure gear-check on race day

  • InsightCuba running and medical staff throughout marathon race course

  • Cuba’s famous race course pouches filled with distilled water

  • Post-race snacks and goodies

  • Pre-race pep rally and group photo

  • Welcome cocktail reception, orientation, and address by Havana Marathon Race Director

  • Farewell cocktail celebration with Cuban runners

  • Entry fee for the Maracuba 3k warm up race and bib

  • Flight concierge service (flight cost additional)

  • Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance**

*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

**Trip-cancellation coverage available for an additional fee through Allianz.

Havana Marathon 8-Day Cool Down Tour
DateDouble Occupancy
(per person)
Cuba Visa
Nov 17 - 24, 2017$4,695$99 
Nov 17 - 24, 2017$4,695$99 


Single Supplement:For single-occupancy pricing, add $1,500. If you are a solo traveler and would like to be matched with another guest to avoid the single-occupancy pricing see below.

For solo-travelers wanting to room with another guest:

  1. Check ‘double’ under room type.
  2. In the comments section please state, “Yes, match me up with another solo traveler,” and indicate if you are a male or female.

Group Rates: 5% off land for groups of 5 - 9 guests. 10% off land for groups of 10 or more.

Havana Marathon 8-Day Cool Down Tour

Once you have booked your tour, our flight concierge will gladly assist you with all of your flight needs. Call us at 914-380-8303 or click here for an air quote.

Airport transfers are not included in this tour.

Visit our Flights to Cuba page for important information on the best way to book your flights for this tourPlease note that the tour you have chosen is a land based tour only, flights costs, airport transfers and Cuban visas are not included in your tour package.

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