Zim Ugochukwu

CUBA

Zim Ugochukwu
CUBA

THE INSIDE SCOOP

You'll see the dynamic, once isolated culture on the ultimate Cuban adventure.

2 nights in a locally owned, private home set within the lush natural beauty of Viñales. 5 nights in a beautiful boutique hotel, set amid the bustle of Havana.

Curated itinerary based on our personal favorites.

Email support and outstanding customer service.

Photos for days. That's right, each morning, you'll receive images of you soaking in the Cuban experience. By the end of the trip, you'll rack up at least 1,000 photos of pure island bliss.

See and eat the things you’d never find on your own.

Travel like a Cuban local.

Did we say stress free? Just show up and we’ll handle the rest. We'll take care of you like a cold sip of fresh coconut water on a hot summer day. Yup. 

Airport transfers from José Martí International Airport (HAV) included.

THIS EXPERIENCE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED, WITH ONLY A FEW DEPARTURE DATES

  • June 18 - 25, 2017 (sold out)
  • January 2 - 9, 2018 (2 spaces available)

LOCALE

You’ll begin in Viñales, a lush, less-traveled town in western Cuba, before exploring historic Havana, the cultural center of this island nation.

You'll experience life in a way that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to dive into the culture and heart of Cuba.

You will take a salsa class in the town square, feast at organic farms and ancient mansions - Cuba style, and converse with local artists. You'll become friends with local influencers and community organizers, revel in private performances by renowned musicians and dancers, all while indulging in authentic Cuban cuisine. Just start forwarding your mail here now.

CUBA IS KNOWN FOR ITS ENCHANTING SPIRIT & VINTAGE VIBE

AND WE’D LIKE TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO JOIN US.

Traveling to Cuba with locals is worlds apart from taking it on alone.

You’ll get the best stuff compressed into eight days of phenomenal highlights.

Coming with Travel Noire is so much easier than traveling by yourself, guidebook in hand, crossing your fingers for the best. You'll get to hang with phenomenal people from around the world, and you'll want to experience the best of a new destination with someone who understands the culture and the turf.

THE THINGS YOU’LL EXPERIENCE WITH US CAN’T BE FOUND IN A GUIDEBOOK OR AN APP.

Over the past year, we’ve had the honor of creating lifelong memories for travelers just like you, and we’d love the opportunity to do that for you too.

WE DO THIS BECAUSE WE TRULY BELIEVE CUBA NEEDS A BACKSTAGE PASS. AND WE TRULY THINK YOU DESERVE ONE.

To be perfectly frank, Cuba is like sipping on refreshing coconut water on a summer day. It's a dynamic island with a deep-rooted history, incredible artistic and musical traditions, and the warmest people you can find. It is a once hidden treasure boasting a remarkable peek into the past and a spirited resolve as Cuba embraces its future. 

And let's not forget the pristine beaches in the north of the island - we'll take you to our favorite.  Explore the lush valleys surrounding Viñales, allowing you to see the diverse beauty of the island. That's before immersing yourself in the sights, rhythms and aromas of Havana.

JUST SHOW UP. WE HAVE EVERYTHING PLANNED FOR YOU.

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TRAVEL WITH US AND INDULGE IN THE TRAVEL NOIRE EFFECT

WE SPEAK THE LANGUAGE

Which means you'll never struggle with directions or the menu, or with anything. Don't let not knowing the language keep you from a truly immersive experience in Cuba.

A WHOLE DECADE

A decade of traveling means that we know what it takes to have a good time, anywhere. And now you do too.

A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

During your experience, your group will be accompanied by a personal photographer ready to capture it all. Each morning, hundreds of images will be digitally delivered to the group for you to share with the world. That means you can leave your camera behind and live in the moment.

OUR CONNECTIONS ARE YOUR CONNECTIONS

As they say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We've cultivated incredible relationships with locals over the years and you’ll meet them because we’re friends. You’ll also get top-of-the-line food and service because you’re with us.

THE BFF FACTOR

Dream about exploring the world with a well traveled friend who knows about the best food, shopping & views each destination has to offer? And is extremely positive, supportive, grounded and drama free? We’re working with a partner organization to ensure your experience is top notch. So, in addition to our Experience Designer, you’ll be gaining a few more friends you’ll want see every day of the year if you could!

SERVICE THAT MATTERS

You’re not a booking number, you’re an honored guest and a valuable part of our family. No matter what time of day or night (even in the wee hours of the morning), you can count on us. We've built this brand from nothing to sold-out-in-hours experiences because we truly care about people and their journeys.

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

We really understand you. We know what you want to see, do and experience because we were once vacationers too. But the only difference is that we now get the nuances that allow us to navigate like locals. This unique perspective will give you a “best of both worlds” experience.

FRIENDS THAT LAST A LIFETIME

You want to travel the world with amazing people. We get it. Our experiences attract the best of the best. And they keep coming for more. It's not uncommon for a traveler to return home from a trip we've hosted and immediately book another. Our groups are fun-loving, drama free and a joy to be around. They've formed faux musical groups on our experiences and even travel together long after our experience with them ends. Now that's epic.

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THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE WITH BENEFITS

RENEWED INSPIRATION 

Connecting to inspiration fuels a happy, healthy lifestyle. The most successful people in the world constantly pursue inspiration and purpose. Feeling inspired infuses your life with joy and meaning. Those who seek inspiration find it.

LIVE A DREAM YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED

We've all heard it: travel when you're older and you've saved for retirement. But travel often requires good health, which you likely have right now. If you have dreams to see the world, don't you owe it to yourself to realize them? We understand that life interjects and bills pile up. But when you look back at your life in five years, what do you want to see? Ambitions reached or dreams put out to dry?

EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS

Immerse yourself in an exotic experience. Every day you’ll eat fresh, local Cuban fruits and savor fresh vegetables and seafood or meat dishes. We’ll also be walking daily, surrounded by nature.

LET US TAKE CARE OF YOU

Do you feel like you’re always on the go but have very little time for yourself? We thought so. What if, just for a change, you let us take care of you? We want you to kick back and leave all the planning to us. In fact, you're gonna need time to think about the more important details: like if you’re gonna drink another cup of tea at breakfast.

CONNECT TO A MORE CAREFREE VERSION OF YOU

In a work-obsessed culture, busy is glorified, and financial wealth is superior to emotional or spiritual wealth. But this trip is about putting inner wealth and health first. Who doesn’t need more time to connect with the person they're meant to be?

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrive in Havana and we'll pick you up from the airport and whisk you off to the Cuban countryside, considered by many to have some of the most beautiful landscape in Cuba, where you’ll check into your house-turned-hotel. In the evening, we'll gather for a home-cooked Cuban feast. This cozy table among new friends has your name on it.

DAY 2

We'll take you behind the scenes of a 40-acre farm to enjoy a farm-to-table feast with friends at a place you'd never find without us. Get lost in downtown Viñales, dotted with traditional single story wooden houses. This isn’t about ticking the “sights” off your list. It’s about gaining insight into how people build, live, create and thrive in a culture different than ours. Salsa dancing in the center square? We can make that happen.

DAY 3

Lounge around with a book and an espresso. Or take a long stroll through the valley. Whatever you do, take in every last drop of this gorgeous place. Since it’s Cuba, all you’ll have to think about is culture and style. And our style is always wrapped up in an amazing beach; we'll take you to our favorite. It's a place you'd probably never find on your own. Come along now!

DAY 4

Today, we’ll travel back in time to the 1950s with a trip to Havana, Cuba’s capital city. The breathtaking views of the sea wall and the old Spanish fortress will stay with you forever. We’ll spend the afternoon in the home of local Cuban artists for lively conversation and a delicious lunch. After a busy day, we’ll settle into our hotel, set in the heart of the city.

DAY 5

Let's escape to centuries past. You'll wander the streets through the Old City's tree lined plazas and revel in the surroundings of sumptuous houses of the 18th and 19th century Havana aristocracy. Of course, we’ll stop for lunch at our fave spot. And it happens to be an international award winner. Not too shabby.

DAY 6

When you return home, today is the day you’ll tell all your friends about first! We’ll head to the home of a famous Cuban hip-hop duo for an engaging conversation on race. Then, enjoy a private concert by a world renowned singer and songwriter at a gorgeous old-time café. And the day isn’t over just yet. Our dinner location will leave you breathless.

DAY 7

Music is the lifeline of Cuba. Today, we’ll hang with some of the finest young jazz musicians in Cuba, led by a 20-year veteran of the Cuban music scene. Take the afternoon slowly. Look back on your week. Take some final photos. Our beautiful trip to Cuba will end with a fun gathering among new friends. Our final dinner will be in an area of town so hip that you might temporarily confuse it for NYC or Madrid. Wasn’t it nice being on vacation with someone who took care of you, just for a change?

DAY 8

Today we depart Cuba. We’ll make sure you arrive at the airport for your flight back home, with memories of your time on the island fresh in your mind.

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YOUR INVESTMENT

THE INVESTMENT STARTS AT $4349

Payments plans available (Deposit of $1799 + 4 payments of $715 totaling $4659)

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

  • 7 nights at charming accommodations.
  • Cuban visa.
  • A local guide in addition to Travel Noire staff.
  • All ground transportation.
  • All activities on itinerary.
  • Transfer to and from Viñales.
  • One-on-one phone call with the Travel Noire team.
  • Day trips, guides and transportation.
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (alcohol not included).
  • Payment plan option available ($1799 deposit, then $715 for 4 consecutive months)
  • Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We also have a small number of private rooms. You can submit a request when registering.

Your investment does not include your flight to Havana, Cuba.


YOUR AWESOME TRIP PERKS

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Everything is organized, so you stay sane. Arrive in Havana, Cuba before 3 PM and we will then make our way to Viñales.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

Zero stress about finding the hotel and struggling with your bags.

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

Oh, hi zen. Are you there? Travel Noire delivers personalized instructions, so you'll never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you advice on how to arrive, customized to you.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

You'll know exactly how to find us.

YOUR VERY OWN PHOTOSHOOT

You know, just a professional photoshoot of your best vacay highlights. You'll get the opportunity to run away with our photographer for some time in front of the lens. And we'll deliver these digitally to you soon after you depart.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

A private photoshoot on vacation? Enough said.

EMAIL SUPPORT

You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in country. You'll feel fully taken care of with our expert advice. You'll also have the opportunity to join a pre-departure call with our team to answer any of your burning questions. Support is just a nudge away.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

Don’t waste time Googling, just ask us.

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect with others before you go, ask us questions and maintain friendships when you return.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

One hub for all your travel needs.


THERE ARE PLENTY OF TOUR GROUPS WITH THIRTY PEOPLE TRAVELING IN A BIG BUS. WE'RE NOT ONE OF THEM.

THIS LIMITED OFFER HAS ROOM FOR 18 - 20 PEOPLE. WE WANT YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE TRAVELING WITH FRIENDS, NOT A FOOTBALL TEAM.

Just think about it. We could totally pack dozens of people on this trip like most tour companies would. Hint: we have had thousands of people sign up our trips. 

But this is group travel for people who don’t normally go on tours. We want you to travel Cuba beautifully, so we keep our numbers low. We know small group travel is a great balance of fun and ease, and it’s better than traveling alone. The reality is that this isn’t group travel: it’s personalized service from a caring team.

HERE ARE THE PERKS OF TRAVELING WITH OUR CREW

  • It’s so much more fun than traveling alone. 
  • You'll meet the most epic people.
  • It’s easier than traveling with a friend because we handle all the planning. 
  • A bilingual, local guide in addition to Travel Noire staff.
  • We cover the cost and hassle of obtaining a Cuban Visa.
  • You can rest easy knowing that you'll be in full compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations.
  • You have the luxury of drivers and guides to help you with everything.
  • You'll get a one-on-one call with a Travel Noire team member to answer your questions.
  • You have a professional photographer by your side.
  • You'll get the real deal, not anything you can find in a guidebook.

The truth is, we have an uncanny ability to attract positive and generous people from all around the world. Our guests always share with us that they aren't group tour type of people, but that they are surprised at how well Travel Noire makes it transformative and easy. 


WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO CUBA?

HAVE YOU ALREADY BEEN TO CUBA?

Incredible. So you know how remarkable it is. But think of how amazing it could be when you travel with someone who knows the locals and all the secret spots? Unless you’ve traveled with a Cuban friend and stayed with them at their home, it's impossible to not feel like a tourist. We offer an alternative to that.

WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO CUBA?

Then you’ll love the safety of the group, the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, getting ripped off or hassling with foreign currency. We take care of everything.

THIS TRIP ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.

IT IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You love insider knowledge: you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
  • You enjoy eating, walking and off-the-beaten-path ideas. 
  • You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others.

THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU IF:

  • You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic or are just plain depressing to be around.
  • You're not into trying new things or stepping outside of your comfort zone.
  • You don’t like Cuban food. That is what we’ll be eating. Every day. If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet, we have great options for you.
  • You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE ARE WE STAYING?

You’ll sleep in two locales. In a private home in Viñales for 2 nights and at a charming hotel in the heart of Havana for 5 nights. 

WHICH AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

Fly into Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) and out of Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) . We provide airport transfers in Cuba for free.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, CAN YOU HELP?

We thought you’d never ask. Email support@travelnoire.com so we can meet you and give you personal advice.

I’M NOT A “TOUR PERSON” AND I USUALLY PLAN MY OWN TRIPS.

Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your experience.

WILL I BE TOO OLD, TOO YOUNG?

Our guests range in age from their 20s to their 40s. Age doesn't mean much when we’re all searching for a better life. Our experiences are more adventurous, so in that sense, it does require that you are healthy and can walk or hike easily. 

HOW DOES THE REFUND POLICY FOR THE CUBA EXPERIENCE WORK?  

The Cuba Experience is NON-REFUNDABLE, however, we strongly encourage you purchase comprehensive cancel for any reason insurance within 10 days of your TN Experiences Cuba purchase, so that you'll be able to recover your investment, from your insurance provider, should anything happen that causes you to cancel. This website provides a variety of comprehensive cancel for any reason insurance options. Many CFAR insurance plans include medical insurance.

Comprehensive cancel for any reason insurance may only be available to citizens of the United States of America and Canada. Citizens of other countries may not be able to recover the costs of their Experience if they have to cancel after purchasing. 

WHY ARE THE PRICES DIFFERENT FROM THE LAST LAUNCH? WHY ARE THEY INCREASING?

Prices of our experiences are variable and seasonal, so they do change according to time of year, currency fluctuations and vendor pricing. Our Cuba Limited Edition Experience was priced for pre-sales and included roundtrip flight as a pre-sale bonus.


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HEAR WHAT PAST GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TRAVELING WITH US

"I was hesitant about traveling solo and going abroad with a group that I had never met. But, as a two time TN Experiences customer, one of my favorite aspects of the trips are the connections made with people who love adventure as much as I do. The thing that always sticks out the most after the experiences  are the personal connections made with individuals from all ages and walks of life. This isn't something that money can buy. After my experience, I am more present with people that I meet and more open to traveling to places I’ve never been before."

— Angelica, Philippines

"The itinerary was jam packed with goodies, including gorgeous hotel, local guides in-house, a full-time photographer, not including the actual activities. There’s no way that I could have pulled together the full immersive TN Experience without a travel expert's help and definitely not at that price. I really loved the opportunity to learn the REAL truths of the struggles, hopes and gratefulness of the local people we visited during our experience. This is something I could have never gotten from any other group experience."

— Ladonna, New York

“When you experience what Travel Noire has curated, you’ll engage with emotions that money can never buy. You’ll spend more money trying to explore this magical place on your own and you’ll only end up receiving a portion of the perspective. There are aspects to this trip that can’t be explained. They must be felt. Priceless. The best experience of my life.” 

— Warren, California

"My experience was worth every penny. You can tell each activity was carefully thought out and planned. You really had to dig deep and see beyond the surface. I was able to bond with AMAZING individuals that I still communicate with daily. It would have been impossible for me to plan a trip like that on my own. An experience so extraordinary must have taken tremendous effort and time. I left my experience feeling inspired and grateful for the opportunity and will definitely go on another one. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest and I can easily say booking a TN Experience is one of the best investments I've ever made!" 

— Lauren, New York


ARE YOU COMING?
WE SELL OUT EVERY TIME.

ONLY A FEW DEPARTURE DATES AVAILABLE

  • June 18 - 25, 2017 (sold out)
  • January 2 - 9, 2018 (limited spaces available)

Cuba's history has left the island shrouded in a mystery. For eight days, you’ll enjoy the rich culture, pristine beaches, enchanting valleys, the colorful city, delicious food, and the most dynamic locals you'll ever meet.

We will take our time to truly journey through two vastly different communities. Experiencing our hand picked highlights for three days based in the town of Viñales followed by five in Havana will ensure that you have a special connection to this land, these people and your new friends.