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Cuba Travel Program II - Havana & Gardens of the Queen (9 nights)

Starting in March 2018, there will be two Cuba Travel Program options on the Jardines Aggressor II.

7 nights to Gardens of the Queen
9 nights - 2 nights in Havana and 7 nights to Gardens of the Queen

Cuba Travel Program II  offers 10 days/9 nights arriving in Havana, Cuba on Thursday and departing Havana, Cuba on Saturday. (Includes 2 hotel nights and 7 liveaboard nights on Jardines Aggressor II)

For travelers on the Cuba Travel Program II, you will spend 2 hotel nights at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana, and will visit with Cuban scientists and marine experts about ocean conservation and cultural exchanges. One of these will include a presentation by world renowned expert, Dr. Julio A. Baisre. Interactive exchanges will discuss how Cuba has maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean. Travelers will visit the Fortress of El Morro and Habana Vieja before spending a week on the Jardines Aggressor IIliveaboard. Seven days of the program will be spent on the liveaboard exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast. During the week, biologists and Cuban specialists  will host discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificient ecosystem.

Presenter - Cuba Travel Program II
The Cuba Travel Program will include a presentation by Dr. Julio Baisre, world renowned expert in the study of spiny lobster. Dr. Baisre graduated in 1968 from the University of Havana as a marine biologist. He completed his Ph.D. in Fisheries,  “Fisheries Resources of the Cuban Archipelago: Ecological Background and Strategies for Management.” He was awarded the Carlos J. Finlay Order, Cuba’s highest scientific recognition, served as President of the Cuban Aquaculture Society and headed the multidisciplinary group which drafted the new Fisheries Law which was formally approved by the Cuban Council of State. He has been instrumental in the development, introduction and enforcement of many regulations in the Cuban fisheries sector including aquaculture development, species introduction and licensing systems. 

Cuba Travel Program I - Hotel Accommodations
Parque Central Hotel, Havana
Travelers will enjoy staying at the elegant 5-star Iberostar Parque Central Hotel located in central Havana, Cuba Thursday and Friday nights. Known for its Spanish colonial-style architecture, which pulls in the rich culture of the streets, the IBEROSTAR Parque Central Hotel is an excellent starting point for the Cuba Travel Program I which is nestled in the heart of Havana. Travelers will admire beautiful city views from the charming French windows and doors of the hotel.  The restaurant has some of the best international cuisine in Havana, but above all, the most impressive Cuban fare.The hotel is conveniently close to the José Martí International Airport and only 20 minutes away.

Boarding/Disembarking Cuba Travel Program II - Jardines Aggressor II
Saturday morning travelers will enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel before departing Havana as a group at approx. 7:30 am for a 6 1/2 hour drive (2 stops are normally made) to Jucaro to board the Jardines Aggressor II. After all travelers are onboard, lunch will be served and the boat will depart for the Gardens of the Queen. Throughout the week, scuba diving will be offered from Sunday until Friday around noon. The Jardines Aggressor II will depart after lunch back to Jucaro where travelers will stay onboard for dinner then depart Saturday morning as a group back to the José Martí Airport for their flight home.

** Please Note: Fishing activities are not permitted as part of the Oceans for Youth Foundation's authorized People-to-People Group Cuban travel programs.

Saturday morning at approx. 4 am, travelers will depart the Jardines Aggressor I for a 6 1/2 hour trip to the José Marti International Airport where the Cuba Travel Program will end. (a few stops are made on the way) Travelers will stop for lunch on the way to the airport. Arrival at the airport will be at approximately 12 pm.


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General Information for Both Programs - I and II

Flight Information - Getting There

There are many daily international flights available. Aggressor Adventure Travel is an authorized travel provider for the Cuba Travel Program I & II and can book your airline travel reservations.
Email: info@aggressortravel.com for information.

For Cuba Travel Program I, guests flights to Havana must arrive by 3:30 pm to meet the transfer to the hotel or by 5 pm Thursday for the 7 pm dinner and program (must make your own way to the hotel).

For Cuba Travel Program II, guests flights must arrive at the Camaguey Airport  by 6 pm or Santa Clara Airport on Saturday by 6 pm to meet the transfer transportation to the Jardines Aggressor II.

Passport & Visa Documentation
A passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date for your international flight. Some countries will require a Visa. As a traveler, you are required to obtain all necessary documents for entry requirements to your destination.

Your Passport details must be current and exactly the same as  the Letter of Authorization at the time of travel. (You will print the Letter of Authorization when completing the GIS prior to departing) Travelers are on a People-To-People Program.

Cuba Airport Departure Tax
Most airlines include the departure tax in the cost of the ticket, please verify with the airline carrier.

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