Make your plans to join us at the 2017 Marabana!
Make your plans to join us today for an exciting running vacation to Cuba this November for the 2017 Marabana! This will be our third year of coming to this colorful island to take part in Havana's premier running weekend. As an "Official Tour Operator" for the Marabana, we can provide you with a guaranteed entry along with your Cuban Travel Visa so you can experience the best available package when it comes to meeting and interacting with the colorful Cuban people. Please note, our tour package is not impacted by the recent changes in travel to Cuba.
During your trip with us, you will have the option to run a marathon, half-marathon, 10K or 5K. In addition, we will be based for the entire trip at Havana's premier hotel, the 5-star Parque Central, which is just steps away from the Start / Finish line of the Marabana and features the best location for our guests along with the finest rooftop pool in Havana. In addition to the daily tours and events where we will meet Cuban artists, architects and writers, we will visit the "Finca Vigia" of American author Ernest Hemingway in nearby San Francisco de Paula. We were the first American tour company to Cuba for the Marabana to include this feature.
We will again for be offering two packages for the 2017 Marabana. Our 5 day/4 night package is based entirely in Havana whereas our 7 day / 6 night package includes a day trip to Trinidad and Cienfuegos, both UNESCO World Heritage Villages but completely different in flavor.
November 17 - Welcome to Cuba and Havana! Following your arrival and passing through Immigration / Customs, transfer to the five-star Parque Central in Old Havana where our staff will meet you. Following check-in, go for a short run to loosen up along the famed Malecon before enjoying our "Welcome Dinner" at the Cafe del Oriente in Old Havana!
November 18 - Exploring Havana, Hemingway and Morro Castle. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and a cappuccino before setting out to visit Revolution Square. Afterwards, we'll explore the tiny fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" before visiting his home, the Finca Vigia. Lunch today will be at the famed Cafe La Moneda. This afternoon, we'll enjoy a walking tour of Old Havana before taking an afternoon run along Havana Harbor. This evening, we'll make our way to Morro Castle for the "Firing of the Canon" before dinner at El Templete.
November 19 - MaraCuba 5K, Marabana Registration, and the San Cristobal Paladar. Without question, one of the highlights each year is the running of the MaraCuba 5K with the kids from Havana! This is a national fun-run designed to encourage fitness among Cuba's youth and is held simultaneously in every village in Cuba on this date! Following the completion of the MaraCuba, we'll go register for the Marabana marathon, half-marathon, or 10K. Afterwards, we'll fuel up with lunch at Rancho Palco in the fashionable Miramar District. Relax this afternoon and stay off your legs before enjoying dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Cuba, the San Cristobal Paladar! Former President Obama ate here during his visit to Cuba and we're excited to be offer this unique opportunity to our guests!
November 20 - The 2017 Marabana / Club Havana / Cathedral Square Dinner. Get ready to "toe the line" this morning with over 2,000 runners from 40 countries for the 2017 Marabana! Following the completion of your run, we'll enjoy lunch at the famed Club Havana, a former jet-set hideaway from the 1950's that has been completely restored to its former grandeur. This evening, we'll celebrate your stay in Cuba with dinner on Cathedral Square at El Patio!
November 21- Farewell For Short Trip / Longer Trip Transfers to Trinidad. If you are on the 5 day / 4 night trip, you will depart this morning to Jose Marti International Airport for your return trip home. For guests who are staying longer, we will transfer to Cuba's southern coast with our final destination being the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad! Along the way, we'll visit the Cienaga de Zapata National Park, the "Valley of the Sugar Mills," have a cocktail at La Canchánchara, and discover the world-famous pottery of the Santander Family. Following check-in at our three-star hotel for one night, we'll enjoy dinner at El Barracon.
November 22 - Cienfuegos Discovery / Return to Havana. Following breakfast, we'll drive along Cuba's southern coast before arriving in the charming town of Cienfuegos! Founded by the French, this destination was one of the highlights on last year's trip. While here, we'll visit the Thomas Terry Theatre, Jose Marti Park, and the Palacio del Valle before savoring lunch at the Fincas El Mar Paladar. Afterwards, we'll return to Havana and the five-star Parque Central. Following check-in for one evening, you are free to explore Havana for dinner on your own.
November 23 - Transfer and Return Flight Home. Get in one last run on the Malecon before breakfast and an morning transfer to Jose Marti International Airport for your return flight home with memories of the 2017 Marabana and the warm hospitality of the Cuban people!
Dates: November 17-21 or November 17-23, 2017
5-Day Costs: $2999.00 Double Occupancy / $3600.00 Single Occupancy
7-Day Costs: $3699.00 Double Occupancy / $4699.00 Single Occupancy