The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement in Las Vegas, has announced an educational opportunity with its “Explore Havana” trip, taking travelers to a place where mob activity was abundant in the 1950s. Led by Museum Advisory Council Member Scott M. Deitche, an organized crime expert and author of seven books on the topic, the tour takes place October 18–21, 2018.
In the 1950s, American crime bosses such as Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Santo Trafficante Jr. invested millions to make it a destination like Las Vegas for the Caribbean. For a short time, Havana rivaled Las Vegas as a tourist destination but Fidel Castro ended the Mob's plans in 1959 when he seized control and shut down the casinos. However, today’s visitors still can see remnants of that time in the city’s history, including some of the hotels and nightclubs that flourished during the Mob's heyday. This tour, led by Deitche, will transport travelers back to the time when the Mob had a large influence in Havana.
The tour includes:
- Guided tours led by Frank Reno and Scott Deitche.
- Tour of Mafia hangouts in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida.
- Roundtrip airfare from Tampa-Havana.
- Entry and exit visas.
- Airport transfers in Havana and ground transit.
- Two nights’ lodging in Old Havana.
- Two mornings’ breakfast.
- Required Cuban medical insurance.
- U.S Department of Treasury/OFAC Licensing and Compliance provided by Cuba Executive Travel Inc.
The tour does not include:
- Lodging in Tampa, Florida.
- Trip cancellation insurance.
- Customary tips and gratuities while in Cuba.
- Expenses of a personal nature such as, but not limited to, phone calls, internet, laundry, mini-bar, shows, sporting events, nightclubs and any specific items not listed in the included section above.
The tour costs $1,535 per person, double occupancy ($200 extra for a single supplement). A $500 deposit is required for reservations no later than July 5, and the payment in full is due by July 22. A copy of the traveler’s passport, CET travel application and CET travel agreement are required for the reservation.
For more information, visit themobmuseum.org.