Rediscover Cuba – A Cultural Exploration

PricingPricing Per Person

  • Single – $7,169
  • Double – $6,139

Prices are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.Tour Pricing Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Roundtrip Airport Transfers, Tour Package and Travel Protection. Deposit Due: $530 Per Person. NOT INCLUDED in Pricing: All guests are required to obtain a Cuban Tourist Visa. Application for the tourist Visa Card is at point of exit for the United States to Cuba, provided by the airline at your own coast of approximately $100 USD per person. This is a Small Group Tour and is Limited to 24 Travelers and Fills Quickly. All Seat Must Be Booked by July 31st, 2017.

Itinerary

Day 1 | January 31 | Havana, Cuba

Your journey begins as you fly to Havana, Cuba. Evening Accommodations at Hotel Nacional De Cuba * Dinner Included

Day 2 | February 1 | Havana, Cuba

This morning you are in for a treat when you visit a local performing arts school and meet the creative students who will showcase their talents. Visit the Revolution Museum in what was once the Presidential Palace. Gain insight into Cuban history during the 1950s revolutionary war period. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at a local paladar where you will meet the proprietors of this family-run, privately-owned specialty restaurant. Tour the grounds including their own organic farm. Later, travel to Casa Fuster for an insider’s look at the work and life of Cuban artist Jose Fuster, whose artwork was inspired by Spain’s famous architect, Antonio Gaudi. Evening Accommodations at Hotel Nacional De Cuba * Breakfast and Lunch Included

Day 3 | February 2 | Havana, Cuba

This morning, walk through the dramatic evolution of Cuban art at the Cuban Fine Arts Museum. Then spend time in Old Havana to interact with some professional Salsa dancers. Strike up a conversation with the dancers and hear about their lives and Cuba’s dance culture while learning some of the basic steps of this remark- able dance. Enjoy a tour of Old Havana on foot and stop at a local market for shopping. We then make our way to Finca Vigia, or “Lookout House,” Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba home located in the small town of San Francisco de Paula. It is here where Hemingway wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. This evening, take a trip around Havana in one of the antique American cars that the city is known for. Finally, savor dinner in one of Havana’s finest restaurants. Evening Accommodations at Hotel Nacional De Cuba * Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 4 | February 3 | Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Your day begins with a journey to Santa Clara as you transfer to your hotel on the pristine beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, an island off of Cuba’s north central coast. En route to your all-inclusive resort, stop at the Che Guevara Memorial & Museum and learn about this polarizing figure and the revolution he helped to spark. Evening Accommodations at Iberostar Ensenachos * Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5 | February 4 | Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Journey to the Museo de la Sucre, or “Sugar Museum.” Learn from local producers of the rise and fall of the Cuban region on the backs of sugar cane production. Enjoy a walking tour of Remedios, a charming town considered to be the oldest Spanish settlement in the former Las Villas province. Visit San Juan Bautista de Remedios, a 17th-century Baroque church. View the beautiful gold leaf altar made of carved cedar and one of only seven known statues in the world depicting a pregnant Virgin Mary. Continue to Caibarién and drive along the road of artists, pausing along the way at the home of a local artist who uses only recycled materials. Evening Accommodations at Iberostar Ensenachos * Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 6 | February 5 | Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

This morning, embark on a scenic drive to Cienfuegos Province Botanical Gardens, the oldest of its kind on the island. During a fascinating walking tour, learn about the garden’s ties with Harvard University and its founding as a research center (where a sugar mill once stood). Enjoy lunch before exploring the historic Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city. Peruse the shops, converse with the shopkeepers and get a true taste of the local culture. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy an amazing a cappella choral performance conducted by the Cantores de Cienfuegos, a local student group gaining worldwide recognition. Visit the Tomas Terry Theatre, an impressive opera house on Plaza Mayor, before returning to Cayo Santa Maria. Evening Accommodations at Iberostar Ensenachos * Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 7 | February 6 | Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Embark on a journey to Santa Clara where we will meet local art or theatre students. Learn about Cuban art and their lives as you interact with students and teachers and discuss their techniques. Spend time at Piquete Melodías Antillanas, one of Cuba’s last Piquete bands. Engage with this vibrant community and discover their passion for music, singing and dancing. Learn about how this musical genre emerged in Cuba back in the 17th century. Delight in the band’s performance of original scores by renowned composers such as Miguel Faildes and Moses Simons. This special performance is conducted on original wind instruments dating back to the 1800s. Learn Cuba’s national dance, Danzón, as the abuelos give you a dancing lesson. Later, learn about Cuban cigars – one of the country’s most popular products. Then we make our way to a handicraft market where you’ll get to meet the local artisans and discover their unique crafts. Return to your hotel for a mojito-making demonstration, rum tasting and dinner. Evening Accommodations at Iberostar Ensenachos * Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 8 | February 7 | Home

Your Cuba adventure comes to a close today. Return home with vivid memories of this beautiful country and the rich personal experiences you shared with the people of Cuba. Breakfast Included

Departure Date

Depart01/31/2018

Return Date

Return02/07/2018

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Tour Highlights

  • Revolution Museum
  • Casa Fuster
  • Cuban Fine Arts Museum
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Havana
  • Finca Vigia – Ernest Hemingway’s Home
  • Cayo Santa Maria Island
  • Che Guevara Memorial & Museum
  • Sugar Museum
  • Remedios
  • Cienfuegos
  • Cuban Cigars
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Activity Level – Extremely Active
  • 7 Breakfasts * 3 Lunches * 6 Dinners

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