General

 

Bienvenidos and Welcome to Havana Cuba. This unique people to people tour will immerse you in the cultural sights, history, sounds, taste and colors of Cuba.

Trip Dates
Apr 30 – May 8 2016
May 28 – Jun 5 2016
Jul 2 – Jul 10 2016
Sep 3 – 11  2016
Oct 8- 16 2016
Nov 5 – 13 2016
Nov 19-27 2016
Dec 18-26 2016
Dec 21-29 2016
Dec 24-Jan 1 2017

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Day 2
Begin the day with a walking tour of Havana’s gloriously decaying Old City, a World Heritage site since 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th-century fortresses and crumbling churches by the dozen. After lunch, visit the Instituto Superior de Arte, a golf course that was converted into an art university by Fidel Castro in 1961.

Day 3 Vinales (via Las Terrazas)
Leave Havana behind and head east to a UNESCO designated biosphere reserve in Las Terrazas. Meet up with a local community leader and learn about the reforestation and ecological research being done here before cooling off with a dip in a nearby river. From here it’s on to Vinales, a quiet town among the tobacco fields and valleys of Pinar del Rio. Stop off at a local organic farm for a real farm-to-fork dinner.

Day 4 Vinales
Spend the morning learning about Cuban agriculture with a visit to a nearby tobacco farm. Get an insight as to how the communist system works, how much tobacco the farmers keep, how much produce they give back to the government and how they make ends meet. In the afternoon, learn to cook a few classic dishes in a guided cooking class with a local chef.

Day 5  Cienfuegos (via Playa Giron/Playa Larga)
The journey from Vinales to Cienfuegos takes us past the Korimakao Cultural Project in Cienaga de Zapata, an area famous for its wetlands, as well as the beautiful Bay of Pigs – the spot where US-backed counter revolutionaries landed in 1961. Cool off in a nearby waterhole before moving on to the European boulevards of Cienfuegos, the ‘Pearl of the South’.

Day 6 Trinidad
If Havana is the heart of Cuba, Trinidad would be its soul. It’s a beautiful colonial town with long stretches of white-sand beaches and has a thumping nightlife every night of the week. Take a guided tour of the World Heritage Old Town and visit a few of its best museums. Meet a local dance group and learn about the city’s Afro-Cuban roots before trying your hand (and feet) at a salsa class.

Day 7 Trinidad
Stray off the cobbled path in Trinidad and discover the area’s rural side. After a short hike, find yourself at a waterfall outside of town and in a campesino’s simple home among the fields and surrounding farmland. For tonight’s dinner, a special bonfire BBQ at Playa Ancon is accompanied by a few tunes provided by a local musician.

Day 8 Havana
It’s time to head back to Havana. But on the way, stop off at Manaca Iznaga in the Valle de los Ingenios, the centre of colonial slavery in the region, where a 44-metre tower was built to watch over the slaves as they worked in the sugar fields. Visit Santa Clara, a key city in the Cuban Revolution and the site of the statue of Ernesto Che Guevara that was built after his death. Tonight, say farewell to your group with a goodbye dinner in Havana.

Day 9 Havana
There are no activities planned for today, and you are able to depart Havana at any time. Wave goodbye to the city’s warm waters, colonial palaces and vintage Cadillacs before boarding your flight back to the US. Don’t forget to set aside the CUC 25 for your exit tax, or you may end up with an unplanned extension to your vacation!

 

Highlighted Activities include

  • Cienaga Zapata – Korimakao Cultural Project
  • Cienfuegos – Leader Led Walking City Tour
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Havana – La Cabana Fortress canon blast ceremony
  • Havana – Leader led City Tour of Old Havana
  • Havana – Visit to Instituto Superior de Artes
  • Las Terrazas – Visit to Las Terrazas Sustainable Rural Economy Proyect
  • Manaca Iznaga – Visit to Sugar Mill
  • Santa Clara – Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
  • Trinidad – Leader led Cultural Tour
  • Trinidad – Salsa Dance Lesson
  • Trinidad – Visit to Pottery Center
  • Trinidad – Walk to Waterfalls
  • Vinales – Cooking Lesson by Local Chef
  • Vinales – Leader Led Orientation Walk
  • Vinales – Visit to Organic Farm
  • Vinales – Visit to Tabaco Farm
Hotel, Meals and Activities
Double Occupancy Rates per person USD $3,335

 

Trip Focus:  Cultural Immersion

Travel Style:  Comfortable/ Locally owned Bed and Breakfast

Rate includes round trip airfare from Miami, breakfast, ground transportation, meals and all tours and activities as indicated.  Gratuities and any items of a personal nature are not included

 

 

 

 

 

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