CAPTIVATING CUBA

Featuring Havana & Pinar del Rio

HIGHLIGHTS

5 Nights One Hotel in Havana • Museum of the Revolution • Old Havana Walking Tour (UNESCO) • Home & Studio of artist Jose Fuster • Cigar Factory Visit & Tour • Walking Tour of the Colon Cemetery • Havana Club Rum Museum Tour • Hemingway’s Farm - Finca La Vigia • Habana Compas Dance Group Performance • Old Style Classic Car Club Discussion • Nacional Hotel Tour • Former Cuban Baseball Player Discussion • Pinar Del Rio & Vinales Valley (UNESCO) • Tobacco Farm & Farmhouse Visit

 

INCLUDES

6 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 13 Meals, Cuban Visa, R/T from MIA, Tour Director, Deluxe Motorcoach, Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL        EASY  1   2   3   4  ACTIVE

Day 1 - Arrive Miami

Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. This evening an informational briefing will be held about the start of your ‘people to people’ experience in Cuba. The evening is at leisure.

 

Day 2 - Miami – Havana Cuba

This morning transfer to the Miami Airport and check in for your short flight to Havana, Cuba. Upon arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport and clearing customs, meet our local bilingual Cuban Guide. Make a photo stop and learn more about the Plaza de la Revolucion, the center of Cuban political life and Havana’s largest plaza where huge rallies are held. Religion has always played an important role in Cuban society that continues today, enjoy a walking tour with a local historian of the fascinating Colon Cemetery, founded in 1876. The cemetery is noted for its many elaborate sculpted memorials and contains more than 500 major mausoleums, chapels and family vaults. Check into your hotel and unpack for five nights. Dinner is included at a local restaurant. (L,D)

 

Day 3 - Old Havana (UNESCO) - Museum of the Revolution

This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of pedestrian only Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the beautiful Cathedral de la Havana, built in baroque style in 1748 and learn about its preservation and continuous restoration. Visit the Marqueta Vieja Havana Museum that houses the scale model of the city of Havana and to meet with an expert on the city’s architecture and restoration efforts. Next, enjoy a fascinating tour of the Havana Club Rum Museum with a local Cuban rum expert to learn about the history and process of making Cuban Rum and an opportunity to sample the differences. Visit the famous Museum of the Revolution that displays documents and artifacts, weapons and planes from the revolution. See artifacts & learn more about the Bay of Pigs. Next head to the charming fishing village of Jaimanitas to visit the incredible home and work shop of world famous painter and ceramicist Jose Fuster, often called the “Picasso of Cuba”. Dinner is on your own this evening allowing you to explore the restaurants, cuisine and Jazz clubs of Havana.     (B,L)

 

Day 4 - Havana - Cigar Factory - Habana Compas

Begin the day with a fascinating visit and guided tour with a local cigar expert to the La Corona Cigar Factory. See firsthand and learn about the history and the process of Cuban cigars being hand rolled. Next enjoy a performance by the amazing Habana Compas Dance Group. Interact with the students and teachers to learn more about the Cuban dance culture.

Next, visit and tour the Nacional Hotel, once Havana’s flagship hotel that has hosted celebrities and world leaders during its heyday, such as Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra. Enjoy a tour of this historic property housing pictures and nostalgia from a by gone era. Meet a former famous professional Cuban baseball player and join in a discussion regarding the history and love of this game in Cuba and the U.S. (B,L,D)

 

Day 5 - Havana - Vinales Valley (UNESCO) - Pinar Del Rio

Today we travel into the rural Cuban countryside to the Vinales Valley located in the western most mountainous range in Cuba and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This region, the western province of Pinar del Rio is known for its stunning scenery, a landscape of prehistoric looking flat-top mountains or “mogotes”and tobacco plantations. Next, visit a traditional Tobacco Farm and Farmhouse to meet with the farmer to learn about tobacco cultivation, the drying process and experience a cigar rolling demonstration inside the drying hut. Enjoy a visit inside his farmhouse, meeting and interacting with his family while enjoying some Cuban coffee. A great opportunity to witness up close, how Cuban families live in a rural setting. Next enjoy lunch at the beautiful Finca Paraiso Paladar (organic farm) offering incredible panoramic views of the Vinales Valley. Later stop at the Los Jasmines viewpoint to enjoy the spectacular scenery. (B,L)

 

Day 6 - Havana - Hemingway Farm

Next enter the world of Ernest Hemingway with a visit to Hemingway’s Farm, Finca La Vigia. This beautiful property hosts the house where the Nobel Prize winner lived. View the perfectly preserved home where many of the Hemingway personal furniture and belongings remain intact. View his famous boat on display, the Pilar, featured in his novel “Islands in the Stream”. A photo stop is made at the Morro Castle, built in 1589, to protect the mouth of the Havana Harbor. Next visit the San Jose Craft Market and Art Center to meet and interact with the local artists to discuss and learn of the importance of their art in Cuban culture. Before dinner, meet the local Old Style Car Club owners. A chance to interact and talk with the owners. Enjoy a drive through the streets of Havana in a vintage car to your Farewell Dinner at a one of Havana’s top local Paladars. (B,L,D)

 

Day 7 - Havana - usa

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home with incredible memories of your Captivating Cuba tour. (B)

 

†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.

 

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