A TASTE OF HAVANA

Day1 - THU I HAVANA
Upon arrival at Jose Martí International Airport and after clearing customs, you’ll meet your professional English speaking Tour Director. Drive through the city where time stands still and American classic cars abound, stopping at Revolution Square to see the famous Che Guevara image with his well-known slogan of “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” (Until the Everlasting Victory, Always). After, check-in at your hotel overlooking Havana’s world famous Malecón, gather with your group for a brief meeting to review your enriching cultural program over appetizers and a welcome drink. Your people-to-people interactions begin right away with a dinner at “Mediterraneo,” a “paladar” which is a small, privately-owned restaurant serving homemade farm-to-table Cuban dishes. (D)
Day2 - FRI I HAVANA
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a tour of the Museum of the Revolution that displays documents and artifacts, weapons and planes from the 1950s revolution. The museum is housed in the former presidential palace that was the home to Cuba’s leaders from the 1920s until 1959. Next, visit the Antonio Núñez Jimenez" Foundation (FANJ) Headquarters in Sancti Spiritus, which focuses its work on urban sustainability. Here you will have the opportunity to engage with representatives and members of the organization. Then you head to the charming fishing village of Jaimanitas to visit the home, workshop and gallery of worldrenowned artist and painter José Fuster, often called the “Picasso of Cuba.” Roofs, walls, doorways and benches stretching for blocks around his studio are adorned with his brightly colored sculptures and mosaics. After lunch, you will have a special opportunity to experience a performance by the Habana Compás dance troupe, featuring an exhilarating mix of percussion and dance rooted in flamenco and Afro-Cuban rhythms and moves that are sure to thrill you. Tonight, dinner and a show showcasing the renowned Buena Vista Social Club await at Habana Cafe. (B,L,D)
Day3 - SAT I HAVANA
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel then in an enlightening walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while participating in open dialogue with a local architect. Learn about the challenges of renovating the city’s exquisite historic buildings, and see some of the area’s elegant restorations as you stroll the charming cobblestone streets. Visit the Maqueta Vieja Habana Museum that houses the scale model of the City of Havana, and wander through Old Havana’s four main plazas and the Graphic Arts Workshop. Savor a flavorful lunch at the “Ivan Justo Paladar” then visit with some of the members of the community arts project “Imagen 3” which combines music, plastic arts and design. Later you will have the opportunity to visit the historic Hotel Nacional and tour the building and grounds before relaxing with a typical Cuban mojito in the gardens overlooking the Malecón or at the Bar de la Fama. The evening is yours to explore this great city at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 4 - SUN I HAVANA
A buffet breakfast at your hotel is a great way to commence the day before you visit the Alamar Organóponico. Located in the eastern part of Havana, it is the largest farm cooperative in the city. Here you will enjoy a fascinating exchange with the workers and local residents about the history and objectives of urban gardens in Cuba. Take your time to discover the unique finds at Almacenes de San Jose Artisans’ Fair and Market, the open-air crafts market situated on the Port of Havana. Lunch today will be yet another delight for your taste buds at La Moneda Cubana, a paladar in Old Havana. After you will have a special visit with the Danza Chevere Project and take part in a lively salsa lesson. This evening enjoy a ride to dinner in one of Cuba’s iconic classic American convertibles. Your delectable farewell meal tonight will be at “El Litoral” on the famed Malecón where the spectacular sunset and blue ocean views will remain etched in your memory forever. (B,L,D)
Day5 - MON I HAVANA TO USA
After breakfast, bid “hasta luego” or “see you later” to Cuba before you depart for the airport and your return flight to the USA, with memories to cherish and share of your Taste of Havana cultural travel program to this enchanting country. (B)