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Your tour begins in the capital of Havana, founded in 1515. After visiting the former presidential palace, now the Museum of the Revolution, you’ll embark on an insightful walking tour of Old Havana, strolling the pedestrian-only cobblestone streets and the four main plazas where local artists sell their works. Next, across the postcard-perfect "Havana Bay" you will tour a local church and speak with the Afro-Cuban community of Regla. Your time in Havana will include gatherings with locals to learn more about community art projects and their creators, as well a chance to meet and greet a well-known Afro-Cuban filmmaker and expert in race relations in Cuba.

A quick flight will bring you to Santiago de Cuba, the birthplace of some of Cuba's most famous musicians, including several who participated in the world-renowned Buena Vista Social Club. Santiago is also the location of the famed Carnival celebrations that fill the streets with conga music, dancing, parades, and parties each July. A visit to Caribbean House takes you to enjoy a cultural exchange with local residents where you will get to know more about this beautiful country and their lives there.

Lastly it's on to Camagüey to explore its winding maze of streets was built that way to confuse marauding pirates. A historian tour of the many UNESCO-declared sites here will take you through its cobblestone plazas and past historic statues and lavish churches. In the evening you'll enjoy a fabulous live Afro-Cuba jazz show at a local nightclub to cap off your visit to Cuba.



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Itinerary

Day 1 - SAT I HAVANA

Upon arrival at José martí International Airport you will be met by your English-speaking Cuban escort and driven through the city, 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). Enjoy your first taste of authentic Cuban cuisine for lunch at El Aljibe, a famous restaurant known for its mouthwatering chicken. The journey then continues to 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 home to Cuba’s leaders from the 1920s until 1959. Next, head to your hotel, Melia Cohiba, for check in and an informational briefing. Classic cars from the 1950s will escort you to a welcome dinner at Paladar San Cristobal followed by a variety of optional local and authentic cultural activities. (L,D)

Day 2 - SUN I HAVANA

Following breakfast at the hotel this morning, a representative from the office of the City Historian will escort you on a walking tour of Old Havana where you will have the chance to explore its four main plazas and visit the Graphic Arts Workshop. You will also visit the Casa de Africa (Africa House) and enjoy a live cultural performance before heading to lunch with Cuban guests at the Community Project and paladar. This afternoon we will cross Havana Bay on the Lanchita de Regla and visit the local church to speak with the Afro-Cuban community of Regla, known for its rich colonial history and special carnival and religious celebrations. Upon return to the hotel this evening, the group will enjoy dinner at Paladar Los Mercaderes. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - MON I HAVANA

After a delicious Cuban breakfast at your hotel, we will depart for UNEAC, the Cuban Association of Writers and Artists, followed by a meet-and-greet with a well-known Afro-Cuban filmmaker and an expert on race relations in Cuba. It’s then on to the Fine Arts Museum for a detailed tour with a curator to enjoy its masterpieces. Lunch today will be at Café Laurent. Next, you will visit one of Cuba’s most well-known artists, Kcho, known for his monumental sculptures, installations, paintings and prints inspired by his island home. Here you will learn about the progress of the community during a film followed by a live performance of the local Colmenita, a children’s theater project from the town of Romerillo. This evening you will sip on a mojito, the official Cuban cocktail, at the famed Hotel Nacional overlooking the Malecón, and then choose where to dine at your leisure. (B,L)

Day 4 - TUE I HAVANA I SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Today, depart Havana for Santiago de Cuba, but before you leave, you will meet with the Habana Compas Dance Company for a special interaction and performance by the dancers as well as time with the director. Next it’s off to the airport for a quick flight to Santiago de Cuba, the “Heroic City,” where you will be greeted with lunch at Paladar Palenquito before checking in to your hotel, the Melia Santiago. Embark on a special bus/walking tour with a local historian and preservationist, Omar Lopez, with whom you will explore the second largest city in Cuba founded in 1515. As the birthplace to some of Cuba’s most famous musicians, the city is also known for its traditional dances and its “Carnaval” celebration in July. Share in a dinner featuring local favorites tonight followed by a few special cultural options. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - WED I SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Start with breakfast at your hotel then head out for a full day of discovery in Santiago de Cuba. Visit The Society of Tumba Francesa de la Caridad del Oriente and its president and take-in a special performance at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch is at a local restaurant, followed by a VIP guided tour and performance at the Museo De Carnaval, that showcases the songs and dances brought to Cuba by African slaves. The museum is home to special items – such as floats to effigies – from the biggest Carnival party between Rio and New Orleans held every July. After, visit Casa del Caribe (Caribbean House), a famous local home/museum that is filled with city history and cultural items. Dinner this evening will be enjoyed at Paladar Aurora, then you will have the chance to speak one-on-one with local residents of the community. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - THU I SANTIAGO DE CUBA

This morning you will visit El Cobre, the sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Cuba, and climb a short distance to see the monument of The Runaway Slave. This sculpture on a hill is built of iron and bronze, and honors one of the earliest and most important slave revolts in the country in 1731. A professor from the University of Oriente, will join the group for lunch at a local restaurant to share even more in-depth knowledge of the city and country. In the afternoon you will take a guided tour of the Moncada Barracks, where the first armed action of the Cuban revolution occurred on July 26, 1953. This evening you are free to enjoy dinner and activities at your leisure – Cuba is yours to explore! (B,L)

Day 7 - FRI I SANTIAGO DE CUBA I CAMAGUEY

After breakfast depart Santiago de Cuba and head to Camagüey, Cuba’s largest province situated in the center of the island. Camagüey’s winding maze of streets was designed to confuse marauding pirates, and it is filled with cobblestone plazas, historic statues and lavish churches. On the way, stop in Bayamo, founded in 1513. Walk around the historic town and enjoy some local sounds from musicians while savoring a light lunch at Hotel Royalton. We continue on to Camagüey and check in to the Gran Hotel. This evening dinner is at Paladar 1800. Further optional cultural activities are on offer this evening to get you in the true Camagüey spirit! (B,L,D)

Day 8 - SAT I CAMAGUEY

Start the day’s activities with a walking tour of Camagüey’s city center with a representative from the office of the City Historian. Explore the many UNESCO-declared sites here and enjoy a special rehearsal by the dancers of the folkloric Ballet of Camagüey. Lunch is on your own in the city center before heading to the Casanova Pottery Studio to see up close how they create their trademark “tinajones,” earthenware pots made of clay and other materials that line the streets of Camagüey, designed to collect rainwater. This evening, you are treated to a farewell dinner at Mesón del Principe followed by live Afro-Cuba jazz at a local nightclub! (B,L,D)

Day 9 - SUN I CAMAGUEY TO USA

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before heading to the airport for your return flight home from your amazing Cuba adventure. (B)

Print Afro Cubanismo Cultural Program details

Includes

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury authorization under a General People-to-People License
  • Hotel accommodations in Cuba
  • All ground transportation & airport transfers in Cuba via deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Fresh bottled water while touring
  • Full people-to-people cultural exchange program
  • All entrance fees for scheduled activities and events
  • Professional English-speaking Cuban guide who will be with your group from the moment you land until your departure
  • Tour manager
  • Cuban visa & Cuban health insurance
  • All tips for porters and restaurant staff as well as for programmed activities during the tour
  • All meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • includes 22 meals: Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 6 dinners with a cocktail and wine.

Hotels

Havana

Melia Cohiba| hotels in Havana Cuba

Melia Cohiba

3 Nights / First Class
Melia Cohiba Habana offers accommodation in Havana. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a ...

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Camaguey

Gran Hotel| hotels in Camaguey Cuba

Gran Hotel

2 Nights / First Class
The Gran Hotel of Camaguey opened its doors in 1939, it is an accustomed to construction with an excellent colonial sty...

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Santiago de Cuba

Hotel Melia Santiago| hotels in Santiago de Cuba Cuba

Hotel Melia Santiago

3 Nights / First Class
The combination of the blue of the Caribbean and the green of the Sierra Maestra  Iconic city hotel, the on...

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Notes

    (*)Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and a minimum of 18 full paying passengers. Single supplements available on request.

    Note: Price does not include round trip air fare to Havana. Scheduled round trip flights are now available from your hometown to Havana. Call for further information.

    PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Delve into Afro-Cuban culture and get to know the Cuban people every step of the way
  • Enjoy live cultural and dance performances that showcase Afro-Cuban music and roots
  • Participate in insightful interchanges with Afro- Cuban communities
  • Learn about Cuban and Afro-Cuban art, culture and life firsthand from artists, writers, museum curators, musicians, students, and locals
  • Explore Santiago de Cuba, home of the famed Carnaval celebrations
  • Visit El Cobre, the sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Cuba, and climb a short distance to see the Monument of The Runaway Slave
  • Dine at the acclaimed Mesón del Principe followed by live Afro-Cuba jazz at a local nightclub!

Departures & Rates

International air will be provided based upon your requested dates .
Best Price starting at $ 3649 (Based on per person in Double Occupancy)

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