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FOR GROUP TRAVEL TO CUBA!

Located 90 miles south of Key West, Florida, this colorful, island of yesteryear is ripe for exploration, particularly now that the political relationship with the U.S. has begun to thaw. The capital of Havana is where your adventure begins. Founded in 1515, this famous city is home to awe-inspiring architectural treasures - and classic American cars. Here you will have the chance to explore the nation’s storied history and lively culture by meeting its artists, dancers and musicians, visiting its museums and rum factories, walking its plazas and parks, tasting its authentic fare at locally-run paladares, and much more. You will step back to the 1950s as you tour the former presidential palace where the Museum of the Revolution is now housed, and sip a mojito at the Hotel Nacional, where the Rat Pack used to hang. Meet talented artisans as you shop the Almacenes de San Jose crafts market, and learn about the country’s age-old profession when you meet Cuban cigar rollers.

After Havana it's on to the "Pearl of the South," Cienfuegos, to explore the verdant botanical garden before day-tripping to the colonial city of Trindad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next it's a peek into Ernest Hemingway’s former world with a visit to his farm house, Finca La Vigia, where he penned some of his greatest works.

Most evenings are yours to enjoy as you like, whether it's taking in a live jazz or Buena Vista Social Club show, enjoying some of Cuba's finest rum cocktails, savoring flavorful homemade meals, strolling through Old Havana's winding cobblestone streets, or getting dessert at Coppelia, one of the largest ice cream parlors in the world.


Itinerary

Day 1 - SUN I HAVANA

Upon your arrival in Havana you will be met at the airport and taken by deluxe motor coach to begin your exploration of Havana. We start with a visit to the former presidential palace, now the Museum of the Revolution that displays documents and artifacts, weapons and planes from the 1950s revolution. The museum was formerly the home to Cuba’s leaders from the 1920s until 1959. Upon check-in at your hotel there will be a briefing to review your tour schedule, followed by your official welcome-to-Cuba dinner. (D)

Day 2 - MON I HAVANA

¡Bienvenidos! Your first full day in Cuba will be an adventure through Havana. After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore its four main plazas and cobblestone streets. Stop at the Maqueta Vieja Habana Museum that houses the scale model of the city before continuing to the Graphic Arts Workshop where you will have an opportunity to speak with their artists. Next it’s on to meet locals at ArteCorte, a community project started by a successful hairdresser which gets idle young kids off the streets and teaches them money-making skills. After an enjoyable lunch at El Figaro, a local paladar (privately owned family restaurant), continue through Old Havana and see the Almacenes de San José, an artisans market for shopping and learning first-hand how some of the local crafts are created. Dinner this evening will be at “La Elite” Paladar. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - TUE I HAVANA

Your culturally enriching adventure continues today with a morning visit to a local cigar factory to see firsthand how they grow, dry and prepare the tobacco before hand-rolling the famous Cuban cigars. Next, in the Romerio neighborhood, you will visit one of Cuba’s most wellknown artists, Kcho, world-renowned for his monumental and evocative sculpture, installations, paintings and prints inspired by his island home. Following, continue on to the home/studios of acclaimed artist José Fuster who specializes in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving and graphic design. His ongoing project is redecorating his and his neighbors’ houses into what is called Fusterlandia in Jaimanitas. Following our visit of his colorful works, we will join him for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a special presentation and tour of the Antonio Núñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, a scientific and cultural institution dedicated to the research and promotion of culturally and socially directed environmental protection. This evening is yours to enjoy dinner and explore the city at your leisure – make Cuba your own tonight! (B,L)

Day 4 - WED I HAVANA

Following breakfast, we depart for a special visit to a community dance project where you will see and learn firsthand how to dance and sway to the marvelous rhythms of salsa. Then it’s on to the Litz Alfonso Dance Company to meet the students and be treated to a special live rehearsal. After a visit to a marvelous children’s art project, lunch has been organized at a local paladar. Next, step back to the 1940s and 50s as you enter the landmark Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Feel like Hollywood elite as you tour the hotel where time stands still and sip on a mojito in the lovely gardens overlooking the Malecón (broad esplanade and seawall) and Straights of Florida beyond. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure to relax and enjoy the wonders that Havana offers. Dinner this evening is at the Buena Vista Social Club at Café Habana where you can dance and drink late into the night. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - THU I HAVANA I CIENFUEGOS

We depart Havana today for Cienfuegos, Cuba’s “Pearl of the South.” Our morning commences with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts or the Museum of Decorative Arts to marvel at Cuban masterpieces and more. On our way to Cienfuegos we visit Finca Yoandra, a gorgeous farm that supplies many of the local restaurants – including Il Divino Paladar, where we will enjoy lunch. Upon arrival in Cienfuegos you will get to check in to the hotel and then partake in dinner at a local restaurant followed by a stop at the Afro-Cuban community project of Trazos Libres, an art project of murals on homes. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - FRI I CIENFUEGOS

Today, on your way to the colonial city of Trinidad, stop for a walk through the Botanical Gardens of Cienfuegos which are filled with lush greenery and beautiful flora and fauna. Then it’s on to Trinidad, a well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1514 situated between the mountains and the sea. After a city tour and lunch at a local restaurant, tour Casa del Alfarero, a ceramics workshop where you will learn the secrets to creating some of the handicrafts you have seen throughout this adventure. Then enjoy some free time to walk the winding cobblestone streets with oxcarts loaded with local wares, and take in the views of the pastel colored homes and buildings. Dinner and further discoveries are at your leisure this evening back in Cienfuegos. (B,L)

Day 7 - SAT I CIENFUEGOS I HAVANA

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the Cienfuegos Choir before departing the city and heading towards Finca Vigia (Lookout Farm), in San Francisco de Paula, to visit Ernest Hemingway’s winter home from 1939 to 1960. See the author’s 9,000 volume library, his yacht Pilar and the typewriter on which he wrote some of his greatest works (For whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea) while learning about his life here during a talk with a docent. Lunch will be enjoyed in the former fishing village of Cojimar, where Hemingway moored his boat and the movie The Old Man and the Sea was filmed. After having time to speak with local fishermen, you will head back to Havana and check in to your hotel. A special farewell dinner is planned this evening to cap off your Cuba vacation. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - SUN I HAVANA TO USA

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. We hope you had an inspiring, relaxing and wonderful holiday with Central Holidays in Cuba! (B)

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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
  • Cuba departure tax
  • Tour includes 18 meals: Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 5 dinners with a cocktail and wine.

Hotels

Havana

Melia Cohiba| hotels in Havana Cuba

Melia Cohiba

5 Nights / First Class
 The best hotel and facilities in Havana for business travel and meetings  Located opposite the city ...

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Cienfuegos

Hotel Jagua| hotels in Cienfuegos  Cuba

Hotel Jagua

2 Nights / First Class
Built in the modernist style of the 1950's, the hotel was recently renovated in a sophisticated contemporary style. Th...

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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. 

    NotePrice does not include round trip air fare to Havana. Scheduled round trip flights are now available from your hometown to Havana. Additional restrictions may apply.

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