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Varadero 3 Memories Varadero

Havana 4 Melia Cohiba

dispensary table (winner of a bronze medal in the Paris Exposition of

1900), together with tools used for the production of medicines. Next

visit the Ediciones Vigia to see how a book was made in years past and

then our journey continues to your hotel in Varadero. Enjoy a welcome

dinner at your hotel this evening. (L,D)




A full agenda of exciting activities are planned for

you in coastal Varadero today beginning with a cultural exchange at the

Casa de la Cultura and the Danzón Club where you can learn some

Cuban dance moves. Continue to the Escuela de Artes Plásticas to tour

this art school with its director and have a chance to speak with

students and professors about the projects they are working on while

seeing them up close. Lunch this afternoon is hosted at the Xanadu

mansion (Casa Dupont) including a welcome drink at the rooftop bar of

the mansion with spectacular views over Varadero and the sea. A quick

10-minute drive lands us in the town of Cardenas where your cultural

Cuban experience continues including a visit to a rationing store, historic

tour and meeting with students at the Galería de Jóvenes Aficionados de

Cardenas. This evening your dinner is included at the hotel with plenty

of time to don your dancing shoes and salsa the night away in one of the

many area nightclubs and bars. (B,L,D)




Explore Matanzas further, stopping first at the

music Conservatory and enjoying a live performance by students. Next,

visit La Finca Coincidencia – Coincidencia farm, where you will see the

array of native fruit varieties that the farmer and agriculturist with the

help and work of his family have taken great care in preserving. Founded

by Hector Correa in 1987, this is also the site of the area's first ceramics

workshop in Matanzas, blending art with nature. Here you will savor a

fresh farm-to-table lunch and engage in an interactive discussion with

the farmer and his crew. The day’s active adventures continue with an

enriching visit to a community project and dinner at your hotel in

Varadero this evening. (B,L,D)






After breakfast at your hotel we depart

Varadero this morning and head to the capital, Havana. In this colorful

and storied city you will have the opportunity to discover old Havana, a

UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to explore its four main plazas. Here

you will 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. Enjoy a visit to a local

church and delve into a community project at Convento de Belén. Take

time to explore the area with plenty of choices for lunch on your own.

Next, head out to the ornate Vedado neighborhood and tour the Colón

Cemetery showcasing many elaborately sculpted memorials, including

some 500 chapels, mausoleums and family vaults. You will discover the

cemetery’s captivating history and folklore, and hear stories about the

many prominent people laid to rest here, including musicians,

filmmakers, writers, politicians, and major League baseball players. Visit

the tomb of La Milagrosa – the “miraculous one” visited by Cubans as a

pilgrimage site believed by many to have healing influences. Tonight,

savor the tantalizing Cuban cuisine at Paladar La Moneda Cubana and

then visit the Morro Castle for the nightly Cannon Ceremony. Later you

have the exclusive opportunity to join in an optional evening of

entertainment at La Zorra y el Cuervo one of the best known venues for

jazz in Havana that hosted such well-known jazz icons as Chucho Valdés

and George Benson. (B,D)




Start your day with an enlightening tour of a Cuban

cigar factory where many of the world’s most revered cigars are made.

Visit the Parraga Day Care Center and have a personal exchange with

directors and staff. A trendy, bohemian-chic ambiance welcomes you at

Paladar Café Laurent for lunch in this privately owned restaurant. After

lunch, you will visit el Museo National de Bellas Artes -- the museum of

fine Arts, comprised of two buildings exhibiting inspired collections from

the colonial times up to contemporary works. The landmark Hotel

Nacional welcomes you for drinks in the “Bar de la Fama,” frequented

over its time-honored history by world-famous celebrities from Winston

Churchill and Frank Sinatra to John Wayne and countless others.

Moments to cherish continue with free time to enjoy the magic and

mystique of Cuba on your own this afternoon and evening. An ultra-

enriching optional excursion tonight offers you the exclusive opportunity

to discover Havana’s Fabrica de Arte Cubano, an independent project

and meeting place where the island’s avant-garde arts can be enjoyed,

with all kinds of arts – music, painting, dance, and more – featured

under one roof and offered at prices that make it accessible to the

majority of Cubans. (B,L)


2017 - Dec. 10 & 24

2018 - Jan. 7; Feb. 4 & 18; Mar. 4 & 18; Apr. 1 & 29; May 13; Jun. 10 & 24;

Jul. 8 & 22; Aug. 5; Sep. 16 & 30; Oct. 14 & 28; Nov. 11 & 25;

Dec. 9, 23 & 30

(*)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.




Power up with breakfast at your hotel then depart for

Pinar del Rio. Today's journey takes you to the eco-village of Las

Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and site of the earliest surviving

coffee plantations in Cuba. Tour this picturesque white-washed village

that overlooks a lake and features a community filled with art studios

and workshops, then visit a local clinic for a people-to-people

interchange. Enjoy lunch at Cafetal Buena Vista before heading back to

Havana. The capital city of this fascinating island nation beckons with

the afternoon and evening at leisure for you to explore and discover

Havana at your own pace. See the amazing sights, get to know the

locals, sample flavorful Cuban dishes at one of the many family owned

paladar restaurant, then venture along to check out the lively nightlife

at one of the many acclaimed music and dance performances such as

inspirations from The Buena Vista Social Club or a Cuban cabaret show

at the world-famous Tropicana. (B,L)




This morning, your adventure starts with a visit to the

coastal village of Cojimar where you will take part in a lively exchange

with local fisherman. Then it’s on too Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemmingway's

winter home from 1939 to 1960. It was built in 1886 and now serves

as a museum where visitors can see his 9,000 volume library, living

quarters, his yacht “Pilar,”as well as the actual typewriter on which he

wrote some of his greatest works. Next, you will visit Finca Yoandra in

Havana to learn about their sustainable agriculture outreach project.

Sip on a Cuban cocktail while you tour the medicinal gardens and

interact with the representatives from community projects for children

and the elderly. Then, enjoy lunch at the finca’s privately owned

restaurant, or “paladar”, Il Divino. As the day continues, prepare to be

awed by the extraordinary, innovative percussion sounds during a

special dance performance by Habana Compas dance troop. Return to

the hotel and get ready for this evening's farewell celebration. Tonight

we will head out to Old Havana for dinner at Paladar La California, a

privately owned restaurant set in a beautiful Cuban home. (B,L,D)




After breakfast this morning, you will be

transferred to the airport in Havana for your short return flight to the

USA with amazing memories from your City and the Sea people-to-

people experience in Cuba. (B)

(B) Breakfast - (L) Lunch - (D) Dinner

The included features for this program can be found on page 5. Tour

includes 18 meals: Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 5 dinners with a

cocktail and wine.

Jose Marti and Liberty Statue, Matanzas