Travel to Cuba - Tour Colonial Heritage

Mapa CubaVisit Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad -the most colonial Cuban town. Meet farmers in a tobacco plantation, attend a private show of Afro Cuban dancers, head your steps through an architectural appreciation of Old Havana... 

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS

Direct flight Miami to Havana - American Airlines
Departure: Thursdays, 7:30AM or 9:30AM - Flight Duration: 1 hour
CHECK IN- 6AM or 7:30AM

Direct flight Cienfuegos to Miami - American Airlines Flight 1096
Return: Friday afternoon - Arrival time in Miami: Around 5:30PM*

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO AIRLINES FLUCTUATING PRICES, WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO INCLUDE THE FLIGHTS IN OUR FIX PRICE PACKAGES.
WE ARE ALWAYS AT YOUR REQUEST TO ASSIST YOU BOOKING THE RECOMMENDED FLIGHT.

 

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE

Highlights

Havana, Viñales and Las Terrazas

  • Hemingway's place
  • Organic Farm in Havana
  • Colonial History at Morro Castle
  • Architectural appreciation tour of Old Havana: Cathedral Square and more 
  • Ride cars of the Classic Car Club of Cuba
  • Visit Jose Fuster Art Gallery
  • Explore the roots of the Cuban Culture at Museum of Yoruba
  • AfroCuban dance show at Asociacion Yoruba
  • Bargain and buy Cuban art at Mercado San Jose
  • Visit Las Terrazas, Viñales Valley and a tobacco plantation
  • Attend a Fiesta Guajira (Creole Party in the countryside) 
  • Visit Trinidad, the most Colonial town in Cuba
  • Learn about Cienfuegos, the only city in Cuba founded by French
  • Stop by Bay of Pigs Museum in Playa Larga
Price Includes
  • 3 nights Habana Libre Hotel or Villa Vedado Palace in Havana
  • 2 Nights at Beautiful Private Homes in Viñales (See Article and Pictures)
  • 3 Nights at Beautiful Private Homes in Trinidad (See Article and Pictures)
  • Medical Insurance while in Cuba
  • OFAC License Certification and letter of authorization
  • All meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner on your own
  • All in ground transportation in Cuba to organized activities
  • Admission to all scheduled educational activities and exchange program
  • In Touch Travel Tour Director
  • English-speaking local guide
  • 24 hours emergency phone number while in Cuba
Departure Every Thursday from Miami (MIA)
Style

History & Culture & Exploration Tour. Involves walking and trekking in the countryside.
Group of 18 travelers or less. 
Full time dedicated staff: 1 Tour Director, 1 Guide, 1 Driver

Advise
  • For this tour we recommend to arrive in Miami the night before because of early departure
  • Also we recommend to spend the after trip night in Miami because of the late arrival
  • Check our FAQs for updated information on Cuban topics.
  • Please note the cost of the Cuban Visa ($85) will be charged separately. 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Cuba Itinerary DAY 1 Hola, bienvenido a Cuba!  We will arrive in the morning. Meet our guide at the airport and visit "Finca Vigia" the home where Hemingway lived in Cuba. Lunch at Paladar Divino. Check in at Hotel in the neighborhood of El Vedado. Welcome cocktail and meeting with our guide that will explain the program for our trip. Time to rest, money exchange... Dinner will be served at 7PM at paladar "Cañonazo". We need to move quickly because the canon blast ceremony is scheduled for 9PM. After the ceremony we will attend a presentation by our guide about the Colonial history related to pirates and buccaneers. We will have opportunities to take some pictures and to have informal chats with those young men who run the ceremony while serving their military duties.
OPTIONAL: Returning our hotel we will pass by the Nacional Hotel. You may stay there and enjoy the live music at the Patio in front of the Malecon Habanero. 

Cuba Itinerary DAY 2 - This morning we will walk through Old Havana in a guided tour for appreciation of the colonial buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Central Park, Obispo Street, Cathedral Square, the Old and Saint Francis Abbey and a book market are among  the spots we will visit. After a short walk through cobblestone streets in Old Havana, lunch will be served at “Cuba 54". After lunch, complete the Old Havana tour visiting the Cuban Association of Artisans. Bargain and buy artworks from authentic Cuban painters. On the way back to the hotel we will visit an orphanage in Miramar where about 15 children between 5 and 18 years old have a home. Return to the hotel for rest. Dinner on your own ($). (Recommended WOW! or Cuba Pasion restaurants, located just few steps from the hotel)
OPTIONAL: If your batteries are still charged you can go to Cabaret Parissien at Nacional Hotel, great music, great show.   

Cuba Itinerary DAY 3 - After breakfast at the hotel we will meet self employed taxi drivers who run their businesses in old cars such as Chevy, Chrysler, Oldsmobile, all of them built in U.S. before the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Ride those cars to visit Art Studio of Jose Fuster. He is well known for his work converting a poor fishermen village into an open art gallery. Lunch at "Living Havana", enjoy the real SANDWICH CUBANO. After lunch we will visit Museum of Yoruba. Explore the roots of the Afrocuban religion, a mix of art, music and tradition. We will attend a live music and dance show with Cuban Orishas. Return to the hotel for rest and leisure. Dinner will be served at Paladar Rejoneo. 

Cuba Itinerary DAY 4 -  Check out at 9AM. Depart to Las Terrazas. Visit this biosphere reserve and discover the living of Cuban artists and people in the countryside of Pinar del Rio, the westernmost province of Cuba. Visit the studio of Lester Campa or one of the artists living in the village. Visit other projects in town. Lunch at Casa del Campesino. Visit the coffee terraces and if possible visit the orchid garden. Continue the trip to Vinales. Check in at private homes. Rest and wander around in the neighborhood. Dinner at home with the Cuban families. 

Cuba Itinerary DAY 5: After breakfast we will head our steps to a tobacco farm to learn about the tradition of growing and making the best cigar in the world. Visit the faux prehistorical mural and if possible ride a horse in the surrounding area. Lunch will be served at the organic farm Finca Paraiso where you will learn about organic farming in Cuba. In the afternoon visit Cueva del Indio where you will ride a boat through the river under the cave. Continue with a visit to the center of the town for local-made crafts shopping. Dinner at a local paladar or at a Patio with the group. Depending on the schedule of Casa del Son, attend a Fiesta Campesina with live music and dance. 

Cuba Itinerary DAY 6 - DAY 6 The breakfast will be early as we need to depart to Cienfuegos. Exotic lunch at Paladar "Palpite". We will make a stop to visit the historic Bay of Pigs, learn the role of the invasion in the history of the relations between Cuba and the USA. Continue our trip to Cienfuegos For this tour we have handpicked several "casas particulares" -private homes in the center of the city where we will be lodged. Dinner will be served at home in front of the Cienfuegos Bay. Wrap the night with a mojito at Palacio del Valle or along Cienfuegos Malecon where locals use to play music and dance.          

Cuba Itinerary  DAY 7 Visit Trinidad one of the 7 first villages of Cuba. It was founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514. Together with the nearby Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley), it has been one of UNESCO´s World Heritage sites since 1988. We will meet Annia, the Historian of the Village who will talk about the Colonial Heritage in the region. We will visit the gallery of Danilo Moreno to discover the sculptures and the ingenuity of his creations with disposable materials. “Where others see garbage and death, Danilo sees the beginning of a new creation”. The tour will continue with a visit to the Main Parish, the street market and the museum of Colonial art.   The lunch will be served at paladar "La Botija" with a pizza menu. Visit the home of Chichi Santander, the most important ceramist of the Valley who works in the restoration of the village. In the afternoon we will visit "El Valle de los Ingenios" . They represent the importance of sugar to the Cuban economy over the centuries. It has Torre Iznaga -45 meters (148 ft). In the way back to Cienfuegos, stop by Playa Yaguarama for one of the nicest sunsets in Cuba. Dinner on your own*.  

Cuba Itinerary DAY 8 -  Visit Jardin Botanico de Cienfuegos to learn about the environmental protection projects they are undergoing. Lunch at a local paladar. In the afternoon visit the street market in The Boulevard to better understand the dual currency system in Cuba. Continue walking to Parque Marti and visit Tomas Terry Theater. Wrap the afternoon with a visit to the UNEAC Gallery in front of the park. Farewell dinner will be served at a local Paladar in Cienfuegos. 

Cuba Itinerary DAY 9 Visit Castillo de Jagua to learn about the colonial history of this village. If available, a small boat will take us to the other side of the bay. Late lunch at Paladar Villa Lagarto. Depart to Cienfuegos airport to board our return flight to Miami. Adios Cuba! See you soon!!

Activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure. Please be advised that activities may be changed according to availability.Book now tour to Cuba

 

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About us

In Touch Travel was founded in 2012 in Hartford, CT by Elme Castillo who is actually the president and one of the tour directors of the company.

We have been licensed by OFAC Department of Treasury to organize trips to Cuba under the people to people program and we have brought lot of Americans to visit the big island during 4 years. Our Cuban tour leaders, expertise, relations and contacts in Cuba make us an unrivaled tour company to count on when planning your trip.

In 2016 we have opened our new office in Miami where you are welcome to visit us.

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Polimita Cuba Travel LLC
dba In Touch Travel

4401 W Flagler Street. Suite 2 

Coral Gables - FL - 33143

+1 855.546.2822

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> OFAC General License 

> FAQs on Cuban Topics

> Application for Travel Insurance

> Itinerary 90 Miles Weekend

> Itinerary Soul of Havana

> Itinerary Colonial Heritage

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