Travel to Cuba - Tour Colonial Heritage
Visit 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, snorkel at Ancon Barrier Reef.
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, 12:30PM - Arrival time in Miami: Around 2:30PM*
CHECK IN- 10:30AM
* STARTING ON APRIL 1ST, AMERICAN AIRLINES IS CHANGING THE RETURN FLIGHT TO 6PM
REMEMBER THIS SCHEDULE COULD CHANGE BY THE American Airlines
Please do not book your domestic flights before you receive the final flight schedules from us.
THE TOUR AT A GLANCE
Havana, Viñales and Las Terrazas
|Departure||Every Thursday from Miami (MIA)|
History & Culture & Exploration Tour. Involves walking and trekking in the countryside.
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.
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 “Habana 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*.
DAY 8 - AY 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.
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.