Discover Cuba's capital city like never before! Each day, you will encounter people who shape today's Cuba and have been shaped by the country's past. Spend one night in Miami, before traveling to Havana, for a panoramic tour of this magical city. From here, visit Finca Vigia, home of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, and the nearby tiny fishing village of Cojimar. At dusk, listen to the thunderous cannon blasts coming from the fortifications across the bay; the traditional "Canonazo Ceremony" has been held every evening since the 17th century. Next, visit the bustling San Jose Craft Market, with diverse expressions of Cuban art, and interact with some of the resident artists housed in this renovated warehouse built in the 1880s. Then travel to the Santo Angel neighborhood where you'll meet members of the community and learn how the project was founded to better the neighborhood. Visit a community Day Care Center operated by the Catholic Nuns and the organic urban farm of Divino, to hear about all of their involvement with the community. Spend some time at a studio for local and international artists featuring murals and sculptures celebrating Cuban life, before enjoying a festive Farewell Dinner, followed by a performance of the renowned Buena Vista Social Club Grammy-winning orchestra, well known for their traditional Cuban music. This tour includes round-trip coach flights, four-night accommodations, all tours & transfers, 10 meals and memories to last lifetime!
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Valued Up To: $10,000.00
* Passports & Visas Needed
Travelers should ensure the validity of their passports is at least six months beyond the end of their intended stay. Visitors to Cuba must have at least 2 blank pages.
DAY 1, Monday - Arrive in Miami
Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers followed by a briefing by the Tour Manager about the exciting program that awaits you in Cuba. Overnight: Miami
DAY 2, Tuesday - Havana
Bienvenidos! Your Cuba experience begins with an early morning flight to Havana, Cuba's magical capital. Upon arrival, a panoramic tour takes you past the busy Vedado area to the iconic Plaza de la Revolución with its towering José Martí Memorial. Visit the Museum of the Revolution, housed in an ornate former neoclassical building that once served as the Presidential Palace. Continue on a walking tour that reveals beautiful La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), the historic heart of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll the charming cobblestone lanes and admire the 16th-century buildings being lovingly restored and transformed. Lunch at a restaurant on the seaside Malecon promenade introduces you to Cuba's savory cuisine. Then, on to Finca Vigia, home of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway who lived in Cuba for over 30 years and left behind an enduring legacy. At the nearby tiny fishing village of Cojimar, view Hemingway's boat and the monument built to honor him. Tonight, a fun-filled evening! Meet members of the Old Styler Car Club and then ride together in a colorful vintage "Old Styler" car to a local restaurant for a Welcome Dinner. Listen to the thunderous cannon blasts coming from the fortifications across the bay; the traditional "Canonazo Ceremony" has been held every evening since the 17th century! Overnight: Havana Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3, Wednesday - Havana
On the visit to the bustling San Jose Craft Market this morning, an opportunity to view diverse expressions of Cuban art as you interact with some of the resident artists housed in this renovated warehouse built in the 1880s. Then, on to the Santo Angel neighborhood where you'll meet members of the community and learn how the project was founded to better the neighborhood by offering services such as a beauty school, community cafeteria for the elderly, art galleries to enrich the neighborhood and more. After lunch at a popular restaurant, be prepared for outrageous sights as you arrive at Casa Fuster, also known as "Fusterlandia," the bizarre studio of artist José Rodriguez Fuster. Most famous for bringing the amazing designs of Gaudi and Brancusi to Cuba, he has adorned the surroundings of his studio enclave with brightly colored sculptures and mosaics. Truly a sight to see! Later, meet a young Havana resident for an informative conversation about life in Cuba today and perspectives on Cuba's past, present, and future. A dynamic evening begins with dinner accented by panoramic views of Havana. Overnight: Havana Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4, Thursday - Havana
Today begins with a visit to a community Day Care Center operated by the Catholic Nuns in the Parraga suburb of Havana. The discussion is focused on the needs of day care for single mothers and the impact of suitable programs for the children. Then, on to the organic urban farm of Divino, to hear about their involvement with the community, including an elderly center they run onsite and their goals of providing fresh products to the community. Savor some of Cuba's latest cuisine at a nearby highly praised restaurant using fresh products from the farm. Conclude the day at a studio for local and international artists featuring murals and sculptures celebrating Cuban life. Tonight, a festive Farewell Dinner at one of the unique family-owned restaurants in Havana offering wonderfully prepared food along with a traditional setting. The evening concludes with a performance of the renowned Buena Vista Social Club, well known for their traditional Cuban music. On your last night in Cuba, bid a fond farewell to your Cuban guide, fellow travelers and an enlightening journey in Cuba Overnight: Havana Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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