Highlights

*This 8 day tour package is available once a month for a group of 4 to 10 guests. Price includes all listed activities, except for meals listed in red. The group will be staying at a Bed & Breakfast, and will be accompanied by a driver and guide during their stay. All guides are professional, fluent in English, and employed with one of the three following Cuban tourism agencies; Ecotur, San Cristobal, or AMISTUR. Transportation will be provided by late model, air conditioned 8-15 passenger vans and mini-vans such as Peugeot, Citroen, and Ford E250s.

EXTRA: (customer choice)

Roundtrip Airfare and Cuban Entry Visa 650$ P/P

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Itinerary

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    Depart New York’s JFK for Jose Marti International Airport, Havana, Cuba on Jet Blue flight B68803 on Tuesday at 12:00pm.
    Arrive in Havana’s Jose Marti International at 3:30pm.
    Meet & greet with guide and driver, and transfer to B&B.
    Guide and driver will accompany group for duration of stay.
    City tour in classic 1950’s American convertibles, 2-3 passengers per vehicle. This tour will give guests an appreciation for the layout of Havana, including a drive along the famous Havana “Malecon” seawall, the Vedado neighborhood, 5th Avenue in the suburb of Miramar, and stops at the Plaza of the Revolution, and Almendares Park. (2 hours)
    Dinner at private restaurant.
    Live jazz at “La Zorra y el Cuervo.”

  • Breakfast at B&B.
    9:00am City Encounter of Havana, a walking tour through Old Havana and its five main plazas, with stops at the residence of the colonial era Captain General of the island, the Havana Cathedral, Obispo Street, the Capitol building, and more. Most of our guests in Cuba start their cultural exchanges with a walking tour of Old Havana. This event is directed by one of our professional English speaking guides, and gives you a taste of the island in a very interesting activity that feels like stepping into a time machine. Old Havana has buildings and streets that are some of the oldest in the Americas, with some buildings dating to the 17th Though the buildings are hundreds of years old, they are still used to house a significant number of Havana’s inhabitants. Old Havana features the first church built on the island, a street paved with wooden bricks, palatial residences, and much more! Old Havana is one of the largest, oldest, most authentic colonial areas in Latin America, and houses a significant number of Havana’s population. (3.5 hours)
    Lunch at private restaurant.
    2:30pm Salsa and Rumba dance workshop and classes. Learn about the history of some of Cuba’s most popular dances, and then receive expert dance instructions, 3 hours. Music plays a large part in the lives of most Cubans, and Cuban music has influenced many musical styles around the world. This workshop covers some of the history of both Salsa and Rumba style music. Cuban music has been strongly influenced by Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern musical styles, and this melding of styles gives Cuban music its unique sound. A professional presentation on the history of Cuban music will be followed by a demonstration of both Salsa and Rumba, and guests will then receive personalized dance instructions. (3 hours)
    Dinner at private restaurant.
    9:00pm Visit to “La Fabrica de Arte Cubana,”

  • Breakfast at B&B.
    9:30am Hemingway tour, Transfer to Hemingway’s Havana tour to visitthe places Ernest Hemingwayregularly frequented, including La Casa Vigia, and La Terraza de Cojimar Restaurant. This tour includes the Gregorio Fuentes walking tour of the town of Cojimar, which was the inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea. This tour also includes visits to room 511 at the Ambos Mundos Hotel, where Hemingway stayed and wrote, and a stop at La Bodeguita del Medio and the Floridita bars. This is a 4 hour tour.
    Lunch at private restaurant.
    3:30pm Fortress’s Experience, visit the fortresses that surround the city of Havana, most dating to the 17th Includes visits to “El Morro and La Cabana.” (3 hours)
    7:15pm Dinnerat cooperative restaurant, with staff and management on hand to answer any questions about Cuba’s recently established cooperative businesses.
    8:45pm Cannon Blast Ceremony; Witness one of the oldest traditions of colonial era Cuba that still takes place, the nine o’clock cannon blast at the San Carlos de la Cabana Fortress. The cannon shot signaled the closing of the city walls during the colonial era. Included is a tour of the La Cabana Fortress, and a visit to its museum.
    10:30pm Live music at “La Casa de la Musica Miramar.”

  • Breakfast at B&B.
    9:00am Museum experience, visit to the Havana “Museo de BellasAtres,” this includes a visit the national Cuban Museum of Art, and the International Museum of Art, both located in old Havana, 4 hours. The national and international branches of the Cuban “Museo de BellasArtes” features the highest quality artwork on the island, in strikingly different settings. The international branch is housed in the ornate former “Centro Asturiano,” which house a society of Spaniards from the province of Asturias who resided on the island, and is located steps away from the capitol building. The national branch is housed in a strikingly looking modern building, considering that it was built before the revolution in the 1950’s.
    Lunch at restaurant of guest’s choice.
    2:00pm Museum experience continues with a visit to the Museum of the Revolution, what was once the Presidential palace of Cuba has been converted into a museum that chronicles the history of the Cuban Revolution. Located in Old Havana across the street from the “Museo de BellasArtes” and a few blocks from the capitol building, the Museum of the Revolution shows off the grandeur of Cuba’s former presidential palace, and chronicles the history of the Cuban revolution starting in the early 1950’s. Both civilian and military artifacts are on display, including the yacht “Granma” used by Fidel Castro and his followers to reach Cuba from Mexico. Several military vehicles and aircraft are also on display outside of the Museum. (3 hours)
    9:00pm Dinner and show at the Tropicana Cabaret.
    Day 5

    Breakfast at B&B.
    9:30am FREE TIME! With car & driver at groups disposition.
    Lunch at restaurant of guest’s choice.
    2:00pm Cuban Business 101 Workshop, presentation, discussion, and Q&A with small business owners in Havana. At least three business owners in the Havana area will participate in workshop, and offer their perspectives on the recent changes that have allowed them to open private commercial enterprises on the island. (3 hours)
    Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice.

  • Breakfast at B&B.
    7:00am Guided tour of Vinales, Pinar del Rio ProvinceDiscover the UNESCO protected “Valle de Vinales,” and its unique rock formations. Tour includes a visit to the “Guayabita delPinar” rum factory, the “Mirador de losJazmines,” the “Cueva del Indio,” (the cave of the indian), and a tour of the “Casa del Veguero,” (the cigar makers home) which includes a boat ride through its interior. This is an 8 hour tour. Lunch at a local restaurant included in this tour. Tour ends with a visit to the prehistoric mural which illustrates the evolution of life in the “Sierra de losOrganos.” (10 hours)
    Dinner at B&B.

  • Breakfast at B&B.
    9:30amAfro-Cuban religion workshop, gives a brief over view of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria, covering the syncretism of Catholicism and African religions, and the role and significance of drums in the religion, 3 hour workshop. Santeria has been present on the island of Cuba since colonial times, and is currently practiced by more Cuban’s than at any time in history. This workshop covers the main deities of religion, their origin myths, the colors and vestments associated with them, and their roles in human life. Guests are usually amazed after attending this workshop that the colorful decorations worn many by Cubans are associated with the religion. (3 hours)
    Lunch at private restaurant.
    2:30pm Cuban music workshop presented by “El Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Pineiro,” the Cuban group that is credited with creating what became known as “Son,” a music style that has greatly influenced all Cuban music after its creation in the 1920’s. The famous septet is currently on its fourth generation of musicians. Included topics are “Sons’” contributions to jazz, basic principles and theory of both “Son” and jazz, and the Afro-Cuban influences on “Son,” in particular the role played by drums in Cuban music and Afro-Cuban religion. A detailed explanation and demonstration of the “tres” guitar, which the original Septeto helped to popularize in the early 20th This is a 4 hour event.
    Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice.

  • Breakfast at B&B.
    9:30am Visit to the “Callejon de Hamel,” Cuban cultural arts center in central Havana neighborhood of “CayoHueso.” (2 hours)
    Farewell lunch at B&B, with typical Cuban lunch served.
    Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport at 1:30pm for scheduled 4:30pm return flight Jet Blue B68804 to New York/JFK.

Prices

  • DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

    BED & BREAKFAST

    $ 4762

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  • SINGLE OCCUPANCY

    BED & BREAKFAST

    $ 5288

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  • 1) INFANTS (child in arms) ONE PER 2 ADULTS

    BED & BREAKFAST

    $ 1) 600 - 2) 2378

    2) ONE CHILD AGED 2-10 ACCOMPANYING 2 ADULTS

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Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Car with driver/guide
  • Refrigerator

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