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Colors of Cuba

$1,597.00 – $2,112.00 US Per Person

Overview
The colonial towns in Cuba are one of the biggest reasons to visit the Cuba. During this 6-night program, take in a city tour of Camagüey by bicitaxi, visit the Valley of the Sugar Mills, wander the UNESCO World Heritage Site of time-held Trinidad, and last but not least a walking tour of Old Havana to see the mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments and narrow streets lined by private homes.

Tour Highlights
• Artist gallery, workshop visits, & interactions
• Bicitaxi tour of central Camagüey
• Camagüey Ballet Company performance
• “Tinajones” ceramics workshop experience
• Che Guevara Mausoleum
• Valley of the Sugar Mills
• Walking tour of historic Trinidad
• Museo de la Revolución
• Paseo del Prado promenade
• Walking tour of Old Havana
• Morro Castle (outside only)
• “Young Entrepreneurs” community project
• San Jose Craft Market

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Overview
The colonial towns in Cuba are some of the biggest reasons why many visitors decide to visit the country because there is a lot more to this Caribbean island than vintage American cars, cigars, and inviting white-sand beaches. Main highlights during this 6-night program include a city tour by bicitaxi in Camaguey, visiting the Valley of the Sugar Mills, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of time-held Trinidad, and last but not least a walking tour in Old Havana to enjoy seeing a mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments and narrow streets lined by private homes.

Tour Highlights
• Artist gallery and workshop visits & interactions
• Bicitaxi tour of central Camagüey
• Camagüey Ballet Company performance
• “Tinajones” ceramics workshop experience
• Che Guevara Mausoleum
• Valley of the Sugar Mills
• Walking tour of historic Trinidad
• Museum of the Revolution
• Paseo del Prado promenade
• Walking tour of Old Havana
• Morro Castle (outside only)
• “Young Entrepreneurs” community project
• San Jose Craft Market

INCLUDED in your program:

• Accommodation: 2 nights at Gran Hotel, 2 nights at Jagua, 2 nights at Melia Cohiba
• Local guide to Cuba and driver for duration of the itinerary
• 1 group transfer in and out of Cuba
• Meals: Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, and 3 dinners
• Activities: Bicitaxi tour of Camagüey (reserved by CTS), Camagüey Ballet Company, Valley of the Sugar Mills, Museo Romantico of Trinidad, Castillo del Morro, Museo de la Revolución
, Finca Vigia

NOT INCLUDED in your program:

• Camaguey bici-taxi rental: 2 pax, per bici-taxi (10 CUC, per hour, per bici-taxi, to be paid with cash on site by client)
• Visa
• Flight tickets
• Additional arrival and departure transfers for non-group flight arrivals and departures
• Gratuities and donations
• Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Waiver (available at an extra charge)

DAY 01

ARRIVAL DAY

Welcome to Cuba! Make your way through the airport and customs. Your local guide to Cuba and driver at the arrivals hall. From here, begin your 6-night Cuba journey!

Depart together for your hotel in the city and be assisted with check in. After settling in and freshening up, artist Martha Jimenez will welcome you into her workshop and art gallery where you will find many examples of her fine sculptures, ceramics, and paintings. Listen to her explain the meanings and significances behind her work as you admire her pieces.

Dinner tonight will be at a paladar, or privately-owned restaurant, for a fusion-style meal well created to commemorate your first night in Cuba.

Martha Jimenez's art is displayed in Plaza del Carmen

DAY 01

Welcome to Cuba! Upon arrival to the Camagüey international airport, independently go through Customs and gather your luggage. Your bilingual local guide will meet you as you enter the Arrivals hall, and from here, begin your 6-night Cuba journey! Depart together for your hotel in the city and be assisted with check in. After settling in and freshening up, artist Martha Jimenez will welcome you into her workshop and art gallery where you will find many examples of her fine sculptures, ceramics, and paintings. Listen to her explain the meanings and significances behind her work as you admire her pieces. Dinner tonight will be at a typical “paladar,” or privately-owned restaurant, for a fusion-style meal well created to inaugurate your first night in Cuba.

DAY 02

BICITAXI & BALLET

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then set out on the town.

See Camagüey the way that many locals do: by bicitaxi. Your driver will manually cycle you to some of the best highlights of the city. You will be able to see the main plazas, Plaza del Gallo, Plaza de los Trabajadores, Plaza Ignacio Agramonte, and Plaza San Juan de Dios, and unique streets.

After, experience a rehearsal by the world-renowned Camagüey Ballet Company and have the chance to meet with the dancers. See how they create their own shoes and costumes.

Lunch will be had at a local paladar, then depart for the house of the artist Cassanova outside of the city. Here you will learn how Camagüey’s most famous visual icons are made—the “tinajon.” Tinajones are large red pots often found outside of homes, used back in the day to store water. You may even be able to sit at the wheel and create your own!

Return to the hotel, and tonight dinner will be on your own to enjoy. The rest of the night is at your leisure.

Camaguey Ballet

DAY 02

Have a nice breakfast at the hotel, then set out on the town. Your first activity will be to see Camagüey the way that many locals do: by bicitaxi. Your driver will manually cycle you to some of the best highlights of the city such as the main plazas (Plaza del Gallo, Plaza de los Trabajadores, Plaza Ignacio Agramonte, and Plaza San Juan de Dios) and unique streets. Then, experience a rehearsal by the world-renowned Camagüey Ballet Company and afterwards have the chance to meet with the dancers and see how they create their own shoes and costumes. Lunch will be had at a local paladar, then depart for the house of the artist Cassanova which is outside of the city. Here you will learn how Camagüey’s most famous visual icons are made—the “tinajon.” Tinajones are large red pots often found outside of homes, used back in the day to store water. You may even be able to sit at the wheel and create your own! Return to the hotel, and tonight dinner will be on your own to enjoy.

DAY 03

ART & REVOLUTION

A full breakfast at the hotel this morning should give you energy the day. Check out of the hotel after your meal, then depart for the city of Sancti Spiritus. The journey is about 3 hours.

On arrival, visit the gallery of talented artist Jorge Antonio Gonzalez Perez. Follow this interaction with lunch at a local paladar.

Continue on to the important city of Santa Clara. Here you will find the famous Plaza de la Revolución. It features 14 palm trees to symbolize Che’s birthday (June 14, 1928) and can hold up to 80,000 people for political and cultural events. Nearby is the Mausoleum of Che Guevara located on a hill in a remote area outside of the main city. Here you will see a larger-than-life statue of Che. Inside is the Museo de la Revolución which showcases his life and his final resting place.

Continue to Cienfuegos city, and check in into your hotel. Dinner will be on your own tonight. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Che Guevara holding a rifle in Santa Clara, Cuba. Symbol of revolution.

DAY 03

A full breakfast at the hotel this morning should give you energy for today. Check out of the hotel after your meal, then depart for the city of Sancti Spiritus. The journey is about 3 hours and on arrival, visit the gallery of talented artist Jorge Antonio Gonzalez Perez. Follow this interaction with lunch at a local paladar, then continue on to the important city of Santa Clara. Here you will find a famous Revolution Square which features 14 palm trees to symbolize Che’s birthday (June 14, 1928) and can hold up to 80,000 people for political and cultural events. Nearby is the Mausoleum of Che Guevara located on a hill in a remote area outside of the main city. The main feature is a larger-than-life statue of Che in the city that was the last battle of the Cuban Revolution which he fought for so passionately. Inside is a museum about his life and his final resting place; he passed away in battle in Bolivia but after many years, his remains were ultimately found and shipped back to Cuba. Continue to Cienfuegos city, and check in into your hotel for the next 2 nights. Dinner will be on your own tonight.

DAY 04

SUGAR & TRINIDAD

It will be another early morning after you grab breakfast at the hotel and begin the scenic 2-hour drive to the town of Trinidad, a destination locked in time.

On the way, visit the fertile Sugar Mills Valley from which the region once earned its riches and made people very prosperous. Passing green farms and pastures, arrive at the Manaca-Iznaga Tower which offers stunning bird’s eye view of the region from the top. Have lunch at a local paladar in the center of Trinidad.

Afterwards, you will want to walk off your meal on a city tour of Trinidad’s historical center. This place is straight out of a vintage postcard: cobblestoned streets, people atop horses and buggies, and communities spending time together on the streets with music in the air and happy smiles. Dip into the different galleries, shops, workshops, bars, and restaurants with your guide who will share a unique story about each place.

The Trinidad history museum, also called Palacio Cantero, display a collection of objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, recreating the ambiance of those eras. There is an area with a timeline of the town history which shows the heydays of sugar production. There is a lookout with a fantastic viewpoint.

Have some time to explore the town on your own. Try seeking some of the famous local crochet work for which Trinidad is famous! Return to the hotel and enjoy some free time before freshening up for dinner in one of Cienfuegos’ top paladars.

A view of plaza mayor in Trinidad, cuba

DAY 04

It will be another early morning after you grab breakfast at the hotel and begin the scenic 2-hour drive to the town of Trinidad, a destination locked in time. On the way, visit the fertile Sugar Mills Valley from which the region once earned its riches and made people very prosperous. Passing green farms and pastures, arrive at the Manaca-Iznaga Tower which offers stunning bird’s eye view of the region from the top. Have lunch at a local paladar in the center of Trinidad. Afterwards, you will want to walk off your meal on a city tour of Trinidad’s historical center. This is a place with scenes straight out of a vintage postcard: cobblestoned streets, people atop horses and buggies, and communities spending time together on the streets with music in the air and happy smiles. Dip into the different galleries, shops, workshops, bars, and restaurants with your guide who will share a unique story about each place. The Trinidad history museum, also called Palacio Cantero, display a collection of objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, recreating the ambiance of those eras. There is even an area with a timeline of the town history which shows the heydays of sugar production. From a point in the home, there is a lookout with another fantastic viewpoint. Have some time to explore the town on your own and see the different markets and interact with community members. Try seeking some of the famous local crochet work for which Trinidad is famous! Return to the hotel and enjoy some free time before freshening up for dinner in one of Cienfuegos’s top paladars.

DAY 05

HEMINGWAY & HAVANA

Fill up on breakfast this morning for your 4-hour drive to Havana.

Upon arriving in Havana, head towards Finca Vigia, “Lookout Farm.” This is the famous Ernest Hemingway house. Here is where the famed author of A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls spent 20 years living in Havana starting in 1939. Have about 1 hour to explore the property which has been restored as a living museum. Peer into the windows and see items just as Hemingway left them, including more than 8,000 books, personal relics, and collections; his precious boat Pilar and the legendary swimming pool where he hosted some of the biggest cultural icons of the times. Once the tour concludes, enjoy lunch in a local paladar nearby.

After, take a leisurely walk along the Paseo del Prado which is a promenade leading into the heart of Old Havana. Enjoy some great people-watching of Cubans young and old spending time together, a mixture of old and modern architecture, and views of classic American cars.

Check in at the hotel after this, dinner will be on your own tonight.

Old Havana where art is displayed and sold by the locals.

DAY 05

Fill up on breakfast this morning for your 4-hour drive to Havana. Upon arriving in Havana, head towards Finca Vigia, also known as the old Ernest Hemingway house. Here is where the famed author of “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” spent 20 years when living in Havana beginning in mid-1939. Have about 1 hour to explore the property which has been restored as a living museum where you can peer into the windows and see items just as Hemingway left them, including more than 8,000 books, personal relics, and collections; his precious boat Pilar and the legendary swimming pool where he hosted some of the biggest cultural icons of the times. Once the tour concludes, enjoy lunch in a local paladar nearby. After, take a leisure walk along the Paseo del Prado which is a promenade leading into the heart of Old Havana which is great for people-watching and where you will see a density of vintage American cars, Cubans young and old spending time together, and a mixture of old and modern architecture. Check in at the hotel after this, dinner will be on your own tonight.

DAY 06

OLD HAVANA

Early in the morning, have a hearty breakfast at the hotel before setting out on a full day of sightseeing. Begin your day with a visit to the Museo de la Revolución. This highlight is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents before the Cuban Revolution. Today it displays the storyline of Cuba’s history from colonial to modern times.

After, your local guide to Cuba and driver will take you deep into Old Havana, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. Over 2 hours, be introduced to the restoration and preservation process of its most elaborate buildings, along with old ties and new hopes around every corner.

Discover the history of Havana through 4 of its principal squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, and Plaza de la Catedral.

Go for lunch at a nearby paladar, then visit the San Jose Craft Market along the seaside of Old Havana. It is a large warehouse transformed into a bazaar with over 100 privately-owned artisan and handicraft stalls. It is a fantastic place to purchase souvenirs for those back home. Converse with the local entrepreneurs to learn about this burgeoning sector of private enterprise.

After some shopping time, stop at the Morro Castle, considered one of the oldest stone forts in the Americas and offers an unparalleled bird’s eye panoramic view of Old Havana and Havana Harbor.

Return to the hotel to rest. Tonight will be a fine farewell dinner at a local paladar together to reminisce about the last few days.

Camaguey

DAY 06

Early in the morning, have a hearty breakfast at the hotel before setting out on a full day of sightseeing. Begin your day with a visit to the Museum of the Revolution. This highlight is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents before the triumph of Cuban Revolution and today displays the storyline of Cuban history through chronologically exhibited memorabilia from the colonial days to modern times in 36 rooms, mainly focusing on the period of the revolutionary war of the 1950’s and to the country’s developments post-1959 after the civil struggle. After, your local guide and driver will take you deep into Old Havana which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. Over 2 hours, be introduced to the restoration and preservation process of its most elaborate buildings, along with old ties and new hopes around every corner. As well, discover the history of Havana through 4 of its principal squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, and Plaza de la Catedral. Go for lunch at a nearby paladar, then visit the San Jose Craft Market along the seaside of Old Havana which is a large warehouse transformed into a bazaar with over 100 privately-owned artisan and handicraft stalls, making this a fantastic place to purchase souvenirs for those back home. Converse with the local entrepreneurs to learn about this burgeoning sector of private enterprise. After some shopping time, stop at the Morro Castle, considered one of the oldest stone forts in the Americas and which offers an unparalleled bird’s eye panoramic view of Old Havana and Havana Harbor. Return to the hotel to rest and clean up, then tonight will be a fine farewell dinner at a local paladar, together as a group to reminisce about the last few days.

DAY 07

DEPARTURE DAY

Have breakfast at the hotel, then at a convenient time, your local guide to Cuba and driver will take you by bus to the Havana airport for your international flight home. Be assisted with check in, then have a safe flight back to the USA.

Thank you for exploring Cuba with us!

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DAY 07

Have breakfast at the hotel, then at a convenient time, your guide and driver will take you by bus to the Havana airport for your international flight home. Be assisted with check in, then have a night short flight back to the USA. Thank you for exploring Cuba with us!

Dates & Prices
Travel DatesStandard Room (Single Occupancy) Standard Room (Double Occupancy)
Feb 18, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019 $ 2,015 US $ 1,677 US
Mar 18, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019 $ 2,015 US $ 1,677 US
Mar 25, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 $ 2,015 US $ 1,677 US
Apr 08, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019
$ 1,934 US
$ 1,597 US
Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
May 06, 2019 - May 12, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
May 20, 2019 - May 26, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
Jun 10, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
Jun 24, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
Jul 01, 2019 - Jul 07, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
Aug 12, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
Aug 26, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
Sep 09, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019 $ 1,934 US $ 1,597 US
Oct 07, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019 $ 1,968 US $ 1,630 US
Oct 21, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019 $ 1,968 US $ 1,630 US
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