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Colors of Cuba

$1,597.00 – $2,112.00 US Per Person

Overview
Cuba has a lot more to offer than American classic cars, cigars, and rum. The colonial towns are one of the main reasons why people travel to the island. Main highlights during this 6-night program include a city tour by bicitaxi in Camagüey, visiting the enchanting city of Trinidad, and last but not least, a walking tour of Old Havana. This program will allow you to experience life as a local.

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
• Finca Vigia
• Fishing town of Cojímar
• Paseo del Prado promenade
• Walking tour of Old Havana
• Nostalgicar
• Salsa lessons

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Overview
Cuba has a lot more to offer than American classic cars, cigars, and rum. The colonial towns are one of the main reasons why people travel to the island. Main highlights during this 6-night program include a city tour by bicitaxi in Camagüey, visiting the enchanting city of Trinidad, and last but not least, a walking tour of Old Havana. This program will allow you to experience life as a local.

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
• Finca Vigia
• Fishing town of Cojímar
• Paseo del Prado promenade
• Walking tour of Old Havana
• Nostalgicar
• Salsa lessons

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
  • Tour Highlights listed above

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • 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! Upon arrival to the Camagüey international airport go through customs and gather your luggage. Your local Cuban guide will meet you as you enter the Arrivals Hall to begin your 6-night journey! Depart together for your hotel in the city and be assisted with check-in. After settling, depart to meet artist Martha Jiménez as she welcomes you into her privately-owned workshop and art gallery. Here, she will introduce you to many of her fine sculptures, ceramics, and paintings. Jiménez will explain the meaning and essence behind her work. Dinner tonight will be at a typical paladar (privately-owned restaurant) for a fusion-style meal created to celebrate 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 go through customs and gather your luggage. Your local Cuban guide will meet you as you enter the Arrivals Hall to begin your 6-night journey! Depart together for your hotel in the city and be assisted with check-in. After settling, depart to meet artist Martha Jiménez as she welcomes you into her privately-owned workshop and art gallery. Here, she will introduce you to many of her fine sculptures, ceramics, and paintings. Jiménez will explain the meaning and essence behind her work. Dinner tonight will be at a typical paladar (privately-owned restaurant) for a fusion-style meal created to celebrate your first night in Cuba.

DAY 02

BICITAXI & BALLET

Before you set out on the town, have a nice breakfast at the hotel. Your first activity will be to see the Historic Centre of Camagüey by bicitaxi, the way the locals do. Your driver will cycle you through the maze of narrow winding streets and alleys to the main plazas: Plaza del Gallo, Plaza de los Trabajadores, Plaza Ignacio Agramonte, and Plaza San Juan de Dios. This is a great way to see and learn about Camagüey, while supporting the private business sector in Cuba. Next, watch a rehearsal by the world-renowned and prestigious Camagüey Ballet Company. Then, meet and greet with the dancers to learn how they create their own shoes and costumes. Lunch will be at a local paladar. Depart for the house of artist, Carlos Casanova. Here you will learn how Camagüey’s historic famous symbols are made—the tinajón.” Tinajones are large clay pots often found outside of homes used to store rainwater. Interact with the owner and artists of the workshop to learn more about their techniques and life in Cuba. You may even be able to sit at the wheel and create your own tinajón! Return to the hotel, tonight dinner will be on your own.

Camaguey Ballet

DAY 02

Before you set out on the town, have a nice breakfast at the hotel. Your first activity will be to see the Historic Centre of Camagüey by bicitaxi, the way the locals do. Your driver will cycle you through the maze of narrow winding streets and alleys to the main plazas: Plaza del Gallo, Plaza de los Trabajadores, Plaza Ignacio Agramonte, and Plaza San Juan de Dios. This is a great way to see and learn about Camagüey, while supporting the private business sector in Cuba. Next, watch a rehearsal by the world-renowned and prestigious Camagüey Ballet Company. Then, meet and greet with the dancers to learn how they create their own shoes and costumes. Lunch will be at a local paladar. Depart for the house of artist, Carlos Casanova. Here you will learn how Camagüey’s historic famous symbols are made—the tinajón.” Tinajones are large clay pots often found outside of homes used to store rainwater. Interact with the owner and artists of the workshop to learn more about their techniques and life in Cuba. You may even be able to sit at the wheel and create your own tinajón! Return to the hotel, tonight dinner will be on your own.

DAY 03

ART & REVOLUTION

A full breakfast at the hotel this morning should give you energy for today. After your meal, check-out of the hotel and depart for the city of Sancti Spíritus. The journey is about 3 hours, upon arrival, visit the gallery of talented artist Jorge Antonio González Pérez. Interact with Jorge as he explains his passion behind his art. Lunch will be at a local paladar. Continue to the central city of Santa Clara, where in late December 1958, Che Guevara and his troops won a crucial battle in securing victory for the Cuban Revolution. Here, you will find the famous Revolution Square which features 14 palm trees to symbolize Che’s birthday (June 14, 1928). It can hold up to 80,000 people for political and cultural events. Nearby is the Che Guevara Memorial located on a hill outside the city. The main feature is a larger-than-life statue of Che. Inside is a museum about his life and his final resting place.

Head to Cienfuegos to enjoy a panoramic tour as your local guide explains the city highlights. Founded by the French in 1819, Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s newest settlements and feels quite different from the rest of the country. The city center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. After check-in, gather in the hotel lobby to depart for dinner at one of Cienfuegos’s top paladars.

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. After your meal, check-out of the hotel and depart for the city of Sancti Spíritus. The journey is about 3 hours, upon arrival, visit the gallery of talented artist Jorge Antonio González Pérez. Interact with Jorge as he explains his passion behind his art. Lunch will be at a local paladar. Continue to the central city of Santa Clara, where in late December 1958, Che Guevara and his troops won a crucial battle in securing victory for the Cuban Revolution. Here, you will find the famous Revolution Square which features 14 palm trees to symbolize Che’s birthday (June 14, 1928). It can hold up to 80,000 people for political and cultural events. Nearby is the Che Guevara Memorial located on a hill outside the city. The main feature is a larger-than-life statue of Che. Inside is a museum about his life and his final resting place.

Head to Cienfuegos to enjoy a panoramic tour as your local guide explains the city highlights. Founded by the French in 1819, Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s newest settlements and feels quite different from the rest of the country. The city center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. After check-in, gather in the hotel lobby to depart for dinner at one of Cienfuegos’s top paladars.

DAY 04

SUGAR & TRINIDAD

After breakfast, take part in an exclusive presentation of the world-renowned Cantores de Cienfuegos choir at the provincial museum. Following the performance, interact with the choir members who come from different walks of life and learn about the challenges they face as young artists in Cuba today. Continue the day with a scenic 2-hour drive to the town of Trinidad, a destination locked in time. This is a place with scenes straight out of a vintage postcard: cobblestoned roads, people atop horses and buggies, and communities spending time together on the streets with music in the air and happy smiles. Experience the local life during your city tour. Wander through the different galleries, stores, workshops, bars, and restaurants with your guide who will share a unique story about each place.

Have lunch at a local paladar in Trinidad’s main square. Afterwards, visit the Trinidad history museum, Palacio Cantero that displays a collection of objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, recreating the ambiance from that period. See a timeline of the town’s history that shows the heydays of sugar production in Cuba. Take some time to explore the town on your own and see the craft markets and interact with community members. Keep an eye out for the famous local crochet work that Trinidad is famous for! Return to Cienfuegos, dinner will be on your own tonight.

A view of plaza mayor in Trinidad, cuba

DAY 04

After breakfast, take part in an exclusive presentation of the world-renowned Cantores de Cienfuegos choir at the provincial museum. Following the performance, interact with the choir members who come from different walks of life and learn about the challenges they face as young artists in Cuba today. Continue the day with a scenic 2-hour drive to the town of Trinidad, a destination locked in time. This is a place with scenes straight out of a vintage postcard: cobblestoned roads, people atop horses and buggies, and communities spending time together on the streets with music in the air and happy smiles. Experience the local life during your city tour. Wander through the different galleries, stores, workshops, bars, and restaurants with your guide who will share a unique story about each place.

Have lunch at a local paladar in Trinidad’s main square. Afterwards, visit the Trinidad history museum, Palacio Cantero that displays a collection of objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, recreating the ambiance from that period. See a timeline of the town’s history that shows the heydays of sugar production in Cuba. Take some time to explore the town on your own and see the craft markets and interact with community members. Keep an eye out for the famous local crochet work that Trinidad is famous for! Return to Cienfuegos, dinner will be on your own tonight.

DAY 05

HEMINGWAY & HAVANA

Indulge in an early breakfast this morning before departing to Havana. Upon arrival, head towards Finca Vigía, also known as the old Ernest Hemingway house. Here is where the famed author of “A Farewell to the Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” lived for 20 years. Explore the property that has been restored as a living museum for an hour. Peer into the windows and admire the items just as Hemingway left them, including more than 8,000 books, personal relics, and collections. See Hemingway’s precious boat, El Pilar, and the legendary swimming pool where he hosted some of the biggest cultural icons of the times. Continue with a drive to the charming town of Cojímar, a picturesque fishing village a few minutes east of Havana. Here, Hemingway docked his boat and served as the background for his renowned work “The Old Man and the Sea.” Stroll along the boardwalk in Hemingway’s footsteps where you can interact with locals and see the monument that was established in his honor.

After the tour, enjoy lunch in a local paladar. Next, enjoy a walk along the Paseo del Prado, the promenade leading into the heart of Old Havana. Here, you will see a variety of American classic cars, Cubans young and old spending time together, and a mixture of old and modern architecture. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner will be on your own tonight.

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

DAY 05

Indulge in an early breakfast this morning before departing to Havana. Upon arrival, head towards Finca Vigía, also known as the old Ernest Hemingway house. Here is where the famed author of “A Farewell to the Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” lived for 20 years. Explore the property that has been restored as a living museum for an hour. Peer into the windows and admire the items just as Hemingway left them, including more than 8,000 books, personal relics, and collections. See Hemingway’s precious boat, El Pilar, and the legendary swimming pool where he hosted some of the biggest cultural icons of the times. Continue with a drive to the charming town of Cojímar, a picturesque fishing village a few minutes east of Havana. Here, Hemingway docked his boat and served as the background for his renowned work “The Old Man and the Sea.” Stroll along the boardwalk in Hemingway’s footsteps where you can interact with locals and see the monument that was established in his honor.

After the tour, enjoy lunch in a local paladar. Next, enjoy a walk along the Paseo del Prado, the promenade leading into the heart of Old Havana. Here, you will see a variety of American classic cars, Cubans young and old spending time together, and a mixture of old and modern architecture. Check-in at the hotel. 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. Embark on a walking tour around Old Havana which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. You will 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 the four main colonial squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, and Plaza de la Catedral. Next, visit a local family who runs their own private business, a car repair shop named Nostalgicar. Interact with the owner and the mechanics to ask questions regarding the challenges they face as being part of the new emerging entrepreneur sector in Cuba. After the visit, explore Havana in an American classic car. Your driver and car owner will take you on a scenic ride around different points of interest in the city.

Lunch today will be at La Habanera restaurant, a family owned business, opened by Cuban entrepreneurs merging the traditional Cuban cuisine with new international trends. The chef will explain the menu and share key points about Cuban cuisine. Take this opportunity to experience the entrepreneurial endeavors of the Cuban people while you enjoy new flavors and recipes. After lunch, meet with dance instructor, Herson Fernández, who opened his own private dance company, Kubasoy, 5 years ago after he finished his career as an IT engineer. During your time with the Kubasoy team, you will learn about the history of Cuban music, dances, and traditions.

Return to the hotel to freshen up. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be at one of Havana’s top privately owned restaurants. A live dance show will follow dinner, performed by the Havana Queen Company. It narrates the daily life of Cubans and their ability to face problems with the joy and naturalness that characterizes them. Take part in a meet and greet with the dance members after the show.

Camaguey

DAY 06

Early in the morning, have a hearty breakfast at the hotel before setting out on a full day of sightseeing. Embark on a walking tour around Old Havana which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. You will 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 the four main colonial squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, and Plaza de la Catedral. Next, visit a local family who runs their own private business, a car repair shop named Nostalgicar. Interact with the owner and the mechanics to ask questions regarding the challenges they face as being part of the new emerging entrepreneur sector in Cuba. After the visit, explore Havana in an American classic car. Your driver and car owner will take you on a scenic ride around different points of interest in the city. Lunch today will be at La Habanera restaurant, a family owned business, opened by Cuban entrepreneurs merging the traditional Cuban cuisine with new international trends. The chef will explain the menu and share key points about Cuban cuisine. Take this opportunity to experience the entrepreneurial endeavors of the Cuban people while you enjoy new flavors and recipes.

After lunch, meet with dance instructor, Herson Fernández, who opened his own private dance company, Kubasoy, 5 years ago after he finished his career as an IT engineer. During your time with the Kubasoy team, you will learn about the history of Cuban music, dances, and traditions.

Return to the hotel to freshen up. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be at one of Havana’s top privately owned restaurants. A live dance show will follow dinner, performed by the Havana Queen Company. It narrates the daily life of Cubans and their ability to face problems with the joy and naturalness that characterizes them. Take part in a meet and greet with the dance members after the show.

DAY 07

DEPARTURE DAY

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will take you to the airport for your flight. Be assisted with your luggage, and say goodbye to your new friends. Thank you for exploring Cuba with us!

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DAY 07

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will take you to the airport for your flight. Be assisted with your luggage, and say goodbye to your new friends. Thank you for exploring Cuba with us!

Dates & Prices
Travel DatesStandard Room (Single Occupancy) Standard Room (Double Occupancy)
Nov 18, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019$ 2,263 US$ 1,936 US
Dec 09, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019$ 2,263 US$ 1,936 US
Jan 03, 2020 - Jan 09, 2020$ 2,294 US$ 1,967 US
Jan 17, 2020 - Jan 23, 2020$ 2,263 US$ 1,936 US
Jan 31, 2020 - Feb 06, 2020$ 2,263 US$ 1,936 US
Feb 14, 2020 - Feb 20, 2020$ 2,263 US$ 1,936 US
Feb 28, 2020 - Mar 05, 2020$ 2,263 US$ 1,936 US
Mar 13, 2020 - Mar 19, 2020$ 2,263 US$ 1,936 US
Apr 03, 2020 - Apr 09, 2020$ 2,303 US$ 1,976 US
Apr 17, 2020 - Apr 23, 2020$ 2,263 US$ 1,936 US
May 01, 2020 - May 07, 2020$ 2,107 US$ 1,842 US
May 15, 2020 - May 21, 2020$ 2,107 US$ 1,842 US
May 29, 2020 - Jun 04, 2020$ 2,107 US$ 1,842 US
Jun 12, 2020 - Jun 18, 2020$ 2,107 US$ 1,842 US
Sep 11, 2020 - Sep 17, 2020$ 2,107 US$ 1,842 US
Sep 25, 2020 - Oct 01, 2020$ 2,107 US$ 1,842 US
Oct 09, 2020 - Oct 15, 2020$ 2,107 US$ 1,842 US
Oct 23, 2020 - Oct 29, 2020$ 2,107 US$ 1,842 US
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