10 Day Cuba Rediscovered

10 Day Cuba Rediscovered

Trip Highlights

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights Montreal-Havana, Havana-Montreal
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 5 nights Havana
    • 2 nights Trinidad
    • 2 nights Camaguey
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • A full-time schedule of daily people-to-people activities and cultural exchanges, including discussions with locals, artists, musicians, and more
  • Gain insight into US-Cuba relations during a policy talk
  • Learn more about Ernest Hemingway on your visit to Finca Vigia
  • Attend a cooking class and interactive mojito-making and tasting experience
  • Travel to Casa Fuster in Jaimanitas and see an outrageous display of art and color
  • Learn how to dance different Cuban rhythms with a private instructor
  • At the historic Bay of Pigs, learn some interesting facts about the invasion
  • Explore Trinidad, Cuba’s best preserved colonial city
  • Tour Camaguey’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View Santa Clara, in the geographic center of Cuba
  • Stop at San Jose Handicraft Market, famous indoor market located at the harbor
  • Visit with multiple community projects with the young and elderly

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday – Depart for Cuba
Welcome to Havana, Cuba’s vibrant capital. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a light dinner
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2, Sunday – Hemingway Museum, Old Havana
Following breakfast, participate in a discussion by a local expert on the current political policies between the U.S. and Cuba. Then, depart for Hemingway Museum at Finca Vigia San Francisco de Paula. During your visit, get a glimpse into Ernest Hemingway’s life and work in Cuba. For lunch, head to a farm-to-table restaurant in Cojimar. Meet the chef who will lead you in a cooking class and interactive mojito-making and tasting experience. In the afternoon, return to Havana and take a walking tour through La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On your stroll along Calle Obispo, interact with artisans and small business owners and learn about Cuba’s economy
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3, Monday – Casa Fuster, Havana Compas Dance, Antique Car Club “A Lo Cubano”
This morning, visit Casa Fuster, also known as Fusterlandia, the studio and residence of José Rodriguez Fuster and meet with local artisans in Jaimanitas. Continue to the Havana Compas Dance Company for a demonstration of Afro-Cuban, flamenco and other Spanish dances and music. Interact with the dancers and instructors before heading for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, a fun-filled afternoon awaits you. Meet the president of the Antique Car Club “A Lo Cubano” from the popular TV series Cuba Chrome and visit a private body shop. Enjoy a warm and friendly discussion with the club members and hear about the challenges of restoring antique cars. Conclude the day with a dance lesson. Learn how to dance different Cuban rhythms with a private instructor before returning to your hotel. Tonight, after dinner, witness the cannon shot ceremony at La Cabana fortress
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday – Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos, Trinidad
Depart Havana this morning and head to Playa Larga at the head of the historic Bay of Pigs. Afterwards, on to Cienaga de Zapata National Park, situated on Cuba’s south coast. Lunch follows at Paladar Casa Enrique, a private guest house. Meet the proprietors of this family-run and privately-owned business. Hear their stories and views of private enterprise. In the afternoon, continue to Cienfuegos. On arrival, begin a walking tour of the city’s highlights. Visit the famous Terry Theater built in the Italian style and adorned with Carrara marble. Proceed to Palacio Municipal and enjoy a performance of the Cienfuegos Orchestra, followed by an interaction with the artists. Later, arrive in Trinidad and check into your hotel. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Trinidad
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday – Colonial Trinidad
Explore Trinidad, Cuba’s best-preserved colonial city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the Old Cathedral and other landmarks during the walking tour. Along the way, stop at a rationing store “bodega” to see the process of buying local staples. Then, tour Palacio Cantero, the city’s history museum, housed in a restored neoclassical palace. Afterward, visit the Lazaro Niebla Art Gallery, where you have a chance to interact with Lazaro, the local artist and learn about his work and challenges. Following lunch, visit a ceramic studio to observe a pottery demonstration and meet the owners, the famous Santander family, who will tell you about their traditions, handed down from generation to generation
Overnight: Trinidad
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday – Travel to Camaguey
Depart Trinidad this morning and head to Camaguey. Arrive in the city in time for lunch at a paladar. Afterward, meet with a local urban planner and historian and visit the scale model of the city. Learn about this 500-year-old city whose historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, check into your hotel. This evening before dinner, attend a musical performance by students of Jose White Conservatory at Larios Art Gallery. There will be time to meet with the musicians and hear their stories. Following the concert savor regional dishes at a local paladar
Overnight: Camaguey
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday – Camaguey
Start the day with a walking tour of Camaguey to view some of the city’s highlights, including the Mayor Ignacio Agramonte Park and the historic center near Plaza de Los Trabajadores. Conclude the tour at Plaza del Carmen, adorned by the beautiful Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen church. Then, visit Martha Jiménez’s Studio Workshop. View works from the talented artist ranging from ceramics and sculptures to paintings. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local paladar. In the afternoon, visit a dance company. You will be treated to a private performance and later meet the director and the dancers before returning to your hotel
Overnight: Camaguey
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday – Historic Santa Clara en route to Havana
Depart Camaguey today and travel to Havana, Along the way, stop at the historic city of Santa Clara, in the geographic center of Cuba. Visit the Memorial and Museum built to honor Ernesto “Che” Guevara. The imposing “Che” statue can be seen for miles around the city. After lunch, visit Abuelitos de Fiesta, a vibrant retirement community project for the elderly. The insightful visit reveals how art, music, and dance play a crucial role in the everyday lives of the inspiring residents. Later, continue to Havana and arrive at your hotel late in the afternoon. Tonight, dinner is at a local paladar
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday – Visit a Cigar Factory, San Jose Handicraft Market
Begin the morning with a visit to a cigar factory. Get insight into the art and history of this iconic industry from picking the leaves to the process of hand rolling each individual premium cigar. Then, visit Beyond Roots, a community project and engage in a unique immersion into the Afro-Cuban Culture. Later, meet a former Cuban baseball player for a discussion about the history of this sport and what is like to like to play professional baseball in Cuba. Following lunch, tour the San Jose Handicraft Market. Stroll the lanes of this massive indoor market, offering the largest selection of Cuban handicrafts. Afterward, visit a local community center of learning to interact with the children and volunteers before returning to the hotel. Tonight, meet private owners and taxi drivers of classic American cars for a special treat as you step into a classic 1950s American car and ride to a local restaurant for dinner
Overnight: Havana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday – Depart Cuba
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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