Cuba is a shining pearl refined by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Your custom tailored tour shows you the elegant past and colorful present of a country once closed off to Americans and now finding its place in the contemporary world. Farmers chew on thick hand-rolled cigars as they plow their fields. Cabaret dancers radiate the tropics, wearing iridescent hues while performing vivacious moves. Turtles hatch in white sand and crawl out to sea. Classic cars take you back to a bygone era....
Havana – Full Havana Immersion
Havana is a city that embraces artists and inspires music. Images and sounds combine along the Malecón, the main boulevard along the sea. Waves crash against the wall. Classic cars cruise down the streets in front of crumbling colonial buildings. Two Spanish fortresses frame the mouth of Havana Bay. You arrive at Jose Marti International Airport. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you into the city. At first, Cuba reminds you of any Caribbean island nation. Pastel painted buildings frame Carr. Central de Cuba. You begin to notice the little differences gradually. Murals shade the thick walls with the colors of the Cuban flag.
Pictures of Fidel Castro accompany slogans supporting the state and the ideals of socialism. On the edges of the old city, you find Plaza de Revolucion. The square covers five square miles adorned with a 59-foot statue of Jose Marti standing beneath a 358-foot tower. On the opposite end of the plaza stand two silhouettes depicting the Cuban Independence Hero Camilo Cienfuegos and Cuban Revolutionary Hero, Che Guevara. You can easily imagine thousands upon thousands of Cubans filling the square to hear Fidel Castro evoke one of his famous speeches. The American National Anthem played in the square during President Obama’s visit in March 2016. Your private transfer continues to escort you into the colonial heart of Old Havana where you can settle into your hotel.
Havana – What’s Old Is New
Havana – Inside the Real Havana
Las Terrazas – Forest Enterprise
Las Terrazas – Elements of the Cuban Countryside
Guanahacabibes Peninsula – Jewels in the Sea
Havana – Full Colors of Havana
Havana – Cuba by Any Other Name
- Witness turtles returning to the western shores of Guanahacabibes Peninsula to nest from April to October
- Venture into a cave network traveling more than 20 miles underground in the unique landscape of Vinales Valley
- Tour the ruins of a 19th-century coffee plantation underneath a thriving forest canopy of reforested trees
- Meet local children mentored by a local art community outreach program that is centered around a vintage water tank known as La Muraleando
- Explore a small tobacco plantation to learn what it takes to cultivate the celebrated Cuban crop and watch a farmer roll a handmade cigar
- Experience the famous cabarets of Havana that share Cuban rhythm and heritage with visitors from around the world
- Learn the classic moves of salsa during a private salsa class in Havana
Cuba continues to uphold its culture as a framework of creativity and enchantment. Your 8-day tour immerses you in the splendor of Cuba’s west to find similar inspiration from the Pearl of the Caribbean. You don’t need to look far after landing in Cuba to feel stimulated. The tall green grass outside of the airport is your first image of the country’s alluring contrasts. Your private transfer leads you on an introductory tour of the city, first taking in Plaza de Revolucion and Havana University before you settle into Old Havana.
The following day, you meet with a local architect to learn more about the history of the city and what steps are being taken to ensure the preservation of the streets and buildings. Tour the colonial avenues for a stunning look at the impetus of the country. The next day takes you to a farmers market for a firsthand impression of the private economy in Cuba. Continue to community arts project at La Muraleando. In the evening, you follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway by dining at one of his favorite restaurants in the city.
Next, you travel to Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve to visit the sustainable community of Las Terrazas. A community member tours you through the grounds. You can also venture on a small 19th-century coffee plantation to view the ruins and preserved tools. Travel to Vinales to explore the distinctive undulating landscape. Enter caves and surround the karst bases. You make your way to the Guanahacabibes Peninsula to meet with turtle conservationists in the area.
From April to October, you can wait to see the turtles return from sea to nest on the beach. You return to Havana. Before dinner, you meet with a private salsa instructor to learn the basic steps of the famous dance. Then you attend one of the most famous cabaret shows in the world to round out your pearly Cuban journey. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Jose Marti International Airport.
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$3,379 per person (excluding international flights)
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