The colonial architecture will impress you, the music will stir you, and the people will inspire you on your custom tailored highlights of Cuba tour. The clapping sound of horse hoofs against cobblestone streets imitate the pulsing rhythms of the salsa bands performing in the restaurants across Havana. Pastel colored homes accentuate the variety of blue hues layering the Caribbean Sea. Powerful stone fortresses continue to guard the shoreline amidst the sweet aroma of sugar cane juice pressed...
Havana – The Heart of Havana
The plane descends into Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. Tall lush grass carpets the countryside leading to the runway. Palm trees sway in the tropical breeze blowing across the landscape. Your private transfer awaits your arrival at the baggage claim eager to introduce you to the world famous city of Havana. Outside of the airport, you discover the aroma of fresh coconut. Classic cars cruise down the avenue leading to Old Town Havana. Local men stand on the thick wall of the Malecón, the seaside boulevard. They hold fishing rods, casting their lines into the pristine water below. Occasionally the Caribbean Sea breaks against the rugged coastline edging the sea wall and splashes onto the walkway.
The city has an embracing quality, intriguing in its mixture of refurbished Spanish colonial architecture and crumbling historic facades. Locals offer friendly smiles as you pass by. At the corner of Plaza Vieja stands the nearly 115-foot tall tower of the Camera Obscura. The dark room uses the standard characters created by Leonardo d Vinci in the 15th century when he introduced the idea. The convex lens provides a spectacular view of the Old Town, from the rooftops of the old buildings to the structures across the bay rising up the hillside near the 16th-century Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro.
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- Indulge in the vibrant culture of Trinidad with a performance by the Ballet Folklórico de Trinidad
- Stroll along the elegant and musical cobblestone streets of Old Havana
- Wander through a farmers market in Havana for a sense of the local flavor and lifestyle
- Visit Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage site considered the “Paris of Cuba”
- Enjoy an in-depth look into Cuba’s contribution to the art world from the 17th century to the present with a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana
- Meet local students and professors of the Korimacao Community Project near the pristine sands of Playa Larga
- Witness the historic grace and elegance of Cuba in its refurbished architecture across the country
Cuba is a beautiful enigma of the Caribbean surrounded by the inspiring colors of the sea. Your 8-day highlights of Cuba tour introduces you to the grandeur of the past and the grace of the present by exploring the museums, markets, and architecture of Cuba’s most famous cities, along with meeting local Cubans across the country. Your journey begins with your arrival in Havana. Your private transfer greets you at the airport, ready to escort you into the heart of Old Havana.
Spend your first day in Cuba getting acquainted with the city, from the Baroque cathedral to the famous daiquiris at a renowned restaurant. Your guide meets you at the hotel the following day and escorts you through the architectural heritage of the city. The day continues with an in-depth introduction into the Afro-Cuban culture, from art to dance. Before dinner, you will meet with students and professors of the local university for some quality time with the citizens of Havana. Next, you venture to the famous Colon Cemetery for a unique tour of the city’s greatest mausoleums followed by a visit to the Literacy Museum.
The next day takes you into the heart of a local farmers market. Listen in on a lesson of an organization teaching the trade skills of the country’s new economy before wandering through the elegant galleries of Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts. Then, you leave for Playa Larga to meet with students at the Korimacao Community Project. Learn the traditional and inspiring music, dances, and poems of the students before settling in the charming town of Cienfuegos for the evening.
You travel to Trinidad for an immersive experience of the folklore and traditions of the region with a performance by the Ballet Folklórico de Trinidad. Meet with local business owners of casa particulars for an understanding of the businesses supported by the government before returning to Cienfuegos. Enjoy the morning exploring the beautiful streets and renovated architecture of Cienfuegos. Return to Havana in the afternoon, where the familiar music acts as a vibrant welcome for your return. On your final day, your private transfer escorts you to Jose Marti International Airport for your flight home.
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$3,379 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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