This custom tailored tour retraces the steps of Ernest Hemingway, giving you access to the unique, eclectic cultures of the Caribbean country brimming with rich soil and surrounded by the immaculate sea. The architecture and gregarious people of Cuba speak to a rich legacy spanning centuries. Dancing and music enrich every day. The sweet aromas of coconut and pineapple emanate from gardens and markets. Coffee trees grow lush and strong. Ernest Hemingway’s former home maintains an inspiring ambiance....
Havana – Inspiring Images of Havana
Havana is a city of music and vitality. Your plane descends into the airport providing an aerial view of the thin wafting palm trees and tall tropical grass swaying in the breeze. You meet your private transfer at baggage claim eager to enter the famous charms of the city. Classic cars move past you down the boulevard leading into the heart of the city. You pass the tall spire adorning the Plaza de Revolucion. The square measures more than 775,000 square feet. The Jose Marti Memorial features the 358-foot star shaped tower casting a shadow over the grounds. The nearly 60-foot statue of depicts the Cuban national hero in thought. A mural of Che Guevara adorns the concrete building on the northern edge of the square.
The University of Havana was established in the Vedado district in the 18th century, as one of the first universities founded in the Americas. The stairway leads from the street to the portico, creating a neoclassical ambiance. A statue in front of the university entrance depicts a woman welcoming students onto the grounds above the words, “Alma Mater,” which is in reference to how a school is meant to nourish students through education. The sounds of crashing waves along the sea walls known as the Malecón fade beneath the bands performing salsa along the pedestrian street of Calle Obispo. Set into the vibrancy of Old Havana, enjoying the welcoming ambiance.
Havana – Embracing the Culture
Havana – The Heart in Work
Pinar del Rio – Majesty of Pinar del Rio
Pinar del Rio – Cigars and Mogotes
Havana – Differences in Community
Havana – Havana Classics
Havana – The Grandeur of Character
- Tour a traditional Cuban tobacco farm and learn how to roll a pristine Cuban cigar
- Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway with a visit to the writer’s Cuban home known as Lookout Farm
- Celebrate the Afro-Cuban culture with music and dancing on the famous street of Callejón de Hamel
- Immerse yourself in the Cuban rural experience at an organic farm and coffeehouse outside of Havana, encouraging community artwork
- Witness the exceptional historical architecture of Havana Vieja, which highlights Cuba’s elegant and wealthy past
- Soar through the woodlands above an eco-community on a guided canopy tour for an unparalleled view of the lush region
- Enjoy a sweeping panorama of the karsts and farms of Vinales Valley
Cuba has a distinct charm that captivates visitors, from contemporary travelers to historical icons such as Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra. Your 8-day tour is custom tailored to highlight the exceptional beauty of Havana in both creative techniques and historic architecture, just as Ernest Hemingway experienced it. Explore the rich landscape of the western edges of the country. Let the idiosyncrasies of the cities and towns, flavors and people inspire you through their passionate smiles, musical connection, and the island’s endless mystique.
Your immersion into Cuba’s character begins with your arrival in Havana. Your private transfer escorts you into the heart of Old Havana, visiting the famous grounds of Havana University and Revolution Plaza along the way. Next, you meet with a professor of contemporary Cuba before taking in a tour of the Afro-Cuban culture. The rhythms of the city are alluring. Travel to the edges of the Havana to visit an organic farm. Meet artists in the city to learn about their particular inspirations and how they use their boundaries to find different forms of communication.
Travel outside of Havana to the quiet town of Pinar del Rio. Discover the beauty of Marina Hemingway en route. A community project grows coffee and specializes in educating local children about artistic expression. Explore a tobacco farm for an in-depth demonstration of cultivating the famous Cuban crop. The farmer will even lead you in a tutorial on rolling a perfect cigar. Following your farm tour, you head to the stunning landscape of Vinales Valley. Explore the karsts of the national park and enjoy a panoramic view of the farms and mountains. Next, you tour a celebrated cigar factory before strolling through the eco-friendly town of Las Terrazas.
Fly through the trees on a canopy tour or wander the quiet streets filled with friendly locals eager to engage in conversation. Return to Havana where the music welcomes you back. Your guide leads you on a marvelous tour of Hemingway’s former home, located in a suburb outside of Havana proper. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the beauty of Havana at your leisure. On your final day, your private transfer escorts you to Jose Marti International Airport for your flight home.
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$2,595 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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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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