Cuba is like a time capsule recently opened that is trying to restore its former majesty. The contrast of crumbling colonial architecture alongside freshly renovated façades adds to the allure of the cities. The culture has inspired artists to submerge entire neighborhoods in art projects. Ernest Hemingway captured a fishing village in an award-winning novel. The effects of the Cuban Revolutionary War have shaped everyday life. The slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries led to the mesmerizing...
Havana – An Artistic Welcome
Havana is a city of eclectic culture and captivating imagery. The ocean sprays against the edges of the Malecón, the seaside boulevard, splashing water over the wall. Old fortresses guard the bay and harken back to an era of pirates and privateers. High-rises tower over the neighborhood of Vedado, looking out to the historic architecture along the old harbor. Havana is a city of beautiful contrasts. Your private transfer meets you at Jose Marti International Airport and leads you on a brief driving tour of the city.
Outside of the airport, you find state funded murals draping over thick walls imitating the colors of the Cuban flag. Tall emerald grass rises higher than people’s ankles. The suburbs of Havana highlight the pastel colors and tropical climate for which the Caribbean is known. Delving deeper into the center of the city takes you to the neighborhood of Muraleando, which harbors a community development project. Two art teachers have teamed up to teach local children about the importance of art. The children’s passion soon led to work spilling out of the classroom and onto the streets.
Murals depict fanciful celebrations of Cuba, representing the culture and people in all walks of life. You have a chance to meet with artists who continue to teach classes in the community space, surrounded by the inspiration of Havana itself. The vibrant colors of the murals, along with the elaborate poses of the statues, accentuate the smiles of the children eager to share their experiences with you. You continue to Old Havana, where you settle into your hotel amidst the colonial charm of the district.
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- Discuss the preservation of historic architecture in Havana and Trinidad with local experts
- Meet private business owners to see the burgeoning private economy at work
- Immerse yourself in the Afro-Cuban culture of Havana at Callejon Hamel from the music to the art
- Meander through the artistic wonderland of Jaimanitas, also known as Fusterlandia due to the living art-piece the neighborhood has become
- Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum for a different perspective of the American-Cuban conflict of 1961
- Enjoy an in-depth tour of the oldest botanical garden in Cuba, located in Cienfuegos
- See the newly restored Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame dedicated to memorializing Cuban players and supporters; meet with ardent baseball fans in Parque Central to hear the daily discussions about the sport
- Witness the lifestyle of famous American Author Ernest Hemingway with a visit to his former home at Finca Vigia
- Delight in a private choral concert by a celebrated a cappella group in Cienfuegos
Once in Cuba, you don’t want to close your eyes because you don’t want to miss a thing. Your 9-day eye-opening tour of Cuba takes you on a journey through the eyes of the locals. The wonderment of the coastline and preserved architecture never ends. The enrapturing sounds of the music continuously make you want to move your feet. The refreshing taste of a mojito lingers on your palette. Step beyond the surface for a different experience in the Pearl of the Caribbean. Your flight lands at Jose Marti International Airport. Meet your private transfer at baggage claim and make your way into the heart of the culture at Muraleando.
The neighborhood community project teaches local children about various forms of art, uplifting the residents of the low-income community. Once in the heart of Old Havana, you can relax with the remainder of the day at your leisure. The following day, an architect takes you on a tour of the historic city explaining the importance of architectural preservation as key to the city’s heritage. Make your way to Callejon de Hamel to meet with residents of Havana deeply involved in the Afro-Cuban community and culture. Spend time with a collection of economic students and social justice professors to better understand Cuba’s role both domestically and internationally.
Visit the reestablished Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame before meeting with passionate baseball fans that congregate in Central Park. Next, you make your way to the French city of Cienfuegos. Stroll along the streets and meet with private business owners for insight into their feelings about the recent application of private commerce. In the afternoon, you meet with art students of a celebrated art school in the city. Venture to Trinidad with a scenic drive, where an architect leads you along the cobblestone streets of the colonial city. An expert botanist and historian guide you through the botanical gardens of Cienfuegos, the oldest botanical garden in Cuba.
Enjoy the beauty of the city at your leisure before a private concert performance prior to dinner. The following day, you visit the Bay of Pigs Museum at Playa Giron before arriving at Ernest Hemingway’s home. The director of the museum greets you, eager to speak about the connection between Hemingway and the Cuban people. Then, you indulge in the colorful streets of Jaimanitas, the artistic wonderland known as Fusterlandia. In the evening, you make your way to one of Hemingway’s favorite restaurants for dinner. On your final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to Jose Marti International Airport in time for check-in.
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$2,920 per person (excluding international flights)
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