Let the wealth of Cuban culture reveal itself to you during your 9-day discovery tour of the island’s hidden splendor. The floral aroma of freshly opened cocoa beans fills the air. The turquoise sea splashes against powder white sand. The rainforest canopy carpets emerging mountains. Dance the night away with the salsa moves you learn. Sip a mojito you mix yourself. Taste chocolate brewed by your hand and indulge in fresh fish caught by your net. From small villages to bustling cities, farmers...
Havana – First Impressions
Cuba has a sense of wonder cast along the rolling mountains and turquoise sea. Your flight lands at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, where your private transfer awaits your arrival. Your heart beats in exciting rhythms, almost matching the natural pulse of the city. Outside of the airport, you find state sponsored murals decorating the walls in blue, white, and red hues matching Cuba’s flag. Tall, lush grass frames the boulevard. Soon colonial houses shape the cityscape. Dilapidated facades turn into refurbished antique buildings.
The pavement changes to cobblestone streets. Classic American cars park outside a bustling café where a band plays traditional Cuban music with passion. Your guide meets you in the hotel lobby after you have had a chance to settle in. The Spanish founded the city in the 16th century and the colonial period lasted for centuries. Wrought iron terraces jut out from the colorful edifices. Open doors offer a view into the vintage atriums decorated with elaborate winding stairwells. The Plaza de Armas has acted as the social center of Old Havana since the city’s inception. Cafes set tables underneath a shady canopy.
Vibrant gardens provide a tranquil space inside the constant movement of the neighborhood. The baroque style of the Palacio de los Capitanes crowns the square, a building that once hosted more than 60 Spanish generals. During the day, local book vendors sell their wares, many of which recount the Cuban revolution. Gas lamps light the square in the evening. You make your way to Calle Obispo in the evening, a lively street brimming with music and activity. Famed American author Ernest Hemingway frequented a restaurant you have the option of dining at, praising their food, service, and most notably, their daiquiris.
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- Relish a private tour of a cocoa farm to learn the secret art of growing and harvesting the seeds, along with producing chocolate
- Learn to move to the rhythms of Cuba with a private dance lesson encompassing the various dances of the country, from salsa to rumba
- Enjoy a lesson in the proper methods of mixing a traditional mojito
- Cast a large net into the temperate sea during a fishing lesson with a local fisherman in Gibara
- Visit Fidel Castro’s birthplace and childhood home in the village of Biran
- Discover the bay where Christopher Columbus first stepped foot in Cuba
- Indulge in the history and vivacious culture of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s two largest cities
- Delight in a scenic cruise around the colorful waters of Santiago Bay
Cuba is filled with hidden gems and glistening treasures ready to be discovered. Your custom tailored tour takes you to secluded villages, pristine beaches, historic fortresses, and quiet museums revealing the true riches of Cuba, rich in culture and brimming with gregarious people. Follow in the footsteps of the Castros by visiting their family farm. Step on the Fabled San Juan Hill. Speak with students and professors about the education system. Travel to unique towns nestled between rolling mountains and lapping waves. Arrive in Havana, where your private transfer meets you at Jose Marti International Airport. Quickly immerse yourself in the spirit of the city with a guided tour of Old Havana, taking in the historic streets and welcoming ambiance.
The following day, you have an early flight to Santiago de Cuba, located on the east coast of Cuba. Visit the small city of Guantanamo to separate your preconceived notions with the heritage of the area. Learn the origins of Cuban music at Casa del Changui before traveling along the scenic road of La Farola to Baracoa. Then, you visit a small cocoa farm. Your farmer guide explains the cultivation process and demonstrates how the seeds produce chocolate. Enjoy lunch and dancing with the semi-indigenous peoples of the Guirito community before returning to Baracoa for a tour of the historic city.
Travel to the resort area of Guardalavaca, and relax in the tranquil charms of the shore and take part in a friendly dance lesson before dinner. You travel to the fishing village of Gibara. Learn how to fish like the locals and converse with community members at Casa de la Cultura. Afterward, you make your way to Santiago de Cuba. Stop at a unique print shop and organ factory along the way before arriving in the village of Biran, the birthplace of the Castros. Once in Santiago, you have the remainder of the evening at your leisure.
Your private guide takes you on a fabulous tour of the eclectic city. Step aboard a small ship for a cruise along Santiago Bay before visiting San Juan Hill, where Teddy Roosevelt led the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War. You spend time at La Caridad del Cobre, a church of the fringe of the city and continue your exploration of Santiago de Cuba, including a visit to the distinctive grounds of Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. On your final day, your private transfer escorts you to the Santiago de Cuba airport for your flight home.
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$2,920 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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