Join us as we cross a cultural divide, exploring the art, history and culture of the Cuban people. Develop an understanding of who they are when meeting with local shop keepers, musicians, choral singers, dancers, factory workers and more. Discover its rich history visiting historic cathedrals and colonial homes on city tours with your local guide. Learn the rhythm of Cuba while listening to one of Cuba's last Piquete bands and learning the national dance Danzon. Come to know the charming city of Remedios. Take in the colonial feel of Cienfuegos, 'La Perla del Sur' or Pearl of the South. Spend 4 nights in one of the world's most culturally rich cities, Havana. Stay at the iconic Hotel Nacional and explore much of the city's architecture in Old Havana. Meet a Cuban family in their very own paladar, a privately owned restaurant with an organic farm. Throughout your journey, experience the power of travel to unite two peoples in a true cultural exchange.
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 8 Days
|Day 1||Santa Clara||Santa Clara, Cuba - Cayo Santa Maria - Tour Begins: Your journey begins as you fly to Santa Clara Airport, Cuba. Transfer to your hotel on the pristine beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, an island off of Cuba's north central coast. En route to your all-inclusive resort, stop at the Che Guevara Memorial & Museum* and learn about this polarizing figure and the revolution he helped to spark.|
|Day 2||Cayo Santa Maria||Cayo Santa Maria - Santa Clara - Cayo Santa Maria: Embark on a journey to Santa Clara where we will meet local art or theatre students. Learn about the Cuban arts and the techniques of the students and teachers as you interact with them. Spend time with Piquete Melodias Antillanas, one of Cuba's last Piquete bands. Engage with this vibrant community and discover their passion for music, singing and dancing. Learn how this musical genre emerged in Cuba back in the 17th century. Delight in the band's performance of original scores by renowned composers such as Miguel Faildes and Moses Simons. This special performance is conducted on original wind instruments dating back to the 1800s. Learn Cuba's national dance, Danzon, as the abuelos give you a dancing lesson. Return to your hotel for a mojito-making demonstration, rum tasting and dinner.|
|Day 3||Cayo Santa Maria||Cayo Santa Maria - Remedios - Cayo Santa Maria: Journey to the Museo de la Sucre (Sugar Museum). Learn from local producers of the rise and fall of the Cuban region on the back of sugar cane production. Enjoy a walking tour of Remedios, a charming town considered to be the oldest Spanish settlement in the former Las Villas province. Visit San Juan Bautista de Remedios, a 17th-century Baroque church. View the beautiful gold leaf altar made of carved cedar and one of only seven known statues in the world depicting a pregnant Virgin Mary. Later, learn about Cuban cigars - one of the country's most popular products.|
|Day 4||Cayo Santa Maria||Cayo Santa Maria - Cienfuegos - Havana: This morning we embark on a scenic drive to Cienfuegos Province Botanical Gardens, the oldest of its kind on the island. During a fascinating walking tour, learn about the garden's ties with Harvard University and its founding as a research center (where a sugar mill once stood). Enjoy lunch before exploring the historic Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city. Peruse the shops, converse with the shopkeepers and get a true taste of the local culture. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy an amazing a cappella choral performance conducted by the Cantores de Cienfuegos, a local student group gaining worldwide recognition. View the Tomas Terry Theatre, an impressive opera house on Plaza Mayor, before traveling across the countryside to Havana, Cuba's capital.|
|Day 5||Havana||Havana: This morning you are in for a treat when we visit a local performing arts school and meet its creative students who will showcase their talents. Then enjoy a tour of Old Havana on foot and visit Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de la Cathedral, as well as many of the city's other historical squares and UNESCO sites, which make Old Havana very special. Complete your day with a visit to Almacenes San Jose Artisans' Market with free time to shop for a unique Cuban souvenir.|
|Day 6||Havana||Havana - Finca Vigia - Havana: Your day begins with a visit to Hamel Alley, a Havana neighborhood known for its Afro-Cuban murals which artist Salvador Gonzalez Escalona famously began in 1990. Visit the Revolution Museum, located in what was once the Presidential Palace. Gain insight into Cuban history during the 1950s revolutionary war period. Afterwards, visit a local park where antique car owners gather. Discuss how car ownership in Cuba works, along with the ingenious ways they keep these classics running. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at a local paladar where you will meet the proprietors of this family-run, privately-owned specialty restaurant. Tour the grounds which include their own organic farm. We then make our way to Finca Vigia, or Lookout House, Ernest Hemingway's Cuba home located in the small town of San Francisco de Paula. Hemingway wrote two of his most celebrated novels here: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.|
|Day 7||Havana||Havana - Casa Fuster - Havana: This morning, walk through the dramatic evolution of Cuban art at the Cuban Fine Arts Museum. Then spend time in Havana interacting with some professional Salsa dancers. Strike up a conversation with the dancers and hear about their lives and Cuba's dance culture while learning some of the basic steps of this remarkable dance. Later, travel to Casa Fuster for an insider's look at the work and life of Cuban artist Jose Fuster, whose artwork was inspired by Spain's famous architect, Antonio Gaudi. This evening, take a trip around Havana in one of the antique American cars that the city is known for. Finally, savor dinner in one of Havana's finest restaurants as you celebrate an amazing journey and your new Cuban friends.|
|Day 8||Havana||Havana - USA - Tour Ends: Your Cuba adventure comes to a close today. Return home with vivid memories of this beautiful country and the rich personal experiences you shared with the people of Cuba.|
- Iberostar Ensenachos Cayo Ensenachos Santa Maria, Cuba
- Hotel Nacional de Cuba Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.