6 nights: Camagüey - Sancti Spiritus - Santa Clara - Trinidad - Havana
Get a sense of the 1950s as you explore Havana, a city stopped in time, and step further back in time into the colonial cities of Trinidad, Camagüey and revolutionary
Santa Clara. Navigate the labyrinth city of Camagüey where creativity is manifested throughout every corner; Get an insight of the revolutionary Che Guevara's life in Santa Clara; wander through Trinidad's cobblestoned streets lined with pastel colored homes; and delve into the vintage city of Havana. This itinerary will take you on an interactive journey of events that has given Cuba its unique flair, which includes a wide variety of people-to-people activities to give you an all-around overview of the Cuban people, their culture and heritage.
Artist Gallery and Workshop Visits & Interactions
Bicitaxi Tour of Central Camagüey
Camagüey Ballet Company Performance
"Tinajones" Ceramics Workshop Experience
Che Guevara Museum
Valley of the Sugar Mills in Trinidad
Walking Tour of Historic Trinidad
Museum of the Revolution
Paseo del Prado Promenade
Walking Tour of Old Havana
"Young Entrepreneurs" Community Project
San Jose Craft Market
Included meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Mondays, Aug 27, Sep 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, 2018
Prices per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement available upon request.
Welcome to the artistic city of Camagüey! Shortly after settling in and freshening up at your hotel, arrive at artist Martha Jimenez's workshop and art gallery where you can admire sculptures, ceramic pieces and paintings. She is a well-known artist due to her bronze statues found throughout the city's squares. Your welcome dinner tonight will be at a typical "paladar," or privately owned restaurant.
Today you will explore Camagüey the way that many locals do: by bicitaxi. Ride through the unique streets and main plazas: Plaza del Gallo, Plaza de los Trabajadores, Plaza Ignacio Agramonte and Plaza San Juan de Dios. After your ride throughout town, experience a rehearsal by the world-renowned Camagüey Ballet Company. Meet with the instructors and dancers to get a glimpse of the ballet production, including how they create their own shoes and costumes. Enjoy your lunch at a local paladar, and then visit the home of the Casanova family, famous tinajon makers. Here you will learn about the local symbol of Camagüey - the "tinajon," large red pots that were used to hold rainwater before the aqueducts. Return to the hotel, and tonight dinner will be on your own to enjoy.
Enjoy your breakfast in Camagüey before departing for the cities of Sancti Spiritus and Santa Clara. Upon arrival at Sancti Spiritus, visit the gallery of talented artist Jorge Antonio Gonzalez Perez. Follow this interaction with lunch at a local paladar, and then continue on to the most revolutionary city in Cuba: Santa Clara. Here you will find a famous Revolution Square featuring 14 palm trees to symbolize Revolutionary leader Che Guevara's birthday (June 14, 1928). Learn about this leader's story as you visit the Mausoleum of Che (his final resting place) as well as the larger-than life statue of Che. Arrive to your hotel after this, and check in. Dinner will be on your own tonight.
Today you will embark on a scenic 3-hour drive to the town of Trinidad, a destination locked in time. On the way, visit the fertile Sugar Mills Valley from which the region once earned its riches and made people very prosperous. Passing green farms and pastures, arrive at the Manaca-Iznaga Tower which offers stunning bird's eye views of the Valley of the Sugar Mills from the top. Upon arrival in Trinidad, enjoy lunch at a local paladar.
Walk off your meal as you stroll through the cobblestoned streets and pastel-colored homes of Trinidad's historical center. Dip into the different galleries (such as a visit to Yudit Vidal's gallery), shops, workshops, bars and restaurants with your guide who will share a unique story about each place. Also, visit the Trinidad history museum, Palacio Cantero, to admire a collection of objects from the 18th and 19th centuries and to learn about the town's history. Take a moment to enjoy the fantastic viewpoints of Trinidad from this museum. Have some time to explore the town on your own before returning to the hotel to have dinner of your choice on your own.
Today you will head out to iconic Havana! Time permitting, view the Morro Castle, considered one of the oldest stone forts in the Americas which offers unparalleled panoramic views of Old Havana and the Havana Harbor. Have lunch at a local paladar, and then visit the Museum of the Revolution. This highlight is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents before the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. Learn about Cuban history through chronologically exhibited memorabilia from the colonial days to modern times. Spend the afternoon at Paseo del Prado, a promenade leading into the heart of Old Havana, to observe local life, vintage American cars and a mixture of old and modern architecture. Check in at the hotel prior to a dinner at a local paladar.
A full day of sightseeing in Havana awaits. In Old Havana, be introduced to the restoration and preservation process of its most elaborate buildings. Discover the history of Havana by walking throughout 4 of its principal squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza de la Catedral. Visit and learn about the community project "Jovenes Emprendedores" which sponsors the growth and development of young entrepreneurs. Go for lunch at a nearby paladar, and then drive off to visit Finca Vigia, also known as the old Ernest Hemingway house where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels. Drive back to the Old Town and visit the San Jose Craft Market located along the seaside of Old Havana. Step outside for a few to take in the wide views of Havana Port and the Regla district skyline beyond the waves. Return to the hotel to rest and freshen up. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits. As you enjoy the flavors of Cuban cuisine, reminisce about your time within these colonial cities of Cuba.
Enjoy your last breakfast in Cuba then depart to Havana International Airport to board your plane back to the USA. From the Spanish influence during the colonization of Cuba to American influence during the 1950's followed by a revolution, this program many events that have shaped Cuba. Safe travels!
INCLUDED In Your Program:
Cuban tourist visa (provided at Miami Airport prior to departure to Cuba)
Round-trip flight Miami to Camagüey/Havana to Miami
Cuban departure tax
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Activities and visits indicated in the itinerary (except optional excursions)
2 nights accommodations in Camagüey: Marques, Sevillana, Colonial or Santa Maria hotels
2 nights accommodations in Santa Clara- America Hotel
2 nights accommodations in Havana- Hotel Nacional
Welcome cocktail or non-alcoholic drink
Tips and gratuities for programmed activities
Transportation with driver per itinerary
Tour director services per itinerary
Cuban local guide services per itinerary
Cuban medical insurance (excluding pre-existing conditions)
NOT INCLUDED In Your Program:
Pre/post-night accommodations in Miami
Transfers to/from Miami Airport in case of optional pre/post-night stay
Baggage fees as imposed by airline
Tips for housekeeping staff
Tips for tour director
Optional AV-OK Total Vacation Security Plan including cancellation/change waiver
Some meals not included as specified in the itinerary
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