Always wanted to discover the sights and sounds of Havana, but not much vacation time? This is your remedy! This tour has you at the airport on Wednesday morning and at home in your bed by Sunday night.
Join us for unique access to people and places the average tourist rarely sees. Learn about Cuba from a local’s perspective, including live music, dancing, UNESCO World Heritage sites, ocean views, delicious food, fascinating architecture.
Cost: $1695 (market value $2695)
*Early Bird registrations 4 months prior to departure receive $200 discount
What is included:
Travel licenses, mandatory Cuban health insurance and visas
A bilingual Cuban guide
4 nights in a Cuban Bed and Breakfast (casa particular)
10 meals and private, air-conditioned ground transportation
Bottled water always available
Curious About Cuba educational program (two 4 hour sessions of instruction provided before the trip) optional
The purpose of this itinerary is to give you an idea of the types of activities you will engage in during the tour, however, it may change based on factors such as availability, weather, and to take advantage of spontaneous activities and events.
Day 1: Flight to Havana. Upon arrival and clearing customs we will be greeted at the airport by Roger, our guide. He’ll take us to our B&B accommodations (casa particulares) in Havana’s suburb of Vedado.
We will go out for dinner and a first glance at the city. Maybe even take a walk on the Malecón to enjoy the ocean breezes, see El Morro fortress at night across the bay. Meals: Dinner
Wear your walking shoes for this day! We start with a visit to Fusterlandia in the fishing village of Jaimanitas and the home of the famous artist Jose Fuster. Fuster has made his entire home, and much of the surrounding neighborhood, into an outdoor art gallery using tiles in mosaic forms. A Havana driving tour in classic cars will take you to the forest of Havana, the famous Revolutionary Square and through the gorgeous historic embassy neighborhoods.
The activities will be followed by lunch and a walking tour of Old Havana City, gorgeous architecture and plazas. In the late afternoon we will return to our casa particulares for free time. Get ready to smile and learn a few Cuban salsa steps at the dance lessons. Dinner is on your own, but nearby suggestions will be available. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we leave the big city and get a glimpse of rural life in Cuba. We’ll drive about an hour to Las Terrazas, a self-sustaining community that was the became Cuba’s first UNESCO Biosphere (1985). Between 1968-1978 over 7 million trees were planted in this previously deforested area to help combat erosion, yet you can still see the remains of the coffee plantations of the French settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries.
We’ll have time to walk the trails exploring the foliage and birds that call this area home. We’ll meet artists that live in the area, tour the coffee plantation remains, and soak in the cool creek. In mid-afternoon we’ll head back to the big city for showers and dinner your own. In addition to traditional Cuban food, Havana is home to extraordinary Italian and Spanish cuisine, due to many from abroad who marry Cubans and settle in this area. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
We will start the day off with a drive to Cojimar, the quiet fishing village where Hemingway docked his boat and was the inspiration for the town in The Old Man and the Sea. Following that we will drive up to Hemingway’s mountaintop home, seeing his personal library, his elevated writing den where he and his cats would spend days on end, and more around his home. It is an excellent example of how many well-to-do Americans lived in Cuba in the 1940s and 1950s before the Revolution.
We will return to Havana for lunch at a paladar, followed by a tour of the Museum of the Revolution, a visit to a cigar factory and a sip at the Havana Club Rum Museum. Enjoy late afternoon free time before we go out for a farewell dinner followed by We will have the option of heading to the Morro Fortress for the 9 pm cannon blast and colonial soldiers. Up for even more? Relish your last night in Havana by going dancing. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we’ll head to the airport. We expect this taste of Cuba will whet your appetite for more, and we hope you’ll come back for a full 10 day tour in the near future! Meals: Breakfast