COLONIAL CUBA AND THE CAPITAL
INCLUDED in your program:
• Accommodations: 6 nights Hotels as indicated
• Round trip air from Miami to Cuba
• Local guide and driver for the duration of 6 nights itinerary
• Local guide and driver gratuities
• Tour Director services
• Gratuities and donations
• 1 group transfer upon arrival to Camagüey
• 1 group transfer upon departure out of Havana
• Meals: Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, and 3 dinners
NOT INCLUDED in your program:
• Home to Miami Roundtrip Flight*
• Additional arrival and departure transfers for non-group flight arrivals and departures
• Any luggage fees
• Tips for housekeeping staff
• Tips for Tour Director
• Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Waiver (available at an extra charge)
• Some meals not included as specified in the itinerary
• Any other services not listed above
Day 1: Arrival in Camagüey
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.
Day 2: Exploring Camagüey
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 ballets 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.
Day 3: Camagüey – Sancti Spiritus – Santa Clara
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.
Day 4: Day Trip to Trinidad
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.
Day 5: Santa Clara to Havana
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.
Day 6: Havana
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.
Day 7: Departure Day
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, we hope this program offered you an understanding of the many events that have shaped Cuba. Safe travels!
Double Room Occupancy