COLORS OF CUBA
INCLUDED in your program:
• Accommodations: 5 nights Hotels as indicated
• Round trip air from Miami to Cuba
• Local guide and driver for duration of 5 nights itinerary
• Local guide and driver gratuities
• Tour Director services
• Gratuities and donations
• 1 group transfer upon arrival to Santa Clara
• 1 group transfer upon departure out of Havana
• Meals: Daily breakfast, 4 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 Santa Clara
Arrive in the central city of Santa Clara. Be dropped off at your hotel in the elegant bayside city of Cienfuegos, known for its French influence and scenic location, to check in and settle in. Later in the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a locally owned restaurant, also known as a paladar.
Day 2: Day Trip to Trinidad
Depart for the historic and charming town of Trinidad where you will walk through the Cathedral, main squares and historic palaces. Explore the cobblestone streets and shop along the colorful corridors of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Dip into the different galleries, shops, workshops, bars and restaurants with your guide who will share a unique story about each place.
Next, visit the Trinidad history museum, Palacio Cantero, which houses a collection of objects from the 18th and 19th centuries and offers a great overlook view of Trinidad. Conclude your time in Trinidad with lunch at a local paladar in the center of town-followed by a short excursion to a ceramics workshop hosted by the Santander family.
Back in Cienfuegos, take a walking tour of the French-influenced city. Visit the 19th century Thomas Terry Theater to admire the elegant ceilings and paintings displayed from within. From the plaza, meander down the popular Boulevard and wander through the shops and crafts market. Have dinner on your own tonight.
Day 3: Cigars & The Bay of Pigs
Visit a nearby Cienfuegos cigar factory to get a glimpse into the backstory of this famous Cuban product. Then, it’s off to Havana. But first, stop at the historic site of the Bay of Pigs invasion (visit the Bay of Pigs Museum), located in Playa Giron. Enjoy lunch at a paladar in the area and continue your journey as you make your way towards the capital city. Arrive in Havana, check in to your hotel, and in the evening enjoy some Cuban tunes and a delicious meal at a local paladar to inaugurate your first night in the capital.
Day 4: Overview of Havana
Kick off your time in the city by driving through Havana, seeing and learning about the historical importance of its glorious buildings, many dating to Colonial times. View the Revolution Square and Capitol Area. Continue on to tour by foot and see the 4 major squares in Havana: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza de la Catedral. Refresh with a cold mojito as you take part in an interactive cocktail demonstration to discover the secret of how to make the perfect mojito. Get ready to salsa as you learn some basic Cuban-style moves from the local pros.
Reward yourself with a hearty lunch at a local paladar, then visit “Fusterlandia,” a community project started by renowned Cuban artist Jose Fuster, “the Picasso of the Caribbean,” who transformed his entire neighborhood into a colorful mosaic and artistic mecca.
Back in Havana, explore the various galleries, shops and public squares in Old Havana and in the San Jose Craft Market to discover quality-made Cuban handiworks. If you take a break from the shopping, simply step out the door and you will have wide views of Havana Port and the Regla district skyline beyond the waves. Tonight, enjoy a Havana evening on your own.
Day 5: Hemingway & The Arts
Depart to Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia (“the lookout farm” located in the town of San Francisco de Paula), where you will visit and see where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels. Peer into the windows and see items just as Hemingway left them, including more than 8,000 books, personal relics, and collections: on the grounds are also his precious boat Pilar and the legendary swimming pool where he hosted some of the biggest cultural icons of the times.
Enjoy lunch at a paladar nearby, then continue by visiting a local artist’s home studio followed by a visit to the Angeles del Futuro, an acrobatics- teaching project for children.
In the evening, be whisked away by an old American car to cruise along the Malecon and arrive at your farewell dinner. Enjoy your last evening in Havana.
Day 6: Departure Day
Enjoy your last cafecito prior to heading off to the Havana International Airport. Your Colors of Cuba program ends here. We hope you take home many vibrant memories and wonderful experiences of this colorful island! Buen viaje (safe travels)!
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