THE HEARTLAND & THE SEA
INCLUDED in your program:
• Accommodation: 4 nights Hotels as indicated
• Round trip air from Miami to Cuba
• Local guide and driver for duration of 4 nights Camagüey itinerary
• Local guide and driver gratuities
• Tour Director services
• Gratuities and donations
• 1 group transfer upon arrival to Camagüey
• 1 group transfer for departure out of Camagüey
• Meals: Daily breakfast, 3 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
Day 1: Arrive in Camagüey
Welcome to Cuba! Upon arrival to Camagüey International Airport, you will meet your tour guide and local expert that will take you to your hotel. On the way there, learn about Camagüey and its status as one of the oldest cities in Cuba dating back to 1515. Have some time to settle in and freshen up, then begin the evening with a special flamenco performance by the dance company Andarte – learn how Cuban music and dance was influenced by Spain. Shortly after the performance, a welcome dinner at a local paladar awaits.
Day 2: Artistic Camagüey
Your first morning in the charming city of Camagüey starts with a visit to Orestes Larios’s workshop and gallery. Larios is a contemporary multimedia artist who not only creates his own works but also instructs and promotes the arts in his community. Then, see Camagüey the way that many locals do: by bicitaxi. Get cycled around the city’s unique streets and main plazas: Plaza del Gallo, Plaza de los Trabajadores, Plaza Ignacio Agramonte and Plaza San Juan de Dios. Artist Martha Jimenez will then welcome you into her 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.
Enjoy your local lunch at a local paladar, and then depart for the home of the Casanova Family, famous tinajon makers. Here you will learn about the local symbol of Camagüey – the “tinajon.” Tinajones are large red pots that were used to hold rainwater before the aqueducts. Next, get in the dancing mood as you learn some salsa moves from the local pros! After dancing, return to the hotel and tonight’s dinner will be on your own.
Day 3: Countryside to Seaside – Camagüey to Santa Lucia
After a filling breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for Santa Lucia, a beachside city north of Camagüey city. Along the way, visit Rancho King, a themed rodeo where you can meet with Cuban cowboys, see how they work with horses and bulls. Visit the Medicinal Garden and visit the local village, El Cafetal. Enjoy a typical country style lunch, along with live music as you enjoy your meal.
Arrive in Santa Lucia in the late afternoon. Santa Lucia offers about 20 kilometers of white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, providing beautiful landscape views. Dinner will be at the hotel as part of your all-inclusive package. Enjoy the evening on your own!
Day 4: Fishing Village of Coco Beach
Tour the village of Coco Beach also known as La Boca, an archetypal small Cuban settlement. Interact with the locals and fishermen in this humble fishing village. Take time to admire the crystal clear waters and palm trees throughout Coco Beach. At lunchtime, take in a meal at a local paladar, then return to the hotel to rest. Your last night in Cuba will be marked by a farewell dinner in one of the specialty restaurants in the hotel.
Day 5: Departure Day
Have breakfast at the hotel, then at a convenient time, your guide and driver will take you by bus to the Camagüey airport for your international flight home. We hope you take home wonderful memories of the charming city of Camagüey – in the heartland of Cuba – and the beautiful yet modest Coco Beach – the sea.