CUBA: City & Countryside
Saturday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 10
Havana & Vinales
4 Days/4 Nights
Ever want to visit Cuba, but have limited time? Our City & Countryside Tour is perfect for you. Specifically designed for busy people who want to fully experience Cuba’s vibrant capital city and beautiful countryside on a short schedule. Feel like you are going back in time as you see the spectacular old American cars on the road and the fascinating old world architecture. In Piñar del Rio, you will travel to a scenic paradise to meet the farmers and experience an incredible community project. Check our extension trip below!
In Havana, you will feel like you are going back in time as you see the spectacular old American cars on the road and the fascinating old world architecture. Our mission is to immerse you in this passionate culture to truly have you experience Havana just like a local. People-to- People travel allows even the most seasoned travelers to view Cuba through the lens of the musicians, dancers and artists— an experience that is virtually impossible anywhere else in the world.
Expert Cuban Tour Leader
4 Night 5* Hotel
4 breakfasts/4 lunches
ALL Private ground transportation in day
Pre-trip departure information
Admission to ALL museums/public buildings listed on itinerary
Coordination of ALL listed activities on itinerary and admission to those activities
(this includes private music concerts, dance performances, artist visits etc.)
Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
Pay-in-Full Price: $2695 (BEST savings!) (ends 12/23 must pay in full at time of booking)
Early Bird Price: $2795 (NOW ENDS 1/19)
Base Price: $2995
Single Supplement: $350
$800 deposit to reserve your spot!
*See below for payment due date and procedure*
Not Included: Flights ($400-$500), tips ($12-$15/day), dinners and evening activities
Suggested flight from NYC on Delta or Jet Blue Need help with flights? Email US- email@example.com
Saturday, April 6-Depart to Havana/Hotel National/Classic Convertible Ride
Note for flights: Please have your flight arriving Havana by 1:30pm at the latest. If your flight arrives later, you will be responsible for your airport transfer to meet the group. Check in for flight from departure city and arrive at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. Our guide will meet you at the airport upon arrival and head to the hotel for check in and orientation.
In the afternoon upon arrival, we'll visit the famed Hotel National. The upscale, 457-room Hotel National de Cuba is the country's grande dame, with a fascinating and storied history, ranging from a major mafia meeting in the '40s that took place on-site to tunnels in the gardens used during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The common spaces, including the lobby and the ocean-view gardens, are gorgeous, casting light on Havana’s golden age of Cuban hospitality, nightlife and entertainment.
This will be followed by a ride in a classic convertible car around Havana City! Havana is a beloved by American visitors as a cache of thousands of vintage American cars, manufactured before the revolution and subsequent US embargo in 1960. In the absence of automobile imports, these living relics are preserved by Cuban mechanics and improvised fixes by the owners themselves. Experience an hour in a classic convertible Chevy, Ford or Oldsmobile.
Sunday, April 7-Architecture Tour/Private Concert/Ernest Hemingway Home
We’ll start our morning off by a walking tour to visit Old Havana and learn about Havana’s world-renowned UNESCO heritage designated architecture. There is no better introduction to Havana than a walk through Old Havana. On this walk you will see Old Havana’s 5 major plazas and explore the interiors of cathedrals and other important buildings. UNESCO designated Old Havana as a world heritage site in 1982. Although today, Havana is a sprawling metropolis of more than 2 million people, the old center retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, beautiful balconies and courtyards.
Visit the Taller de la Grafica to meet lithographers at their collective Located in the heart of the old city, Taller de La Grafica de la Havana is one of Havana’s most revered artistic attractions, featuring Lithograph artists who create and sell their own experimental work on site. Visitors are treated to explanations of the collective’s equipment and techniques from the artists themselves and can purchase art directly from the Taller.
After lunch at a paladar, we’ll experience a private concert with a professional music group followed by a visit to the home of Ernest Hemingway: “Finca la Vigia”
In 1940 Hemingway, with his new wife Martha, purchased a home outside Havana, where the couple lived for the next twenty years. The Hemingway’s named the site Finca Vigia, or “lookout farm,” and shared their home with dozens of Hemingway’s beloved cats, as well as trophies from many successful hunts and fishing expeditions.
Monday, April 8-Fine Arts Museum/Callejon de Hamel Afro Cuban Dancing and Drumming
We’ll start our morning off with a visit to the Fine Arts Museum with an expert private guide. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana is a museum of Fine Arts that exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations. It was founded on February 23, 1913 due to the efforts of its first director, Emilio Heredia, a well-known architect. In 1954, a new Palacio of Bellas Artes was opened, designed by the architect Rodriguez Pichardo. You will have the opportunity to explore this gem with an expert, private guide.
After the museum, we’ll visit the Callejon de Hamel for an Afro Cuban dancing and Drumming. Callejón de Hamel is a small alley derived from the name of a wealthy trader Fernando Hamel who maintained the entire district. Today it has become a place where the Afro Cuban art and Cuban traditions are practiced. The surrounding houses and buildings are covered with large murals in vivid colors. Tiny shops sell small pieces of Cuban art, hand carved wooden statues, paintings, and Santeria art. Aside from its funky street murals and psychedelic art shops, the main reason to come here is the frenetic rumba music that kicks off every Sunday at around noon.
After lunch at a paladar we’ll visit Fusterlandia, the home and gallery and mosaic art neighborhood of Jose Fuster, the Picasso of the Caribbean. As you leave Havana and enter Fusterlandia, you find yourself at the studio and residence of José Rodriguez Fuster. Geographically you will be in Jaimanitas, at the northwestern edge of the Cuban capital, but Jaimanitas has changed a lot since Fuster (as everyone here calls him) got to town 30 years ago and set about remaking the neighborhood in his own image.
The late afternoon will take us to see a Cuban Jazz concert with a young, award-winning artist A nighttime suggestion is a visit to the Cuban Art Factory
The idea is borrowed from Brooklyn and Berlin and everywhere else where old warehouse spaces are being repurposed as art galleries and/or performance venues. However, the Factory is 100 percent criollo, all Cuban, in both its ownership and operation. The Factory is the creation of X Alfonso, a popular Cuban rocker and features a 4-floor art gallery/film space/live music space as well as several outdoor and indoor bars.
Tuesday, April 9- Vinales Valley Day Trip
We'll start our morning by traveling in private transportation to Viñales. Here, we'll experience the gorgeous Venales Valley. This area is so beautiful, it is considered one of the "must see" when visiting Cuba. Here we'll meet a farmer in Cuba's famed tobacco fields, enjoy a delicious farm to table lunch, and visit the community project "Patio Pelegrin". This is often called the secret garden, which is not only an organic farm, but also a community hub for dance, literature, debate, music, and theater for local residents to cultivate their artistic and intellectual interests.
Wednesday, April 10-Havana-USA
If time permits in the morning before depart flight we’ll visit the San Jose Craft Market. San Jose craft market is Havana s largest craft market, offering clothing, paintings, tourist souvenirs, ceramics, baseball bats, jewelry, and a multitude of other products. It is open daily 9am-5pm. This harbor side warehouse was built in 1885 and is considered the oldest depository in Old Havana.
This itinerary is subject to change. In-country programming is customized for each group to maximize your cultural experience. To maintain authenticity, many of the places we visit are not tourist destinations and are not always available. Our programs are created to provide full-time educational exchanges through people-to-people contact. These programs require mandatory participation under our license by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Payment Due Dates and Procedures
All payments must be made on time to secure your spot. You may pay the balance in full anytime on/before the first due date.
You can pay the balance in either 3 ways:
-Venmo OR Zelle
-Pay online through website (a 3% service fee will be added to total-please inquire for link)
$1000 Jan 13th
$995/$1095 Feb 17 (final payment)
(if you signed up after sale price, your final balance is $800)