FLY TO HAVANA AND EXPLORE THE OLD PART OF THE CITY
You will arrive at “Jose Marti” International Airport where you will complete the immigration and customs processing and meet your local tour guide.
Your guide will take you to a welcome lunch at one of the best paladars (family-run restaurant) in Havana. After lunch, you will walk throughout the cobblestone streets of Havana to enjoy the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A bus a panoramic tour will follow.
In the late afternoon visit “El Morro”, a fort at the entrance to the Bay of Havana and enjoy the panoramic view.
CUBAN ART & ARCHITECTURE OF MODERN HAVANA
The morning will begin with the visit to one of the most important cemeteries in Western Hemisphere, “Christopher Columbus” cemetery. The exploration of modern Havana architecture will continue with the visit to the civic center of the city, the “Revolution Square.”
Lunch will be served at “Mediterraneo Habana” a private restaurant pioneering the farm to table approach. One of the staff members will make a small presentation about the story of this restaurant and about how they have managed to overcome the challenges of running a private business in Cuba.
The afternoon will begin with a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts. A local art specialist will show you the history of Cuba seen through the eyes of Cuban artists of all times, José Rodriguez Fuster. Fusterland, located in Jaimanitas, a small town west of Havana, is the residence of Cuban artist Jose Fuster. Here you will have the opportunity to visit his home studio to experience first-hand the artistic transformation has made in his community.
Your ride to dinner will be in a vintage car. This is a great opportunity to talk to the drivers and find out more about how they manage to keep these cars running. Dinner will be at a premier Havana paladar.
Immerse yourself deeper in the culture and enjoy a Cuban music show on your last night in Havana.
Depart for “The Perl of the South”, Cienfuegos. En route visit Hemingway’s former residence in Havana, “Finca Vigia” located east of Havana in the small working-class town of San Francisco de Paula.
After the visit, head to Cienfuegos. The local tour guide will take this opportunity to talk about how is Cuba’s daily life and the cost of living among other topics.
Upon arrival in Cienfuegos pay a visit to Tomas Terry Theater, and explore the main square declared a UNESCO Heritage site. Enjoy dinner at a local private restaurant.
DAY TOUR OF TRINIDAD
This morning you will explore Trinidad, a one-of-a-kind, well preserved Spanish colonial settlement frozen in time. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this town where huge sugar fortunes were made back in the 18th and 19th-century.
Pay a visit to the home studio of Carlos Mata and daughter Amaya to talk about their work. The stunning 19th-century colonial house of the Mata’s is also B&B. A brief presentation will be made about how they manage to run a private business along with their creative work.
Return to Cienfuegos after lunch and enjoy the farewell dinner at a premier paladar in Cienfuegos.
TRANSFER TO CIENFUEGOS AIRPORT
Board your international flight home.