Tour introduction and overview of activities

A Cuba expedition focused on people-to-people education, nature and cultural exchanges. The program is geared to naturalists, and lovers of the arts, history and architecture. The tour has a very diverse itinerary and features comfortable accommodations and tasty Cuban cuisine.

Cuba’s big! Its land mass is 42,426 square miles – about 80 percent the size of Alabama. Cuba is nearly as large as Louisiana, and larger than Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio or Indiana. Altogether it’s bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont combined.

Day 1 – Saturday :: Arrival and hello Cuba

  • Arrival at Havana’s José Martí International Airport. Collect your bags and go through customs. You’re welcomed at the airport lobby by your Cuba Explorer Tours guide and professional bus chauffeur.
  • Private transfer to your hotel.
  • Private check-in with assistance from your guide.
  • Free time to settle in and rest up at your hotel.
  • This evening you’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner with your Cuban guide and tourmates at Los Naranjos private restaurant . (included)
  • Your guide with keep you posted on local entertainment options.

Day 2 – Sunday :: Exploring Old Havana, our common heritage

  • Breakfast at hotel (included)
  • Morning visit to the Maqueta de La Habana Vieja. It's a 1:500 scale model of Old Havana complete with an authentic soundtrack meant to replicate a day in the life of the city. It's incredibly detailed and provides an excellent way of geographically acquainting yourself with the city’s historical core. The model is used for social development and planning.
  • Followed by a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll visit four of the five historic plazas that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere. It contains the largest collection of remaining colonial-era architecture. This is a private tour led by your Cuba Education Tours guide.
  • Lunch at el Rum Rum private restaurant (included in tour cost)!
  • Visit Museo de Artes Decorativas.
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner tonight is not included. You are free to explore different eateries. Your guide will advise on restaurants for every taste and budget.
  • Evening is free to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Your guide will keep you posted on evening entertainment options.

Day 3 – Monday :: Havana and Las Terrazas

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Morning departure to Las Terrazas eco-community, which was declared a biosphere reserve by the United Nations
  • Visit a rural village called Rancho Curujey
  • Visit the art studio of a local artist
  • Lunch at an open-air restaurant La Casa del Campesino, included
  • Return to Havana.
  • Dinner tonight is not included. You are free to explore different eateries. Your guide will advise on restaurants for every taste and budget.
  • Evening is free to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Your guide will keep you posted on evening entertainment options.

Day 4 – Tuesday :: University education

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit ISA, the University of Arts and meet professors and students.
  • Visit José Fuster, one of Cuba's most important ceramists and painters at his whimsical studio in Jaimanitas, just outside of Havana.
  • Lunch at Fuster’s, included
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner tonight is at El Decamerón private restaurant.
  • Evening is free to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Your guide will keep you posted on evening entertainment options.

Day 5 – Wednesday :: Cuban art

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit the studio of Afro-Cuban artist Eduardo Roca (Choco)
  • Lunch at Habana 61 private restaurant (included)
  • Visit Museo Nacional de la Cerámica. Housed within casa de Francisco Aguilera Basabe a two history building built in 1728, this museum exhibits Cuban art pottery from 1950 to the present day on the top floor, while the ground floor has a ceramic shop, temporary exhibition areas, lecture hall and an archaeological site.
  • Dinner tonight is not included. You are free to explore different eateries. Your guide will advise on restaurants for every taste and budget.
  • Evening is free to explore the sights and sounds of the city. Your guide will keep you posted on evening entertainment options.

Day 6 – Thursday :: Cigar factory and Museum of Fine Arts

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit the Partagás Cigar Factory
  • Lunch at El Zaguan private restaurant, included
  • Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Cuban collection
  • Return to hotel
  • Dinner tonight is not included. You are free to explore different eateries. Your guide will advise on restaurants for every taste and budget.
  • EVENING ENTERTAINMENT SUGGESTION: Casa de la Música de Centro Habana, one of the best settings to listen to great traditional music. Dance with Cubans and foreign visitors

Day 7 – Friday :: Arts and organic farm

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit the studios of Abel Barroso who constructs playful works that often invite the viewer to interact. We’ll have the opportunity to discuss Cuban art and its influences and to see where art being done in Cuba intersects with the art being done in the US.
  • We'll visit the UBPC Vivero Organopónico Alamar, 15 km (9.3 miles) east of Havana. It's one of the most successful urban organic farms in Cuba raising ornamental plants, medicinal herbs, and millions of seedlings for neighboring residential and collective farms. Established in the early 1990s, the Alamar cooperative has over 20 members and provides a range of healthy, organic vegetables to the community. Produce is raised employing the practice of permaculture: no chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Instead, natural biological methods are used to nourish the soil, frustrate pests and conserve water. The result is an increased rate of yield and reduced costs.
  • TOUR HIGHLIGHT: Special lunch prepared by El Ajiaco private restaurant in Cojimar , a small fishing village one of Hemigway’s favorite places
  • Return to hotel in Havana.
  • Farewell dinner at Mediterraneo Havana private restaurant, included

Day 8 – Saturday :: Havana and Home

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Check-out of hotel
  • Transfer to José Martí International Airport for flights home
Cuba travel is a challenge. Our staff and Cuban partners work super hard to make your tour unfold seamlessly despite Third World conditions on the island. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Flexible travelers understand this is part of their Cuban adventure.

Tour cost based on double room occupancy (sharing a double room during tour). Cost of a single room for duration of tour is $700. Youth 11 years old at time of travel get a 25% discount. Kids under 2 years go for free.

Tour date Cost Comments Availability
Jan 5 to Jan 12, 2019 $ 2875
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Tour meals at your hotel and at fine restaurants
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  • All taxes. Prices listed are the total amounts you pay. All amounts are quoted in US dollars.
  • Airport transfers: We meet you at José Martí Int’l Airport in Havana and take you to your hotel upon arrival. We return you to José Martí Airport for departure. Transfer cost will be included in the tour price if the clients arrive the same day the tour begins and depart the same day the tour ends.
  • Hotels as listed in tour itinerary or similar.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary.
  • All activities, services, speakers, meetings and meals as described in tour itinerary except those noted as “optional” or “not included in cost.”
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach transportation and a full-time professional driver.
  • An expert Cuban English-speaking guide and translator whose background matches tour content throughout the program.
  • Ongoing support from Cuba Explorer Tours staff in Canada, United States and Cuba before, during and after your stay.
  • Emergency collect call access to our North American staff while in Cuba.
  • Emergency cash advances for our tour participants who face complications accessing funds from aboard while in Cuba.
  • Cost of airfare to and from Havana
  • Cuban Visitor Card
  • Gratuities for Cuban tour guide, bus driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters, etc
  • We strongly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance. See Allianz Global Assistance