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Havana
Las Terrazas
Soroa
Varadero

With the commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba taking place after more than 50 years, this tour is especially designed to commemorate some of the former relations between the two countries. You will travel back into history, visiting some of Hemingway’s favourite places. See the Hershey estate that produced the sugar for many a Hershey Chocolate bar, and the magnificent beach mansion of American magnate, Dupont, who made his fortune with the invention of nylon. You will also be immersed into present-day Cuba: its people, culture, arts and music.

Departure days: Sunday through Thursday departure works best for this tour. Any other departure day is possible, however, the program may have to be adjusted, due to Sunday closing of the Hemingway house and the vintage car workshop (included in the “Exploring the city in a vintage car” program).

From $ 1645 Per Person
(based on double occupancy)
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Individuals are authorized to travel to Cuba under a General License (general authorization) for “group people-to-people” travel if they, travel under the auspices of a U.S. organization and they adhere to a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba and which are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities. Persons relying on this authorization must bring a copy of their Certification and itinerary with them and maintain these records, as well as any other record related to the program, for 5 years. Travelers are required to participate in all scheduled activities on the tour.

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Day 1: Arrival Havana

★ Meet and greet at Havana International Airport on arrival day, including our VIP services.
★ Our airport representative will meet you at the gate and direct you to Preferential Immigration, the customs booth for VIP Lounge clients, diplomats and airline crew.
★ Use of the VIP lounge at Havana airport, while your luggage is taken care of.
★ Private transfer to Havana City.
★ Our Tour escort will meet you at your accommodation.
★ In Havana, you will be staying three nights in a hotel. We also offer a selection of Casas Particulares, B&B, Cuban Style. These can be booked on request.
★ In Havana, you will have 24/7 assistance from our concierge representatives. Our team can assist you with making reservations for the paladares. A paladar is a privately owned, in-home restaurant where you can learn more about authentic Cuban cuisine. Paladares are a unique example of economic reform in Cuba. Today, they’re home to some of the country’s most innovative and enterprising young chefs, putting a modern twist on traditional, classic recipes.

Upon arrival in Cuba you will receive (per booking):
★ 100 CUC (the local currency): to help you get out and about into your first day. This will prevent you from standing around, waiting to exchange cash in the airport.
★ WiFi scratch card: wherever you find WiFi available, you’ll be able to log on using this card.
★ Phone & charger (on loan): the phone comes pre-installed with numbers for our local representatives. It also contains 45 CUC of calling/texting credit.

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Day 2: Havana – Exploring the city in a Vintage car

Morning program:
★ Breakfast.
★ At 09:30AM, our concierge representative will meet you at your accommodation for a briefing.
★ At 10:00AM, start of the city program.
★ You will step into a vintage car, driven by your private driver, to explore Havana and cover all important landmarks.
★ Explore historical La Habana Vieja, a part of town founded in the 16th century, on a guided walk. Have exchanges with the locals in what is nowadays like an incredible open-air museum of architecture, art and culture. Learn more about the history of the area while strolling along the narrow colonial streets and interacting with the Cubans. There are many private enterprises, and you will see how the new Cuba is gradually being shaped.  
★ Lunch. Your table is booked at a paladar. Lunch is on your own. You can pay the restaurant directly in CUC.

Afternoon program:
You will visit a workshop where battered 50’s cars are lovingly restored into glamorous automobiles that each have a name; Madonna reputedly was carried away by “Nadine.” This is a family-run business that grew out of a passion for vintage cars. It is a typical example of cuentapropista (entrepreneurship) and offers visitors an opportunity to see examples of successful local enterprise in Cuba. Private enterprise is allowed in Cuba within limits. Learn more about this while the owner of this company, once a taxi driver, tells you his story.

Evening:
For the evening, there are many options. Our recommendation:
★ Visit the cultural project Fábrica del Arte Cubano (Thursday – Sunday, from 08:00PM).
For a fantastic opportunity to learn more about contemporary Cuban art and culture and really interact with local cultural figures, visit the cultural project Fábrica del Arte Cubano (FAC), the Cuban Art Factory. Founded in 2014, it serves to promote the work of some of Cuba’s unknown, albeit rising, modern artists, painters, photographers, musicians, and playwrights. The project is the brainchild of internationally renowned Cuban musician, X Alfonso, whose collaborative multimedia works with other artists sparked his desire to open a local arts space. The Cuban Art Factory hosts several galleries and performance spaces, and you will be able to enjoy exhibitions, live music, and performances by Cuba’s emerging artists, who all address social and cultural topics in their works. Insider tip: combine this visit with dinner at the privately owned restaurant, El Cocinero, next door.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3: Havana - Hemingway's Tale & Trail

★ Breakfast.
★ At 09:30AM, start of the Hemingway’s Tale & Trail program.
Delve into literary history by visiting Ernest Hemingway’s house. The writer lived in Cuba on and off for 20 years, and his Finca Vigia is where he wrote some of his most famous novels.
The tour includes plenty of opportunities to both learn about Cuba’s history and engage with today’s Cuba.
★ Visit the Finca Vigia where Hemingway wrote his famous novel, The Old Man and the Sea, and other works. The interior has remained intact, as if Ernest had just left the house for a break in between writing.
★ Explore Cojimar, the sleepy seaside village that served as inspiration and setting for The Old Man and the Sea. Meet today’s fishermen.  See how the locals now live, on a walking tour, which also takes you to Hemingway’s statue, made from old anchors and tools collected by local fishermen. You will also be treated to a cocktail in the restaurant, Las Terrazas, the preferred hangout of the author.
★ Visit Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana. You may peek inside room 511, where Hemingway used to stay in the 1930s.
★ Visit the restaurant-bars where Hemingway used to enjoy his favourite drinks, “My mojito in la Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.”
★ After the Hemingway’s Tale & Trail program, the literary theme continues, as you visit Havana’s first genuine antique bookstore, run by a young entrepreneur. Be welcomed in this shop. There is a wonderful selection of old artefacts. Delve into gathered piles where you may find rare collectibles including old coins, postcards, posters, magazines and art deco signs from the 1930s.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Lunch during the Hemingway tour is on your own, at a restaurant and location of your own choice in Cojimar or in Havana Old City. You can pay the restaurant directly in CUC.

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Day 4: Havana – Art, Culture and Community Project Las Terrazas

Art and nature are on the full day itinerary as the chauffeur/guide drives you in a jeep around Havana and to Las Terrazas, where you can meet the local artists who have made this former peasant village their home. Located 50 miles west of Havana, Las Terrazas was built in the 1970s around the beautiful lake Lago San Juan. As well as home to many artists‘ studios, it is now a famous eco-community project.
★ Breakfast.
★ Ride along the bustling Malecón, Havana’s famous boulevard. The quay wall accommodates todo Havana, from fishermen to amorous couples, musicians and entire families. This is indeed, Havana’s outdoor living room, where you can meet with the locals.
★ Immerse in local culture at Fusterlandia, where you can get to know the colourful works of Cuban artist José Rodriguez Fuster, who has been referred to as the Picasso of the Caribbean. Fuster not only turned his house, but the whole neighbourhood into a live museum. The messages are not only visual, they are also educational. Coming into the town of Jaimanitas and entering the house of Fuster may be a challenge for eyes not used to seeing beyond the apparent. Fusterlandia is a place which allows the dreamer to imagine things beyond what this planet allows him to see.
★ Explore eco-village Las Terrazas, where you can meet the local artists and taste the area’s excellent coffee at the charming hacienda Buenavista, dating from the 19th century. The area is part of a mass reforestation project that was launched by the Cuban government in 1968. It aims to provide sustainable economic development using natural resources. You will learn about the insights of this project at the visitors center.
★ Get to know Cuban folk culture at the memorabilia-filled house – now a museum – of the late Polo Montañez, one of Cuba’s most popular folk singers. Montañez was a simple farmer, a Guajiro Natural, which is also the title of his most famous song. Though famous in Cuba, he always stayed true to his farmer’s roots.

An additional special treat is the overnight stay in the Soroa/Las Terrazas region, a natural reserve. The surrounding mountains of the Sierra del Rosario are adorned with waterfalls, orchid gardens and one of the best birding sites of Cuba.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 5: The Legacy of Hershey and Dupont

Participate in discussions and learn more about the history of Americans in Cuba.
★ Hershey’s Kisses need no introduction, but did you know that the sugar for this sweet stuff once came from Cuba? En route to the Matanzas province, you will learn about the Cuban legacy of Mr Hershey. Amongst others, you will visit the community of Camilo Cienfuegos, formerly called Hershey. It was built as a model town by the Hershey chocolate company which owned the local sugar mill. Hershey town provided for wooden houses for the workers and had a movie theater, amusement park, and even a hotel. The facilities still stand, in what today looks like a lived-in museum.
★ Another icon of industry who lived in Cuba is Irénée du Pont, who made his fortune with the invention of nylon and lycra (check your swimwear for a “Lycra by DuPont” label). He built a fabulous mansion atop a cliff at Varadero beach, named Xanadu, where he entertained his guests in grand style.
★ Overnight at a hotel in Varadero.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: Homebound

★ Breakfast.
★ Private transfer from your hotel to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Note: Meals not included in this itinerary are on your own. You can pay the restaurants directly in CUC.

Cuba Tour – Day 6 - Havana

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American Heritage in Cuba
From $ 1645 - Per Person
6 days / 5 nights
The final price depends on travel dates, availability of the hotels and the services that may be included.