★ 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.
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.
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