Tour Colors of Cuba

DEPARTURE: Monday - RETURN: Sunday

7 days - 6 nights

Summary of the program


With this tour travelers will discover the wonders of the central side of the island, which treasures romantic cities frozen in time and at the same time the contrast of the west and more develop city of Havana. Travelers will enjoy the most exciting people to people activities through the culture and a closer approach to the emerging art scene, altogether with the excellence of an upgraded service, and the best venues and dishes of the Cuban cuisine.


Highlights :  Cienfuegos City - Print Workshop - Cienfuegos Vocal Choir - Sugar Cane Mills Valley - Ceramic Workshop - Ernest Hemingway´s Museum - Old Havana Walking tour - Dance –theatre group - Museum of Fine Arts - Art Studio - Cigar factory - Necropolis Cristopher Colombus.


Itinerary

The itinerary is subjected to change according to local conditions, such as traffic, weather or availability of the cultural project.

Activities in this itinerary should be considered a sample only. Final itineraries are sent to guest one or two weeks prior to departure.

Check in begins roughly at 3:00 pm (Eastern Time). The tour star time will vary slightly depending on flight arrivals. 

Airlines recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure

  • 1

    A representative of Cuba Bien travel agency will meet you at Miami International Airport to help you check-in your flight to Havana.

    After a 45 min flight you will be at Cienfuegos International Airport ‘Jaime Gonzales’. Upon arrival you will clear immigration and proceed to pick up your luggage.

    Outside the terminal you will be welcome by a Cuba Bien staff member and your local guide.

    After being pick-up at the airport, you will have a 15 min drive to Cienfuegos City historical center and start the walking tour of its main square.

    Known as the ‘Pearl of the South’, Cienfuegos is a unique city in Cuba which combines its French influence with the waters of the bay that surrounds it. Founded almost at the turn of the 19th century, the city became one of the most important centers for trade and commerce in the Island.

    During the tour, you will have the opportunity of visiting the ‘Tomas Terry’ Theater. Its stage have been decorated with the performances of Sarah Benhardt and Enrico Carusso.

    Later on, you will be taken to ‘Taller de Gráfica de Cienfuegos’, a printing workshop where artist share their knowledge and charisma with the visitors. You will learn there about the community project they carry out with Down syndrome patients.

    A light lunch will be provided at ‘La Union’ hotel restaurant before you go and check-in at Hotel ‘Jagua’ where you will spend 2 nights.

    Before dinner there will be a special music presentation by Cienfuegos vocal choir. At the end of the show you will be able to interact with the singers.

    Tonight dinner will be at ‘El Lagarto’ family restaurant located by the waters of Cienfuegos bay.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner


  • 2


    Today after breakfast at the hotel, you have worthy hour and a half drive to ‘Trinidad’. This is the best well preserved colonial village in Cuba. With its cobble stone streets and roof tile houses, Trinidad is a place frozen in time which will take back to the era of the pirates who populated the waters of the Caribbean Sea.

    You will visits well the most important symbol of ‘Trinidad’, the ‘Hacienda’ with the highest tower ever been built during colonial times in the Caribbean. Enclosure in the Sugar Cane Mills Valley, ‘Hacienda Manaca-Iznaga’, own by one of the wealthiest sugar barons, represents the time in which slave trade was the engine behind the Cuban economy.

    Lunch will be at ‘Sol-Ananda’ Restaurant. A small family business when the chefs combine the Cuban traditional cuisine with the flavors ofOriental food.

    After lunch you will visit ‘Casa Santander Ceramic Workshop’. The Santander family emigrated from Spain more than a 120 years ago and they have a long tradition of working with ceramics. You will find out how they have been able to keep on going with their business and how they have been involved in the restoration of ‘Trinidad’.

    You will return back to the hotel and rest until dinner at ‘Finca del Mar’, the best restaurant in town.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • 3

    This morning you will have an early start. After checking out at the hotel, you will have a 3 and a half hour drive to Havana, a good chance to bombour knowledgeable local guide with your questions.

    A half way 20 min stop at ‘Finca Fiesta Campesina’ will give you the opportunity to stretch your legs, use the restrooms and enjoy the best coffee in the area.


    Once in Havana, you will go straight to lunch at ‘El Divino’ restaurant. Own by an Italian wine sommelier and his Cuban wife Yoandra, ‘El Divino’ originated as support for a community project which trains young children in arts and respect for nature, and provides free meals to seniors without family care.

    After lunch you will visit what it used to be Hemingway’s only property overseas, ‘FincaVigia’. Even when visitors cannot walk inside de house for a matter of protection of the pieces collected there, you will be able to be in touch with Hemingway’s life style and his nearly 21 years living in that location.

    After this tour your driver will take you to the ‘MeliaCohiba’ Hotel. Located in the center of the City and run by the Sol-Melia Spanish corporative group, the ‘MeliaCohiba’ has a vast experience in working with our clients. You will stay at The Level VIP floor with a separate reception desk and a more private restaurant for their guest.

    This evening dinner will be on your own. Our local guide will help you suggesting places to go out for dinner and will make reservations.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • 4

    After breakfast, you will take a 15 min drive from the hotel to the Historical Center of the oldest district in Havana to enjoy a walking tour around its main squares.

    Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Old Havana is surrounded by an impressive architecture, cobble stone streets and military fortresses that used to defend once, one of the most important strongholds of the Spanish Crown against the attack of pirates and corsairs.

    You will have the opportunity during the tour to attend a cultural performance of the dance-theatre group ‘Retazos’. Before the show, you will have a brief explanation of this community project.

    Lunch will be at the world famous ‘La Guarida’ restaurant. With a unique layout, ‘La Guarida’ was the set for the only Cuban Oscar nominated movie, Strawberry and Chocolate and one of the first pre-Revolution family restaurants in Havana.

    After lunch you will return to the hotel and the rest of the afternoon will be at leisure.

    You will have the option this evening of attending a presentation of Cuban Traditional Music at the ‘Habana Café’ showroom. This activity is not included in our package tour, however, our Cuba Bien representative will help you arranging it with no additional cost for his/her services.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


  • 5

    You will have breakfast at the Hotel and will get ready to go to the museum of Fine Arts in Havana.

    The ‘Museo Nacional de BellasArtes’ hosts the largest collection of Cuban art in the world. You will be given a private tour by one of the curators of the museum through the history and the colors of the Cuban people.

    Today lunch will be at ‘Al Carbon’ (The Grill), a restaurant just right across from the museum.

    After lunch you will visit the studio of a young and prominent Cuban artist. You will learn about how artist develop and carry out their work in this country.

    You will be taken back to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure.

    Tonight you will have the choice of stay and rest at the hotel or enjoy the world famous Tropicana Show. Tropicana is the oldest and best well known entertainment show in Cuba.  It opened its doors in 1939 and it hasn’t lost the 1950’s feeling that made it so popular among American tourists. Our representative will let you know ahead of time the cost for the entrance fee and help you out with the reservations.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • 6

    Today after breakfast you will visit the largest cigar factory in operation today in Cuba. ‘La Corona’ Cigar Factory will offer you the opportunity of learning about the creation of one of the most famous jewels of the Island, the ‘Habano’ cigar. This will be a great chance to exchange with the workers of the factory and talk about their roll in giving life to a work of art.

    A place you cannot miss while you are in Havana, and only 10 minutes away from the cigar factory, is the Necropolis Christopher Colombus. This is the largest of 26 cemeteries in the city, and compare to ‘Pere Lachaise’ in Paris and ‘La Recoleta in Argentina’. Its Carrara marble mausoleums while make you realize of the wealth enjoyed once by some Cuban families.

    You will make a stop at the ‘Hotel Nacional’ for a drink or coffee and a tour of the Hall of Fame.

    Your next stop will be at ‘La Moraleja’ restaurant where you will try the aromas and flavors of the Cuban cuisine.

    Before we go back to the hotel, our driver and guide will take you to ‘Mercado de San Jose’, a former warehouse by the Port of Havana that has become one of the most vivid examples of the Cuban free market industry. While you are there, you will interact with the free lancers who will eagerly, but gently offer their items to you.

    You will go back to the hotel to rest after a long day and later get ready for the farewell dinner.

    You will be picked up in old classic convertibles to take you to dinner at ‘Le Chansonnier’, a little jewel in the heart of ‘Vedado’ neighborhood. You will enjoy your farewell dinner together with your new Cuban friends in an almost surrealist venue.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • 7

    Breakfast will be complimentary at the hotel. Your local guide will help you with the check-out.

    We strongly recommend our client to make sure they have all their belongings with them and triple check they have not leave anything behind, specially their passports and visas.

    You will be transfer to the airport where our staff will help you checking-in your flight. You will clear immigration and customs and board the plane for a 45 min fly to Miami International Airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

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