Cuba: Women’s Cultural Journey

$300.00$3,449.00

April 21-28, 2018
Cultural Cuba Tour

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Join us on this unique, one-of-a-kind…cultural tour to Cuba that embraces the African culture of the nation.

We celebrate the art, music, food and flare that the African slaves brought to Cuba. We dance, we sing, and…we eat! Highlights include: An evening at the famous Tropicana Club, Callejon de Hamel’s Sunday rituals, Old Havana’s Aramburu and Hospital streets, Museum of Santeria, Rum museum, Slave museum, Trinidad, sailing and more…


 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Expect an authentic journey to Cuba to experience first class service and amazing immersion into its African Culture.

You will have local guides throughout this journey who will take you deep within the culture, sights, sounds and art of African heritage in Cuba. Also, this journey includes many meals, so you will eat like the locals.

We are pleased to offer this tour so our cultures can blend together, and celebrate our unique diversities.

 


 

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

 

April 21 -USA, Havana [S, D]
Upon arrival at Jose Marti International Airport you be welcomed by our VIP Service that includes differentiated assistance, location, speed of baggage delivery and formalities for immigration and customs control. You’ll also have access to the VIP lounges enjoy a welcome cocktail. Then meet with the tour guide who will transfer you to your lodgment in Havana.

The rest of the day is at leisure.


This photo of Tropicana is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

In the evening you’ll be picked up and driven to the famous Tropicana Club for the night show and dinner.

Overnight in Havana

 

April 22- Havana (Old Havana, Hemingway & Santería)  [B/L/ D/S]
Your day will begin with the visit of Callejon de Hamel to see the Sunday´s ritual. The narrow two block long alley between Aramburu and Hospital streets in Centro Havana has over the years become a shrine to Afro-Cuban religions through the art created by Salvador Gonzalez. The buildings are lined with brightly-colored paintings,mirals, sculptures and objects, which depict rituals and deities. Also, rumba groups play here every Sunday.

woman playing drums, Hamel alley in center havana© Cuba Absolutely, 2014

photo courtesy of cuba absolutely

Later you will visit Cuban Yoruba Association. The association Cultural Yoruba provides a close look at African culture. The bigger-than-life orishas (Yoruban deities) on display are all identified and explained. It is also a place where people still come to pray ans give offerings to the various orishas.  Lunch at Doña Eutimia Restaurant.

Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour through Old Havana and its five main plazas, with stops at the residence of the island’s Captain General during the colonial era, the Havana Cathedral, Obispo Street, the Capitol building, and more. This tour provides the opportunity for cultural exchanges and gives you a taste of the island that feels like stepping into a time machine.

Old Havana has buildings and streets that are some of the oldest in the Americas, with some buildings dating to the 17th century. Though the buildings are hundreds of years old, they are still used to house a significant number of Havana’s inhabitants.

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Old Havana features the first church built on the island, a street paved with wooden bricks, palatial residences, and much more! During the walking tour, you will visit some of the most important placer in Havana related to Ernest Hemingway.

Enjoy a mojito in the Roof Garden with an amazing view of Havana and don’t miss the opportunity to take photos at Hemingway’s spots. Later visit his 2 preferred bars: the down-to-earth-earnestly popular La Bodeguita del Medio and the more upscale, yet authentically Cuban, La Floridita Bar and enjoy a special Daiquiri, Hemingway’s preferred drink. In the evening join your guide for another fantastic dinner at El Litoral or similar.

Evening event: Visit La Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a former cooking oil factory redeveloped into Havana’s most impressive entertainment complex replete with contemporary art galleries, artist marketplace, live theater performance space, and even nightclub. The numerous galleries showcase the amazing creative talent across artistic genres: photography, painting, printing, interactive, digital, fashion, and performance. La Fabrica demonstrates the “new” juxtaposed against the “old” that is Cuba today – it is not to be missed!

Overnight in Havana
April 23- Havana (Vintage Cars, Rum Experience) [B/D]
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning will be going to Guanabacoa to visit the Museum of Santeria. Guanabacoa has been historically one of the centers of Afro-Cuban culture in Havana. Later visit at Quasicuaba Association. Lunch at Al Carbon Restaurant.

Today you’ll have a free time that you may dedicate to shopping or to discover facets of Havana that you had in your agenda.

 

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In the afternoon you’ll be led to the Malecón, Havana’s well known 5- mile long drive along the sea for a ride on Convertible Vintage Car. Built in early 20th century as avenue it saw houses of all styles Neo-Classical, Art Nouveau and Modern, popping along the way and became the “official meeting point” for all Cubans, rich and poor.

Join your guide for a “Rum experience”, a walking leisurely through Havana to visit the Rum Museum where you’ll have the opportunity to sample fine Cuban rums. The Rum Museum includes a replica of a colonial era rum distillery and a presentation of the culture and tradition of Cuban rum production. The Museum also displays art works by contemporary Cuban artists. Some free time to rest and relax before your last delicious Cuban dinner at Chef Justo Restaurant or similar.

Dinner at San Cristobal Restaurant, and to close your Havana experience, enjoy the famous Buena Vista Social Club show at La Rosalia de Castro. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Overnight in Havana

 

April 24- Havana – Matanzas – Varadero [B/L/D]
Pack your bags, have breakfast at your hotel. Departing to Varadero. In route visit San Severino Fortress and the Route of Slave Museum. Lunch at Amelia del Mar.

Continue to Varadero. Arrive resort, check in…and enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight in Varadero

 

April 25- Varadero – Trinidad – Varadero [B/L/D]
Early in the morning departure to Trinidad. A Visit to the Valley of the Sugar Mills, where we will visit the Manaca Iznaga Sugar Mill ruins, one of the 56 major mills that once flourished. Cuba was a former economic leader due to its production of sugar, and the Iznaga family held great power until it declined after a tragedy of love. We will return to Trinidad afterwards.

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Lunch at San José (private paladar restaurant). This stylish eatery is famous its Spanish-influenced cuisine, seafood and pizzas. Consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in Trinidad.

After lunch, enjoy a walking tour through central Trinidad stopping at the Plaza Mayor, central cathedral, Templo de Yemayá and San Francisco Convent. You will see how the Cubans spared no expense building a beautiful city during the peak of the sugar production years before its economic decline. You will also learn about the importance of Trinidad for the African slave trade that existed to support the labor requirements of sugar production during those times.

Return to Varadero for overnight

 

April 26- Varadero – Sun Cruise. [AI]
Today you will enjoy one of the most interesting tour from Varadero. Unwind on this luxury catamaran cruise to a secluded and pristine key and enjoy an island of white sands and clear waters.

cuba-catamaran

Setting sail from Varadero, you’ll have an hour or so to chill out on deck, sit in the shade or top up your tan on the nets as you glide over the waves. Your first stop is at Rancho Cangrejo, a platform in the middle of the ocean where you can enjoy interacting with dolphins in their very own habitat.

Next up is Cayo Blanco, where you’ll drop anchor near the beach for lunch. Dine on fresh prawns, chicken, rice, and optional lobster on deck as the waves lap around you. Afterwards, there’s free time to sunbathe on the coral sands or swim in the ocean, perhaps taking another look at the undersea life- the waters here are bursting with tropical fish! Then, relax on board the catamaran again as we sail back to Varadero. Complimentary rum cocktails and beers are served throughout, helping to make the day complete.

Overnight Varadero

 

April 27- Varadero. [AI]
Day at your leisure to enjoy at the hotel.

Overnight Varadero

 

April 28- Varadero – Havana, USA [B]

Unfortunately all good things have an end!  Your guide will pick you up to take you to the
airport at the convened time so you can complete your departure formalities in good time and board your flight back home!


 

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

 VIP assistance
 Round trip transfers between airport and hotel
 3 nights accommodation in Havana
 4 nights accommodation in Varadero
 Meals
o Breakfast daily
o 4 lunches
o 3 dinners
o All Inclusive in Varadero Resort
 2 shows at renowned clubs
 Rum Experience
 Vintage car drive
 Sun Cruise
 Trinidad Day Tour
 Tailor-made sightseeing
 English speaking guide
 Entrance fees where required
 All taxes


 

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT DETAILS

A $300 deposit by June 30th, secures your spot, and is non-refundable.   

Following payments are required as follows:

$300 due by September 30, 2017

$300 due by October 30, 2017

$300 due by November 30, 2017

$300 due by December 30, 2017

$300 due by January 30, 2018

Final balance due by February 20, 2018


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