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Cuba: History & Culture: People To People
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Cuba: History & Culture: People to People

7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey

Havana, Vinales, Varadero & Mantanzas

Accompanied by an experienced Cox & Kings guide, you'll explore the culture and history of this nearby island long closed to American visitors. From your base in Havana, visit universities, artists' workshops, organic farms, daycare for underprivileged children, limestone caves, community sustainability projects, and more as you relish exclusive cultural experiences, meet one-on-one with the locals, and reach a greater understanding of Cuba of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Havana, Cuba

    Upon arrival in Havana, you embark upon an architectural overview tour of the city, which highlights some of the most famous buildings designed in the 1940s and '50s. For lunch, stop at the Plaza de Revolution before dining on authentic Cuban cuisine at a local paladar. This afternoon, meet with a young Havana resident to learn about life in Cuba today. After dinner at your hotel, enjoy an evening visit to the impressive fort of San Carlos de la Cabana, which was built in 1764 to protect the harbor from pirates.

    Saratoga Hotel - 6 Nights (D)
  • Day 2
    Havana, Cuba

    After breakfast, embark on a walking exploration of Old Havana, including a tour of the incredible cathedral, which was built in the 18th century and constructed largely from blocks of coral cut from the Gulf of Mexico. Continue to the lively Santo Angel neighborhood to visit a community sustainability project and enjoy lunch. At the Casa de Africa, join the musical director to learn about Afro- Cuban religion during a performance of rituals and interactive discussion. Savor dinner of Cuban specialties at a friendly, open-air patio restaurant.

    Saratoga Hotel (B, L, D)
  • Day 3

    After breakfast today, head out of town to explore the mogotes of Pinar del Rio, the limestone hills with underground rivers and caves. Then, visit the town of Vinales, and meet the farmers at a local organic farm. Over coffee and lunch, learn about life in this rural region. This afternoon, meet with tobacco farmers at a nearby farm and learn about cigar rolling at an interactive demonstration. Return to Havana for dinner.

    Saratoga Hotel (B, L, D)
  • Day 4

    This morning, you will travel by road to Varadero and the Taller de Ceramica Artistica to learn from the local people about the techniques they use for creating and decorating pottery. Have lunch at the former DuPont House with a guided historical tour of the property. Explore the town of Matanzas and meet young art students at a local school. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

    Saratoga Hotel (B, L, D)
  • Day 5

    After breakfast, visit the University of Havana, where you'll meet with some of the young English students and faculty. Later, explore the Muraleando Community Project, which involves an entire community in classes of art, ceramics, music, dance and sculpture. Enjoy lunch before listening to the music and a lecture about the traditional instruments of Cuba, at the Cuban Institute of Music. Dinner this evening will be at your hotel.

    Saratoga Hotel (B, L, D)
  • Day 6

    Depart this morning for a nearby daycare center for underprivileged children, and meet the farmers at a local organic farm. Attend a presentation by an art historian at the Cuban Fine Arts Museum and visit some local artists in their home and workshop. End your day with a guided tour of Finca Vigia, which was formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway. This evening indulge yourself during your farewell dinner with your travelling companions.

    Saratoga Hotel (B, L, D)
  • Day 7
    Depart Havana

    You will be accompanied to the airport for your onward flight.

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