Much about travel in and around Cuba remains unique to Cuba. Please be aware that the itinerary below may be subject to change. Travel conditions generally reflect the current conditions in the country and can include great contrasts in service and amenities. Every effort will be made to ensure comfort and seamless logistics.
FEBRUARY 5th to 11th, 2017
Includes charter flight to and from Miami/ Havana, 6 nights accommodation, double occupancy; 5 breakfasts; 5 lunches; 5 dinners; all trip-related fees such as admissions, guides transportation for all scheduled activities. Does not include flights to and from Miami from destinations within the US, $25 Cuban entry tax and in-country gratuities. $400 single supplement
ACCOMMODATIONS :: HOTEL NACIONALE
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5th
Charter Flight from Miami to Havana
Walking Tour of Old Havana
We begin our introduction to the Vieja Habana with a leisurely walking tour in 16th century heart of this, the jewel of the Caribbean, structured around four plazas: Plaza De La Catedral, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco and perhaps the most beautiful and certainly the oldest Plaza De Armas.
Studio Visit and Dinner in an Artist’s Home
Two aspects of modern Havana converge in this hospitable treat, a studio visit with a contemporary artist who will also serve as our host for this welcome dinner
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6th
Tour of The Restoration Workshop School
We tour Melchor Gaspar de Jovellanos for a firsthand look at the work of the next generation of historic restorers and preservationists engaged in hands-on restoration of Cuba's colonial heritage
Walking Tour of The Prado
Also known as the Paseo de Marti, this 19th century grand boulevard has a uniquely Cuban mix of faded elegance and smart new buildings. Stops include a tour of the interior of the Gran Teatro de la Habana
Tour of National Museum of Fine Arts
Housed in a fine Modernist building and boasting a exceptional collection, the National Museum makes for an excellent introduction to contemporary Cuban art
Tour of Wilfredo Lam Institute
Founded in 1983 as a tribute to Wilfredo Lam, Cuba’s leading Modernist painter, the Institute is the lead organizer and exhibition space for the Havana Biennial
Dinner :: El Litoral
Much is changing in Cuba including fine dining. El Litoral is just one of the excellent new paladares—private restaurants--that we will frequent during our stay
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 7th
We the make the short trip across Havana Harbor to this small early 19th century church, shared equally by Catholics and practitioners of Afro-Cuban Santería. If time permits, we will also visit the fine collection of Santeria ceremonial paraphernalia at the adjacent municipal museum
In keeping with Havana’s lively contemporary art scene, there are a number of fine contemporary art galleries including Galería Habana, Galería Villa Manuela and the new and eclectic Fábrica de Arte Cubano
Dinner :: Cocina de Lilliam
A paladar in a beautiful residence in the elegant Playa section of Miramar, Cocina de Lilliam gets some of the island’s top culinary marks
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8th
Perhaps better known simply as ‘Hemingway’s House’, the house and grounds just to the south of Havana.
Lovingly maintained by the Cuban government since the writer's death in 1962.
Ceramic artist Jose Fuster has spent the last decade creating a wonderland, decorating more than 80 of his neighbor’s houses
with elaborate mosaics; each creation inspired by the personality of the individual homeowner
Dinner :: El Atelier
Rustic, elegant, rooftop just a few of the words—along with delicious—used to describe this fun eclectic, paladar
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9th and FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10th
Trip to Vinales and The Vinales Valley
Return to Havana Friday afternoon
Dinner :: Havana-Mia 7 (HM7)
We glimpse the future here at our farewell dinner at HM7, a stunning paladar with an open kitchen, sleek décor and superb international cuisine.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th
Return Charter Flight to Miami