HAVANA + VINALES

November 13 to November 18, 2016

Havana Accommodations: Casa Misiones 51

The cost for this trip is not yet set pending the requisite itinerary approval from the Cuban government.  In the meantime, costs are likely to be between $2000 to $2250 per person. This cost includes 'guesstimates' for accommodations, meals, guides, gratuities and transportation as well as the charter flights to and from Havana (from Miami, Fla).  In addition to these costs and not included in the above amount are domestic air travel to Miami and a probable overnight stay in Miami.  These costs--again 'guesstimates'--are projected to be approximately $400 to $450. 

Places are held with a deposit of $500 payable to Studio Traveler, 112 Fisher Park Circle, Greensboro, NC, 27401.  

Deposits will be partially refundable until itinerary and final costs are approved by the Cuban government.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13

Arrive in the morning by Charter

Lunch :: La Bodega Del Medio

An iconic restaurant in an ideal location in Old Havana

This meticulously restored UNESCO World Heritage site is reason enough to travel to Cuba--beautiful and transporting to another time and place.

Guided walking tour of Old Havana

Dinner :: La Guerida

Simply one of the best paladares in Cuba and in a stunning setting!

MONDAY NOVEMBER 14

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 Taller Experimental de Gráfica

An open studio for young and established graphic artists located in Old Havana

Lunch :: Dona Eutimia

A small and charming paladar that receives excellent reviews 

Guided Tour of Colon Cemetario

Colon Cemetery is one of the great historical cemeteries of the world, and is generally held to be the most important in Latin America in historical and architectural terms.

Dinner :: Habana 61

Both gorgeous and delicious--and around the corner from our hotel!

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15

 Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla

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 and then on to  visit the fine collection of Santeria ceremonial paraphernalia at the adjacent municipal museum

Lunch :: 'TBD & On The Road'

Finca La Vigia

Perhaps better known simply as ‘Hemingway’s House’, the house and grounds just outside of Havana.  Lovingly maintained by the Cuban government since the writer death in 1962

A Visit To Mosaic Artist Jose Fuster

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.

Drinks at The Nacionale

When Americans envision pre-Revolutionary Cuba, the sum of their visions may be  this iconic grand hotel.  We have drinks on the terraced grounds overlooking the sea.

Dinner :: Le Chansonnier

An elegant paladar in the Vedado neighborhood; considered one of Havana's best

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Travel to Vinales with farm tours in the afternoon. 

Lunch :: Finca Agroecologica El Paraiso

Overnight in Vinales in a local casa particular 

Dinner :: TBD

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Hiking in Vinales countryside

Lunch :: TBD

with a late afternoon  return to Havana

Dinner :: TBD

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18

 Return to Miami