January 2019 Trip

Trip Itinerary

Saturday January 5, 2019
am    Check in at Miami airport for flight to Havana.
am    Depart for Havana on flight number to be determined
(noted as “TBD” in future entries).
am    Arrive Havana, change money to Cuban CUCs. Meet Cuban guide and driver. Enjoy panoramic overview of the city on bus ride to the city from the Havana airport.
12:00 pm  Lunch (not included) at a paladar.
3:00 pm  Check in to the Hotel Inglaterra or similar.
6:00 pm  Orientation and Welcome Dinner (included).

Sunday January 6, 2019
7 – 8:00 am  Breakfast (included) at the hotel.
9:30 am  Bus to the Zoological Park. Welcome and bus tour of the zoo. Highlights included zebra on the “African Plain.” Cuban photographer Wildy Diaz and other model boat makers will describe the process of constructing their boats and demonstrate their models in the water.
2:00 pm  Bus to Old Havana for lunch (not included).
3:00 pm  Walking tour of the four major plazas of Old Havana: Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de San Francisco de Asis.
4:30 pm  Return to hotel by bus.
6:30 pm  Bus to dinner (not included).
8:00 pm  Bus to La Cabaña fortress for the cannon blast ceremony that recreates the traditional cannon shot of the colonial period.

Monday January 7, 2019
7 – 8:00 am  Breakfast (included) at the hotel and check out.
8:30 am  Visit the store and then the Partagás Cigar Factory in Central Havana.
10:30 am  Visit with ICAP, the Cuban Association of Friendship with the Peoples.
12:30 pm  Lunch at a paladar (included).
2:00 pm  Depart by bus for Trinidad. Check in at Hotel Ancon or similar.
6:00 pm  Dinner (included) at the hotel.

Tuesday January 8, 2019
7 – 8:00 am  Breakfast (included) at the hotel.
10:00 am  Walking tour of Trinidad.
12:30 pm  Lunch (included) at a local paladar.
2:00 pm  Visit to the Valle de los Ingenios, an area of colonial sugar mills.
6:00 pm  Dinner (included) at the hotel.

Wednesday January 9, 2019
7 – 8:00 am  Breakfast (included) at the hotel and check out.
9:00 am  Return to Havana, stopping in Cienfuegos, one of the latest settlements established during the colonial era, for a walking tour, followed by free time to explore the cathedral, the Tomás Terry Theater and the monuments around the Parque José Martí.
1:30 pm  Lunch (included) in Cienfuegos, likely at a waterfront restaurant.
2:30 pm  Continue to Havana.
5:45 pm  Check in at hotel.
8:00 pm  Possible opportunity to attend a theater performance.

Evening Dinner on your own.

Thursday January 10, 2019
7 – 8:00 am  Breakfast (included) at the hotel.
9:00 am  Visit to educational institution, possibly ISA art schools for guided tour of the architecture, and opportunity to meet teachers and students the School of Visual Arts designed by Cuban architect Ricardo Porro.
11:00 am  Visit the Museum of the Revolution in the former Presidential Palace.
12:30 pm  Lunch (not included) at a paladar.
2:00 pm  Visit Fototeca followed by a bus tour of Modern Havana. Stop at the Plaza of the Revolution and tour Colón Cemetery with a guide, followed by visit to Callejón de Hamel in the heart of Cayo Hueso. Witness the fusion of African and Spanish cultures in a rumba performance by local musicians. Salsa lessons.

Evening Your time is free the rest of the afternoon and evening. Walk on Obispo Street to see local shops. Enjoy a drink on the roof of the Inglaterra Hotel or in the lobby of the Hotel Parque Central. Stop at Floridita bar, frequented by Ernest Hemingway. Listen to live music in one of the many cafes and hotels. Dinner on your own.

Friday January 11, 2019
7 – 8:00 am  Breakfast (included) at the hotel.
10:00 am  Visit the Museum of Fine Arts with guided tour of art by Cuba’s most significant artists.
12:00 pm  Visit Finca Vigía, Hemingway´s house and museum.
1:30 pm  Lunch (included) served family style at El Ajiaco restaurant in Cojímar or other.
2:30 pm  Bus tour of the town of Cojímar and fishing harbor, where Ernest Hemingway fished.

Continue along the north coast of Cuba to the photogenic town of Hershey, built in 1916 as a company town with a large sugar mill, now in ruins. NOTE: Cuban photographer Wildy Diaz may accompany the group on today’s excursion.

5:15 pm  Return to Havana by bus.
8:00 pm  Farewell dinner (included) at a gourmet Havana restaurant.
9:30 pm  Socialize at our hotel and say goodbye to Cuban friends you may have made.

Saturday January 12, 2019
7 – 8:00 am  Breakfast (included) at the hotel.
8:00 am  Check out of hotel and transfer to airport.
11:15 am  Depart for Miami (or other U.S. destination). Flight to be determined

 

 

Travel to Cuba by United States citizens is restricted by the U.S. government. This trip complies with all United States and Cuban government regulations for People-to-People trips.

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