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Cuba

Cuba

Tour Dates:
MAY 12 - 20, 2018

TBD (per person)


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Cuba - A Cultural Exploration A rich blend of cultures from across the Caribbean and around the world, Cuba is unlike any other country. Join us on an exclusive journey as we spend six nights in the city of Havana soaking in the island’s timeless culture, history, and art.

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Sample Itinerary

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Day 1: Miami to Cuba

  • AM - Check into Miami International Airport Hotel to prepare for early morning flight for Cuba on American Airlines chartered flight scheduled through US State Department.
  • After clearing immigration and customs, visit Revolution Square – first sighting of old classic cars.
  • Lunch at La Ferminia, in a restored mansion, accompanied by our local guide.
  • You will then take a short drive to the small town of Jaimanitas to meet renowned artist Jose Fuster. Known as the Picasso of the Caribbean, he has turned his home and community into a living art gallery that has transformed old facades into colorful murals.
  • Check in to our hotel with an afternoon orientation program. Evening celebration with a welcome dinner.Meals | Lunch| Dinner

    Day 2: Havana

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Participate in a discussion about Cuban jazz, culture and history with Alberta Faye a famous Cuban composer andsinger. The great Cuban music educator, Alberto Faya, demonstrates what it means to infuse performance with emotion

    and passion. Participated with the New York Jazz Academy’s trip to Cuba.

  • Visit to Abdala, Cuba’s top recording studio and enjoy live music.
  • After lunch we will have a walking tour of Old Havana visiting two main squares to learn about the state of architecture in Havana and restoration efforts throughout the city from a Cuban specialist, including the Bacardi and Capitol buildings! Experience examples of Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Colonial designs.
  • Visit San Jose Market in Old Havana located on the harbor. This cultural center includes art exhibitions, and its most significant offer is undoubtedly the handicraft on sale.
  • You will end the day with an enjoyable dinner at Paladar** Los Mercaderes.Meals | Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

    Day 3: Havana / Matanzas

  • After breakfast at the hotel, we will have an early morning departure to Matanzas the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas located on the northern coast. Matanzas is known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore.
  • Meet the directors and students of a local academy famous for their music and dance programs.
  • Lunch at Amelia del Mar
  • Participate in a lively exchange with members of Cuba’s most famous folkloric dance group; Afrocuba de Matanzas
  • Return to Havana in the evening and enjoy dinner overlooking the sea at Paladar Vista Mar, Biotrek’s pick, on our own,and transported by the classic car of your choice.

    Meals | Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 4: Havana

  • Breakfast at the hotel then we will visit a local food co-op.
  • Explore Cuba’s most impressive collection of national art with a specialist at the Fine Arts Museum
  • Lunch
  • Visit Garaje Nostalgicar where they have a collection of luxury cars from the 1950’s that have been completelyrefurbished. Visited by Secretary of State, John Kerry.
  • The day’s highlight will be a visit to Hemingway’s home, Finca Vijia, the birthplace of many of Hemingway’s bestworks, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and The Sea.

    Meals | Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 5: Havana

  • After breakfast at the hotel we will visit the Colon Cemetery and explore the two additional famous squares in Havana. 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.
  • Enjoy lunch at a Paladar in Old Havana
  • Culinary school cooking demonstration.
  • Local dance demonstration.Meals | Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

    Day 6: Havana

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by checkout.
  • Check in at Jose Marti International Airport and say farewell to Cuba.
  • Evening departure from Miami International to our final destinations.

 

*A significant portion of your in-country programming is customized for each group to maximize your cultural experience. Many of the places we visit are not tourist destinations and are thus not always available. Therefore, this program should be considered as a sample only – please keep in mind that your particular tour may vary. Final itineraries are sent to guests one to two weeks prior to departure.

** Paladares are family owned restaurants for visitors seeking a more vivid interaction with Cuban life, and they are noted the finest homemade Cuban food.

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Superior accommodations at the Meliá Santiago in Santiago De Cuba

Superior accommodations at the Parque Central in Havana

What’s Included:

  • First-class accommodations
  • Full schedule of guided people-to-people activities
  • Most meals while in Cuba
  • U.S. Treasury Department License and Letter of Authorization
  • Biotrek Cuba Tour Leader
  • Cuban Guide
  • Small group size of no more than 12 guests
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • All in-country ground transportation, and airport transfers
  • Travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, and trip cancellation coverage (up to $1,000)
  • Cuba Travel Guidebook
  • 24 hour emergency customer service hotline

Not Included in Tour Price:

  • US domestic flights are not included in the cost of the program.
  • Visa ($99)
  • Tips for your guide, driver, chambermaids, bell hops and waiters are not included in the program fee.You are remined to be prepared to pay for this yourself while in Cuba.
  • Alcoholic Beverages and bottled water are not included.
  • Meals include 1 beverage. Bottled water can be requested at meals and additional bottles of water can be purchased on a daily basis. Alcoholic consumption is on your own account.

 

Biotrek Adventure Travel, LLC is partnering with Insight Cuba, a division of Cross-Cultural Solutions, which provides authorized legal travel to Cuba. Participants will be taking part in “people-to-people” travel which provides purposeful travel and will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful exchange with Cuban people.

Many of the best Cuban tourist attractions are found in the capital city of Havana. Havana Vieja (old Havana) alone is packed with sights and delights. Key points of interest include:

  • Visit with an expert in Cuban architecture who will discuss Old Havana’s rich architectural heritage and UNESCO designation. Cuba architecture is an eclectic mixture of Spanish colonial/baroque, art deco and art nouveau.
  • During our walking tour of Old Havana learn about the state of architecture in Havana and restoration efforts throughout the city from a Cuban specialist.
  • Take a short drive to the small town of Jaimanitas to meet renown artist Jose Fuster. Known as the Picasso of the Caribbean, he has turned his home and community into a living art gallery that has transformed old facades into colorful murals.
  • Visit Colon Cemetery, Plaza of the Revolution, and the Malecon.
  • Explore the Cuban Fine Arts Museum and enjoy a presentation by local art historian.
  • Meet the dynamic artists and musicians behind Muraleando, one of Havana’s groundbreaking projects, where artist converted an old water tank into an art-and-performance space. Interact with artists at Murealando Community Project who use art to empower their community. They transformed the old facades of their neighborhood into colorful murals, turned dump yards into public parks and even used recycled materials to build their own Arc de Triomphe!
  • Visit the home of Ernest Hemingway (Lookout Farm). It was here he conceived his final masterpiece, The Old Man and the Sea.
  • Take a trip to the Plaza de San Fancisco de Asis in one of the antique American cars that the city is known for.

Outside Havana, explore the charming coastal city of Matanzas. Here your Cuban guide introduces you to:

  • Matanzas, where our first stop is a unique book publisher that makes handmade paper and hand-bound books. Signed copies of books can be purchased for a small fee.
  • We will visit a dance and performing arts center to meet with the performers and learn about rhumba and other folkloric dance forms.
  • The beat goes on during a special visit with AfroCuba de Matanzas, one of Cuba’s most respected folklore groups, performing traditional African dances, percussion and songs.

Rediscover Classic Cuba – A Cultural Heritage Exploration

Cuba is a country that can’t be singularly defined. Just when you think you have it pegged by the raw energy and hustle of Havana, its urban hub, its softer side – the outlying rustling tobacco fields, the farms tended by ox-driven plows – beckons to be explored. Cuba’s most famous city, Havana stir visions of brightly painted Colonial buildings, pounding mambo rhythms and barrios that bustle well into the night.

With U.S. travel to Cuba long forbidden until recently, these images may seem hazy, like paintings unfinished. Alongside Insight Cuba, you are finally able to complete the picture. At each destination, a generous Cuban spirit unfolds as the locals open their hearts and shed light on their colorful and often complex way of life.

As your first morning in Havana breaks, set out with your Cuban guide through the historic corridors of Old Havana. The UNESCO heritage area is spangled with 16th and 17th century buildings and cobblestone squares animated by the impromptu blare of trombones and lilt of guitars. Meet with experts regarding Cuba’s economy and burgeoning cottage industries. Linger in the company of musicians. This is true city rhythm. It’s the beat of life as the Cubans themselves know it.

To truly understand the social currents swimming beneath the surface, Biotrek takes you to places the typical traveler would never see. Meet with university students and professionals for candid discussions about daily life in Cuba before visiting an artist in his studio. Converse with an expert in Cuban architecture who will discuss Old Havana’s rich architectural heritage and UNESCO designation. Cuba architecture is an eclectic mixture of Spanish colonial/baroque, art deco and art nouveau. During our walking tour of Old Havana learn about the state of architecture in Havana and restoration efforts throughout the city from a Cuban specialist.

Meet the dynamic artists and musicians behind Muraleando, one of Havana’s groundbreaking projects, where artist converted an old water tank into an art-and-performance space. Interact with artists at Murealando Community Project who use art to empower their community. They transformed the old facades of their neighborhood into colorful murals, turned dump yards into public parks and even used recycled materials to build their own Arc de Triomphe!

Explore the charming coastal city of Matanzas, where our first stop is a unique book publisher that makes handmade paper and hand-bound books. Signed copies of books can be purchased for a small fee. We will visit a dance and performing arts center to meet with the performers and learn about rhumba and other folkloric dance forms. The beat goes on during a special visit with AfroCuba de Matanzas, one of Cuba’s most respected folklore groups, performing traditional African dances, percussion and songs.

Stroll along with an art specialist for an insightful tour of Havana’s Museum of Find Art. Visit Revolution Square where you will see a fantastic collection of colorful old classic cars.


Includes
  • All Excellent Accommodations
  • Ground Transportation
  • Most Meals and Additional Tours
  • International Air Travel Booked Separately; Call for Quote
  • This tour will be accompanied by Sunny Reyonds. Biotrek is partnering with a travel specialist that holds the legal necessary licensing and permits for Cuba.

* Minimum of 8 total participants are required for this private tour.

Travel

Travel with tour guide Sunny Reynolds, who has been showing the world to travelers since 1992. While this is not exclusively a photo tour, Sunny Reynolds as a professional photographer is happy to help all levels of photographers take better photos of their adventures.

  • Rates Based on Double Occupancy
  • Single Supplement Applies
  • Subject to Availability
  • All Prices subject to change