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Signature Cuba: A Private People to People Journey (2016)

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Days: 7  |  From: $10,795


Signature Cuba: A Private People to People Journey

Day 1: Arrive Miami, Florida

Arrive at Miami International Airport, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your accompanying Abercrombie & Kent Program Director at a briefing this evening.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

Day 2: Havana, Cuba / Experiencing a Paladar

Transfer to the Miami International Airport and check in with VIP assistance for your short charter flight to Cuba. Upon arrival at José Martí International Airport in Havana, complete immigration and customs formalities and meet your guide. Take a short tour of Havana, seeing Revolution Square and the José Martí Memorial by Coco Taxi. Stop briefly at the historic Hotel Nacional for a mojito and narrative on its fascinating past. Have lunch before checking in to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a private paladar.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Havana / Hemingway Connection

Visit a local daycare center, where you meet with teachers and interact with children. Pause for a cooking demonstration, followed by lunch at an organic farm. Continue to Finca La Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s former home, where The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls were penned. Have dinner on your own this evening.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Las Terrazas / Art & Nature

Drive to the pioneering eco-village of Las Terrazas, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and site of the earliest surviving coffee plantation in Cuba. After a family-style lunch in a campesino (farmhouse), explore the Jaimanitas neighborhood, stopping at the whimsical studio of José Fuster, a renowned Cuban painter and ceramicist. Take part in a discussion about the artist’s work and the role the arts play in contemporary Cuba. Return to your hotel, and have dinner on your own.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L

Day 5: Havana / U.S. & Cuban Relations

Today’s introduction to historic Havana begins with a brief discussion by a Cuba policy expert on Cuba-U.S. relations, from the colonial era to the present day. Take part in a thought-provoking question and answer session. Then, visit the Museo de Artes Decorativas, an arts museum in the former residence of the María Luisa Gómez-Mena, Countess of Revilla de Camargo. After lunch, attend a cigar-rolling demonstration and rum sampling. Later, meet a local salsa instructor to talk about the history of this native rhythm and the importance of dance in Cuban life, followed by a refreshing mojito and lesson under your instructor’s attentive eye. This evening, attend a Tropicana show, an energetic Cuban cabaret.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: Havana / Architecture & the Arts

Stroll through Old Havana with a local architect, discussing the challenges and successes of city reconstruction projects amid vibrant, extraordinary architecture. After lunch, witness storied Colon Cemetery. Founded in 1876, it is the site of more than 800,000 graves and one million interments. Under the guidance of a local specialist, learn about its history and significance. Then, discover Almacenes San José, Havana´s largest craft market. Early this evening, take a drive in “Yank tanks” (vintage cars) along the Malecón to your farewell dinner.

Meliá Habana   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Depart Havana

Transfer to the airport, where you have access to the VIP Lounge before departure. Board your return flight to Miami.

Meals: B

Please note that this special, people-to-people program will be different from other programs on which you may have previously participated. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC operates the people-to-people program to Cuba under a general license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control and, as dictated by U.S. law, all participants are required to adhere to a full-time schedule of activities designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted. Per the general license requirements, this is a full-time program with many inclusions and there will be little to no free time on most days of the program.

The schedule of activities will vary on each departure.

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