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Discover the Charms of Cuba: Abercrombie & Kent Unveils New Luxury Small Group Journey

Cuba: People, Art & Culture Launches October 2024

May 16, 2024

Beginning this October, Abercrombie & Kent will return to Cuba with an immersive new Luxury Small Group Journey that spans nearly the entire island from Camagüey to Havana. On Cuba: People, Art & Culture, guests explore this alluring island nation over ten days, discovering the rich tapestry of Cuban heritage, from its bustling city streets to its vibrant artistic scene and beyond.. From gaining a deeper understanding of Cuba’s economy and U.S.- Cuba relations during an insightful talk with a former Cuban diplomat to enjoying a rum and cigar pairing with a cigar expert who explains the history of tobacco in the country, this comprehensive journey will reveal Cuba through intimate, unscripted experiences alongside local residents.

“We’re very excited to be returning to Cuba, a multifaceted island just 90 miles from the US, but offering a rich history and distinctive culture that very few Americans have experienced firsthand,” explains Stefanie Schmudde, Senior Vice President, Global Product Strategy. “We have developed a completely new itinerary that starts in Camagűey, the cultural soul of Cuba bursting with a lively art scene, then on to Trinidad and Cienfuegos, historical centers of the sugar cane, tobacco and coffee trades, Santa Clara, a historic turning point of the Cuban Revolution, and finally ending in Havana, where guests can explore on their own while staying in the heart of Old Havana.”

Highlights of Cuba: People, Art & Culture:

Nestled in the heart of Cuba is one of the original Spanish settlements, a UNESCO World Heritage Site city lauded for its exceptional architecture and arts, including the internationally renowned Camagüey Ballet, which guests can explore the elaborate costume warehouse, meet the company’s director and attend a private rehearsal. Discover life on a family-owned working ranch dating back to 1930, learning about agrarian reforms from the modern cowboys who work it, then indulge in a welcome dinner with live music, hosted by the family.

Trinidad & Valley de los Ingenios
Historic Trinidad and Valley de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills) gained UNESCO World Heritage status for their importance as a center of the sugar trade industry. Visit a former sugar plantation to learn about its storied past, then meet the owners and workers of a traditional finca to discover farm life today, complete with a true farm-to-table lunch. In addition to history, Trinidad is also rich in Spanish colonial architecture, which guests can take in the sights on a walking tour (stopping at La Canchanchara to sample their signature cocktail) then visit a family-run Santander workshop and gallery to participate in a pottery-making experience with one of its renowned ceramicists.

Cienfuegos & Santa Clara
In Cienfuegos, a French-settled city that grew into an important hub for the sugar cane, tobacco and coffee trades, enjoy a guided walk through its historic center to view landmarks, including José Martí Memorial Park and the neo-rococo Palacio Ferrer, and a visit to Museo Provincial to hear a performance by the Cantores de Cienfuegos Choir and interact with the performers. In Santa Clara, visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum, the last resting place of the guerilla leader and fighters who perished alongside him.

Discover the importance of music and the arts in Cuban culture during a meeting with renowned artist and painter Kadir López at his private studio, complete with live music and cocktails. Tour the National Museum of the Fine Arts of Havana with a local specialist, interact with dancers and instructors following a performance at a dance-and-percussion company and explore Fusterlandia alongside artist José Fuster to see how the collaborative project transformed the community. Step back in time during a visit to the Museum of the Revolution (upon its opening) set within the former Presidential palace, and the studio of one of the photographers who covered the first years of the Cuban Revolution. Explore one of Cuba’s premier tobacco farms for an in-depth look at this country’s most famous cash crop and enjoy freshly prepared lunch while interacting with the family and workers. Participate in mojito making classes, dance to Cuban rhythms with a professional instructor during a private visit to La Casona del Son and visit the former residence of Ernest Hemingway to meet with the museum’s caretakers and learn about the author’s life in Cuba.

Limited to just 18 travellers, this intimate Luxury Small Group features an English-speaking Resident Tour Director® and local guides, as well as arrival and departure transfers. A&K exclusives include Traveller’s Valet®, complimentary mid-journey laundry service and Travelling Bell Boy® service to transfer luggage between accommodations. Travellers can book with peace of mind knowing this Luxury Small Group Journey is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of two guests.

A&K’s Cuba: People, Art & Culture program is designed to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba and support private enterprises in Cuba. This travel program to Cuba is operated under a people-to-people license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). All travelers must begin and end the program in Miami, Florida regardless of their country of origin.

For more information on Cuba: People, Art & Culture (10 days from $8,495 per person, double occupancy), go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/tours/luxury-small-group-journeys/2025/cuba-people-art-culture-trinidad-havana, call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant or contact your travel advisor.

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