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Connections Boutique Group Journeys

Cuba: People to People 2019


8 days from $5,995

Limited to 24 guests

Discover inspiring Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos on an immersive, people-to-people program, featuring authentic firsthand encounters with locals from all walks of life, accompanied by an expert Cuban guide and a dedicated A&K Program Director.

A&K Advantages

Immerse yourself in Cuban culture, exploring its architecture, agriculture, arts and dining during intimate, unscripted experiences with locals

Ride in a gloriously restored “Yank Tank” en route to a local paladar (family-run Cuban restaurant)

Discover the historic Habana Vieja neighborhood — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — learning about restoration efforts alongside a resident architect

Visit the fishing village and home of Nobel-Prizewinning author Ernest Hemingway, where he wrote several timeless works

Join a local historian for an educational walk through colonial Trinidad, one of the oldest European settlements in Cuba

Learn firsthand how tobacco leaves are fermented and selected during a visit to a local tobacco farm

Witness intimate, live musical performances in Cienfuegos and Trinidad, followed by one-on-one encounters with the artists.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Havana, Cuba
Day 2
Havana | Cuba’s Capital
Day 3
Havana | Stunning Countryside
Day 4
Havana | Immersed in Cuban Culture
Day 5
Cienfuegos/Trinidad | “Pearl of the South”
Day 6
Trinidad | Arts & Crafts
Day 7
Trinidad/Cienfuegos | Exploring the Arts
Day 8
Depart Santa Clara
Day 1
Arrive Havana, Cuba

Arrive at José Martí International Airport, where you complete immigration and customs formalities and transfer to your hotel. Meet your Program Director and fellow guests during a special welcome reception and dinner at a local paladar (family-run restaurant).

Meliá Cohiba
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
Havana | Cuba’s Capital

After breakfast at your hotel, visit the 18th-century Morro Castle, a hilltop fortress guarding the entrance to Havana Bay. Explore the fascinating Habana Vieja (Old Havana) neighborhood — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — strolling its narrow streets alongside a local architect. Visit the city’s four significant squares; learn of the buildings’ pasts; and discuss the challenges and successes of present-day restoration projects. Next, visit the San Jose Craft Market, interacting with residents as you peruse its wares. After lunch, visit Ernest Hemingway’s former home — Finca La Vigia (“lookout house”) — situated in Havana’s San Francisco de Paula neighborhood. As a specialist shares immersive insight, picture the author’s life during the more than 20 years he lived there. Continue with a panoramic tour of Havana, seeing the Vedado business district, home to the University of Havana, the oldest in Cuba. Then, drive along the malecón (seawall promenade). Stop at Revolution Square to take pictures and learn the history of this political epicenter. Tour historic Hotel Nacional with a local guide, who brings this timepiece of Cuban history to life. Return to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy an authentic dinner at a paladar.

Meliá Cohiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Havana | Stunning Countryside

Travel through the Cuban countryside to Vinales in Pinar del Rio, pausing en route at Los Jazmines Hotel for panoramic vistas of the Viñales Valley. Upon arriving at Benito Camejo’s tobacco farm, its farmer shares firsthand knowledge of the production and drying process. Afterward, farmers reveal how tobacco leaves are fermented and selected, a stage completed only by local women. Proceed to organic farm El Paraiso, where you sit down to a country lunch overlooking the Viñales Valle del Silencio. As you sample home-cooked Cuban cuisine, gain insight into daily life and organic farming practices from its owners and farmers. Return to Havana, where you have dinner at leisure.

Meliá Cohiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Havana | Immersed in Cuban Culture

Begin today in the Jaimanitas district and visit a neighborhood known as Fusterlandia, where artist Jose Fuster has transformed entire city blocks with his colorful sculptures and mosaics. Pay a guided visit to Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, where a local expert guides you through its renowned Cuban art collection. Then, a local baseball expert joins you for lunch at a paladar to share how this historic pastime — and sports as a whole — plays a key role in Cuban society. Continue to the picturesque fishing village of Cojimar, where Hemingway docked his boat, ‘El Pilar.’ Not only was the town his fishing base, it’s where he penned The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Return to your hotel for some time at leisure. This evening, gather with fellow guests and travel by “Yank tank” (vintage car) to attend a private concert by the Cuban Institute of Music at the Fine Arts Museum followed by an authentic Cuban dinner at a local paladar.

Meliá Cohiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Cienfuegos/Trinidad | “Pearl of the South”

Travel to Cienfuegos, the aptly named “Pearl of the South.” Upon arrival, take an informative, guided walking tour of the scenic town, perhaps seeing a Cuban CUC store and pharmacy en route. Following lunch at a paladar, continue to Trinidad, where you check in to your hotel and sip a refreshing welcome drink. Take some time to unwind before gathering for a canchánchara cocktail-making demonstration — a classic libation born in colonial Trinidad. Then, sit down to dinner with fellow guests.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Trinidad | Arts & Crafts

Take a guided walking tour of historic Trinidad, a 19th-century colonial gem and UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s all-but frozen in time. Stroll the cobblestone streets, seeing the soaring cathedral and elegant Plaza Mayor. Next, meet a local artist at her workshop and gallery, learning about the enriching community projects she is involved in. Then, discover the local marketplace at leisure, seeing intricate, hand-sewn table cloths, colorful papier-mâché models and local handicrafts. Next, attend an enriching Afro-Cuban performance at the Palenque de los Congos Reales, meeting afterward with its musicians and dancers. Drive to the “valley of the sugar mills,” pausing at Mirador del Valle de los Ingenios for panoramas of the valley. Then, visit the small village of Manaca and see the Iznaga tower, once a sentry post to keep watch over slaves working in the sugar plantation and mill. Return to your hotel and have dinner at leisure.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Trinidad/Cienfuegos | Exploring the Arts

Depart Trinidad and return to Cienfuegos, where you meet with teachers and students at the Benny Moré Art School, named in honor of the famous Cuban musician. Then, attend a Cuban choir performance, getting to know the musicians and singers afterward. At Cienfuegos Graphic Workshop, meet young experts who are skilled in the arts of serigraphy and screen-printing before continuing to lunch at a local paladar. Continue to your hotel for check in. After some time to unwind, enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a performance by the chamber orchestra. Later this evening, reflect on your journey with fellow guests at a farewell dinner.

Meliá San Carlos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Depart Santa Clara

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Santa Clara Airport in Santa Clara, where you board your homebound flight.

Meals: Breakfast

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTES: PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE
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.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Oct 17 - Oct 24
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Journey Details

Minimum Age: 18

First Event: Welcome Reception at 7:30 p.m. on Day 1

Last Event: Arrival to Santa Clara Airport at 1:00 p.m. on Day 8


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