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Signature Cuba: A Private People to People Journey 2017


6 Days

Experience Havana and its surrounds on an engaging private journey, with full days spent making meaningful people-to-people connections that reveal the spirit of this culture-rich island nation and those who embody its vibrant spirit.

A&K Advantages

Experience Cuba with family and friends during a private people-to-people journey with expert insight from a local guide

Immerse yourself in Cuban culture, exploring its architecture, agriculture, music and dining during intimate, one-on-one experiences with residents

Join a local architect for an educational walk through Havana, discussing its historic styles, ongoing restoration efforts and their impact on the community

Take part in a lively game of dominoes, one of Cuba's most popular pastimes, and sit down to lunch with the players afterward

Arte Corte (Art of the Haircut) project, began by a famed local barber who wanted to give back to the community

11 meals, with 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Havana, Cuba
Day 2
Havana | Cuba’s Capital
Day 3
Las Terrazas | Art & Nature
Day 4
Havana | Fashion & an Evening of Music
Day 5
Havana | Dominoes & Hemingway’s Home
Day 6
Depart Havana
Day 1
Arrive Havana, Cuba

Arrive at José Martí International Airport in Havana, complete immigration and customs formalities and meet your guide. Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, you may wish to attend a cigar-rolling demonstration at the hotel before savoring dinner at a private paladar. During tonight’s dinner, you are joined by your local guide and two special guests who share additional insight into daily Cuban life.

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

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, and then visit the Arte Corte project. Gilberto “Papito” Valladares was a local barber who wanted to give back to the community. His legacy is Arte Corte (Art of the Haircut) project, is transforming the neighborhood. Arte Corte offers painting, archaeology and hairdressing classes and sponsors a soccer team. This afternoon, witness panoramic views over Havana during a brief visit to Morro-Cabana fortress. Stop at the studio of a contemporary Cuban painter or sculptor who speaks to you about his work, art education in Cuba and the key role the arts play in the everyday life of Cuban people. Cap your day with a stroll through Old Havana with a local architect, discussing the challenges and successes of city reconstruction projects amid vibrant, extraordinary architecture.

Meliá Cohiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
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 Cohiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Havana | Fashion & an Evening of Music

Today’s exploration of historic Havana begins with a visit to Museo de Bellas Artes, an art museum dedicated to the progression of Cuban art from the colonial times to present day. Visit the Fashion District, a thriving new scene in Havana, and meet with up-and-coming designers who share their insights into emerging Cuban styles and the challenges they face in sharing their vision with the world. In the afternoon, attend a dance rehearsal and learn about the remarkable art of Cuban dance, an eclectic fusion of styles from the Americas, Spain and Africa. This evening, attend a Tropicana show, an energetic Cuban cabaret.

Meliá Cohiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5
Havana | Dominoes & Hemingway’s Home

Stroll through 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 the country’s second-most popular pastime (after baseball) when you take part in a dominoes competition, first getting a brief lesson from a local pro. After the match, the players join you for lunch and a lively discussion of this uniquely Cuban activity. 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. Early this evening, take a drive in “Yank tanks” (vintage cars) along the Malecón to your farewell dinner at one of Havana’s premier paladars.

Meliá Cohiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Depart Havana

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

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.

Note:
The schedule of activities may vary on each departure


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

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years old.

First event: (Optional) Cigar Rolling at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last event: Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport on Day 6.

Solo traveller prices are available upon request.

Pricing for 4 guests from $7,795

Pricing for 6-7 guests from $7,295

The schedule of activities may vary on each departure


Destination Information

Download all the information you need to prepare for your journey, from visa requirements to packing recommendations.

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Visas & Passports

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CDC Information

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