is one of the most stunning architecturally designed cities in the world, with extraordinary variety and quality. Its architecture mirrors its rich social and political history. Contrasts of color and texture are shaped on the facades.
Cuban cuisine, an integral part of Cuba’s culture, is a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean cuisines. Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavour.
Cuba's cultural heritage stems from the country's rich mix of Aboriginal, African, Spanish, French, and Chinese cultures.
Cuban music is very rich and is the most commonly known expression of culture. The central form of this music is Son, which has been the basis of many other musical styles like salsa, rumba and mambo and an upbeat derivation of the rumba, the cha-cha-cha.
The Sugar Mill Valley is one of the most photographed landscapes in Cuba, as well as a must-photograph
in every Cuba cultural tour. The monumental value of the 65 sites that form the valley increases the interest to visit this place, where important vestiges of the island's sugar colonization still survive.
Day 1. Thursday 26 December 2024.
Arrival at "Jose Marti" International Airport in Cuba's capital city.
Your Cuba family discovery journey has just begun!
Meet your Authentic Cuba Travel®
tour guide and bus driver.
Private transfer to your Luxury Casa Particular
located at the cultural center of Havana City
Breakfast is complimentary from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Day 2. Friday 27 December 2024.
Explore Cuba's capital, Havana City
Morning: guided walking tour of Old Havana
, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit to Square of Arms
, ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers and surrounded by impressive buildings such as:
Palacio de los Capitanes Generales
was the former seat of colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City.
Palacio del Segundo Cabo
, the seat of the second authority of the island. Today it houses important publishing concerns.
Castillo de la Real Fuerza
. The second oldest fortress built by the Spaniards in the West Indies. The castle was recently renovated
and reopened in June 2008 to hold the impressive maritime museum. Well laid out exhibits chart Spain and Cuba's naval history.
Visit to the Cathedral Square
, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza of Cuba, named after the masterpiece of
Cuban baroque architecture: the Cathedral of Havana built by the Jesuit order.
Visit to Taller Experimental de Gráfica
(Experimental Printing Workshop), a cooperative of young Cuban artists whom can be found working on their lithographs over stone matrices in the large, airy building. The variety of colors, sizes, and content of the prints is wide, including pieces with recognizable Cuban icons, bold black and white woodcuts.
Lunch: a new wave of paladares (privately-owned restaurants) has recently swept the Cuban dining scene offering excellent food and charming ambient. Today we’ll enjoy a welcome lunch at the stylish Paladar San Cristobal
, one of Havana's top ten private restaurants.
Continue walking tour onto San Francisco Square
, one of the oldest in the historical quarter.
Visit to Plaza Vieja
, the only civic square of colonial times. Notice it doesn't have a church or government building around.
Here we will visit important institutions for visual arts.
Free time in the famous handicraft market of Old Havana
where you can purchase all sorts of crafts and souvenirs by local artisans.
Evening: attend one of the most traditional and popular ceremonies in Cuba, Fire of the Cannon of 9 O'Clock
Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana.
Day 3. Saturday 28 December 2024.
Morning: visit to the Children's Academy of Baseball
at the City of Sport. Good opportunity to make donations of baseball equipment to children baseball players and discuss the remarkable Cuban sport program. Meet with Pedro Almenares, the former Brooklyn Dodger farmhand and star of the Cuban winter league.
Followed by panoramic air conditioned coach tour of the most important historical sites in the Modern Havana
neighborhoods of Vedado
and Miramar including the Revolution Square
, University of Havana
, Habana Libre hotel
, Coppelia Ice Cream Park, Plaza José Martí (in front of U.S. Interests Section), Monument to the Battleship Maine, Malecón seawall, Prado promenade, Central Park, The Great Theatre and the Capitol building.
Lunch hosted by Jose Fuster
, one of the most important Cuban ceramists and painters today.
Afternoon: free afternoon for personal explorations.
Day 4. Sunday 29 December 2024.
Havana- Cienfuegos- Trinidad
Morning departure to Trinidad
, in Central Cuba.
En route, we will visit Cienfuegos
, a city of neoclassical buildings with a European flair.
Visit to Palacio de Valle
upon arrival. This architectural jewel originated as a home for trader, Celestino Caceres, who later
gave it as a wedding present to the Valle family who added to it (in a Mughal Style with carved floral motifs) a stunning Carrara
marble staircase, cupped arches, bulbous domes and delicate arabesques.
Lunch is included at Paladar Ache
, one of Cienfuegos top ten private restaurants, serving local specialties in a pleasant courtyard.
Afternoon: guided walking tour of Cienfuegos Historical Center
We will visit neoclassical buildings around Paseo del Prado
and the main Square Jose Marti
The Tomas Terry Theatre
, completed in 1895 and named after a sugar baron from Venezuela who arrived in Cuba with no money and
made his fortune by buying sick slaves for a low price, to later nurse them back to health and reselling them. This money was
invested in a sugar estate that brought him the wealth to build several outstanding buildings in Cienfuegos, including this
theatre, with materials specially brought over from Europe.
The Casa de la Cultura
, home of another wealthy sugar baron, stunning mansion in neoclassical style.
built with the donation of wealthy families like the Lebrancs, the Albis, the Terrys. Inside you find the
reproductions of the 12 Apostles in stained glass imported from Paris. Also the original machinery of the clock tower was built
in France. Still in place and working.
We'll also visit the elegant art gallery Galería de Arte Maroya
and review its impressively displayed collection of paintings,
sculptures and antiques.
Now we journey on to the historic city of Trinidad and check in at your Luxury Casa Particular
You'll have time for dinner and a swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Day 5. Monday 30 December 2024.
Morning: guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad's Historical Center
, a perfect relic of
the early days of
the Spanish colony with beautifully preserved streets and buildings with hardly a trace of the 20th century anywhere.
Visit to the Architecture Museum
(Casa de los Sanchez Iznaga), housing the most representative samples of the city's architectural
development in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Visit to Museo Lucha contra Bandidos
, former home of the San Francisco de Asis convent.
Visit to Museo Romantico
, overlooking the Trinidad main square. It has an excellent exhibition of romantic style porcelain, glass,
paintings and decorative furniture which belonged to the Conde de Brunet and other Trinidad notorious families.
We will stop at a mirador (lookout) over the Sugar Mill Valley
, where the sugar barons used to have their countryside mansions and
mills. This site is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trinidad is well known for its pottery makers
. We meet with a family that has been passing the tradition for generations:
Lunch at Solananda Paladar
Free time to wander the streets of historical centre or enjoy the beach.
Evening is free to enjoy the beach and the lively streets of Trinidad. How about live Cuban popular music on
steps of Casa de la Música
– a great opportunity to dance with Cubans and your tour companions.
Day 6. Tuesday 31 December 2024.
Topes de Collantes
Morning: we will board former Russian army trucks for Topes de Collantes
in the Escambray Mountain Range,
Cuba's second highest mountain range- reaching 3,700 feet atop Pico San Juan. The mountains are home to small mountain
villages and are a delight for birders and walkers alike. Slopes are swathed in Caribbean pines, ancient tree ferns, bamboo,
Arrival at Hacienda Codina
, an old Spanish Hacienda, once part of a large Spanish coffee plantation where we will have a typical
lunch. Followed by a walk around this area to admire the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Topes de Collantes National Park
in the Escambray mountains in Central Cuba. A perfect place for
encountering the Cuban Emerald
), Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus
), Cuban Parrot (Amazono leucocephala
Evening: celebrate New Year’s Eve at a venue of your choosing tonight
(optional/ not included in tour costs). Your tour guide will give you advice on the numerous venues in the city where you can partake in the celebrations for New Year’s Eve. He will also help you book your favourite dinner and event.
Day 7. Sunday 1 January 2024.
Morning: free. This is a great occasion to sunbathe, swim, snorkel, relax and spend time with your family, friends, new Cuban friends and tour mates. Your beach resort offers many aquatic activities and services. Some are free, and others available for a very reasonable fee.
Afternoon: transfer back to Havana City
. Check in at your hotel Habana Libre
Day 8. Monday 2 January 2024.
Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure