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Collette's Rediscover Cuba (People to People Journey, Havana to Santa Clara)

8 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Havana, Cuba - Tour Begins
Your journey begins as you fly to Havana, Cuba. Transfer to the iconic Hotel Nacional. (D)

Day 2 Havana - Casa Fuster - Havana
This morning you are in for a treat when we visit a local performing arts school and meet its creative students who will showcase their talents. Visit the Revolution Museum in what was once the Presidential Palace. Gain insight into Cuban history during the 1950s revolutionary war period. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at a local paladar where you will meet the proprietors of this family-run, privately-owned specialty restaurant. Tour the grounds including their own organic farm. Later, travel to Casa Fuster for an insider’s look at the work and life of Cuban artist Jose Fuster, whose artwork was inspired by Spain’s famous architect, Antonio Gaudi. (B,L)

Day 3 Havana - Finca Vigia - Havana
This morning, walk through the dramatic evolution of Cuban art at the Cuban Fine Arts Museum. Then spend time in Old Havana to interact with some professional Salsa dancers. Strike up a conversation with the dancers and hear about their lives and Cuba's dance culture while learning some of the basic steps of this remarkable dance. Enjoy a tour of Old Havana on foot and stop at a local market for shopping. We then make our way to Finca Vigia, or “Lookout House,” Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba home located in the small town of San Francisco de Paula. It is here where Hemingway wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. This evening, take a trip around Havana in one of the antique American cars that the city is known for. Finally, savor dinner in one of Havana’s finest restaurants. (B,D)

Day 4 Havana - Santa Clara - Cayo Santa Maria
Your day begins with a journey to Santa Clara as you transfer to your hotel on the pristine beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, an island off of Cuba’s north central coast. En route to your all-inclusive resort, stop at the Che Guevara Memorial & Museum and learn about this polarizing figure and the revolution he helped to spark. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Cayo Santa Maria - Remedios - Cayo Santa Maria
Journey to the Museo de la Sucre, or “Sugar Museum.” Learn from local producers of the rise and fall of the Cuban region on the backs of sugar cane production. Enjoy a walking tour of Remedios, a charming town considered to be the oldest Spanish settlement in the former Las Villas province. Visit San Juan Bautista de Remedios, a 17th-century Baroque church. View the beautiful gold leaf altar made of carved cedar and one of only seven known statues in the world depicting a pregnant Virgin Mary. (B,D)

Day 6 Cayo Santa Maria - Cienfuegos - Cayo Santa Maria
This morning, embark on a scenic drive to Cienfuegos Province Botanical Gardens, the oldest of its kind on the island. During a fascinating walking tour, learn about the garden’s ties with Harvard University and its founding as a research center (where a sugar mill once stood). Enjoy lunch before exploring the historic Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city. Peruse the shops, converse with the shopkeepers and get a true taste of the local culture. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy an amazing a cappella choral performance conducted by the Cantores de Cienfuegos, a local student group gaining worldwide recognition. Visit the Tomas Terry Theatre, an impressive opera house on Plaza Mayor, before returning to Cayo Santa Maria. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Cayo Santa Maria - Santa Clara - Cayo Santa Maria
Embark on a journey to Santa Clara where we will meet local art or theatre students. Learn about Cuban art and their lives as you interact with students and teachers and discuss their techniques. Spend time at Piquete Melodías Antillanas, one of Cuba’s last Piquete bands. Engage with this vibrant community and discover their passion for music, singing and dancing. Learn about how this musical genre emerged in Cuba back in the 17th century. Delight in the band's performance of original scores by renowned composers such as Miguel Faildes and Moses Simons. This special performance is conducted on original wind instruments dating back to the 1800s. Learn Cuba’s national dance, Danzón, as the abuelos give you a dancing lesson. Later, learn about Cuban cigars - one of the country's most popular products. Then we make our way to a handicraft market where you’ll get to meet the local artisans and discover their unique crafts. Return to your hotel for a mojito-making demonstration, rum tasting and dinner. (B,D)

Day 8 Cayo Santa Maria - Santa Clara - USA - Tour Ends
Your Cuba adventure comes to a close today. Return home with vivid memories of this beautiful country and the rich personal experiences you shared with the people of Cuba. (B)
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All This Included
Join us as we cross a cultural divide, exploring the art, history and culture of the Cuban people. Develop an understanding of who they are when meeting with local shop keepers, musicians, choral singers, dancers, factory workers and more. Discover its rich history visiting historic cathedrals and colonial homes on city tours with your local guide. Learn the rhythm of Cuba while listening to one of Cuba’s last Piquetes bands and learning the national dance Danzón. Come to know the charming city of Remedios. Take in the colonial feel of Cienfuegos, “La Perla del Sur” or Pearl of the South. Spend 4 nights in one of the world’s most culturally rich cities, Havana. Stay at the iconic Hotel Nacional and explore much of the city’s architecture in Old Havana. Meet a Cuban family in their very own paladar, a privately owned restaurant. Throughout your journey, experience the power of travel to unite two peoples in a true cultural exchange.
  • 16 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Delve into the world of classic cars as you meet the owners of these restored vehicles.
  • Learn about the Cuban national dance, “Danzón,” along with a Salsa lesson.
  • Enjoy a musical performance by one of Cuba’s last Piquete bands.
Accommodations
Havana: Hotel Nacional 
Cayo Santa Maria: Iberostar Ensenachos 
Notes
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.