7 days with Alexander+Roberts Rating:
Day 1 - Fly to Havana
Upon arrival, you’ll be escorted to the superior first class Meliá Cohiba Hotel in the heart of the city. This evening’s Welcome Dinner offers another congenial opportunity to get better acquainted with your Trip Leader, Cuban guide and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2 - Exploring Havana
This morning, a local expert will share insight into modern-day Cuba and the many changes that are sweeping the island. There’ll be plenty of time to have your questions answered before you visit a local community project that is working to preserve traditional handicrafts like embroidery. Later, a dance performance offers insight into Cuba’s Santeria religion.
Then you’ll spend some time at an organic farm that provides innovative afterschool programs for the local children. Sitting down to lunch at the farm’s own paladar is a wonderful opportunity to sample the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown here. Next you’ll meet the artists and musicians behind a ground-breaking project that turned an old water tank into an innovative art and performance space. Back at your hotel, an informal poolside gathering with university students and business professionals affords candid discussion about daily life in Cuba. Tonight you’ll dine at Havana’s famed El Aljibe. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Old Havana
After breakfast, join your Trip Leader and experienced Cuban Guide to explore along the winding cobblestone streets of Old Havana. Founded in 1519, the city’ historic center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its fine Colonial architecture including Baroque and Neoclassical monuments and a fine ensemble of private homes with well-preserved arcades, balconies, wrought iron gates and interior courtyards. Then visit Fototeca, one of Cuba’s best known photography organizations, before dining at Sloppy Joe’s, once a popular gathering spot for movie stars and baseball heroes.
After lunch, meet with local artists at Casa Taller Antonia Eiriz, a private home that has been converted into a fine museum. End today’s guided exploration on a high note at Finca Vigía. Now a museum, this was Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba, where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels - The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls. This evening, your in-the-know Trip Leader is available to recommend the best local paladars where you can dine at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 4 - Tobacco Country - Pinar del Rio
Depart Havana this morning, traveling westward into the verdant countryside to spend some time at Patio del Pelegrin, a thriving community project that encompasses an organic farm, art space and coffee shop. We’ll enjoy a congenial lunch prepared by the community residents before visiting the home and studio of a local artist whose works are displayed in Cuba and abroad. After checking in to your hotel, you’ll meet the talented members of a regional opera and theater troupe. Tonight’s dinner is at Café Ortuzar, a welcoming local paladar. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Exploring the Viñales Valley
The lovely province of Pinar del Río is home to many of the island’s famed tobacco fields, and this morning in an authentic tobacco-drying house a local farmer will show you how to roll cigars. For lunch, you’ll walk through one of the region’s many caverns to reach El Palenque de los Cimarrones, where you’ll be greeted by lively Afro-Cuban music. After a savory meal of traditional Cuban smoked pork, you’ll spend the afternoon exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Viñales Valley, encircled by mountains and dotted with towering rocky outcrops. At the end of the day, you’ll be treated to Coco Loco, a refreshing concoction of honey, rum and coconut water. Dinner this evening is on your own. Again, our Trip Leader and local Cuban Guide are happy to offer their recommendations. (B,L)
Day 6 - Las Terrazas + Back to Havana
Check out after breakfast this morning and visit a local cigar factory here in Pinar del Río, Cuba’s famed Tobacco Country! See for yourself how these legendary, world-famous cigars are made and then continue to lunch at Las Terrazas, a small self-sustaining community and nature reserve. Return to Havana and check in again to the superior first class Meliá Cohiba Hotel in the heart of town. This evening’s farewell dinner at Tocororo is accompanied by live music. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Farewell, Cuba
After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport. (B)
All This Included
An experienced Trip Leader and engaging Cuban Guide are at your side to enrich this journey from historic Old Havana to the scenic province of Pinar del Río and the majestic Viñales Valley. Along the way, you’ll meet with residents from all walks of life - gaining deep insight into Cuba’s enduring cultural traditions and the vast changes sweeping this island nation.
Havana: Melia Cohiba
Pinar del Rio: To be determined
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