CUBA-EMBRACE THE CULTURE TOUR

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April 24-May 2, 2020

Culture, Religion, Adventure and Relaxation | 8 nights 


Havana - Trinidad- Varadero Beach


Join us on this unique, one-of-a-kind…cultural tour to Cuba that embraces the immense spiritual culture of the nation.

 

We celebrate the art, music, food and also the spiritual vibe of this amazing nation.  We dance, we sing, we swim, snorkel, and…we eat!  


Highlights include: An evening at the famous Tropicana Club, Callejon de Hamel’s Sunday rituals, Old Havana’s Aramburu and Hospital streets, Museum of Santeria, Rum museum, Slave museum, Trinidad, sailing, snorkeling, and more…

 


Limited to 10 guests.


$600 Deposit secures your spot!

$3760 pp | shared standard luxury rooms 

$4230 | solo standard luxury room 



WHAT TO EXPECT ON THIS TRIP

Expect an authentic journey to Cuba to experience first class service and amazing immersion into its African and Native Culture.

 

You will have local guides throughout this journey who will take you deep within the culture, sights, sounds and art of African heritage, and beliefs and lifestyles rooted  in the origins of both urban and rural Cuban households   Also, this journey includes top-notch, made to order meals...freshly cooked, no microwaved meals.   The flavors explode in your mouth.

 

LUX World Travel pleased to offer this return tour so our cultures can blend together, and celebrate our unique diversities.


NOTE: We enjoyed our first tour to Cuba in April 2018.  We are THRILLED to be going back.  The history is amazing, the people are so friendly and beautiful on the inside out.  The food is to die for...and I can honestly say, it's absolutely worth the trip to simply see the show at the Tropicana.  I very much look forward to sharing this adventure with the lucky 10 who join! 

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

April 24 -USA, Havana [S, D]

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Upon arrival at Jose Marti International Airport you be welcomed by our VIP Service that includes differentiated assistance, location, speed of baggage delivery and formalities for immigration and customs control. You’ll also have access to the VIP lounges enjoy a welcome cocktail.

Then meet with the tour guide who will transfer you to your lodgment in Havana. 


Check in at  Saratoga Hotel.  


9.30pm - Dinner at Tierra Restaurant 

Evening event: Visit La Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a former cooking oil factory redeveloped into Havana’s most impressive entertainment complex replete with contemporary art galleries, artist marketplace, live theater performance space, and even nightclub. The numerous galleries showcase the amazing creative talent across artistic genres: photography, painting, printing, interactive, digital, fashion, and performance.  La Fabrica demonstrates the “new” juxtaposed against the “old” that is Cuba today – it is not to be missed! (Food and beverages are at own cost.  

April 25- Havana (Old Havana, Hemingway & Vintage Cars) [B/L/ D/S]

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In the morning you will go to Guanabacoa to visit the Museum of Santeria.  Afterwards,  enjoy a walking tour  through Old Havana and its five main plazas, with stops at the residence of the island’s Captain General during the colonial era, the Havana Cathedral, Obispo Street, the Capitol building, and more. 


This tour provides the opportunity for cultural exchanges and gives you a taste of the island that feels like stepping into a time machine. Old Havana has buildings and streets that are some of the oldest in the Americas, with some buildings dating to the 17th century. Though the buildings are hundreds of years old, they are still used to house a significant number of Havana’s inhabitants. Old Havana features the first church built on the island, a street paved with wooden bricks, palatial residences, and much more!


1:00PM - Lunch at Doña Eutimia Restaurant, then continues the walking tour visiting some of the most important places in Havana related to Ernest Hemingway. 


Visit of Hemingway Room at Ambos Mundos Hotel where Hemingway rented a room between 1932 and 1939. His room had views of Old Havana and the harbor that he often frequented to go fishing on his yacht Pilar. It was in this hotel that Hemingway began writing For Whom the Bell Tolls. 


Enjoy a mojito in the Roof Garden with an amazing view of Havana and don’t miss the opportunity to take photos at Hemingway’s spots. Later visit his 2 preferred bars: the down-to-earth-earnestly-popular La Bodeguita del Medio and the more upscale, yet authentically Cuban, La Floridita Bar and enjoy a special Daiquiri, Hemingway’s preferred drink. 


Some free time to take a rest.  Then this early evening you’ll be led to the Malecón, Havana’s well known 5-mile long drive along the sea for a ride on Convertible Vintage Car. Built in early 20th century as avenue it saw houses of all styles Neo-Classical, Art Nouveau and Modern, popping along the way and became the “official meeting point” for all Cubans, rich and poor. 


Overnight in Havana

April 26- Havana (Rum Experience and Tropicana Show) [B/L/D/S]

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 photo courtesy of cuba absolutely 


Your day will begin with the visit at Quasicuaba Association. Later you will visit Cuban Yoruba Association 

At midday visit of Callejon de Hamel to see the Sunday´s ritual. 


1:00PM - Lunch at Al Carbon Restaurant 


Late afternoon you will join your guide for a “Rum experience”, a walking leisurely through Havana to visit the Rum Museum where you’ll have the opportunity to sample fine Cuban rums. The Rum Museum includes a replica of a colonial era rum distillery and a presentation of the culture and tradition of Cuban rum production. The Museum also displays art works by contemporary Cuban artists. 


You’ll have some free time that you may dedicate to shopping or to discover facets of Havana that you had in your agenda.



7.30PM - In the evening join your guide for another fantastic dinner at Río Mar.


In the evening you’ll be picked up and driven to the famous Tropicana Club for the night show. 


Return transportation by taxi is at own cost and is both safe as well as easily arranged at the entrance.


Overnight in Havana

A highlight fro the Tropicana Show.  It is outdoors!  The moon shines overhead, and every table has free bottles of rum to enjoy during this festive celebration of Cuban culture! 

April 27- Havana – Trinidad [B/L/D]

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Breakfast in the hotel. 


7.30AM - Early in the morning departure to Trinidad. We will journey just outside the city proper to the Valley of the Sugar Mills, where we will visit the Manaca Iznaga Sugar Mill ruins, one of the 56 major mills that once flourished. Cuba was a former economic leader due to its production of sugar, and the Iznaga family held great power until it declined after a tragedy of love. We will return to Trinidad afterwards. 


Check in at Iberostar Heritage Grand Trinidad.


Lunch at San José (private paladar restaurant). This stylish eatery is famous its Spanish-influenced cuisine, seafood and pizzas. Consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in Trinidad. 


After lunch, enjoy a walking tour through central Trinidad stopping at the Plaza Mayor, central cathedral, Templo de Yemayá and San Francisco Convent. You will see how the Cubans spared no expense building a beautiful city during the peak of the sugar production years before its economic decline. You will also learn about the importance of Trinidad for the African slave trade that existed to support the labor requirements of sugar production during those times. 


8:00 PM - Dinner at Sol y Son (private paladar restaurant)


Overnight in Trinidad

 

April 28- Trinidad – Codina National Park – Optional Yoga [B/L/D]

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Breakfast at hotel. 


Codina National Park Tour: Magic Carpet Trail and Garden of orchids and bamboo. 


Afternoon at leisure for shopping or...

practice yoga at “El Rincon del Yoga” 


Dinner at Guitarra Mía (private paladar restaurant)


Overnight Trinidad

April 29- Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure [B/L/D]

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Breakfast at hotel. 


Today the day is dedicated to the sea. On our day of  adventure will do the Seafari Cayo Blanco exclusive for our group only!  


 Open Bar

 Snorkeling at the Coral Reef at the Caribbean Sea, equipment included

 Lunch on board with seafood rice + 2 drinks

 Foto show with Iguanas

 Free time at the beach

 Sail from the Ancon Litoral and Casilda Bay 


Return to Trinidad


Dinner at Vista Gourmet (private paladar restaurant)

April 30- Trinidad – Sugar Mills Valley – Varadero [B/L/D]

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Breakfast at the hotel. 


8.30AM - Departure to Matanzas Province. 


1:00PM – Visit the Vive Kubé Project at Finca Coincidencia with Correa´s Family. Lunch in the farm


Continues to Matanzas City to visit San Severino Fortress and the Route of Slave Museum. 


Continues to Varadero. 

Check in at Royalton Hicacos


May 1- Varadero (AI)

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A full day at your leisure at this Adult Only Luxury All-Inclusive Resort.  


Amazing Pools, or a perfect pristine beach are all yours! 


Overnight Varadero Beach


May 2nd – Varadero - USA [B]

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Breakfast at the hotel.


Unfortunately all good things have an end! Your guide will pick you up to take you to the airport at the convened time so you can complete your departure formalities in good time and board your flight back home ! 


Departure to Varadero Airport

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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Tour Inclusions


• VIP assistance

• Round trip transfers between airport and hotel

• 3 nights accommodation in Havana

• 3 nights accommodation in Trinidad

• 2 nights accommodation in Varadero

• Meals

o Breakfast daily

o 8 lunches

o 8 dinners 

o All Inclusive in Varadero Resort

• 2 shows at renowned clubs

• Rum Experience

• Vintage car drive

• Private Sun Cruise

• Yoga Sessions

• Tailor-made sightseeing

• English speaking guide

• Entrance fees where required

• All taxes


  

Trip price does not include:

· International or domestic airfares

  Group air flight estimated around $220 per person


· Entry Visa: estimated to be $90 per person

· Excess luggage

· Optional activities

· Personal expenses

· Travel Insurance

· Tips to guides or drivers

· Expenses of a personal nature

· Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary




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$600.00
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$3760 pp | shared standard luxury rooms 

$4230 pp | solo standard luxury room


Balance due March 21, 2020  


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