Arts Experience in Cuba
Cuba Art Tours & Trips
Your Art Tour:
Art tour overview
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Arrive in Havana, Orientation & Welcome Dinner (D)
Old Havana, Museum of the Revolution and Cuban History lecture (B)
Trip to Trinidad; the Colonial Architecture Museum (B)
Sugar Industry Valley Tour (B)
Day trip to Cienfuegos. Transfer to Havana (B)
Havana, Hemingway Museum and The Alicia Alonso Theatre (B)
Contemporary Art in Cuba, José Fuster Studio and The Cuban Higher Institute for The Arts (B)
Excursion day to Terrazas (B, L)
Fine Arts Museum and Santería tour (B)
Colón Cemetery and Local Craft Market. Farewell Dinner (B, D)
End of program (B)
Day by Day
The Tour Coordinator will greet everyone, and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions. After orientation we’ll set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel.
At a restaurant, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from the hotel by private bus towards Old Havana to meet a local expert who will lead a walking architecture tour of the area. We will continue visiting the Museum of The Revolution where we will learn about the history of Cuba from the early 1960s to the present time. In the afternoon a local expert will join us for a presentation on Cuban History through one of the best ways to get to know Cuban idiosyncrasy: music and the different Cuban rhythms.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will take a private bus to Trinidad. After check -in at the hotel and a brief welcome, we will visit downtown discovering the architectural value and heritage of this amazing colonial city founded in 1514. We will visit the Architecture Museum exhibiting the high-class architecture from the XVIII to XIX century.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart to The Valle de Los Ingenios, where we will make our first stop at its incredible lookout, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley which is now a World Heritage Site. You will learn about Cuba’s sugar industry through the many old sugar cane mills, plantation houses, and barracks. Afterwards, we’ll visit San Isidro de los Destiladeros, probably the last example of the many archaeological sites found in the valley. Finally, we’ll visit Manaca-Iznaga town with its famous Tower and local artisans.
Optional: Climb to the Manaca Iznaga Tower, old vigilance tower used to control slaves where you can also enjoy amazing views.
After lunch, we will visit a local pottery workshop where craftsmen produce typical classical pieces that characterize the city of Trinidad.
To finish our stay in this marvelous city, we will assist a live music and dance show at the Escalinata music house.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart to Cienfuegos, Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. We will then take a walking tour around downtown that will give us a perspective of the French spirit that remains. There, we will visit the Tomás Terry Theatre, an impressive theatre with French and Italian influences.
Afterwards, return to Havana.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart to San Francisco de Paula neighborhood and visit Finca Vigía, the famous house of Ernest Hemingway. Enjoy this house-museum where you will get the sensation that time has stopped, finding everything exactly as if Hemingway had left yesterday!
In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore on your own.
Afterwards, we will enjoy a dance show at the Alicia Alonso Theater.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will spend the morning at ISA, The Higher Institute for The Arts, the most prestigious art institute in Cuba where a local expert will guide us through, while enjoying an artistic environment. Afterwards, we will visit the magnificent José Fuster Art Studio, better known as Fusterlandia, a project that was born more than 20 years ago, where his work is spread throughout the neighborhood through a collection of beautiful tiles, transforming the area from a run-down fishing village into a work of art.
In the afternoon you will have free time to explore on your own.
Breakfast at the hotel. The ecological community, The Terrazas, is a UNESCO biosphere natural reserve with a dynamic artistic community. There, we will visit the Cafetal Buenavista, Cuba’s oldest coffee plantation, built in 1801 by French refugees from Haiti.
We will take a walk through the community and visit its small Ecological Museum that gives an overview of the community’s short history.
We will have lunch at an open-air restaurant close to the refreshing San Juan river, where due to its cleanness, you may go for a swim if you wish!
Return to Havana.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will enjoy the morning at the Fine Arts Museum where we will have a guided tour with expert around the national gallery.
Afterwards, we will continue with an expert-led walk around Cayo Hueso, a neighborhood well known for its Santería tradition where we will learn about Afro-Cuban religion. Later on, we will enjoy a dance live show in the famous Hamel Alley.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit the Colón Cemetery, considered to be the biggest cemetery of the Americas and a National Monument. Discover this site, famous for its religious iconography and marble statues. Resting on these grounds, we will find Illustrious figures such as Máximo Gómez Major (independence leader), Alejo Carpentier (novelist)or Carlos Finlay (scientist).
Afterwards, we will visit the San José warehouse which is located in the biggest craft market of Havana. Free afternoon to pack, explore or just relax.
Farewell dinner at a restaurant.
Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.