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Arrive in Havana, Orientation & Welcome Dinner (D)
Old Havana, Museum of the Revolution and Cuban History lecture (B)
Trip to Playa Larga; Bay Of Pigs, Hiking around Zapata swamp (B, D)
Santa Clara, Che-Guevara Mausoleum, Tren Blindado (armored train) and return to Havana (B)
Exchange with private business, Classic Car Tour around Havana, Revolution Square and José Martí Memorial (B)
National Hotel, San Carlos Fortress with the Cannon Blast Ceremony (B)
Agro-market tour and cooking class (B, L)
Tobacco factory, San José Warehouse market and 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 Playa Larga. Check-in at Casas Particulares, private guest houses with all amenities which contribute to the local economy.
Afterwards we’ll go for a hike around Zapata swamp where the Bay of Pigs Invasion took place.
At dinner time, we will enjoy delicious home-made food at Casas Particulares.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart to Santa Clara, the first town liberated from the dictator Fulgencio Batista and key city of the Revolution. The first stop will be at the Tren Blindado (Spanish for armored train). Che Guevara and his small band of guerrillas derailed and captured a government armored train (after several hours of fierce combat) that was followed by the conquest of the entire city of Santa Clara.
Afterwards, we will have a unique experience and ride on a horse-drawn carriage that will get us to the Che-Guevara Mausoleum where we will learn more about this important figure.
Return to Havana.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit a private business, an Auto Repair classic car shop, where we will have the opportunity to have an exchange with the owner, ask questions and get to know how the system works in relation to the government.
Afterwards, we will take a fun tour and ride on a classic American car around Havana arriving at the Revolution Square, the venue of the most important politics celebrations. In the same Square, we will visit the José Martí Memorial, the highest tower in Havana with fantastic views of the city.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart to the National Hotel where we will take a tour through this beautiful building which isn’t only an international hotel, but also a national monument with neoclassical, neocolonial and art deco architecture. A fascinating experience recalling celebrities like Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra or Lucky Luciano.
To complete the experience, we will have free time at the hotel garden where you can enjoy a delicious and refreshing mojito.
At night, we will go to the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress, a colonial fort used to protect the town from pirate invasions in the past. You will be able to witness the cannon blast ceremony that takes place each night at 9 pm repeating the old tradition of the cannon blast which was used to give the sign of the city’s curfew, moment in which the doors of old Havana’s wall would close.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will spend the morning learning about the differences between the state-government owned markets and the private agricultural markets, where Cubans buy their vegetables and other food. We will choose the main ingredients for the cooking class we will have after the tour. We will learn how to make a delicious menu with true Cuban flavors.
Free afternoon to explore or just relax.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will spend the morning learning about one of the main financial sectors: Cuban tobacco. A local expert will guide us through the factory where each day, Cubans workers make the artisanal cigars which are distributed around the world.
Afterwards, we will have time to visit the old warehouse at the Havana port, San José market, a huge local market where you can see the work of thousands of artisans. 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.