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Cuba-Celebration of Arts and Culture

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You’ll dive in to Cuba’s thriving arts scene, meeting artists and enjoying exclusive music and dance performances and visits to community art projects. Along the way, you’ll get to know the gracious Cuban people who are willing to share their lives and culture with us. This is a special opportunity to see the real Cuba and uncover the most beautiful corners of the island. Whether it’s in the atmospheric streets of Havana or along the cobblestone roads of colonial Trinidad, you’ll have the chance to experience Cuba at a time when it could be about to change Forever.

Our journey begins in the capital of Havana, then sweeps southwest through the cobbled streets and pastel-colored buildings of Trinidad and the French colonial town of Cienfuegos. Our unique exploration focuses on meeting artists and musicians, and visiting inspirational community-based collectives that are empowering ordinary Cubans. You’ll be immersed in Cuban culture, savoring the local cuisine at paladares and staying at casas particulares (family-run bed & breakfasts). Along the way, you’ll be surrounded by the joie de vivre that characterizes Cuba, with artwork on every corner and jazz and salsa spilling out of cafés onto the lively streets.

Clients Say:

"We loved it! Cuba was so interesting and relaxing at the same time. We saw so much without feeling like a tourist. We were so well taken care of. Elvis our guide was first class. He was a standout among the many guides we have ever had. The places we stayed were excellent." -Jerry and Grace Larke


Adventure Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options

About This Adventure

Itinerary Highlights

Havana, Cuba; Trinidad, Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos; Soak in the beauty of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Witness a private performance by a traditional Cuban guitar ensemble; Experience a Havana neighborhood transformed by the art of José Fuster.

Included:

Trips include exclusive, guided programming, including expertly curated people-to-people activities; insider access to Cuba’s famous places and those rarely seen; and private meetings and discussions with Cuban experts. Additionally,your trip fee includes:
  • 7 nights lodging in casas particulares (privately owned bed and breakfast accommodations)
  • All meals throughout the trip (except one dinner), including drinks
  • Pure bottled water while touring
  • Bilingual Cuban guides that are there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home
  • Air Options

    While we have no specific air deals on this cruise, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.

    Not included:

    • International airfare
    • Cuban Visa
    • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
    • One dinner
    • Laundry services, room-service, or phone calls


Lodging: Casas Particulares

You will have the unique opportunity to stay in casas particulares, or private homes, while in Cuba. Casas are similar to family-run bed & breakfasts (think AirBnB with breakfast in the morning) and all include jack-and-jill style bathrooms, air condition, and security. On this trip, stay in the business center of Havana before heading out to Trinidad where you’ll stay in a quaint home surrounded by beautiful cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and old colonial architecture.

Today, casas particulares are essentially family-run bed & breakfasts (think AirBnB’s with private breakfast in the morning). Families invest in making sure their houses are up to international quality standards, and they greet you with Cuban hospitality - but also give you the privacy and comfort you desire.

While houses vary in style from eclectic to classical, they all provide a comfortable glimpse into Cuban life.

Each casa particular features:

  • Double or single occupancy rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Private or “Jack-and Jill” style bathrooms
  • Hot and cold water
  
  
  

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive, Meet Your Group and Explore Old Havana
Arriving in Havana, we’ll settle into our casa and set out to explore the colonial streets and plazas of Old Havana. On the first evening, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner together before soaking up some Cuban culture at a jazz café.

 

Day 2: Enjoy a Cuban Dance Show and Visit the Museum of Fine Arts
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy an introduction to Cuban art and music with a visit to a globally recognized Cuban dance troupe. Then we’ll take a walk through Cuban artist José Fuster’s neighborhood, transformed by public art, before lunch at the iconic Sloppy Joe’s. We’ll also visit the renowned National Museum of Fine Arts, before dinner at a private paladar.

Day 3: Visit a Community Arts Project and the Havana Rum Museum
This morning we’ll tour the University of Havana Campus before visiting the community-based arts organization Muraleando for live music and lunch; here you can purchase unique art created by talented local artists. In the afternoon, head to the Havana Rum Museum for a tour and sampling of Cuba’s most famous export, before we visit the Fabrica de Arte, an old factory transformed into a thriving center of creativity and nightlife.

Day 4: Depart Havana for Cienfuegos and Trinidad
Heading out of Havana, we’ll hit the road to Trinidad, visiting the historic site of the Bay of Pigs invasion along the way. In the French colonial town of Cienfuegos we’ll enjoy lunch and a tour of its historic streets, before we meet with a local artist. We’ll arrive in Trinidad for an evening at your leisure..



Day 5: Guided Tour of Trinidad and Salsa Dancing Class
A guided tour takes us through the colorful alleyways of Trinidad, where the sound of horses’ hooves drifts through the air and Spanish buildings line tropical plazas. We’ll learn a few steps at a private salsa class, before dinner on your own in the Plaza Mayor, which comes to life each evening with live music and dance.

Day 6: Head Back to Havana and Enjoy a Cuban Guitar Performance
This morning we head back to Havana, stopping again in Cienfuegos for a private performance from a traditional Cuban guitar ensemble. After lunch by the sea we’ll continue our journey, arriving in Havana just in time for dinner at one of the most famous paladares near the Malecón.

Day 7: Visit Hemingway’s House and Enjoy a Farewell Dinner
Today we’ll visit Finca Vigía, the former home of iconic author Ernest Hemingway. We’ll then continue to the small fishing village of Cojimar for lunch, followed by some last-minute souvenir shopping at a popular market. Tonight we’ll savor a farewell dinner together, reflecting on the week’s highlights.

Day 8: Return Home
Today sadly sees the end of your Cuban adventure. After enjoying breakfast at your casa, we’ll say our goodbyes and transfer you back to the airport, for your flight home.

Adventure Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options
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