Cuba is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean and is located just 90 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida. With its mix of Spanish and African roots, Cuba is the least commercialized and most exciting island in the Caribbean. Experience the vibrant Cuban culture through our “people to people” exchange program. During this trip, you will be able to connect with the rich cultural heritage of Cuba. Immerse yourself into Cuba’s fascinating modern history, music, food, architecture, art, local community and much more!
- Arrive to José Martí International AirportCheck-in at the Hotel Saratoga where you will have a welcome cocktail and orientation. The Hotel Saratogs is one of Havana’s top hotels. - within are spacious rooms boasting chic styling and 21st-century amenities. In fact, it’s the only Havana hotel with free Wi-Fi. The rooftop has a spectacular view of the city. The hotel also features a Moorish-themed Anacaona restaurant, where you can puff a cigar and have a cocktail in the neon-lit mezzanine bar.Orientation Meeting with your Cuban guides and tour Leader - Learn about the history, culture, and dynamic legacy of Cuba, while you enjoy a delicious mojito.Depart for Dinner from Hotel LobbyWelcome Dinner at HM7Following dinner - retire and relax from your journey at the hotel, or feel free to explore all Havana has to offer. A collection of local attractions, music and historic information will be provided.
- Breakfast at your leisure at HotelDepart for a Walking Tour through Old HavanaYou will be escorted for a stroll in the streets of Havana, taking in its grand architecture, rich history and lively streets.Cigar FactoryCuban cigars are well known as the finest in the world. Learn about how these cigars are made and experience them for yourselves.Lunch at La Moneda CubanaLocated at the entrance of the Plaza of the Havana Cathedral, la Moneda Cubana had its beginnings in 1924 where they sold food and liquor among other items. Today, this restaurant-paladar welcomes its customers with the Cuban house warming and its most exquisite Cuban flavors while they enjoy the beauty of the colonial Old Havana and the wonderful views that can be seen from la Moneda Cubana. We will learn about the city’s architecture and churches.Depart Hotel for Hemingway Tour – Finca Vigía, Cojímar, La Terrazas Bar and RestaurantTake a trip back in time and walk in the shoes of one of the world's greatest writers. Visit Finca Vigía, the former residence of the American writer, where many of his most famous literary works were written. Visit Cojímar, a fisherman village Hemingway docked his fishing boat, “El Pilar” and source of inspiration for his famous novel, “The Old Man and the Sea”. Enjoy cocktails at La Terrazas Bar and Restaurant, a place related to the life of the famous writer and to Gregorio Fuentes, the captain of his fishing boat.Visit the Fusterland ProjectReturn to the Hotel and enjoy the rest of evening on ownRefresh and unwind before dinner and your evening activities.
- Breakfast at your leisure at HotelDepart Hotel for a Panoramic City Bus TourTake a driving tour, while learning about the area. View the local universities, the Modern Art School and the “planned” Ballet school in the Miramar area. Take in the magnificent sights of Downtown Havana, Centro Habana - Cárdenas street, the former Cuban Telephone Company, Reina street, Aldama Palace, Golden Scepter, José Crusellas’ house, Convent and Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Carlos III Avenue, Grand MasonicSee:American EmbassyPlaza de la Revolución – Conceived by French urbanist Jean Claude Forestier in the 1920s, the gigantic Plaza de la Revolución (known as Plaza Cívica until 1959) was part of Havana's 'new city,' which grew up between 1920 and 1959.Estadio Latinoamericano – Also known as Latin American Stadium, this is a stadium that is primarily used for baseball. Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón – Also known as Christopher Columbus Cemetery, this is one of the great historical cemeteries of the world, and is very important in Latin American history. Great Houses of Havana - Casa Lasa y Baró, Manzana de Gómez, Casa Juan GelatsFOCSA Building – The tallest building in Cuba! Cubanacán - Convention Center and former residences of Havana’s upper class, schools of art.Marianao - Monument to Finlay and surrounding buildings, hospital area. Parque Almendares – This Park runs along the banks of the city's Río Almendares, below the bridge on Calle 23.Lunch at El AljibeEl Aljibe is a well-known restaurant that has been delighting taste buds for years. Their famous pollo asado (roast chicken), is served up with as-much-as-you-can-eat helpings of white rice, black beans, fried plantains, french fries and salad. The accompanying bitter orange sauce is said to be a state secret.Return to the Hotel or take time to explore on your ownDepart hotel for dinnerFarewell dinner at Rio MarThis restaurant sits on an inlet at the entrance to the Almendares River which cuts through the city of Havana. It has a beautiful view in the distance of the Torreon de Santa Dorotea de La Chorrere
- Breakfast at your leisure at HotelCheck out of hotelDeparture from HotelOld Havana Flea MarketVisit this area where local artisans share their crafts.Lunch at Mediterraneo Havana Paladar (Family Style)Enjoy traditional island cuisine in one of the family run restaurants of Cuba. The food is authentic and will provide the flavor of this international island.Transfer to José Martí International Airport