Cuba: The Artists and Foodies

Experience Cuba as few people do. Meet with many of Havana’s top and up and coming artists, enjoy meals at some of Havana’s hottest new paladars and learn about the changes evolving in our neighboring country.
  • Date

  • Duration

    7 days / 6 nights
  • Highlights

    Havana, Las Terrazas, Cuban artist studios, Havana artist neighborhoods
  • Notes

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Tailor Made

    This tour can be booked privately

Only  $2,895
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Old-world charm, rich art history, vibrant sounds and bright colors - this 7 day adventure takes you into the heart of beautiful Cuba.
Our tour goes a step beyond the surface. From Havana to Cienfuegos, we immerse you with our local friends, culture, dance and art for the Cuba most travelers never get to see. We’ve set up experiences that will connect you to the grassroots art and food scene in Cuba. By day, visit with some of Cuba’s most significant artists and immerse yourself in these valuable people-to-people exchanges. By night, eat and sway to the Caribbean sounds.

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 6 nights accommodations at top hotels
  • Visa to Cuba
  • Meals listed on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to museums
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Day

1

Thursday, November 09

Arrival in Havana

Welcome to Cuba! You’ll dive right into Havana stopping at Revolution Square. This has been the location for many Castro’s lengthy speeches and rallies. Continue into old Havana for a walking tour of the historical sites, including a visit to the oldest print studio, the Taller Experimental de Gráfica. Visit the studio of artist Kelvin Lopez, one of two brothers, both of whom have earned notoriety in the world as Cuban artists. Dinner tonight at a restaurant owned by the other Lopez artist, Kadir Lopez. The owner is a well-known Cuban artists and his art is a major theme, aside from the food, in his restaurant.

Overnight:Havana (D).

Day

2

Friday, November 10

Havana

Begin your day at the Museum of Fine Arts housing the largest collection of Cuban art, with pieces dating back to the 15th century. Then head to Fusterland. Jose Fuster is Cuba’s most well-known contemporary artist and ceramicist. His works are found internationally and his pieces adorn the facades of many buildings in his neighborhood brightening the lives of the residents. You’ll also visit the Romerillo Community Project, an initiative of the Cuban artist Alexis Diaz Leyva, also known as “kacho”. His notoriety in the Cuban contemporary art scene comes from his diverse use of sculpture, found objects and much more. Tonight you’ll dine at Damian Aquilie’s house, a Cuban artist married to

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

Day

3

Saturday, November 11

Havana

Hear a lecture by a well-known Cuban television host, musician and scholar for insight into the art world in Cuba and how the government supports it. At the Havana Compass Dance Company, see a performance by their musicians and dancers. Roll up your sleeves for a class in Cuban cooking at Calesa cooking academy. After enjoying lunch, take in the smells of Havana Humidors workshop. You’ll top off your touring day at a repair workshop for the many 1950’s cars that adorn Havana. Ever wonder what keeps them running? You’ll find out! Tonight, dinner is at La Guarida, which aside from its wonderful setting and cuisine, has one of the best collections of modern Cuban art.

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

Day

4

Sunday, November 12

Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas, a beautiful area of Cuba is a coffee growing region surrounded by lush mountains and greenery. Walk with your guide and learn about the development of the eco foundation of Las Terrazas and how the community has evolved. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with traditional cooking of the region, along with musicians who come to play their local style of music. We’ll visit the studio of Artist Lester Campa, one of Cuba’s best known landscape artists. Head back to Havana for rest and dinner in a great paladar.

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

Day

5

Monday, November 13

Havana

We’ll start our morning visiting the dance company of Litz Alfonzo, who has fused her quarter of a century dance experience in ballet, African and Latin themes into one of Cuba’s most successful dance companies. After lunch at a well-known Havana restaurant, we’ll visit with a Cuban art curator well known for painting and photography. We will also visit the San Carlos Seminary where we will hear a performance by Havana’s Youth Orchestra.

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

Day

6

Tuesday, November 14

Havana and Gunabacoa

Our day begins at the Ernest Hemingway Museum, the house where Hemingway spent some twenty years and has remained pretty much as Hemingway left it. From there we’ll head to Guanabacoa, to learn about Santeria, the primary religion in Cuba. While often mistakenly compared to voodoo, you’ll hear explanations that counter this claim. After lunch, we’ll stop at the Morro Fortress to see the fortress and its view of Havana. Continue with a visit to Hammel Alley neighborhood to meet with a well-known mural painter and practitioner of Santeria in this colorful neighborhood embedded with murals and found art. Tonight get ready for a memorable farewell dinner.

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

Day

7

Wednesday, November 15

Farewell Cuba

This morning you will be taken to the airport to return home from your Cuba adventure.
Day 1 - Thursday, Nov 9
Arrival in Havana

Upon arrival in Havana early afternoon from Newark/New York area. You immediately begin your touring of Havana by stopping at Revolution Square. This has been the venue for many, many of Castro’s lengthy speeches and rallies. Continue into old Havana for a walking tour of the historical sites, included a visit to the oldest print studio, the Taller Experimental de Gráfica.

Visit the studio of artist Kelvin Lopez, one of two brothers, both of whom have earned notoriety in the world as Cuban artists.

Dinner tonight at a restaurant owned by the other Lopez artist, Kadir Lopez. The owner is a well-known Cuban artists and his art is a major theme, aside from the food, in his restaurant.

Overnight in Havana. (D)

Day 2 - Friday, Nov 10
Havana
havana Museum of Fine Arts

Cuba’s Museum of Fine Arts

Today’s touring of Havana will begin with Cuba’s Museum of Fine Arts, which has the largest collection of Cuban art, with pieces dating back to the 15th century and includes many aspects of arts, crafts and Cuban history.

You then drive to Fusterland. Jose Fuster is perhaps Cuba’s most well-known contemporary artist and ceramicist. His works are found internationally and his travels to galleries throughout the world has made him somewhat of a legend back in his Havana neighborhood. He has taken some of his success, both financially and artistically, to encourage people in his neighborhood and beyond, to pursuit art. He also donated a lot of

Fusterland havana cuba art

One of Fuster’s many pieces found through the neighborhood

his work to the facades of many building in the neighborhood to brighten the lives of the residents. At his own home in the neighborhoods, one can always find some of his works on display, as well as items for sale at all different price ranges. These sales help support his project.

Visit to the studio of artist Kadir Lopez, followed by a visit to the Romerillo Community Project, an initiative of the Cuban artist Alexis Diaz Leyva, also known as “kacho”. His notoriety in the Cuban contemporary art scenes comes from his diverse use of sculptor, found objects and much, more. In addition to lending his support to young artists thru his project, much of his artwork can often be found at the project.

Dinner tonight will be at Damian Aquilie’s house, a Cuban artist married to an American woman who is, herself, a curator.

Overnight in Havana. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Saturday, Nov 11
Havana
wood carved humidor cuba

An example of a wood carved humidor

This morning a lecture will be arranged by a well-known Cuban television host is also a musician and scholar. He can speak about the art world within Cuba and how the government provides support.

You then drive to the Havana Compass Dance Company for a performance by their musicians and dancers.

Following your visit to the dance company, we go to the Calesa cooking academy for a class in Cuban cooking and the opportunity to enjoy lunch.

An afternoon visit to the Havana Humidors workshop. Given the nature of cigars in Cuba, the idea of humidors is obvious. This particular workshop specializes in wood carving to make humidors that are in themselves, great examples of art and wood craft.

 

We then visit a workshop that repairs and renovates the many 1950’s and 60’s cars that are the primary types of automobiles one finds in Cuba. Ever wonder what keeps these running? This is where you find out!!!

Tonight dinner will be at La Guarida, which aside from its wonderful setting and cuisine, has one of the best collections of modern Cuban art.

Overnight in Havana. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Sunday, Nov 12
Las Terrasas
Las Terrazas - Cuba

Las Terrazas

Following breakfast, you depart for a long day trip to Las Terrasas, a beautiful area of Cuba approximately one hour west of Havana, surrounded by lush mountains and greenery, Las Terrasas is a coffee growing region. Visitors can take walks and/or hikes with their guide, learning about the development the eco foundation of Las Terrasas and how the community has developed. Lunch is in a local restaurant with traditional cooking of the region, along with musicians who come to play their local style of music. We visit the studio of artist Lester Campa, one of Cuba’s best known landscape artists. Farewell dinner in an interesting paladar.

Overnight in Havana. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Thursday, May 18
Havana visiting homes and studios

Morning visit to the dance company of Litz Alfonzo, whose found has fused her quarter of a century dance experience in ballet, African and Latin themes into one of Cuba’s most successful dance companies, which recently toured the United States.

After lunch at a well-known Havana restaurant, we visit with a Cuban art curator well known for painting and photography. We will also visit the San Carlos Seminary where we will hear a performance by Havana’s Youth Orchestra.

Dinner and overnight in Havana. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Tuesday, Nov 14
Havana and Gunabacoa

Dance--CubaThis morning we visit the to the Ernest Hemingway Museum. This was the house where Hemingway spent some twenty years and wrote among other books, “The Old Man and the Sea”. The house has remained pretty much as Hemingway left it.

Our touring continues with a drive to Guanabacoa, where we will have the opportunity to learn about Santeria. the primary religion in Cuba, though not always professed as such. It is a religion with African roots and practiced in many cases over the years, as a religion that is secondary to modern Christianity. There is both a museum and Santeria center in Guanabacoa where you will have the opportunity to learn about the religion. While often mistakenly compared to voodoo, your visit will include explanations that counter this attribution.

After  lunch, we return to central Cuba making a stop at the Morro Fortress to see the fortress and its view of Havana. Then continue on to central Havana to visit the neighborhood of Hammel Alley, where we meet with a well-known mural painter and practitioner of Santeria in this colorful neighborhood embedded with murals and found art.

Your “Farewell Dinner” will be in another one of Havana’s privately owned restaurants.

Overnight in Havana. . (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Wednesday, Nov 15
Havana

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight from Cuba, arriving back in the US the same day. (B)

(B) Breakfast  (L) Lunch  (D) Dinner

Note: All itineraries are subject to change
* A minimum of 13 passengers is required for tour service.

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Hotel Nacional

Superior Room

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About the hotel: The Hotel Nacional de Cuba is considered a symbol of history, culture and Cuban identity. With its privileged location in the middle of Vedado, the center of Havana, it stands on a hill just a few meters from the s

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