Explore Havana: From Historic Synagogues to Hemingway’s Hideouts

Learn about Cuba’s history, art, music, and Jewish life on this exclusive tour. Enjoy deluxe accommodations throughout. Spend Shabbat with members of the local Jewish Community. All meals included.
  • Duration

    6 days / 5 nights
  • Highlights

    Old Havana, San José Market, Tropicana, El Morro Castle, Finca Vigia, Fusterland
  • Notes

    Land Only, Price Based on Double Occupancy
    Single Supplement: $520
  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Tailor Made

    This tour can be booked privately

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Explore Havana: From Historic Synagogues to Hemingway’s Hideouts 6 Days6D5 Nights5N

For many decades, Cuba has been “the forbidden fruit”. Now, Americans can travel to the island by following specific regulations that our experienced agency knows how to meet.

Enjoy a ride in a vintage car, dance to the rhythm of the best salsa music in the world, and taste some of the finest local cuisine on this deluxe program that includes 5-star accommodations.

The most meaningful part of this trip will take place on Shabbat. Attend services at two local synagogues and share meals with members of the local Jewish community. Learn about their daily struggles to maintain a religious life and, specially, about what being Jewish means to them. You will surely have an inspiring experience.

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What can you expect as part of your tour?

  • 5-star Accommodations
  • Tours/Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • English speaking guides
  • Deluxe motor coach
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Day

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Arrival

Welcome to Cuba! There will be a group transfer from José Martí Airport to our hotel, the Meliá Cohiba. Those arriving at a different time will need to take a private transfer. You will have time to check in and relax before dinner.
Our welcome dinner will be at a privately-owned restaurant, or Paladar, as Cubans call them.

Overnight:Havana (D).

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Old Havana City Tour

This morning we will go on a walking tour of Old Havana and its four squares: Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco and Plaza Vieja. We’ll learn about the country’s history while walking on Havana’s cobblestone streets and visiting 18th century buildings.
Lunch will be at a Paladar
In the afternoon, we will proceed to the National Museum of Fine Arts, which houses Cuban artifacts from colonial times to contemporary generations. Our visit will be guided by one of the Museum’s scholars.
Return to the hotel to relax and freshen up. In the evening we will drive to a Paladar for dinner.

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Cigar Tasting–San José Market-Tropicana

We will drive to Old Havana for a tasting of Cuba’s best cigars and rum. We’ll see how a cigar is rolled and learn about the entire production process from the farm to the store.
Next, we will go to the San José Market, the largest arts and craft marketplace in Havana.
We will have lunch at a Paladar before enjoying a ride on a vintage car to El Morro Castle for a panoramic view of the city.
In the evening, we will go to another Paladar for dinner and then proceed to the famous Tropicana Club, the world-renowned cabaret which opened in 1939. After this unique show, we will return to the hotel.

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Hemingway Tour – Shabbat Services

This morning will be dedicated to Ernst Hemingway. We will go to Hotel Ambos Mundos (Hemingway’s first home in Cuba), La Floridita (the bar he used to visit), and Finca Vigia (the house he bought with his wife in 1939 and that is now a museum).
After lunch we will return to the hotel to freshen up before Kabbalat Shabbat.
In the evening we will go Patronato Synagogue. The Patronato features a full library, with an impressive collection of Jewish books and is a popular source of reference and education for Jews throughout Cuba. We will stay for Kabbalat Shabbat services, followed by Kiddush and Shabbat dinner with the Jewish Community.
Return to the hotel

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Shabbat Services – Fusterland

This morning we will attend Shabbat services at the Sephardic Hebrew Center, the only Sephardic synagogue in Havana City. We will also tour their Holocaust memorial and stay for Kiddush and lunch with members of the local community.
In the afternoon we will proceed to Fusterland, a neighborhood of colorful mosaics and painted homes funded by Jose Fuster, an artist from the neighborhood who has found success out of Cuba with his artwork.
We will return to the hotel and then continue to dinner and our farewell outing to La Fabrica de Arte (The Art Factory). This place combines an art gallery with a night club and live performances.

Overnight:Havana (B, L, D).

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Departure

After breakfast we will depart to the airport for our return flight to the U.S.
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