Cuba: A Cultural Odyssey

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7 Days
Availability : October - December, 2024
Miami
Havana
Tour Details
Cuba: A Cultural Odyssey

Meet face-to-face with local residents from different professions, share thoughts, gain knowledge, and connect with Cuba’s cultural heritage as you discover the traditions of Cuban culture through music, sports and more!

Departures October through December, 2024

Prices from $8,540 CAD per person, including on-tour airfare (2 flights)

Single Occupancy pricing from $9,992 CAD

Prices based on double occupancy. Return airfare to Miami additional. International airfare additional.

Departure Location

Miami

End Location

Havana

Price Includes

  • Five days of "People-to-People" educational exchange
  • On-Tour Air (2 flights)
  • All hotel accommodations – 1 night in Miami at Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Miami and 5 nights in Havana at GRAND ASTON La Habana
  • All day-to-day travel details taken care of for you
  • Escorted travel from the moment your trip begins in Miami, accompanied by a professional Tauck Director and experienced local Cuban guides, all fluent in both English & Spanish
  • Discussions with representatives from Cuban community and arts organizations, educational institutions and museums, community art projects, architectural preservation organizations, tobacco and cigar production facilities, baseball organizations and more
  • Exclusive Tauck Experiences fostering meaningful cultural connections with Cuban families, artists, musicians, students, educators, agricultural workers, artisans, entrepreneurs, community leaders, baseball coaches and players and others
  • All ground transportation; airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers, hotel and restaurant staff; all taxes, admission fees, porterage and departure tax
  • 15 meals – including authentic Cuban cuisine at local restaurants and private paladares throughout your trip

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's, if required

Tour Specialist

  • Deborah Charles
What to Expect
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Begin your Cuba travel in Miami

Tour starts: 5:00 PM, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. Travel from Miami International Airport to The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables in a taxi that we will reimburse you for. Join us for a welcome reception to meet your fellow travelers and hear the details from your Tauck Director about the next 6 days in Cuba.

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

Day 2¡Bienvenido a Cuba!

After an early breakfast, your group boards an included flight from Miami to Havana’s José Martí International Airport, where your local Cuban guide greets you as you head to a local paladar (restaurant) and learn about authentic Cuban cuisine. Visit Cuban artist Kadir Lopez’s artwork in an exclusive showing open to Tauck guests only. His work continues to illuminate the city streets highlighting the livelihood of its patrons from the Republican years, which you will learn at his studio. Meet the teachers and students at La Casa del Nino y Nina, an after school program that helps young boys and girls develop language skills and cultural awareness. After dinner, enjoy time in your hotel as you please.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GRAND ASTON La Habana

Day 3Historic Havana, baseball and cars

After breakfast, chat with a local scholar on Cuban Revolution history and what it looks like modern-day. Step into the pedestrian-only UNESCO Heritage Site of Old Havana with a local expert on a walking tour to see the city’s architecture and restoration efforts before heading to lunch with a former baseball legend. The sport of baseball was introduced to the country by Cuban students returning home from U.S. colleges back in the 1860s. Drive to a vintage American car club well-known from the popular tv series Cuba Chrome, meet the Club members and ask questions regarding the challenges they face as part of the new emerging entrepreneur sector in Cuba nowadays. Learn about Cuban dance during a visit to meet the instructors of a private dance company, then enjoy dinner and live music at a local restaurant with the Havana Queens.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GRAND ASTON La Habana

Day 4 Agriculture in the Viñales Valley

Today is about exploring the Vinales Valley countryside, and learning how this landscape is optimal for growing tobacco, and sustaining crops and livestock. Head for lunch on an organic farm in a private restaurant to exchange in conversations with the farmers and hear about their entrepreneurial endeavors as a private business in Cuba. Visit Benito Camejo Tabacco Farm where Mr. Benito himself will share stories about this craft and processes of how tobacco farming works. Visit the despalillo to learn about stripping and grading the tobacco. Enjoy the evening as you wish in your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch

GRAND ASTON La Habana

Day 5Afro-Cuban Cultural Heritage

Connect with Afro-Cuban culture heritage and island identity with a visit to Project Beyond Roots – an organization whose mission is to inspire, empower, and create a positive change in the lives of Cuban people. After you’ll have the chance to explore local goods and connect with artisans in the 19th-century storage houses that are now the Almacenes San José Artisans’ Market. Visit Vi Humos, a private project focused on the manufacturing of purses out of recycled cigar wood boxes, along with guayabera shirts designed by Vivian Acosta, the project owner. Experience a cigar rolling tutorial and tasting, while listening to great music and Vivian’s personal story in the world of high-end habanos.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GRAND ASTON La Habana

Day 6Hemingway, vintage cars & Centro Habana

He was an American novelist well known for his short stories, a prolific fisherman who actively monitored the Cuban coastline when he wasn’t at his desk writing For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, and the locals often called him “Ernesto.” Ernest Hemingway spent much of his life in Cuba, from 1939 to 1960, and today you’ll have the chance to visit his home of 21 years. See the author’s 9,000-volume library, and his beloved typewriter, and talk with a docent about his life here and the strong connections to Cuba and its people. Visit an outreach musical program where you’ll learn their special approach teaching youth how to develop vocal and instrumental skills with traditional music. Your last evening will be spent at a local paladar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

GRAND ASTON La Habana

Day 7Journey Home

Tour ends: Miami, Florida. An early morning transfer is included from your Havana hotel to José Martí International Airport for your return flight to Miami. Please book flights from Miami to your final destination no earlier than 3:00 PM.

Breakfast

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com