CULTURAL HAVANA- LED BY SUZANNE CARLSON
It is a momentous time to visit Cuba! Cuba’s indefinable culture makes it one of the most colorful and fascinating places on earth, full of art, culture, culinary surprises, history, music and the one thing that has kept Cuba vibrant and strong: The Cuban People.
Experience both a cultural tour and an immersion into one of the most interesting and controversial destinations in the western hemisphere as we enjoy Supporting the Cuban People through sharing their community projects, dining in the privately owned restaurants (paladars) purchasing items at their private stores and one-on-one interaction with musicians, dancers, artists and every day people.
We begin our CULTURAL HAVANA tour with a panoramic tour of Revolutionary Square where there will be time for some great photo ops. Enjoy the array of vintage cars that will be lined up on the square. We will see El Morro Castle, Havana University, the U.S. Embassy, the Statue of Jesus and Paseo Del Prado. Lunch will be one of Havana's best paladars, or private restaurants.
Day 2 (B,L,D)
After breakfast we begin our day with a dose of Cuba history with a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site. We will visit several private art studios such as WILFRERO LAM studios who oversees the art biennials in Havana. We will visit Taller Experimental de Grafica, a cooperative workshop where you will observe young lithographers at work.
After lunch at a wonderful paladar, we will visit a privately owned and run modern dance company called COMPAS DANS. This young troupe is amazing and puts their personal mark on dance and movement with percussion, chairs and sticks. This is not to be missed! Dinner this evening at an privately owned paladar which supports entrepreneurship and private business. SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE.
Day 3, (B,L,D)
After breakfast we have a private tour of the Bellas Artes de La Habana (National Fine Arts Museum). Our good friend and associate Omar will give us a private insiders tour. Even if you are not a fine arts lover or collector, this tour is wonderful.
Lunch will be at Amos. This is actually a photography studio and community project for children in addition to being a paladar. It is owned by Ramses Batista, one of Cuba's well-established modern photographers. His photos featuring nudes, landscapes, religion and social documentary are also for sale.
After lunch we will visit the newly refurbished capitol building just across from the art museum. Dinner this evening at private paladar.
After breakfast we visit Finca Marta. The story of this privately owned and fully self-sustainable agricultural project will amaze you. After learning about the farm, we will enjoy fresh vegetables seasoned with fresh herbs grown there, freshly roasted pork and traditional Cuban fare. Desert consists of honeycomb from the 1 million bees on the farm, home-made hibiscus jam on one of the freshly made cheeses. This tour cannot be missed.
Lunch at Elite (one of our favorites), then time to say goodbye to our new Cuban friends and head to the airport for departure.
PRICING and INCLUSIONS:
$2369.00 per person double occupancy
$399.00- single occupancy supplement
$85.00- Cuban visa
*Round-trip air from Tampa
*Accommodations at the Nacional Hotel
*Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Daily
*Drink packages at all meals
*All entrance fees and venues listed herein
*Cuban Visa Processing ($85.00 additional for visa)
*Private Senior Guide and Driver
*Bottled water daily on bus
*Major gratuities to Cuba guide and driver
*Airfare from gateways other than Tampa (ask us)
*Items of a personal nature
*Optional cancellation insurance
*Gratuities to servers at meals
*Additional food and beverage not listed herein
*Famous Nacional Hotel
*Hall of Fame
*Jose Fuster's Ceramic Community Project
*Unesco World Heritage site, Old Havana
*Wilfredo Lam Studios
*Taller de Grafica
*Hamel's Alley Community Project
*National Fine Arts Museum, Cuban Collection
*Amos Studios Community Project
*Statue of Jesus
*San Jose Market
*Bellas Artes de La Habana
FINAL PAYMENT: Your final payment is due 01 Dec 2020.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED: A valid passport with at least 6 month's expiration date plus a Cuban Visa which we will obtain for you at the cost of $85.00 per person.
MEDICAL INSURANCE: Medical insurance is included in the cost of your tour.
OPTIONAL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend you purchase optional cancellation and medivac insurance in the amount of: $184.00 which we are offering as a group policy. (minimum 10 people required)
HOW TO JOIN!
Carlson Maritime Travel
623 E. Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, Fl. 34689
This tour is legally licensed by OFAC, the Office of Foreign Asset Control under general Support for the Cuban People CFR#515.574). Carlson Maritime Travel is OFAC compliant and holds a Department of Commerce license: D1118969.