CUBA REVISITED- OFFERED BY CARLSON MARITIME TRAVEL- YOUR CUBA CONNECTION
It is a momentous time in our history to re-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 and music.
We are pleased to offer you an exceptional opportunity to visit Cuba yourself on a remarkable 5-day exploration. In this people-to-people exchange, you will discover Cuba through the resource that has kept the country vibrant through decades of political strife and isolation from the world: the Cuban people. Their joys, challenges and unique world outlook will unfold for you through personal meetings and enjoyment of their arts and culture in this program. Encounter Cuba through intriguing excursions, informative discussions led by knowledgeable experts and personal contact with a variety of Cubans including musicians, artists, teachers, budding entrepreneurs, and everyday people.
Explore Havana’s timeless streets, architecture and famous landmarks. Venture into Cuba’s countryside across impossibly verdant landscapes to plantations and tobacco farm communities. Savor local cuisine; talk with Cubans about their way of life. This program will show you Cuba’s unexpected delights and the very real struggles of its people.
We begin our CUBA REVISITED tour with a panoramic tour of Revolutionary Square where there will be time for some great photo ops. Reminisce as you view the array of vintage cars that will be lined up on the square. We will see Havana University, the U.S. Embassy, the Statue of Jesus the famous Nacional Hotel and Paseo Del Prado. Lunch will be one of Havana's legal paladars, or private restaurants.
Dinner this evening at an privately owned paladar which supports entrepreneurship and private business.
Day 2, (B,L,D)
After breakfast we have a private tour of the Bellas Artes de La Habana (National Fine Arts Museum). Our good friend Omar - knowledgeable art professional and docent will give us a private insiders tour. Even if you are not a fine arts- lover or collector, this tour is a tapestry woven with art of Cuba's history sprinkled with Omar's wicked sense of humor.
After lunch we will experience Compas Dans which is an amazing and enterprising troupe of talented young people who have created a magical show of dance expression with only hand made wooden chairs, drum sticks and percussion. This is truly one of our favorite cultural experiences in Havana to visit. This group travelled and performed at the Straz Center several years ago to a sell out audience. If time permits we will visit the newly refurbished capitol building very close to the art museum. Dinner this evening at private paladar.
After breakfast we visit UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE-VINALES VALLEY in the province of Pinar Del Rio. We will see the pre-historic murals and take a boat ride through the Indian caves which are a huge part of the culture of this area. Lunch will be at treat at an agricultural farm called Finca Paradiso Agroecologica offering a true farm to table experience. Everything is raised, grown and cooked at this hilltop private paladar. After this nearly 9-course lunch we will stop at one of the tobacco farms owned by Benito and his family and learn how tobacco is seeded, grown and stored while sipping some rum and coffee at his farmhouse with his family. Dinner on own this evening. (If you can possible eat anything else). Since alcohol and tobacco are no longer legal to bring back, this would be a good time to purchase a few inexpensive, fresh hand-rolled cigars to enjoy while you are in Cuba!
After breakfast we visit Finca Vigia- Home of Ernest Hemingway.. La Finca Vigia, near Cojimar, is a quaint fisherman's village. With your entry fee included - you’ll be able to observe Hemingway’s personal belongings, trophies, firearms and see the room where he used to write, as well as his fishing souvenirs and the other remembrances of his life in Cuba. This is where Hemingway celebrated his Pulitzer prize in 1953 with his fishermen buddies and the now legendary boat skipper, Gregorio Fuentes, captain of his yacht El Pilar, and the main character of his book, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, which was set in this area. We’ll also have a chance to see El Pilar which is now conveniently located in a corner of the property.
We will enjoy lunch at a lovely paladar , then it's time to say goodbye to our new Cuban friends and head to the airport for non-stop departure.
PRICING and INCLUSIONS:
$2799.00 per person double occupancy- TPA air and land
$499.00- single occupancy supplement
$85.00- Cuban visa
*Round-trip air from Tampa
*Accommodations at the Hotel Grand Aston La Habana located on the Malecon
*Breakfasts-4, Lunches-4, and Dinners-3
*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
*Most gratuities to Cuba guide and driver
*Airfare from gateways other than Tampa (ask us)
*Items of a personal nature
*Optional cancellation insurance-which is strongly recommended. Ask us for a quote
*Gratuities to servers at meals
*Additional food and beverage not listed herein
* The new Hotel Grand Aston La Habana- located on the Malecon
*Newly Remodeled Capitol Building
*Jose Fuster's Ceramic Community Project-FUSTERLANDIA
*UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, Old Havana
*Private art studtios such as Wilfredo Lam Studios
*Taller de Grafica Print Art Studio
*Hamel's Alley Community Project
*National Fine Arts Museum, Cuban Collection
*Statue of Jesus
*Compas Dans-one of Cuba's internationally acclaimed dance troupes
*San Jose Market
*Bellas Artes de La Habana-Fine Arts Museum, Cuban Collection
FINAL PAYMENT: Your final payment is due 24 Jan 2023 for the February tour. Your final payment is non-refundable. Please ask us for an insurance quote.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED: A valid passport with at least 6 month's expiration date required. A Cuban Visa is required which we will obtain for you at the cost of $85.00 per person.
CUBAN MEDICAL INSURANCE: Cuban Medical insurance is included in the cost of your tour.
OPTIONAL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend you purchase optional cancellation and medivac insurance. Please ask us for a quote.
HOW TO JOIN!
Carlson Maritime Travel
623 E. Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, Fl. 34689
SMALL GROUP TOUR- requires a minimum of 18 passengers to be guaranteed. Itinerary is subject to change as availability of venues, rules and regulations may change.