Colours of Cuba tour

Private Tour

8 nights and 9 days

Educational trip Colours of Cuba, Gettting deep into the roots of this wonderful caribbean island.

It is a Travel program designed to allow international Visitors to get a first hand view of the Cuban reality, to learn about the authentical Cuba and meeting the Cuban people, learning about the essence of the Cuban culture, its traditions and nationality.

It is intended to promote legitimate and real interactions with Cubans from all walk of life, promoting understanding and communications with the world. It will help, modestly but consistently, to improve the economic conditions of the local people and the civil society key in the Cuba´s future.

Itinerary

Day 1 HAVANA

Arrival to International Airport José Martí in Havana.

Meet and Greeting at the Airport.

Private TRF to the Hotel in Havana.

Accommodation at Parkview Hotel 3*** (plus) in Old Havana or similar, in B & B.

FREE EVENING.

Day 2 Havana

08:30 Breakfast.

09:30 Full Walking Tour of Old Havana, entrances to Capitanes Generales Museum, visit the Capitol building, all the squares, monuments, historical building, statues, all the interest point of Old Havana.

Knowing about the local housing project in Old Havana, visiting a health care center which help the families leaving in Old Havana.

Visit the art studio of one of the best contemporary painter artist like the one of Zaida del Río.

Around 13:00 enjoy the Zanco Dance Group performance on the streets of Old Havana, a dancing company made of non-professional dancers and musicians leaving in the area.

OPTIONAL luncheon (try Cuban sandwiches prepare for private local cafeteria).

15:00 Visit Modern Havana, particularly the Vedado area, the Revolution Square, the Colon Cemetery, the Presidente and Paseo avenues, the mansions, the University of Havana, the Rampa (where the Cubans meet and talk, particularly the youth), 23 street, the Malecon (seaside board).

Back to the hotel by 19:30.

20:00 Welcoming dinner at a Family restaurant in the Old Havana area (include it).

Day 3 Havana

08:30 Breakfast.

Today you will get information about the presence of afro-cuban religion in present Cuba, very deep inside into the roots of Cuban culture and nationality.

09:30 am Visit the association of Yoruba in Old Havana, get an explanation about the afro religion in Cuba.

Visiting (by walking) the hidden places of Santeria religion in Central and Old Havana (special Santero Guide).

12:00 Visiting the Guanabacoa and Regla two of the town where the afrocuban religious is most practiced, visit the Santeria Museum.

In Guanabacoa learn about history of the town, one of the oldest of Havana, their participation in the defense of the Villa San Cristobal de la Habana during the days of the British invasion in the XVIII century; after that visit the Cojimar town, a fisherman town, which also played a role in the defense of the villa during that event, and became relevant in the history because of the live of the american writter in Cuba Ernest Hemingway. (the Novel Old Man and the Sea´s story written by Hemingway and the film based on that novel took place in Cojímar town).

14:30 Optional luncheon at Las Terrazas de Cojimar restaurant (not include it).

At evening optional visits:

  • Cuban baseball game.
  • Casa de la Cultura of Central Havana
  • National Ballet Performance function.
  • Cuban-Flamenco Musical Group at Mesón de la Flota.
  • Day 4 Havana - Viñales Valley

    07:30 Breakfast Box.

    08:00 TRF to Viazul Bus Terminal to take public bus to the Valley of Viñales.

    10:00 Tour to Viñales Valley and the surrounding: visiting the Cultural House.

    Walking through the valley (Palmarito trail) meeting campesinos growers of Habano tobacco leaf.

    Optional Luncheon at a private family restaurant in the Valley.

    Accommodation at Hotel Los Jazmines, Hotel La Ermita or Hotel Rancho San Vicente 3*** in B & B (if the client prefers lodge could be made at Homestay in B & B).

    Day 5 Viñales Valley - Las Terrazas - Soroa - Havana

    08:00 Breakfast.

    08:30 Leaving by car to Las Terrazas community to get in touch with the community project existing there (probably up to now the best example of a sustainable agricultural and community project in the island.

    Visiting "Casa de la Guajira" for a Cuban coffee campesino style.

    Optional Luncheon at the local restaurant.

    Continuation on the trip to Soroa, entrance to one of the most interesting botanical garden in Cuba, also visiting a local artist.

    17:00 Leaving for Havana.

    Accommodation at Hotel Parkview 3*** (plus) in B & B or at Hotel Paseo Habana 3*** (plus) in B & B or similar

    Day 6 Havana - Trinidad

    07:00 Box Breakfast.

    07:15 am Transfer to Viazul Bus Terminal.

    08:15 Viazul Bus to Trinidad.

    13:15 TRF to the Hotel Las Cuevas 3***, accommodation in B & B (also there is the option to lodge in private houses in B & B).

    Walking Tour of Trinidad, visiting the Handcraft Local industry.

    At evening OPTIONAL, enjoy the local music with the local people.

    Day 7 Trinidad

    08:00 Trip to Topes de Collantes in the Sierra del Escambray, second highest in Cuba.

    Do the Codina Trail, meeting the campesinos, creole luncheon include it.

    15:00 Back to Trinidad.

    FREE TIME.

    Accommodation at Las Cuevas Hotel 3*** in B & B (or lodging at Casas Particulares).

    Day 8 Trinidad - Havana

    After breakfast, TRF to Bus Terminal Viazul to take bus to Havana.

    TRF to the Hotel Parkview in Old Havana or similar, accommodation in B & B.

    Day 9 Departure

    08:00 Breakfast.

    TRF OUT on time to take flight back home.

    END OF SERVICES.

     
    Guanabacoa Museums, Havana
    guanabacoa museum in havana

    Located in the municipality of Guanabacoa,stores an important collection about local history and Afro-Cuban traditions. It consists of two facilities: the Municipal Museum, founded on July 26, 1964 and the Museum of the Martyrs, founded on 19 April 1992. With the latter, the institution has been enriched, it has perfected its social function and has expanded its actions with the community.

    Our Lady of Regla church
    our lady of regla church in havana

    Patroness of the town that bears his name in front of the Bay of Havana and saw all blue, identifies with Yemaya, mistress of the sea. With its veneration most of the Yoruba pantheon merges with Christianity in syncretism and acculturation of African and Spanish, shaping the criollo mestizaje in which the Cuban nationality is based.

    The Vigia farm Havana
    the vigia farm in havana

    Finca Vigia is located in the small, working-class town of San Francisco de Paula. The Cuban people have always respected famous writer's choice to live in a modest town, amongst the people he fished with. There, Hemingway wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Open: 10am to 4pm, Monday thru Saturday and 9am to 1pm, Sunday

    Valle de Viñales
    vinales valley pinar del rio

    The Viñales Valley in the Sierra de los Organos near the western end of the island of Cuba is an outstanding karst landscape encircled by mountains and dotted with spectacular dome-like limestone outcrops (mogotes) that rise as high as 300 m. Unesco

    Trinidad
    trinidad

    Trinidad, officially founded as Villa of the Holy Trinity was the third village founded by the Spanish crown in Cuba in early 1514. In 1988 UNESCO inscribed on the World Heritage List the historic center of Trinidad near the Valley of the Sugar Mills

    La Canchánchara, Trinidad
    la canchánchara trinidad

    It is considered one of the oldest buildings in the city, where three centuries of architectural elements are combined. It is said that the Canchánchara was an ancient drink that prepared the mambises, where brandy with honey and any citrus fruit that came to hand mixing. It served to withstand the cold in the jungle and offset, to some extent, the consequences of machete charges.

    Topes de Collantes
    topes de collantes trinidad
     

    Attractions Havana-Viñales-Cienfuegos-Trinidad

    Attractions Havana

    • ✓ Museum National of Bellas Artes
    • ✓ Museum of the Revolucion
    • ✓ Napoleonic museum
    • ✓ Museum of Chocolate
    • ✓ Museum of the Rum Havana Club
    • ✓ Pharmacy Museum
    • ✓ Museum of the City
    • ✓ Hemingway Museum Finca Vigia
    • ✓ Scale model of Havana
    • ✓ Museum of Guanabacoa
    • ✓ National Museum of Decorative Arts
    • ✓ Wilfredo Lam Center

    Attractions Viñales

    • ✓ Santo Tomas Gran Caverna
    • ✓ Indian Cave
    • ✓ Palenque of the Maroons
    • ✓ Mural of Prehistory
    • ✓ Prehistoric park
    • ✓ Palmarito Cave
    • ✓ House Veguero
    • ✓ Viñales Valley Overlook
    • ✓ Botanical Garden
    • ✓ Horse ride through the valley

    Attractions Soroa

    • ✓ Explore the Sierra del Rosario, Biosphere Reserve.
    • ✓ Nature Tourism: mountain climbing, horseback riding, mountaineering, bike riding.
    • ✓ The Orchad Botanical Gardens.
    • ✓ Agua Pozo del Amor Waterfall.
    • ✓ Ruins of former French coffee plantations.
    • ✓ Bayate and Manatiales.

    Attractions Trinidad

    • ✓ Plaza Mayor.
    • ✓ Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo
    • ✓ Romance Museum
    • ✓ Convento de San Francisco de Asis
    • ✓ Parque Central Cespedes
    • ✓ Museo de Historia Municipal
    • ✓ Trinidad Architecture Museum
    • ✓ Yudit Vidal Faife Gallery
    • ✓ Basso Art & Souvenir Gallery.
    • ✓ Santeria Israel
    • ✓ Guamuahaya Archaeology Museum
    • ✓ Iglesia de Santa Ana