Select Your Cuba Trip with Cultural Cuba
Nothing is cookie cutter about a Cultural Cuba trip. You may have heard about the tightly regulated mandatory “People to People” trips. Our custom trips meet all the legal requirements yet still offer flexibility. This is one of the many benefits of traveling with us to Cuba on a fully-guided independent private tour. We custom tailor our 3 – 6-day itineraries to match your interests and desired pace of travel.
Private Cuba Travel Arrangements
Enjoy a private fully-guided trip and explore the history, architecture, art, music, food, and nightlife of Cuba. We manage the entire process including all of the documentation, top-rated hotel accommodations, exclusive private (paladar) restaurant reservations, air conditioned transportation, and the approved itinerary so that you can enjoy exploring the culture of Cuba knowing the legal requirements and travel logistics have been seamlessly coordinated.
Select Your Cuba Trip Length and Dates
We offer 3 – 6-night Havana-based itineraries that are customized to your desired pace and interests. Our travelers only stay in centrally located top-rated Havana hotels. We are excited to offer exquisite accommodations at the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana after June 15, 2017, as well as the top-rated and ideally located Parque Central, and small art-filled boutique hotels in the Vedado neighborhood.
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Cultural Cuba Small Group Tours
Cultural Cuba Small Group fully-guided insider people-to-people tours for min 8 – max 14 travelers are All-Inclusive – 1 Night Miami, 4 night Havana tours offered over the Christmas and New Year Holidays with day trips to either Las Terrazas, Varadero, or Vinales Valley. Travelers will stay at the newly opened lux Kempinski Hotel and enjoy traveling as a small group with a shared itinerary, dedicated guide, and transportation. Perfect for couples, families, or friends who wish to travel with others in a small group over the holidays.
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We are experienced in providing custom tours to VIP clients, tirelessly working to ensure the very best client care for couples, families, multi-generational groups, business incentive trips, university alumni donor groups, and more. We would be delighted to collaborate with you – contact us for commission details.
The dates for our 2017 Christmas and New Years small group trips will be announced SOON. Contact us with your preferred dates of travel for a private independent trip.
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“Cuba is unexpectedly beautiful and complex. David has amazing relationships in Havana. I’m already thinking about when I can go next. Bravo, Cultural Cuba!”Jessica Battista
“You couldn’t have planned a more perfect trip! Everything from start to end couldn’t have been better. Our guide was not only a wealth of information but an absolute pleasure to be with!! Outstanding choice of restaurants – loved the different atmospheres and the meals were 5 star all the way. Hotel was equally as impressive. Our trip of a lifetime really was so, thanks to you! ”
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Select Your Cuba Trip Sample Itinerary:
Let Cultural Cuba plan your authentic and unique cultural journey to Cuba. Click on each Day Tab above to see a sample day. We work with you to create a custom itinerary that reflects your interests and desired trip pacing and scope.
ITINERARY: Nothing is cookie cutter about a Cultural Cuba trip. We do not like rigid, large group trips. Our Cuba trips are always private, small and flexible. You may have heard about the tightly regulated mandatory “People to People” trips. Our trips meet all the legal requirements yet still have some flexibility. This is one of the many benefits of a small private group.
HOTEL: We only work with the top centrally-located hotel properties in Havana.
DINING: The Food scene in Cuba is undergoing an evolution. You will dine almost entirely at Paladares. These are private restaurants ranging from 1-2 tables in home kitchens to full-scale restaurants hidden inside fully restored Mansions.
NIGHTLIFE: Jazz Clubs, Salsa Bars, Night Clubs, and some venues that only the locals go to enjoy. The only thing stopping anyone is a need for sleep. This is a late-night town. The large Salsa/Reggaeton bands usually don’t take the stage before midnight. That said, there is no pressure to do anything at all after dinner. Participants can go back to the Hotel to rest or head out on their own (with a little guidance).
GUIDE: Our Cuban Guides are the best there are in Havana. We only work with vetted guides who are highly educated and speak excellent English. You can ask them anything and everything – they are not afraid to give you the truth on the good and the bad of living in Cuba.
HUMANITARIAN: All of our trips have a Humanitarian element. At some locations, we will drop off some “non-cash” gifts. You will see this explained further in the packing list document.
PRIVATE VIP TOUR
HAVANA & VINALES VALLEY OR VARADERO
SAMPLE 1 Night Miami + 4 Nights Havana People to People ITINERARY
- If you are traveling as part of one of our small group tours or with a larger group flying from different locations, we recommend spending the night in Miami in order to take advantage of a full first day in Havana. We include 1-night accommodations at the EB Hotel in Miami in our small group pricing.
WELCOME TO HAVANA
- Upon arrival in Havana, meet your professional English-speaking Cuban guide. Luxury transfer and Tour in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana.
- Stop at HISTORIC REVOLUTION SQUARE.
- Visit the historic HOTEL NACIONAL followed by lunch at the famous open-air restaurant in the courtyard of the hotel overlooking the Malecon. The hotel was originally designed by McKim Mead and White and opened in 1930. The hotel is in the Vedado area of Havana, perched on a rise overlooking the Malecón and the sea.
- Enjoy a Dance Performance – A visit with the founders of this community dance project in inner city Havana, followed by a brief interactive performance and then the opportunity for Q&A with the Dance company members.
- Arrival/Check in at your HAVANA HOTEL (Cultural Cuba participants will stay at one of the most exclusive hotels in Cuba). Time to rest and freshen up.
- Dinner at one of Havana’s most popular private restaurants also known as “paladares.”
- Optional evening activities: Jazz Café to hear some of Cuba’s best Jazz music. Casa de la Musica (late night)
HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE, CIGARS and RUM
- Breakfast at the HOTEL
- Morning: Exclusive discussion and presentation with the renowned architect and lead planner for the City of Havana. Overview of Havana’s history, highlighting how Havana’s architecture has evolved over the years and details of ongoing renovations.
- Following the presentation, we will embark on a walking tour of Old Havana, exploring the 4 major plazas: Plaza Armas,Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza San Francisco.
- Stop at historic LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO – the actual site where the Mojito cocktail was invented.
- Lunch at one of Old Havana’s best restaurants.
- VIP PRIVATE PARTAGAS CIGAR Factory tour. Learn about the complex yet fascinating process of cigar rolling at the most famous and oldest cigar factory in the World. Home to Montecristo, Cohiba, Partagas and Bolivar.
- Afternoon: Guided tour of the CUBAN MUSEUM OF THE REVOLUCION
- Visit ALMACENES SAN JOSE, a local craft and art market. Browse local crafts, souvenirs.
- Dinner at LA GAURIDA, Havana’s “most famous restaurant” (New York Times). Inventive dishes that deconstruct and combine traditional Cuban and international cuisine. The Camagüey Mansión, located in Concordia 418, provides a unique atmosphere. We will receive a tour and explanation of the history of this most well-known and oldest of Havana’s private restaurants from the owner himself.
- Private Rum tasting and explanation of the history and Rum making process with the head sommelier of HISTORIC HAVANA CLUB RUM COMPANY who will introduce us to the newest “Seleccion de la Maestros.”
- Optional evening activities: Jazz club, live music performances
VINALES VALLEY, TOBACCO FARM, LOVE & HOPE, CAFÉ LAURENT (Dec – April),
OPTION: EVENING WITH THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Travel 2 hours to VINALES VALLEY. A UNESCO World Heritage site. The striking landscape of the Viñales Valley is notable for its mogotes, a series of tall, rounded hills that rise abruptly from the flat plain of the valley. It is also significant for its cultural associations, particularly its traditional agricultural practices related to growing tobacco.
- Visit the 160 million-year-old limestone formations and the historic caves once used by runaway slaves.
- Visit the famous BENITO a working tobacco farm.
- Lunch at an organic farm.
- After lunch, we will visit a community-based art project established for disabled children and young adults. Artists teach special engraving techniques to the children who create beautiful works of art.
VARADERO (May thru Nov)
- Breakfast at the HOTEL
- Departure for a day trip to Varadero, Travel 2 hours. Varadero is foremost a tourist resort town, boasting more than 20 km of white sandy beaches.
- Stop at Bacunayagua Bridge & look out (a Cuban Architecture jewel). Enjoy a refreshing pina colada!
- Panoramic tour of Matanzas – the “City of Bridges” (there are 21 in total).
- Visit Ediciones Vigia and learn about the hand-made books they produce.
- Lunch at the Dupont house. Learn about the influence and stories of this rich family on the island.
- After lunch, time to relax. Golf at the VARADERO GOLF CLUB LOCATED ON THE SHORES of CARIBBEAN SEA and/or enjoy the Beaches of Varadero area.
- Visit CALLEJON DE HAMEL. Learn about SANTERIA, an Afro Cuba religion mix between Catholicism and the African religion of Yoruba. Cuba’s African roots have an important influence on the country’s culture, art and music.
- Return to Havana for Dinner at another of Havana’s Famous Paladares
- Optional evening activities: An evening with the famous musicians of the BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB.
HAVANA, HEMINGWAY, CLASSIC CARS, X-ALFONSO
- Breakfast at the HOTEL
- Briefing with community leaders. Deliver aid. Recipients to be determined based on affiliations and need.
- Visit Havana’s monumental Columbus Cemetery, one of the largest in the world, and proclaimed a national monument.
- We will then travel outside the city to FINCA VIGIA, the estate of Ernest Hemmingway in the San Francisco neighborhood overlooking Havana. This UNESCO site is part of the Hemingway Foundation and has been preserved in the condition as Hemingway left it.
- Lunch at an organic farm and paladar, featuring one of the best private wine cellars in the city.
- Depending on the time available, options include;
- Exploring Havana’s unique micro neighborhoods.
- A visit to the historic Riviera Hotel and Casino for a private tour to see infamous mobster Meyer Lansky’s resort as it was at the time of the revolution.
- Private Art studios and meet with the artists themselves as they explain the life of a Cuban artist and the evolution of contemporary art in Cuba.
- A visit to the Museum of Decorative Arts, or Fine Arts Museum.
- A visit a special pre-revolution Antique shop.
- MEET artists in their private studios. Both emerging and acclaimed artists open their private work areas to discuss their art and inspiration.
- Classical car ride through Old Havana and the Malecon.
LOCAL ARTIST AND DEPARTURE DAY
- Breakfast at the HOTEL and check-out (Depending on flight schedule)
- Visit the quaint fishing village of JAIMANITAS and visit the Gaudi-inspired neighborhood-mosaic-tile-art project of world-renowned artist JOSE FUSTER. Mr. Fuster turned his entire village into a mosaic project. Featured on A&E and Discovery, you will visit his private home and studio and may have the opportunity to talk directly with the artist himself at his studio/home.
- Alternative – Mureleando Community Project – a fine arts center founded by Manuel Diaz Baldrich. The center was inspired by the children of the community. Music, dance, sculpting, painting and other fine arts are all part of the project which transforms children’s lives. Many of them come from low income families and art is their outlet.
- Proceed to Jose Marti International Airport, flight back to Miami.