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PLEASE NOTE: While we will do our best to adhere to the itinerary listed here, traveling in Cuba requires flexibility, and changes to hotels and activities may be necessary.

Day Description
Sat
May 20, 2017 – Miami, FL
Our adventure begins at our host hotel tonight at 6 PM. We will meet to receive our visa document packets, review and fill out all remaining forms, and have a briefing about what to expect on tomorrow morning’s charter flight to Havana.

Included: One night at Miami host hotel, special briefing and visa document completion.
Sun
May 21, 2017 – ¡Bienvenidos a Cuba!
Transfer to the Miami International Airport and check in for our short charter flight to Havana’s José Martí International Airport. After completing immigration and customs formalities, we will meet our local Cuban guide and driver for the week. We will have a short drive into the center of Havana, and then get an overview of the city with a panoramic bus tour of Havana including Revolution Square, University of Havana and the Malecón. We will enjoy our first lunch in Old Havana, followed by a Salsa dance lesson and cocktail demo. In the late afternoon, we check in to the Hotel Meliá Cohíba, After a brief refresh, we’ll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at a local paladar. (L/D)

Included: Charter flight to Havana, Havana bus tour, lunch, Salsa dance lesson, cocktail demonstration, dinner, 5 nights at Hotel Meliá Cohíba.
Mon
May 22, 2017 – Exploring Old Havana
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will meet a local historian for an educational walk through Old Havana’s historic center. A UNESCO world heritage site, Habana Vieja is a pedestrian zone rich in history and extraordinary architecture. We’ll visit all the major squares, admiring major landmarks but also the hidden little corners and local characters. We will have some time to explore on our own or just sit and enjoy the local rhythms. Today, lunch is in a popular paladar, built inside one of Old Havana’s most well-known communal apartment buildings.

After lunch, meet the instructors and students of Casa del Niño y la Niña, an after-school program that serves primary school students living in a lower-income community in central Havana. Afterwards, we will cross under the bay to visit El Morro, the fort overlooking Havana. Here, we’ll enjoy a fantastic view of the city, and will visit a cigar shop for a private cigar demonstration and tasting. We will return to the hotel before heading out again for dinner. Tonight’s special treat is a drag show performance at a weekly LGBT late-night party. (B/L/D)

Included: Old Havana walking tour, lunch, visit Casa del Niño y la Niña; visit to El Morro, cigar demonstration and tasting, dinner, visit to local bar for special performance.
Tue
May 23, 2017 – Economy, Revolution & Classic Cars
This morning we will host a local professor at our hotel to discuss the Cuban economy. Learn about the recent changes, past difficulties, and what’s to come. With all our economic questions answered, we will visit the Revolution Museum to learn about that pivotal event from a Cuban perspective. This evening, we will step back in time with a visit to the famous and storied Hotel Nacional. We will enjoy a cocktail on the grounds before departing the hotel in classic vintage cars for a joy ride along the Prado and the Malecón. Dinner at a local paladar. (B/L/D)

Included: Cuban economy discussion, Hotel Nacional tour, classic car ride, cocktail at National Hotel, dinner
Wed
May 24, 2017 – LGBT Issues, Art & Community, Music & Dance
This morning we will visit CENESEX, The National Center for the Education of Sexual Behavior, to learn about the country’s current LGBT initiatives. We will lunch at a local paladar and then head to the northwestern part of the city to visit Fusterlandia, a neighborhood that has been transformed by resident artist José Fuster into a community art project inspired by Gaudí and Picasso. Tonight, we will enjoy another fabulous dinner followed by a performance of the Buena Vista Social Club. (B/L/D)

Included: Visit to CENESEX, lunch, visit to Fusterlandia, dinner, Buena Vista Social Club performance.
Thu
May 25, 2017 – Dance, Hemingway, Agriculture & Women’s Rights
We will start our day in the Marianao region to attend a rehearsal of the Habana Compas Dance Group. A highlight of our last trip, this community group blends percussion, ballet and Afro-Cuban styles. Next, we’ll visit Ernest Hemingway’s winter home, Finca Vigia. This country home still houses some of Hemingway’s favorite possessions including his library, typewriter, and his yacht, Pilar. As we walk the grounds, we will learn about his life and strong connections to Cuba and its people. Our lunch today will feature a cooking demonstration of one of Cuba’s typical dishes. On this, our last night in Havana, enjoy some free time to explore dinner on your own. We will provide you with a list of approved paladars and hotel restaurants so that you can choose to either enjoy a more intimate dinner out or dine at the hotel on your own. (B/L)

Included: Visit to Habana Compas Dance Group, Hemingway’s Finca Vigia, lunch, cooking demo.
Fri
May 26, 2017 - Colonial Town, Vintage Pharmacy & Dance Lesson
After breakfast, we will say goodbye to Havana and head east along the north coast of Cuba to Matanzas, a colonial town with a rich literary and cultural history. We will visit the Triolet Pharmacy, which has been faithfully preserved in its original condition since the 19th century. We will enjoy lunch and a visit with local artists before continuing on to our all-inclusive beach resort in Varadero, the Iberostar Varadero. (B/L/D)

Included: Visit to Triolet Pharmacy, lunch, local art encounter, three nights at Iberostar Varadero.
Sat
May 27, 2017 – Sugar Factory & Family Farm
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to nearby Cardenas to learn about the role of sugar in Cuba’s economy. We will tour an old sugar mill and museum, and visit a sugar cane field that is still harvested by hand. Next, we will visit “La Coincidencia,” a nearby organic family farm. We will have lunch at the farm while interacting with the family and getting an inside look into their lives. In the afternoon, we will return to our Varadero resort for a cooking demonstration and dinner. (B/L/D)

Included: Visit to sugar factory and museum, farm visit, lunch, cooking demo.
Sun
May 28, 2017 – Shopping, Cigars & Rum
On our last full day in Cuba, we will visit one of the local craft markets to pick up souvenirs and learn about the new possibilities for private stores and markets. We return to the resort for lunch and this afternoon, enjoy a Cigars & Rum Tasting with a local expert. This evening we visit Xanadu, the former estate of millionaire Irene DuPont, which was taken over by the government in 1960. Here we will enjoy local musicians and our farewell dinner. (B/L/D)

Included: Local craft market visit, cigar and rum tasting, Xanadu tour, farewell dinner.
Mon
May 29, 2016 – Departure
We depart early this morning from our Varadero resort to Havana’s José Martí International Airport for the included return charter flight to Miami. Please book flights from Miami to your final destination no earlier than 5 PM, or consider an extra night on your own in Miami. (Box breakfast)

Included: Transfer to airport, charter flight to Miami.
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