Experience Cuba

TRAVEL TO CUBA BY LAND OR BY SEA 

Travel to Cuba

Travel to Cuba

Steeped in mystique, Cuba creates legends.

Rousing rhythms, luscious landscapes and loquacious locals make charismatic Cuba a top travel destination for lovers of music, food, culture and life! Offering so much more than antiquated cars and coveted cigars, Cuba has a bounty of beaches, villages, farms and forests for travelers to explore. Viva Cuba!

Discover Cuba for yourself and uncover a history so rich, its legacy is memorialized in its architecture and its people. Learn why icons such as Hemingway, Churchill, and Sinatra felt an affinity for this rare place. Experience the music, which, for generations, produced global superstars who shook the world. Explore Havana, Cuba’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, where breathtaking Spanish-colonial buildings line cobblestone streets, and then the western province of Pinar del Rio, where miles of square miles of Cuban tobacco awaits its destiny.

Cuba is a rhythm nation. You can feel it in Havana’s music venues, where performers punctuate heavy air with bata and maracas. You can hear it in historic residential neighborhoods, where the blare of trumpet courses through colonial courtyards. You can see it in the blissful expressions of street buskers, who serenade passersby with soft Spanish guitar.

The island country’s world-famous music scene is one of its biggest draws. During your trip to Cuba you will hear jazz musicians and plunge into the thriving Cuban art and jazz scene.

Call Colesville Travel to book your trip to Cuba.  Phone:  301-989-1654.  Email:  cindy@colesvilletravel.com. Website:  www.ColesvilleTravel.com

CRUISE TO CUBA ON FATHOM CRUISES

Cuba Cultural Tour
Sail to Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba
From Miami
Departs Twice a Month

EXPLORING THE ISLAND, UNDERSTANDING ITS ECONOMY,
DISCOVERING ITS PEOPLE, THEIR HISTORY AND CULTURE

Shrouded in mystery for the past 50 years, the island nation of Cuba is waiting to be rediscovered. Be among the first American travelers in five decades to visit Cuba and take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the colorful history and lively culture of this captivating country. From its beautifully adorned churches and vintage cars to its world-renowned cigars and lush tropical climate, Cuba will transport you to a bygone era. You’ll discover a place filled with friendly people, eager to share their heritage and culture with you… and equally curious to hear about the customs and traditions in the United States. We invite you to join us on this special people-to-people educational exchange programs designed to deliver insight into the past, present, and future. Through open-minded conversations and a respectful exchange of ideas with the Cuban people, you’ll experience the trip of a lifetime during the educational, cultural, and personal encounters that await you. Make your deposit today!

Fathom Cruise to Cuba

DAY 1
ARRIVAL / HELLO CUBA (DINNER)
• Arrival at Havana’s José Martí International Airport. Collect your bags and go through customs. You’re welcomed at the airport lobby by your tour guide and professional bus chauffeur.
• Visit to Morro Castle, one of the earliest constructed and most important Spanish forts in the Americas, featuring a great view of the Havana city landscape.
• Private transfer to your hotel.
• Private check-in with assistance from your guide.
• Free time to settle in and rest up at your hotel.
• Welcome dinner at private restaurant Río Mar, included
• APRÈS DINNER: Your guide with keep you posted on local entertainment options.

DAY 2
EXPLORING OLD HAVANA, OUR COMMON HERITAGE (BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER)
• Breakfast in hotel
• Followed by a walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll visit four of the five historic plazas that make Havana unique in the western hemisphere. It contains the largest collection of remaining colonial-era architecture. This is a private tour led by your Cuba Education Tours guide.
• Cathedral Square, the most beautiful and private 18th century colonial plaza on the island. Named after the masterpiece of Cuban baroque architecture: the Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana built by the Jesuit order.
* Square of Arms, an ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers, surrounded by impressive buildings such as:
* Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, former seat of colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City.
* Palacio del Segundo Cabo [Palace of the Second Lieutenant] dates from 1770. Today it houses the Instituto Cubano del Libro [Cuban Book Institute] and the Galería Raúl Martínez (famed poster artist).
• We continue onto San Francisco Square, one of the oldest plazas in the historical quarter. The square is named after magnificent Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco de Asís dating from the 16th century. The basilica is a striking example of Cuba baroque architecture.
• And then on to Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times. Absent are churches and government buildings, and is in contrast surrounded by opulent aristocratic 17th century residences. We’ll visit an important center for the visual arts.
• Group lunch at private restaurant La Moneda Cubana (included in tour cost)!
• Visit the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes de Depósito San José. This marvelous restoration of an old dock warehouse has resulted in a gigantic market exhibiting the wares of hundreds of Cuban artists and craftspersons.
• Visit Callejón de Hamel (Hamel Alley) to see the artwork of famed Afro-Cuban Artist Salvador González.
• Return to hotel.
• Now for a special group dinner at restaurante El Patio, included
• EVENING HIGHLIGHT: We witness a most dramatic ceremony – El Cañonazo – the Firing of the 9PM Cannon at the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña. This enchanting colonial reenactment dates back to 1519 when the city of Havana was enclosed by a tall thick rock wall to ward off attacks from pirates and the English. The cannon firing signaled the closing of the city gates for the night. If you were outside at the time, you were in “vedado” or the forbidden zone. Today Vedado is an important cultural hub and beautiful section of modern Havana.

DAY 3
DANCE/ORGANIC AGRICULTURE/ HEMINGWAY (BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER)
• Breakfast in hotel
• Visit Dance Group Retazos: Retazos is a center for the promotion of dance under the Ministry of Culture of Cuba and the Office of the Historian of Old Havana. It is run by Isabel Bustos, a former professor at the National School of Modern Dance and the University of the Arts in Cuba.
• Watch a performance by Grupo Retazos.
• We’ll visit the UBPC Vivero Organopónico Alamar, 15 km (9.3 miles) east of Havana. It’s one of the most successful urban organic farms in Cuba raising ornamental plants, medicinal herbs, and millions of seedlings for neighboring residential and collective farms. Established in the early 1990s, the Alamar cooperative has over 20 members and provides a range of healthy, organic vegetables to the community. Produce is raised employing the practice of permaculture: no chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Instead, natural biological methods are used to nourish the soil, frustrate pests and conserve water. The result is an increased rate of yield and reduced costs.
• TOUR HIGHLIGHT: Special lunch prepared by private restaurant El Ajiaco. You will be part of a cooking class demonstration show, included
• Visit Cojimar, small fishing Village one of Hemingway’s favorite’s places
• Visit Finca La Vigía (House and farm of Ernest Hemingway Museum)
• Return to hotel.
• Dinner at private restaurant Prado 115, included.
• Evening is free.

DAY 4
CIGARS/ ARTS (BREAKFAST AND LUNCH)
• Breakfast in hotel
• Visit to the Partagás Cigar Factory (included)
• We’ll feast on a delicious lunch hosted by José Fúster, one of Cuba’s most important ceramists and painters at his whimsical studio in Jaimanitas, just outside of Havana.
• Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Cuban collection. It was founded on February 23, 1913 due to the efforts of its first director, Emilio Heredia, a well-known architect. It’s dedicated exclusively to housing Cuba Art collections. Spanning the 17th and 19th centuries has rooms devoted to landscape, religious subjects and the Costumbrismo narrative scenes of Cuban life
• Return to hotel.
• Dinner tonight is not included. You are free to explore different eateries.
• Evening is free.

DAY 5
HAVANA/ CIENFUEGOS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER)
• Breakfast in hotel
• Early departure to Cienfuegos City, a city of neoclassical buildings with an European flair.
• Visit to Palacio de Valle upon arrival. This architectural jewel originated as a home for trader, Celestino Cáceres, who later gave it as a wedding present to the Valle family who added to it (in a Mughal Style with carved floral motifs) a stunning Carrara marble staircase, cupped arches, bulbous domes and delicate arabesques.
• Lunch at Palacio Valle, included
• Afternoon: guided walking tour of Cienfuegos Historical Center.
• We will visit neoclassical buildings around Paseo del Prado and the main Square José Martí such as:
• The Tomas Terry Theatre, completed in 1895 and named after a sugar baron from Venezuela who arrived in Cuba with no money and made his fortune by buying sick slaves for a low price, to later nurse them back to health and reselling them. This money was invested in a sugar estate that brought him the wealth to build several outstanding buildings in Cienfuegos, including this theatre, with materials specially brought over from Europe.
• The Cathedral built with the donation of wealthy families like the Lebrancs, the Albis, the Terries. Inside you find the reproductions of the 12 Apostles in stained glass imported from Paris. Also the original machinery of the clock tower was built in France. Still in place and working.
• Check in Hotel Jagua
• Dinner at private restaurant El Lagarto, included.
• Return to hotel.
• Evening is free.

DAY 6
CIENFUEGOS/ TRINIDAD/ HAVANA (BREAKFAST AND LUNCH)
• Breakfast in hotel
• Guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad’s Historical Center, a perfect relic of the early days of the Spanish colony with beautifully preserved streets and buildings with hardly a trace of the 20th century anywhere.
• Visit to the Architecture Museum (Casa de los Sanchez Iznaga), housing the most representative samples of the city’s architectural development in the 18th and 19th centuries.
• We will stop at a mirador (lookout) over the Sugar Mill Valley, where the sugar barons used to have their countryside mansions and mills. This site is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Trinidad is well known for its pottery makers. We meet with a family that has been passing the tradition for generations: the Santanders.
• Lunch at private restaurant Guitarra Mía (included)
• Return to Havana
• Hotel Capri check in
• Dinner not included
• Evening is free.

DAY 7
ARTS (BREAKFAST LUNCH AND DINNER)
• Breakfast in hotel
• Visit Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana (Serigraphy workshop graphic center)
• Lunch at private restaurant El Figaro, included.
• Visit community project Arte Corte in Old Havana. One of the most interesting projects of social rescue for Old Havana is the famous and internationally awarded Arte Corte project (hairdressing salon). This is one of the projects supported by the work of the Office of the Historian of Old Havana, which stimulates different plans emerged in the community.
• Return to hotel.
• Transfer in Old American cars to farewell dinner at private restaurant La Casa, included.
• EVENING HIGHLIGHT SUGGESTION: Enjoy at performance by Tropicana show, also known as Tropicana Club, is a world-known cabaret and club in Havana, Cuba. It was launched in 1939 at Villa Mina, a six-acre (24,000 m²) suburban estate with lush tropical gardens in Havana’s Marianao neighborhood, transfer and cover not included.

DAY 8
HAVANA/ HOME (BREAKFAST)
• Breakfast in hotel
• Check-out of hotel.
What’s included in the package:
• Quality Cuban hotels – 4 star Hotel NH Capri, (Havana) – Hotel Jagua (Cienfuegos)
• Seven (7) breakfasts; five (5) lunches; five (5) dinners
• US Department of the Treasury authorized people-to-people Cuba travel
• VIP airport welcome: expedited immigration and customs, and luggage assistance
• Havana airport and hotel transfers on tour start and end days
• An expert English speaking guide and tour leader throughout the program
• Luxury air-conditioned bus and professional driver (bottled water on the tour bus)
• All activities, entrance fees, services, speakers and meetings in tour itinerary
• Cuban emergency medical insurance
• Flexible monthly tour payment options
• Emergency telephone and internet access to America from Cuba
• Cash advances for participants facing money problems while in Cuba
• Ongoing support from our US and Cuban staff before, during and after travel

Not included:
• Gratuities for tour guide, bus driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters
• Optional travel interruption and cancellation insurance.
• $25 departure tax

DEPOSIT INFORMATION: Rate per person:  approximately $3,300 per person. Deposit: $400.00 per person due upon booking. Balance due: 6 weeks prior to departure. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration form required with payment. Rates are subject to change until a deposit is received. Make checks payable to Colesville Travel. Checks, Money Orders, MasterCard and Visa accepted. Returned checks subject to $25 fee. Passport required

ALL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY COLESVILLE TRAVEL

 Cynthia Amin-Hall
P.O. Box 4844
Silver Spring, MD 20914
Office:  301-989-1654
Fax:  301-989-8473
Email: 
Cindy@ColesvilleTravel.com
Website: www.ColesvilleTravel.com

 

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