Activities and excursions include a walking tour of the Havana, visits to studios of local artists, our signature Hemingway tour, city tours of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, snorkeling off Playa Girón. Your consultant, together with our local experts, will also offer suggestions for restaurants, bars and music clubs in Havana.
After disembarking the aircraft you will be met by an airport representative who will escort you through customs and into the VIP lounge where you will wait for your luggage to arrive. Our transfer guide and driver will meet you as you exit into the arrivals area. They will have a sign with your name clearly marked on it. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel Saratoga, daily breakfast included - 3 nights.
The Hotel Saratoga is an elegant building newly reconstructed in neoclassical/eclectic style that lies at the heart of an attractive corner in Old Havana, between Paseo del Prado and Dragones Street. With grand views of the Capitolio building, Parque de la Fraternidad and the prestigious Partagas Cigar Factory and Cuba's principal opera house, the Gran Teatro de La Habana. Since its renovation, The Saratoga is a favorite for writers, musicians, artists and socialites from Cuba and overseas. Hotel facilities include two restaurants: Anacaona (Italian) and Mirador Saratoga (Cuban and International), Anacaona and Mezzanine bars. Room categories include: Junior Suite, Deluxe Patio, Suite Prado, Suite Capitolio, Suite Habana. Room amenities include: minibar, in-room safe, satellite TV, window/balcony, Internet access. A note about restaurant and music suggestions:
Once your itinerary is confirmed, your itinerary consultant will make recommendations for restaurants and music venues.
Colonial Havana City Tour
Walk in the footsteps of Havana´s colonial past visiting the four key squares of Old Havana, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Cathedral with our expert guide offering insightful history along the way. This is a walking tour and takes approximately 2 hours.
Havana Art Tour / Museo De Bellas Artes
You will visit two Cuban artists in their studios. Get behind the façade and interact with this thriving community depending on your particular interest. Photography, sculpture or painting. Specify whether you would like to see well-known or up-and-coming artists. Afterward you will visit the Museo de Bellas Artes.
Gertrude Stein, the celebrated American writer, once said that Ernest Hemingway had a good nose for finding good places to live and eat. She wasn’t wrong at all, as Hemingway’s villa on the outskirts of Havana proves. Located on a hill and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and a magnificent view of the city in the distance, the house was visited by numerous renowned celebrities during the 1940s and ´50s. Today it is exactly as Hemingway left it in 1960, with hundreds of personal belongings, large swimming pool, the Wheeler boat he used for fishing, the three-story tower with its spectacular views and much more.
Your expert guide, a retired professor of English literature at the university of Havana, will show you around and share with you interesting insights into the life of Hemingway and that period in Cuban history. On the way back to town, your guide will bring you to see the Cojimar fishing village: a small picturesque town that inspired Hemingway to write the novel 'The Old Man and the Sea', and whose fishermen he dedicated his Nobel Prize to. As you finish the tour you will have an opportunity to see some of the most spectacular views of the city from the El Morro fort across the harbor from Havana. This tour takes approximately 4 hours and is done in a convertible classic American car from the 1950's.
Havana Architecture Tour
Take a tour of the wonderful architecture of Havana from Baroque to 50's Modernism with a local architect guide. Specific tour locations can be selected according the your preferred styles of architecture. Duration - approximately 2 hours.
You will be met at your hotel by your English-speaking driver/guide and transferred (365 kms.) to Trinidad. Approximate driving time about 4.5 hours.
En route to Trinidad you will stop in Cienfuegos for a city tour. This city tour includes a visit to Jose Marti Park with an explanation of the history and architectural style, a visit to Tomas Terry Theatre, to local markets around the Boulevard and a visit to Palacio del Valle.
After settling in to your hotel in Trinidad you will go for a city tour of Trinidad. This walking tour offers you an introduction to Trinidad a UNESCO world heritage site. Your local expert guide will talk you through the history of the town by visiting its architectural high points and give you some insight into its complex history both in the colonial period and in the years after the revolution. Wear comfortable shoes, as although quaint, the cobbled streets are not for heels.
Overnight at Finca Kenia, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
Finca Kenia is one of the oldest houses in Trinidad, built in the second half of the 19th-century on the edge of Santa Rosa Valley. It has spacious rooms, with a stylish, modern design within a natural and rustic setting. The large garden and back yard looks out on the ruins of a colonial fort. Each room is air-conditioned and is en-suite and has a pretty private sitting area outside the front of the room with table, chairs, rocking chairs and sometimes even a hammock. Hotel facilities include swimming pool and restaurant (serving breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Topes De Collantes Day Tour
The great natural park Topes de Collantes is situated between Playa Girón and Trinidad. It's a place of extraordinary beauty and of great scientific value for Cuban botany, zoology and ecology. This protected area of 200 square kms has a great number of endemic soecies of flora and fauna. On this tour you'll get to hike and bathe in one of the three big waterfalls in the national park.
Afternoon at leisure.
You will be transferred from Trinidad to Havana. En route you will stop in Playa Girón to go snorkeling. For those who are looking for underwater adventure, Ronel is a certified Dive Guide and SCUBA Instructor who has been diving professionally since 1986. He leads snorkeling adventures for every level of experience. His passion is sharing the pristine underwater world of Playa Girón, one of Cuba's best kept secrets. (Ronel makes his house available for a shower afterwards.). Afterward, you will continue to Havana.
Overnight Hotel Saratoga, daily breakfast included.
This evening you will enjoy local music at Fabrica Del Arte, a meeting place where the best of the island's avant-garde arts can be enjoyed with all the artistic manifestations under the same roof and with prices making it accessible to the majority of Cubans, this is a place where everyone is an artist.
NOTE: It is suggested to pay directly at the place so you can purchase as you wish. The excursion can be pre-paid if preferred.
Hotel pickup and transfer to the airport.
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