Fun & Kosher Tours 2022, Summer Vacations in Havana, Cuba
7 days/6 nights – From $789 per person
Day 1: After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, you’ll take a short drive to the Meliá Cohiba for hotel check in and tour orientation.
Day 2: After breakfast, we’ll hear a lecture by a local expert on contemporary Cuba. Guests will be encouraged to ask their most pressing questions. Then, enjoy the rare chance to see a dance demonstration of the different orishas, part of Cuba’s Santeria religion. After, you’ll visit the Finca “La Yoandra,” an organic farm that also provides afterschool programs for children and inspiration to the community. The variety of fruits and vegetables will spoil you! We’ll continue our organic theme with lunch at the farm’s own paladar, Il Divino, where many of their fresh fruits and vegetables are grown. Next, we’ll meet the dynamic artists and musicians behind Muraleando, one of Havana’s groundbreaking projects, where artists converted an old water tank into an art-and-performance space. Lastly, meet university students and business professionals by your hotel’s poolside, for candid discussions about daily Cuban life. Dinner tonight will be at the famed El Aljibe.
Day 3: En route to one of Cuba’s renowned photography organizations, Fototeca, we’ll stop to take in the colonial splendor of Old Havana: its cobblestone streets, vibrant dynamics and stunning architecture. For lunch, we’ll eat at a popular local paladar. After lunch, we’ll soak up Havana’s nostalgia the Cuban way, by taking the ferry across the harbor to the town of Casablanca. The day’s highlight will be a visit to Hemingway’s home, Finca Vijia, where you may come to understand why the author chose to spend twenty years in Cuba. Dinner tonight is on your own. Your tour leader will be happy to recommend the best local paladares.
Day 4: After breakfast, we’ll leave Havana to begin a journey exploring the magic of Pinar del Río. Along the way, we’ll stop for a visit at the Patio de Pelegrin community project, an organic farm, art space and coffee shop. There, we’ll enjoy a lunch prepared by community residents. Next, we’ll meet a curator at a popular artist’s home and studio to learn about his artwork, displayed in galleries in the US and museums in Cuba. After checking in at the hotel, we’ll meet with the members of a remarkable opera-and-theatre group, who perform around the world. Dinner tonight will be at paladar Café Ortuzar.
Day 5: On your second day in Pinar del Río, we’ll head north towards Viñales National Park to meet a local guide. At a tobacco-drying house, a tobacco farmer will teach you how to roll cigars. For lunch, you’ll indulge in a delicious farm-to-table meal preparred with local ingredients from the near-by crops. After lunch, we’ll wander into Viñales Valley, Cuba’s Yosemite-like habitat, and into Viñales city. You’ll walk on clay and admire up close the giant limestone rocks that make Viñales famous. At the end of the day, treat yourself to a savory coco loco (honey, rum and coconut water). Take our word for it: you won’t be disappointed! Dinner tonight is on your own.
Day 6: After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out, then visit a cigar factory in Pinar del Río, where you’ll see firsthand how these legendary cigars are made. On our way back to Havana, we’ll stop for lunch at Las Terrazas, a quaint, wholly self-sustainable eco community that also acts as a nature reserve. Then, we’ll watch a dance performance from a local dance company who combines classical training with contemporary moves. In Havana, enjoy a farewell dinner at a delicious paladar.
Day 7: After breakfast, bid farewell to Cuba as you board your flight home.
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