Cuba - Havana Art

The Beauty of Cuba is Now at Your Fingertips.

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At last, the veil has been lifted from the mysterious, magical paradise, the land that time forgot, the lush, brightly colorful island of Cuba. This Eden in the Caribbean has been in a veritable time warp and stuck in the mid-twentieth century since the U.S. instituted an economic and trade embargo in the 1960s. But that’s what makes a trip here so awesome.

Tour Havana in a 1950s classic car as you take in the echoes of the revolution. Be greeted with a “hello” when you pass someone on the street because there are few cell phones. Take time out to unplug, and soak in all the rich history as you breathe in the beguiling, raw culture of beautiful Cuba. 

Wanna go? All it takes is a call to our Beachologists.

1-800-881-2435

Our smart BhDs know all the ins and outs of traveling to Cuba. They’ll set you up and give you the lay of the land, literally. 

Things to Know Before You Go.

You’ll be touring Old School with a map (bring your reading glasses), cash and if you need any more info, you’ll need to print it out and pack it with you. 

INCLUDED In Your Program:

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • All gratuities for porterage, waitstaff, local guide, and driver
  • 2 bottles of water per person per day
  • Activities and visits indicated in the itinerary
  • 4 nights’ accommodations at a Havana hotel
  • 1 checked luggage per person  and 1 carry-on bag (up to 44 lbs of cumulative weight)
  • Transportation with Driver per itinerary
  • 24-hour Tour Director to accompany the group
  • Cuban Local Guide Services per itinerary
  • Charter Flight JFK to Havana Roundtrip
  • Cuban Tourist Visa
  • Cuban Medical Insurance (excluding pre-existing conditions)

 

NOT INCLUDED In Your Program:

  • Home to JFK Roundtrip Flight
  • Tips for housekeeping Staff
  • Tips for Tour Director
  • Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Waiver (available at an extra charge)
  • Extra activities and meals not included in the program
  • Cuban Departure Tax of $25 USD, payable at Miami airport prior to departure

Packages from $3,583
per person, double occupancy 

Available Dates:

Friday, May 6-10, 2016

Friday, May 20-24, 2016

Friday, August 19-23, 2016

Friday, September 9-13, 2016

Friday, September 23-27, 2016

Friday, October 7-11, 2016

Friday, October 21-25, 2016

Day 1: JFK to Havana

Meet your Tour Director at the JFK International Airport to embark on your 4-night HavanArt experience! Your flight to Havana will last just over 3 hours.  Upon arrival your Cuban Tour Guide and local expert will be waiting for you to help you explore Havana.  Check in at the hotel, your hub for the next 4 nights.  After getting settled in, you’re off to Old Havana to admire the art of local artist Kadir over appetizers and a welcome drink.  Meet the artist and get your first introduction to the Havana art scene.  Then you will be transported by an Old American Car to your welcome dinner with a panoramic overview of the city!  Interact with your drivers to learn about the interesting ways they’ve been able to maintain these vehicles throughout the years. After dinner, it’s back to the hotel for a good night’s rest!

MEALS: Dinner

Day 2: Havana

After breakfast at the hotel, put on your walking shoes for a walk through Old Havana to learn firsthand from an architect about the recent restorations and the historical importance of many of its glorious buildings, many dating to Colonial times.  Visit the 4 major squares in Havana: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Francisco. You’ll also visit a Graphic Arts Studio to interact with local artists and learn more about the old machinery still being used today! Next you’re off to meet with local dancers for an interactive salsa lesson. Enjoy a light Lunch at a local restaurant before heading off to La Casa de la Cultura, for an interactive look at this fascinating community center for the arts. In the afternoon, return to the hotel.  This evening you’re off to a local lounge to enjoy the sounds of a local jazz band and to learn more about the fusion between Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz. Dinner this evening will be at a private restaurant with a beautiful outdoor garden.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Havana

After breakfast, head over to the Cuban Fine Arts Museum where you will experience 4 floors of remarkable Cuban masterpieces. A local art expert will guide you through the museum to help you better understand the various styles and periods in Cuban art history. Next head out to visit Finca Vigia, Hemingways’ Old House to learn about his days in Cuba. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before heading off to a magical Afro-Flamenco performance with drums, dancing and various sounds.  At the rehearsal experience the energy in this modern dance. Visit the studio of Cuban sculptor Yoan Capote to learn about his personal experiences, including difficulties faced in his career.  After relaxing for a bit at the hotel, it’s off to an impressive Art Gallery showcasing some of Cuba’s most prominent artists.  This after hours visit will allow you to mingle with the artists and learn about their various techniques. Then dinner awaits at a local restaurant.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Havana - Las Terrazas - Havana

Breakfast is served at the hotel, and you’re off to Las Terrazas in the Artemisa Province, for a unique day trip. The scenic drive takes you along some of Cuba’s beautiful countryside, including lush green landscapes and rolling hills.  Your day at Las Terrazas community will include learning about this biodiverse area and preservation efforts.  You may even get a glimpse of the Cuba’s national bird, the Tocororo.   Meet with community members, such as local conservationists and artists.  This self-sustained community also has an important background in coffee production.  You’ll even get to try some!  Have lunch, take a scenic walk down to the river and marvel at the beautiful surroundings.  Return to Havana and stop at Jose Fuster’s house and community in Jaiminitas to enjoy the art all around you in the form of tiny ceramic mosaics. He is known as the Picasso of the Caribbean. Your farewell dinner this evening is on of Havana’s elegant restaurant, where you can mingle with your fellow travelers to reminisce about these last 4 days in Cuba’s unique art scene. End your evening with a stunning performance by the Buenavista Social Club at Bar Taberna in Old Havana.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Departure Day

After your last breakfast at the hotel, your driver and Cuban guide transfer you to the Havana Airport, where you’ll board your flight back to JFK.  Your brief introduction to Cuba and your HavanArt program ends here, taking home many memories and wonderful experiences of this colorful place! Buen Viaje!

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For Cuba travel 2016 onwards, reserve your place now. We will contact you once the tour schedule is confirmed, and you will have until 50 days prior to your scheduled departure to confirm your reservation by completing the required travel forms.  Prices per person (adults 18+) based on double occupancy (unless otherwise stated) including round-trip charter airfare from JFK to Havana, via Xtra Airways (PC# 15-165/737-400, 150 seats), round-trip airport/hotel transfers, hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes and fees including September 11th Security Fee, visa application fee), meals, excursions and gratuities as specified in the escorted tour itineraries and the services of a U.S. Tour Director, local tour guide and driver. $25 USD per person Cuba departure tax payable at JFK airport prior to departure. Restrictions may apply. These escorted people to people educational tours are under one of the twelve general Cuba travel license categories administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury. All prices are subject to availability and change without notice. First 44 lbs are free. After the first 44 lbs, you will be charged $2.00/lb and additionally, $20.00 per each piece of luggage. *Carry-on bag weighed and counted towards the 44 lbs.  Minimum 6 passengers per tour group. CheapCaribbean is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply.