Havana, Western Cuba, & Viñales

Program Highlights 

All inclusive experience covering flights, meals, entertainment, and more | 6 nights in Havana, 2 nights traveling to the West and stunning region of Viñales | Lodging at seaside casa and excellent accommodations | Private visits with renowned artists in their home studios | Walking tour through Old Havana | Salsa lesson with professional dancers | Live music and dance shows | Horseback riding or hiking through the lush region of Viñales | Caribbean cuisine from renowned chefs | Interaction with Cuban creative artists, musicians, and others

Dates 
November 14th to 22nd, 2024
Itinerary
9 days / 8 nights
Maximum Number of Travelers
12
Cost
$4,290 per person based on double-occupancy ($4,090 with discounts, see below)
includes Domestic US City-Havana round trip flight (yes, air travel included!)
$100 discount for registration by July 1st, 2024
$100 discount for payment of final balance due by check instead of credit card 
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Tesca Travel adheres to all U.S. government rules and regulations and operates legal tours to Cuba under the O.F.A.C. general license category Support for the Cuban People. Each trip follows a full-time schedule of activities that support civil society in Cuba and result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba. For more information visit our FAQ page

Itinerary Summary

Day One - Travel To Cuba 

Journey from your U.S. home city to Cuba's José Martí International Airport. Take in the magical evening lights of Havana as you head to your casa in the heart of Old Havana to settle in and rest up for the week of adventures to come.

 

Day Two - Old Havana, A World Treasure

Learn about the city’s storied past from a top Cuban historian, then head off to explore the city itself. See the architectural gems that echo they city's 500 years of history. Visit with Cubans who make their home in this living museum. Watch a salsa dance demo then practice your own moves by learning from Havana pros. End the day with an open-air meal at one of Havana's hippest new restaurants. 

 

Day Three - Cultural Neighborhoods

Walk through Havana's soulful neighborhood of Centro and enjoy a live rumba and traditional creole lunch. Step into one of Cuba's oldest recording studios (we might catch a session in progress!) then expect color and wonder with a visit to the home studio of a well-known Cuban visual artist. The day wraps up overlooking Havana's harbor and attending the ‘closing of the gates’ ceremony, a tradition since colonial times in Cuba. 

 

Day Four - Travel to Western Cuba

Embark on a  trip to Western Cuba to see the incredible region of Viñales. On this first day take in unparalleled vistas and get a feel for the charming town and people. Visit an open air market and see one of the largest murals in the world. 

 

Day Five - The Stunning Beauty of Viñales 

This day includes visits with Cuban tobacco farmers who have worked the land for generations. Hike through lush green valleys, or even try a horseback ride through the breathtaking geography. Later there will be time to enjoy the small town's rustic nightlife or rest and recover at our countryside casa.

 

Day Six - Journey Back to Havana

Stops along the way back to Havana include include Gaudi-inspired ‘Fusterlandia,' a multi-installation artistic wonderland created by artist José Fustar. Once back at your Havana learn about the melodies and rhythms that form the mosaic of Cuban music with a renowned musicologist. There will be time to explore on your own before an early evening meet up at at a hidden club with live music and dancing.

 

Day Seven : Cultural Icons of the Past and Future 

Begin the day with exceptional access to a midmorning rehearsal by one of Havana's leading dance companies. Then visit Ernest Hemingway's home just outside the city limits. After some free time back in town, regroup to spend an evening at a cutting-edge gallery and performance center. There, take in the best of modern Cuban music, dance and art. Enjoy the venue's restaurant, offering a fun and inventive take on contemporary Cuban cuisine. 

 

Day Eight: Young Artists and Farewell Fiesta 

Walk  through an inspiring community arts project that brings together professional artists and musicians who are working with Cuban youth. There is time to revisit some of your favorite spots on your own before heading back to the casa for a  farewell fiesta with all of our Cuban friends and connections from the week. With the sun setting, enjoy a ride through Havana in a 1950's classic convertible. Live music and local delicacies ends the last evening in Havana.

 

Day Nine: Return to United States 

An early afternoon departure affords a much-deserved lie in and leisurely brunch before departing the casa in the late morning for the airport and journey back to the United States.