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AFRO-CUBA CULTURAL PROGRAM – SUMMARIZED ITINERARY

We will visit Old Havana and the Plaza of the revolution. Experience a cultural performance at the Casa de Africa as well as a special performance by the Havana Dance company, and a tour of the Havana Club Museum of Rum. We will meet with the Afro-Cuban communities of Regla, visit the Museum of the Revolution, shop at the Almacenes de San José colorful flea market, sip a Mojito at the famed Hotel Nacional overlooking the grand Malecón, and tour a local cigar factory. We will visit a local farm that supplies many of the local restaurants and interact with the local people of the farm. Explore the colonial city of Trinidad with its winding cobblestone streets with oxcarts loaded with local wares, and take in the views of the pastel colored homes and building. We will tour the Che Guevara Mausoleum, see a show at the world famous Tropicana Club, enjoy a jazz club, and visit many family run “paladars”. This and SO much more.

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Day 1: Washington DC/Havana

to Top Flight from Washington DC, via Miami International Airport into Havana. Late afternoon arrival. Check-in at the 4-star Memories Miramar Hotel. Enjoy a ride in classic cars to dinner. Welcome dinner at up-market Café Del Oriente. [Includes D in Havana]


Day 2: Havana

to Top Breakfast Included at the Hotel. Walking Tour of Old Havana with a Representative of the Office of the City. Historian Stop by the Graphic Arts Workshop and interact with young Cuban artists. Visit the Casa de Africa (Africa House) with a cultural performance. Lunch at La California Paladar. Meet with the Habana Compas Dance Company for a special interaction and performance. Tour of Havana Club Museum of Rum. Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal which serves Cuban-Creole food. [Includes B, L, D]


Day 3: Havana

to Top Breakfast Included at the Hotel. Cross the Havana Bay on the “Lanchita de Regla”. Visit the Church of Regla / Yemaya and meet with the Afro-Cuban communities of Regla. Return to Havana. Lunch at Café Laurent. Visit Almacenes de San José flea market. Enjoy a mojito at Hotel Nacional. Return to the hotel. Dinner will be in the hotel main restaurant, followed by a Jazz evening. [Includes B, L, D]


Day 4: Havana

to Top Breakfast Included at the Hotel. Visit to a community dance project to see and learn how to dance and sway to the rhythms of salsa. On to the Litz Alfonso Dance Company to meet the students and a special live rehearsal. Lunch at Paladar Los Mercadere. Guided tour of a cigar factory. Late afternoon return to the hotel. Dinner and cabaret performance at the world famous Tropicana Club. [Include B, L, D]


Day 5: Havana/Cienfuegos

to Top Breakfast Included at the Hotel. Check out of the hotel and board the coach for transfer to Cienfuegos. Visit Finca Yoandra, a local farm that supplies many of the local restaurants and interact with the farm workers. Lunch at Il Divino Paladar. Late afternoon check in to the 4-star Hotel Jagua. Dinner at a local restaurant followed by a stop at the Afro-Cuban community project of Trazos Libres. [Includes B, L, D]



Day 6: Cienfuegos/Trinidad/Cienfuegos

to Top Breakfast Included at the Hotel. Travel to the colonial city of Trinidad, a well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1514. Visit Plaza Mayor which is situated in the center of Trinidad, and where you can find restaurants, markets, shops and a typically Cuban atmosphere. Lunch at a local restaurant. Tour Casa del Alfarero, a ceramics workshop where you will learn the secrets to creating some of the handicrafts. Return to the hotel. Farewell dinner at Patio de ARTex restaurant. [Includes B, L, D]


Day 7: Cienfuegos/Santa Clara/Washington DC

to Top Breakfast Included at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board the coach for Santa Clara. Tour the Che Guevara Mausoleum. Transfer to Santa Clara Airport. PM Return flight from Camaguey to Washington DC via Miami. [Includes B]
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