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Havana Explorer: Casas & Paladars

Trip Length 6 days

From $4,495

  • Stay in an elegant casa particular—one of Cuba's best boutique hotels in the heart of Havana
  • See the fascinating historical treasures of Old Havana and Las Terrazas, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Get firsthand insight into the culture of Cuba, interacting with artists, dancers, and musicians

Discover the vibrant culture of Cuba on this intimate tour that lets explore local life. Experience true hospitality in Havana's answer to a luxury boutique hotel—a family-run bed & breakfast known as a casa particular. Dine on fresh, farm-to-table meals in the best paladares— private-enterprise restaurants run by local entrepreneurs. Journey to Las Terrazas and be immersed in the vibrant community of artists and farmers. Of course, there's plenty of time for sightseeing, too, including a walking tour of Old Havana, but the real magic of this trip is the authentically Cuban experience.

Day 1: Arrive in Havana

Arrive in Havana and meet your MT Sobek guide at Jose Martí International Airport. Start your introduction to Cuba with a visit to Revolution Square, the location of many important public gatherings. Visit artist Jose Fuster's home and learn about his vision for his community, or drive to the other side of the harbor for a spectacular view of Old Havana. Check into your well-appointed room in a casa particular. In the evening, gather with the group for a welcome dinner at a private paladar.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 2: Explore Old Havana

Today you can meet with an architectural expert, musicologist, architect, or professor to discuss issues relating to Cuban culture or politics. Then take a walking tour of Old Havana with your expert guide who will tailor stops to the interests of your group including galleries, workshops, and other thriving private enterprises. Enjoy lunch at a charming paladar and spend more time in the afternoon exploring Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See a live demonstration of Cuban dances by a well-known Cuban dance teacher and practice the steps yourself. Dinner tonight is on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 3: Visit a Farm Outside Havana

Drive to the outskirts of town and visit a flourishing private, organic farm. Tour the gardens and cheese-making facilities and enjoy a delicious lunch at their farm-to-table restaurant. There is also an opportunity to hike or horseback ride to a beautiful lookout after the tour. Afterwards, visit the beaches or Eastern Havana or explore the town on your own. Meet with your group for dinner at popular paladar followed by a visit to Fabrica de Arte, an old peanut oil factory turned art and music collaborative space.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 4: Day Trip to Las Terrazas

Depart after breakfast and enjoy an hour-long drive through the countryside to Las Terrazas. Meet with a local guide who will take you on a short hike to a viewpoint that overlooks the community of one thousand inhabitants. Enjoy a traditional, organic, countryside lunch. Explore Las Terrazas and the various artists' homes in the community or take an optional zip line tour before heading back to Havana in the afternoon.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 5: Enjoy the Arts in Havana

Take a private tour of art galleries and artists' studios, and talk with the artists about their work and inspiration. Participate in an interactive drumming class and learn the basics of the clave, bongos, and guiro. Stop for lunch at a paladar, then enjoy a dance performance of a vibrant troupe that incorporates flamenco and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Spend time this afternoon returning to Old Havana or visiting more galleries. Gather in the evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 6: Depart from Havana

Enjoy one last breakfast in Cuba before saying farewell. Then, transfer to Havana's José Martí International Airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast

Nov 19 - 24, 2018

Dec 10 - 15, 2018

Feb 11 - 16, 2019

Mar 18 - 23, 2019

pricing

2018 & 2019 Prices
$4,495 (4-10 members)
$800 single supplement

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La Reserva

La Reserva is a private bed and breakfast ideally located in the cosmopolitan Vedado district, the true heart of Havana. The beautifully restored colonial mansion features nine stylish rooms where modern comfort is mixed with antique decoration. It is staffed by a friendly team of professionals and heralds a new level of style and service in Havana.

  • Stay in an elegant casa particular—one of Cuba's best boutique hotels in the heart of Havana
  • See the fascinating historical treasures of Old Havana and Las Terrazas, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Get firsthand insight into the culture of Cuba, interacting with artists, dancers, and musicians

Discover the vibrant culture of Cuba on this intimate tour that lets explore local life. Experience true hospitality in Havana's answer to a luxury boutique hotel—a family-run bed & breakfast known as a casa particular. Dine on fresh, farm-to-table meals in the best paladares— private-enterprise restaurants run by local entrepreneurs. Journey to Las Terrazas and be immersed in the vibrant community of artists and farmers. Of course, there's plenty of time for sightseeing, too, including a walking tour of Old Havana, but the real magic of this trip is the authentically Cuban experience.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Havana

Arrive in Havana and meet your MT Sobek guide at Jose Martí International Airport. Start your introduction to Cuba with a visit to Revolution Square, the location of many important public gatherings. Visit artist Jose Fuster's home and learn about his vision for his community, or drive to the other side of the harbor for a spectacular view of Old Havana. Check into your well-appointed room in a casa particular. In the evening, gather with the group for a welcome dinner at a private paladar.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 2: Explore Old Havana

Today you can meet with an architectural expert, musicologist, architect, or professor to discuss issues relating to Cuban culture or politics. Then take a walking tour of Old Havana with your expert guide who will tailor stops to the interests of your group including galleries, workshops, and other thriving private enterprises. Enjoy lunch at a charming paladar and spend more time in the afternoon exploring Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See a live demonstration of Cuban dances by a well-known Cuban dance teacher and practice the steps yourself. Dinner tonight is on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 3: Visit a Farm Outside Havana

Drive to the outskirts of town and visit a flourishing private, organic farm. Tour the gardens and cheese-making facilities and enjoy a delicious lunch at their farm-to-table restaurant. There is also an opportunity to hike or horseback ride to a beautiful lookout after the tour. Afterwards, visit the beaches or Eastern Havana or explore the town on your own. Meet with your group for dinner at popular paladar followed by a visit to Fabrica de Arte, an old peanut oil factory turned art and music collaborative space.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 4: Day Trip to Las Terrazas

Depart after breakfast and enjoy an hour-long drive through the countryside to Las Terrazas. Meet with a local guide who will take you on a short hike to a viewpoint that overlooks the community of one thousand inhabitants. Enjoy a traditional, organic, countryside lunch. Explore Las Terrazas and the various artists' homes in the community or take an optional zip line tour before heading back to Havana in the afternoon.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 5: Enjoy the Arts in Havana

Take a private tour of art galleries and artists' studios, and talk with the artists about their work and inspiration. Participate in an interactive drumming class and learn the basics of the clave, bongos, and guiro. Stop for lunch at a paladar, then enjoy a dance performance of a vibrant troupe that incorporates flamenco and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Spend time this afternoon returning to Old Havana or visiting more galleries. Gather in the evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Reserva

Day 6: Depart from Havana

Enjoy one last breakfast in Cuba before saying farewell. Then, transfer to Havana's José Martí International Airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

La Reserva

La Reserva is a private bed and breakfast ideally located in the cosmopolitan Vedado district, the true heart of Havana. The beautifully restored colonial mansion features nine stylish rooms where modern comfort is mixed with antique decoration. It is staffed by a friendly team of professionals and heralds a new level of style and service in Havana.

Dates and Pricing

Nov 19 - 24, 2018

Dec 10 - 15, 2018

Feb 11 - 16, 2019

Mar 18 - 23, 2019

pricing

2018 & 2019 Prices
$4,495 (4-10 members)
$800 single supplement

Activity Level Easy
Trip Length 6 days

From $4,495

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