Havana Explorer: Casas & Paladars

Overview

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.

  • 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

  • Arrive: Havana, Cuba
  • Depart: Havana, Cuba
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Group Size: 4-14 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 15 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    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.

    • Accommodation: La Reserva
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private vehicle transfer
    • Meals: Dinner
  • Day02

    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.

    • Accommodation: La Reserva
    • Activity: 1.5-2 miles walking tour
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day03

    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.

    • Accommodation: La Reserva
    • Activity: 1-mile walking tour
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    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.

    • Accommodation: La Reserva
    • Activity: 1-mile walking tour
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day05

    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.

    • Accommodation: La Reserva
    • Activity: City & cultural touring
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    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.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

We have been operating our Cuba program for years and have taken hundreds of guests into the country as part of our People-to-People authorized trips.

Reason #02

Our role is to navigate the continuing complexities involved in traveling to Cuba by arranging the necessary visa, affidavit, accommodations, and local guides.

Reason #03

MT Sobek provides you with a first-hand view of emerging Cuba from those who know it best.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Cultural immersion with visits to local enterprises, discussions with residents, and opportunities to learn about various facets of life in Cuba.

  • Lodging

    Spend the week enjoying the modern comforts, amenities, and hospitality of a private home, or casa particular, turned boutique bed & breakfast.

  • Climate

    Tropical climate with a cooler, drier period from November to April. Daytime temperatures of 72-82°F. Cold fronts in winter are possible to 55°F.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    After you exit the customs and immigrations area of the airport, you'll be met by your trip leader and private driver.

  • Are Americans allowed to travel to Cuba legally?

    The Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel. Those 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba include educational activities; and, people-to-people travel exists as part of the educational activities category. This allows any American to legally travel to Cuba, provided they engage in a full-time schedule of activities.

  • Is there internet in Cuba?

    Cuba has little to no internet. The lack of internet is something you'll need to plan for. Existing internet service is primarily provided through crowded, government-approved Wi-Fi hotspots around the country.

  • Are Americans welcomed in Cuba?

    Absolutely. Cuban people welcome friendly people to their country, and Americans are no exception.

  • Can vegetarian diets be accommodated?

    Yes. It is best if you let us know your dietary restrictions in advance, so we can plan ahead. The Cuban diet consists of beef, fish, and chicken, accompanied by beans and rice, potatoes, some lettuces and tomatoes, and plenty of fruit.

  • When is hurricane season in Cuba?

    The entire Caribbean is affected by an annual hurricane season (June-November), with September and October having the highest number of hurricanes.

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Additional Cost

  • $800.00 Single Supplement
  • $100.00 Cuba Visa

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at some dinners and some lunches
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Days 2 and 4
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

  • "MT Sobek provides an excellent experience in visiting Cuba."

    James S.

    MT Sobek Guest

  • "The support and assistance from MT Sobek for the trips we have taken have been uniformly outstanding."

    Myer R.

    MT Sobek Guest

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