Music, Dance, Arts, and Culture Trip to Cuba March 2-10, 2019

Program Highlights!
All inclusive experience covering flights, meals, entertainment, and more | Lodging at seaside casa | Private visits with renowned artists in their home studios | Live music and dance shows | Walking tour through Old Havana | Salsa lesson with professional dancers | Horseback riding through the lush region of Viñales | Caribbean cuisine from renowned chefs | Interaction with Cuban creative artists, musicians, and others | Click here for printer friendly PDF

Itinerary Summary
Day 1
• Set out on our adventure with a morning departure on Delta Airlines
• Connecting flight in Miami
• Evening arrival to see the Havana lights and check into our
seaside casa 

 

Day 2
• Tour UNESCO world-heritage site Old Havana and its beautiful historic buildings
• Private Salsa lesson with Havana dance professionals
• Dinner by the sea and open air nightclub

 

Day 3
• Witness open rehearsal for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba
• Visit the Centro neighborhood and University of Havana
• Discover Afro-Cuban religion, dance, and cuisine
• Relaxing dinner and Closing of the Gates ceremony overlooking harbor of Havana

Day 4
• Expert lecture on Cuban music
• Visit world-class visual artists in their homes
• Dance and meet the local musicians at Casa de la Rumba
• Rooftop dinner at historic Havana restaurant

 

Day 5
• Set off to Western Cuba for an overnight excursion
• Explore tobacco region of Viñales
• Optional horseback riding or countryside hike
• Evening of incredible vistas and music of the Cuban countryside

 

Day 6
• Scenic drive back to Havana
• Tour Gaudi-inspired Fusterlandia with unique art and authentic lunch
• Shop at the largest artisan market in Cuba
• Traditional music and dance under the stars at local hangout and private dinner at the casa

 

Day 7
• Travel to Hemingway's Cuban home at Finca Vigía
• Visit National Museum of Fine Arts
• Relax at the beaches east of Havana
• Evening of contemporary Cuban music, art, and dance at La Fábrica

 

Day 8
• Meet the next generation of Cuban artists at Muraleando
• Learn about entrepreneurship activities in Cuba at Arte Corte
• Return to casa for afternoon Farewell Fiesta
• Late night Latin jazz with star musicians

 

Day 9
• Brunch at casa
• Late morning travel to Havana Airport
• Mid-day check in for departing Delta flight
• Evening arrival in Minneapolis or other home city

 

 



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Travel to Cuba &
Havana Discoveries

¡Bienvenidos a Cuba! This wondrous country has one foot in the past and a tentative step into the future. Arrive at Havana's International Airport and catch a sneak peek of the city as we travel to our home away from home, our casa by the sea to recoup from our travels and enjoy a late night snack. Located in the neighborhood of La Puntilla de Miramar, our lodging looks across the lights of Havana and out onto the Caribbean ocean. The casa, complete with a large pool, lovely terrace and stylish rooms is on par with Havana's top hotels. It is staffed with a great team of locals that will prepare a fresh breakfast each day and keep our lodging immaculate and welcoming.

 

Our first morning in Cuba, spend time with an expert from Havana's Ludwig Foundation and learn about the city's rich history, which has been shaped by a myriad of influences over the centuries and is reflected throughout the city’s unique architecture.

 

Now equipped with context for our week of wanderings, head off to explore Old Havana itself. Our Cuban guide, Jesús, leads us through this expansive UNESCO World Heritage Site. With buildings dating back to its founding in 1519, restoration is underway and slowly Old Havana is being returned to its former glory. Walk down Calle Obispo and visit the four plazas that define the old city: Plaza de La Cathedral, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Las Armas and Plaza Vieja. Along the way, see remnants of the city's old wall and visit with Cubans who make their home in this living museum.

 

We will lunch at one of Havana’s famous rooftop paladars, perfect for observing the action below. Next, we will take a dance lesson (appropriate for all abilities) at a classic dance studio with a pair of Havana pros. They will take us through Cuban stylings from their origins in the merging of European and African traditions to its modern incarnation- salsa.

 

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Old Havana or relax back at the casa. Our first full day in Cuba will conclude at Rio Mar, one of Havana’s best restaurants and walking distance from our lodging. Throughout our trip, our Cuban guide Jesús will give us a locals insight and suggest nighttime entertainment options such as the nearby open-air dance venue, 1812.

We will lunch at one of Havana’s famous rooftop paladars, perfect for observing the action below. Next, we will take a dance lesson (appropriate for all abilities) at a classic dance studio with a pair of Havana pros. They will take us through Cuban stylings from their origins in the merging of European and African traditions to its modern incarnation- salsa.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Old Havana or relax back at the casa. Our first full day in Cuba will conclude at Rio Mar, one of Havana’s best restaurants and walking distance from our lodging. Throughout our trip, our Cuban guide Jesús will give us a locals insight and suggest nightime entertainment options such as the nearby open-air dance venue, 1812.

Days 3 & 4


Music, Dance, & Art

After another fine breakfast prepared by the staff at our casa, we head out to Teatro Nacional to see an open rehearsal of one of the world’s leading dance companies, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. England’s The Guardian wrote of the company, “An exotic hybrid of contemporary, classical, and Caribbean styles… they move with an old-fashioned juiciness, reminiscent of the Martha Graham Company, burning up the choreography.”

Post-rehearsal, we journey on foot from into the soulful neighborhood of Centro. Here, we learn more about the roots of the Afro Cuban culture, religion, music and dance. Our time includes a demonstration by the group Rumba Morena, a lunch of traditional creole dishes in the home of painter and sculptor Salvador Gonzalez, and the vibrant Callejón de Hamel, home to artist Salvador Gonzalez’s large-scale murals. Salvador’s talent and and incorporation of Afro-Cuban religion themes transformed a once-grey alley into one of Havana’s most inspiring permanent art installation.