Cigar & Culinary Lover’s Cuba

6-Day International Trip

Cigar & Culinary Lover’s Cuba

Cuba’s rich history and culture makes it known as an artistic and welcoming destination. This trip will showcase all of what Cuba is known for, including a focus on one of its prized national products: tobacco. On this cigar and culinary lover’s program, we will experience everything from rich tobacco fields, the factories where each cigar is made by hand and an in-depth look at traditional food and drink. You will go home with a better appreciation for this wonderful Caribbean destination!

6-Day International Trip

Cigar & Culinary Lover’s Cuba

Experience this welcoming and artistic destination complete with rich history and culture. On this cigar and culinary lover’s program, we will experience everything from rich tobacco fields, the factories where each cigar is made by hand and an in-depth look at traditional food and drink.

Feb 20-25, 2020

$2,172 Single

$2,015 Double

Itinerary

TRAVEL TO CUBA FOR US CITIZENS / RESIDENTS IS STILL POSSIBLE AND LEGAL! This trip is offered through the Support of the Cuban People license. According to The US Department of the Treasury’s recent FAQ’s page, this category for travel is still legal. The document states that you should “engage in activities that enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote Cuban people’s independence.” It is really important to understand that although one license or purpose of travel to Cuba has gone away due to recent regulatory changes, there still are many licenses that people can qualify under. We are working with a company that understands what those licenses are and has helped us create an itinerary that really will capture the essence of Cuba, while abiding by all regulations so that the travel is still legal. If there is a regulation change after the time of booking, a full refund for the land portion will be made available to you. It is advised to purchase travel insurance to receive a refund on your airfare as well in the event of a regulation change.

Overnight Stay: Four Points Havana, D included

Arrival to Havana International Airport, transfer to the hotel. First, we embark on a panoramic tour of Havana, where you will see some of the city’s emblematic places, such as the 18th century University, one of America’s oldest universities; the inviting Malecón, Havana’s seaside esplanade;  the time-witnessed boulevard Paseo del Prado and the eye-catching National Capitol Building. There will be a stop to take pictures at Revolution Square.

You will be escorted to the evening’s Welcome dinner by a pristinely-kept, antique American car. The drivers of these rolling museum pieces will proudly answer any questions you have. Here you will enjoy dinner with a Cuban mixology class, by the end of which you will have mastered the art of the Daiquirí cocktail. 

Overnight Stay: Four Points Havana, B, L included

Visit one of Havana’s cigar factories for an in-depth look at how these renowned, hand-made products are made. This will be followed by a city tour of Old Havana. Here, we will visit the city’s main squares where you’ll learn about its history and architecture along with details on Cuba’s current reality. Next you’ll enjoy lunch at a local paladar, Cuba’s signature take on a family-run restaurant.  You will have the opportunity to interact with the area’s local shopkeepers and residents. 

This day concludes with a visit to the best Cuban handicraft market, San José. You will enjoy time to interact with artists and vendors, and learn about their art and challenges.

Overnight Stay: Four Points Havana, B,L,D included

Departure for the Hemingway Museum. During this stop, you will learn about the life and work of the famous American writer, and his relationship with and love for Cuba. Lunch will be provided at a local paladar restaurant. Next, a guided visit to the Revolution Museum, housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents from Mario García Menocal to Fulgencio Batista. We will make a stop at the Conde de Villanueva cigar bar to interact with the cigar-roller and staff. Enjoy a cigar and rum pairing. Those not interested in cigars can partake in a culinary walk through Old Havana with stop for samples of local chocolates, Cuban coffee, craft beer, and more. The day will conclude with dinner at one of Havana’s great restaurants.

Overnight Stay: San Vincente, B included

Departure towards Pinar del Río province, renowned for its beautiful landscapes and extensive tobacco fields. Stop at Los Jazmines lookout point, displaying some spectacular views of the area. Visit a local farmer’s home to get acquainted with the tobacco growing and farming life, and cigar rolling techniques. You will have leisure time to walk around the city of Vinales, finding a place to enjoy lunch on your own.Free time in the evening to explore.

Overnight Stay: Four Points Havana, B,L,D included

Take the morning to explore local caves, go horseback riding, or enjoy the town at leisure. Then visit the tobacco stripping facilities onsite where tobacco is prepared and aged. Those that prefer to learn more about the culinary scene can visit a local paladar and learn how to make a typical Cuban dish. Typical Cuban lunch will be held at a local farm to table restaurant, practicing organic farming with a beautiful overlook. Return to Havana in the afternoon to check into your hotel/casa. Farewell dinner will be held at a local restaurant including music and cocktails.

Departure transfer towards the International Airport in Havana.

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