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Havana Art Exploration

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

  • 4 nights in deluxe private casa or hotel accommodations in Havana.
  • Private airport transfers with VIP service.
  • English-speaking private guides & driver for all included cultural activities.
  • Advance itinerary customization and restaurant reservations, as well as 24/7 in-country support.

Legal Travel to Cuba

Almaz Journeys operates private journeys to Cuba in compliance with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s general licenses for Cuba travel. Our custom journeys include the required full daily schedule of cultural exchanges, while still being tailored to your interests and giving you some flexibility. We use our favorite private sector guides, and you will generally dine only in our favorite privately-owned restaurants (paladares) – all to ensure you’re supporting Cuba’s burgeoning private sector as much as possible. Throughout your stay, you will meet many Cubans from different professions, ages, and experiences in order to witness in-depth this period of profound change in Cuba and promote greater understanding between the U.S. and Cuba. Please note that this is not a tour, and under the general licenses you are required to participate in all activities on your schedule.

Throughout your stay, you will meet many Cubans from different professions, ages, and experiences in order to witness in-depth this period of profound change in Cuba and promote greater understanding between the U.S. and Cuba. Please note that this is not a tour, and under the general licenses you are required to participate in all activities on your schedule.

Day 1

  • Welcome to Havana!


    Upon arrival this afternoon (flight not included), your local Almaz Journeys representative will meet you outside for your private arrival transfer to your accommodations - either a casa particular or a choice of upscale premium boutique or full-service hotel.

     

    Any trip to Cuba must begin with the majestic faded glory of Havana. Located on the northern coast of Cuba just 105 miles from the U.S., Havana was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish and quickly became a jewel in its New World holdings as a strategic trading stop between Spain and its colonies. The large number of Spanish colonial buildings in Old Havana are just one reason it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

     

    After settling into your hotel, meet with your driver and guide for a private visit to the Fabrica de Art Cubano. Here you'll have a private guide tell you of this fascinating avant-garde space where artists come together under one roof to share their masterpieces.

     

    Evening

    Tonight, begin your stay with a dinner reservation at one of our favorite privately-owned restaurants (paladares). (Cost of dinner not included.) After dinner, you'll head back to the Fabrica de Arte Cubano to experience it in all its glory.

Day 2

  • Exploring the Havana Art Scene


    After breakfast, head out with your driver and guide for a visit to the Cuban wing of the Fine Arts Museum where a local curator will accompany you for an in-depth look at Cuban art from the colonial period right up to the 20th century.

     

    Lunch reservation at one of our favorite privately-owned restaurants (paladar) whose setting has a large focus on the art of photography. (Cost of lunch not included.)

     

    After lunch, you'll have the opportunity to visit 2 galleries or artist home studios accompanies by one of our art curators. In private galleries, you're able to see a variety of works from multiple artists and because they're privately curated the work tends to be more edgy as they're not subject to any filters by the Ministry of Culture.

     

    Or, if you'd prefer direct contact with artists, visit a few studios of independent, emerging Cuban artists. This is a great chance to interact directly with artists, learn about their inspiration and motivation, and hear their viewpoints on Cuba and its current geopolitical situation. Every exploration is tailored to you, so please specify if you have any requests as to painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, etc.)

     

    Dinner reservation at one of our favorite privately-owned restaurants (paladars). (Cost of dinner not included.) After dinner, join a local expert sommelier for a cigar & rum tasting. This experience can be tailored based on your interest level in rum and/or cigars.

Day 3

  • Further Exploration of Cuban Art

    Cuban graphic print maker at work

    This morning after breakfast you'll visit some private art galleries accompanied by a local curator. These private art galleries will give you a deeper look into the lives of Cubans as these art pieces aren't censored through governmental standards.

     

    Lunch reservation at one of our favorite, privately-owned restaurants (paladars), (Cost of lunch not included).

     

    After lunch, you'll venture out to visit up and coming artists in their own studios. Here you'll get up close and personal with the artists' lives and emotions and be able to directly engage with them. Of course, based on your interests this could be tailored to fit in media like photography, sculpture, painting, etc.

     

    Dinner reservation at another of our favorite, privately-owned restaurants (paladars). (Cost of dinner not included).

Day 4

  • Street Art Exploration


    After breakfast this morning, meet your guide to continue exploring Havana. You’ll then walk in the footsteps of the city's colonial past as you explore the four key squares of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you walk around, you'll stop into one of the privately-owned shops or businesses to learn a bit about entrepreneurship in Cuba. (For the Premium experience, you'll be joined this morning by an architect who is well-versed in the restoration work done to date as well as the ongoing challenges in preserving Havana's architectural heritage.)

     

    Lunch reservation at one of our favorite, privately-owned restaurants (paladars), (Cost of lunch not included).

     

    The richness of art in Cuba spills out from museums and galleries onto the streets and public spaces. This afternoon, our specialist guide will take you for a look at the most important government-sponsored and privately produced public arts. From the barrio to the Revolution-sanctioned murals, but also many examples of the underground street art movement which can be provocative in dealing with current issues facing Cuba, you'll get far off the regular tourist trail to see a slice of real life in Havana.

     

    Dinner reservation at one of our favorite, privately-owned restaurants (paladars), (Cost of dinner not included).

Day 5

  • Until Next Time!


    After breakfast, check out of your casa or hotel for private transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. You’ll again have airport VIP service today.

     

    (If you have a later flight, your program can be customized to include additional time to explore with driver and guide - additional costs apply.)

PRIVATE JOURNEY PRICING

PER PERSON

Pricing Level
From Price Per Person
2 Guests Traveling Together

4200

4 Guests Traveling Together

3100

Included

  • 4 nights lodging in Havana in a deluxe casa particular. Upgrades to premium boutique or full-service hotel available upon request, at an additional cost.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Private arrival and departure transfers (assumes all guests on same flights), with airport VIP service.
  • Private English-speaking host guide for all cultural activities and transfers as described in the program. Specialist guides for certain activities.
  • Visas.
  • Private air-conditioned prepaid taxi for all included activities and airport/evening transfers, with bottled water daily. Upgrade to modern rental vehicle or classic car available at additional cost.
  • Cost of entrance for all sights and experiences specifically included in your program.
  • Local concierge service to assist with any special requests before and during your journey.
  • 24/7 local emergency contact during your journey.
  • Full-service advance tailoring of your itinerary and assistance with restaurant reservations.

Not Included

  • Air travel.
  • Lunches, dinners and alcoholic beverages unless otherwise specified in your program.
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel porters, etc. unless otherwise specified in your program.
  • Travel or medical evacuation insurance.
  • Any other items or services not specifically included in your itinerary.

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