This culturally-focused itinerary offers an immersive experience of the African influence in Cuba to those seeking a more personalized experience in a small group setting. Visit the Slave Routes, learn about the African influence in religion and culture. Dance to Afro-Cuban beats. Take in top Havana highlights, with an exploratory journey of premier cigars in Cuba. Sample traditional cuisine, visit historical squares and enjoy a panoramic tour of Havana on a Classic American Car. The perfect blend of culture and interests in the beautiful Island of Cuba.
Explore Havana Highlights | Visit the Museo del Tabaco | Follow the Slave Route in Matanzas | Visit Casa del Habano shops throughout Havana | Visit the Museo de Los Orishas | Explore Casa de Africa | Dance at the Callejón de Hamel | Ride in Classic American Cars | Explore Old Havana | Visit Museo del Ron | Tour a Cigar Factory | Visit the Museo de Religión Afro – Cubana in Regla
*Not included baggage expenses, extra beverages or phone calls.
**End-of-tour gratuities for the Cuban guide, driver, and tour leader are left to the guest’s discretion and should be based on your satisfaction with the level of service received.
*** Some extra fees may apply depending on your departure airport
Arrive at Jose Martí Airport in Havana and transfer to a hotel or casa particular (Private home) to get settled in. Your afternoon in Havana begins with a fresh farm to table lunch at Mediterráneo Havana. Then, we will take you on a tour around the upscale districts of Vedado and Miramar in a Vintage Classic American Car. To close the evening, we will enjoy dinner at the eclectic Atelier Restaurant in Havana.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Your day will start with breakfast at your hotel or private home. Our first stop will be a visit to the famous H. Upmann Cigar Factory for an insider’s tour of Habano production. Next, we will tour the charming Old Havana and its four main squares, including a stop at the famous Bodeguita del Medio. Lunch will be at the delicious Doña Eutimia Restaurant in Plaza de la Catedral for traditional cuisine in a casual setting. After lunch, we will visit Museo del Ron, home of the famous Havana Club Rum. Immediately after, we will visit the San Jose Artisanal Market for some time to buy gifts and novelty items such as coffee, crafts, and natural skincare items. You will then have a stop at your accommodations to freshen up for dinner at San Cristóbal Restaurant where you can feast your palate and feast your eyes with the magnificent clock collections and other unique pieces.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Your morning will start with breakfast at your hotel or private home. Our first stop today will be at Museo Casa de Africa. This Museum is in the historic city center. It houses one of the largest collections of African objects, making it unique in the country. Next, we will visit the Conde de Villanueva Tobacco Shop at the Villanueva Hotel, a venue designed for the personal enjoyment of tobacco smokers, for time to shop and sample.
Our next stop will be the Museo de Los Orishas in Old Havana. Here we will learn more about the Yoruba religion influence in Cuba, see the physical representations, and the elements of the main Orishas. Then, we will stop at El Palacio de la Artesanía for a visit to our next Casa del Habano. After, we will walk along the grand Avenida del Prado and view the renovated Manzana Gómez. Lunch today will be at the delightful Tatagua Restaurant for a delicious traditional lunch with a twist.
Following lunch, we will visit the Casa del Habano at the historical and awarded Hotel Nacional. Do not miss the view of the Malecón and the Morro across the bay from the hotel’s grand patio. Today’s visits of Casas del Habano will conclude at the Habana Libre Hotel and its 27 brands of Habanos. Dinner tonight will be at the fashionable Cocinero Restaurant for Cuban fusion cuisine. The evening will close at Jazz Café.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Today, you will first enjoy breakfast at your accommodations. Our tour will begin with a visit to the Museo of Afro-Cuban Religion in the town of Regla, built around the Church of the Black Virgin, a shrine to Yemayá, one of the principal deities of the Yoruba religion. At noontime, we will head to the colorful Callejón de Hamel, an alleyway in downtown Havana where art, religion, and music blend. Bring your dancing shoes for some dancing and listening to local instruments, like the tumbadora (conga) drum. Lunch today will be at Habana 61 Restaurant. You will then have a break to freshen up at your accommodations before departing for dinner at Café Laurent. The Café offers creative and artfully presented cuisine, with the backdrop of the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Start fresh with breakfast at your accommodations. Today we will tour the city of Matanzas, a culturally rich and ethnically diverse city with the palpable warmth of Africa. Matanzas is the second largest city in Cuba. It is also the birthplace of the drums and the rumba, the first national dance of Cuba. We will learn up close about the Slave Route at the Slave Route Museum housed at the Castillo de San Severino, the jewel of Matanzas. The Museum has dedicated sectors to the culture and values of African immigrants with a section dedicated to the Orishas.
Upon our departure from Matanzas, we will transfer to the resort and beach town of Varadero. Here you will check in to your new accommodations and get settled in. Lunch will be at Salsa Suarez Restaurant. After lunch, you will enjoy the rest of the day at the beach and have the evening open to exploring.
Learn about the powerful African influence in Cuba, Havana Highlights, and Cuban Cigar discovery.
OnCuba Travel offers a carefully selected experience of the Island to highlight the areas that offer the most cultural insights following the migration of African culture to Cuba. Follow the Slave Route and stop at the museums to view original artifacts. Learn from the locals about their personal experience with the Yoruba religion, the Orishas, and how it shapes the lives of many on the Island. Dance to Afro-Cuban beats, see the instruments and take in the raw expressions of art combining culture and religion at the Callejón de Hamel.
With OnCuba Travel, cigar aficionados will also visit premier Casa del Habano shops throughout the city with a tour of a cigar factory, and the Rum Museum. Experience it all in the setting of exciting and beautiful Havana, its historical squares, traditional and nouveau cuisine. Also, tour in style atop a Classic American Car.
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