If you are an art lover to a more experienced gallery owner, curator, artist or collector, now is the best time to delve into the Cuban art scene with Miami-based artists and social media influencers Alejandra Estefania and Mojo.
This program allows the opportunity to explore Cuba from a unique perspective led by local OnCuba Travel guides specialized in Cuban Art and Art History. It will include visits to Cuban artists’ studios and art collectives, special presentations and the opportunity to combine artistic experiences with exposure to the flavorful Cuban Cuisine. Our team at OnCuba Travel understands and knows Cuba because it is our home. We don’t just arrange travel; we create lifelong experiences for our guests.
All-inclusive 5 day experience | Tour of the fabulous Museum of Fine Arts | Studio visits and exchange with acclaimed Cuban artists | Tours with a local guide specialized in Cuban Art and Art History | Savor the cuisine of some of the most talented chefs in Havana | Curated art tours for art lovers, art specialists, and art organizations | Explore Havana highlights
**End-of-tour gratuities for the Cuban guide, driver, and tour leaders are left to the guest’s discretion and should be based on your level of satisfaction with the services received.
Flight check-in at Miami International Airport (MIA).
Arrive at José Martí International Airport. (HAV)
After clearing immigration and customs at the José Martí International Airport you will take a short drive to your hotel or private home accommodations for check-in. Then, you will enjoy free time in the afternoon to relax and have lunch.
2:00 pm Lunch will follow at the cozy and casual Tatagua Restaurant in Havana.
Our tour leaders and travel guides will have interesting stories and insider recommendations for you to enjoy in Havana, from the city’s best entertainment to the top dining picks. They will also recommend you the top spots for creative endeavours, including art studios and galleries, based on your interests.
Breakfast at hotel or casa particular.
10:00 am- 12:00 pm In the morning our program will start with a visit to the Cuban Art Building at The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts). An art and history expert from the OnCuba Travel team leads this tour for insightful commentary as you discover every art display selection.
The museum exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations, showcasing more than 45,000 pieces. It has the largest collection of Cuban art and has been considered one of the most important art museums in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through local art, you might also understand the history of this unique island.
12:30 pm- 2:00 pm Lunch will follow at Doña Eutimia Restaurant for authentic Cuban fare.
A warm environment, excellent service and incredibly tasty Cuban food will be waiting for you in this popular Cuban paladar. Located in the heart of Old Havana, Doña Eutimia Restaurant has won Certificate of Excellence 2016 – 2018 in Tripadvisor.
2:00 pm- 5:00 pm After lunch, you will have the opportunity for a walking tour around Old Havana with its glorious streets and historic buildings. You will experience the very best of the city with our art and history expert. Then, we will visit the studios of Cuban artists Roberto Fabelo, Ernesto Rancaño, Zaida del Río, Angel Ramírez Carlos Guzmán and Néstor Domínguez.
After, we will step into the Cuban Center for Visual Arts Development to experience the emerging Cuban Art scene.
7:30 pm-9:00 pm Rooftop dining will follow at the eclectic El Cocinero Restaurant.
Then you will spend the night at Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), multifunctional space with art galleries, trendy bars, a performance arena, and a clientele that represents a unique blend of the Cuban society.
Breakfast at the hotel or casa particular.
After a nourishing breakfast, we will have a morning start with a visit to Cuban artists’ studios to see works by artists Lidzie Alvisa, Donis Llago, Abel Lopez, William Acosta and Miriannys Montes de Oca.
1:00 pm- 2:30 pm We will then pause for lunch at the Atelier Restaurant for light Cuban fare.
This activity will be followed by a visit to Kcho Studio Romerillo, a cultural core nonprofit complex created for experimentation, development, and dissemination of the arts.
This experience will be followed by a visit to visual artist Kelvin López’s Home Studio, house and workshop where you will enjoy amazing landscape paintings.
8:30 pm After enjoying a full day of the arts, the evening will conclude with a dinner party at A 106 where you will be able to interact with several local artists about the Cuban art scene, while you enjoy a delicious meal made by them. You will also admire the artwork of Edel Bordon, Yamile Pardo and Pablo Victor Bordon.
7:30 am- 8:30 am Enjoy a yoga class at Marazul Beach.
10:30 am The day will start with a tour around the prestigious Vedado neighbourhood in Havana, followed by an Afro-Caribbean culture and religion tour in Regla and Centro Habana.
Next, you will visit a collective of Cuban artist’s studios to view art by Mabel Poblet, Alfredo Sarabia, Jorge Rodríguez, and R10. This selection will be followed by a visit to collective studios Stainless, Estudio 331, and 7ma y 60, where you can find works by the most recent National Visual Arts Awardee, José M. Fors, as well as works by new artists.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Lunch will follow at the glamorous terrace and penthouse of Café Laurent Restaurant.
5:00 pm -8:00 pm Visit Michel Mirabal’s art complex Finca Calunga.
Michel Mirabal is a renowned Cuban artist known for his interpretations of patriotic symbols like the Cuban flag. His pieces come in the shape of drawings, painting, photography, and mixed media pieces. He uses elements such as rice, beans, petals, and barbed wire as metaphors in his art. His talent goes beyond the canvas and into many expressions of art such as music, cooking, and storytelling. The only way to experience this multi-talented artist is stepping into his world.
After departing from the meeting point at the pier in Havana, we will go on a panoramic tour of the city. Upon arriving, Michel will welcome you with fantastic energy at his home studio and gallery complex, Finca Calunga. His compound is frequented by celebrities and public figures such as artists Usher and Silvio Rodriguez, 20 of the most prominent Cuban-American businessmen, and the King of Morocco. His paintings have been acquired by diverse collectors such as Muhammad Ali, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, and the former president of Haiti, René Préval.
The complex has multiple environments, a pool and a tree of ideas. From the highest point in an open terrace, with the wind blowing in your face, you can see the ocean while surrounded by peaceful green land. Seeing him lost in drawing and painting is mesmerizing. We will enjoy a presentation of his works and experiences, followed by a delicious gourmet lunch or dinner made by the artist, who has also been awarded for his culinary prowess. After enjoying our time with Michel, we will make our way back to the pier.
Michel’s art is evolving. He is currently working on a new direction. Experience it firsthand during this excursion.
More About Michel Mirabal – Michel Mirabal is a graduate in Visual Arts from the Fine Arts National Academy San Alejandro in 1996. He also studied in New York with the Rockefeller Scholarship in 1997 and holds a specialized degree in Industrial Design from the High Institute Design in Havana. Michel works as a scenery painter for the Cuban National Ballet Company and in the Production Department of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).
Through the reflective interpretation of Cuban flag paintings, he expresses the questioning of the speeches and the play with patriotic symbols. He adds metaphors in his art through real elements such as rice, bullet casings, and barbed wire as some of the resources used to create reflective pieces, open to a variety of interpretations.
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Farewell dinner at Finca Calunga.
Here you will enjoy a unique experience that combines the pleasures of artistic and culinary appreciation.
For decades the gorgeous, culturally vibrant, historically rich island nation was a hidden treasure inaccessible to most. Experience all that Cuba has to offer during five days where you will experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the island for an immersive experience in the culture of this exotic destination. In one extraordinary journey, you’ll connect with the city’s most creative people, dancers, artists, writers, journalists and musicians.
Our team hand-selects every aspect of our programs and accompanies our guests every step of the way during their visit to Cuba. Simply said, we understand and share Cuba better than anyone else! We have extensively explored, connected and developed a network in Cuba that allows us to create unforgettable curated experiences and lifelong memories for travelers. Our team understands and knows Cuba because it is our home. We don’t want you to just travel, we want to create the experiences of a lifetime for you. We speak the language, know the culture, and know how to draw you closer to the most authentic experience of the island.
OnCuba Travel will be your partner throughout your journey. We will make your greatest dream visit to Cuba a reality!