Day 1: Arrive Havana - Tour Havana

Welcome to Cuba! Today we arrive in Havana and settle into our accommodations. We will walk to a charming restaurant in our neighborhood for dinner and relax after our long journey.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Havana - Tour Havana

In the morning we will visit a large mansion stuck in time with little changed since the Revolution and that has slowly aged over the years. After that we will visit the home studio of one of Havana's leading women photographers and see her work.

Mid-afternoon we will go for a ride in some of Cuba’s classic cars and tour its many neighborhoods and the famous Malecon. Before dinner we will stop for a cocktail at the legendary 1930’s era Hotel Nacional. After that we will have our welcome dinner with our Cuban guide at one of Havana’s lovely restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Havana - Old Havana & Artist Visits

First thing in the morning we will have a walking tour of Old Havana and walk in the footsteps of Havana’s colonial past, visiting the main plazas of Old Havana with our expert guide offering insightful history along the way. Following we will visit one of Havana's traditional cigar factories and learn about the Cuban tradition of how their famous cigars are made. After lunch we will visit the fishing village of Jaimanitas and the home of the famous artist Jose Fuster. Fuster has made his entire home, and much of the surrounding neighborhood, into an artwork using tiles in mosaic forms and is an amazing place to visit. For dinner we will visit one of Havana's most famous restaurants in Old Havana with breathtaking views over the city. (link)

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Matanzas

Enroute to Matanzas we will stop at a former fort which was an arrival port for slaves and wander around taking in the history. We will eat lunch and drive to one of Cuba's nearby leading beaches to take in the beauty and relax a bit. Then we will drive then check into our houses. Before dinner we will have brief cooking class with a delightful woman who will teach us some classic Cuban dishes. We will enjoy our dinner and following that a group of 13 musicians and dancers will come perform a Rhumba show on the house's roof top terrace just for us.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Matanzas

In the morning we will drive to an amazing an organic farm and learn about sustainable farming in Cuba. The mother of the family is a contemporary ceramic artist so art prevades the whole farm with large sculptures everywhere and their own ceramic studio. The family who will show us around the farm and tour their ceramic studio. We will enjoy a deliciously fresh and diverse meal, a truly authentic farm-to-fork experience. Following lunch we will drive to a nearby small town that used to be a resort escape in the 30s and wander its abandoned mansions and see the small town rural life. For dinner we will wander down to the river front and eat at one of Matanzas charming cafes.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6: Trinidad

Today we will depart for Trinidad. We will drive to Cienfuegos and then on to a little village on the coast for a simple lunch and a swim in the ocean. There is also a botanical garden we might visit. We will then drive on to Trinidad to check into our casa and relax a bit before we go to town for dinner and an evening of music.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Trinidad

The beautiful colonial city of Trinidad is an UNESCO landmark and it is a joy to walk and explore its cobblestone streets. For our first morning in Trinidad we will first stop at a ceramic studio of one of Trinidad's leading artists. We'll then meet with a group of about 13 Aro-Cuban musicians and dancers who will do a performance for us. They will also do a percussion and dance demostration where you can give it a try. We will eat lunch on the plaza and meet and listen to one of the town's many delightful Cuban groups. Late afternoon we will go out to Playa Ancon, stop and collect coral and then relax at the beach with a picnic.

In the evening if you like we can go to town. In Trinidad music is everywhere, with numerous live venues and many dance performances every day of the week, day and night, all amongst the enchanting setting of old colonial buildings and cobblestone streets.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8: Trinidad

In the morning we will travel out to the countryside to visit a farm and will be warmly welcomed by a family who will roast a hog for us and prepare a traditional Cuban feast. In the late afternoon we can do some shopping or just explore Trinidad before dinner in town.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: Trinidad

We will leave Trinidad to head back to Havana via Cienfuegos and visit a charming small town that has a large Afro-Cuban population. We will visit a Santeria temple where they will do a special musical and dance presentation just for us. This is not a town tourists normally visit and it will be an opportunity to see authentic life in small town Cuba. We will have lunch there in a local paladar. We will then head back to Havana where we will have some free time to freshen up before our farewell dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Havana

In the morning we will relax before our flights then wave goodbye to the city’s warm waters, colonial palaces and vintage cars before boarding our flights back to the US. Breakfast and Transport to the Airport Included.

Meals Included: Breakfast