Cuba: Art, Culture & History
Just 90 miles away from Key West, Florida, Cuba beckons with its rich tapestry of art, music, dance, and history. This autumn, the National Trust invites you to join us in Havana for an exclusive exploration of Cuba’s cultural traditions, a rare chance to glimpse a world that few outsiders get to see. As we travel in support of the Cuban people, you’ll experience the country through the eyes of its warm and welcoming citizens, including a former ambassador who will offer invaluable insights into Cuba’s dynamic cultures.
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- Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
Oct 28, 2023 - Nov 3, 2023
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, Paseo 206 boutique hotel is a romantic
jewel nestled among the tree-lined streets, art galleries, art deco buildings and modern skyscrapers of
Vedado, the economic and cultural heart of La Havana. Click here for more information.
In this family home dating back to 1933, the atmosphere is light, chic and romantic. The building has been
restored to its original splendor thanks to a careful renovation that has maintained the soul of the structure,
preserving the original architectural elements.
10 cozy and comfortable rooms and suites are offered. All accommodations feature free wi-fi, 24-hour
room service, Hermes bathroom amenities, Marshall speakers, and hypoallergenic king-sized bed with
luxurious Frette linen.
- Cozy Room: http://www.paseo206.com/rooms/matchbox
- Junior Room: http://www.paseo206.com/rooms/junior
- Master Suite: http://www.paseo206.com/rooms/master
- Rooftop Suite: http://www.paseo206.com/rooms/rooftop
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DEPARTURE/ HAVANA CUBA
Arrive independently in Havana. You will be met upon arrival at the José Martí International Airport and transferred to Paseo 206 boutique hotel. Our welcome dinner this evening is at a paladar, a privately owned restaurant that is located in the proprietor’s home and largely staffed by family members.
Join a local architectural historian for a lecture on the history of Havana’s remarkably well-preserved buildings. Afterwards, depart on a walking tour of Old Havana focusing on the four main squares: the Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza de la Catedral. Following lunch at a paladar, take a private tour of the splendidly renovated Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. Explore the homes and studios of some of Havana’s leading artists, where there may be an opportunity to purchase paintings and drawings. Dinner is at El Cocinero, followed by an evening of entertainment next door at Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), the city’s liveliest multidisciplinary performing and visual arts space.
HAVANA / VIÑALES / HAVANA
Take a morning drive through the countryside to the western province of Pinar del Río, known for its lush tobacco plantations. Explore the unique topography and natural beauty of the Viñales Valley, where you’ll encounter spectacular caves, underground rivers, and the famous mogotes, the iconic hillocks of the region. Meet with farmers for a private tour of their tobacco plantation to learn about the drying and rolling processes. Lunch is at a privately owned organic farm. Visit a local artists’ studio before returning to Havana. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own.
On an early visit to a cigar factory, watch as Cuba’s prized export travels down the production line and have a chance to chat with workers. At the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, take a private tour with an independent curator and trace Cuba’s history through the works of its greatest artists. After lunch, walk down Calle Obispo, Havana’s main shopping street; explore a local design shop; and speak to the owners about small business practices in Cuba. In the early evening, drive to The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, one of only a few Cuban NGOs, for a presentation on Cuban art. The Foundation’s President will host a cocktail reception and buffet dinner on the penthouse terrace, where invited guests include local Cuban artists. This evening, you may opt to attend a performance at one of Havana’s famed music venues, including the legendary Tropicana.
HAVANA / SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA / COJÍMAR / HAVANA
Head outside of the capital to the small, hilltop village of San Francisco de Paula for a visit to Finca Vigía (Lookout Farm), the house where Ernest Hemingway lived for 20 years. View the rooms through open windows from the surrounding terraces; see Hemingway’s famous fishing boat Pilar; and climb the tower to his study. Our excursion concludes with a brief visit to the village of Cojímar, the setting for The Old Man and the Sea. After lunch, return to Havana and gather for a lecture on the island’s current realities by a former ambassador who was once Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. In the early evening, attend a private after-hours tour and reception at the Museo Nacional de la Cerámica Contemporánea Cubana, followed by dinner at a local paladar.
Delight in exclusive access to an informal morning rehearsal of the Rosario Cárdenas contemporary dance company. Afterwards, visit the Colón Cemetery with a local guide. With its ornate tombstones commemorating Cuban heroes, statesmen, and novelists, this cemetery is sometimes called the largest sculpture park in Cuba. Following lunch on your own, this afternoon visit a private classic car workshop, NostalgiCar, where some of the city’s finest vintage cars are repaired and refurbished. Explore the history of the renowned Hotel Nacional (1930), which was originally designed by McKim, Mead & White. Enjoy a mojito on a terrace overlooking Havana’s harbor before dinner. This evening, celebrate with a festive farewell dinner at one of Havana’s excellent paladares.
HAVANA / RETURN
Depart the hotel this morning for the flight home.
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