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BEST OF HAVANA, arrive any day except Thursday and Friday
5 nights in
Havana
Priced from $4,495 per person in a party of two.

For larger parties, please see price table below.
Stroll through Havana's historical Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an architectural gem. Visit humanitarian and cultural community projects and meet local leaders working to improve the well-being and creative fulfillment of the people of Havana. Visit the rural Pinar del Rio province, Cuba's lush, scenic tobacco growing region.

This Cuba tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 passengers.

* Private Cuba tour

DAY 1 - HAVANA
Depart Miami to Havana. Upon arrival at Jose Marti airport in Havana, you will be met by Ya’lla Tours USA’s representatives and your guide. Continue to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

A special welcome reception & dinner will be at the private La Bonita paladar.

Return to the hotel for overnight.

DAY 2 – HAVANA
Visit the Guarderia Padre Usera, a day care for children ages 2 to 5, mostly of single mothers, many teenagers. We will meet the director Sister Theresa visit with the teachers and the kids. This will be a perfect place to leave some of the donations you have brought for children.

Take a walking tour around the historical center of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visit Plaza de San Francisco de Asis and the 16th-century Convento de San Francisco de Asis. This is one of the finest buildings from the colonial period.

Continue to Conde Villanueva cigar lounge and learn about the history of the cigar in Cuba and the production process and see a wide variety of premium Habanos.

Then, visit the Plaza Vieja and its surrounding art galleries.

Stroll through Plaza de la Catedral, where the most prominent building is the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Havana. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Christopher (San Cristóbal) and is also known as the Cathedral of Saint Christopher. Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier famously described the cathedral as "music set in stone."

Have lunch in Old Havana.

Visit the newly remodeled El Capitolio Nacional (National Capitol). Built in 1929 as the Senate and House of Representatives, the colossal building is recognizable by its dome, which dominates the city's skyline. Inside stands the third largest indoor statue in the world, La Estatua de la República.

Continue to Callejón de Hamel (Hamel’s Alley) – a community project promoting art, music, and culture. Meet founder Salvador Gonzales and several Afro-Cuban artists for an up-close and personal look at the thriving arts scene. On Sundays, the alley hosts the Domingo de la Rumba (Sunday Rumba) weekly street party.

Spend some time browsing the open-air handicraft market.

Meet with members of Proyecto Muraleando, a community-oriented project founded in 2003 under the direction of Manuel Diaz Baldrich. Since then, the project has grown into an art collective, painting the neighborhood and providing workshops in all forms of art, including ceramics, theater, dance & music. For two weeks in April each year, they hold an international, wall-painting symposium.

Drive through Revolution Square, the administrative and political center of Cuba.

Continue through the once fashionable residential area of Miramar, which retains its pre-revolution air of exclusivity.

Dinner tonight will be at La Habanera Paladar, located in a beautiful house in Miramar and one of the most upscale yet relaxing dining choices in Havana.
Transfers to the restaurant will be done in vintage cars.

After dinner, take in a show at the famous Tropicana cabaret nightclub from VIP seating!DAY 3 - HAVANA
Visit Convento de Belen, a world-renowned community center and social services facility, where you will have the opportunity to make contributions. This unique, ambitious project serves Havana’s poorest neighborhoods, with special focus on the elderly and disabled children. The vitality, hope and cooperative spirit of Convento de Belen is truly inspirational and visitors come away deeply touched and eager to support this work.

Continue to the Centro Hebreo Sefaradi de Cuba, meet with Dr. Levy, the head of the community, and hear about the congregation and visit their Holocaust Remembrance Hall.

Drive to the nearby seaside village of Cojimar, where Ernest Hemingway fished and was inspired to write one of his great novels, The Old Man and the Sea.

Lunch will be at Ajiaco Paladar in Cojimar.

Continue to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home in Cuba from 1939 to 1960. The house, now a museum, contains more than 22,000 original items that belonged to the writer, including records, books, paintings, personal documents, weapons and photographs. This 4-hectare property gives visitors a good sense of the daily life of the great writer during his years in Cuba.

Back in Havana, visit the 18th-century San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress at the entrance to Havana Bay. Carlos III, King of Spain at the time, requested a spyglass and exclaimed:  "The Cabaña, such a valuable work, should be spotted from Madrid!" The fortress was used as a military base and a prison for more than two hundred years and Che Guevara made it his headquarters for some months during the Cuban revolution.

Return to the hotel for overnight.

Dinner tonight is on your own; ask your Ya’lla Tours guide to recommend a paladar.


DAY 4 – HAVANA
Drive to Pinar Del Rio, Cuba’s western-most province and primary tobacco growing region. Pass through the beautiful countryside of the Guaniguanico mountain range, agricultural lands, and pine forests.

Visit the Hector Luis tobacco farm. Known as Habano-Man, Hector Luis was the youngest man in the world to receive the Habano award in 2008 and in 2009.

Continue to the Viñales Valley, with some of the most spectacular scenery in Cuba. Conical limestone hills rise above the fertile valley floor, where small, privately-owned farms dot the landscape. Centuries of erosion has created many underground rivers and caves.

Continue for a unique lunch at El Paraiso Paladar, a slice of paradise in the Valley of Silence. It’s part organic farm or finca and part family-run restaurant owned by Wilfredo and his daughters. When you enter the gates of the farm, you’re greeted by a couple of dogs and a wafting aroma of pork roasting at the bottom of the hill.

Wilfredo’s organic crops are planted in neat beds that lead out to one of the most dramatic panoramas in Viñales. It is hard to believe that just a few years ago, there was nothing growing on this land except a thorny weed called el marabú. But without any pesticides, Wilfredo managed to plant fruit and vegetable crops that are now thriving and are enough to feed his family.

Lunch is served family-style on the wrap-around porch of the farm house. Wilfredo’s “anti-stress cocktails” are quite legendary in these parts and are the first thing to be served. They’re an herbal concoction of yerba buena, mint, basil and anise with some coconut milk and Cuban rum to taste.

Return to Havana for overnight.

Dinner tonight is on your own; ask your Ya’lla Tours guide to recommend a paladar.
DAY 5 – HAVANA

We start our day with a visit to a unique project, Clave del Sol (Sun's Key) Guitar Orchestra, founded in 2009 by the National Union of Cuban Artists and Writers to promote traditional Cuban music through choral singing and guitar playing in children from 7 to 16 years of age. The project involves the whole family in revitalizing the love of Cuban musical heritage among the inhabitants of San Agustin and other areas of the city.

Continue to Christopher Columbus Cemetery in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana. The 140-acre cemetery is noted for its many elaborate memorials and more than 500 major mausoleums, chapels, and family vaults.

Next, visit the community project Angeles del Futuro, created by Odelmis Hernández in 2007. Odelmis was a student at the National Circus School in the central province of Sancti Spiritus but was unable to finish his studies due to the economic crisis of the 1990s. However, he never abandoned his dream and in 2006, he moved to Havana and began the Angeles del Futuro project, with help from the Havana government and cultural institutions. In his home town, he had worked with local children for more than 20 years in another community project. With this new project in Havana, he was able to mix his circus talent with his love for children. The project, located in the municipality of Marianoa, works with more than 85 students from 9 to 17 years old. Students participate in workshops on dancing, acting, fitness and circus skills.

Lunch will be at Mediterraneo paladar, serving a fresh combination of Cuban and Italian food. 

End the day with a private salsa lesson at Club 1830.

Return to the hotel for overnight.

Your farewell dinner tonight will be at the new Destinos Paladar, one of the best in Cuba.
DAY 6 –
You will be transferred to Havana Jose Marti airport for your flight to the USA.

 

This trip is conducted under a General License – Humanitarian project (section 515.575)



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UNESCO says of Old Havana, "Its overall sense of architectural, historical and environmental continuity makes it the most impressive historical city centre in the Caribbean and one of the most notable in the American continent as a whole."

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