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THE GLORY OF CUBA
2018 departures: August 18-25, September 8-15, October 20-27, November 10-17, December 22-29
2019 departures: January 12-19, February 2-9, March 2-9, March 30-April 5, May 4-11, May 25-June 1, June 22-29,
July 13-20, August 17-24, September 14-21, October 19-26

7 nights/8 days
5 nts Havana
2 nts Trinidad

Priced from $6,295 per person in a party of two.

For larger parties, please see price table below.
Explore the fascinating country of Cuba, from Havana's historical Old City to the charming colonial city of Trinidad, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit humanitarian and cultural community projects and meet local leaders working to improve the well-being and creative fulfillment of the people of Cuba.

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

* Private Cuba tour or small-group tour

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

A special welcome reception & dinner will be at the Destinos paladar.

Return to the hotel for overnight.

HAVANA HOTELS:
Melia Havana, classic sea view room or
or Melia Cohiba, standard room or
Parque Cental, standard room

DAY 2 – TRINIDAD
Depart for the Bay of Pigs or Playa Girón, about a 2-hour drive from Havana.

A force of U.S.-backed, anti-Castro Cuban exiles attempted to overthrow the Castro regime here in the Battle of the Bay of Pigs. Visit the Museum.

Drive 1 hour to the city of Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit José Martí Park, surrounded by beautiful Neo-classical buildings.

Lunch will be at the Villa Lagarto Paladar.

After lunch, visit the Palacio Del Valle restaurant, known for its synthesis of architectural styles. Then drive along the Paseo del Prado promenade, one of the longest in Cuba. 

Continue to Trinidad for dinner and overnight.

Dinner tonight is at Guitarra Mia paladar.

TRINIDAD HOTEL:
Iberostar Grand

DAY 3 - TRINIDAD
Spend the morning on a walking tour of Trinidad, a living-museum of Spanish colonialism. The whole city, with its fine palaces, cobbled streets and red-tiled roofs, is a national monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the architecture is Neoclassical and Baroque, with a Moorish flavor reflecting the town’s heritage of conquistadors. Visit the Plaza Mayor in the center of town. Right on the plaza, the Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad is the largest church in Cuba.
This is a place to leave donations.
 
Lunch is at one of Trinidad’s best paladars, Sol Ananda.

After lunch, visit the Valle de los Ingenios, or Valley of the Sugar Mills, three interconnected valleys about 7.5 miles outside of Trinidad and another UNESCO World Heritage site. The three valleys, San Luis, Santa Rosa and Meyer, were a center for sugar production from the late 18th century until the late 19th century. At the peak of the industry in Cuba there were over fifty sugar cane mills operating in the three valleys, with over 30,000 slaves working in the mills and plantations that surrounded them.

Visit the plantation of Manaca Iznaga, where the owner's house, a tower and some barracones (the original slave quarters) still stand.

Return to Trinidad.
 
Dinner tonight is on your own. DAY 4 - HAVANA
Drive about 3 hours from Trinidad to the city of Santa Clara to visit the Ernesto (Che) Guevara Mausoleum. The Argentinean Che Guevara was one of the commanders who fought with Fidel Castro in the war against the dictatorship of Batista in the 1950s. He died in Bolivia in 1967 while leading that country’s revolution. His remains were recovered in 1998 and buried in this memorial in Santa Clara Revolution Square.
Visit the Armored Train Battle Monument, the site where guerrilla forces commanded by Che Guevara defeated reinforcements sent in an armored train by Batista's army in 1958.
 
Lunch will be at Finca Ta Paladar, delicious food in a countryside ambience.

After lunch, continue to Havana for overnight.

HAVANA HOTELS:
Melia Havana, classic sea view room or
or Melia Cohiba, standard room or
Parque Cental, standard room

DAY 5 – 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 is 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.

Spend some time browsing the open-air handicraft market.

Meet with members of Proyecto Muraleando, a community-oriented project 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.

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 6 - 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 to 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.

Next, visit the Angeles del Futuro community project in the municipality of Marianoa. Nearly 100 students from 9 to 17 years old participate in workshops on dancing, acting, fitness and circus skills.

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

Dinner tonight will be at the La Bonita Paladar, one of the best in Cuba.

DAY 7 – HAVANA
After an early breakfast, set out for a 2.5-hour 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.

Next, visit the Viñales Valley, with some of the most spectacular scenery in all of 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.

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, an herbal concoction of yerba buena, mint, basil and anise with some coconut milk and Cuban rum to taste.

We’ll end the day with a tour of the Guayabita del Pinar Rum factory.

Return to Havana for overnight.

Dinner tonight is on your own.
DAY 8 –
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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Havana is known as Ciudad de las Columnas (City of Columns). You'll see why as you wander the streets and plazas lined with colonial architecture.
This tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum party of 2 passengers. If an individual travel party is open to joining with another travel party or parties on any of these published departures (up to a maximum group size of 10 travelers), the per person price will decrease, depending on the final total number of passengers traveling together. For travel on dates other than those listed, the prices below are valid depending on the size of the travel party and the availability of hotel and air space.

PER PERSON PRICING, BASED ON THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS (PAX) TRAVELING TOGETHER

July 1-October 31, 2018
June 1-September 15, 2019


PER PERSON PRICING, BASED ON THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS (PAX) TRAVELING TOGETHER

November 1-December 21, 2018
April 1-May 31, 2019
September 16-October 31, 2019


PER PERSON PRICING, BASED ON THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS (PAX) TRAVELING TOGETHER

December 22, 2018-January 2, 2019


PER PERSON PRICING, BASED ON THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS (PAX) TRAVELING TOGETHER

January 3-March 31, 2019


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