You will be met at the port by your Ya’lla Tours private Cuban guide to begin your tour.
Start the day at Guarderia Padre Usera, a day care center for children ages 2 to 5, mostly of single mothers, many teenagers. We will meet the director Sister Theresa, as well as some of the teachers and kids. This will be a perfect place to leave some of the donations you have brought for children.
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, where one of the museum’s senior curators will guide you through exhibits of some of the most interesting Cuban art in the country, as well as works from outside Cuba.
Visit the art gallery Villa Manuela of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), founded in 2004 as a display space for contemporary art. The gallery is in the 1920s building VILLA MANUELA, which was modified to create a public, multifunctional structure, with an exhibition space, an assembly plant, a supply store and a bookstore.
Then visit the Museum of Decorative Arts (Museo de Artes Decorativas) in the Vedado district of Havana. The museum exhibits applied arts, ceramics, furniture, textiles, paintings, China wares and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Lunch will be at the Mediterraneo Paladar.
Continue to the Proyecto Muraleando. This community project began in 2003 under the direction of Manuel Diaz Baldrich and grew into an art collective, painting the neighborhood and providing workshops in all forms of art, including ceramics, theater, dance & music. Each year in April, they hold an international two-week wall painting symposium.
Continue for a visit to Jose Fuster’s ceramic and paint studio. Fuster is known as “The Picasso of the Caribbean.”
End the day with a visit to the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wilfred Lam.
Return to Havana Port to rejoin your cruise.
This trip is conducted under a General License – Humanitarian project (section 515.575)
PLEASE NOTE: U.S. dollars, traveler's checks and credit cards are not accepted in Cuba.
If possible, exchange USD to CUC (Convertable Cuban Peso) on your cruise ship before arrival, in order to save time in port.