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Discover Cuban Cigars, Music, Dance & Hemingway

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Secrets of Cuba, 13 Days Havana Return with A&K


Highlights
  • Rewind the clock in the Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Journey through Viñales Valley’s green hills and working tobacco farms
  • Marvel at Neoclassical architecture in the city of Cienfuegos
  • Taste true Cuban culture at Havana Club Museum of Rum
  • Explore Havana with your own vintage 1950’s car and driver
  • Find your own rhythm with a private drumming lesson
  • Earn 1 Qantas Point* per $1 spent

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Vibrant and alluring, Cuba is the Caribbean’s diamond in the rough and on this journey you’ll experience the quintessential charm of the place, its vintage cars, its cigars, its rich colonial history and avant-garde art scene. Dig deep and discover the haunts of Hemingway, World Heritage sites, fields of tobacco and nature at its most beautiful. 

While not luxurious, hotels in Cuba are well-appointed and well located and services are improving all the time. Be prepared for varying standards and you will be thoroughly rewarded by the experiences you encounter.

This is an Abercrombie & Kent private journey and can be tailor-made to fit with your travel dates and built around your desires.


Day 1

Arrive Havana.

Welcome to Havana, the largest city in the Caribbean, and the political hub of Cuba. With its rich history, stunning architecture and captivating music Havana will charm you. On arrival meet your local A&K representative who will accompany you to your luxury accommodation. Relax in the hotel or ease into local time with a leisurely stroll on your own around the local neighbourhood. Alternatively, explore more with your own vintage 1950’s car and driver, yours for the duration of your stay in Havana. Later, head across the street and sip cocktails at the legendary El Floridita, world-renowned author Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar, and birthplace of the daiquiri.
Accommodation: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 2

Havana.

Unpeel the layers of Havana’s rich colonial past with a private morning walking tour of La Habana Vieja, or Old Havana. Navigate the web of narrow streets and plazas lined with gelato-coloured houses that comprise this UNESCO World Heritage site. With your expert guide offering insightful anecdotes, visit Plaza de Armas laid out soon after the city was founded in 1522, Plaza de San Francisco, the second oldest plaza in Havana, Plaza Vieja, originally used for military exercises and Plaza de la Cathedral, where most of the buildings date back to the 18th century.

Later discover Hemingway’s Cuba. Start at the writer’s villa on the outskirts of Havana, preserved exactly as it was when he lived there with hundreds of personal belongings. Continue cruising in a classic American convertible to Cojimar fishing village, the picturesque town that inspired Ernest Hemingway to write the novel ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and whose fishermen he dedicated his Nobel prize to. Return to the city and absorb the views from El Morro Castle across Havana Bay. This famous landmark guards the entrance to Havana, and was built between 1589 and 1640 to protect from pirates and foreign invaders.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 3

Havana.

Join a Cuban home chef to source the freshest ingredients in the local market. Then, learn how to turn these ingredients into Cuban delicacies in a private cooking lesson. Spend time over your prepared lunch discussing Cuban cuisine and reviewing some fascinating antique cooking books. Later delve into the fascinating Afrocuban culture with renowned Santería expert and author, Valentina Porras. Tonight, enjoy a display at Havana’s mighty fortress, Fortaleza de la Cabana, where actors re-enact the firing of a cannon over the harbour.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 4

Havana.

Uncover Havana’s astonishing variety of architectural styles, from Art Nouveau and Art Deco to the flowering of high modernism. See masterpieces of Cuban architecture before and after the revolution, including the grand Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the University of Arts of Cuba, the Columbus Cemetery, and more. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Spend time relaxing in your hotel or stroll the nearby narrow streets and plazas.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 5

Havana – Viñales.

Transfer privately with your driver to Viñales. En route witness the intricate artistry of cigar making in Pinar del Rio before continuing through the green hills of the Valley of Viñales. Just how green the Valley of Viñales is has been recorded by the vivid prose of Cuban writer Garcia Valdes and the striking canvases of Domingo Ramos. Explore the bustling farming town before finding solitude amongst the hills. Hike between towering mogote mountains and watch guajiros working in the tobacco fields, before a traditional lunch. Proceed to your accommodation.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Viñales Central (Standard Room) or similar

 

Day 6

Viñales.

Enjoy a day at leisure to capture the essence of this truly amazing location. Take a short trip to the Cave of the Indian, a limestone cave carved out of the hills by early inhabitants. Board a boat and venture deeper into the cave along the underground river. Grab a bicycle, ride a horse, find yourself a hiking trail and appreciate the amazingly beautiful landscape around town.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Viñales Central (Standard Room) or similar

 

Day 7

Viñales – Cienfuegos.

Journey to Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers and known as Cuba’s “Pearl of the South” because of its lovely location on a picturesque Caribbean bay. Stop en route at the Bay of Pigs and learn about the failed military invasion in 1961. View the landing beach, explore the small museum and learn about this critical event from a Cuban perspective. Venture into the jungle-clad forests of Cienega Zapata on horse and cart and navigate the best network of hiking trails in Cuba.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel La Union (Standard Room)

 

Day 8

Cienfuegos.

Wander through this seductive colonial port town and laid back maritime city with a lazy, tropical atmosphere.Marvel at its eclectic Neoclassical architecture. Appreciate the French and Italian influences of the Tomas Terry Theatre and the extravagantly decorated Arabian Nights–like Palacio de Valle, amongst others, on your private walking tour. Home to Benny More, one of Cuba’s most famous musicians, seek out some of the city’s great musical traditions along the way.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel La Union (Standard Room)

 

Day 9

Cienfuegos – Trinidad.

Journey onwards to UNESCO World Heritage listed Trinidad, the jewel in Cuba’s colonial crown. Stroll through the historic centre rich with stunning colonial architecture and enjoy the friendly, vibrant atmosphere. Rewind the clock with a visit to the Valley of the Sugar Mills. Step inside the once lavish homes, and imagine a time when slave-worked sugar plantations plumped up the coffers of the local sugar barons.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Iberostar Grand Hotel (Junior Suite)

 

Day 10

Trinidad.

Spend a day visiting Topes de Collates, a beautiful nature reserve. Wander along its hiking trails taking in caves, rivers, canyons and natural pools and learn about the scientific value it holds for Cuban botany, zoology and ecology. Then, take a well-deserved dip under the waterfalls. This afternoon, join your personal guide to delve into the rich traditions of local artisans from Santander pottery to intricate lace makers. Later, you may like to join the locals for dancing at Casa de la Musica.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Iberostar Grand Hotel (Junior Suite)

 

Day 11

Trinidad – Havana

Depart Trinidad to pay homage to the revolutionary Che Guevara at a memorial marking the site of the Battle of Santa Clara victory. Arrive in Havana ready to be transported into the golden era of Son music. Sway to seductive sounds inspired by the Buena Vista Social Club in the famous Hotel Nacional.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 12

Havana.

Taste true Cuban culture at Havana Club Museum of Rum in the heart of Habana Vieja. Journey back to the origins of Cuba’s most famous beverage, from freshly cut stalks of sugar cane to the distillery and ageing cellar. Find the museum bar for a rum cocktail or two while enjoying the sounds of Cuban music. Later, find your own rhythm with a talented Cuban percussionist in a private drumming lesson.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 13

Depart Havana.

Take a leisurely stroll along the Malecón, a broad esplanade along the coast in Old Havana or take a drive in your own vintage 1950’s car before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.
Meals Included: Breakfast


Twin Share Per Person: From $10,425
Solo Traveller: From $18,725

This is an Abercrombie & Kent private journey and can be tailor-made to fit with your travel dates and built around your desires.

 

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Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Overlooking Parque Central, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski’s central location and the city’s first true five-star hotel, is ideal for exploring Old Havana and the rest of the capital. The grand whitewashed hotel, a former 19th century building owned by a sugar baron, has a raft of restaurants and bars and a rooftop pool offering mesmerising views of the city.

 

Hotel La Union

A privately-owned mansion built in 1869, Hotel La Union has been painstakingly restored. Located just one block from the main square, a rooftop bar area offers great views over the city’s colonial buildings to the beautiful bay. Rooms are comfortable and well presented.

 

Iberostar Grand Hotel

In the heart of Trinidad, Iberostar Grand Hotel offers boutique-style accommodation in the UNESCO World Heritage city. This attractive hotel uses a very sympathetic design to blend in with the surrounding 16th century architecture with all the modern comforts of a first-class hotel. With well-appointed and tastefully furnished rooms, the hotel benefits from its own restaurant and a smoker’s room for those wishing to sample Cuba’s most successful export.

 


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