Rate : from $9,995

A Luxury Private Journey
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.
  • Hike through the green hills and tobacco farms of the Viñales Valley.
  • Marvel at Neoclassical architecture in the city of Cienfuegos.
  • Taste true Cuban culture at Havana Club Museum of Rum.

Cuba is emerging as one of the region’s hottest destinations and you’ll soon see why. Cigars, music, dance and Hemingway are its most famous cultural icons and on this journey you’ll experience them all and more. In Havana you’ll travel around in an authentic 1950s vintage car, dine in one of the city’s most celebrated paladares, watch avant-garde theatre and visit the old haunts of Hemingway. Further afield there are visits to tobacco and sugar plantations as well as the beaches and colonial towns of the south. Experience all the quintessential charm of Cuba on this outstanding private journey. 

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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Day One

Arrive Havana.

Unpeel the layers of Havana’s rich colonial past with a private tour of La Habana Vieja, or Old Havana. Navigate the web of narrow streets and plazas lined with gelatocoloured houses that comprise this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore more with your own vintage 1950’s car and driver, ready for you to enjoy throughout your stay in the city. Later, head to the legendary El Floridita, world-renowned author Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar, and birthplace of the daiquiri. 
Accommodation:
La Reserva in Vedado (House Suite)

 

Day Two

Havana.

Join a Cuban 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. Later, delve into the fascinating Afrocuban culture with renowned Santeria expert and author, Valentina Porras. Return for an evening at Havana’s mighty fortress, Fortaleza de la Cabana, where actors re-enact the firing of a canon over the harbour.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: La Reserva in Vedado (House Suite)

 

Day Three

Havana.

Explore Hemingway’s Cuba with your personal literary guide. Start at the writer’s villa on the outskirts of Havana before cruising in a classic American convertible to Cojimar fishing village, the picturesque town that inspired Hemingway to write the novel The Old Man and the Sea. This evening, your dinner reservation is at El Cocinero, an industrial chic alfresco rooftop haunt with a buzzing atmosphere and fabulous food.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: La Reserva in Vedado (House Suite)

 

Day Four

Havana.

Uncover Havana’s astonishing 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: La Reserva in Vedado (House Suite)

 

Day Five

Havana – Pinar del Rio – Viñales.

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 quietude amongst the hills. Hike between towering mogote mountains and watch guajiros working in the tobacco fields, before a traditional lunch.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Los Jazmines (Standard) or Villa Palmarito (Full House) 

 

Day Six

Viñales.

Take a short trip to the Cave of the Indian, a limestone cave that early inhabitants carved out of the hills for shelter. Board a boat to venture deeper into the cave along the underground river.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Los Jazmines (Standard) or Villa Palmarito (Full House) 

 

Day Seven

Viñales – Cienfuegos.

Journey to Cienfuegos, Cuba’s “Pearl of the South”. Stop en route at the Bay of Pigs museum and learn about the failed military invasion in 1961. 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: Boutique La Union (Standard) 

 

Day Eight

Cienfuegos.

Wander through this seductive colonial port town and 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 tour.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Boutique La Union (Standard) 

 

Day Nine

Cienfuegos – Trinidad.

Journey onwards to Trinidad, the jewel in Cuba’s colonial crown. 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: Casa Finca Kenia (Standard)

 

Day Ten

Trinidad.

A day spent visiting Topes de Collantes, 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, join the locals for dancing at Casa de la Musica.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Casa Finca Kenia (Standard)

Day Eleven

Trinidad – Havana

Depart Trinidad to pay homage to the Cuban revolutionary at the Che Memorial, at the very place where he won the Battle of Santa Clara. 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: La Reserva in Vedado (House Suite)

Day Twelve

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: La Reserva in Vedado (House Suite)

Day Thirteen

Depart Havana

Take a leisurely stroll along the Malecón or take a drive in your own vintage 1950’s car before a transfer to the airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast


Twin Share Per Person: From $9,995
Solo Traveller: From $18,135

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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*Rates are subject to availability and changes without notice. Rate are based on the lowest available and may differ at time of booking. Other travel dates may be available at an additional cost.
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