August 13, 2015

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Curated for the traveler who wants to waste no time diving into the culture of Cuba for an in-depth taste of the visual and performing arts that this island has to offer.  Day one of our tour starts in Havana, where we will visit the seat of Cuban government in the stunning Plaza de Revolución, with the option to go out to some live Cuban jazz after dinner at one of Cuba’s finest restaurants.  The rest of our trip will bring us through the music-filled streets of Havana Vieja, through the history of Cuban art and it’s political struggles, and into the vibrant hills of Cuba’s tobacco-growing region to learn about production of Cuba’s finest cigars.  We will experience the finest of Cuba’s culinary delights, from farm-to-table, to Cuba’s most renowned new urban restaurants.  This is certainly a bucket-list trip.

We will personalize each trip itinerary based on how you answer the Participant Information Form we will send out to you, and on your arrival/departure times.  Additionally, know that while we do our best to adhere to our planned itineraries, traveling in Cuba requires a bit of flexibility. Changes to our scheduled activities may occur.

Trip price of $1995 assumes double occupancy. We can offer two beds per room. For a single room, a $295 single-supplement fee will be added.

Day 1: Embark on your journey to Cuba.  We have taken care of you reservations, and we will greet you upon your arrival in Havana.  We will assist you in checking in to your casa particular (professional bed-and-breakfast), where you can refresh. For convenience, all of our casas will be clustered together, and walking distance to internet access. Take a leisurely stroll down famous Obispo street in Old Havana before our orientation and welcome dinner at one of Cuba’s finest restaurants. Optional: After dinner, we may check out one of Cuba’s renowned clubs for some traditional Cuban music.

Day 2: Explore the musical streets of Habana Vieja.  After eating a generous breakfast, we will gather to begin our historical walking tour along the cobblestone streets of the centuries-old Spanish colonial section of Havana, guided by a Cuban expert. We will have a cultural exchange at one of Havana’s finest restaurants for dinner, with Cubans of various professions joining us for conversation. Come with an open mind and culturally sensitive questions to ask.

Day 3: Explore the arts.  We will visit the world renowned Bellas Artes Museum of Cuban Art, where we will gain a historical perspective of Cuba through the arts, from colonization to the post-revolutionary movement toward freedom of expression. Lunch will entail a Q&A session with our art guide. After lunch we will get a private tour of one of Cuba’s newest community projects, the Fabrica de Arte Cubano. After a bit of free time, we will meet to visit the memorial to the Cuban Missile Crisis and La Cabaña Fortress, built in the mid-1700’s as protection against the British pirates.  After dinner at the fortress we will witness the 9pm historic ceremonia del cañonazo (ceremony of the cannon shot), which traditionally signaled the closing of the city gates.

Day 4: Explore agriculture.  Get into the fresh outdoors on this day trip outside of Havana. We will get a full tour of the farm, including lunch, before we head out to the UNESCO retreat of Las Terrazas, where we will spend the afternoon.

Day 5: Time to say farewell.  After breakfast and a free morning, we will say our farewells before we deliver you to the airport with ample time to comfortably check in for your flight back to the United States.  

What’s included?

Accommodations, all group meals, museum/club entry fees, expert guides, ground transportation, bottled drinking water, and other group costs are covered. Additionally, gratuities for restaurant service, drivers, and general group activities is included (travelers may tip guides and musicians as you deem appropriate based on your satisfaction). We will connect you with our experienced travel agent to arrange transportation to/from Havana, Cuba, or you may research your own flight to Cuba. Upon registration, we will send you a pre-trip information packet to help inform you and prepare you for an amazing cross-cultural experience. We take care of as much as possible so that you can relax. Price is per person, double occupancy. 

We limit each trip to a maximum of 10 travelers (for comparison, most other Cuba tour companies cap groups at 20 people). We prefer to keep group numbers small in order to ensure an authentic cultural experience. You will thank us.

Soltura is a Spanish word that loosely translated means with confidence, fluently, with ease.  We pride ourselves on leading culturally-immersive tours with a focus on the arts and culture of Cuba, going above and beyond to ensure that our travelers have comfortable, yet truly enriching cultural experiences.  Along the way, we will introduce you to some interesting people who will help inform your experiences in Cuba.  You may create some lasting friendships on this journey, and you will certainly create a lifetime of memories.

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