Cuba Awakened - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2022/23)

Cuba is bursting with colour, sound and culture, the cobbled streets of Havana home to breathtaking architecture, flavourful fare and some of the most inspired years of Ernst Hemingway.

Journey Overview

Cuba is bursting with colour, sound and culture, the cobbled streets of Havana home to breathtaking architecture, soulful music and some of the favourite haunts of Ernest Hemingway. Discover the history and delicate process behind the classic Cuban exports, cigars and rum, and lose yourself in the local ambience as you explore. A country steeped in revolutionary history, see the memorial of Che Guevara, and pay a visit to the Bay of Pigs, reliving revolutionary moments in time as you explore with local experts. With incredible architecture, intense flavourful fare and natural wonders aplenty Cuba is a country of indefinable magic.

Journey Highlights

  • See the sites in quintessential Cuban style, on a classic car tour of Havana
  • Discover the tastes of Cuba with some sporting conversation at lunch with a local baseball star
  • Be enthralled by the natural wonders of Guanayara in Topes de Collantes
  • Understand why Cuban cigars are the best in the world on a tobacco farm tour
  • Witness the legacy of musical artist Benny Moré with a guided arts school tour and choral performance
  • Typically features a small group size of 10–12 guests

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Havana, Cuba

Arrive into Havana to a warm A&K welcome and VIP assistance through the airport, followed by a transfer to your hotel.
Hotel Saratoga

Day 2: Havana | Classic Cars & Historical Icons

Today, get a taste of Havana daily life on a walking tour of the colourful, heritage listed city. In the afternoon, cruise around town admiring stunning baroque churches, Spanish colonial structures and neoclassical buildings in style in a vintage convertible. This evening, savour a welcome dinner with your group.
Hotel Saratoga | Meals: BD

Day 3: Havana | Design Your Day

Today be immersed into everything classically Cuba, with a guided tour of a Havana cigar factory. Afterwards, be treated to lunch with a baseball star. Hear how this sport has become part of the lives of most Cubans as you savour deliciously flavourful local fare. This afternoon Design Your Day with one of the following activities:

  • A Visit to the Rum Museum.
    Discover the origins of one of Cuba´s most famous exports at the Havana Club Rum Museum. On your tour through the museum, you´ll gain an understanding of the rum-making process, from freshly cut sugar cane, to distilling techniques and the construction and preparation of the oak barrels used in the ageing process. Wrap up your historical education with a tasting.
  • Follow in Famous Footsteps on a Hemingway Tour.
    Ernest Hemingway is possibly the only American to have achieved idol status amongst the Cuban locals. Join your expert guide as you drive around Havana and learn more about Hemingway´s life on the island that was his home for more than 20 years, from the bars and restaurants he frequented; to his former home on the outskirts of Havana and the small fishing village of Cojimar which inspired ´The Old Man and the Sea´.
  • Be Immersed in the Flavours of Cuba in a Cooking Class.
    Delve into the flavourful world of typical Cuban cuisine when taking a private cooking class with a Cuban chef, deeply passionate about preserving the tradition of la cocina criolla (creole cuisine) and teaching it to others. During the class you´ll learn how African and Spanish culture influenced Cuban cuisine and cooking techniques.

The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Hotel Saratoga | Meals: BL

Day 4: Viñales | Traditional Tobacco Farming

Travel to Viñales. Stop for lunch en route and take a tour of Finca Robaina, Cuba’s most famous private tobacco farm which has been growing tobacco since 1845. Arrive in Viñales for dinner at the foot of a stunning mogote.
Hotel E Central Viñales | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Viñales | Discovering the Valley of Penance

Discover Valle de la Penitencia, (Valley of Penance) with picturesque rounded hills that dot the dramatic landscape as far as the eye can see. Afterwards, visit a tobacco stripping house, (despalillo) to witness local women moisten, smooth and strip the leaves which will be used in iconic Cuban cigars. Return to the city with your evening at leisure.
Hotel E Central Viñales | Meals: BL

Day 6: Cienfuegos | Immersed in Military History

Today is for history, visiting Cienfuegos via the Bay of Pigs. En route, stop for lunch at Casa Ronel for a freshly prepared seafood feast before discovering the history behind one of the biggest military mishaps of the Kennedy administration. Upon arrival in Cienfuegos, sip sundowners at the Palacio del Valle with the rest of the night at your leisure.
Boutique La Union | Meals: BL

Day 7: Cienfuegos | The Pearl of the South

Discover the “Pearl of the South” on a guided city tour. Explore Jose Marti Park, the lavish Tomas Terry Theatre and the Palacio del Valle at Punta Gorda, with its exotic mix of Byzantine, Venetian, Gothic, Baroque and Mudejar architecture. Afterwards visit Cienfuegos’ Benny Moré School of Arts with a guided tour and witness a choir performance by aspiring trainees. Enjoy delicious local fare for dinner with your group.
Boutique La Union | Meals: BD

Day 8: Trinidad | Sugar Barons & Seaside Views

Travel to Trinidad and discover the hidden secrets of this heritage listed city, keeping a camera at the ready as you stroll through the cobbled streets. Sugar and slavery were intertwined in the 18th and 19th centuries in Cuba, showcased on a guided tour to the vast ‘Valley of the Sugar Mills’ before dinner at Los Conspiradores in the heart of the historic district.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad | Meals: BD

Day 9: Trinidad | Design Your Day

This morning you can choose your own adventure, with three Design Your Day activities on offer:

  • Feel the Cuban Rhythm with a Salsa Lesson.
    Put your best foot forward in an hour-long salsa lesson led by a professional local dancer, who will teach you the basic Cuban salsa steps and have you moving to the local rhythms in no time. The lesson will be provided in a private residence, immersing you in the local atmosphere.
  • Drink in Coastal Views on a Cycling Tour.
    Cycle to La Boca and Ancon beaches, a picturesque ride. Accompanied by a cycling guide learn you will about life in the fishing village where Spanish conquistador Diego Velazquez founded Trinidad more than 500 years ago, enjoy the expanse of white sand beach and warm turquoise seas, and visit the port village of Casilda (4-5 hours and 30 kilometres total).
  • Visit a Trinidad museum for a Look at Local History.
    History buffs can indulge in a visit to one of the local museums in Trinidad. You may explore Museo de Historia Municipal, a grandiose mansion showcasing regional history, Trinidad Architecture Museum highlighting the history of local buildings, or the Romantic Museum, exhibiting a wide variety of furniture and other decorative arts owned by the bourgeoisie of Trinidad during the 19th century.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad | Meals: B

Day 10: Santa Clara | Natural Wonders & Revolutionary Icons

This morning is for natural wonders, exploring beautiful Guanayara on foot, admiring gorgeous scenery culminating in the chance to swim in a natural pool and stunning waterfall. Transfer to Santa Clara, exploring with a guided city tour on arrival. Architecture lovers will revel in the Santa Clara Cathedral with its spectacular collection of stained-glass windows. Your day comes to an end with a group dinner.
Hotel E Central Santa Clara | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Santa Clara | The History of Che Guevara

No trip to Cuba is complete without a visit to the Che Guevara Mausoleum, located in Plaza Che Guevara alongside the bronze statue of the revolutionary icon. Further your cigar education at Fabrica de Tabacos Costantino Perez Carrodegua, Santa Clara’s main tobacco factory producing some of the best cigars in the country.
Hotel E Central Santa Clara | Meals: B

Day 12: Havana | Farewell to the Caribbean

Travel to Havana and visit Los Almacenes de San Jose, an iconic handicraft market and art exhibitions and musical performances. Celebrate your Cuban discovery at a farewell dinner on your hotel’s rooftop terrace.
Hotel Saratoga | Meals: BD

Day 13: Depart Havana

Depart Havana, with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Maximum Group Size: 18
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation as detailed with private facilities
  • Meals as specified in itinerary, including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Services of English speaking A&K Resident Tour Director
  • Airport welcome with VIP Assistance
  • Porterage
  • Group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water during transfers and touring
  • Wine & beer during lunches and dinners (selected by Resident Tour Director)
  • All entrance fees
  • Planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • All tipping

Tour Exclusions

  • International flights to the tour start point and from the tour end point
  • Visas and other border fees
  • Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip
  • Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks (unless specified), laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges
  • Transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges

Tailor-Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, please talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey for you, or your own small group with family or friends.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Nov 6, 2022 - Nov 18, 2022
Price AU$8,795pp Single Supplement AU$2,525 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
Feb 5, 2023 - Feb 17, 2023
Price AU$8,795pp Single Supplement AU$2,525 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Book
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