Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Cuba: Across the Island: People to People

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
13 days
From: $ 8,495 $ 653 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the island of Cuba from east to west on a comprehensive itinerary filled with people-to-people educational exchanges
  • Ride a boat to Cayo Granma to meet with local fishermen and children, discussing the children of the Dreams and Fantasies Project, which creates art from objects that have washed ashore
  • Try your hand at making traditional tinajones (earthenware pots) at Casanova Pottery Studio in Camaguey, learning about the precision and skill required to create these pieces
  • Discover Cuba's and America's great shared passion, baseball, at a game where you meet and engage with the players, and even have the opportunity to play a few innings with them
  • Engage in a stimulating discussion of the history of U.S.-Cuba relations with a Cuba policy expert in Havana
  • Watch as students at the Vicentina de la Torre art school learn to perfect their skills and prepare for auditions

Short Description

Traverse the island of Cuba on a comprehensive program, engaging with people from different walks of life for an unforgettable look at a nation once again opening its doors to the U.S.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Holguin
End City Havana

Trip Includes

  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of A&K Tour Director

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Miami, Florida

Accommodation: Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

Arrive at Miami International Airport, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your accompanying Abercrombie & Kent Program Director and fellow guests at your reception and briefing this evening.

Day 2: Holguin, Cuba / An Immersion Awaits

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa

After breakfast at the hotel, take a tour through Miami’s Little Havana, a neighborhood where many of Cuba’s former residents made their homes after fleeing the island. Pause for a traditional Cuban lunch before transferring to Miami International Airport. Check in at a dedicated A&K counter for your short charter flight to Cuba. Upon arrival at Holguin Frank País International Airport, complete immigration and customs formalities and transfer to your Playa Esmeralda hotel for check-in. This evening, meet fellow guests for dinner in Los Helechos.

Day 3: Holguin / Meeting with Residents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa

Set out to explore Holguin, the coastal city where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492. Pay a visit to Cuadernos Papiro, a printer making paper from sustainable sources. Here, engage with the employees to learn how its work is still produced on machinery from centuries past. Pause for an authentic lunch at a paladar. Then, attend a magical puppetry performance at Neon Puppet Theater, enhanced by special lighting and fluorescent fabrics. Afterward, meet with its actors and directors for an in-depth look into the art form. After strolling through one of the city’s main squares, visit a local farmer, and sample a cassava specialty, which is prepared while you watch. Return to your hotel, where you dine at leisure this evening.

Day 4: Santiago De Cuba / An Island Interaction

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Melià Santiago de Cuba

Begin the day in Birán, exploring “Casa Natal de Fidel Castro.” Castro — leader of the Cuban Revolution — and his brother Raúl Castro, the current president, once lived here. Your guide shares significant points in Cuban history and reveals the import of archival pieces from the Castro family vault. Continue to Santiago de Cuba, where you travel by boat to the charming fishing community of Cayo Granma, an island nearly destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Here, you meet local children and fishermen representing the Dreams and Fantasies Project, which creates art from objects washed ashore to support charitable causes. Sit down to a traditional lunch. En route to your hotel, stop at the Moncada Barracks and hear the details of the first armed action of the Cuban Revolution. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner onsite.

Day 5: Santiago De Cuba / Uncovering Cuban History

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Melià Santiago de Cuba

Begin the day with a stop at San Juan Hill, site of a decisive battle during the Spanish-American War, before continuing to the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia. Here, witness the ceremonial changing of the guard, and see the mausoleum and final resting place of national hero José Martí. Delve further into Cuban history when you visit monumental Antonio Maceo Revolution Square — setting for political and social events — and Céspedes Square, a lively park named for Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, a Cuban planter who freed his slaves and declared Cuban independence in 1868. After lunch at a local paladar, join the owner of a casa particular (bed and breakfast) and participate in discussions about the experience of running a privately owned Cuban business. This evening, dine with fellow participants at a paladar.

Day 6: Camaguey / Education & the Arts

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Encanto La Sevillana or Hotel Encanto El Marqués

Visit the University of , where you meet with its students and staff, and discuss the role and structure of education in Cuban society. Proceed to Bayamo for a sandwich lunch at the San Salvador de Bayamo paladar and a leisurely turn around the picturesque main square. Check in to your hotel in Camaguey. Later, ride a bicitaxi (pedicab or rickshaw) through town and into the main square, before enjoying dinner.

Day 7: Camaguey / Ride Like a Local

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Encanto La Sevillana or Hotel Encanto El Marqués

Start the day at Escuela Vicentina de la Torre, an academy of ballet and fine and performing arts, where you hear about the institution’s creative contributions to Cuban culture. Visit the gallery of leather sculptor, Pepe Gutierrez before stopping to meet one-on-one with expert potters at Casanova Pottery Studio. Learn how the region’s fabled tinajones are made. You also have the opportunity to try a spin at the potter’s wheel. Then, stop to meet with local artist Martha Jimenez, whose sculpture graces the turret atop your hotel. After time to refresh at your hotel, witness an exciting Flamenco performance before dinner at a local paladar.

Day 8: Sancti Spiritus / Charming Colonial City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Iberostar Ensenachos

Bid farewell to Camaguey as you make your way to Sancti Spiritus, one of the oldest European settlements in Cuba. Stroll through its historic city center. Then, learn about the island’s iconic, traditional garments at the Guayabera Museum, before walking to 500 Years paladar for lunch. Proceed to Cayo Santa Maria, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at leisure.

Day 9: Caibarién & Remedios / Cuban Industry

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Iberostar Ensenachos

This morning, stop at the Remedios stadium to engage in a shared pastime with Cuban residents: baseball. During the event, meet and talk with the players about sports in Cuban life, with the opportunity to play a few innings together. Later, travel to the Sugar Museum, housed in the historically significant Marcelo Salado Azucarera (Sugar Mill) and participate in a discussion with museum employees on the role the sugar industry played in Cuba’s history. Then, board an old steam train (formerly used to transport sugar cane to the factory), and travel to El Curujey for a traditional, authentic Cuban farm lunch. Return to your hotel and have dinner at leisure.

Day 10: Cienfuegos & Havana / Beauty by the Sea

Accommodation: Meliá Habana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Depart for Cienfuegos, the “Pearl of the South,” named for its stunningly beautiful bay. Set out on an informative city tour through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a stop at the Teatro Tomas Terry. Take the opportunity to talk with your local guide about Cuban life, be it about the two currencies used or the cost of living on the island. Stop to hear a performance of classic Cuban melodies by Cantores de Cienfuegos, an award-winning a cappella choir. Afterward, you have the opportunity to speak with these talented young vocalists. Continue to Havana, where you check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at leisure this evening.

Day 11: Havana / Immersive Experiences

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Meliá Habana

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Revolution Square and Havana’s historic and culturally rich neighborhoods. Then, pay a private visit to the Habana Compas Dance studio, where you see a performance. Afterward, meet firsthand with the artists, a chance to learn about the Afro-Cuban rhythms, which meld flamenco and native salsa and rumba movements with percussion instruments. Continue to Finca La Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s home, and visualize the author’s life during the more than 20 years he lived there. Early this evening, transfer to the Magic Flute for an impressive view of the city. Here, enjoy a private concert of Buena Vista Social Club-style music, sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Music. Then, engage in a post-performance discussion with musicians — a great opportunity to learn the impact music has had on Cuban society and the ways in which it has influenced music in the United States and beyond. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 12: Havana / Cuba’s Capital

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Meliá Habana

Begin the day by attending an interactive discussion about U.S.-Cuba relations with a Cuba policy expert at your hotel. Afterward, stroll through Old Havana with a local architect, discussing the challenges and successes of city reconstruction projects, all the while absorbing the vibrant, extraordinary architecture that surrounds you. Have lunch today at Café del Oriente, poised just off the Plaza San Francisco in Old Havana. Tonight, take a tour along the Malecón in a traditional “Yank tank” (vintage car) en route to your farewell dinner, where you can reminisce about your time in Cuba with fellow guests.

Day 13: Depart Cuba

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport to board your return flight to Miami.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Limited to 24 guests

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees per person

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  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

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  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities to the A&K Tour Director
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 10 Dinners

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