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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

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.

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4.5 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.5 Meals
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Cuba: Across the Island: People to People

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The perfect way to experience African wildlife. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This is a luxury small group safari. 12 people, two land rovers. We spent the arrival night in a hotel in Arusha, two of the nights during the safari in hotels, and the rest of the nights in the luxury camp. The hotels were all good. The food was good, not great. The luxury camp is a two room canvas tent containing a queen size bed or two doubles. then there is a dressing area leading to the "bathroom" which is a toilet seat on a box over a hole in the ground. There is a shower stall in which they fill a canvas bag with hot water from the fire. They will not begrudge you a refill if you want to take your time. The day starts early in the dining tent with breakfast. then it is off to the land rovers to begin the safari. The guides from all the different safari's communicate to share where the most sought after animals are to be found. You will absolutely be up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, wildebeest, ostrich, zebra, hyrax, and the bird life. You will also see Water buffallo and hippos, but is best not to get close to them. and you will see plenty of Cheetah and some Rhinos, but usually from afar.

Lunch is usually conducted picnic style in the park. Our A&K picnics were the envy of every other group. Then it is touring until sunset.

When you get back to camp there is a camp fire going and the head guide will present a lecture, while everyone enjoys some much needed libations, of which there is great variety and unlimited quantity. Then dinner in the dining tent, and after dinner back to the campfire for more libations, and usually to review everyone's pictures from that day.

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will actually miss them on your last day. I had a great time and heartily recommend this safari and A&K.

The best part is being inside the game park all day and night. You really dont want to be going back to a hotel, but to stay out in nature.

Some tips: There is a generator in the camp so you may recharge your electrical items every day. They can also launder your clothes. Things to bring: plenty of strong repellent to deter the horse flies, do not skimp on memory cards for your camera, be sure to have a telescopic lens for your camera, a good pair of binoculars with good magnification, a flashlight, a device to view your photos on, a device to copy your photos onto. Dont forget a sweater, its cold at Ngorongoro Crater. For your digestive happiness, I had good results taking probiotic and charcoal capsules every day. You can see my pictures at https://flic.kr/s/aHsiUJWDur
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An excellent trip June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
Would fully recommend this whole tour and A&K.
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GD

Does Not Recommend

Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Abercrombie & Kent June 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nothing could be more seamless or well planned than trips with A&K, however many times one changes one mind, they always manage it. Wouldn't travel to Egypt without them

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Stunning holiday October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Right from the very outset, I realised that I was in the hands of a professional and that was to be reflected and realised in our stunning holiday

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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 Santiago de Cuba, 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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 8,495

Price Per Day:

$ 653 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 2,395

Journey Details

  • Internal Airfare: Miami/Holguin; Havana/Miami (from $550)
  • Minimum age is 18 years.
  • First group event: welcome reception at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.
  • Last group event: arrival at Miami International Airport on Day 13.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of A&K Tour Director
Trip Excludes
  • International and internal airfare
  • 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

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Limited to 24 guests
Start City
Holguin
End City
Havana
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • 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#: CubAcrAbe

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