Modernism week--CUBA!

Itinerary

Here is your itinerary!

Please note that this itinerary is subject to constant revision as we continue to make your visit to Cuba a very magical experience.
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[1] Sun, 10 April 2016
- Miami Airport area

[5:00 pm] - Overnight in Miami Hotel


[2] Mon, 11 April 2016
- Miami Airport area
- Havana City

Checkin: Hotel Telegrafo

[2:00 pm] - Arrive in Havana

[4:00 pm] - Revolution Square ( Plaza de la Revolucion)

[5:00 pm] - Check in to hotel

[7:30 pm] - San Cristobal Paladar (Restaurant - Paladar)
Rated by The Guardian as the number one Paladar in Havana, This paladar, is in a space that is cluttered and eclectic on the bottom floor of an early 20th-century mansion. Piles of old books are stacked atop beautiful old furniture; black and white photos jostle for space with antique record covers and bullfighting posters, while a selection of clocks, religious artefacts and, even a full-size zebra pelt, add to the mix. The food is Cuban-Creole: malanga, yucca, cerdo asado (roast pork), lobster, fresh fish, shrimp and other traditional fare. This is not, however, the bland standard cuisine found in many state restaurants. The dessert menu is expansive: pudding San Cristóbal (eggs, fruit, milk and almonds) is excellent while the fruit tart and rice puddings are pretty passable, as well as the omnipresent flan. The wine list is broad enough and reasonably priced. We will have a chance to speak with the Chef and the owner of the establishment to discuss food and new opportunities in the food industry in Cuba.

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[3] Tue, 12 April 2016
- Havana City

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel

[9:30 am] - Old Havana Four Plazas
Tour Old Havana on foot, walking between the four main plazas that comprise Cuba’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start at Plaza de Armas, the site of the oldest Spanish fortress in the Americas, the 1519 locale of the first mass in Cuba, and the massive Baroque seat of government, known as Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. Continue to Plaza de San Francisco de Assis and Plaza Vieja, where we will visit artists galleries and historic buildings and get a sense of the structure of the colonial city. Wind through historic streets spanning 5 centuries of historic architecture and end at Plaza de la Catedral and see the Baroque cathedral.

[10:00 am] - Taller de Grafica (Museum - Art Gallery)

Stroll to Plaza de La Catedral to visit Havana’s premiere graphics arts workshop. This public center for local artists was established by Pablo Neruda and Che Guevara at the beginning of the Revolution as a place where artists living and visiting Havana can work on printmaking. Over the years they have developed an inventory of prints by unknown artists as well as more celebrated artists. This is an excellent time to purchase art gifts for yourself and others at great prices.


[12:30 pm] - Paladar Los Mercaderes
In Old Havana "Los Mercaderes" paladar, combines the atmosphere of a typical colonial house (the tainted glasses, murals & frescoes, and original XIX century floors) with an excellent variety of plates coming from traditional to international with a special emphasis on fresh seafood. This restaurant is ranked as one of the six most important restaurants in Cuba by TripAdvisor.

[3:00 pm] - Model of Old Havana

[4:00 pm] - Return to Hotel to freshen up and relax before dinner (Miscellanea - On your own)

[7:30 pm] - Dinner on your own
Tonight dinner is in a paladar of your choice from a list of the hottest foodie scenes in the City. The tour guide will make the reservations. This is an opportunity to get away from the larger group and dine with a smaller group of friends. You will take a taxi to the meal that we will find for you. The group will have a chance to speak with the Chef and owner of the establishment to discuss food and new opportunities in the food industry in Cuba. The cost of this meal is not included in the trip price.

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[4] Wed, 13 April 2016
- Havana City

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel

[9:30 am] - Vedado and Havana Moderna visits (Tour - City tour)
After breakfast - Visit Vedado, Plaza and Modern Havana districts. The morning starts with a visit of the Vedado district which highlights the architecture of the area, drive by the Maine Monument and the Malecon, Copelia park the Havana Libre hotel and the Rampa district. The group will also visit the Museo de Artes Decorativas, the Nacional, and Riviera hotels, the Lopez Serrano building, and some modern houses. and other places of interest in Havana where they will have the opportunity to interact with the Cuban people.


[12:30 pm] - Rio Mar (Restaurant - Bar- Restaurante)
This Restaurant is located in the Miramar neighborhood, it has wonderful views of the Almendares river and the Malecon.

[2:30 pm] - The ISA ( Instituto Superior de Arte)
Cuba’s National Art Schools are considered by historians to be one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution. These innovative, organic Catalan vaulted brick and terra-cotta structures were built on the site of a former American Country Club in the far western Havana suburb of Cubanacán, which used to be Havana's "Beverly Hills" and is now the mainly reserved for Communist Party officials. The schools were conceived and founded by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in 1961, and they reflect the utopian optimism and revolutionary exuberance of the early years of the Cuban Revolution. Over the years of active use, the schools served as the primary incubator for Cuba’s artists, musicians, actors and dancers.


[4:00 pm] - Special visit to The Richard Neutra House, Swiss Ambassadors Residence.

The Alfred de Schulthess House, 1956, Cubanacan Playa, Havana, Cuba. 9350 square feet. Raul Alvarez worked as supervising architect; Benno Fischer, Serge Koschin, John Blanton all worked on the architectural design; the noted Brazilian landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx, collaborated on the landscape design of the three-acre property. Now a diplomatic residence for Switzerland. Received the 1958 National College of Architects Gold Medal.

[7:30 pm] - Paladar Mediterraneo
Elegance and locally sourced food are the remarkable characteristics of this restaurant, the creation of a Cuban dreamer who lived in Italy for many years and a Sardinian chef, where you can enjoy the most delicious ravioli in Cuba.

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[5] Thu, 14 April 2016
- Havana City
- Varadero

Checkout: Hotel Telegrafo
Checkin: Hotel Meliá Varadero

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel

[9:30 am] - Capitolio Central Park and Prado tour
Lying on the border of Old Havana and Centro Havana municipality, this area is notable for containing numerous architecturally and historically significant buildings that exemplify mid-19th c. urban center. We will begin at the 1877 Central Park, then walk along the 1772 Prado Promenade, see the Moorish-style Inglaterra Hotel, oldest in the city, the 1929 Capitolio building, which is modeled on the US capitol, and the Bacardi building, the best example of tropical Art Deco.

[12:30 pm] - Ivan y Justo Paladar

Near the Museum of the Revolution on the top floor a unique house dating from the eighteenth century. A small terrace and two dining rooms await you on different levels, with doors and balconies that allow you to feel the breeze of the bay. The rooms are full of decoration, a kind of amalgam of gadgets, ceramics, paintings and endless photographs. A small staff of gastronomic guided by the wisdom of a successful chef give you the choice of different kinds of meat, fish and seafood. As a starter you can indulge both Fish Croqueticas 4.95 CUC as rice paper rolls with salmon and vegetables 8.50 CUC. For those who like seafood do not lack options like fish fillet Chickpeas on creams or Malanga. Enriching these plates you can taste dishes of lamb, duck and rabbit. The latter is served with garlic in a small iron pot and accompanied by a delicious hot combination of eggplant, peppers and onions with the unmistakable aroma of good extra-virgin olive oil.


[2:30 pm] - Transfer to Varadero

Today we will take a leisurely drive to the region of Matanzas and the seaside resort of Varadero, a resort town with lovely white sand beaches, mid-century residences and the Dupont mansion, built in 1930.


[5:00 pm] - Check in to Hotel In Varadero

[7:30 pm] - Dinner at the hotel

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[6] Fri, 15 April 2016
- Varadero

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel

[9:30 am] - City Tour of Varadero , a resort town, boasting more than 20 km of white sandy beaches studded with major hotel complexes. The first tourists visited Varadero as early as the 1870s, and for years it was considered an elite resort. In 1910 the annual rowing regatta was started; five years later the first hotel, named Varadero and later Club Nautico, was built. Tourism grew in the early 1930s as Irénée du Pont, an American millionaire, built his estate on the peninsula. Many famous and infamous people stayed in Varadero during those years. Between the 1960s and 1980s Varadero transformed itself into a cultural centre. During those years the central park saw countless concerts, festivals and sporting events.


[12:30 pm] - Lunch at the hotel

[7:30 pm] - Xanadu Mansion

Named "Xanadu", after the exotic palace built by the legendary Chinese warrior and conqueror Kublas Khan, it features precious woods that were brought especially from Santiago de Cuba for the ceilings, stair rails and columns, while the floors and bathrooms were done in Cuban, Italian and Spanish marble. The mansion has 6 bedrooms, each with private balconies, featuring 1920’s classical furniture. Pure air, lush vegetation, quietness and peace characterise the green and blue environment of the Varadero Golf Club, the grounds on which the Mansion Xanadu is set.

[7] Sat, 16 April 2016
- Varadero
- Havana City

Checkout: Hotel Meliá Varadero
Checkin: Hotel Telegrafo


[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel (Miscellanea - Included)

[9:00 am] - Transfer to Havana (Miscellanea - Transportation)

[11:00 am] - Ernest Hemingway's Finca La Vigia (Museum - History Museum)
Visit Ernest Hemmingway's Finca La Vigia, located on a hilltop in the rural village of San Francisco de Paula, just southeast of the City of Havana. The home has recently been the subject of a massive preservation effort by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the author left it in 1961. At this farm you will be able to see his sport-fishing boat, the Pilar. This place houses the Hemingway Museum. The Finca Vigia estate and the fishing village of Cojimar are considered the most significant locales for those interested in Hemmingway’s history.

[12:30 pm] - Ajiaco (Restaurant - International cuisine)

[3:00 pm] - Craft Market ( Mercado artesanal) (Tour - City tour)

[5:00 pm] - Check in to hotel (Miscellanea - Checking Hotel)

[7:00 pm] - Dinner on your own (Miscellanea - On your own)
Tonight dinner is in a paladar of your choice from a list of the hottest foodie scenes in the City. The tour guide will make the reservations. This is an opportunity to get away from the larger group and dine with a smaller group of friends. You will take a taxi to the meal that we will find for you. The group will have a chance to speak with the Chef and owner of the establishment to discuss food and new opportunities in the food industry in Cuba. The cost of this meal is not included in the trip price.

[10:00 pm] - Tropicana (Night Club - Cabaret) (On your own)
Founded in 1939, the Tropicana was once the most famous nightclub in the world, featuring the musical extravaganzas of choreographer Rodney and the talents of Celia Cruz, Nat King Cole, Carmen Miranda, and a host of other international performers. The nightclub continues to be the most visited music and dance revue in Cuba and its buildings are considered the finest examples of International-style modernism in the Caribbean.

[8] Sun, 17 April 2016

- Havana City


[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel

[10:00 am] - Capitolio Central Park and Prado (Tour - City tour)
Lying on the border of Old Havana and Centro Havana municipality, this area is notable for containing numerous architecturally and historically significant buildings that exemplify mid-19th c. urban center. We will begin at the 1877 Central Park, then walk along the 1772 Prado Promenade, see the Moorish-style Inglaterra Hotel, oldest in the city, the 1929 Capitolio building, which is modeled on the US capitol, and the Bacardi building, the best example of tropical Art Deco.

[12:00 pm] - Ivan y Justo Restaurant - International cuisine

[3:00 pm] - Afternoon on your own

[7:00 pm] - Dinner on your own (On your own)
Tonight dinner is in a paladar of your choice from a list of the hottest foodie scenes in the City. The tour guide will make the reservations. This is an opportunity to get away from the larger group and dine with a smaller group of friends. You will take a taxi to the meal that we will find for you. The group will have a chance to speak with the Chef and owner of the establishment to discuss food and new opportunities in the food industry in Cuba. The cost of this meal is not included in the trip price.



[9] Mon, 18 April 2016
- Havana City

Checkout: Hotel Telegrafo