Vincent Price Art Museum- CUBA

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.

From 7 March 2016 To 14 March 2016

[1] Mon, 7 March 2016 - Havana City

Checkin: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

[2:00 pm] - Arrive in Havana

[3:00 pm] - On the way in from the airport visit Plaza of the Revolucion

[4:00 pm] - Check in to hotel

[5:00 pm] - Walking tour of Vedado
This walking tour highlights the architecture of the Vedado district. The mane monument and the Malecon, Copelia park the Havana Libre hotel and the Rampa district.

[7:30 pm] - San Cristobal 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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[2] Tue, 8 March 2016 - Havana City

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel


[9:00 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.

[11:00 am] - Wilfredo Lam Cultural Center
Dedicated to and named for the Cuban Surrealist painter known as the Cuban Picasso, this gallery and museum is situated just behind the Catedral de la Habana in the elegant, 18th-century former mansion known as Casa del Obispo Penalver. The center hosts temporary shows with works by contemporary Cuban and South American artists in addition to a permanent exhibit of Lam's lithographs and etchings. Born in 1902, Lam studied in Spain and fought with the Republicans against Franco. He later moved to France, where he met Pablo Picasso, who became his champion and introduced him to Matisse, Braque, Leger, and the poet Andre Breton, among others. He returned to Cuba to support the Revolution, and later returned to Paris, where he died in 1982.

[11:30 am] - Taller de Grafica
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.

[2:30 pm] - Factoria de Arte Cubano
This is a new artist space in the Vedado district of Havana created by well known musician X Alfonso and his band Synthesis. A repurposed oil factory given a new life and it’s tall chimney now announces the cultural resurgence of the neighborhood. This giant space which is adjacent to a fine restaurant is an all purpose art space that hosts visual artist projects and concerts for Cuba’s most adventurous artists.

[4:00 pm] - Drinks at El Floridita Heminway's favorite bar.

[5:00 pm] - Return to Hotel to freshen up and relax before dinner

[7:30 pm] - Dinner at Kadir Lopez studio
Kadir Lopez, and his brother Kelvin Lopez are graduates of the Instituto Superior de Arte. Their expansive studio and exhibit spaces are located in A 1930’s Havana mansion that has been re-purposed by the artists for their home-workspace. Here the group will enjoy a great and delicious traditional Cuban home-made dinner cooked by the family of the artist.You will have a chance to talk with Kadir, Kelvin and other artists who will join us and beyond having a fabulous dinner you will enjoy warm conversation about everything Cuban.

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[3] Wed, 9 March 2016 - Havana City

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel


[10:00 am] - Cementerio de Colon
Visit Havana's Cementerio de Colon. Laid out between 1871 and 1886, the cemetery includes more than 500 mausoleums, chapels and family vaults, sculpted in bronze, granite, marble and limestone by leading Cuban and European artists. Learn about the relationship between this cemetery and the Catholic Church in Cuba.

[10:00 am] - Glenda Leon Artist Studio Visit

[11:00 am] - Museo de Artes Decorativas/Decorative Arts Museum
Since 1964 this magnificent eclectic-style Havana mansion, once owned by María Luisa Gómez Mena, countess of Revilla Camargo has been home to a collection of over thirty thousand works of art, including Louis XV and XVI period furniture; 17th to 19th-century Chinese decorative arts, Chantilly, Meissen, Sevres, Limoge, Staffordshire, Wedgwood and Faenza porcelains, and numerous clocks, precious metals, paintings, and tapestries.

[12:30 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.

[2:45 pm] - Folklorico Nacional de Cuba private rehearsal
Go behind the scenes and witness this extraordinary ensemble of Afrocuban folkloric music and dances.After 35 years and 93 international tours you can't find more authentic Afrocuban performance than this.

[3:45 pm] - Walking tour of Vedado
This walking tour highlights the architecture of the Vedado district. The mane monument and the Malecon, Copelia park the Havana Libre hotel and the Rampa district.

[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] Thu, 10 March 2016 - Havana City - Varadero

Checkout: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Checkin: Hotel Meliá Varadero

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel Nacional

[9:30 am] - Transfer to Matanzas (Miscellanea - Transportation)

[11:30 am] - Ediciones Vigia in Matanzas

[12:30 pm] - Finca Coincidencia

[2:00 pm] - Walking tour of Matanzas
See firsthand and interact with new entrepreneurs on the famous Calle del Medio and visit the historic Liberty Plaza of the city.

[2:30 pm] - Teatro Sauto

[4:00 pm] - Pharmaceutical Museum

[4:30 pm] - Transfer to Varadero

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

[7:30 pm] - Dinner at the hotel

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[5] Fri, 11 March 2016 - Varadero

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel


[9:00 am] - Cardenas City
The 1828 symmetrically laid out Cardenas town is a colonial time-warp place nationally known as the Flag City for having been the spot where it was first hoisted by Cuban insurgents in 1850.

[12:30 pm] - Xanadu Mansion

[2:00 pm] - City Tour Varadero


[7:30 pm] - Dinner at the hotel

[6] Sat, 12 March 2016 - Varadero - Havana City

Checkout: Hotel Meliá Varadero

Checkin: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel Melia Varadero

[9:00 am] - Check out of Hotel

[10:00 am] - Transfer to Havana

[11:30 am] - Ernest Hemingway's Finca La Vigia
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.

[1:00 pm] - Ajiaco Cafe
This Paladar serves meals that could easily make you think you are dining at one of the best restaurants in New York or LA. But as soon as you look up at the scenic tropical scene you will realize you are eating at one of Havana’s best new paladares.

[3:00 pm] - Artist Studio Visit

[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.

[6] Sat, 12 March 2016 - Varadero - Havana City

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel


[10:00 am] - Museo de Bellas Artes Cuban art collection/Bellas Artes Museum

You will visit the Cuban collections in this striking modernist building which was completed in 1953 and exemplifies the combination of sculpture with architecture in Cuban mid-century modernism. The Palace of Fine Arts houses a collection of Cuban visual art that spans 4 centuries.

[11:30 am] - Modern Havana
Start the tour at the Plaza de la Revolucion. Continue to Cristobal Colon Cemetery. After lunch drive through the historic Fifth Avenue and neighborhoods of Miramar stop at Club Havana.

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

[2:30 pm] - Artist Studio Visit

[6:30 pm] - Classic cars
We will be picked up by a fleet of classic American cars and ride through Havana in style to dinner tonight.

[7:30 pm] - La Guarida
Anyone who has been to La Guarida will find it difficult to disagree that Enrique and Odeisys have managed to create their own magical place. It oodles a cosy atmosphere with soft lights, fine table linen, German silver cutlery, candles, Cuban music and good jazz. The effect is magnified by the entrance from a run-down Central Havana street. The building, originally known as La Mansión Camagüey, shows its former grandeur from the magnificent wooden entrance door through the marble staircase up the two flights of stairs to the restaurant itself. Fidel’s famous explanation of [why he said] Patria o Muerte (country or death) is a photographer’s dream on the way down. For visitors to Havana, La Guarida has become a must experience. This is deservedly so for while it may be busy, expensive and has been discovered before, it retains its intimate (somewhat formal) charm and provides a quality dining experience with sensitivity and professionalism.

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[8] Mon, 14 March 2016 - Havana City

Checkout: Hotel Nacional de Cuba

[7:00 am] - Breakfast at the hotel

[9:00 am] - Check out of Hotel Nacional

[10:00 am] - Transfer from a Havana hotel to the airport