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Cuba! The name casts a magic spell conjuring up tropical nights, grandeur and the intoxicating pulse of Havana. It promises the rhythms of the mambo and cha-cha, the world’s finest beaches and finest cigars, and -- altogether a Caribbean country so close to our shores…yet for more than a half century, so far.

Once one of Americans’ most favored vacation destinations, the events of 1961/2 made it impossible for 50+ years for almost all Americans to visit the island nation. That’s changed now and Latour is proud to offer American travelers the privileged opportunity to journey to these once forbidden shores on a fascinating people-to-people program in both Havana and the colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. You’ll discover the charms of this island nation and meet its people in a series of unprecedented visits and encounters.

Cuba is not a mere "island”, it is home to some of the most beautiful colonial cities in the Americas. It’s a country the size of Pennsylvania, with an enthralling culture and an even more fascinating dynamic history. Meeting Cubans, understanding their challenges and achievements, learning what makes them tick and sharing your own experience is what HELLO CUBA is all about. As you travel through this gorgeous country, you’ll make friends and discover the secrets of a proud, sensual and colorful land.

Vamonos! Welcome to Latour’s Hello Cuba!

In the last half century, while off-limits to American vacationers, Cuba has become a favorite destination for Canadians and Europeans, developing world-class hotels and a tourism infrastructure that meet the needs of international visitors.



Experience Includes:

  • 7 nights at hotels listed above or similar
  • Meals as per program itinerary
  • Cuban Visa
  • People to People exchange program
  • English speaking Cuban Guides
  • Tips at restaurants and organizations
  • Porterage at the hotel (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Hotel service charges & taxes
  • Cuban departure tax

Itinerary does not include:

  • 2 dinners
  • Optional Tropicana & Buena Vista Shows
  • Tip for Cuban Guide: 10 - 12 CUC per person, per day, suggested
  • Tip for Cuban Driver: 5 - 6 CUC per person, per day, suggested
  • Tip for our hotel room maids: 1 CUC per person, per day, suggested
  • Tip for rest room attendants: 1/2 CUC, suggested
  • Miscellaneous tips: (musicians, taxis)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and Internet

Important notes:

Due to the nature of the People to People Exchange program, the day by day order of our itinerary is subject to change.


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Bienvenidos! Upon arrival, transfer to our elegant hotel in the oceanfront Vedado district, considered the Beverly Hills of Havana. We will have a brief meeting and coffee break. Welcome to Cuba dinner at a privately owned restaurant.  D

After breakfast, enjoy a fascinating guided walk through Old Havana to admire the ongoing restoration transforming this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Old City plazas, gleaming colonial places, magnificent Capitolio, Plaza Vieja and some of Havana’s finest vitrales (stained-glass windows). Visit the Rum Museum, one of Cuba’s image makers, and see the enchanting colonial palaces in the old city center. Late morning, we will visit the Experimental Graphics Studio. It was founded in 1962 by mural artist, Orlando Suarez, with the support of Che Guevara, who was the minister of industry at the time. This studio/workshop is still thriving today. It is one of the most important graphic arts establishments, preserving the old printmaking techniques and churning out some of the most significant works of graphic art in Havana. Lunch at a privately owned restaurant. This afternoon, meet with members of the Havana Compas Dance Company which combines the essence of Spanish dance with Afro-Cuban rhythms through the use of drumsticks, castanets, heels, claves, chequeres and percussion chairs.  Compare notes on the performing arts in Cuba and the U.S. This evening is unplanned. Perhaps dinner on our own at a family-run paladar? Then, choose from a variety of cultural options.  (B,L)

This morning, depart Havana and journey into the southern countryside, where life takes on a slower pace. Drive to Cienfuegos, Cuba’s “Pearl of the South,” a city founded by French colonists in 1819. Upon arrival, we will visit the Benny Moore School of Arts committed to arts education and training from primary school to the university level. After lunch, tour this historic colonial city, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Meet with members of the renowned Chorus of Cienfuegos., which was founded in 1962 and continues to preserve the tradition of a genuine choral repertoire. Check in to our hotel and, after dinner at a privately owned restaurant, a fascinating encounter with the uniqueness of the Cuban experiment. Meet The Committee for the Defense of the Revolution whose members form the local neighborhood block committee.  (B,L,D)

After breakfast, drive to the colonial city of Trinidad, also recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the heart of Cuba’s cigar industry. Meet local entrepreneurs at the Casa de Chi-Chi, after cocktails and lunch at El Colonial. This afternoon, tour the romantic streets, lanes and plazas of this historic town. Cocktail and dinner at Los Laureles. Evening at leisure in Cienfuegos. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, visit the Botanical Gardens of Cienfuegos, one of the oldest institutions on the island. It began as a study in sugar cane and evolved into the study of exotic plants from as far away as India and China. Drive towards Havana, stopping for lunch at a local farm in the countryside. Return to our Havana hotel. After dinner at a privately owned restaurant, how about an optional visit to the legendary Buena Vista Social Club (subject to availability)? (B,L,D)

This morning, there is an intriguing visit to the Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation. A non-governmental institution for culture and science, it is dedicated to research and promotion of programs and projects for the protection of the environment as it relates to culture and society.

Next, it’s on to Finca Vigia “Lookout Farm” in San Francisco de Paula. This was Ernest Hemingway’s winter home from 1939 to 1960. See the author’s 9,000 volume library, his yacht “Pilar” and the typewriter on which he wrote some of his greatest works. Learn about his life here during a talk with a docent. Continue to the Muraleando Art Project where Cuban and international artists have used almost every available wall as canvas for hundreds of beautiful painted murals. In 2003, under the direction of Manuel Diaz Baldrich, it developed into an art collective, providing workshops in all forms of art including ceramics, theater, dancing and music. Dinner at a privately owned restaurant. (B,L,D)

After breakfast, visit the National Museum of Fine Arts that exhibits Cuban art collections from colonial times up to contemporary generations. It consists of two impressive buildings. The Palace of Fine Arts is dedicated to Cuban arts and the Palace of the Asturian Center is dedicated to the universal arts. After lunch, drive to the nearby village of Jaimanitas to visit the home, studio and community art project of José Rodríguez Fuster. He is the Cuban native artist specializing in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving and graphic design who has transformed his home and the adjoining area. It is known to many as Fusterlandia, one of the most interesting art projects. Travel to the port of Havana for a visit to the famous Almacenes de San Jose crafts market. This harbor side warehouse was built in 1885 and is considered the oldest depository in Old Havana. After a painstaking restoration process of almost three years, the huge edifice is now the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes San José, although conceived as a cultural center with art exhibitions, theatrical performances and recreational activities. Today, it’s most significant offer is undoubtedly the handicrafts on sale. Free time to enjoy the market and interact with the artisans. Possible souvenirs include paintings, guayabera shirts, woodwork, leather items and jewelry. Cocktails and Farewell dinner at a privately owned restaurant. BLD

After breakfast, transfer to Havana’s Jose Marti Airport for your departing flight. (B)

Tour includes: 19 meals: breakfast daily, as well as 6 lunches and 6 dinners with cocktails and wine

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