The Arts in Cuban Culture : Celebrating Havana's 500 Years of History

November 12-17, 2019
December​ 10-15, 2019 


In 2019 our Arts in Cuban Culture travel program will acquire a new dimension when we celebrate the foundation of Havana 500 years ago. Framed by a series of activities to celebrate this event, the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana will host a week of celebrations providing a unique opportunity for participants to learn how Havana evolved to be the amazing city it is.  To provide a deeper understanding of the arts in Cuban culture, Cuban experts in the areas of architecture, visual arts and dance will present lectures as we visit art and cultural centers in Havana. Evening venues such as the Cuban Art factory and Tropicana Cabaret are included in the program.

Program Package Fee


FOR GROUPS OF 10 PARTICIPANTS
Single Room      $3300
Double Room     $2800

For customized programs for couples and smaller groups, or to organize your own group and TRAVEL FREE AS A GROUP LEADER, please visit our CONTACT US page and provide all required Information. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.


Inclusions 
 

  • Five nights accommodations at Hostal Casavana 
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Ground transportation in ac passenger vans
  • Admission and cover charges to all day and evening venues in the itinerary
  • Pre-departure orientation session
  • Travel Guide to plan for a safe and fun trip
  • Guided on site visits-lectures leaded by Cuban experts in architecture, visual arts and dance 
  • Panoramic visit to Havana 
  • License to travel to Cuba
  • Bilingual Program Leader traveling with group

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Not included

 

  • $250 (estimate) round trip airfare to Havana from Tampa on Southwest Airlines                           
  • $50 Cuban tourist visa  
  • 3 dinners and 6 lunches
  • Airfare for connecting flight to - from Tampa, if traveling to Florida from another state
  • Tampa hotel the night before departure (Tampa flights depart 7 am with check-in at 4.30 am)
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance

 

Itinerary


DAY 1 - ARRIVAL

Our flight to Havana from Tampa, Florida will take one hour. Once in Havana, we will be on our way to our B&B to drop off our luggage. Next we will have a panoramic visit to the city and have lunch in Old Havana. After lunch, we head back to our B&B to complete check-in. You will have free time to relax before we will gather for a welcome dinner. 


DAY 2 - COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE 

After breakfast, a Cuban architect will deliver a walking visit-lecture about architectural restoration projects in Old Havana. The guided visit will describe restoration efforts in three plazasFounded in November, 1519, UNESCO declared Old Havana Universal Patrimony of Humanity. You will learn about Old Havana as a unique urban development project that integrates community and economic development with art. In Cathedral Square we will visit the Experimental Graphic Workshop (printmaking). In Arms Square we will stop to visit the Palace of Captains Generals and the City Museum of Havana. You will have free time to relax before we will gather for dinner. 

DAY 3 – REPUBLICAN ARCHITECTURAL 

Our day will begin with an overview of the architectural restoration efforts in the area of Parque Central (Central Park) through a walking visit of the Manzana Kempinski Hotel and the Capitol Building — jewels of Cuban architectural restoration effort. After the walking visit, we will travel to Hotel Nacional for lunch and a guided tour of the hotel. Opened in 1930, the hotel shows eclectic style architecture with Art Deco, Moorish, Neoclassical, and Neocolonial characteristics. Hotel Nacional was home for guests such as Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan), Edward VIII (Prince of Wales), Jack Dempsey, Errol Flynn, the Duke of Windsor, Carol II of Romania, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas), Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Prince Ali Khan, Ernest Hemingway, Fred Astaire, Cesar Romero, and Gary Cooper among others.  


DAY 4 – VISUAL ARTS

We begin with breakfast at our B&B followed by a museum walk-lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts-Cuban Collection by a Cuban art historian and curator who will facilitate a conversation about the most interesting developments in Cuban contemporary arts as these relate to a more general state of affairs in Cuban society during the last decades. The Cuban Art Collection is the most comprehensive display of artwork—spanning nearly three centuries. In the evening, we will have dinner and visit the Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) (Cuban Arts Factory). FAC is the initiative of renowned Cuban musician X-Alfonso. The groundbreaking project uses nightlife as a platform for numerous cultural activities, art exhibits, performances, jazz concerts, even a film screening—all in the same venue on the same night. 


DAY 5 – DANCE

Our last day in Havana will start with a guided visit to the Alicia Alonso Theatre.  The history of classical ballet in Cuba is internationally known through the work of Alicia Alonso and the Cuban National Ballet Company. The construction of this building, financed by donations of Galician emigrants, began in 1908 and it opened in 1915 with an opera season offered by important artists of the period. In 1985, at the initiative of the prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, the building was renamed the Great Theatre of Havana. Following extensive renovations, the theatre has reopened on January 1, 2016 and renamed to honour the Cuban prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso.

 

After lunch we will visit the Lizt Alfonso Dance Company for a private presentation. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is the precursor and maximum exponent of the "fusion" style in Cuban dance. Founded 25 years ago by its creator, director and choreographer, Lizt Alfonso, it has conquered audiences of all ages in the five continents, performing in hundreds of cities with the strength and rhythm of the Cuba that vibrates today. The Company works with the Old Havana community providing dance classes to 1,200 students.

To finish our journey and say “hasta luego, Cuba,” we will enjoy a farewell dinner followed by a unique dance and music experience at the amazing Tropicana Cabaret.

DAY 6 - DEPART

After checkout and lunch, we will travel to José Martí International Airport for departure.