"ARTSY-FARTSY" SUPPORT FOR THE CUBA PEOPLE TOUR

$1,270.00Price

"Artsy-Fartsy" Support for the Cuban People!  This tour is for serious art lovers, people who appreciate the struggle artists go through to create their work.  You will see Havana through various tours, with the balance of your time spent with artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, and musicians.  Incuded are driving tours of Havana and walking tours of Old Havana, plus visits to several studios, and more. 

All our tours may be modified, for shorter or longer duration, or itinerary changes.  Itinerary suggestions for a longer version of this tour include visiting the Valley of Viñales and Trinidad.

  •                         SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE

                                “ARTSY-FARTSY” 5 DAY TOUR

     

    DAY 1 “WELCOME TO HAVANA”

     

    • Depart U.S. for Havana, Cuba.
    • Arrive in Havana’s Jose Marti International.
    • Meet & greet with guide and driver at airport.
    • Driving City Tour of Havana, including a drive along the famous Havana malecon seawall, Vedado neighborhood, 5th Avenue in the suburb of Miramar, and stops at the Plaza of the Revolution, Almendares Park. (2 hours)
    • Visits to Fusterlandia in the suburbs of Havana and La Lavanderia, the workshop for The Merger, which includes artists Alain Pino Hernandez, Mario Gonzalez Fernandez, and Niels Molerio Luis, which they share with Cuban painter and sculptor Rafael Perez Alonso. You will have the opportunity to explore this most unique workplace in the Havana suburb of Miramar and hopefully meet the artists. (2 hours)

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    • Welcome dinner at private restaurant.
    • Live jazz at La Zorra y el Cuervo or El Gato Tuerto.

     

    DAY 2 “OLD HAVANA & BELLAS ARTES”

     

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • 9:00am Old Havana Encounter, our walking tour through Old Havana, La Habana Vieja, and its five main plazas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de San Francisco, and Plaza del Cristo, with stops at the residence of the colonial era Captain General of the island, the Havana Cathedral, Obispo Street, and the Cuba’s capitol building. Old Havana has some of the oldest buildings and streets in the Americas, with buildings and structures dating to the 16th century. These ancient buildings still house a significant number of Havana’s inhabitants. Old Havana features the first church built on the island, a street paved with wooden bricks, palatial residences, the hotel where Ernest Hemingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” the beautiful Bacardi building, and the Cuba’s former presidential palace. Some of the notable buildings you will see during this tour include the house built by Ponce de Leon’s grandson, a section of Havana’s original colonial era sewer system, and the beautiful Palacio Viena Hotel, which like many structures in Old Havana has been undergoing a never-ending renovation. Our tour of Old Havana includes stops at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bars, El Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, Old Havana is the largest, oldest, and most authentic colonial area in the western hemisphere. This event is directed by your professional, English speaking guide. (4 hours)
    • Lunch at private restaurant.
    • 2:00pm Museo de Bellas Artes Tour, this is a tour of both the national and international branches of the Cuban National Arts Museums, which are housed in two separate buildings. One building, which houses international artworks, is in what was before the revolution of 1959 the Centro Asturiano of Cuba, the gathering place for the society of Spaniards from the province of Asturias who had emigrated to Cuba. The national branch is housed in a modern looking building, and houses the Coleccion Cubana, while the other museum is known as the Coleccion de Arte Universal. The Coleccion Cubana is housed in a modern looking building across from the Museum of the Revolution, the beautiful building was built before 1959 in a modernistic style, and features works by Victor Manuel Garcia, Wilfredo Lam, Rene Porto Carrero, Zaida del Rio, and many more. This branch displays works which are rarely seen outside of Cuba, of artists which in many cases are little known outside the island. (4 hours)
    • Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice. We recommend La Cocina de Liliam. (Not included in tour price)

     

    DAY 3 “STUDIO AND MEET THE ARTIST”

     

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • 9:00am Visit the studios and galleries of Cuban painters Eduardo Abela Torras, Rene Francisco, and others. (4 hours)
    • Lunch at private restaurant. (Not included in tour price)
    • 2:00pm Visit the studios and galleries of Cuban painters K’cho, Jorge Perugorria. And several up-and-coming artists. (3-4 hours)
    • Dinner at restaurant of guest’s choice. (Not included in tour price)
    • 9pm Live music and art at La Fabrica de Arte Cubano.

     

    DAY 4 “HEMINGWAY & ARTISTS”

    • Breakfast at B&B
    • 9:00am Hemingway encounter, visit Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia. This encounter is a must for any Hemingway fan, and covers some of the most productive and interesting years of the famous writer’s life. (2 hours)
    • Lunch at private restaurant. (Not included in tour price)
    • 2:00pm Support Cuban jazz musicians, this workshop and ? with young Cuban jazz musicians includes the participation of some of the following; Adel Gonzalez, Julito Padron, Juan Carlos Marin, Oliver Valdes, they’ll talk jazz and other topics with you in an intimate setting, and if time permits you’ll visit a recording studio in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood. (3 hours)
    • Farewell dinner at private restaurant.
    • Free time! Enjoy the evening on your own.

     

    DAY 5 “GOODBYE CUBA!”

    • Breakfast at B&B.
    • Transfer to Jose Marti International Airport for return flight to the U.S., schedule to be determined.

     

    Price includes all listed activities, Cuban entry visa, full time professional guide, transportation to all listed events, breakfast every day, one lunch, and a welcome and farewell dinner.

    You will be staying at a Bed & Breakfast, if you would like to visit any artists who are not on this itinerary you may, just make sure to bring their contact information.

    Your price per person with Bed&Breakfast DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1,270 ADD +$110 SINGLE OCCUPANCY

    PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PRICING IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL ON THIS TOUR BUT WOULD PREFER TO STAY AT A LEGAL HOTEL

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