Residents of Old Havana commute in a horse-drawn wagon

An unparalleled introduction to Cuban life and culture.
Havana extravaganza tour.
Havana boy performs a spontaneous handstand.
Cuba for the young at heart.
Havana boy performs a spontaneous handstand on the street.
Revel in Havana’s cultural delights during endless evening activities in the Cuban capital, combined with daytime outdoor adventures for all.
Photo Ana Lorena.
Six days, five nights in Cuba $ 1749 each in double room Single room $ 300 extra ’50s-fab Hotel NH Capri Tour Old Havana World Heritage sites Witness Havana humanitarian projects Curated history and art museum visits Luxuriate on sun-drenched beaches Visit Ernest Hemingway’s farmhouse Delight in the Tropicana dance show Cuban cooking class from master chefs Ride in coconut cabs and bicycle taxis Dine in Havana’s best private eateries Havana extravaganza tour overview.

Havana extravaganza is the trip Americans pick to witness authentic Cuba

It’s our most popular tour.
Since 1997, thousands have come to know Cuba on this affordable introduction adventure.
You will stay in the four star-plus NH Capri hotel.
Its glamorous 1950s Las Vegas-inspired roots shine brightly today in comfort and amenities.
The Capri’s Salon Rojo club was a favorite nightspot for global heartthrob actor Errol Flynn.
Capri’s hallmarks are caring staff , central location, and excellent WiFi.
Wow factors.
Hear music on the streets and feel it at the gala Tropicana floor show.
Taste unique delicacies of Cuban cuisine.
Swim in the warm, clean waters of the Caribbean Sea .
Discover heart-warming humanitaria n projects in Old Havana.
Ogle fantastic architecture and art.

Behold kind effusive Cubans eager to connect with Americans

Habana mi amor.
On this tour, you’ll sample the best of everything.
You’ll get an up-close slice of Cuba life and culture.
Geared to explorers, adventurers, and sojourners seeking new encounters, and insights on humanity.
It’s an ideal way for first-time visitors to learn about island society, or for returning guests who can’t get enough of Cuba.
Havana extravaganza tour map.
Day 1 • Saturday • Hello, heavenly Havana!.
Human-powered bicycle taxis are a popular form of transport in Cuba.
We’ll tour Parque Central, home to Cuba’s recently restored Capitol building, in bicycle taxis.
Human-powered “bicitaxis” are a popular form of transport in Old Havana and help drivers eke out a better existence for their families.
Arrive at Havana’s José Martí International (HAV) airport.
Group arrival dinner with your guide and tourmates at your hotel.
Evening entertainment options : Groove to live jazz, relax in a lounge, or explore the sounds of the city – all within walking distance of your lodging.
Day 2 • Sunday • Romancing historic Havana.

Cuba’s eclectic building styles hail from global influences spanning 500 years

Every moment is Cuba is a selfie occasion.
Havana harbors the most extensive collection of Spanish colonial-era architecture in Latin America.
Cuba’s eclectic building styles hail from global influences spanning 500 years.
Photo Norlys Pérez Padrón.
Havana sightseeing.
Visit Plaza de la Revolución.
Awe at the giant image of Ché Guevara and the towering monument to José Martí, Cuba’s national hero.
Then onto the iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba frequented by world leaders and superstars.
At points in between, you’ll savor myriad architectural eras and styles.
A bicycle made for you.
We’ll enlist a cortège of bicycle taxis, and navigate the Old Havana’s narrow streets.
You’ll see numerous architectural landmarks including the Gran Teatro where the Ballet Nacional de Cuba performs, and Cuba’s national capitol building (a scale model of the US Capitol, only taller).
You’ll see numerous architectural landmarks including the Gran Teatro where the Ballet Nacional de Cuba performs.
Fall in love with Old Havana.
“In terms of beauty, only Venice and Paris surpassed Havana,” penned Ernest Hemingway.
He was alluding to Havana’s incredible architecture, arts, and, of course, the joie de vivre of the city’s engaging people.
Old Havana’s four ancient plazas are full of color and personality, with a mix of palatial buildings, monuments, museums, galleries, churches, lively entertainment, restaurants, and bars.
Together, they contain the most extensive collection of Spanish colonial-era architecture in the western hemisphere.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, restoration and care of Old Havana’s wonders is assigned to the – Cuba Explorer’s island sponsor.
We’ll visit Cathedral Square, the Square of Arms, San Francisco Square , and.
Group welcome lunch at the private restaurant.
Ideally situated in Plaza Vieja, its friendly staff, quaint atmosphere, and delicious food rank it tops on TripAdvisor.
The restaurant’s slogan, “A single mojito is not enough.” We agree.
Now we visit Casablanca , a quaint village to the north of Havana accessible by ferry.
The hamlet was established in 1762 by shipbuilders and carpenters who serviced Spanish galleons and merchant vessels dispatching the spoils of South American conquest to the royal court of Spain.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the giant marble sculpture Christ of Havana , and the National Weather Observatory.
The panoramic view across the bay to metropolitan Havana is mesmerizing.
Fortunately, Eusebio Leal, president of the Office of the Historian of Havana , is restoring Casablanca to its deserved past glory.
We’ll visit the magnificent statue Christ of Havana [Cristo de La Habana] by Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera.
She won a 1953 design contest organized by the wife of dictator Fulgencio Batista for this work.
Madera created the statue in Italy and shipped the marble pieces to Havana.
It is carved from 67 blocks of white Carrara (each blessed by Pope Pius XII), stands 74 feet tall from its base, and weighs 320 tons.
It’s the most massive statue created by a female artist.
Hidden gastronomical gem.
Group welcome dinner featuring an open menu at Paladar Café Laurent.
This sophisticated private restaurant serves Caribbean, Latin, seafood, Cuban, and fusion delights on starched white tablecloths, with polished glasses, and sparkling cutlery.
The bright modernist 1950s interior promises an excellent meal and great views of Havana.
Paradise under the stars.
We’re off to the Tropicana experience.
It’s a glimpse of pre-revolution Cuba, where Carmen Miranda, Josephine Baker, Nat King Cole, and others dazzled wealthy guests with Latin dance numbers performed by women with 10-pound headdresses.
It’s a stunning pageant filled with music, crazy dance numbers, a few contortionists and acrobats, and showgirls decked out in fabulous costumes.
Many say the Tropicana is more engaging and earthy than glitzy Las Vegas productions.
Day 3 • Monday • Ernest Hemingway, Cuban cooking.
Residents of Old Havana commute in a horse-drawn wagon.
Residents of Old Havana commute in a horse-drawn wagon.
Eco-friendly transportation alternatives make Cuba one of the most environmentally sustainable nations on the planet, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Photo Ana Lorena.
Cuban kitchen university.
Imagine how thrilled your friends will be when you return home and prepare authentic Cuban food and mojitos for them.
This morning we’ll learn from the renowned Cuban chefs at El Ajiaco Paladar the secrets of making tasty Cuban dishes and drinks.
Lunch under the palms.
El Ajiaco is considered one of the best private eateries in all of Cuba.
Hands down it’s an island dining highlight.
Ajiaco is noted for fantastic service, atmosphere, and scrumptilicious traditional Cuba cuisine.
Nearby family gardens supply organic vegetables and spices, lending to each dish a delightfully fresh aromatic flavor you’ll always remember.
All the top cookers at El Ajiaco were previously the best chefs at Cuban State-owned restaurants.
They went their own way and elevated Cuba cuisine to world standards.
A brief visit to the village of Cojímar , a small fishing community of east Havana.
Here local fishers cast bronze bust of Hemingway from old anchors, props, and tools.
The inscription reads, “In loving memory of the people of Cojímar to the immortal author of Old Man and the Sea.” A plaque below the bust notes, “Sculpted with the contributions of the Fishermen Cooperative of Cojímar.”.
Hemingway’s haunt.
We’re off to visit [Lookout Farm] where North America’s literary titan Ernest Hemingway spent twenty-one of his most important and productive years penning building blocks of English literature.
Claimed by both the United States and Cuba as their son, it was Hemingway himself who declared the island his true home.
Hemingway’s house remains just as it was when he lived there.
You’ll see his personal effects, thousands of books and photographs, as well as animal trophies, bagged on his numerous African safaris.
Dinner not included in tour cost.
It’s an occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries and taste the diversity of the island’s distinctive cuisines.

We’ll provide suggestions for restaurants most popular with Cubans and our travelers

Day 4 • Tuesday • Capitol building and the beach.

Cubans play on the beach near Havana

Cubans play on the beach.
East of Havana, we’ll visit Santa María del Mar, with time to relax on 14 miles of palm-lined seashore of the Caribbean Sea.
Photo Ana Lorena.
Joyride.

We’re off to Old Havana in a cavalcade of Cuban coconut cabs

Cocotaxis are a delightful crazy vehicle with a body shaped like a coconut set atop a motorcycle frame.
Can’t miss visit to the recently renovated , home to Cuba’s National Assembly.
The imposing monument is reminiscent of the US Capitol but taller and less austere; chocked full of grand statuary, breathtaking ornamental details, and jaw-dropping art.
The building supports the sixth-largest dome in the world – clad in 24 karat gold plated panels.
Inside you’ll see the bronze Statue of the Republic based on a young Cuban woman.
It’s the third-largest indoor statue in the world.
You will learn all about this magnificent structure from staff who work at the Capitolio.
What would a trip to Cuba be without a view of the sea.
We’re off to Havana’s eastern beaches known as Playas del Este.
We’ll visit two notable white sand shores: Santa María del Mar and Guanabo.
Just 30 minutes from the capital, enroute, we’ll gaze incredible tropical vistas of sea and countryside.
First stop is Santa María del Mar and time to relax on 14 miles of palm-lined seashore of the Caribbean Sea.
Later we’ll explore the small resort town of Guanabo founded in the early 1800s.

Cubans and foreign guests love these littoral spots

Don’t forget your swimsuit, towels and beach gear.

Five-minute video features the humble lives of Cuban surfers

Five-minute video features the humble lives of Cuban surfers.
The beaches and waves are in Guanabo and Havana.
Lunch is not included.
At the beach, there are numerous food vendors.
While in Guanabo, we’ll schedule a stop at a local paladar [private restaurant].
Dinner not included in tour cost.
It’s an occasion to sample Havana’s stellar private eateries and taste the diversity of the island’s distinctive cuisines.
We’ll provide suggestions for restaurants most popular with Cubans and our travelers.
Day 5 • Wednesday • Havana’s big heart and great art.
One-in-ten cars in Havana are more than 60 years old.
One in ten cars in Havana are more than 60 years old.

Classic American cars serve as taxis for Cubans and tourists

You’ll enjoy a city excursion during your Havana extravaganza tour.
Charity act.
We’re off to visit Convento de Nuestra Señora de Belén [Convent of Our Lady of Belén], a humanitarian healthcare and community service project in Old Havana.
Construction of the massive Convent commenced in 1712.
Abandoned in 1925, it fell into grave disrepair.
In 1991 restoration began and continues today with fantastic results.
The Office of the Historian (the island sponsor of Cuba Explorer), public health authorities and the Order of the Sisters of Charity jointly manage Belén Convent.
It is home to elderly people and provides physiotherapy and ophthalmological services to many more seniors in the community.
Belén hosts a daycare and primary school.
Other activities include exercise classes, board games, cognitive rehabilitation, films, crafts workshops, and “love among the elderly” workshops.
Good hair day.
Arte Corte [Art Cut] is a barbershop, an art project, a hair museum, a community center, park, and barber academy.
Arte Corte is a little bit of everything.
Stylist-proprietor-curator Gilberto Valladares, also known as Papito, runs this quaint spot in Old Havana, where visitors can have their hair cut or receive some other beauty treatment, all the while surrounded by objects, artifacts, and memorabilia that tell the story of hair care through the ages.
It’s known as Callejón de los Peluqueros [Hairdresser’s Alley].
While in Hairdresser’s Alley , we’ll break bread at El Fígaro, affectionately named after the central character in the “The Barber of Seville.” It’s much kudoed in social media for atmosphere, gracious staff, Cuban music, delicious cocktails, and great food and desserts.
Chef Alex Luco descends from a line of famed Cuban cooks.
El Fígaro is part of the Arte Corte [Art Cut] community project that has received UNESCO World Heritage recognition.
Its motto is “comida sin pelos” (food without hairs).
Hahaha.
Havana’s Louvre.
Examine Cuba’s greatest visual masterpieces spanning three centuries at Havana’s museum of modern art – Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Sections are devoted to landscape, religious subjects, and narrative scenes of Cuban life over 300 years.
Together the exhibits account for the richness of the island’s Spanish, French, Chinese, African and Aboriginal cultural roots.
Notable works include those of René Portocarrero and Wilfredo Lam.
You’ll meet and chat with museum staff and perhaps local artists.
1950s time travel.
Think cocktails, Frank Sinatra, popsicles, sox hops, Hula Hoops, the twist, road trips, bikinis, I Love Lucy, Elvis Presley, and pink Cadillacs.
One in ten cars in Havana are pre-1959.
And they’re all American: Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, Mercury, Dodge, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac.
We’ll cruise the romantic Malecón in these lovingly maintained classics.
Special farewell dinner at the private restaurant Los Naranjos.
Located in the heart of Vedado in an expansive 1930s mansion, its Chef Ernesto specializes in fusion style dishes combining Cuban, Italian and Spanish influences.
Los Naranjos’ ambiance is fun and light, its food wonderful, authentic and fresh, and staff upbeat and attentive.
It’s a favorite among TripAdvisor diners.
Day 6 • Thursday • Adios, La Habana.
Tears.
Extend your stay?.
Cuban kids are effusive, smart, and confident.
Cuban kids are effusive, smart, and confident.
They get the highest academic scores in Latin America.
Free education and healthcare have resulted in the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
Every Cuban kid knows s/he has a family member, a friend or neighbor to help in time of need.
Photo Ana Lorena.
Transfer to Havana’s José Martí International (HAV) airport for flights home.
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123456 Cuba is a wonderful place to visit but still needs investment to develop its tourist base.
People are very nice, polite and helpful.
People who work in the.
Woodside, New York Frisco, Texas Cuba is fascinating, intriguing, alluring, spectacular, beautiful, mysterious and complicated all wrapped up together.
The people of Cuba were so warm and welcoming.
The architecture and American cars.
Frisco, Colorado I love Cuba and was so happy to return for a second trip.
I took my sixteen-year-old grandson, and he had a wonderful time as well.
The people.
New York, New York Trip review from July 2019 Sammamish, Washington Cuba is beautiful.
The locals are warm and welcoming.
So much history and so many traditions were shared with us during this trip.
The tour was packed with.
Chula Vista.

California Cubans are resilient

beautiful, friendly.
Loved the variety; getting to see and meet some locals, the different restaurants for the flavors of Cuba; the comfortable hotel; and.
Mamaroneck, New York This trip was maybe one of the best trips I have ever taken.
The people, tour, food and the sights were wonderful.
I will promote both Cuba and.
read more John Timothy Condon Washington Dc, District Of Columbia The Cuban people are resourceful, proud and welcoming.
Our tour guide Meylin was incredible.
I would find a different location for the welcoming dinner the first night.
The.
read more Casey O’Leary Minneapolis, Minnesota I am in love with Cuba, and its people and their culture.
This was my 11th trip.
I enjoyed all our activities and the restaurants offered on this.
read more Ronald Donaldson Kansas City, Missouri I didn’t have any problems from the time I met up at the airport and until the time we were dropped back off at the airport.
I.
read more Deborah Haaker Lexington, Kentucky Friendly people, many exciting things to see and do during the trip.
I liked the food, meeting people, sightseeing, and then spending the late afternoons relaxing at the.
read more Carol Wilson Providence, Rhode Island There is Cuban music everywhere, and the city is vibrant and alive.
We had a perfect mix of scheduled activities and free time.
We only saw Havana.
But.
read more Jeannette Lopez Rodriguez Bonita Springs, Florida Havana is a beautiful, fun city.
The people are friendly.
We had wonderful meals.
Our guide Roberto was great.
I really liked riding in the coconut taxis.
That.
read more Marianna Coggins Henderson, Nevada We were able to change the program and make it our own.
That’s the difference when visiting with Cuba Explorer.
Our tour guide Roberto tweaked many things in.
read more Alessandra Fortunato Las Vegas, Nevada Wonderful trip in every way.
A great itinerary with a nice mix of organized activities and free time.
Our guide, Marianna, was incredible.
Patricia Fahie Wimauma, Florida I was overwhelmed with the warmth and spirit of the Cuban people.
The island is so culturally rich and exciting.
There is so much traditional music and art.
read more Elinor Ritt Wimauma, Florida I never felt unsafe when walking by ourselves.
The people are quite helpful and friendly.
When people could see that I was looking for something, strangers on the.
read more J Mitchell Tulsa, Oklahoma I hope that the future holds great promise for the Cuban people as the country continues to evolve.
Cuba is a beautiful country with a vibrant populace and.
read more Bernard Silver Houston, Texas Very nice people who were happy to host Americans, and introduce us to their rich and interesting culture.
Loved our guide, Mariana Tamayo, who was excellent.
I.
read more Ira William Bloom Westport, Connecticut We came believing that not everything would meet our expectations, but at the end of our week-long tour, we were pleased that our trip exceeded our expectations.
We.
read more William Roesch Thomposnville, Illinois I always felt safe even on dark streets walking at night. Everyone we dealt with was friendly and helpful.
We loved hearing the music and impressed by.
read more Peter Evans Katrine, New York I loved Cuba, loved the people, and especially Rachel our fabulous tour director.
Delicious food.
We ate out at several restaurants on our own.
Art Museum tour docent.
read more Laura Roberts Wright Richmond, Virginia Cuba has many challenges, but overall I am impressed by its efforts to provide free health care, university education, and basic necessities for all.
Cuba is a beautiful,.
read more Neil Netanel Encino, California Everyone should make at least one trip to Cuba because it has so much to offer.
We had a great group and the most amazing guide.
Rachel made.
read more John Kavekos Tallahassee, Florida A beautiful country with proud people and well-preserved culture.
I really like the diversity of tour activities.
Christopher Lugo West Hollywood, California The country was beautiful, the history interesting.
Our tour guide Rachel was incredible and the people on the trip were great.
That was the best thing.
Also, I.
read more Charlotte Saulny Altadena, California The Havana Extravaganza is a great tour.
The people are friendly, right from the first person we came in contact with at the airport to the last person.
read more Paul Morton Lawrence, Massachusetts I loved everything about the trip.

Cubans seem like very happy people to me

I heard many times, “we don’t have money, but we have happiness”.
Our guide&.
read more Hilary Ward Batavia, Illinois Absolutely wonderful.
I enjoyed the entire trip.
Our guide Gretchen was extremely knowledgeable, organized and entertaining.
There were no problems on this tour.
William Webb Raonoke, Virginia I didn’t know what to expect before the trip.
I loved the various excursions.
All very educational.
Most of all loved the culture.
Our travel guide was.
read more Jose Morales Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Trip review from July 2018 Beautiful architecture, artwork, welcoming people and delicious food.
My tour guide Atila was exceptionally knowledgeable and caring.
I would highly recommend him.
Diane Woodward Las Vegas, Nevada Trip review from July 2018 My biggest impressions occurred on the second week after the tour when I was independent.
I liked the visit to the senior center.
Santa Maria beach in the.
read more Barbara Bregstein Yonkers, New York So enjoyed our time in Cuba.
The Art, the Music, the People, everything was well presented by our guide and our driver, all perfect.
Looking forward to each.
read more Helen Galnick Carlsbad, California I am a traveling wife whom accompanied Stephen Mitchell.
I wanted to share my thoughts on Cuba.
I absolutely love the people and culture.
We in the rest.
read more Stephen Mitchell San Diego, California I can’t get Cuba out of my head, the people and culture so interesting.
It’s multi-cultural society operating with complete respect in every facet (i.e.
religion, politics,.
read more Stephen Mitchell San Diego, California This was my fifth tour in Cuba, but the first time I spent an entire week in Havana.
I came back and brought a friend who had never.
read more Daniel Halcomb Huntsville, Alabama Cuba was great.
The people couldn’t have been any friendlier and the culture is fun.
The variety of activities is what made this tour best.
Our guide, Ari,.
read more James Daley Poughkeepsie, New York We had a wonderful trip.
People were overall very friendly and helpful, both those part of the tour and everyone we met.
We loved the opportunities to meet.
read more Ellen Bigler Providence, Rhode Island I loved the country and its people.
I encountered many people, men and women, who were informative, kind and open to our questions.
It is a country with.
read more Carol Shelton Cranston, Rhode Island Trip review from December 2017 Cuba was truly an unexpected surprise for me and the family.
We were welcomed to no end by our fantastic guide and driver Sandor and Mare both of.
read more Dwayne Stepter Fort Washington, Maryland The people are so friendly.
Loved the small group size.
Our Cuban guide Cinthia had extensive knowledge of her country.
Jacalyn Kenefick Binghamton, New York Very pretty country.
People were extremely nice and helpful.
Liked everything from the museums to the old cars.
It was all great.
All the restaurants were wonderful.
No.
read more Kathleen Blodgett Binghamton, New York Wonderful friendly people.
The people-to-people visits were very interesting.
Nice to interact with the Cubans.
Our guide and bus driver were great, and very accommodating.
Jacqueline Guillon Conklin, New York Cuba was beautiful.
In every interaction we had with the people we found them to be so friendly.
They were pleasant and helpful. Cinthia our tour guide.
read more Glenda Rowse Conklin, New York I was very, very impressed by Cuba, and especially its people and the culture they have created and maintained.
I did not know much before going, and was.
read more John Denham Claremont, California Wonderful people, fascinating culture and traditions, beautiful country.
Our guide Ariadna was fabulous and taught us so much.
Meeting all the local people and learning about the history.
read more Elizabeth Shine West Palm Beach, Florida I loved how warm Cubans are toward visitors.
I loved how visual artists and musicians are considered to be as worthy as doctors and appreciated every time we.
read more Alanna Dushok Alexandria, Virginia The Cuban people and culture was beautiful.
So much history lives in Cuba I would love to go back to learn more.
My guide Mandi was amazing.
He.
read more Deanna Hatter Highland, California Cubans are a diverse group of individuals who ancestors are from all over the world.
The culture also mimics that of its people.
Diverse rich and beautiful.
The.
read more Keisha Mathew Chicago, Illinois.

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