$3395.00

FROM: $3395 USD

UPCOMING: Dec. 29, 2017

Cuban New Year Fiesta

Ring in 2018 on this Gay People-to-People Tour

DESCRIPTION

From colonial architecture to Cuban cigars, this trip gets up close and personal with the Caribbean island’s distinct Latin culture. It also happens to coincide with New Year’s Eve, so pack your fun pants and prepare to celebrate. Throw in some friendly locals, a few old cars, and even a splash of salsa, and 2018 is off to a stellar start!

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
Starts In: Havana
Ends In: Havana
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750, full payment due 90 days prior
Accommodation: Local Homestays
Physical Rating: 2/5

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Dec. 29, 2017 to Jan. 8, 2018 - 3395.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Explore the charm of Old Havana
• Ring in the New Year, Cuban style
• Enjoy a salsa lesson in the colonial settlement of Trinidad
• Lay on remote and immaculate beaches
• Dine under the stars in an open Viñales tobacco field
• Be a guest at local homestays, a distinctly Cuban experience
• Learn about Afro-Cuban Folklore in Trinidad
• Visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
• Enjoy an expert lesson in the Cuban cigar industry

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ITINERARY:

Hola! Welcome to Cuba. Our adventure begins about 6PM with a group meeting. Get familiar with fellow travellers and our fabulous guide, then join us for an included Welcome Dinner, cocktails, and perhaps a visit to a local gay bar.

After breakfast we’ll enjoy an Afro-Cuban tour of the iconic, graffiti-ridden Hamel Alley with a passionate expert on the gems therein. We’ll then uncover a queer side of Havana, beginning with a visit to the home of Ernest Hemingway (our outstanding guide will detail the writer’s family history, which includes a trans relative). The afternoon is free to explore on your own, and we’ll reconvene for dinner this evening (included), followed by free drinks at a local gay bar.

After breakfast today, a walking tour of Old Havana awaits, where many significant buildings have been restored, and are reliving their glory days. We’ll stop at an art and clothing store run by a local artist, followed by an optional lunch. We’ve left the afternoon free to either explore the city on your own, or to rest up at the homestay for New Year’s Eve, which kicks off with a festive dinner. Tonight’s countdown to 2018 will be at one of the local gay bars.

After a big night out, we’ve planned a leisurely afternoon at Mi Cayito, a gay beach in the burbs. We’ll grab lunch (optional) en route, then leave you to soak up the sun and meet some locals. Tonight’s dinner is optional, and we’d recommend getting to bed early as we have an early morning tomorrow.

After breakfast, our Cuban adventure continues in the Spanish Colonial settlement of Trinidad. With a rambling drive of seven hours ahead of us, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the ride. We’ll stop in Santa Clara en route to stretch our legs, and visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum & Museum while there. Once in Trinidad, we’ll check in to our homestays, then gather for an included dinner.

Home to many churches and colonial buildings, our day in Trinidad begins with a cultural tour of the town. We’ll visit museums, including the Afro Cuban temple to Yemaya. In the afternoon we’ll visit the local headquarters of a private dance company, and learn about this prominent form of Cuban culture. A salsa class is included, revving up appetites for another included dinner!

Today we move on to Cienfuegos on the Caribbean coast. Founded by the French, then heavily developed by Americans, “the Pearl of the South” will impress you with its elegance, architecture and style. After we explore the city, we’ll visit a local art cooperative and chat with the artists before savouring sunset from the stunning Palacio del Valle. Our day wraps up with another included dinner.

This morning we hit the road for another lengthy drive to Viñales (about 8 hours). This includes a stop at Bay of Pigs, where CIA-sponsored Brigade 2506 failed to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government in 1961. The museum here offers a solidly Cuban perspective on the events that unfolded, so it’s worth checking out. Once in Viñales, we'll learn to cook like a Cuban through a lesson with a local chef, then feast upon our creations.

This morning we’ll learn about the Cuban cigar industry from a farmer and expert cigar maker. Peek into how the communist system works, and how people make ends meet. Learn the process, from planting tobacco, to rolling each cigar. Dinner tonight is at a stunning organic farm, followed by cocktails al fresco at a nearby bar.

After checking out of our homestays, it’s back to Havana, with a stop in Jaimanitas. This town was made famous by artist Jose Fuster. His home – Fusterlandia – is definitely a highlight, a living art project entirely covered in eclectic mosaics. Back in Havana, we’ll check in to our homestay, then savour our bittersweet Farewell Dinner in a renovated former factory.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure.

• Arrival transfer to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures 
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• 10 breakfasts, 9 dinners 
• Local accommodation in Casa Particlares (10 nights)
• Che Guevara Mausoleum & Museum (Santa Clara)
• Introductory Salsa Lesson (Trinidad)
• Walking Tour of Viñales Valley(Viñales)

• Dinner on an organic farm (Viñales) 
• Entry to Palacio del Valle (Cienfuegos)
• New Year's Eve Celebration (Havana)
• Walking tour (Old Havana)
• Hemingway House Tour (Havana)
• Gay beach visit (Havana)
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss. 

• International Airfare
• Departure Transfer
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary

• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($50-$100 USD)
• Gratuities for driver (approximately $30-$50 USD)

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