We recently advertised a combination CULTURAL/FISHING excursion to Cuba, which was the very first for us. Interest from customers was fast and furious, and we quickly sold 7 spots. We have room for just one more.
The exciting news is that we had customers ready to book a trip, but for whom our dates did not work. So, we found another week at the end of May, and have 4 clients signed up. We can accommodate as many as 4 more customers.
As with our first trip, I will be along as host. That means I will be with the group in Havana, as well as during our fishing at the Zapata Peninsula. In Havana, we will be joined by local Cubans who will lead us around to the best sites in town, as only the experts could do.
Dates: May 21-28
Price: $4650 per person based on double occupancy (rooms and fishing skiffs)
Day 1 (May 21)
Guests arrive in Havana, and check in to the quaint Azul Habana guest-house. We will meet for dinner or drinks if people want, but otherwise this evening is planned to be free for guests to relax after their trip to Havana.
Day 2 (May 22)
-9:00am- After breakfast at Azul Habana, we will discover Havana’s beauty. Alfredo, a free-lance guide, takes you to the most interesting cultural and historical sites in the capital, including Old Havana, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. We will also tour Havana’s Historical Squares: San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, the “Arma” square and the Cathedral square. We will make a stop at “El de al frente” bar for their signature drink. Around 12:00pm we will have lunch at “La Moneda Cubana” paladar.
After lunch we will continue our tour around Old Havana visiting a tobacco factory, Obispo Street, the “Callejón de Hamel”, a neighborhood that has been converted into a cultural center rich in Afro-Cuba religion, art and dance. Scholar Elias Assef will provide an overview of Santeria and other Cuban religions with African routes, which will be followed by a folkloric dance performance. We will then stop at “El Floridita” restaurant for Daiquiri tasting.
03:30pm- Before to get back to your hotel, Panoramic Tour by the Modern Havana (Revolution Museum, Central Park, Havana Theater, Havana Capitol, Havana University and Havana, Revolution square, “Malecon” (its famous sea view boulevard) in Old cars.
07:30pm Dinner at El Canonoza paladar. To the east of La Cabana Fortress, this historic structure protected Havana’s harbor against pirates beginning in the 16th century. There is a small community here of only two streets with just 30 houses. One of these houses is a very special space; it’s the home of Hostal El Cañonazo, a three-guestroom casa particular featuring a charming backyard paladar restaurant with fine service and beautifully prepared Cuban cuisine. Both the guest accommodation and the outdoor eating experience are the work of Abel Martínez who has lived in the home that houses them since he was four years old, and still lives there today. It’s an excellent place to visit for visitors who come to the visit Fortress, take in the stunning view of the city from across the water and catch the daily 9 o’clock ceremonial cannon firing to enjoy a fine meal in a lovely environment. Abel was working in a Havana cafeteria when he envisioned his own place right in the home where he had grown up. Today it has 46 seats and a comprehensive menu that features an extensive range of seafood – fish, crab, shrimp lobster and octopus plus a number of chicken preparations and house specialty traditional ropa vieja.
After the traditional 9:00pm Cannon Blast Ceremony, we will return to our guest-house after a drive along the Malecon.