TRIPS TO CUBA

We offer small group experience with average 8-14 people. Trips to Cuba support the Cuban community. Part of the profits will be used to purchase school or art supplies and together with the group we will pass the gift during the visit to the selected organization or school.

HAVANA and countryside – 6 DAYS  (Nov. 9th – 14th, 2019)

Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas

$1195 (double occupancy), $1295 (single occupancy) 

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All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal. 

The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

 

DAY 1          HAVANA

All day         Arrivals 

Check- in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange

Sunset drinks at La Guarida (with 360 view from the rooftop) 

Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)

Evening with live music at Havana Jazz Festival

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full friendly people and warm weather. Our driver will pick you up at the airport (he will be dressed in Colibri polo shirt and holding a sign that says Colibri Boston) and take you to the casa where you will be greeted by our hosts with refreshing cocktail. You will have the opportunity to exchange the currency (at official bank rate). In the evening we will head to Paladar San Cristobal – one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner -Carlos Cristobal and have a welcome dinner (with rum and cigar) and a guided tour of this spectacular establishment.           

 

DAY 2          HAVANA 

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa                   

Morning:     Architecture tour of Old Havana with focus on colonial history of the City

Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de La Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes, Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building, Ambos Mundos Hotel (Hemingway room), Theatre Alicia Alonso, Floridita (Hemingway bar)

Lunch at Mama Ines  – run by chef Erasmo that cooked for Fidel 

Afternoon:  Visit to Custodio San Angel (where Jose Marti was baptised), artist galleries, old 

book  market, Clandestina (first Cuban designer boutique)

Dinner at Doña Eutimia – one of the oldest Paladars with best ropa vieja in Havana 

Evening:     Jazz concert at FAC – Fabrica de arte Cubano

 

DAY 3          VINALES – countryside

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     On the way to Vinales visit to Fusterlandia (art community)

Viewpoint Los Jazmines

Visit to tobacco farm, drying houses, cigar rolling lesson 

Lunch with guajiros (campesinos) at the farm 

Afternoon:  Hike through the Valley of Silence dotted with yuka, tobacco and  coffee plantations

Dinner and sunset at Balcone del Valle 

Evening :    Dance and music workshop

           

DAY  4     LAS TERRAZAS  – visit to eco – community    

8 -9 AM        Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Drive from Viñales to Las Terrazas

Tour Las Terrazas, eco-community of artists, coffee growers, etc.

Lunch at Las Terrazas – El Romero -Cuban first vegetarian and eco cafe

Afternoon:  Visit artist studios: Lester Campa, Ariel, Henry Loma

Visit to old coffee plantation with discussion on Cuban coffee industry 

Coffee tasting at Café de Maria

Visit to spectacular Hotel Moka

Swim in baños

Evening:      Dinner at La Catedral in Havana                       

 

DAY  5     HAVANA        

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa 

Morning:     Revolution Day in Havana – modern history of Cuba. 

Visit the Museum of the Revolution with discussion on Cuban revolution and its leaders

Lunch at Il Rustico – Cuban first authentic Italian restaurant                    

Afternoon:  Stroll through Malecon, drinks in gardens of Hotel Nacional

Convertible car ride with stops at Universidad de Havana, Plaza of the Revolution,

Havana Forrest

Evening:     FREE TIME 

Our team can help with booking individual activities (additional cost), for example: 

  • Baseball game (if available),
  • Jazz concert, 
  • FAC- fabrica del arte Cubano, 
  • Tropicana cabaret or others

Dinner on your own

 

DAY  6     HAVANA              

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa 

Departures.

 

 

MARABANA – Half or Full Marathon – 6 DAYS  (Nov. 9th – 14th, 2019)

Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas

$1295 (double occupancy), $1395 (single occupancy) 

All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal. 

The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

 

DAY 1          HAVANA

All day         Arrivals 

Check- in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange

Sunset drinks at La Guarida (with 360 view from the rooftop) 

Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)

Evening with live music

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full friendly people and warm weather. Our driver will pick you up at the airport (he will be dressed in Colibri polo shirt and holding a sign that says Colibri Boston) and take you to the casa where you will be greeted by our hosts with refreshing cocktail. You will have the opportunity to exchange the currency (at official bank rate). In the evening we will head to Paladar San Cristobal – one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner -Carlos Cristobal and have a welcome dinner (with rum and cigar) and a guided tour of this spectacular establishment.           

 

DAY 2          HAVANA – MARATHON DAY 

7 -8 AM        Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Half or Full Marathon 

Afternoon:  Half or Full Marathon 

Lunch at casa

Massage

Evening:     Dinner at Doña Eutimia  

 

DAY 3          VINALES – countryside

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     On the way to Vinales visit to Fusterlandia (art community)

Viewpoint Los Jazmines

Visit to tobacco farm, drying houses, cigar rolling lesson 

Lunch with guajiros (campesinos) at the farm 

Afternoon:  Hike through the Valley of Silence dotted with yuka, tobacco and  coffee plantations

Dinner and sunset at Balcone del Valle 

Evening :    Dance and music workshop

           

DAY  4     LAS TERRAZAS  – visit to eco – community    

8 -9 AM        Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Drive from Viñales to Las Terrazas

Tour Las Terrazas, eco-community of artists, coffee growers, etc.

Lunch at Las Terrazas – El Romero -Cuban first vegetarian and eco cafe

Afternoon:  Visit artist studios: Lester Campa, Ariel, Henry Loma

Visit to old coffee plantation with discussion on Cuban coffee industry 

Coffee tasting at Café de Maria

Visit to spectacular Hotel Moka

Swim in baños

Evening:      Dinner at La Catedral in Havana                       

 

DAY  5     HAVANA        

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa 

Morning:     Revolution Day in Havana – modern history of Cuba. 

Visit the Museum of the Revolution with discussion on Cuban revolution and its leaders

Lunch at Il Rustico – Cuban first authentic Italian restaurant                    

Afternoon:  Stroll through Malecon, drinks in gardens of Hotel Nacional

Convertible car ride with stops at Universidad de Havana, Plaza of the Revolution,

Havana Forrest

Evening:     Architecture tour of Old Havana with focus on colonial history of the City

Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de La Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes

Dinner at Mediterraneo

 

DAY  6     HAVANA              

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa 

Departures.

 

 

WESTERN Cuba 5 cities – 8 DAYS  (Nov. 9th – 16th, 2019)

Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas, Trinidad, Cienfuegos

$1295 (double occupancy), $1495 (single occupancy) 

All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal.

The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

 

DAY 1          HAVANA

All day         Arrivals

Check- in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange

Sunset drinks at La Guarida (with 360 view from the rooftop)

Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)

Evening with live music

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full friendly people and warm weather. Our driver will pick you up at the airport (he will be dressed in Colibri polo shirt and holding a sign that says Colibri Boston) and take you to the casa where you will be greeted by our hosts with refreshing cocktail. You will have the opportunity to exchange the currency (at official bank rate). In the evening we will head to Paladar San Cristobal – one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner -Carlos Cristobal and have a welcome dinner (with rum and cigar) and a guided tour of this spectacular establishment.

 

DAY 2          HAVANA

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Architecture tour of Old Havana with focus on colonial history of the City

Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de La Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes, Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building, Ambos Mundos Hotel (Hemingway room), Theatre Alicia Alonso, Floridita (Hemingway bar)

Lunch at Mama Ines  – run by chef Erasmo that cooked for Fidel

Afternoon:  Visit to Custodio San Angel (where Jose Marti was baptised), artist galleries, old

book  market, Clandestina (first Cuban designer boutique)

Dinner at Doña Eutimia – one of the oldest Paladars with best ropa vieja in Havana

Evening:     Cannon ceremony and sunset across the bay (ferry ride) with sunset over Havana

 

DAY 3          VINALES  – countryside

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     On the way to Vinales visit to Fusterlandia (art community)

Viewpoint Los Jazmines

Visit to tobacco farm, drying houses, cigar rolling lesson

Lunch with guajiros (campesinos) at the farm

Afternoon:  Hike through the Valley of Silence dotted with yuka, tobacco and  coffee plantations

Dinner and sunset at Balcone del Valle

Evening :    Dance and music workshop

 

DAY  4         LAS TERRAZAS  – visit to eco – community   

8 -9 AM        Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Drive from Viñales to Las Terrazas

Tour Las Terrazas, eco-community of artists, coffee growers, etc.

Lunch at Las Terrazas – El Romero -Cuban first vegetarian and eco cafe

Afternoon:  Visit artist studios: Lester Campa, Ariel, Henry Loma

Visit to old coffee plantation with discussion on Cuban coffee industry

Coffee tasting at Café de Maria

Visit to spectacular Hotel Moka

Swim in baños

Evening:      Dinner at La Catedral in Havana

 

DAY  5         HAVANA                      

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Revolution Day in Havana – modern history of Cuba.

Visit the Museum of the Revolution with discussion on Cuban revolution and its leaders

Lunch at Il Rustico – Cuban first authentic Italian restaurant

Afternoon:  Stroll through Malecon, drinks in gardens of Hotel Nacional

Convertible car ride with stops at Universidad de Havana, Plaza of the Revolution,

Havana Forrest

Evening:     FREE TIME

Our team can help with booking individual activities (additional cost), for example:

  • Baseball game (if available),
  • Jazz concert,
  • FAC- fabrica del arte Cubano,
  • Tropicana cabaret or others

Dinner on your own.

 

DAY  6          TRINIDAD                   

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Visit to Finca Vigia – Hemingway house

Visit to Muraleando community project

Lunch with Muraleando community

Afternoon:  Drive to Trinidad

Evening sunset tour of Trinidad

Evening:     Dinner on your own

Live music and dancing in Trinidad

Midnight cocktails at the cave bar Disco Ayala (optional)

 

DAY  7         TRINIDAD / CIENFUEGOS                             

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Tour of Trinidad with workshop on Santeria religion, colonial architecture and

history, tasting the local drink canchanchara.

Lunch at Finca

Afternoon:  Drive to Cienfuegos

Tour of Cienfuegos – focused on French architecture

Santeria drumming if available

Evening:     Dinner at Las Mamparas

Sunset cocktails on the rooftop of Palacio de Valle at Punta Gorda

 

DAY 8

7 AM            Breakfast at casa

8 AM            Departure to Havana for flights to the US.

 

 

NEW YEARS Eve Celebration – 8 DAYS  (Dec. 28th – Jan. 4th, 2019/2020)

Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas, Cienfuegos, Trinidad

$1395 (double occupancy), $1595 (single occupancy) 

All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal.

The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

 

DAY 1          HAVANA

All day         Arrivals

Check- in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange

Sunset drinks at La Guarida (with 360 view from the rooftop)

Dinner at Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)

Evening with live music

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full friendly people and warm weather. Our driver will pick you up at the airport (he will be dressed in Colibri polo shirt and holding a sign that says Colibri Boston) and take you to the casa where you will be greeted by our hosts with refreshing cocktail. You will have the opportunity to exchange the currency (at official bank rate). In the evening we will head to Paladar San Cristobal – one of the famous restaurants in Havana that once hosted President Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z and over 20 other presidents. We will shake hands with the legendary owner -Carlos Cristobal and have a welcome dinner (with rum and cigar) and a guided tour of this spectacular establishment.

 

DAY 2          HAVANA

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Architecture tour of Old Havana with focus on colonial history of the City

Visit to all four squares: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de La Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes, Capitolio and Parque Central, Bacardi Building, Ambos Mundos Hotel (Hemingway room), Theatre Alicia Alonso, Floridita (Hemingway bar)

Lunch at Mama Ines  – run by chef Erasmo that cooked for Fidel

Afternoon:  Visit to Custodio San Angel (where Jose Marti was baptised), artist galleries, old

book  market, Clandestina (first Cuban designer boutique)

Dinner at Doña Eutimia – one of the oldest Paladars with best ropa vieja in Havana

Evening:     Cannon ceremony and sunset across the bay (ferry ride) with sunset over Havana

 

DAY 3          VINALES  – countryside

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     On the way to Vinales visit to Fusterlandia (art community)

Viewpoint Los Jazmines

Visit to tobacco farm, drying houses, cigar rolling lesson

Lunch with guajiros (campesinos) at the farm

Afternoon:  Hike through the Valley of Silence dotted with yuka, tobacco and  coffee plantations

Dinner and sunset at Balcone del Valle

Evening :    Dance and music workshop

 

DAY  4         LAS TERRAZAS  – visit to eco – community   

8 -9 AM        Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Drive from Viñales to Las Terrazas

Tour Las Terrazas, eco-community of artists, coffee growers, etc.

Lunch at Las Terrazas – El Romero -Cuban first vegetarian and eco cafe

Afternoon:  Visit artist studios: Lester Campa, Ariel, Henry Loma

Visit to old coffee plantation with discussion on Cuban coffee industry

Coffee tasting at Café de Maria

Visit to spectacular Hotel Moka

Swim in baños

Evening:      Dinner at La Catedral in Havana

 

DAY  5         HAVANA                      

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Revolution Day in Havana – modern history of Cuba.

Visit the Museum of the Revolution with discussion on Cuban revolution and its leaders

Lunch at Il Rustico – Cuban first authentic Italian restaurant

Afternoon:  Stroll through Malecon, drinks in gardens of Hotel Nacional

Convertible car ride with stops at Universidad de Havana, Plaza of the Revolution,

Havana Forrest

Evening:     FREE TIME

Our team can help with booking individual activities (additional cost), for example:

  • Baseball game (if available),
  • Jazz concert,
  • FAC- fabrica del arte Cubano,
  • Tropicana cabaret or others

Dinner on your own.

 

DAY  6          TRINIDAD                   

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Visit to Finca Vigia – Hemingway house

Visit to Muraleando community project

Lunch with Muraleando community

Afternoon:  Drive to Trinidad

Evening sunset tour of Trinidad

Evening:     Dinner on your own

Live music and dancing in Trinidad

Midnight cocktails at the cave bar Disco Ayala (optional)

 

DAY  7         TRINIDAD / CIENFUEGOS                             

9 -10 AM      Breakfast at casa

Morning:     Tour of Trinidad with workshop on Santeria religion, colonial architecture and

history, tasting the local drink canchanchara.

Lunch at Finca

Afternoon:  Drive to Cienfuegos

Tour of Cienfuegos – focused on French architecture

Santeria drumming if available

Evening:     Dinner at Las Mamparas

Sunset cocktails on the rooftop of Palacio de Valle at Punta Gorda

 

DAY 8

7 AM            Breakfast at casa

8 AM            Departure to Havana for flights to the US.

 

 

Is it legal and safe to go?
It is perfectly legal to go to Cuba with Colibri: The new regulations require Americans to travel with a group and under the supervision of a company under American jurisdiction. The group must follow an itinerary that provides educational experiences and interaction with Cuban people. The group must support Cuban people (for example by staying in casas particulares) and avoid hotels and sites owned by the Cuban military (restricted list). Colibri’s tours comply with the new regulations.
It is safe to go to Cuba. Actually, we find Cuba to be one of the safest countries for visitors, especially with an experienced travel provider. We are an American company, but also with operations in Europe. When in Cuba we have access to the US embassy, the Polish embassy, and the European Union office.

 

Trips are limited to 6-12 participants

Call 617.301.1237  or email us info@colibriboston.org

SIGHTSEEING

HAVANA VIEJA (OLD HAVANA) – LECTURE ON COLONIAL HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE

Close your eyes and imagine taking a trip to the past: riding in an old cabriolet, cigar in hand, waves crashing against the Malecon sea wall. In the evening, mojitos at Hemingway’s favorite spot to the tunes of Buena Vista social club. We will spend a day strolling the streets between four main Colonial squares, learning about Havana’s eclectic architecture and world famous restoration project by city historian Eusebio Leal.

Plaza de la Cathedral, Cathedral de San Cristobal, Plaza De Armas, Museo de la Ciudad, Fort Castillo de la Fuerza, Calle Mercares.

 

HEMINGWAY TOUR AND VISIT TO ART PROJECT “FUSTERLANDIA”

Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for 20 years. He wrote his famous novels here and dedicated his Nobel prize to the people of Cuba. In a fleet of convertible Chevrolets, we will travel to Hemingway’s house “La Vigia” and afterward the spectacular art project established by the famous Fuster!

 

 

VEDADO AND CENTRAL HAVANA  – LECURE ON CUBAN REVOLUTION AND FAMOUS REVOLUTIONARIES CHE AND FIDEL CASTRO

Museum de la Revolucion and Plaza de la Revolution, Cuban Art Museum.

VINALES

Valle de Vinales: An UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning limestone monoliths, mural de Prehistoria, and range of beautiful caves. We will visit local farmers, discuss Cuban Farming, and have lunch at the spectacular Finca Agrecologica, restaurant on the farm serving their own food.

Cuba Vieja

 

 

LAS TERRAZAS

Founded in 1968, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve was the first eco-village, and today includes a boutique hotel, artist studios, and coffee plantation ruins. Enjoy this day of learning about Cuban art, hiking, bird watching, artist studio visits, and locally grown coffee ending with a swim in an emerald river at Banos.

 

TRINIDAD

This perfectly preserved Spanish colonial town, built on sugar fortunes will transport us to the nineteenth century. There are no words to describe the magic of Trinidad, so we’ll let photos do the talking: 

 

CIENFUEGOS

Cuba’s Perla del Sur (pearl of the south). Cienfuegos is a beautiful city with elegant French architecture and a stunning waterfront. Surrounded by sugar cane plantations, it played an important role in Cuba’s production. Incredible geographical location and oceanography.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in beautiful casas particurales – Cuban bed-and-breakfasts, either stunning colonial villas or modern apartments with lots of character. These casas are privately run and support local people.

 

 

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TESTIMONIALS

Endorsement from Marc Frank, US correspondent (Reuters, ABC News, Financial Times), author of Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

Sylvia,

It was a pleasure to meet you and talk with your group of visitors in Havana. You are both charming and knowledgeable on Cuba, and your fellow travelers were so diverse, intelligent and curious. I do wish you success in your future Cuban endeavors, most of all for the experience it will surely bring your clients and secondly for the excellent company it will deliver to Cuba.

Marc Frank, author of Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

From our travelers

Hi Sylvia,

Before too much time goes by, I wanted to take this opportunity to again thank you for the incredible trip to Cuba.

While Cuba is a fascinating country, it wouldn’t have been nearly as wonderful without your commentary, creativity, and enthusiasm.

I was so utterly impressed with your knowledge of Cuba’s history, your remarkable ability to navigate the Cuban bureaucracy, and your unending flexibility and willingness to make our requests come to fruition. I don’t think that there was a detail that you didn’t attend to. Add to that your wonderful sense of humor, sensitivity and great spirit – and you are hard to beat! I would follow you on any trip you plan knowing it would be just as exciting, informative and fun as Cuba was. On a more personal note, I loved getting to know you better and to share morning breakfast conversations. What a treat! Stay well. Both Bill and I look forward to traveling with you in the future.

Fondly,

Gail Grossman

Hello Sylvia,

I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to be part of the wonderful trip to Cuba. I cannot believe all that we were able to experience in such a short time. I feel much more well informed about Cuba than I did before this trip and am now a big fan of Che Guevara thanks to you!
Thank you again for the experience of a lifetime,
Gail Griffin

Hi Sylvia, as I am sitting here in my office looking out at the rain and cold weather, I cannot help but think back to last week and the wonderful opportunity for all of us individually and collectively to learn more about the Cuban people, their country, their government and observe their way of life. It was enriching and enlightening for me and certainly raised a number of thoughts about how we might seek to develop more relationships with the Cuban people and potentially their government. Of course, both the US and Cuba are in a state of transition and so our relationship building may take some time but we are a bit smarter as to the interests of the Cuban people and their country thanks to your guidance and support along our tour through this most interesting country. We have also talked about how skilled you were in guiding our group through this learning process and how resourceful you, Jorge and Joelle (not sure about spelling). Your support and guidance made this trip a very special one for me and I am sure for all of the members of the group. 

Bill Kiernan

As a recent participant on a Cuba Study tour thru UMASS BOSTON guided by Sylvia Rozwadowska of Colibri I have nothing but high praise for her and Colibri’s preparations and follow through for all phases. 
As a frequent foreign traveler who avoids group tours I can say I was pleasantly surprised by her ability to cater to those folks who needed more guidance while leaving us solo types to explore as we wished. 
The local contacts she made for guide and driver were excellent. The accommodations were far from spartan yet allowed people to soak up local flavor through the Cuban equivalent of Bed and Breakfasts. 
Finally, as on all trips, both solo, and group, unforeseen logistical problems arose which Sylvia handled with professional competence and aplomb. 
Kudos to Colibri overall and Sylvia Rozwadowska specifically. 
A huge note of appreciation and thanks.
Joe Marrone