Bespoke Cuban Holidays for the Discerning Traveller

Bespoke Hemingway Tours in Cuba

Hemingway loved Cuba and his writing and his life story is tightly bound up with the history of the island both before and after the revolution. A renowned sports man drinker and womaniser he took life by the horns and lived a life larger than some of the characters in his novels. Our tour is timed to coincide with the annual Billfish fishing tournament scheduled for May 28 2012 and the anniversary of the Hemingway International Yacht Club from May 18 to 28, 10 days of regattas and sailing from the marina to the Morro Castle. We take in his home and Cojimar village as well as all his haunts in Havana from the Floridita and Bodequita Del Medio to the Ambus Mundos where he had a room and frequently wrote. We sail along the northern keys and intersperse this unique Hemingway experiences with a cultural tour of Cuba bar none. Santa Clara to Remedios and Havana or a few days relaxation on the keys.

Our Hemingway tours in Cuba are curated by the renowned actor and Hemingway affionado David Soul who has put together this definitive tour which includes visits to some of the most historic American influenced buildings on the island from the Du Pont Mansion in Varadero to the Historic Hotel National. He has also included a large slice of revolutionary culture showing how impressed Hemingway was with this historic event.

Managed by Esencia Experiences the tour includes Visa, VIP arrival in Havana, 5 star accommodation , luxury air conditioned transfers and our expert bi lingual island guides as well as selected events and meals where indicated.

Programme

Havana – Matanzas- Varadero –Santa Clara – Remedios – Cayo Santa Maria – Havana
(11 days and 10 nights) – Ex UK on Virgin or Air France. Ex USA via Cancun or Toronto

Day 1

Arrive José Martí de La Habana. VIP Reception
Transfer to 5 Star Hotel Isabel a short walk from the Hotel Ambus Mundos
La Guarida – Supper hosted by one of Cuba’s most famous actresses at Cuba’s famous movie inspired paladar.

Day 2

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
  • 10:00 am Private guided tour of Old Havana including the  history of the city focusing on Hemingway and including the Ambus Mundos where he rented a room and wrote, El Bodequita del Medio  followed by lunch at El Templete and  visit to the Parthagas cigar factory
  • 15.00 pm Relax
  • 19.30 pm Casa De Liliam Havana best Paladar in leafy Miramar.
  • 21.00 pm Tropicana followed by music and dancing accompanied by the most delicious mojito and daiquiris.

Day 3

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at hotel.
  • 10:00 am Hemingway Tour in open top Vintage automobile. Finca Vieja, the Hemingway museum with our specialist curator taking you in and around his home and yacht Pilar. Cojimar and have lunch at the local bar where he regularly visited.
  • 14.00 pm Afternoon by the beaches of Playas de Este.
  • 20.00 pm An evening of Hemingway presented by David Soul at El Floridita including anecdotes, stories live music and documentary footage.

Day 4

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel.
  • 9.30 am Art Tour of Havana taking in the best Museums and four of the country’s most renowned artists in their studios.
  • 13.00 pm Lunch on the roof of the Hotel Isabel.
  • 14.00 pm Relax by the ocean at the Biltmore Club now the stunning Club Havana.
  • 20.00 pm Dinner and Sundowner at your Hotel.
  • 21.00 pm Evening at leisure. Our in country guide will reserve seats at an event of your choice from one of Cubas contemporary or classical dance troupes or many music events.

Day 5

  • 8:00 am Breakfast in Hotel.
  • 9.30 am Transfer to Marina Hemingway. Meet the organisers of the Annual fishing tournament held in his name. Fish for Marlin and enjoy a trip along the coastline and lobster lunch at one of the coves.
  • 20.00 pm An evening of music and dance starting off with a salsa class and cocktail before dinner on the roof of the Hotel Isabel overlooking the harbour. Our guides will escort you to some of the best dance spots Havana has to offer where you can mingle with the locals and dance.

Day 6

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
  • 10.00 am Transfer to Matanzas and a brief stop by the famous Hershey Train. Short stop in town to meet the world famous rumba Troupe Munequas de Matanzas and refreshment at the beautiful refurbished Hotel Velasco for lunch
  • 14.00pm Continue on to Varadero for our overnight stay at the famous Art Deco Masterpiece Mansion Xanadu the Caribbean ocean front home of the Du Pont Family.
  • 16:00 pm Relaxing swim on one of the Caribbean’s most renowned beaches or enjoy a game of golf on Cuba’s only 18 hole course.
  • 20.00 pm Sample the wines from the original cellar and enjoy Supper on the Terrace overlooking the ocean to the strains of the music of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Day 7

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
  • 10.00 am Transfer to Santa Clara home of the Che Guevara Mausoleum. Have lunch at a delightful café and hear some of the history of this great man before heading to Remedios. One of Cubans hidden gems and a beautifully preserved Colonial town.
  • 18:00 pm Check into the exceptional 5 star  Iberostar Enseanachos.
  • 20.00 pm Supper and a relaxing evening enjoying the entertainment and wonderful choice of restaurants.

Day 8

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
  • 10.00 am Sailing Diving Fishing Snorkeling Waterskiing Spa  Relive Hemingway’s great days spent fishing sailing and relaxing on these wonderful Cays.
  • 17.00 pm Relax in Spa or Beach
  • 20:00 pm Supper and a Special Show put together by our host. Stories of Hemingway’s life on the sea, his adventures amorous and otherwise on this beautiful unspolit coastline.

Day 9

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
  • 10.00 am Sailing Diving Fishing Snorkeling Waterskiing Spa
  • 20:00 pm Evening at leisure or optional movie The Killers

Day 10

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
  • 10:00 am The Beach.
  • 15.00 pm Transfer to Havana for your final night in this incredible city.
  • 20.00 pm Stroll along the Malecon, Stop and chat and gala dinner at the historic Hotel National, the site of the last great mob meeting on the night of the revolution.

Day 11

  • 8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel

Do some last minute shopping for cigars, rum beautiful handmade ceramics or woodcrafts and musical instrument. Late checkout, relax by the pool, sample some vintage rums at El Floridita before you transfer home.

Esencia Experiences provides expert knowledge and the best in country multilingual guides for a truly tailor made experience. Extensions are easy to arrange to the UNESCO world heritage sites of Trinidad and Pinar Del Rio.

Cost per person sharing incl, Visas, VIP arrival, 5 Star Hotel B and B and All Inclusive, Bi Lingual Driver Guides on application.

Call 01481 714 898.

 

If you are looking to learn more about the rich art heritage of Cuba, take a look at the art tours and film festival experiences we have to offer.

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