Bespoke Cuban Holidays for the Discerning Traveller

Bespoke Hemingway Tours in Cuba

My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita
(A small plaque hanging in La Floridita, signed by Ernest Hemingway)

Cuba was Ernest Hemingway’s home for 20 years. 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. Here he wrote his most memorable tales; For Whom the Bell Tolls, the Nobel Prize winning The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize winning Across the River and into the Trees and the lesser known A Moveable Feast.

Our Ernest Hemingway Cuba tour is timed to coincide with the annual Billfish fishing tournament and the anniversary of the Hemingway International Yacht Club, 10 days of regattas and sailing from the marina to the Morro Castle.

If you’re finding yourself thinking “where is Ernest Hemingway’s house in Cuba?” then our tour is perfect for you, as we visit the Finca Vigía. Now a museum, Hemingway’s old home is a must see, filled with old manuscripts and art left behind the by the charismatic writer.

From here we explore the rest of Havana, including Hemingway’s favorite bars in cuba; the Floridita and the Bodequita Del Medio. These charming bars are filled with photographs of the man, drinking with the likes of Spencer Tracy, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ava Gardner and Errol Flynn.

If you’re next question is “where else did hemingway live in cuba?”, the Ambus Mundos will answer the question. One of the oldest hotels in Havana, Hemingway stayed in room 511, here he wrote For Whom The Bell Tolls, on a typewriter that’s still there.

We sail along the northern keys and intersperse this unique Hemingway experience with a cultural tour of Cuba. 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 aficionado 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 Nacional de Cuba. 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 bilingual 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

08:00 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

08:00 am Breakfast at hotel.
10:00 am Hemingway Tour in open top Vintage automobile. Finca Vigía, 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

08:00 am Breakfast at Hotel.
09.30 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 Cuba’s contemporary or classical dance troupes or many music events.

Day 5

08:00 am Breakfast in Hotel.
09.30 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

08:00 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

08:00 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

08:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
10.00 am Sailing Diving Fishing Snorkelling Water Skiing 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 unspoilt coastline.

Day 9

08:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
10.00 am Sailing Diving Fishing Snorkeling Water Skiing Spa
20:00 pm Evening at leisure or optional movie The Killers

Day 10

08:00 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 Nacional de Cuba, the site of the last great mob meeting on the night of the revolution.

Day 11

08:00 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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