Soul of Cuba

 SOUL OF CUBA

(9 days/8 nights)

Based on double-occupancy-Gay accommodation, Vintage car  & private gay guide.

BOOK OUR SOUL OF CUBA TOUR ON REQUEST! OUR SOUL OF CUBA FULLY COMPLIES WITH THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT’S PEOPLE TO PEOPLE EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE. OUR TOUR IS OFAC COMPLIANT!

QUICK FACTS  & HIGHLIGHTS ON OUR SOUL OF CUBA TOUR.

 

-Visit 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites(Havana, Vinales and Trinidad)

-Enjoy the pulsating gay nightlife of Cuba’s gay capital cities with your own private gay guide

-Learn about the traditional tobacco production in Vinales.

-Opportunity to visit El Mejunje, Cuba’s official gay club.

-Enjoy gay friendly accommodation of your preference.

-Meet up with gay artist & get an insider glimpse of gay life in Cuba

-Sample Cuban cuisine in our gay-friendly hand- picked paladars.

-Enjoy a lecture about LGTB rights in Cuba by CENESEX (National Center of Sexual Education) staff.

-Soak up the vibrant street life of Trinidad ‘ Colonial Center.

-Enjoy a sunset Classic American Car ride along the Malecon

-Have a bottle of rum ( of our courtesy) with locals  at Malecon, Cuba ‘s most popular gay landmark.

 

Day 1(Havana)

You will be welcomed at the airport by your local gay guide. Welcome cocktail at your accommodation and then some leisure time.

Dinner will be served a paladar La Guarida;  home to the first gay movie portraying  gay life in the 90’s in Cuba: Fresa y Chocolate.

Drinks at a gay bar are optional.

Day 2( Havana)

This morning enjoy a presentation from a representative of the City Historian’s Office of Havana.  We will learn about the city’s accomplishments and the ongoing challenges in restoring Havana. With this meaningful perspective, we will explore Old Havana, founded in 1519, on a walking tour through the city’s historic squares.  We will see examples of the city’s colonial architecture and meet with some of Havana’s cuentapropistas (independent business owners) to get their insight on emerging business in Cuba.

Lunch  will be served at a local paladar in Havana Vieja.

This afternoon we will continue by having a tour of ‘’Unseen Havana’’ on Vintage American cars. Let s discover areas like Vedado, Centro Havana and Miramar that are quite off the beaten path in Chevys, Chrysler and Cheverolets that belong to the Nostalgic Car Club in Havana to get a different insight of these areas of the city & the challenges of entrepreneurship in the Cuba of 21st century.

Dinner at a privately-owned restaurant in Havana

After dinner we have arranged a meeting with a renowned artists of the gay community and one of the stars of Cuban modern transformism, who will explains us what is like to be gay in Cuba and who will also enrich our evening with a talk on her artistic life in the Cuba of the 21st century.

 

Day 3( Havana)

This morning we will have a visit to the CENESEX( National Center of Sexual Education) , a government institution created to support sexual rights in the island and to promote a culture of responsible sexuality and prevention of HIV/AIDS whose headmaster is our current president’s daughter Mariela Castro to have an educative exchange with one of its headmasters.

Lunch will be served at a paladar in Vedado.

After lunch we have scheduled a tour of the Old Havana Craft Market( Mercado de San Jose) located in a old warehouse which opens to the bay of Havana. Enjoy of one of the most dynamic and authentic interactions with local painters, sculpturers  and artisans and learn about the current challenges of the Cuba art market.

Dinner at a local paladar.

Tonight , we will tour the outdoors gay scene. This is w wonderful opportunity to network  within the Cuban gay community and enjoy Havana s gay nightlife before Grinder .Enjoy just like locals do!

 

Day 5( Vinales)

This morning we travel to Vinales, one of most scenic and picturesque landscape of Cuba and UNESCO Heritage Site.

Enjoy lunch with breathtaking views at the agroecological farm El Paraiso, home to Cuba’s freshest and most organic food, served from the ‘farm to the table.

We will continue with a visit to a local tobacco farmer where the expertise of four generations converge.Enjoy a demonstration abut the procedure of the traditional tobacco production; on of Cuba’ most precious commodities. Learn how the tobacco is grown, harvested, dried/fermented and processed to make the unique Cuban cigar.

Continue with a visit to the botanical garden of one of Vinales most prominent biologists who will give us his insight about the origins of these unique area of Cuba.

Enjoy homemade food at your casa particular.

Drinks and local gay nightlife available in Vinales.

 

Day 6(Trinidad)

We will depart early in the morning for Trinidad.

Check in to your accommodation and enjoy some leisure time.

Dinner will be served at your casa particular.

Enjoy the gay nightlife of Trinidad at one of the local venues.

 

Day 7(Trinidad)

 

This morning we will begin with a visit to the  Museum of Architecture of Trinidad, a national landmark regarding the colonial architecture to learn about Trinidad’s architectural and historic preservation and UNESCO designation.

Lunch will be served at a local paladar.

This afternoon we will continue with a visit to Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mills) to get an insight about the former sugar production in Trinidad and its historical  influence on the current economic situation of Trinidad, one of Cuba’s wealthiest areas.

Dinner will be served at your casa particular.

Enjoy a traditional music concert/ gay nightlife at one of the local venues.

Day 8(Santa Clara)

Today we drive to Santa Clara, Cuba s second gay capital!

Enjoy an educational guided tour of the city center(Parque Vidal and its surroundings) to admire one of Cuba’ most famous gay capital cities, a city of new trends and insatiable creativity, where an edgy youth culture has been testing the boundaries of Cuba’s censorship police for years.

Lunch will be served at a local gay-owned restaurant.

This afternoon, enjoy a lecture about LGTB rights in this progressive city from the perspective of young artists brought up in Santa Clara.

Dinner at your casa particular.

After dinner, we proudly take you to El Mejunje, Cuba’s only official gay club. Enjoy gay nightlife while you understand hoe gay life takes place outside of Havana.

 

Day 9

Return to Havana. Good bye Cuba!

 

INCLUSIONS ON OUR SOUL OF CUBA TOUR

  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome reception at the airport
  • All breakfastsand lunches
  • Private English speaking gay guide.
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities & sights.
  • All in-country ground transportation.
  • 7 dinners at our hand-picked paladares (including 1 drink and water)
  • 8 night accommodation at your choice of gay accommodation in
  • Old Havana Walking Tour
  • Evening Classic Car Tour of  ‘’Unseen Havana’’
  • Opportunity to interact with prominent personalities of the LGTB world in Cuba
  • Private Tour Leader from Miami( ON REQUEST)
  • Night at Cuba’s only official gay club.

EXCLUSIONS

International flights, travel insurance, Cuban visa cost, tips, optional activities, airport taxes.

 

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: Cuba is not an easy place to operate. Technology, communications, resources, infrastructure & regulatory requirements present potential challenges. Please be flexible if any re-accommodation of the schedule needs to be done.