Architecture trip

Cuba Architecture Tour

“Havana is a library of architecture. Every style is well represented there, and the reason for its magic is the tripartite culture (African, American, European).” says Raúl Rodríguez, a Cuban architect. Can a place long known for its decay become dedicated to preservation? What can be done to protect its architectural legacy? We join Cuban architects in this deep exploration of Cuba’s architecture.
Our special tour is designed especially for architects, students and connoisseurs of architecture.

All our trips to Cuba are safe and legal. The itinerary is carefully designed to meet the category: “Support for the Cuban people”.

Highlights of Cuba Architecture Tour

  • Architecture city tours with focus on all styles of architecture in Havana: colonial, neo-colonial, art deco, modernista, brutalism.
  • Famous buildings: medieval fortresses, Theatro of America, Bacardi Building, Solimar apartment building, ISA art institute, town of Trinidad, Russian embassy, Rivera hotel, Hotel Nacional and more.
  • Workshops and dinner discussion with Cuba architects and city historians
  • Cuban music concerts

Dates & Cost

DATES

DAYS

COST (double / single)

November 7th – 15th, 2021

8 days

$2395 / 2795

Cuba Itinerary

Day 1
Havana

Welcome to Havana! A magical city full of friendly people and warm weather. 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.

All day             Arrivals at the airport and hotel. Check-in to casas and welcome drinks and orientation, money exchange. Dinner with Cuban architects and city historians at  Paladar San Cristobal (where Obama had dinner)

Meals included: dinner

Day 2
Havana

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)

Afternoon   Lunch at Lo De Monik. Visit to Scale Model of Havana City

Evening        Ferry ride across the bay to see the panoramic view of Havana. 7 PM dinner at Dona Eutimia. Welcome evening at FAC (Fabrica de Arte Cubano)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 3
Havana

Morning      Museum of Revolution with discussion on the Cuban revolution and its impact on architecture and development of HavanaOn the way to Viñales visit to Fusterlandia (art community)

Afternoon   Lunch. Art Deco, modern and Russian brutalism tour in convertible cars , Solimar building, teatro America, FOCSA, building Serrano Lopez, Colon Cemetery, and mid century hotels: Hotel Nacional, Havana Libre, Rivera.

Evening      Dinner at Otra Manera. Concert: Cuban traditional music – Buena Vista and Cuban Jazz

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 4
Havana/ Viñales

Morning      Lecture at ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte)         

Afternoon   Lunch. Drive to Viñales countryside

Evening       Dinner

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5
Viñales/ Las Terrazas

Morning     Walk through Vallée du Silence. Visit to the tobacco plantation, cigar rolling workshop

Afternoon   Lunch at the farm with “guarijos”. Travel to Las Terrazas, eco-community of artists, coffee growers, etc.

Evening       Visit to Hotel Moka – eco – architecture by Osmany. Cienfuegos. Dinner. Return to Havana

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6
Trinidad

Morning      Drive to Trinidad       

Afternoon   Lunch. Playa Ancon

Evening       Sunset, free time in Trinidad. Dinner at La Ceiba

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 7
Trinidad/ Cienfuegos

Morning       Architecture tour of Trinidad. Departure to Cienfuegos

Afternoon    Lunch. Tour of Cienfuegos with city historian

Evening        Sunset cocktails on the rooftop of Palacio de Valle at Punta Gorda. Goodbye dinner

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8
Cienfuegos/ Havana

Morning       Departures to Havana for flights to the US – For Late departures option to see the hidden city of Gaudi or Colon Cemetery (not included – extra $15 per person)

Meals included: breakfast

Tour Operator

info@colibriboston.org

Sylvia  +1 617-301-1237  Jorge +53 5-344-2776

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Country Code for Cuba +53

Police 106

American Embassy: (+53) 7-839-4100 Address: Calzada St between L&M

Asistur English speaking tourist information: 7-866-8527 (regular hours), 7-866-4121 (24h emergency)

Hospital: Clínica Central Cira García Hospital in Miramar, +509 34 86 8761

Panataxi: 7-55-5555

Accommodation

We stay in 4/5 stars boutique hotels that best reflect the local architecture and flavors.

Air condition

Towels and soap

Hair Dryer

Safe

Example from past accommodations

Inclusions

What’s included?

  • Cuban visa
  • Flights between countries
  • All activities listed on itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Guides
  • Tickets to all scheduled sites
  • Ground transportation
  • 24h bilingual tour director support
  • Pre-departure Q&A

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Additional health & evacuation insurance
  • Optional airport pick up and drop off - 45 USD (both ways) per person

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Register now!

Steps to enroll:

  1. Download registration form below, fill it out and send to info@colibriboston.org or mail to Colibri Boston, 210 Broadway, Suite 201, Cambridge, MA 02139.
  2. Send us a copy of your passport and deposit check.
  3. Pack your bags and enjoy!

Small group:

8 - 20 ppl

Physical rating:

Easy

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Reviews

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 architecture tour was.

Gail G. of Brookline, MA

As a recent participant on a Cuba Study tour through UMass Bosont guided by Colibri Boston, I have nothing but high praise for 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 their ability to cater to those folks who needed more guidance while leaving us solo types to explore as we wished. The local contacts they made for guide and driver were excellent. Our 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.

Joe M. of Seattle, WA

We want to thank Colibri Boston for organizing our Cuba architecture tour with great meals, and the excellent tour leaders, Jorge and Alex, who made the whole trip a truly unforgettable experience! It was absolutely superb in every way. The organization of the itinerary was excellent and accurate on every detail. Our group was lucky to have the most amazing, intelligent and funny tour directors ever - Sylvia. She provided valuable insight into the Cuban politics and the daily lives of the Cubans. What we loved about this travel company is that they gave us as much as they could in the time frame allotted but also gave the option of having our own personal time and helped arranged activities that we wanted.

Pete J. of Portland, MA

Sylvia was amazing...in a country where things may not go as planned, Sylvia made everything appear seamless. Her knowledge of Cuba is astounding. She's unflappable...if plan A doesn't work she has a plan B, C and D and does it with a smile. What my wife and I experienced was eye opening, what Sylvia showed us, where she took us, what she taught us, made the trip more than we ever envisioned.

Doug S. of Jamaica Plain, MA

We had a great experience with Colibri Boston. They were super quick to respond to every email we sent prior to our trip. All details were set and we knew exactly where to meet our driver at Havana Airport. Jorge was wonderful! His knowledge of the Cuban history was incredible and his English was perfect!

Dan B. of Manchester, NH

This is my 5th experience with Colibri Boston, and once again, it failed to disappoint. I went to Cuba last year and Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Poland the previous years. As usual, a wonderful time was had by all, and big thanks to Sylvia and her staff for being prompt and accommodating. You are highly recommended!!

Adriana S. of Chicago, IL

Colibri Boston is awesome! Our guide Jorge was warm, welcoming, smart, fully knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. We enjoyed deep conversations, as we were very curious about daily life in Cuba. As for accommodation, we stayed in stunning villas in Havana and charming “campesino” fincas in the countryside. We loved every bit of our Cuba architecture tour.

Maria & Tony C. of Boston, MA