Available in 2013 onlyCuba: Havana & Viñales Valley
Havana - Soroa - Viñales - Las Terrazas
9 Days from $2995
Building upon the success of our flagship Cuba: A Bridge Between Cultures People-to-People journey, Cuba: Havana & Viñales Valley will focus on meaningful cultural exchange with the people of Cuba. This itinerary centers around two contrasting Cuban locales: the capital of Havana (4 nights), where we explore both the vibrant, modern districts and the historic time capsule of Habana Vieja (Old Havana); and the Viñales Valley (3 nights).
From the city to the countryside, this program offers a unique view of Cuba's cultural and natural landscapes. Join us as we continue our mission to support a new beginning between the people of the United States and Cuba.
You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Miami, where our group meets for one overnight before flying together to Havana the next day.
We will center our People-to-People visits in these two Cuban cities. More details about this program's itinerary and departure dates are hosted on the Overseas Adventure Travel website. However, please note that this is a representative itinerary, and that features are subject to change as availability is controlled by the Cuban government.
|On the streets of Havana, we'll seek out spontaneous People-to-People interactions with locals.|
Havana (4 nights): In spite of pockets of faded glamor, Havana remains one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the Caribbean. Founded early in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadores, today's Havana is a sprawling metropolis of more than 2 million residents. Three of the city's popular boroughs—Centro Habana, Vedado, and Habana Vieja—radiate from the Malecon, Havana's famous oceanfront promenade. Centro Habana is a densely-packed residential area whose lively streets pulse with the rhythms of daily Cuban life. The city's cultural heart, Vedado, is a more upscale district of restored colonial charm situated not far from the Plaza de la Revolucion, the vast city square that has witnessed so much Cuban history.
But it's in Habana Vieja—Old Havana—where the city's sense of the past is brought most vividly to life. In many ways a time capsule of the 1950s, Old Havana is home to meticulously-restored colonial buildings, cobblestone squares, historic plazas, cafés, and restaurants. Both a mecca for travelers and a vibrant local neighborhood, strains of salsa music spill out onto Habana Vieja's narrow streets that teem with vintage American cars and horse-drawn carriages. The colonial core and fortifications of Habana Vieja were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
Viñales Valley (3 nights): The enchantment of Cuba's natural beauty is perfectly captured in Viñales Valley, a broad, fertile valley situated in the heart of the country's tobacco-growing region. Viñales is also home to a series of striking hill formations known as mogotes. These eerie, boulder-like hillocks—some rising almost 1,000 feet in the air—are actually part of the nearby Sierra de los Organos mountain chain, and were originally formed during the Jurassic period and then carved away by eons of erosion. Few landscapes offer a stronger sense of serenity than Viñales Valley, especially when witnessing the strange mogotes as the morning mist rises from the valley floor. With scenes of straw-hatted cowboys on horseback and plodding ox-drawn plows, rural Viñales is reminiscent of centuries-gone era.
Reservations can only be made through Grand Circle Foundation:
9:00 am–8:00 pm (EST)
9:00 am–7:00 pm (EST)
More details about this program are hosted on the
Overseas Adventure Travel website.
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