Architecture and Leisure. The tour design for Architecture lovers
This tour will allow Architecture lovers to appreciate some of Cuba’s best architectural heritage. Our clients will be able to witness the restoration and rescue process taking place in a country that treasures some of the most wonderful architectural pieces built in the Americas since 16th Century up to the 20th Century. Our clients will also be able to appreciate the uniqueness of styles and tendencies adapted to Cuba’s geography, weather and idiosyncrasy.
They will also have the opportunity to visit some of the Americas’ oldest and most important fortresses and buildings built by the Spaniards during Colonial Times, walk through Old Havana´s, Cienfuegos and Trinidad beautiful Squares and streets, also visit churches and palaces.
A sightseeing of Matanzas City and a day trip to Varadero beach will show briefly the impact of new architecture for tourism at its beaches and urban areas.
There is lots of free time which could well be spent at any of the beaches that will be visited during the week. Throughout the week, there will be conversations with local experts, explanations of restoration programs, professional guided visits to the most outstanding promenades, buildings, fortresses and monuments.
The first 3 days of the trip will be spent in Havana City, the capital city of Cuba, founded in 1519 by Spanish Colonizers. Conversations with architects, university professors and historians will allow our clients to learn about Havana city’s development throughout the times. A visit to Havana City’s scale Model has been included in the itinerary. Over there, visitors will have a panoramic scale view of urban development and our clients will be provided with a unique opportunity of engaging in a conversation with one of Cuba’s top architects. There will be walking tours as well as panoramic city tours scheduled for each day the group spends in Havana City. Our clients will walk down the streets of Colonial Old Havana as well as modern and Republican Havana where 3 centuries of colonial architecture converge with baroque, neo-gothic, art nouveau, art deco, eclectic and modern styles, in this marvellous Caribbean city.
On day 4, the group will travel by bus to Cienfuegos city. Located on the southern coast of the island and founded by French immigrants in 19th Century on one of Cuba’s most beautiful harbours, Cienfuegos is known to Cubans as “the Pearl of the South”. A full day in Cienfuegos will allow our clients to enjoy its outstanding neoclassical architecture as they are guided through the city by city historian.
Later that day, the group will travel to the city of Trinidad, a real jewel of colonial architecture. Built in early 16th Century, Trinidad was one of the first cities founded in Cuba by Spanish conquistadores, and it is probably the best preserved one. The whole town of Trinidad is a museum. Its streets, buildings and even furniture have been almost untouched for centuries.
On day 5, the group will spend some time walking down the streets by the hands of the city historian. There will also be time to enjoy local cuisine and to visit the countryside and one of the World Heritage sites: “El Valle de los Ingenios” (Sugar Mill's Valley). Our clients will visit this valley to see the ruins of what used to be sugar factories and slaves barracks, and will enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant built over an old watch tower: “La Torre de Iznaga”. They will also have time to enjoy the beach at Ancon Penninsula, where the hotel is located.
On day 6, the group will travel to Varadero beach where a local architect will provide insights to the impact of massive construction for tourism has had urban zones and beaches. The rest of the day can be spent at one of the world’s best sandy beaches.
Day 7 is the day for relaxation. No visits or meetings have been scheduled for that day. On day 8, the tour is over, and our clients leaving the country will be provided with transfer service to the airport in Havana city.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: starting from $ 850 US
Note: Please, Contact us to receive a quotation, a detailed copy of the itinerary or to adapt the tour itinerary to your specific requirements……
Tour for architect lovers and/or students.
- Duration: 8 days & 7 nights.
- Accommodations in 4 stars or 5 star Hotels in Havana City, Cienfuegos city, Trinidad City and Varadero.
- Daily breakfasts.
- Lunches and dinners in some of the best restaurants of each city.
- Full- time bilingual tour guide to accompany the group
- City tours, visits and lectures conducted by internationally acclaimed Cuban architects, professors and other specialists, deeply involved in Cuban architecture restoration process.
- Admission to places as described on itinerary.
- Air-conditioned bus for transportation from day 1 to day 8, to all cities and places as described on itinerary.
- Not included in price: international flight to Cuba, traveler insurance, Havana airport departure tax ($25 CUC), tourist visa, tips and gratuities
Minimum of passengers required: 10
If number of participants is below 6 passengers, a taylored made package can be quote for you.