Timeworn, but magnificent. Dilapidated, but dignified. Fun, yet maddeningly frustrating. Cuba is a country of indefinable magic.
Writer Brendan Sainsbury, when talking about Cuba said, “Cuba is like a prince in a poor man’s coat: behind the sometimes shabby facades, gold dust lingers.” Existing through en economic embargo that has lasted more than half a century, Cuba’s colonial cities haven’t changed much since pirates roamed the Caribbean. The atmosphere and architecture is particularly stirring in places like Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad where grandiose squares and cobbled streets tell of opulence and intrigue.
Join Explore Amazing Places and cruise the ocean front Malecon of Havana in a 57 Chevy. Experience history as we stay in the the Hotel Nacional, where ousted president Gerardo Machado took refuge during the Sergeants’ Revolt of 1933. Be welcomed into gorgeous Casa Privadas, “Private Homes” of Cuban artists in the colonial city of Trinidad where you’ll also be able to enjoy the warm white sands of Playa Ancon. Your Explore Amazing Places experience of Cuba will be second to none.
About the Artist
My artistic journey started 17 years ago inspired by the ever changing light on the landscape amid the Steinbeck immortalized hills where I live. Plein air painting is my chosen method therefore calling me to create paintings outdoors! Oil paint and an array of palette knives is my way of conveying what I see. After rendering my vision in bold shapes and color, I deconstruct the painting adding texture and angst. There is something exhilarating about spending 3 hours of your day to capturing all of that energy and beauty. #YouHadToBeThere.
A passion ignited by a passion leads the path to success..Since I am an avid equestrian, I like to begin my day with a ride. My horse Magnum is a frequent subject appearing in my work. He is a stunning creature and capturing him on canvas is a pleasure.! Art and horses will always intertwine in my life. It is all about that movement, which I interpret in my dressage and paintings. My best work comes from that powerful engagement and risk always plays a part. My work is impressionistic bordering in abstraction.
Cost: $3,550 per person Single Supplement: $350
Our Travel Itinerary
January 20th - 29th
Monday, January 20th
Tuesday, January 21st
Wednesday, January 22nd
Thursday, January 23rd
Friday, January 24th
Saturday, January 25th
Sunday, January 26th
Monday, January 27th
Tuesday, January 28th
Wednesday, January 29th
Arrival in Havana
Explore Havana by foot & classic auto
Paint Havana & learn to make mojitos
Paint Havana & explore it’s history
Travel from Havana to Trinidad
Paint Trinidad with Lili-Anne Price
Explore Escambry by train
Paint Trinidad and enjoy Playa Ancon
Travel from Trinidad to Havana
You can download a full version of the itinerary, complete with times and detailed descriptions of each destination here.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
*Before you register, please read Explore Amazing Places Terms and Conditions
Included in your Tour: 10 days, 9 nights at a unique luxury hotel as well as classic private homes ▪ Meals per itinerary, including tips ▪ Hotel Baggage handling and driver gratuities ▪ Deluxe motor coaches ▪ Excursions/entrance fees per itinerary
NOT Included: ▪ Airfare from your hometown to Havana, Cuba ▪ Airport baggage handling tips ▪ Alcohol or personal room charges ▪ Guide tip (when we provide a guide we recommend $3 - $5 per person) ▪ Travel Visa
Explore Amazing Places Tour: $3550 per person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $350 per person
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Secure Your Travel Visa
Travel to Cuba requires that you secure a tourist visa. This is a simple process and easy to facilitate. You can purchase the visa online through Cuba Travel Services. The total cost of this Visa is $85.00 and you should receive it within just a couple of days. When selecting the OFAC category, be sure to select, “Support for the Cuban people” from the drop down menu. Also, you’ll want to select “Havana” from the Cuban Province drop down. Be sure to read the details listed in the description at the bottom of the page and don’t hesitate to call Cuba Travel Service with any questions you might have.