On our Cuba tours, we explore whether or not the revolution can survive as Cuba renews ties with its old foe the United States. Cuba Travel with a difference on our week-long expert led tour.
Dates: Nov 28- Dec 5, 2016
Single supplement: £500.00
Cuba is on the cusp of significant change as Washington and Havana restore ties. Investors and tourists are already flocking to the island. But Cuba’s communist government is determined to ensure it remains in power. Ordinary Cubans also want to hold onto benefits, from health care to education and beyond, delivered by the revolution.
On our tours of Cuba, we examine just what will remain intact during this crucial period in Cuban history. We travel across the country ranging from the backstreets of Havana to the tobacco plantations of Vinales. We look at Cuba’s experiments with the market economy and speak to some of the most senior commentators and politicians in the country.
Limited spaces for December 2016 tour left. Call now to book on 0843 289 2349 or email [email protected]
Cuba Tours Experts
Our Cuba Tours experts include Marc Frank, a long time Reuters reporter based in Cuba, and widely regarded as the best international political analyst on the island. We will also be working with several Cuban journalists.
Day One: Arrival
Arrival in Havana. (UK customers can fly directly to Havana from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic). Meeting point and introduction to the week ahead with Political Tours staff. Dinner at Dona Eutemia, home to “the best food that exists in modern day Cuba”. Overnight in Havana.
Day Two: Agriculture
Head out early to Viñales, a small town in the west of the island and home to veg, fruit and, more famously, tobacco plantations. We take a walk through the countryside and tobacco fields. Cuba’s tobacco trade is world famous, but most things here are farmed by hand. Will that change? Meeting with local farmers and an overview of Cuban agriculture, accompanied by an expert guide. Overnight in a local B + B.
Day Three: Economy
Return to Havana – Talk with an economics professor at Havana University. Breakdown of modern-day Cuban economic structure and black market. We explain the ins and outs of how the Cuban economy struggles to survive and what its plan is for the near future in the face of new reforms. We look at the local economy on a small scale, street trading vs state supplied markets. How do people make ends meet and what does the state supply? Dinner at Café Laurent. Evening drinks at Hotel Nacional. Overnight in Havana.
Day Four: Architecture, Real Estate & US relations
Walking tour of Old Havana focusing on architecture, design and what will happen with the gentrification in Old/Central Havana. What do future investors see in Cuba? Meeting with an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Min Rex). Talk about US-Cuban relations. Dinner at Starbien. Evening at Fabrica de Arte Cubano, an art space/concert hall/bar/gallery that exemplifies what the modern Cuban youth scene looks like.
Day Five: Foreign Investment
Guest speaker: A UK native who has lived in Cuba for over 20 years and runs a successful production company out of Havana. Visit the Miramar Business Center and meeting with local member of the Chamber of Commerce; discuss reforms taking place and how they are affecting local business and foreign investors. Visit to Port of Mariel. Dinner at El Litoral along the Malecon. Evening with locals along the Malecon and/or dancing at Casa de la Musica. Overnight in Havana.
Day Six: Media & The Revolution
Morning tour of Hemingway’s finca along the outskirts of town. Meeting with senior Cuban government officials, including senior member of the Communist party. As the economy changes, does the government envisage democratic reform? Afternoon with Marc Frank, Reuters correspondent and Financial Times contributor. Visit to a major national newspaper for their perspective on the news. Dinner at El Mediterraneo. Overnight at Nuevo Vedado, Havana.
Day Seven: Final Day
Breakfast and Lunch in Havana together. Further meetings with government officials. Time off in Havana to explore before mid-afternoon departure from Havana airport.
Please contact us for further information about visas. Flights are not included, but all transport, accommodation and main meals during the tour are.
Marc Frank Cuba Revelations
Julia Cooke The Others Side of Paradise: Life in the new Cuba.
Ann -Louise Bardach Without Fidel