This itinerary, including specific site visits, is subject to change.
Convene in Miami at airport hotel for drinks, dinner and an introductory lecture on the history of Cuba and its architecture.
December 2: Havana; Arrival and Orientation
Morning departure from Miami to Havana, arriving early afternoon. Introductory bus tour of the city with stops at key sites including the harbor fortress El Castillo del Morro for a panoramic view of the city. Check into the historic Parque Central, our home base for the Havana segment of the tour.
December 3: Colonial Havana
Morning walking tour of Old Havana, visiting major buildings and public spaces from the 17th through the 20th centuries. In the afternoon walk "Las Murallas" and its civic buildings of the early Republican period.
December 4: Art Deco, Eclecticism and Early Modernism
Combined bus and walking tour in Centro Habana and El Vedado, the neighborhoods developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries outside the walls of the old city.
December 5: Havana Modernism with Eduardo Luis Rodríguez
Morning walking tour in El Vedado, including residential, commercial, and civic buildings along “La Rampa.” Afternoon bus tour through Nuevo Vedado, Miramar, Playa and Cubanacán, with selected interior visits to private homes.
December 6: Post Revolution Havana: Tale of Two Campuses with Universo Garcia
Visits to the two major university campuses built after the revolution: Ciudad Universitaria José Antonio Echeverria and the Escuelas Nacionales de Artes.
December 7: East of Havana to Matanzas and Varadero
Depart Havana and travel east to visit the 1962 new town of Habana del Este, the historic sugar port of Matanzas, and the fabled Varadero beach resort with notable architecture from the 1920s through the 1970s. Spend the night at Iberostar Varadero.
December 8: Cienfuegos/Trinidad
Drive south to the Caribbean port city of Cienfuegos, with its remarkably intact 19th-century opera house, eclectic houses and civic buildings, mid-century modern hotel and two extraordinary cemeteries. Drive on to Trinidad in time for evening walking tour. Overnight in Trinidad at Iberostar Trinidad.
December 9: Trinidad, Valle de los Ingenios, Sancti Spiritus, Camagüey
Morning tour of Trinidad, an astonishingly well-preserved colonial city and UNESCO world heritage site. Drive east into the Valle de los Ingenios to visit historic sugar plantations, continuing on through the old town of Sancti Spiritus to Camagüey. Stay in Hotel E Santa Maria.
December 10: Camagüey to Gibara
Morning tour of Camagüey, the mid-island city that Cubans consider the most romantic of places, with its beautiful squares, churches, and neoclassical houses. Drive east through Las Tunas and Holguín provinces, visiting early 20th-century sugar mill towns and the village of Velasco with its eccentric 1964 Casa de Cultura. End the day in Gibara, a beautiful historic sugar port—like Trinidad without the tourists. Stay overnight at E Ordono.
December 11: Holguín, Bayamo and Santiago
Morning visit to Holguín, Cuba's fourth-largest city and an important regional center. Drive south to Bayamo, with its historic church and remarkable 1964 forestry station on the edge of town. Continue on to Santiago; check into the Imperial in Santiago de Cuba.
December 12: Santiago de Cuba with Omar López Rodríguez
All-day tour of Santiago, including the Parque Céspedes, Cathedral, 16th-century Casa de Don Diego Velázquez, 17th-century Morro fortress, Moncada Barracks, major university buildings from the 1950s and 60s, and a post-revolution pre-fabricated concrete housing complex.
December 13: Santiago and Guantánamo
Morning visits to additional sites in Santiago; then visit an early 189C French coffee plantation in the mountains and the old port city of Guantanamo. From a hilltop mirador one gets a view of Guantánamo Bay and the U.S. Naval Base.
December 14: Santiago and Departure
The group will return to Holguin for departure flight back to Miami.