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Weekend in Havana for Foodies – OVERVIEW

Access Trips is recommended by Fodor’s as a top Cuba tour operator!

If you are looking for a longer trip, please check out our 8-day Cuba Culinary Tour.

Escape with Access Trips for a long weekend in Havana, Cuba’s vibrant gem. Havana is everything you’ve heard about, and more, from stunning architecture to sultry salsa, and colorful markets to classic cars!

On our 5-day culinary weekend in Havana you’ll discover authentic Havana and connect with the locals in a meaningful way. You will be invited inside the kitchen of one of Havana’s finest paladares, learn to salsa with incredibly talented dancers, and meet an Afro-Cuban artist whose work evokes the traditions of Santeria. A highlight is a mouth-watering meal in local’s home, with daiquiris served by a celebrated mixologist who recently retired after 39 years at Hemingway haunt, El Floridita. You’ll also have an opportunity to explore some of Cuba’s iconic sights, such as Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s house), Havana Vieja, and Revolution Square. Along the way you’ll dine at Havana’s top restaurants and stay in deluxe accommodations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join our legal weekend tour of Havana during a pivotal moment in history! For more information, please call 1-800-567-9400 or email us today. Our Havana weekend tour is operated under a license granted by the US Treasury Department.

Statement from CEO, Tamar Lowell, on updated Cuba policies announced on June 16, 2017: At Access Trips we believe firmly in the power of people-to-people connections to effect change and we affirm our conviction that all Americans should be able to travel freely to Cuba and beyond. Although today’s new policy announcement restricts the travel of individuals to Cuba, Access Trips will continue to offer people-to-people small group tours to Cuba as we have been doing since 2015. Access Trips’ tours will operate as planned, with our eight-day immersive culinary tours as well as our five-day weekend trips to Havana both designed to help our guests explore Cuban culture through its cuisine. On our people-to-people Cuba tours we will continue to use deluxe private accommodations and curate exceptional cross-cultural experiences, thus improving the lives of the local people and meeting the high demand to experience Cuba firsthand and connect with the locals.


The Food of Havana

Cuban cuisine sits at the crossroads of African, Latin American, Spanish and indigenous influences. At the center of former Caribbean trade routes, Cuba’s food story is a melting pot of those vibrant cultures that once came through its ports. Rice, beans, peppers, fresh greens, fish, chicken, pork, and tropical fruit come together in stews, on the grill, and on your plate. Havana’s creative chefs are inspired to experiment with what’s available locally – organic produce direct from local farms, and seafood straight from the fisherman’s net.

On your weekend in Havana, you will have the opportunity to meet with talented chefs and mixologists who will share their secrets to making authentic Cuban cuisine and cocktails. You’ll also enjoy traditional Cuban breakfasts of bread, ham and eggs served with hot coffee and fresh tropical fruit smoothies. Lunch and dinner include dishes like Paella Cubano, Ropa Vieja, and freshly caught grilled fish and lobster, paired with classic Cuban cocktails such as daiquiris or mojitos.

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Havana Weekend – Itinerary

DAY 1: Your Weekend In Havana Begins

Today you fly to Havana. Welcome dinner at a top paladar (privately-owned restaurant).

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DAY 2: Santeria Art, Mojitos, & Salsa Dancing

Explore Havana Vieja. Mojito class, cooking demo and lunch at a beautiful paladar. Visit Afro-Cuban street art gallery. Salsa dance class.

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DAY 3: Fuster Gallery & Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s Home)

See the vibrant art gallery and neighborhood of José Fuster. Visit to Hemingway’s house. Lunch and daiquiris in Cojimar.

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DAY 4: Peruse Farmer’s Market & Happy Hour in a Local’s Home

Visit a neighborhood farmer’s market. Lunch at a famous paladar. Daiquiri class with a renowned bartender and tapas in a local’s apartment.

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DAY 5: Havana Weekend Getaway Ends

After breakfast, drive to the airport for your flight home. 

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Please note that Cuba is an adventurous destination where things do not always go as planned – in fact they often do not go as planned. We urge you to bring a flexible attitude and a sense of humor on your Havana tour. The above itinerary reflects our best planning, but there may be times when we have to substitute different activities and accommodations. That is la aventura Cubana – the Cuban adventure!