Cuba Culinary Tour – Overview
Take a step back in time and a step forward in cultural relations as you discover Cuba’s culture through its cuisine on our ground-breaking Cuba culinary tour. Access Trips pioneered culinary travel to Cuba by offering access inside Cuban kitchens at top restaurants for the first time ever on our legal, 8-day Cuba tour. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience an authentic culinary journey where you’ll meet the locals and immerse yourself in the Cuban food scene through farm and market visits, opportunities to learn from local chefs, and delicious meals at some of the island’s most renowned private restaurants, or paladares.
On your Cuba tour you will spend five action-packed days in vibrant Havana engaged in meaningful interaction with farmers, chefs and artists. We’ll 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. We will even make daiquiris with a celebrated mixologist who recently retired after 39 years at Havana’s legendary El Floridita, where Hemingway was a regular. And you’ll also have an opportunity to see some of Cuba’s iconic sights, such as Havana Vieja & Revolution Square.
We’ll venture far off the beaten path to the Viñales Valley, a stunningly serene and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its tobacco plantations. We’ll meet a third-generation tobacco farmer and learn how he makes organic Cohiba and Montecristo cigars. Your Cuba tour won’t be complete until you try one dipped in honey! We’ll also dine at a delicious private restaurant with panoramic views across the entire valley and stroll through their organic farm. After lunch we will explore the town of Las Terrazas, which is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve and the site of one of the oldest coffee plantations in Cuba.
We then journey to the town of Trinidad, where the sounds of street music and clip-clopping horse carriages evoke the town’s colonial history. A short drive away, we will meet with fishermen bringing in the morning haul, and learn the secrets to making Cuban grilled fish while chatting with a former fisherman turned chef in his open kitchen.
Don’t miss this opportunity to join one of our legal Cuba tours during a pivotal moment in history. For more information, please call 1-800-567-9400 or email us today. Our Cuba culinary tour is operated under a license granted by the US Treasury Department.
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Cuban cuisine represents a food culture situated at the crossroads of African, Latin American, Indigenous and Spanish 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 from across the Caribbean come together in stews, on the grill, and on your plate. ‘Creative’ describes today’s Cuban cuisine, as chefs are inspired to experiment with what’s available locally – produce directly from the farm you’ll visit, and seafood straight from the fisherman’s net.
On our Cuba tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with talented chefs and mixologists as they share the 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 bring dishes like Paella Cubano, Ropa Vieja, freshly caught grilled fish and lobster to the table enjoyed with classic Cuba cocktails such as daiquiris or mojitos.More
Cuba Tour – Itinerary
DAY 1: Cuba Tour Begins As You Fly to Havana
Today you fly to Havana. Check into accommodations. Welcome dinner at a top paladar (privately-owned restaurant).
DAY 2: Art, Cocktails, and Dancing with Local Experts
Explore Havana Vieja. Mojito class, cooking demo and lunch at a beautiful paladar. Visit Afro-Cuban street art gallery. Salsa dance class.
DAY 3: Explore Havana’s Markets & Happy Hour Tapas in a Local’s Home
Visit a neighborhood farmer’s market and supermarket. Lunch at a famous paladar. Daiquiri class with a renowned bartender and tapas in a local’s apartment.
DAY 4: Day Trip to Viñales Valley & Las Terrazas
Visit a tobacco farm and meet with the tobacco farmer. Lunch at a beautiful organic Viñales finca (farm). Explore town with one of the oldest coffee plantations in Cuba and visit the home and art studio of a local artist.
DAY 5: Fuster Gallery & Farm Tour
Morning visit to the incredible art gallery and neighborhood of José Fuster. Tour of sustainable farm followed by lunch. Visit to El Floridita, one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts.
DAY 6: Discover Trinidad
Five hour drive to the beautiful colonial town of Trinidad. Afternoon walk around town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DAY 7: Valle de los Ingenios & Seafood Lunch with Local Chef
Connect with local fisherman at Playa La Boca. Short drive to Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Traditional seafood lunch by fisherman turned chef. Farewell dinner.
DAY 8: Drive back to Havana & Cuba Tour Ends
Five hour drive back to Havana for evening flights home.More
Please note: This trip involves a lengthy 9-hour round-trip drive to the colonial town of Trinidad. While the drive is beautiful, please be aware that there will be two separate days with approximately 5-hours of driving. If you prefer not to do the journey to Trinidad, this trip can be shortened to just the Havana portion for 5 or 6 days. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a shorter tour.
Please also 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 Cuba 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!