About this tour

The three-day exclusive Cubaism art tour package is designed to take participants around Havana’s most illustrious art galleries and artist’s studios. The package deal ties together the specialised elements of Cubartours art expertise and Cubaism’s closely curated tourist experiences, featuring classy hotels, captivating locations and cultural gems. The price of the tour varies according to the hotel you would select to stay in and the time of year you will be visiting. Private sector accommodation is also readily available if required. 

Arrival Day: Upon arrival at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will take you to your selected hotel in a convertible classic car, ensuring your trip begins in the most authentic manner. The first evening will be free for you to discover the city and recover from the journey.

Day 1: Your assigned Cuban art specialist will collect you from your hotel and walk with you over to the first stop along the way, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The guided tour of the Museo will ensure that the beauty of this collection is unfurled before your very eyes through an in-depth explanation of the context, periods, movements and landmark pieces from Cuban Art History. A short walk away from the Museo is the studio of artist Nelson Dominguez. You will have time to walk around Dominguez’s studio and will have an opportunity to speak with the artist himself or his studio assistant when he is unavailable. Cubaism and Cubartours have come together to select the best eateries for clients to lunch and dine in. Lunch on Day 1 will be served at Los Mercaderes, situated conveniently close to the landmark La Mina complex. After lunch, you will meander through the studios of the La Mina artists: Angel Ramirez, Ernesto Rancaño, Carlos Guzman, Roberto Fabelo, Pedro Pablo Olive and Zaida del Rio. A short walk through Old Havana’s colonial streets will then lead you to the final studio of the day, the Taller del Sol where you will find one of Cuba’s most widely recognised artists Choco. After completing the whirlwind art section of the day, Cubaism will bring it’s 13 years of Cuban travel experience to your travels and will present you with the most quintessentially Cuban experience. A classic 50s car will drive you from your hotel to Vedado where you will enjoy cocktails on the terrace of the Nacional hotel, before dining at Cafe Laurent, looking over the exquisite Vedado skyline. Your transport will then take you back to your hotel so that you will fresh and ready for Day 2 of the art tour.

Day 2: Comprising of a young artists and gallery day, once again, you will meet your assigned art specialist at the hotel. The second leg of the tour will begin with a visit to the studio of artist Adonis Ferro. Adonis Ferro, considered one of the brightest young Cuban artists, has displayed across the American continent as well as showing in parts of Europe. Following on from this you will visit the studio of Jose Manuel Mesias. Mesias’ work has grown from strength to strength over the years. Most recently he has had a solo display at the Factoria Habana, one of the country’s most important galleries.You will then be visiting Centro de Desarrollo de Artes Visuales and the Fototeca, two crucial Cuban art institutions. The tours will be guided by specialists from C.D.A.V and the Fototeca. Lunch will be had at the hip 304 O’Reilly, listed in all modern travel guides as a must visit! After a refreshing lunch and a cocktail or two, you will be visiting 3 cornerstone Cuban art institutions-- the Factoria Habana, the famous Centro Wifredo Lam and the Taller de Arte Grafica. The day will end here giving you some time to wander around before dining at the Cuban culinary spiritual home Doña Eutimia. Once you have had a chance to refresh and recover your transport will collect you from your hotel and take you Fabrica del Arte Cubano, the hottest spot in town. Run by Cuban musician X Alfonso, FAC occupies the heart of Vedado nightlife and the Cuban art scene. The space is divided into a club area, concert hall, screening space and gallery, with every area accompanied by a fully stocked bar.

Day 3: A car and your (by now well acquainted) art specialist will take you once again to the Vedado area. Here you will visit the studios of Rafael Villares and Niels Reyes and the Galeria Habana and Villa Manuela. After lunch at the swanky Le Chansonnier, famous for its interiors designed by cutting-edge Cuban artists, you will be taken to Playa del Este where you will visit the studio of Cireneica Moreira. The artist has expressed her concern about the human condition through photography. Her focus has primarily been on the role of women in Cuban society. After this studio, you will be taken to the beaches of Playa del Este to unwind with sun, sea and cocktails. Transport will be arranged to take you back to your hotel in the evening where you can rest and unwind from your 3-day voyage into the Cuban art world.

Prices of the tour vary according to the hotel selected and the date in which you would choose to travel. The package includes accommodation (4 nights), visa fees, transport fees, entrance fees to galleries and a full-time art specialist.

Prices exclude- air travel, lunches and dinners, drinks, tips or anything additional that has not been mentioned in the list above.

Itineraries are subject to change according to artist and studio availability. 

The hotels to select from are listed below--all bookings will be made through Cubaism:

Palacio O’Farrill (click here)

Hotel Raquel (click here)

Hotel El Comendador (click here)

Palacio del Marqués de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal Hotel (click here)

Hotel Gran Caribe Inglaterra (click here)

Hotel Florida (click here)

Santa Isabel (click here)

Hotel Mecure Sevilla (click here)

Parque Central (click here)

Hotel Manzana Kempinski (click here)

 

For more information please email jasmine@cubaism.com

 

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Paladar Los Mercaderes

This private restaurant in a historic building has to be one of Cuba's most refined paladares for ambience, service and food, both Cuban and international.

Café Laurent

Just few blocks from Havana's Malecón, overlooking the sparkeling city, you will find a true jewel of International and Mediterranean cuisine.

O'Reilly 304

Specialising in gins, it is one of the only Gin Bar-Restaurants in Havana, its decorative and thematic inspiration coming from an East London hipster style bar.

Doña Eutimia

Doña Eutimia, located in the heart of Old Havana, has stolen the hearts of many who have walked through its doors. Run by the loving and highly respected Leticia Abad, the restaurant has been open since 2012 and consists of only 40 seats.

Le Chansonnier

If one word could describe Le Chansonnier it would be chic. Having reopened in 2011 under the watchful eyes of Hector Higueras, Le Chansonnier’s previously rustic and antique filled interiors have been turned into a white cube type space.

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happy customers

The tour was incredible -the most enjoyable thing I did in Havana. The artists you guys chose were so interesting and it was nice to see the broad spectrum of art in Cuba. I'm so happy I booked this, all the girls were so friendly and knowledgeable.

Taleen Setrakian

Jasmine curated one of the most incredible arts experiences we've had. Anyone who is a genuine art lover and interested in connecting with the source of these works should go on a tour. It is truly an elevated experience--5 stars all around!

Karla Braun

The tour was insightful and interesting. We had the rare experience to see works of art up close and personal, as well as the chance to discuss those works with the artists themselves. An experience I never would have had if it were not for this tour.

Natasha Persun