Award-Winning photographer Byron Motley and founder of EmbracingCUBA Tours will lead groups to off the beaten paths of Havana and surrounding cities to capture unique and powerful images. Practically everywhere you look a photographic opportunity presents itself. You will walk the street of Havana and beyond and capture images you never dreamed you’d be able to. Photographers of any level are welcome. The tour will end with a group showing of the best images from each participant at a gallery in Old Havana. Now that’s something to go home and brag about!
January 14 - 21, 2018
Join us for music filled venture to Cuba for Havana's International Jazz Festival.
The festival first took place in 1979 and over the years it has become one of the most important dates in jazz–lovers’ diaries. During the Havana International Jazz Festival, fans flock to major concerts at the Amadeo Roldan, Nacional and Mella Theaters, but it’s the intimate events in Havana’s clubs that really get the juices flowing. This year's performers have yet to be announced, but it is sure to be a dynamic mix of Cuban and other international greats. Hear music like you've NEVER heard it before!
Price: $2,499.00 USD per person in Double and $2,799.00 USD per person in SGL -- Airfare not included
CubaBall - Baseball Tours - Coming 2018
Cuba has become more progressive when it comes to social issues than one might realize. Its newest Revolution is one of social and political reform around issues of equal rights for the island’s LGBT community. This tour will include visits to CENESEX, the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana and the city of Santa Clara where Cuba’s original government-authorized gay establishment, El Mejunje resides. Recently celebrating its 25-year anniversary, enjoy El Mejunje’s outrageous Drag shows and dance until the wee hours of the morning.
TBA (Depends on schedule of Cuba’s national teams)
Béisbol is Cuba’s national pastime. The phenomenon of the sport on the island is unto a world of its own. For any baseball lover, the CUBABALL trip is a must to see some of Cuba’s great raw talent who just might become the next Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu or Jose Iglesias! Depending on game schedules we will see powerhouse teams such as the Industrials Leones of Havana as well as amateur ball of young and up and coming talent.
Members of the January 2017 Hemingway tour group in Hemingway's office inside Finca Vigia with Valerie Hemingway giving amazing insight into living and working with Hemingway in Cuba!
NEWS! The recent ban on traveling to Cuba imposed by the Trump administration was not completely imposed on Cuba! Cruise lines and commercial airlines will continue going to Cuba.
Tour companies can still take groups on cultural exchange trips. This is where WE come in!
Although tighter restrictions have been imposed on individual travelers, all of our tours fall under the guidelines for legal group travels to the island.
So....pick a tour! Contact us! Pack your bags and Vamos a CUBA!
Embrace Cuba......IT'S TIME!!!
November 21 - 28, 2017
A Dog Show in Cuba? YES! Who knew? Havana has played host to political summits, art festivals, ballet tributes and international baseball competitions. Now dog lovers are getting their chance to take center stage. Hosting a bi-annual Dog Show since 2011, this one-of-a-kind offered tour will put you front and center to be on hand to see which pampered pooch is crowned Cuba’s BEST IN SHOW! Love dogs? Love travel? Then THIS is the event tour for you!
We will visit and dine at the top restaurants Cuba has to offer. Visit with chefs, mixologists and restaurateurs, and learn to cook Cuban style! Cuban cuisine represents a food culture blending African, Latin American, Indigenous and Spanish influences. 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.
In accordance with United States regulations on travels to Cuba, this experience will include many cultural activities. Depending on scheduling your trip will also include visits to:
• Tours around the capital city of Havana
• Walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Habana Vieja
• Visit to the Museum of the Revolution
• Visit Cigar Factory
• Free time shopping the open air markets of Havana
• Sala Dance Lessons
• Visit the Fabrica Arte de Cubano
• Visits with renown Cuban artists and excursions to top artist galleries
• Cuban Folkloric dance show
• Attend cabaret show at the world-famous Tropicana nightclub
• Attend Fire of the Cannon ceremony at the the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana
• Visit to Finca La Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s estate
• Visit to Bay Of Pigs Museum
• Travel to one or two outlying provinces near Havana including: Matanzas, Varadero, Viñales, Trinidad or Pinar del Rio
Cultural activities - depending on Performance schedule:
National Symphony orchstera
National Comtempoary Dane Company
Jazz, or other music concert
Sporting activities - depending on schedule:
Attend a Baseball game
Attend a Boxing match
Cuba’s LGBTQ Revolution
A Taste of Cuba — Coming 2018
Photography Tour with Byron Motley
VALERIE HEMINGWAY’S CUBA
“Memories of my days working with Ernest Hemingway in Cuba!”
An EXCLUSIVE only-of-its-kind tour of Cuba!
* October 29 - November 5, 2017 *
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!
Join the ONLY TOUR who will get you access INSIDE Hemingway's beloved home Finca Vigía and more!!
Are you a fan of the writings and life stories of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway? Are you curious about Cuba and have been longing to travel to the island? Learn about Hemingways' life in his adopted homeland of Cuba from the ONLY LIVING PERSON who was there with him!
This tour will feature Valerie Hemingway - daughter-in-law and last personal secretary of iconic author Ernest Hemingway, and author of the Award-winning novel "Running With the Bulls: My Years With the Hemingways” - as she guides us through her memories of working and living with Ernest Hemingway in Cuba!
Price: $5,999.00 USD per person in Double and $6,499.00 USD per person in SGL -- Airfare not included
Custom Trips - Groups & Individuals
COMING MAY 2018 - STAY TUNED!
Price: $2,999.00 USD per person in Double and $3,200. USD per person in SLG
Testimonial from a satisfied participant:
“Valerie, your first-hand knowledge of Hemingway really brought the man to life with nuances beyond the popular conceptions. You really evoked Hemingway's spirit and it was easy to see how he fell in love with Cuba, its people and its nature. Not many people get to walk in Hemingway's footsteps, especially led by someone so gracious who knew him so well. He would be proud!” - Michael, NYC (January 2017 Tour)
You Tell Us! We’ll Book It!
Tell us where you want to go and what you want to see and do and we’ll get you that and even more! With your personal driver and english speaking tour guide, we will organized the details to give you the memorable Cuba experience of your dreams!
Cuba is beyond question the most important source of music in Latin America. Music is woven into everyday Cuban life like the air that is breathed. Today’s music blends of musical styles from jazz, salsa, reggaeton, to timba (and beyond) and reverberates through the neighborhoods across the isle. The infections melodies and rhythms you’ll hear will practically have you dancing in the streets. Coupled with professional musical hot spots like La Zorra y El Cuervo and Jazz Café, featuring some of the country’s most renowned artists, to big event concerts like the Rolling Stones, and Havana’s yearly International Jazz Festival, this is a tour for music lovers of any genre!
Havana jazz Festival Event and Tour
Trip Price Includes:
All Meals except one (1)
Transportation by AC bus throughout the stay in Cuba
English speaking tour guide
Travel Visa and License
Day activities (entry fees to museums, meetings, lectures, conversations with professionals, artists, etc…)
Emergency Medical Insurance while in Cuba
Roundtrip Flights from USA to Cuba
Checked bag fees & airport departure tax
Incidentals, tips and gratuities
Lunches and dinners which are not specified on the itinerary.
Disclaimer: This itinerary is subject to changes, however, options will be provided if something is changed or canceled. Also, hotels may be those listed or best available as they sometimes change at the last minute.
**Please note: Our tours specialize solely in the legal people-to-people travel to Cuba for Americans. All activities and tours are operated under the regulations set by American Laws.
March 23 - 30, 2018
This tour explores Cuba’s rich influences of its Afro-Cuban community. The tour hooks you up with local customs, folklore, and beliefs. Learn about the Afro-Cuban religions, dance and slave history from local insiders. We will also visit with Afro-Cuban activists who are engaged in discussions of Cuba’s race relations on the island. THIS is a powerful and dynamic experience!
MORE DETAILS COMING SOON! - STAY TUNED!
Tour Supplier: CAPS Tours (Toronto, ON)
Cell: (647) 863-2146 (Canada)
Contact: Clem Axel Paredes
Yee-Haw! Giddy-up cowboy and let’s go! For more than two-centuries Cubans have loved rodeo. With yearly event’s like the Boyeros Cattlemen’s International Fair this is an event not-be-missed for the true Cowboy and rodeo fan. Baseball may the countries national pastime, but Rodeo runs a close second. Rodeos are held in most provinces around the country, but are most popular in off-the-beaten paths of Holguin, Las Tunas and Camagüey. Away from the hustle and bustle of Havana, you’ll enjoy these rural settings and there relaxed yet beautiful scenes and access to pristine beaches.
Photographic Tours - TBA
International Dog Show Tour & Event
Music Event Tours - TBA
Rodeo - April 2017
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