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    CUBA: Nov 9 - Nov 16, 2019 SOLD OUT; March 28-April 4, 2020 SOLD OUT; JUST ADDED April 25-May 2, 2020 8 spots

    Culinary Vacation to Cuba with Madison Eats Food Tours

    Tour Dates: Nov 9-16, 2019 (SOLD OUT) March 28 – APril 4, 2020

    Cuba–a place of magic, wonder, culture, history and incredible food and natural resources.

    If you’ve wanted to travel to Cuba, now is the time! This tour is offered in partnership with Acubamos Tours, a legally operating licensed private tour company based in Havana, Cuba, owned by Amel Fonte. Leave all the planning to us!

    This small group tour offers a chance to get to know the real Cuba, to head off the beaten path to discover and explore nature, culture, food and art. We have customized and curated very special activities that other tour companies don’t offer, working with local families and private business owners so you can experience the real Cuba! Traveling in Cuba is extremely safe, and the country offers a diversity of cuisine and cultural influences. Our Food & Culture tour gives you an opportunity to experience Cuba alongside the locals, with some amenities to ensure your comfort. 

    Spend 8 days and 7 nights enjoying cultural excursions, artisan food producers and tastings, music and more! Only 8 guests total!

    Vinales/ Vinales Valley – 3 nights in a private room with private bath in local home (based on government restrictions to preserve the integrity of the area).

    Explore this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Center, full of mountains, caves, waterways and communities who continue to farm in the traditions of the area. tobacco farm visit, learn how honey and coffee are produced, beach day and enjoy a farm dinner with a family.

    Havana – 4 nights in private home for all guests with pool, private bath and outdoor seating.

    Experience the beauty and energy of Havana, Cuba. Discover the richness and variety of Cuban cuisine. Private cooking class and rum tasting, oceanfront dining experience, private dance lesson, history and walking tour of Old Havana, music, art and nightlife with time to explore and relax.

    Highlights:

    • Tobacco farm/horseback riding (optional)
    • Private dance class
    • Private cooking classes
    • Farm to Table dining 
    • Havana history and Cuban culture tour
    • Waterfalls 
    • Beach day
    • Rum tasting and cocktail class
    • Live music and nightlife
    • Private transportation

    $2750/person – only 8 spots!

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    Food Tour Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive in Havana. Upon arrival transfer by private vehicle to Viñales, about 3 hours from Havana. Relax, unpack, and take a walk in this beautiful and friendly town before enjoying dinner at the stunning Cafe Paraiso, a farm to table restaurant set on a hillside overlooking Viñales. For our tour group, we will stay at several neighboring private rooms rented in local homes, each with a private bath and air conditioning on a quiet side street. The rooms are modest but furnished with comfortable beds and rustic decor. After dinner explore the town on your own, head to a nightclub in a cave, or relax on the porch and meet the neighbors! This town is safe and walkable.

    • Check in time: about 6 pm 
    • Lodging: Private Casas
    • Meals included: D

    Day 2

    After breakfast, we will explore Viñales Valley National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – by horse or on foot. Choose from an extended horseback riding option, exploring the trails with an experienced guide, or take private transportation and join the group on the trail. From stunning “mogotes” to expansive tobacco fields, get to know why this part of Cuba plays such an important role in preserving biodiversity and Cuban culture. We will learn about local coffee production, agriculture and taste local honey and rum! Enjoy a late lunch on your own, relax or explore the town. Dinner will be a cookout/cooking demo with a local family. Learn how to cook traditional food of the region and enjoy it with the locals.

      • Lodging: Private Casas
      • Meals: B, D
      • Excursion: Tobacco Farms (horse or walk) and Viñales Valley National Park

    Day 3

    You earned it – beach day! After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head north to Cayo Jutía in our private vehicle, a beautiful stretch of beach about 1. 5 hours north of Viñales. See the real Cuba! Relax on a beach chair or head out snorkeling or paddle boating if you want (not included). We’ll return late afternoon and shower before having dinner at the beautiful restaurant Campesino.

    • Hotel: Private Casas
    • Meals included: B, D
    • Excursion: Cayo Jutía

    Day 4 

    After an early breakfast we will head toward Havana, where we will spend the remaining days. On our way we will stop to explore the beautiful Soroa Waterfalls and Las Terrazas, an area frequented mostly by Cubans and built and preserved as an eco-town. Take a swim or just enjoy the beauty of the area. Enjoy lunch on an old coffee plantation with one of the most stunning views you can imagine. We will learn first hand about Cuban history and culture and how this area was developed intentionally to preserve the natural beauty and diversity of the region. Arrive in Havana late afternoon at our very comfortable private home with private bathrooms, air conditioning and courtyard. Relax and get ready for dinner out. After dinner we’ll go to a special cannon-firing ceremony and check out Havana’s lively music scene!

    • Lodging: Private home
    • Meals included: B, D
    • Excursion: Soroa Waterfalls, Las Terrazas

    Day 5 

    Start your day with a delicious breakfast before heading to Centro Havana for a dance class at Marisuri school of dance with a private instructor. Get some moves for our nights out! Following class we’ll enjoy an incredible lunch prepared by Marisuri’s own personal chef showcasing traditional Cuban food. We’ll enjoy a history and culture tour of Old Havana with guide and owner of Acubamos Tours, Amel Fonte, before heading back to our house to shower and relax, or take a swim in the pool or ocean! Explore Havana by night taking in live music, dancing, or just relax at our home.

    • Lodging: Private home
    • Meals: B, L
    • Dance Class at Marisuri and City History Tour

    Day 6 

    Enjoy breakfast on the veranda of our spectacular oceanview home and then indulge in a very special hands-on cooking class and cocktail class and tasting with Chef Alina from Hecho en Casa, one of the best privately owned Farm to Table restaurants in Havana. Chef Alina herself says the class will not be a just a class but an “experience” taking you through Cuba via the food. She is an incredible chef who has elevated Cuban cuisine to another level. After we enjoy the lunch we learn to cook, we’ll have a free afternoon to shop for souvenirs or just relax and enjoy the sun! 

    • Lodging: Private home
    • Meals: B, L
    • Class: Cooking through Cuba with Chef Alina

    Day 7

    Today Havana turns 500 years old and the city will be full of celebrations! We’ll spend the day relaxing and enjoying the festivities in the city, or shopping before heading back to an ocean view restaurant for dinner with a sunset view.

    • Lodging: Private home
    • Lunch on your own
    • Meals: B, D

    Day 8

    Departure day. We’ll start out with a wonderful breakfast and soak in the sounds of the city before taking you and all your rum and cigars to the airport in our private van. (Actually buying rum duty free in the airport is a great option:)

    • Departure day
    • Meals: B

    Top 10 Things to Do in Havana, Cuba

    Tour Leader

    Madison Eats owner Otehlia Cassidy is eating tacos

    Otehlia Cassidy

    Owner, Guide

    Otehlia founded Madison Eats Food Tours in 2012, after spending years trying to create her ideal job combining her passion for local food, teaching, dancing, and sustainable development. What emerged is a business connecting people with Madison’s rich local food scene through exceptional food tours and events. 

    Otehlia Cassidy

    Deposits/Payments

    Deposits/Payments: Cost is $2,750/person double occupancy. To hold your spot in the tour a $500 non-refundable deposit is required. This can be paid by check (address below) or Paypal (may incur fees). Any single supplement charge should also be included with the deposit. You will get an email reminder when payment is due.

    Final non-refundable payment is due 60 days before the course/tour in US dollars. You can also choose to send full payment in advance of the course/tour.

    Single supplement: $750 ensures a private room.

    Refunds and adjustments: There will be no refunds or adjustments for unused portion of the tour.

    Tour Policies and Procedures

    Cancellation and Refund: If Madison Eats Food Tours cancels the tour, all fees paid to Madison Eats will be refunded. We strongly encourage trip insurance in case of unforeseen events that result in the cancellation of your trip.

    Photography release: The tour participants permits Madison Eats Food Tours, LLC to photographs, films, images, text, testimonials of participants for its own commercial use without compensation to participants.

    Any dispute related to these terms and conditions or the program itself, directly or indirectly shall be settled solely in the courts of Madison, WI. In such litigation, Wisconsin law will apply.

    *Does not include round trip airfare to Havana, airport taxes, personal expenses, travel insurance. Includes meals, alcoholic beverages and excursions as specified in itinerary as well as all tips to staff and guides for included excursions. Upgrades available.

    By registering, you agree to our Policies & Procedures including our Waiver & Liability Release policy.

    Otehlia Cassidy stands in front of the WI State Capitol.

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