Cuba Agriculture Tour
Cuba’s agriculture has suffered since the early 1990s. The fall of the Soviet Union and other communist countries led to a shortage of seed, fertilizer and other chemicals. By necessity, the development of organic and sustainable agriculture followed. Today, state run operations continue to be secretive, but one gains a good insight of the operations just by driving past them.
Discover Cuban agriculture by visiting small, privately owned farms that provide food and jobs to local people; see Cuba's thriving farm-to-table practices and sustainable agriculture including tobacco, fruits and vegetables. It is not uncommon to meet a doctor or engineer running or working on a local farm.
Although only 90 miles off the coast of Florida, Cuba will remind you of a simpler time that is a distant memory to American culture. With a welcoming and unique culture comprised of friendly people with remarkable ingenuity, Cuba is one of the safest countries in the world, as everything is monitored tightly. Be prepared for simple accommodations, with slower heartfelt service, due to restrictions on tourist services, with different ways of thinking, other standards of time, and digital connection constraints.
Discover the colors, cuisine and culture that make up this truly distinctive country by traveling on an agriculture tour with other US farmers!
Maximum of 12 travelers per tour, call today to reserve your spot!
Cuba Agriculture Tour Itinerary
November 1-8, 2017
November 29-December 6, 2017
January 10-17, 2018
February 7-14, 2018
There are a selection of flights from the US, and Trump Tours will be happy to assist you with flight reservations. Trump Tours will also provide all information needed to secure your visa (US $50) and other necessary paperwork. Be sure to pack some patience in your bag, because the Havana airport is not yet outfitted for multiple airplane arrivals. After exiting baggage claim, you will be transferred to the hotel located in a luxurious residential area. You will be joined by a Cuban tour manager as well as a Trump Tours tour manager. The hotel has a resort feel with large swimming pool, bar, spa, gym, several restaurants and nightly entertainment. Welcome reception with group introductions and briefing about the trip. Buffet dinner at hotel.
Walking tour of Old Havana, a UNESCO world heritage site. Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish who preferred a protected natural harbor to anchor their galleons between the Olde and New World. Leaving Havana, we travel southeastward close to the sea to a typical rural town, then continue to a small farm run by a cooperative. Enjoy a fresh, traditional farm-to-table Cuban lunch. Continue to Trinidad, over 500 years old, known as one of the best preserved colonial towns in the Caribbean. Trinidad is also UNESCO world heritage protected. Check into your casa particulares, a unique result of home owners being allowed to transform their dwellings into bed and breakfast accommodations. Dinner will be served at the casa and will give everyone a chance to interact, meet local people and learn about the local culture.
After breakfast, visit a local produce market. Continue past a local school where you will learn about the school system. A treat awaits train enthusiasts who can view a steam locomotive that use to haul sugar out of the valley. Enjoy incredible views of the Sierra del Escambray mountains and the Val de los Ingenios, on a train transport to Manaca Iznaga, a sugar estate established in 1750. Continue to the Mill Valley museum to see equipment used for sugar production in the mid 19th Century. Return to casa to relax and refresh. Optional walking tour of Trinidad city center including historical museum. Dinner in restaurant this evening overlooking the lights of the city. Other options include salsa lessons and live music.
For early risers, travel to a local fishermen’s village to see them return with their catch and then market and sell it directly. Return to casa for breakfast. See a peso store and bodega. Continue to the countryside to learn more about private small agricultural enterprises, repairing classic cars, and charcoal production. Lunch at a privately-owned restaurant. After lunch, step back in time and climb into 40s and 50s era classic cars for a cruise past the local beach with photo ops. Return to Trinidad for rest of afternoon free and dinner on own.
Depart northward. Lunch and farm visit to a progressive, young farmer with a vision for making small and sustainable farming widespread in Cuba. Participate in stimulating discussions to learn about usufrucht and markets available for small farms. Continue to Vinales, an idyllic village perched in the quilted landscape of fertile, oxen ploughed fields, rich tobacco plantations and incredible karst landscapes. Dinner at hotel.
Visit to sugar cane farm (small scale) and learn about other agriculture in the Vinales Valley. If possible, also visit a small scale coffee plantation. Lunch at a local sustainable farm that produces all of its food and harbors one of the most incredible views in Cuba. Free afternoon and time to roam the streets of Vinales to meet locals. Dinner on own to discover local parador restaurants.
Visit a local tobacco farm including lunch. See the tobacco producing process and learn about the distribution commodities and control by the state. Travel to Havana and check into hotel. Special farewell dinner at private Havana restaurant.
Breakfast at leisure. Morning meeting at hotel to wrap up and have discussions on the impressions of Cuba. Transfer to airport for flight back to US.
7 nights in superior tourist class accommodations.
17 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transportation provided in air-conditioned minicoach.
Sightseeing/technical visits as outlined in itinerary. Servies of full time professional tour manager with agricultural background. All taxes and fees.
Airfare, museum entrances, tour manager and driver tips, passport fees, public transportation, personal items, beverages at meals, travel insurance.
$3,599 per person, based on double occupancy. Add $630 to guarantee single room. Visa Fee - $50 per person.