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Mid-Winter Cuban Salsa Dance and Paint Itinerary - Feb. 22 - Mar. 7th, 2016

Mid-Winter Cuban Salsa Dance and Paint Itinerary – Feb. 22 – Mar. 7th, 2016

Mid-Winter Cuban Salsa Dance and Paint Itinerary - Feb. 22 - Mar. 7th, 2016

Mid-Winter Cuban Salsa Dance and Paint Itinerary – Feb. 22 – Mar. 7th, 2016

We begin with a one night stay in Santa Clara. Then stay 7 nights in Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our next stop is Cuba’s Historical centre Havana, that will transport you back into the 50’s and farther to early Spanish colonial times.

Space is limited to
11 students.
Book early to avoid

  • Learn plein air painting in
    acrylic and watercolour,
  • How to use your sketchbook
    as a tool to creativity
  • And how to dance the Salsa!

Stay in authentic Cuban casa particulars, the Cuban version of the B&B and taste the Cuban life not as a tourist. Salsa dance with local instructors.

For more information contact:

Nikki Jacquin
Artist & Owner
Nikki`s Portraits of Childhood
1-877-335-7655 or email

Santa Clara & Trinidad
Monday, February 22nd
*Arrive for one night stay in Santa Clara.
*Supper and casual exploration of Santa Clara.

NOTE: (All meals and gratuities in Cuba and in transit are at the individual’s own cost. Breakfasts at your casas are provided for you, as is the group celebration supper at Casa Almara in Trinidad).

Tuesday 23th
* Early morning transfer to Trinidad through the mountains.
1 pm Arrive in Trinidad (settle into our casas)
5 – 6 pm Dance class near Cepedes Park
7 pm Supper at our own casas with free time to explore area or get to know your Cuban hosts.

Wednesday 24th
9 – 11 am Floral painting at Cepedes Square (colonial structures & floral painting)
Noon Lunch out
1:30 – 3:30 pm Free time.
4 – 6:30 pm Paint Plaza Mayor: old church famous steeple and pastel houses with wrought iron.
7 pm Supper out optional explore or dance

Thursday 25th
9 am Excursion to paint Valley Look Out transfer by horse cart.
11:30 – noon Visit the pottery studios
1 pm Late lunch out and rest
7 pm Supper at own casa (followed by optional evening out)

Friday 26th
10 am – 2 pm Paint Playa Ancon (Beach) (optional swimming)
2:30 pm Freshen up / shop or explore on own
7 pm Supper out with optional visit to jazz club to dance

Saturday 27th
Early -10 am Visit market on Casa Almara’s street
10:30 am Visit Valle de los Ingenios (sugar cane farm UNESCO World Heritage sight)
1:30 pm Lunch at Gughinango Restaurant in Valley
2:30 – 4 pm Stop at a number of colonial mansions and a visit Armando Portiales’ Gallery in Caracusey Village.
7 pm Supper at own casa (optional evening out)

Sunday 28th
AM Free time.
Noon Lunch out
3 – 4 pm Gallery visit with internationally celebrated Cuban artist Judit Vidal
4 – 6 pm Paint Trinidad’s famous bell tower
7 pm Group supper /pig roast at Casa Almara (included in your trip)

Monday 29th
Free Day to book your own excursions that suit your pace. Example: hike, horseback ride and swim in waterfall pool at Topes de Collantes National Park or book a catamaran excursion or snorkel at Playa Ancon (Beach).
7 pm Supper out at Guitaramia (& optional shopping)

Tuesday, March 1st
9 am – 1:30 pm Transfer to Havana (check into own casas in the Vadado area of Havana)
3 – 6 pm Ride the Red Double Decker around Havana (be sure to bring a map)

Wednesday 2nd
9 – 11 am Paint ocean/ port view and castle from back of Hotel National
Noon Lunch out
1 – 3 pm Rest or free time at own casa
4 – 6 pm Visit historical John Lennon Park
7 pm Supper out
Midnight El Gato Negro, famous balero jazz club

Thursday 3rd
9 – 11 am Paint Plaza de Armas and visit surrounding book fair
Noon Lunch on Obispo Street (pedestrian street with shops and restaurants where you can buy a beer and listen to great music (Cafe Paris)
1- 5 pm Visit Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana (lithography studio watch and do)
7pm Supper out return to casa for free time

Friday 4th
Free Day (Suggested explore in groups of 3 or 4)
10 pm Late supper & dance out at The Jazz Cafe (in Vadado) dress up a bit / no flip flops please

Saturday 5th
9 – 11 am Paint Plaza Vieja‘s (old Havana)
restored colonial buildings, open outdoor cafes
and (optional visit to international Photography Gallery)
Noon Lunch out
1 – 3 pm Visit Museo National de Bella Artes
4 – 6 pm (optional) Paint Plaza de San Fransisco
7 pm Supper out in Vadado and return to own casa

Sunday 6th
9 – 11 am Go across to the castle and paint Havana from there (historical tour) and take ferry back
Noon Lunch out in Vadado
Free Time
7 pm Supper at Paladar La Guarida en La Habana (private restaurant) where international celebs go.

Monday 7th
Early am Transfer to Varadero and fly home

*** Itinerary is subject to change without notice when external circumstances dictate.