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2016 Havana Ballet Festival

Cuba | 27th October 2016

LAST TWO PLACES AVAILABLE! This is the 25th renewal of the bi-annual festival and your chance to join in a week-long feast of terrific experiences. Prepare to participate in a wealth of ballet all under the keen eye of Cuba’s indefatigable, legendary founder and prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Alonso – still going strong well into her 90s! Internationally famous stars from around the world perform for excited audiences while choreographers show off new works created especially for the festival.

26th International Ballet Festival of Havana
27 October – 03 November 2016

This is the 25th renewal of the bi-annual festival and your chance to join in a week-long feast of terrific experiences. Prepare to participate in a wealth of ballet all under the keen eye of Cuba’s indefatigable, legendary founder and prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Alonso – still going strong well into her 90s! Internationally famous stars from around the world perform for excited audiences, while western choreographers show off new works created especially for the festival.

However, the highest accolades of the event must go to members of the Ballet National de Cuba (BNC) who are required to take on the Herculean challenge of performing not only full-length classics most nights, as well as demonstrating contemporary works.

In Style Travel has worked closely with BNC to involve you in as much of the ‘behind the scenes’ activity as possible [always subject to rehearsal restrictions].

PROVISIONAL ITINERARY

Thu 27 October 2016   UK-Havana

Morning departure from London Gatwick airport on Virgin Atlantic. Early afternoon arrival into Havana. Private transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Havana dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Friday 28 October 2016   Havana

After breakfast, rendezvous in the hotel lobby with your guide and tour manager for a morning tour of Havana (on foot and by bus). Havana is probably Latin America’s best-preserved colonial city. La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) was founded in 1519 and declared a World Heritage Site in 1982. Visits will be made to: Museo de la Revolución; coffee break at Edificio Bacardi. Lunch in included at La Mina, continue on to Museo deBellas Artes (Cuban wing).

Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Evening performance at International Ballet Festival [1]

Saturday 29 October 2016   Havana

After breakfast, full day at leisure to explore the city.

Evening performance at International Ballet Festival [2]

Sunday 30 October 2016   Havana-Valle de Viñales

Rendezvous in the lobby of the hotel with your guide for a full-day excursion. Set off by coach for an excursion to Valle de Viñales. This lush, verdant limestone landscape (160kms to the south-west of Havana) is punctuated by table-top mountains and underground caverns and acclimate that’s perfect for growing tobacco. The plantations here supply many of Havana’s factories. In the pretty village of Viñales itself, the pace of life is
much slower and the day will give you a flavor of the real Cuba. Lunch is included at Mural de la Prehistoria. Afternoon return to Havana.

Evening performance at International Ballet Festival [3]

Monday 31 October 2016   Havana Ballet Day

After breakfast at the hotel, rendezvous with your guide and tour manager for a  day spent with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. The final details of the programme will be finalised nearer the time. What we hope for is a tour of the theatre visit to the Cuban National Ballet School on Paseo del Prado (the largest ballet school in the world), possibly a class and/or rehearsal with the chance to meet with some dancers and leading members of the company and the ballet administration and, subject to rehearsal demands, Madame Alonso herself.

Lunch is again included and will be at Restaurant Los Doce Apóstoles close to the harbour entrance.

Evening performance at International Ballet Festival [4]

Tuesday 01 November 2016   Havana-In the Footsteps of Ernest Hemmingway

After breakfast set out for a visit to the haunts made famous in Havana by the great writer Ernest Hemingway who lived and worked in Havana between 1932 and 1937 (and various other periods during his life). First, visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum, appropriately housed in Finca Vigia, the villa that the Nobel Prize-winning author bought in 1949 and where he worked on some of his most famous books, including For Whom the Bell Tolls. Preserved with meticulous care, the villa contains most of Hemingway’s possessions and library, kept as they were when the Hemingways left. In the garden is the author’s pet cemetery and boat, Pilar, that inspired the classic tale of The Old Man and the Sea. Lunch is included at Las Terrazas de Cojimar.

Evening performance at International Ballet Festival [5]

Wednesday 02 November   Havana

Breakfast at the hotel. Day free for independent sightseeing or shopping.

Rendezvous for cocktails before proceeding to the Gran Teatro de la Habana for the performance [6]

Thursday 03 November 2016   Return to UK

Afternoon transfer to Havana airport for the return overnight flight on Virgin Atlantic.

Friday 04 November 2016   Arrive London

Early morning arrival at London Gatwick airport.

Programme may be subject to change

8-Day Tour Price Indication [per person]

From £2,599.00 [subject to final confirmation when ballet programme finalised]

The Price includes:

  • Roundtrip economy class air travel on non-stop Virgin Atlantic flights including all taxes
  • Roundtrip private airport private transfers; and all  transportation in Havana
  • Hotel accommodation for 7-nights as specified based on two people sharing a double room
  • Private sightseeing & excursions  with professional guide [s]  including all admission and entry fees as described
  • Breakfast each day, 4 lunches and 5 dinners.
  • Top-category tickets to 6 performances.
  • Ballet class & workshop programme with professional dancer/teacher.
  • Services of a UK tour manager to accompany you throughout tour.

Optional Supplements [per person]
Upgrade to Premium Economy: from £690.00  NOW FULLY BOOKED
Upgrade to Upper: from £1,990.00 NOW FULLY BOOKED
Double Room for Single Occupancy: from £499.00

Cuban Tourist Card
All visitors to Cuba need to apply for a Cuban Tourist Card. This is a very straightforward procedure and the prevailing cost is £35.00 per person. Application forms are available from In Style Travel.

4-DAY OPTIONAL BEACH EXTENSION
For those wishing to stay on and chill on a castor sugar-like beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea, please contact In Style Travel  [020 7272 0639] to discuss the options available and costs.

Supporting Ballet National de Cuba (BNC)
In order to assist BNC in its development of young talent and to provide well needed assistance in the infrastructure of the ballet school and theatres, a donation will be made by In Style Travel and this presentation will be made to Alicia Alonso during the tour.

YOUR HOTEL IN HAVANA

Hotel Parque Central
Located in the heart of Vieja Habana [old Havana] this is one of the city’s best hotels. Comprising two buildings – a colonial section and a modern tower.  277 comfortable guestrooms & suites. The roof terraces of both sections have pools – among the most inviting in the entire city – and offer unparalleled view over the city.  

HOW TO BOOK
Please contact In Style Travel [020 7272 0639] to check availability and to hold a 72-hour option. Going by experience of the previous festivals, we expect demand to be very high and urge you to make contact without delay. You should complete and return your booking form.

Deposit : £900.00 per person.

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