Eastern Cuba Culinary Experience Led by Chef Douglas Rodriguez

Eastern Cuba Culinary Experience Led by Chef Douglas Rodriguez

6 Days Tour

Day 1 - Wednesday 29, August 2018

[09:30 AM] -  Depart US Airport to  Frank Pais International Airport in Holguin 
 
[11:00 AM] -  Arrive in Holguin. Transfer to Baracoa 
 
[05:30 PM] -  Check Into Hotel Porto Santos 
 

[06:30 PM] -   Baracoa City tour with Hartman 

Your group will be joined by an expert on this very important city in the history of Cuba and the Americans. This city, in Guantanamo Province, is the oldest Spanish settlement on the island of Cuba. It was the first of seven villages founded by Spanish Conquistador Diego Velazquez de Cuellar in the early 1510’s. It is believed that the town is located on the exact spot where Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba on his first voyage. Its name stems from the indigenous Arawak language and means “the presence of the sea.” It lies on the Bahia de Miel or Bay of Honey and is surrounded by a wide mountain range, causing the city to be quite isolated but for the road built in the 1960s connecting this remote area to the rest of the province

[07:30 PM] -   Dinner TBD 
Dinner to be determined

[09:30 PM] -   After Dark on your own
 

Wednesday 29, August 2018

Day 2 - Thursday 30, August 2018

[09:30 AM] -   Breakfast at the Hotel 
You will be met by your guide in the lobby after breakfast to begin the day’s program. 


[10:30 AM] -   Baracoa City tour with Hartman 
Morning of activities in Baracoa. Continue to explore the city of Baracoa and its wonders along with its historian Mr. Hartman.

[12:30 PM] -   Lunch at Finca Duaba 
Country restaurant nestled near Duaba River, 6 km away from Baracoa city. This place is surrounded by cacao plantations and other species of fruit trees of the region. It’s the perfect environment to taste a mouth-watering lunch or dinner with a pretty-well assorted gastronomic offer.
 
[02:30 PM] -   Chocolate Tour 
This region of Cuba has the ideal climate for cocoa, the magical flower once worshipped by the Aztecs from which the irresistibly guilty pleasure - chocolate- is made. The fertile land gives the impression that it is growing wild in the urban courtyards and surrounding farms where you can savor the cocoa plants that proudly exhibit their fruits almost year round.  The area has historically produced 1500 tons of cocoa in one year.

[05:00 PM] -   Return to hotel Free time 
 
[07:30 PM] -   Dinner TBD 
Dinner to be determined

[09:30 PM] -   Casa de la Trova - Baracoa 
Great place to enjoy Cuban music

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Day 3 - Friday 31, August 2018

[09:30 AM] -   Breakfast at the Hotel 
You will be met by your guide in the lobby after breakfast to begin the day’s program.
 
[10:30 AM] -   Boat Ride on the Toa River 
The Toa River is the mightiest and biggest river on the Island of Cuba with 72 tributaries, most of which traverse Baracoa for over 80 miles. This area is a very unique biosphere and one of the only places in Cuba with a genuine rainforest. The biological diversity and variety of landscapes; the peculiarity of the ecosystem and presence of endemic species in flora and fauna make for an exciting boat ride through one of the richest natural regions of Cuba.

[12:30 PM] -   Lunch TBD 
 
[03:00 PM] -   Performance by El Kiribá y Nengón 
 
[04:30 PM] -   Continue with the activities 
 
[07:30 PM] -   Dinner TBD 
Dinner to be determined

Friday 31, August 2018 Friday 31, August 2018

Day 4 - Saturday 01, September 2018

[07:30 AM] -   Breakfast at the Hotel 
You will be met by your guide in the lobby after breakfast to begin the day’s program. 

[08:30 AM] -   Transfer to Holguin 
 
[12:30 PM] -   Lunch at 1910 Restaurant & Bar 
Among Cuba's best offerings, count this elegant wood-trimmed colonial in. Guests tuck into thick steaks as if it were their last day on earth. There's also tender grilled octopus with garlic sauce, lovely chocolate torta (cake) and an extensive wine and liquor menu. Courteous service to boot. The restaurant is filled with locals and travelers alike. Come early or reserve.

[02:30 PM] -   City Tour 
 
[04:30 PM] -   Transfer to Gibara 
 
[06:00 PM] -   Check Into Hotel 
Check into your Hotel

[07:30 PM] -   Dinner TBD 
Dinner to be determined

[09:30 PM] -   After Dark Activities 

Saturday 01, September 2018

Day 5 - Sunday 02, September 2018

[08:00 AM] -   Breakfast at the Hotel 
You will be met by your guide in the lobby after breakfast to begin the day’s program. 

[09:00 AM] -   City Tour 

[12:30 PM] -   Lunch TBD 

[02:30 PM] -   Visit to National Monument Park Bariay 
The Bariay National Monument Park is a place which has a great historic value for the province of Holguín, since it is the place where Columbus landed on the 28th October 1492.

[05:00 PM] -   Return to the Hotel 

[07:30 PM] -   Dinner TBD 
Dinner to be determined

[09:30 PM] -   After Dark Activities 

Sunday 02, September 2018

Day 6 - Monday 03, September 2018

[08:00 AM] -   Breakfast at the Hotel 
You will be met by your guide in the lobby after breakfast to begin the day’s program.

[09:00 AM] -   Check Out of Hotel 
Check out of the hotel. Be sure to check with front desk regarding any charges.

[11:00 AM] -   Transfer to Frank Pais International Airport in Holguin 

Monday 03, September 2018

Join us on an adventurous journey through Baracoa, Holguin and Gibara with the James Beard Awarded Chef and share in the passion that he has for the people and food of Cuba, and breathe in the energy he has devoted to his craft as he hones his talents.

You will recap knowledge and learn from the very finest culinary instructor on the planet or become America’s newest Nuevo Latino cuisine ambassador. You will not just dine as a spectator, but also learn and take part in how chefs integrate these culinary landscapes into their food in compelling ways. Quite simply, D-Rod Culinary Adventures has put together the greatest culinary journeys through Cuba and the expedition of a lifetime.

Trip Cost

$ 2925.00 Per passenger ( Single room occupancy)
$ 2875.00 Per passenger ( Double room occupancy)

Program Price Includes

  • Airport Transfers in Cuba
  • Cuban Visa
  • US Government Paperwork & People-to-People General License
  • Accommodation for 3 nights at Porto Santo Baracoa
  • Accommodations for 2 nights at Ordono ( Gibara) TBD
  • Breakfast every day at the hotels
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • A great culinary experience provided by Chef Douglas
  • Cooking demonstration by Chef Douglas Rodriguez
  • Museum, Institutional and Organizational visits
  • Motorcoach or Van transportation for the entire program (12 hrs per day)
  • Cuban Expert & Specialist (Baracoa's Historian Mr. Hartman)
  • City Tour and Activities as per program
  • Translation by professional Cuba-based guides
  • Tour management in Cuba by US and Cuba-based personnel

Program Price Does Not Include

  • Airfare to Cuba (priced separately)
  • Airfare from your Home City to Miami
  • Passports
  • Transportation to Miami International Airport
  • After hours activities
  • Trip Interruption Insurance
  • Tips for restaurant and hotel staff; guides and drivers
  • Personal Purchases
  • Anything not listed in “What’s Included” above

Meet Chef Douglas Rodriguez!

As you may know, I’m a son of Cuban Immigrants, my first visit to Cuba was 2013 I was invited to cook at an Art Festival Biennial. Ten American chefs were paired with Cuban chefs to prepare a dinner, I sincerely can say that this trip changed me. The chefs in Cuba have none of the tools that a chef like us take for granted, limited food resources, limited equipment, no internet access and many other challenges that a Cuban chef can experience on a day to day basis, yet this chef all have a great outlook, I call them true Iron Chefs.
After returning home from this trip I wanted to find a way to help my fellow Cuban chefs and began to organize culinary trips to Cuba. I have been back 13 times since my first trip, meeting culinary Players in Cuba and finally found a way to help my fellow Cuban chefs get some exposures. I have created a culinary exchange event, where we can cook together with Cuban chefs.

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