About Havana, Cuba
AFRO CUBANISMO - What happens when you bring together the two vibrant and diverse cultures of Cuba and Africa? Get ready to live the dynamic result during this inspirational 10-day Afro-Cubanisimo people-to-people program.
August 5 - August 14, 2016
DAY 1 I FRI I MIAMI Arrive in Miami and check in to your airport hotel. This evening get-together with your traveling companions for a briefing on the Cuban adventure that awaits.
DAY 2 I SAT I MIAMI I HAVANA This morning, transfer to Miami International Airport – enjoy VIP check-in – then board your flight for the one-hour trip to Havana. Upon arrival at José Martí International Airport you will be met by your English-speaking Cuban escort and driven through the city where time stands still, stopping at Revolution Square to see the famous Che Guevara image with his well-known slogan of “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” (Until the Everlasting Victory, Always). Enjoy your first taste of authentic Cuban cuisine for lunch at El Aljibe, a famous restaurant known for its mouthwatering chicken. The journey then continues to the Museum of the Revolution that displays documents and artifacts, weapons and planes from the 1950s revolution. The museum is housed in the former presidential palace that was home to Cuba’s leaders from the 1920s until 1959. Next, head to your hotel, the Melia Cohiba, for check-in and an informational briefing to review your program for the coming week. Classic cars from the 1950s will escort you to a welcome dinner at Paladar San Cristobal followed by a variety of optional local and authentic cultural activities. (L, D)
DAY 3 I SUN I HAVANA Following breakfast at the hotel this morning, a representative from the Office of the City Historian will escort you on a walking tour of Old Havana where you will have the chance to visit the Graphic Arts Workshop and get to interact with youngsters about life and the arts in Cuba. You will also visit the Casa de Africa (Africa House) and enjoy a live cultural performance before heading to lunch with Cuban guests at the Community Project and paladar. This afternoon we will cross the sparkling Havana Bay on the Lanchita de Regla and visit the local church to speak with the Afro-Cuban community of Regla, known for its rich colonial history and special carnival and religious celebrations. Upon return to the hotel this evening, the group will enjoy dinner at Paladar Los Mercaderes. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 I MON I HAVANA After a delicious Cuban breakfast at your hotel, we will depart for UNEAC, the Cuban Association of Writers and Artists, followed by a meet-and-greet with a well-known Afro-Cuban filmmaker and an expert on race relations in Cuba. It’s then on to the Fine Arts Museum for a detailed tour with a curator to enjoy its masterpieces. Lunch today will be at the Café Laurent. Next, you will visit one of Cuba’s most well-known artists, Kcho, world-renowned for his monumental and evocative sculpture, installations, paintings and prints inspired by his island home. Here you will learn about the progress of the community during a film demonstration followed by a live performance of the local Colmenita, a children’s theater project from the town of Romerillo. This evening you will enjoy a mojito, the official Cuban cocktail, at the famed Hotel Nacional overlooking the grand Malecón, and then choose dinner at your leisure. Be sure to take in the sights, sounds and wonderful flavors of Cuba as you explore this evening. (B, L)
DAY 5 I TUE I HAVANA I SANTIAGO DE CUBA Today you depart Havana for Santiago de Cuba, but before you leave, you will meet with the Habana Compas Dance Company for a special interaction with and performance by the dancers as well as time with the director. Next it’s off to the airport for a quick flight to Santiago de Cuba, the “Heroic City,” where you will be greeted with lunch at Paladar Palenquito before checking in to your hotel, the Melia Santiago. A special bus/walking tour is arranged for the group with a local historian and preservationist, Omar Lopez, with whom you will explore the second largest city in Cuba. Santiago de Cuba was founded in 1515 and was the starting point of expeditions to explore the island. As the birthplace to some of Cuba’s most famous musicians, the city is also known for its traditional dances and its Carnaval celebration in July. A special welcome dinner with local favorites is enjoyed tonight followed by a few special cultural options. (B, L, D
DAY 6 I WED I SANTIAGO DE CUBA Today is a full day of fun in Santiago de Cuba. Following breakfast, you will visit the Society of Tumba Francesa de la Caridad del Oriente and its president. A special performance awaits at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch is at a local restaurant, followed by a VIP guided tour and performance at the Museo De Carnaval, which is a showcase in time (the songs and dances brought to Cuba by the African slaves have survived the passage of time and have developed in every corner of the island). The Museum is home to special items from the biggest Carnival party between Rio and New Orleans every July – from floats to effigies. Afterwards, you will visit Casa del Caribe (Caribbean House), a famous local home/museum that is filled with city history and cultural items. Dinner this evening will be enjoyed at Paladar Aurora, then you will have the chance to speak one-on-one with local residents of the community to learn how they live, their history and more. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 I THU I SANTIAGO DE CUBA This morning you will visit El Cobre, the sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Cuba, and climb a short distance to see the monument of the Runaway Slave. This sculpture on a hill is built of iron and bronze, and honors one of the earliest and most important slave revolts in the country in 1731. A special guest, a professor at the University of Oriente, will join the group for lunch at a local restaurant to share even more in-depth knowledge of the city and country. In the afternoon you will take a guided tour of the Moncada Barracks, where the first armed action of the Cuban Revolution occurred on July 26, 1953. This evening you are free to enjoy dinner and activities at your leisure – Cuba is yours to explore! (B, L)
DAY 8 I FRI I SANTIAGO DE CUBA I CAMAGUEY This morning you depart Santiago de Cuba and head to Camagüey, Cuba’s largest province located in the center of the island. Camagüey’s winding maze of streets was built that way to confuse marauding pirates, and it is filled with cobblestone plazas, historic statues and lavish churches. On the way, you’ll stop in Bayamo, founded in 1513 and one of the largest cities in the Oriente region. You’ll have a chance to walk around the historic town and enjoy some local sounds from musicians while enjoying a light lunch at the Hotel Royalton. We continue on to Camagüey and check in to the Gran Hotel. This evening dinner is at Paladar 1800. Further optional cultural activities are on offer this evening to get you in the true Camagüey spirit! (B, L, D)
DAY 9 I SAT I CAMAGUEY As this is your final full day in Cuba, we are going to make the most of it with a busy day of activities! First is a walking tour of Camagüey’s city center with a representative from the Office of the City Historian. You will have time to explore the many UNESCO-declared sites here, as well as enjoy a special rehearsal by the dancers of the Folkloric Ballet of Camagüey. Lunch is on your own in the city center before heading to the Casanova Pottery Studio to see up-close how they create their trademark “tinajones,” earthenware pots made of clay and other materials that line the streets of Camagüey which were once used to collect rainwater. This evening, you are treated to a farewell dinner at Meson del Principe followed by live Afro-Cuba jazz at a local nightclub! (B, L, D)
DAY 10 I SUN I CAMAGUEY TO USA Enjoy a final Cuban breakfast at your hotel this morning before heading to the airport for your return flight home from your amazing Cuba adventure. (B) (B) Breakfast - (L) Lunch - (D) Dinner
- Pre-tour briefing at your Miami Hotel
- Transfer from the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel to Miami International Airport
- VIP priority check-in at Miami International Airport
- Baggage fee for your first checked bag from Miami to Cuba
- Round-trip flight between Miami and Cuba
- U. S. Department of the Treasury authorization under a General License
- Hotel accommodations in Miami and Cuba •All ground transportation and airport transfers in Cuba via deluxe air-conditional CUBA # - No. of Overnight Stays 3 Santiago de Cuba motor coach
- 22 Meals: Breakfast daily in Cuba as well as 8 lunches and 6 dinners with a cocktail and wine Fresh bottled water while touring
- Full people-to-people cultural exchange program All entrance fees for scheduled activities and events Professional English-speaking Cuban guide who will be with your group from the moment you land until your departure •Central Holidays tour manager PREFERRED HOTELS (OR SIMILAR)
- Cuban visa and Cuban health insurance
- All tips for porters and restaurant staff, as well as for programmed activities during the tour.
- All meals as outlined in the itinerary
- Cuba departure tax
NOTE: The following tips are not included as they are at your personal discretion: Cuban guide, bus driver and hotel housekeeping .
Per Person cost with air from Miami - $4,299.00
Single Supplement - $559.00
Deposit of $500 due at time of sign up.
Excluded: Air from your home city and travel protection insurance.
Conditions: Price is per person based on double room occupancy, on a minimum of 20 full paying passengers; includes airfare and all taxes and fees. Price may be subject to change depending on currency exchange fluctuation.
PLEASE CONTACT DR. CONYERS, Professor of Africana Studies at 212-426-4729 or Nebtawi1@aol.com
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