Cuba's Charming Colonial Cities & Havana

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN CAMAGÜEY, CUBA. Arrive in Camaguey, Cuba's third-largest city and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Globus Group Leader and Cuban National Tour Director for a 7 pm welcome dinner. This is a good time to meet fellow program participants, get your questions answered, and prepare for your time in fascinating Cuba. (D)
Day 2 - CAMAGÜEY. EXCURSION TO KING RANCH. This morning, see the city's beautifully restored plazas and learn why Camaguey is nicknamed the "City of Squares." One of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards, much of the city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, meet dancers with the worldrenowned Camaguey BALLET COMPANY, which has performed in over 40 countries. You'll have a chance to meet and interact with the dancers, teachers, and costume-makers. Journey to KING RANCH, an expansion of the famous Texas ranch of the same name, and its neighboring village, and step inside a home to discuss rural life. Then, over a barbecue lunch, connect with the cowboys who call the ranch home. Stop at CASANOVA POTTERY STUDIO to learn about Camaguey's famous tinajones"large red pots found outside homes, a symbol of the city. See the traditional way of making the vessels and interact with the artists to learn the local legend. This evening is free to explore more of Camaguey on your own. (B,L)
Day 3 - CAMAGÜEY - TRINIDAD - CIENFUEGOS. Travel to Trinidad, crown jewel of Cuba's colonial cities, founded in 1514 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a CASA PARTICULAR (bed & breakfast) and discuss private enterprise in Cuba with the owners and staff. This afternoon, stroll the streets of Trinidad, a cobblestone showcase of colonial architecture and pastelcolored houses decorated with wooden shutters and wrought-iron grilles. Caged songbirds outside the home are a Trinidad tradition. Spend time at TEMPLO YEMAYA to discuss Santeria. The religion was first brought to Cuba by African slaves who worked at the sugar plantations, and it has connections to Roman Catholicism and Native Indian traditions. Continue to Cienfuegos for a 2-night stay. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - CIENFUEGOS. Start the day by engaging with tobacco rollers at a CIGAR FACTORY, and learn about the importance of tobacco, both culturally and commercially, for Cuba. Next, get acquainted with Cienfuegos on a walking tour around the main square. Settled by immigrants from France and Louisiana more than 150 years ago, Cienfuegos is often referred to as the "Pearl of the South" because of its impressive beauty and colorful history. Join in a discussion with artists at a graphic arts STUDIO and learn more about their lives, work, and how their art is created. Lunch is served at a waterside paladar. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy a performance and discussion with the Cienfuegos ORCHESTRA. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - CIENFUEGOS - BAY OF PIGS - HAVANA. After breakfast, travel through the countryside, passing sugar cane fields and banana plantations. We'll stop in Playa Giron for a guided visit of the BAY OF PIGS MUSEUM. Nearby is the old sugar mill used by Fidel Castro as his center of operations during the 1961 invasion. Over lunch, join in a DISCUSSION with a local Naturalist as well as the family that runs the restaurant. Arrive in Havana, Cuba's vibrant capital city. Before dinner this evening, meet with jazz musicians from the CUBAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC. Join a discussion to share the importance of music in everyday life, then enjoy a performance. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - HAVANA. Your day begins with a DISCUSSION with a local architect. Topics include Havana's unique architecture, the challenges of renovating the city's exquisite historic buildings, and the future of these restorations. Then, you have an opportunity to explore the charming cobblestone streets of OLD HAVANA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while participating in open dialogue with the local architect on architectural topics of interest. Next, our attention turns to Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Cuba for more than 30 years and left behind an enduring legacy. It is here that he wrote several books, participated in fishing contests, and enjoyed the laid-back ambiance and warmth of the Cuban people. Engage with staff at FINCA VIGIA, his beloved home, and see his fishing boat, El Pilar. Lunch is at a local ORGANIC FARM, where you'll join a discussion with the owners and learn about organic urban farming in Cuba. Next, visit a COMMUNITY PROJECT to interact with the children and volunteers who run the program. This evening is free to explore Havana on your own. You may wish to visit the famous Tropicana Nightclub, see a baseball game (seasonal), visit some of Hemingway's old haunts, or explore the charming cobblestone streets of Old Havana. (B,L)
Day 7 - HAVANA. Explore the world-famous COLON CEMETERY with its elaborately sculpted memorials. Hear the cemetery's captivating history, folklore, and stories about the many noteworthy people laid to rest here, including musicians, filmmakers, writers, politicians, Major League Baseball players, and La Milagrosa"the "Miraculous One." Next, visit JOSÉ FUSTER'S STUDIO, cleverly nicknamed the "Picasso of the Caribbean." Here, you'll discover a surreal world"like nothing you've seen before. Interact with members of the neighborhood to discuss the project's impact on the surrounding area. Over lunch, meet former Cuban baseball players for a DISCUSSION about the history and the love of this favorite pastime in Cuba and the United States. Afterward, tour the illustrious HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA, a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity. The hotel has hosted celebrities and world figures over the decades, including Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, and Steven Spielberg. Before your farewell dinner this evening, enjoy a ride in an OLD STYLER car and a choir performance by the CUBAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC"the perfect ending to your time in Cuba. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - HAVANA. Your programs ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (B)

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  Tour Name   Cuba's Charming Colonial Cities & Havana
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    8 Days
  Start City:   Miami
  End City:   Miami
  Price From   USD $3,019.00   See in Cart
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2018-04-15 USD $3,419.00 See in Cart
2018-10-14 USD $3,019.00 See in Cart
2018-11-04 USD $3,639.00 See in Cart
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    Prices are for all land arrangements.

    For your convenience, as credit and debit cards issued by U.S. banks cannot be widely used in Cuba, program gratuities ($188) are additional and mandatory. This fee will be added to your program summary.

    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single Room Supplement:
    $685 to $1,035

    Triple rooms are not available.

    Extra nights are not available.

    2019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2018.

    Group Voyagers, Inc.,? is an organization licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), CFR 515.565(b) and authorized to provide those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally for educational people-to-people interactions. Our itineraries provide a full-time schedule of people-to-people educational exchange activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our programs adhere to the full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.

    ?Group Voyagers, Inc., is the company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • CAMAGÜEY
    Visit to historic city center, Camaguey Ballet Company; program at Casanova Pottery Studio
    KING RANCH
    Interact with local cowboys and village residents
    TRINIDAD
    Visit a Casa Particular and enjoy lunch; historic city center; workshop at Templo Yemaya
    CIENFUEGOS
    Interact with tobacco rollers at a cigar factory: walking tour of historic city center; discussion with a local artist and studio visit; performance by the Cienfuegos Orchestra
    PLAYA GIRÓN
    Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum; interact with a local family and Naturalist over Lunch
    HAVANA
    Performance and discussion with jazz musicians; discussion with architect; Old Havana; Finca Vigia (Hemingway's home); discussion and lunch at an organic urban farm; interact with children and volunteers at a community project; Colon Cemetery; workshop at artist Jose Fuster's studio; discussion with Cuban baseball players; tour of Hotel Nacional de Cuba; meet with American Car Association owners and ride in an Old Styler car; performance and discussion with members of the Cuban Institute of Music; farewell dinner
  • Launch Date
  • 02/21/17 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 5 dinners including a welcome dinner in Camaguey and a farewell dinner in Havana
  • Notes
    • The "Cuba's Charming Colonial Cities & Havana" program requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and participating in a full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.
    • Due to the special requirements to visit Cuba, participants will be required to complete and sign a travel affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a people-to-people license and will participate in a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities. Participants are also required to send a color copy of their passport valid photo page (passports must be valid 6 months from the last date of travel). These items must be sent to Globus within 7 days of making a reservation.
    • In Cuba, activities that have been scheduled far in advance can sometimes become unavailable for a number of different reasons. The purpose of the trip is to have meaningful interactions with the locals and if the planned people-to-people educational exchange isn't available, rest assured that another that will be just as enriching will be substituted.
    • Your program cost also includes: Gratuities to wait staff at restaurants, porters at hotels, motorcoach driver, Cuban National Tour Director, and your Globus Group Leader
  • Title
  • Cuba's Charming Colonial Cities & Havana
  • Travelers Notes
  • Headsets throughout the tour.
 

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