Cuba Today!

INCLUDED IN COST

  • Authorized travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license
  • Entry visa for Cuba
  • Medical and evacuation insurance in Cuba
  • “Cuba Before You Go” electronic brochure
  • A program of visits, and high quality activities that enable Americans and Cubans to know each other in a fuller sense – beyond media-driven       stereotypes
  • Small group size
  • Six nights accommodations
  • Orientation and welcome luncheon
  • All meals while in Cuba, except for two evening dining experiences on your own
  • Entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers by air conditioned bus
  • Gratuities for driver, tour guide and restaurant service
  • Fresh bottled water while touring

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Cuba Today is an outstanding People-to-People trip for travelers who have never been to Cuba and those who have been but want to explore in more depth some of Cuba’s historic small towns, off the beaten path. Meet artists, historians, shopkeepers, teachers, doctors and all the ordinary and special people of Cuba.

Meet a specialist in the renovation of Old Havana, and Cubans who have set up small businesses under Cuba’s new economic policy.
Visit Havana’s art museums and galleries. Spend time with local artists in their studios.
Visit the Literacy Museum in School City, where you will find out about Cuba’s determination to eradicate illiteracy in a single year.
Travel to Santa Clara, famous for Che Guevara’s last battles of the Cuban Revolution. Meet the townspeople and learn the history.
Visit the town of Remedios, a quaint and quiet village – except as they prepare for the Christmas parades, the parrandas.
Visit nearby Caibarien, a former sugar town, where you will meet a historian, who will talk about the end of sugar as king, and visit one of Cuba’s Jewish cemeteries.
Experience Cuba’s home-based restaurants, the  paladares, as well assome of the best known state run restaurants.
Get to know Cuba’s jazz and dance music. Joining Cubans in nightclubs and dance clubs every evening – if you have the stamina!

Select from these excellent Cuba Today programs. If you don’t see what you want, we can create a program for you!

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Cuba Today – Havana, Santa Clara, Matanzas; 6 Days, 5 Nights:  $3,400

Three days in Havana, including a driving tour of Havana’s neighborhoods, Revolution Plaza , the Malecón sea wall and other important landmarks/ A walking tour of the Plazas of Old Havana / Visit with local artists at La Fabrica del Arte Cubano, the hippest night spot in Havana/ Visit to the Partagas Cigar Factory/ A ferry ride across the bay to Regla and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla (the Church of the Black Virgin)/Travel to Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara Monument and the Museum of the Latin American Guerrilla Struggles in Santa Clara/Visit the sugar towns – Remedios and Caibarien/ A day-long excursion to Matanzas, the “Venice of Cuba” renowned for its deep Afro-Cuban cultural traditions and Ediciones Vigía, where they produce handmade books/ Return to Havana for a 5-star farewell dinner.

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Cuba Today – Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad; 6 Days, 5 Nights:  $3,400

Three days in Havana, followed by a visit to Cienfuegos for lunch at the beautifully ornate Palacio del Valle/ A tour of the city followed by a visit with the “Trazos Libres” Artist Collective/ Travel to photogenic Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some of the most beautifully preserved Spanish colonial architecture in the Americas. Walk the cobblestone streets with the Trinidad City Historian to discuss architectural preservation in the city/ Visit Templo de Yemaya to discuss Afro-Cuban religions/Return to Havana and a 5-star farewell dinner.

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Cuba Today – Havana, Vinales Valley , Pinar del Rio, Las Terrazas; 6 Days, 5 Nights:  $3,400

Three days in Havana then departure for beautiful Pinar del Rio, Viñales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Las Terrazas, an eco-village and United Nations Biosphere Reserve built in the late 1960s/early 1970s . Meet with town historians about the early vision for the town and how it has changed over the years. Meet with the local artists who make their own paper and a farmer who makes natural perfumes. Lunch at the Buena Vista Cafetal (Included), the restored ruins of Cuba’s oldest coffee plantation and the remains of the African slave quarters.  Visit Soroa and the Orchid Garden that features more than 700 species of orchids. Meet with the Garden’s botanists and gardeners who will explain the collection and the history of the gardens./ Return to Havana for a 5-star farewell dinner.