In Havana and Santiago, meet artists, historians, shopkeepers, teachers, doctors and all the ordinary and special people of Cuba!
“CUBA TODAY” is the ideal tour 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. Highlights of the HAVANA program include, among other attractions, the following:
A driving tour of Havana’s barrios (neighborhoods), Revolution Plaza, the Malecón sea wall and other important landmarks; walking tours of the 4 major plazas of Old Havana to learn about the plans for renovation of the Old City through tourism investment; and, a visit to the Literacy Museum in School City to hear about Cuba’s determination to eradicate illiteracy in a single year, and the youngsters who rose to the occasion, sometimes defying their parents, to go into the countryside to teach.
We’ll take a day trip to Regla or Matanzas, important centers of Afro-Cuban culture; learn about Cuba’s accomplishments and current challenges from staff of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with People; and, visit ArteCore, one of the first private enterprise ventures in Cuba’s hair dressing industry.
Global Arts has created a one-week tour that begins with a panoramic bus ride with stops at the Heredia Theatre, San Juan Hill, the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, the Saturnino Lora baseball stadium, and Palacio de Justicia, among other sites.
A walking tour of Santiago’s central city includes visits to the Casa de Diego Velazquez, the oldest house still standing in Cuba, and the Barcardi Museum. And, no visit to Santiago is complete without a visit to the Moncada Barracks, scene of the first and failed attack of the revolutionary forces against the Batista dictatorship, converted now to an elementary school, the largest in Eastern Cuba.
We’ll visit local artists in their studios and homes, and explore the city’s nightlife, including “Iris,” Santiago’s premier jazz club. The program includes a drive beyond the city into the town of El Cobre to visit the Church of the Virgin of Charity, patron saint of Cuba, and then on to the route of the slave and the Monument of the Cimarrón (Runaway Slave).
In Santiago, the most African of Cuba’s cities, we’ll enjoy a performance of an 18th century dance by the La Cotumba Frances society, then participate in a discussion about the Haitian cultural presence in Santiago. And, before leaving, we’ll ferry to Cayo Granma Island, a picturesque fishing village, for lunch and engagement with the local community.
2017 CUBA TODAY TRAVEL DATES
February 4 – 9
February 25 – March 2
March 18 – 24
April 1 – 6
April 22 – 27
May 13 – 18
June 3 – 8
June 24 – 29
July 8 – 13
July 29 – August 3
August 12 – 17
September 2 – 7
September 23 – 28
October 14 – 19
November 3 – 9
November 11 – 16
December 16 – 22
SANTIAGO DE CUBA
November 4 – 11
WHAT IT COSTS: $3,400
- Round-trip Airfare, Miami to Cuba
- Entry visa for Cuba
- Miami airport tax
- Medical and evacuation insurance in Cuba
- Hotel accommodations with breakfast daily at the hotel, welcome dinner, farewell dinner, plus 2 additional lunches
- Program of visits, meetings and excursions as outlined in the program
- Transportation by air conditioned bus
- English speaking guide throughout
- Honoraria for program specialists
- Global Arts program and service fees
- Cuban airport tax of $25, to be paid in Miami at time of departure
- General tips and gratuities
- Meals or beverages other than those listed in the program or listed as “direct payment”
- Personal expenses
Paperwork required to enroll
- *Travel application & visa
- *Travel affidavit, completed and signed
- *Flight reservation form, completed and signed
- U.S. passport valid 4-6 months beyond the date of the trip’s return.
- Non-U.S. citizens, valid passport of that country plus U.S. residency permit or visa with re-entry permitted, If Cuban born, advise us and we will assist with any additional paperwork required
* Forms provided by Global Arts