7 Days, 6 Nights

SANTIAGO DE CUBA is Cuba’s second largest city and, in the opinion of many, the most sensuous!

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.

The tour includes visits to the artsfilled Vista Alegre community, home to several of Santiago’s most important cultural institutions:  the Caguayo Foundation for the Applied and Monumental Art; Casa del Caribe, dedicated to the study of Caribbean life;  the Fernando Ortiz Cultural Center, sponsor of the annual  International Conference on African and Afro American Culture; and,  Taller Aguilera, one of Cuba’s most important printmaking studios.

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.

Cost:  $3,500


  • 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

While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the prices of our tours, prices are subject to change without notice.