Unlock the secrets of Eastern Cuba on this unique 9-day people-to-people program with Globus. This rare travel opportunity facilitates memorable interactions between Americans and Cuban workers, performers, artisans, and residents, and explores this beautiful island nation’s compelling history and rich culture. You’ll be immersed in everyday life here through captivating educational activities and conversations with Cubans about a wide range of topics. Visits include a print shop that still employs traditional printing and binding methods, a mechanical music-organ factory, the Casa de la Cultura in rural Velasco, Fidel Castro’s boyhood home at Birán, the Matachin Museum in an 18th-century Spanish Fortress, the semi-indigenous Guirito community, a cocoa farm, a rum factory, Santiago de Cuba’s historic city center, the San Pedro de la Roca Castle World Heritage Site, Teddy Roosevelt’s fabled San Juan Hill, and even a local family’s home and an elementary school. You’ll also join in a farm-to-table cooking demonstration and an interactive dance lesson, enjoy a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, and see the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. All this and more await as you explore and discover “Eastern Cuba’s Hidden Gems.” Group Voyagers, Inc.* has been granted a license by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which authorizes those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally. Our unique itinerary for 2015: “Eastern Cuba’s Hidden Gems” provides 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.
HOLGUĺN Discussion with workers at a traditional print shop; meet staff at a musical-organ factoryGIBARAInteractive dance lesson, workshop with local fisherman, farm-to-table cooking demonstration at a local paladar VELASCOVisit the Casa de la Cultura, meet with village residents at the mysterious Ceiba treeBIRÁNVisit the boyhood home of Fidel Castro and interact with local community membersBARACOAInteract with staff at the Matachin Museum, discussion with members of the semi-indigenous Guirito community, learn about the cocoa industry and meet workers at local cocoa farm GUANTANAMOVisit a workshop at La Tumba Francesca, interact with musicians, and learn the origins of Cuba’s musicSANTIAGO DE CUBAVisit the historic city center and enjoy a discussion with a local historian, scenic cruise in Santiago Bay, discussion with local fishermen, explore San Pedro de la Roca Castle, interact with a vocal group, visit San Juan Hill, meet with parishioners at La Caridad del Cobra, see the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, learn about the history of rum in Cuba at a rum factoryLA MAYA Spend time at a family’s home, visit an elementary school
Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 7 lunches , 6 dinners including a farewell dinner in Santiago de Cuba
NOTES:The “Eastern Cuba’s Hidden Gems” 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 visa application and travel reservation forms and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a people-to-people license and are aware of the travel rules. Participants are also required to send a copy of their passport photo page. 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. Small-Group Discovery – Never more than 24 participants in a groupYour program also includes: airport transfers, gratuities to wait staff at restaurants, porters at hotels, musicians, motorcoach driver, Cuban National Tour Director, and your Globus Group Leader, Baggage fee on your charter flight from Miami to Cuba (bag cannot exceed 44 lbs), Cuban visa fee