Cuba by Land & Sea
About Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Shrouded in mystery for the last 50 years, you now have the rare opportunity to visit the captivating country of Cuba. Globus’ people-to-people program allows you to experience Cuba unlike any other destination. Interact with cigar rollers, singers, Old Styler car owners, baseball players, and more. Highlights include a visit to Cuba’s lush tobacco region, the colonial city of Cienfuegos—the “Pearl of the South,” impressive Santiago de Cuba, and the bustling capital city of Havana. Other interactions include meeting children at a daycare center and the nuns who run the center; visiting the studio of artist José Fuster, known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean”; enjoying a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir and then discussing their training and future aspirations; spending time at a tobacco farm and enjoying coffee with the owner and his family; an interactive walk through Old Havana; and engaging with children at an acrobatics school. This incredible trip will leave you with fond memories for a lifetime. 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 unique itinerary for 2015: “Cuba’s Charming Colonial Cities & Havana” 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.
HAVANA Orientation, Revolution Square; lunch and discussion at paladar; guided walk and discussion with architect in Old Havana; Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s home); discussion and lunch at an organic farm; interact with children at a daycare center; Hotel Nacional de Cuba; workshop at José Fuster’s studio; performance and discussion with members of the Cuban Institute of Music; discussion with Cuban baseball players; interaction with the children and teachers of Angeles del Futuro; ride in an Old Styler carMARIA LA GORDA (PINAR DEL RÍO) Meet a tobacco farmer and his family; learn about the importance of tobaccoCIENFUEGOS City orientation; interact with tobacco rollers at a cigar factory; lunch and discussion with owner and staff at paladar; performance by the Cienfuegos ChoirSANTIAGO DE CUBA Historic center; Revolution Square; Santa Ifigenia Cemetery; San Juan Hill; cruise to Granma Island; discussion with local fishermen; interact with workers at Jardín de los Helechos
Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 8 lunches, 8 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana
NOTES:The “Cuba by Land & Sea” 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 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 will be substituted that will be just as enriching. The cruise itinerary is provided by Celestyal Cruises and is up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.While sailing aboard the Crystal, there will be additional opportunities to have people-to-people experiences with the Cubans who work on the ship. SMALL-GROUP discovery never more than 24 participants in a group.