Spiritual Journey through Cuba
Experience the cultural and spiritual wonders of Cuba on this 11-day people-to-people program with Globus. This rare travel opportunity facilitates memorable interactions between Americans and Cuban workers, performers, artisans, residents, and religious communities as it explores this beautiful island nation’s compelling spiritual history and 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 historical churches—two of which allow participants to attend Mass, as well as the Hill of the Cross pilgrimage site, Cuba’s oldest church, and the well-known Church of San Lazaro. You’ll also experience a wide variety of stops to see local artwork and meet the artists, visit a print shop that still employs traditional printing and binding methods, and a mechanical music-organ factory. Meet members of the Camagüey Ballet Company, explore Santiago de Cuba’s historic city center, the San Pedro de la Roca Castle World Heritage Site, and even visit a local daycare center to interact with children and the nuns who run the program. You’ll join a farm-to-table cooking demonstration and an interactive dance lesson, a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, see the Changing of the Guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, and stop to see Ernest Hemingway’s home. These highlights and more await you on this exploration of the rich culture and spiritual depth of Cuba and its people.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, “Spiritual Journey Through Cuba,” 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.
SANTIAGO DE CUBA Visit to San Pedro de la Roca Castle, interactive vocal performance, see historic Santiago de Cuba with local architect/historian, Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption, visit the community of La Caridad del Cobre and attend Mass, scenic cruise in Santiago Bay, discussion with local fishermen, see the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery HOLGUÍN Visit the Hill of the Cross, discussion with workers at a traditional print shop, meet staff at a musical-organ factoryGIBARA Interactive dance lesson, farm-to-table cooking demonstration at a local paladar, visit a spice farm and interact with workersCAMAGÜEY Visit church at Plaza de Carmen, discussion with Camagüey’s artists, interaction with paladar owner and staff, Camagüey Ballet Company, workshop at Casanova Pottery Studio, visit the church and meet the family and local parishionersSANCTI SPIRITUS Visit historic city center including Cuba’s oldest churchSANTA CLARA Visit Che Guevara MemorialCAYO SANTA MARIA Discussion with church membersHAVANA Discussion and lunch at an organic urban farm, interact with children at a daycare center run by local nuns, Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s home), performance and discussion with members of the Cuban Institute of Music, visit the pilgrimage site of San Lazaro, workshop on Santeria at Callejon de Hamel, discussion with architect, Old Havana, Mass at the Cathedral of Havana, Colon Cemetery, tour Hotel Nacional de Cuba, discussion at José Fuster’s Studio, interaction at the Angeles de Futuro Project, ride in an Old Styler car through the streets of Havana
Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 9 lunches, 6 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana
NOTES:This 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 enriching activity will be substituted.