Grand Cuba from Coast to Coast
Discover the best of Cuba from coast to coast on this comprehensive 17-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 the 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 highlights such as Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Revolution Square, Colon Cemetery, and the Cuban Institute of Music; Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia home; a print shop that still employs traditional printing and binding methods; a mechanical music-organ factory; Casa de la Cultura in rural Velasco; Fidel Castro’s boyhood home; the Matachin Museum in an 18th-century Spanish Fortress and Bay of Pigs Museum; the semi-indigenous Guirito community; a cowboy interaction at Kings Ranch; a cocoa farm; rum and cigar factories; pottery, ceramic, and local art studios; the historic city centers of Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, and Havana; San Pedro de la Roca Castle; Teddy Roosevelt’s fabled San Juan Hill; an elementary school, daycare center, library, and local family’s home. You’ll also enjoy a farm-to-table cooking demonstration, interactive dance lessons, a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, interactions with Cuban baseball players and dancers at the world-renowned Camagüey Ballet Company, ride in an Old Styler car, and performances by jazz musicians and the Cienfuegos Orchestra. Dinners at local paladars, lunch at a Casa Particular and an organic urban farm are just a few of the tantalizing special dining experiences. All of these people-to-people encounters and more weave seamlessly into the fabric of each day’s program in an enriching and enlightening way. You’ll come away with a deep understanding of Cuba and its people on this once-in-a-lifetime travel experience!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: “Grand Cuba from Coast to Coast” 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.
HOLGUĺNDiscussion 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 treeBIRÁN Visit the boyhood home of Fidel Castro and interact with local community membersBARACOA Interact 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 GUANTANAMO Visit a workshop at La Tumba Francesca, interact with musicians, and learn the origins of Cuba’s musicSANTIAGO DE CUBA Visit 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 schoolLAS TUNAS Visit a local farm and interact with the family and workersCAMAGÜEY Discussion with an award-winning artist, city orientation, Camagüey Ballet Company, spend time at King Ranch and interact with local cowboys and village residents, program at Casanova Pottery Studio, paladar dinner and discussion with the owner; meet with the American Car Association owners and ride in an Old Styler carTRINIDAD Visit a Casa Particular and enjoy lunch, historic city center, discussion at a library, workshop at family-owned ceramic studio, and an interactive dance lessonCIENFUEGOSCity orientation, interact with tobacco rollers at a cigar factory, discussion with a local artist and studio visit, performance by the Cienfuegos OrchestraPLAYA GIRÓN Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum, interact with a local family and Naturalist over lunchHAVANA Performance and discussion with jazz musicians, tour of Hotel Nacional de Cuba, discussion with architect, Old Havana, discussion and lunch at an organic urban farm, interact with children and workers at a daycare center, Revolution Square, Colon Cemetery, Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s home), workshop at artist José Fuster’s studio, performance and discussion with members of the Cuban Institute of Music; discussion with Cuban baseball players
Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 14 lunches, 11 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana
NOTES:The “Grand Cuba from Coast to Coast” 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