CUBAN LIFE & HISTORY


8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS

CUBAN LIFE
& HISTORY


8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS

BEGINS | HAVANA
ENDS | HOLGUIN


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Guided walking tour of the historic Habana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Cuban Tourist Visa.
  • Guided tour of the eco and social community projects of Las Terrazas and an introduction to the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, where six million trees were planted.
  • Educational exchange with a veteran of the Revolutionary War at the Museum of the Bay of Pigs, and, a first hand perspective of the 1961 invasion and other historical sites including Playa Giron and Central Australia.
  • Travel to Santiago de Cuba to meet with local historical experts in the afternoon to engage in discussions about the city and the Bay at Castillo del Morro, which is a World Heritage site.

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BEGINS | HAVANA
ENDS | HOLGUIN


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Guided walking tour of the historic Habana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Cuban Tourist Visa.
  • Guided tour of the eco and social community projects of Las Terrazas and an introduction to the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, where six million trees were planted.
  • Educational exchange with a veteran of the Revolutionary War at the Museum of the Bay of Pigs, and, a first hand perspective of the 1961 invasion and other historical sites including Playa Giron and Central Australia.
  • Travel to Santiago de Cuba to meet with local historical experts in the afternoon to engage in discussions about the city and the Bay at Castillo del Morro, which is a World Heritage site.

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DAILY ITINERARY


DAY 01

Arrival in Havana

  • Arrival to Havana International Airport, José Martí. Transfer with English speaking guide to the hotel.
  • A welcome meeting with a traditional Cuban dinner and music.

DAY 02

Havana

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Take a guided walking tour of the historic Havana Vieja redevelopment area of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring highlights including: Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Catedral de San Cristobal, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes, and Museo de Arte Colonial.
  • Participate in an educational exchange with Histori­ans of the Cuban Colonial Architecture to discuss the redevelopment of Old Havana. The dialogue will help to understand how the restoration of architecturally significant buildings will impact the economy as tourism in Cuba grows
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Travel to the seaside village of Cojimar to meet with locals and have a guided tour of Hemingway’s country estate, “Finca La Vigia” Museum.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.


DAY 03

Havana / Las Terrazas / Varadero

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for Pinar del Rio, one of Cuba’s western provinces, and the place where the best tobacco is harvested. You will have an educational exchange with local farmers about farming and life in rural Cuba today.
  • A guided tour of the eco and social community projects of Las Terrazas and an introduction to the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, where six million trees were planted.
  • The Group will Gain knowledge of the role that tobacco has played in the economy of Cuba, as well as the art of cigar rolling from torcedores (rollers) in a cigar factory.
  • Learn the history of the coffee bean plantations and the importance of the coffee culture and tradition in all Cuban communities.
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Depart to Varadero, Matanzas, a historical background of Varadero, led by a Cuban expert in the 20th Century and the unique history of the Mansion Xanadu, formerly known as DuPont.
  • In the town of Matanzas we will learn about the Neo Classical “Teatro Sauto”, Al Capone’s house, Varadero Art Gallery, and Josone Park.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 04

Matanzas / Bay of Pigs / Trinidad

  • American Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel to the Zapata Peninsula, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of the most uninhabited areas in Cuba.
  • Educational exchange with scientists at a crocodile breeding farm on the Peninsula de Zapata. The government runs the breeding farm to study and protect the American and Cuban crocodiles, which are one of the most endangered. The swamp and forest are home to over 150 species of fauna, as well as over 350 species of birds including the world’s smallest hummingbird, the Bee Hummingbird. You will discuss the anticipated impact that the increase of tourism will have on the natural environment of Cuba.
  • Educational exchange with a veteran of the Revolutionary War at the Museum of the Bay of Pigs, and, a first hand perspective of the 1961 invasion and other historical sites including Playa Giron and Central Australia.
  • Educational exchange with members of the Cultural groups CORIMACAO, (Art community Group of the Cienega de Zapata led by Cuban actor Manuel Porto)
  • In the late afternoon, travel to Trinidad, which was founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Participants will also be able to attend a performance of local musicians in the evening.
  • Dinner on own


DAY 05

Trinidad / Camaguey

  • American breakfast at the hotel
  • Trinidad City Tour: The historical role of Trinidad is quite limited to the early 19th Century, as here the industrialization of the sugar industry began. UNESCO has declared this city, and the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills, ‘Patrimony of Mankind’.
  • Educational exchange with local experts of Trinidad colonial architecture and restoration. You will also visit the Palacio Cantero, a neo-classical building from the late 19th Century; that is now the Museo Romantico. Furnishing within the museum date back to the colonial period.
  • Educational exchange with a local expert at a local sugar mill on the history and economic importance of the sugar industry in Cuba.
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Travel to Camaguey
  • Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 06

Camaguey / Bayamo / Santiago de Cuba

  • American Breakfast at the hotel
  • Camaguey City Tour: Focus on Historical City Center and the origins of religious tradition in Cuba
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Participants will travel to Santiago de Cuba to meet with local historical experts in the afternoon to engage in discussions about the city and the Bay at Castillo del Morro, which is a World Heritage site.
  • Educational exchange with experts of colonial architecture and restoration at the historic Casa de Diego Velazques home built in 1516-30. This property is one of the oldest buildings in Cuba, and an example of the Mudejar or Moorish influence.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.


DAY 07

Santiago de Cuba / Holguin

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Briefing on the “Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre Santuario.” Interactions with pilgrims at the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, where you can witness a display of items left behind by the pilgrims, including the Nobel Prize medal won by Ernest Hemingway. This black Madonna has been cherished by many throughout the island and the world;
  • Depart to Holguin, passing by the rural homestead of Biran, the birthplace of Castro’s family and a national monument. Fidel Castro has written of his happy childhood memories in the countryside, but has shown little attachment to the 32,100- acre (13,000-hectare) property in the eastern Holguin province that once belonged to his father. It was the first farm expropriated after he took power in 1959 and collectivized agriculture. The graves of Angel Castro and Lina Ruiz, Fidel and Raul’s parents, are located on the grounds near the village of Biran. The property once featured a cockfighting ring, movie theater, and a saloon where Raul briefly tended bar. The original complex of red-roofed houses was destroyed in a fire, but has since been rebuilt.
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Holguin City Tour Including: La Periquera (national Monument) and House of Calixto Garcia (National Monument). The tour will focus on part of the Cuban War for Independence: Ten Years’ War, the Little War, and the War of 1895. The War of 1895, which is sometimes called the Cuban War for Independence, bled into the Span­ish-American War, ultimately resulting in national independence for Cuba.
  • Educational exchange with staff at the Clinic for Ataxia treatment. Ataxia is a neurological symptom that consists of gross lack of muscle coordination.
  • Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 08

Holguin

  • American Breakfast at the hotel
  • Departure transfer will be provided from hotel to Holguin International Airport.

End of all services.


DAILY ITINERARY


DAY 01

Arrival in Havana

  • Arrival to Havana International Airport, José Martí. Transfer with English speaking guide to the hotel.
  • A welcome meeting with a traditional Cuban dinner and music.

DAY 02

Havana

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Take a guided walking tour of the historic Havana Vieja redevelopment area of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring highlights including: Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Catedral de San Cristobal, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Calle Obispo, Calle Mercaderes, and Museo de Arte Colonial.
  • Participate in an educational exchange with Histori­ans of the Cuban Colonial Architecture to discuss the redevelopment of Old Havana. The dialogue will help to understand how the restoration of architecturally significant buildings will impact the economy as tourism in Cuba grows
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Travel to the seaside village of Cojimar to meet with locals and have a guided tour of Hemingway’s country estate, “Finca La Vigia” Museum.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 03

Havana / Las Terrazas / Varadero

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for Pinar del Rio, one of Cuba’s western provinces, and the place where the best tobacco is harvested. You will have an educational exchange with local farmers about farming and life in rural Cuba today.
  • A guided tour of the eco and social community projects of Las Terrazas and an introduction to the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, where six million trees were planted.
  • The Group will Gain knowledge of the role that tobacco has played in the economy of Cuba, as well as the art of cigar rolling from torcedores (rollers) in a cigar factory.
  • Learn the history of the coffee bean plantations and the importance of the coffee culture and tradition in all Cuban communities.
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Depart to Varadero, Matanzas, a historical background of Varadero, led by a Cuban expert in the 20th Century and the unique history of the Mansion Xanadu, formerly known as DuPont.
  • In the town of Matanzas we will learn about the Neo Classical “Teatro Sauto”, Al Capone’s house, Varadero Art Gallery, and Josone Park.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 04

Matanzas / Bay of Pigs / Trinidad

  • American Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel to the Zapata Peninsula, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of the most uninhabited areas in Cuba.
  • Educational exchange with scientists at a crocodile breeding farm on the Peninsula de Zapata. The government runs the breeding farm to study and protect the American and Cuban crocodiles, which are one of the most endangered. The swamp and forest are home to over 150 species of fauna, as well as over 350 species of birds including the world’s smallest hummingbird, the Bee Hummingbird. You will discuss the anticipated impact that the increase of tourism will have on the natural environment of Cuba.
  • Educational exchange with a veteran of the Revolutionary War at the Museum of the Bay of Pigs, and, a first hand perspective of the 1961 invasion and other historical sites including Playa Giron and Central Australia.
  • Educational exchange with members of the Cultural groups CORIMACAO, (Art community Group of the Cienega de Zapata led by Cuban actor Manuel Porto)
  • In the late afternoon, travel to Trinidad, which was founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Participants will also be able to attend a performance of local musicians in the evening.
  • Dinner on own

DAY 05

Trinidad / Camaguey

  • American breakfast at the hotel
  • Trinidad City Tour: The historical role of Trinidad is quite limited to the early 19th Century, as here the industrialization of the sugar industry began. UNESCO has declared this city, and the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills, ‘Patrimony of Mankind’.
  • Educational exchange with local experts of Trinidad colonial architecture and restoration. You will also visit the Palacio Cantero, a neo-classical building from the late 19th Century; that is now the Museo Romantico. Furnishing within the museum date back to the colonial period.
  • Educational exchange with a local expert at a local sugar mill on the history and economic importance of the sugar industry in Cuba.
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Travel to Camaguey
  • Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 06

Camaguey / Bayamo / Santiago de Cuba

  • American Breakfast at the hotel
  • Camaguey City Tour: Focus on Historical City Center and the origins of religious tradition in Cuba
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Participants will travel to Santiago de Cuba to meet with local historical experts in the afternoon to engage in discussions about the city and the Bay at Castillo del Morro, which is a World Heritage site.
  • Educational exchange with experts of colonial architecture and restoration at the historic Casa de Diego Velazques home built in 1516-30. This property is one of the oldest buildings in Cuba, and an example of the Mudejar or Moorish influence.
  • Dinner at local restaurant.

DAY 07

Santiago de Cuba / Holguin

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Briefing on the “Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre Santuario.” Interactions with pilgrims at the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, where you can witness a display of items left behind by the pilgrims, including the Nobel Prize medal won by Ernest Hemingway. This black Madonna has been cherished by many throughout the island and the world;
  • Depart to Holguin, passing by the rural homestead of Biran, the birthplace of Castro’s family and a national monument. Fidel Castro has written of his happy childhood memories in the countryside, but has shown little attachment to the 32,100- acre (13,000-hectare) property in the eastern Holguin province that once belonged to his father. It was the first farm expropriated after he took power in 1959 and collectivized agriculture. The graves of Angel Castro and Lina Ruiz, Fidel and Raul’s parents, are located on the grounds near the village of Biran. The property once featured a cockfighting ring, movie theater, and a saloon where Raul briefly tended bar. The original complex of red-roofed houses was destroyed in a fire, but has since been rebuilt.
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Holguin City Tour Including: La Periquera (national Monument) and House of Calixto Garcia (National Monument). The tour will focus on part of the Cuban War for Independence: Ten Years’ War, the Little War, and the War of 1895. The War of 1895, which is sometimes called the Cuban War for Independence, bled into the Span­ish-American War, ultimately resulting in national independence for Cuba.
  • Educational exchange with staff at the Clinic for Ataxia treatment. Ataxia is a neurological symptom that consists of gross lack of muscle coordination.
  • Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 08

Holguin

  • American Breakfast at the hotel
  • Departure transfer will be provided from hotel to Holguin International Airport.

End of all services.