Discover the best of Cuba on this comprehensive people-to-people program as you explore this beautiful island nation with its compelling history and rich culture. You’ll be immersed in Cuba’s everyday life through captivating educational activities and conversations with Cubans about a wide range of topics. Embrace Cuban culture when you meet and join in a discussion with the dancers of the world-renowned Camagüey Ballet Company, interact with local artists, discuss private enterprise in Cuba with local restaurant owners and staff, ride in an Old Styler car, meet with local fishermen to learn about local fishing practices, meet Cuban baseball players, and enjoy a performance by the Cienfuegos Orchestra. Discuss the Santeria religion, which was brought to Cuba by the slaves imported to work at the sugar plantations, and interact with local parishioners at the church of Cuba’s patron saint. Take a walk with a local architect through Old Havana and discuss the challenges renovating Havana’s historic buildings. Join in a mojito-making demonstration and an interactive dance lesson, enjoy a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, and witness the Changing of the Guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. Meals at a local paladar (small, privately owned restaurant) and at a Casa Particular (bed and breakfast) are just a few of the special dining experiences included on this amazing Cuba program. You’ll also have a chance to explore some of Cuba’s colonial cities—Camagüey, Trinidad, and Old Havana—which have all been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll also visit Santiago de Cuba’s historic city center; San Pedro de la Roca Castle, a World Heritage Site built in 1638; Hemingway’s beloved home, Finca Vigia; and more.Fascinating, informative, and insightful discoveries await you on this Cuba program!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 Discovery” 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 Explore San Pedro de la Roca Castle; interact with a vocal group; visit Revolution Square and San Juan Hill; visit La Caridad del Cobra; scenic cruise in Santiago Bay; discussion with local fishermen; see the Changing of the Guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery HOLGUIN Discussion with workers at a traditional print shop; meet staff at a musical organ factoryGUARDALAVACA Interactive dance lessonGIBARA Workshop with local fishermen; discussion with members from Casa de la Cultura; mojito-making demonstration at a local paladarLAS TUNAS Visit a local farm and interact with the family and workersCAMAGÜEYDiscussion with artist; meet with members of the American Car Association and ride in an Old Styler car; visit the Camagüey Ballet Company; program at Casanova Pottery StudioKING RANCH Interact with local cowboys and village residentsTRINIDADVisit a Casa Particular and enjoy lunch; historic city center; workshop at Templo Yemaya CIENFUEGOS Walking tour of historic city center; performance by the Cienfuegos Orchestra; interact with workers at the Cienfuegos Botanical GardenPLAYA GIRÓN Visit the Bay of Pigs Museum; interact with a local family and Naturalist over lunchHAVANA Performance and discussion with the Cuban Institute of Music; discussion on Cuba’s economy with local professor; walk and discussion with architect; Old Havana; visit at the Muraleando community project; tour of Hotel Nacional de Cuba; performance and discussion at the Havana Compass Dance Company; visit artist José Fuster’s studio and neighborhood; discussion with Cuban baseball players; visit Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s home); farewell dinner
Breakfast daily including a boxed breakfast in Miami, 11 lunches, 8 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana
NOTES:The “Cuba Panorama” 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 travelling 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.