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CUBA CONNECTING PEOPLE & CULTURE
7DAYS FROM $5,590 US  
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Meet face-to-face with local residents from different professions, share thoughts, gain knowledge, and connect with Cuba’s cultural heritage through This 7-day trip featuring People-to-People educational exchange travel to Cuba. Interact directly with the people of Cuba on themes including culture and the arts, history, agriculture, architecture, entrepreneurism, community spirit, baseball and more.

Until recently, few U.S. citizens have been able to experience Cuba travel. But under a licensed granted by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Tour Operator has been providing People-to-People educational exchange travel to Cuba since 2012. Meet face-to-face with local residents from different professions, share thoughts, gain knowledge, and connect with Cuba’s cultural heritage on our 7-day, Havana-based Cuba: Connecting with People and Culture. Around key themes of Cuban culture and the arts, history, architecture, entrepreneurism, agriculture, baseball and more, travelers interact directly with the people of Cuba. Meet Cuban students, teachers, architects, artisans, dancers, musicians, coaches and ballplayers… learn about Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba… discuss art and private enterprise at the studios of community artists… visit with agricultural workers to talk about agrarian reform and organic farming… interact with members of community and charitable organizations about their work… learn about Cuban cultural traditions… have meals at paladares (small, privately operated Cuban restaurants)… and connect with Cuba on this cultural exchange.

Day 1 Begin your Cuba travel in Miami
Meals D
This Cuba travel experience begins at 4:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. Your small group of 20 to 30 travelers gathers this afternoon at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables for a welcome reception and Tour Director briefing ... about tomorrow morning’s charter flight to Havana and the start of your educational exchange trip to Cuba; an à la carte dinner is included this evening.


Lodging Hyatt Regency Coral Gable


Day 2 Bienvenidos a La Habana
Meals B, L, D
Bienvenidos a La Habana After an early breakfast, your Cuba travel begins as your group boards an included charter flight from Miami to Havana’s José Martí International Airport, where your local Cuban guide greets you. Drive from the airport to the Museum ... of the Revolution, housed in the neo-Classical building in Habana Vieja that had served as Cuba’s Presidential Palace from 1920 through 1959, for your first People-to-People cultural exchange in Cuba. Arrive at your home for the next five nights, the Meliá Habana in the city's Miramar section, and enjoy a welcome drink and lunch. After settling into your Royal Service Room, attend a discussion on U.S. - Cuban relations at the hotel. This evening, a drive along Havana's seaside Malecón to a local restaurant for tonight's welcome dinner orients you with Cuba’s enigmatic capital city; en route, stop at the iconic Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Square), dominated by a memorial tower honoring 19th-century Cuban patriot José Martí.


Lodging Meliá Habana

Day 3 Historic Havana, Community Arts and more
Meals B, L, D
Historic Havana and community arts Begin today’s People-to-People exchange at Maqueta de La Habana, a museum featuring a 1:500 scale model of Havana. Embark on a guided walking tour through Habana Vieja – the city’s nearly 500-year-old heart, now a pedestrian-only ... UNESCO World Heritage Site – with a local expert to discuss the city’s architecture and historic restoration efforts. See Havana’s beautiful Catedral de San Cristóbal, begun under the Jesuits in 1748 and completed by the Franciscans in 1777; learn about the cathedral’s ongoing preservation and restoration. At Projecto Muraleando – a barrio community art project featuring murals and sculptures crafted from found items – discuss the project’s history, and its impact with its artists and the community members who benefit from it. After lunch with ocean views at a paladar on the Malecón, arrive at Habana Compás, a thriving Havana dance and cultural performance group; talk with company members about their mission, and watch a demonstration of music, dance or art. Enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight at a choice of restaurants at the hotel.


Lodging Meliá Habana

Day 4 Cuban baseball, crafts and more
Meals B, L, D
Cuban baseball, crafts and more Today's People-to-People exchange in Havana begins a close-up look at a cultural passion shared by Cubans and Americans alike – the sport of baseball! After a morning discussion about baseball in Cuba with a highly regarded Cuban ballplayer at ... your hotel, head out to meet with the players, coaches and parents of a local Little League-level baseball team in Havana. Then have lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Malecón, joined by a retired Cuban professional ballplayer. This afternoon, you can relax at your hotel, or visit Havana's bustling San Jose crafts market – the city's main enclosed local arts and crafts market and cultural fair, housed in the restored and renovated historic San Jose warehouses, originally built in the 1880s – on the Avenida del Puerto. Enjoy dinner tonight at a Havana paladar, one of Cuba's many private small restaurants converted from private homes, individually owned and operated under a license from the Cuban government.


Lodging Meliá Habana

Day 5 Cuban agriculture in rural Pinar del Rio & Viñales Managing Cuba’s land
Meals B, L, D
Cuban agriculture in rural Pinar del Rio & Viñales Managing Cuba’s land, water and other natural resources more effectively through agrarian reform, conservation, entrepreneurship and other initiatives is the focus of our People-to-People Cuba travel activities today. First, travel outside Havana ... to rural Pinar del Rio for a demonstration of and discussion about the process of producing Cuba’s most famous product – Cuban cigars – at a cigar factory. Continue on across the countryside to the tobacco fields of the Viñales Valley, where you'll talk to agricultural workers about agrarian life in today's Cuba. After lunch in a restaurant set among the mogotes (steep-sided limestone hills) rising up from the valley floor, meet the workers who process tobacco leaves before they reach the cigar factory at El Despalillo. Return to Havana for dinner at your leisure this evening at the hotel.


Lodging Meliá Habana

Day 6 Colón Cemetery, Hemingway’s Cuba and Centro Habana
Meals B, L, D
Colón Cemetery, Hemingway’s Cuba and Centro Habana With Cuba’s origins as a Spanish colony rooted in Catholic traditions, religion has played an important role in its society – as you’ll see on a walk with a local historian through Havana’s Colón Cemetery, one of the ... largest in the world, and the final resting place of noted Cubanos from all walks of life. Depart the city for Finca Vigia (“Lookout Farm”) in San Francisco de Paula, American novelist Ernest Hemingway’s winter home from 1939 to 1960, shared with third wife Martha Gellhorn, and later with fourth wife Mary Welsh. See the author’s 9,000-volume library, his beloved yacht, Pilar, and his typewriter; talk with a docent about his life here and his strong connections to Cuba and its people (who simply called him “Ernesto”). Return to Havana for a cooking class where you'll learn how to prepare an authentic ropa vieja – a Cuban national dish consisting of shredded flank steak or brisket in a tomato sauce base, whose name comes from the Spanish for "old clothes" – and make your own savory mojito. After lunch, engage in a cultural exchange with students and staff at Havana's La Casa del Niño y la Niña (House of the Boy & Girl), a UNICEF-supported, community-sponsored educational outreach program for elementary-school age children in the Centro Habana neighborhood of Cayo Hueso. Join us this evening for a rooftop farewell reception and dinner at Parque Central in Havana.


Lodging Meliá Habana

Day 7 Journey Home After breakfast
Meals B
Journey Home After breakfast, transfer from the Meliá Habana to Havana’s José Martí International Airport for your included return charter flight to Miami. This Cuba travel program of educational exchange ends at Miami ... International Airport. Allow three hours for flight check-in. Please book flights from Miami to your final destination no earlier than 3:00 PM.


Traveling Well Includes:
All hotel accommodations – 1 night in Miami at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables and 5 nights in Havana at the Meliá Habana
Charter flights between Miami and Havana
“Leave Your Worries at Home” service, with all day-to-day travel details taken care of for you
Escorted travel from the moment your People-to-People trip begins in Miami, accompanied by a professional Tour Director and experienced local Cuban guides,all fluent in both English & Spanish
Five days of “People-to-People” educational exchange in Havana, Finca Vigia, Viñales and Pinar del Rio
Discussions with representatives from Cuban community and arts organizations, educational institutions and museums, community art projects, architectural preservation organizations, tobacco and cigar production facilities, baseball organizations and more
Exclusive Experiences fostering meaningful cultural connections with Cuban families, artists, musicians, students, educators, agricultural workers, artisans, entrepreneurs, community leaders, baseball coaches and players and others
All ground transportation Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
All meals in Cuba – 17 (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners), including authentic Cuban cuisine at local restaurants and private paladares throughout your trip
All gratuities to Tour Director, local guides and drivers, hotel and restaurant staff; all taxes, admission fees, porterage and departure tax


DEPARTURE DATES:
    February-July & September-December

PRICES:
Approx $5,590 US per person double occupancy

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