GLOBUS: Cuba Panorama (YF)
13 days from Miami to Miami
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 Camaguey 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-Camaguey, 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.
|Day 1||Miami||Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. This evening, meet your Globus Group Leader for a 6 pm welcome drink and briefing. This is a good time to meet your fellow program participants, ask questions, and get prepared for your trip to fascinating Cuba.|
|Day 2||Santiago de Cuba||This morning, fly to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba's second-largest city, located on the island's southeastern shores. We visit legendary SAN PEDRO DE LA ROCA CASTLE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1638, it has been the site of battles against pirates, smugglers, and home to many well-known prisoners. During your visit, meet a local VOCAL GROUP that will impress you with their musical talents. Discuss the inspiration for their songs, various backgrounds, and future aspirations. Before arriving at your hotel, enjoy an orientation tour of Santiago, including the historic city center, REVOLUTION SQUARE, and SAN JUAN HILL, where Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and America's Buffalo Soldiers emerged victorious in the Spanish-American War. Check into the modern Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel for a 2-night stay. (B,L,D)|
|Day 3||Santiago de Cuba||Start the day with a visit to the church of Cuba's patron saint, LA CARIDAD DEL COBRE (Our Lady of Charity). Located near a copper mine, the church sits on a hillside overlooking the beautiful valley below. Interact with local parishioners and discuss the history of this amazing shrine as well as some of the traditions, holidays, and special events celebrated here. Visit the sanctuary that holds everything from the humblest of offerings to precious jewels, sports trophies, military decorations, and even the Nobel Prize for Literature medal that was placed here by Ernest Hemingway. Next, enjoy a panoramic CRUISE in Santiago Bay, arriving at quaint Granma Island. Over lunch, join a DISCUSSION with local fishermen and learn about their fishing practices and community project that helps sustain the environment. This evening is at leisure to explore more of Santiago de Cuba on your own. (B,L)|
|Day 4||Guardalavaca||This morning, visit SANTA IFIGENIA CEMETERY, where Cuba's national hero, Jose Marti, is laid to rest. Witness the Changing of the Guards, hear the interesting folklore, and admire the magnificent architecture of this beautiful cemetery. Today includes time in Holguin, with a visit to a traditional PRINT SHOP. Interact with staff and learn about the process used to make paper, print, and bind their one-of-a-kind books. Continue to a mechanical MUSIC ORGAN FACTORY to see these impressive instruments from yesteryear. Arrive at your beautiful waterside resort for a 2-night stay. (B,L,D) |
|Day 5||Guardalavaca||Travel to the fishing village of Gibara, where you'll meet with local FISHERMEN to discuss how they make a living from the sea. Next, interact with members of the community at CASA DE LA CULTURA. Discuss the variety of programs offered to local children, adults, and senior. Lunch today is a 'farm-to-table' experience at a local paladar (special, privately owned restaurant). Visit the restaurant's garden, and discuss the different herbs grown and how they're used in cooking. Enjoy a mojito-making DEMONSTRATION, then return to your hotel. Before dinner this evening, join an interactive DANCE LESSON to learn some of Cuba's popular dances such as the Rumba, Mambo, and Tango. (B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Camaguey||Our first stop today is in Las Tunas, where we'll visit a rural FARM to meet workers and discuss the region's fruits, vegetables, and spices. Interact with the farm family and enjoy a cool drink and tasting of local fruits. Later this afternoon, arrive in Camaguey, Cuba's third-largest city. Before dinner, visit a local ARTIST STUDIO and discuss the inspiration for his work and the tools used to create his unique art. Tonight over dinner, learn about the city's first Spanish settlers, the wealth that attracted pirates, and the independent-minded people of Camaguey. Before returning to the hotel, meet members from the American Car Association and enjoy a ride in an OLD STYLER CAR. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Camaguey||Today, meet dancers with the world-renowned CAMAGUEY BALLET COMPANY, which has performed in more than 40 countries. You'll have a chance to meet and interact with the dancers, teachers, and costume-makers. Journey to KING RANCH, an expansion of the famous Texas ranch of the same name, and its neighboring village, and step inside a home to discuss rural life and education. Then, over a barbecue lunch, connect with the cowboys who call the ranch home. Stop at CASANOVA POTTERY STUDIO to learn about Camaguey's famous tinajones-large, red pots found outside homes, a symbol of the city. See the traditional way of making the vessels, and interact with the artists to learn the local legend. Tonight is free to explore more of Camaguey. (B,L)|
|Day 8||Cienfuegos||Travel to Trinidad, crown jewel of Cuba's colonial cities, founded in 1514 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a CASA PARTICULAR (bed & breakfast), and discuss private enterprise in Cuba with the owners and staff. Then, stroll the streets of Trinidad, a cobblestone showcase of colonial architecture and pastel-colored houses decorated with wooden shutters and wrought-iron grilles. Next, spend time at TEMPLO YEMAYA to discuss the Santeria religion. The religion was first brought to Cuba by African slaves who worked at the sugar plantation, and it has connections to Roman Catholicism and Native Indian traditions. Learn about Santeria's beliefs, practices, and more. Continue to Cienfuegos for a 2-night stay. (B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Cienfuegos||This morning, explore Cienfuegos. Settled by French immigrants more than 150 years ago, the city is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the South' because of its impressive beauty and colorful history. Your Tour Director will take you for an informative walking tour around the city's main square to learn more about the city and its captivating past. Next, enjoy a performance and discussion with the CIENFUEGOS ORCHESTRA, which will delight you with their talent and songs. After lunch at a waterside paladar, visit Jardin Botanico Soledad de Cienfuegos, the BOTANICAL GARDENS of Cienfuegos. Here, interact with workers to learn about the interesting and unusual plants found in this garden. Dinner tonight is at a local paladar. (B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Havana||After breakfast, travel through Cuba's countryside, passing sugar cane fields and banana plantations. We stop in Playa Giron for a guided visit of the BAY OF PIGS MUSEUM. Over lunch, join a DISCUSSION with a local Naturalist as well as the family that runs the restaurant. Arrive later this afternoon in Cuba's capital, the city of Havana. Before dinner, meet with musicians from the CUBAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC. Enjoy a performance and then discuss their training, inspiration, and the importance of music. You may even be asked to join in for a song or two. (B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Havana||Your day begins with a DISCUSSION with a local professor on Cuba's economy. Share information on the recent changes in Cuba and in the United States, past difficulties, and what is to come in the future. Then, walk through OLD HAVANA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a local architect. Discuss Havana's unique architecture, the challenges of renovating the city's exquisite historic buildings, and the future of these restorations. Visit the MURALEANDO community project, known as the People's Art Gallery. Learn how this project has changed the community, given members a sense of belonging, and developed new talent. Before returning to your hotel, visit the illustrious HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA for a tour. The hotel has hosted celebrities and world figures, including Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, and Steven Spielberg. This evening is free to explore Havana on your own. You may wish to visit the famous Tropicana Nightclub, see a baseball game (seasonal), visit some of Hemingway's old haunts, or explore the charming cobblestone streets of Old Havana. (B,L)|
|Day 12||Havana||This morning, enjoy a workshop at HAVANA COMPASS DANCE COMPANY. Watch one of their rehearsals, then take some time to speak to the dancers and teachers about their training, future careers, and daily lives. Next, visit JOSE FUSTER'S STUDIO, cleverly nicknamed the 'Picasso of the Caribbean.' Here, you'll discover a surreal world-like nothing you have seen before. Interact with members of the neighborhood to discuss the project's impact on the community. Over lunch, meet former Cuban baseball players for a DISCUSSION about the history and the love of this favorite pastime in Cuba and the United States. Next, our attention turns to Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Cuba for more than 30 years and left behind an enduring legacy. It is here that he wrote several books, participated in fishing contests, and enjoyed the laid-back ambiance and warmth of the Cuban people. Engage with staff at FINCA VIGIA, his beloved home, and see his fishing boat, El Pilar. This evening, join your Cuban Tour Director and Globus Group Leader for a festive farewell dinner-the perfect ending to your adventure across Cuba! (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Miami||After breakfast, depart for the airport and your return flight to Miami. Please schedule connecting flights from Miami after 1:30 pm. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $613. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Miami/Santiago de Cuba; Havana/Miami. Air price includes luggage allowance of 44 lbs per person (total for checked and carry-on), required Cuba Health Insurance ($46), Cuban departure tax ($25), and applicable taxes. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your trip, air prices may be higher. For current prices, please contact your travel consultant or see our website. Cuba visa fee ($85) is additional and mandatory. This fee will be added to your program summary.For your convenience, as credit and debit cards issued by U.S. banks have limited use in Cuba, program gratuities ($288) are additional and mandatory. This fee will be added to your program summary.Prices based on double room occupancy.Single Room Supplement: $1,450 to $1,650Triple rooms are not available.Extra Nights per person in Miami:January-March (2017): in single room $245; in twin room $139April-June & October-December: in single room $232; in twin room $132September: in single room $194; in twin room $114January-March (2018): in single room $255; in twin room $1442018 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2017.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 itineraries provide 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.Travel Terms & Conditions
Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Globus to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions. The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.00 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Globus Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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