Exploring Cuba’s Culture, History, and Colonial Cities ( YW)

10 days from Havana to Havana

2024 Tour Details

Discover the island nation of Cuba - a place filled with friendly people, eager to share their lives, heritage, and culture with you...and equally curious to hear about the customs and traditions of the neighboring United States. Globus invites you to join us on this special Support for the Cuban People program, designed around daily interaction with local residents that deliver insight into past, present, and future. Through open-minded conversations and respectful exchanges of ideas with the Cuban people, you’ll experience the trip of a lifetime with a rare opportunity to experience the vibrant culture of this captivating country.

Due to the special requirements to visit Cuba, participants will be required to complete and sign a travel affidavit confirming that they are traveling under the Support for the Cuban People general license and will participate in a full-time schedule of activities. Participants are also required to read and acknowledge the Notice of Cuba Program information. These items must be completed and acknowledged within 7 days of making a reservation.

“Group Voyagers, Inc.* offers this program under the auspice of a General License 31 CFR 515.560 for Support for the Cuban People CFR 515.574 authorized by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Those who register as participants in this program, are authorized to visit Cuba legally under the Support for the Cuban People category of travel CFR 515.574. Our itineraries provide a full-time schedule of activities that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people and result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our program adhere to the full-time schedule of Support for the Cuban People activities.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

10 days from Havana to Havana

Notes:

This vacation visits remote regions where some facilities are not up to the first-class standards you expect from Globus. However, we have selected the best available hotels that satisfy our high standards of cleanliness and comfort.

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Discover the island nation of Cuba - a place filled with friendly people, eager to share their lives, heritage, and culture with you...and equally curious to hear about the customs and traditions of the neighboring United States. Globus invites you to join us on this special Support for the Cuban People program, designed around daily interaction with local residents that deliver insight into past, present, and future. Through open-minded conversations and respectful exchanges of ideas with the Cuban people, you’ll experience the trip of a lifetime with a rare opportunity to experience the vibrant culture of this captivating country.

Due to the special requirements to visit Cuba, participants will be required to complete and sign a travel affidavit confirming that they are traveling under the Support for the Cuban People general license and will participate in a full-time schedule of activities. Participants are also required to read and acknowledge the Notice of Cuba Program information. These items must be completed and acknowledged within 7 days of making a reservation.

“Group Voyagers, Inc.* offers this program under the auspice of a General License 31 CFR 515.560 for Support for the Cuban People CFR 515.574 authorized by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Those who register as participants in this program, are authorized to visit Cuba legally under the Support for the Cuban People category of travel CFR 515.574. Our itineraries provide a full-time schedule of activities that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people and result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our program adhere to the full-time schedule of Support for the Cuban People activities.

 Meals & Itinerary

 Meals

Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 5 dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN HAVANA, CUBA Arrive in Havana, Cuba’s capital city, and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Globus Tour Director and Cuban National Guide for a 7pm welcome meeting and dinner. This is a good time to meet fellow program participants, get your questions answered, and prepare for your time in fascinating Cuba.
Dinner Dinner

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Day 2

HAVANA Your day begins with a walk through the streets of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discuss with your Cuban National Guide Havana’s unique architecture, the challenges of renovating the city’s exquisite historic buildings, and the future of these restorations. You’ll have the chance to interact with local private artisans. Next, visit Beyond Roots, a private project dedicated to the Afro-Cuban Culture in Cuba. Discuss the history of the project, the Santeria religion brought to Cuba by enslaved West Africans, and how this project gives back to the local community. After lunch at a local paladar (a special, privately owned restaurant), visit a local community project to interact with the children and volunteers who run the program. Before returning to our hotel, visit a private project focused on repurposing materials to make handbags. Speak to the dynamic owner about her personal story and how she started her own business. You’ll also enjoy a cigar-rolling and rum-tasting experience. This evening, enjoy dinner and a colorful and energetic show highlighting the music and dance of Cuba.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

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Day 3

HAVANA We start our day with a photo stop at Revolution Square before meeting members of the Antique Car Club “a Lo Cubana,” from the popular TV series, Cuba Chrome. Discuss what it takes for these local entrepreneurs to keep these classic American cars running, what it takes to become a member of the car club, and some of the special car club events they hold each year. Over lunch at a local paladar, meet a former Cuban baseball player for a discussion about the history and the love of this favorite pastime in Cuba and the United States. Next, attend a workshop at Havana Compass Dance Company. Watch a rehearsal and take some time to speak to the dancers and teachers about their training, daily lives, and future careers. Before returning to the hotel, stop at the Angeles del Futuro (Angels of the Future) project. Enjoy a performance by these future circus performers and later interact with the children and teachers. Discuss how the children come to the program, the challenges the program faces, and how the program has changed lives. This evening is at leisure. Your Globus Tour Director will have suggestions for dining and additional exploration.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

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Day 4

HAVANA–SANTA CLARA–CAMAGUEY This morning, travel to Santa Clara, Cuba’s fifth largest city. Visit the Che Guevara Memorial and Museum followed by a visit to a local retirement community project. Spend time with the members of the project and discover their passion for singing, dancing, and music. Continue to the historic city of Camaguey, one of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards, much of the city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner tonight is at a local paladar.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner


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Day 5

CAMAGUEY Today, watch the dancers of the world-renowned Camaguey Ballet Company, which has performed in over 40 countries. After the performance, learn how the costumes are made. Then, see the city’s beautifully restored plazas and learn why Camaguey is nicknamed the “City of Squares.” Our first stop is at the studio of Martha Jimenez. See everything from pots to painting produced by the charismatic artist. Later, enjoy a musical performance by the Camaguey chamber orchestra. Afterward, there’s time to meet the musicians and learn about their training and daily lives. This evening is at leisure. Your Globus Tour Director will have suggestions for dining and exploring more of this colonial city.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch


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Day 6

CAMAGUEY–TRINIDAD This morning, visit the studio of artist Pepe Gutierrez. For over 40 years, Pepe has formed leather into unique pieces of art. There’s time to discuss his work and inspiration, while learning more about his projects. Then, journey to a local working ranch where you’ll meet three generations of the same family that have been living on the farm since 1930. Hear about their daily chores before sitting down to an abundant country lunch. Continue to Trinidad, the crown jewel of Cuba’s colonial cities, founded in 1514 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. No other city in Cuba is preserved as well or so charmingly.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

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Day 7

TRINIDAD Start your day with a visit to artist Yudit Vidal Faife’s private art gallery. Discuss the artist’s process, the inspiration for her work, and her life as an artist. Then stroll through the streets of Trinidad, a cobblestone showcase of colonial architecture and pastel-colored houses decorated with wooden shutters and wrought-iron grilles. Visit some of the city’s famous landmarks while stopping to meet local self-employed residents and shop owners. After lunch at a local paladar, engage with the famous Santander family, well-known independent artisans. Visit their workshop and gallery and discuss their history in Cuba and learn how they have been making handmade pottery for over 100 years. Then, enjoy a scenic drive to Mirador Lookout for views of the Valle de los Ingenios. This evening is at leisure in Trinidad. Your Globus Tour Director will have suggestions to make the most of your evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

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Day 8

TRINIDAD–CIENFUEGOS–BAY OF PIGS–HAVANA Travel to Cienfuegos and get acquainted on a walk around the historic main square. Settled by French immigrants more than 150 years ago, Cienfuegos is often referred to as the “Pearl of the South” because of its impressive beauty and colorful history. Enjoy a performance by the Cienfuegos Orchestra (made of local independent musicians) and afterward join in a discussion with the artists about their training, performance schedule, and daily lives. Continue to Playa Larga, site of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Discuss with your Cuban National Guide the history of this event and the role it played in the Cold War. Over lunch at a local paladar, meet a Naturalist from the local Ciénaga de Zapata National Biosphere Reserve and join in a discussion about the concerns we all have for our environment. Return to Havana where your Globus Tour Director will have suggestions for dining this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

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Day 9

HAVANA This morning, visit the Jose Fuster’s Community Art Project. 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 surrounding area. Later, we turn our attention to the enduring legacy of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Cuba for more than 30 years, where he wrote several books, participated in fishing contests, and enjoyed the laid-back ambiance and warmth of the Cuban people. Engage with the staff at Finca Vigia, his beloved home (supported by independent foundations) and discuss the processes of preserving this historic location. Continue to an organic farm to discuss their sustainable practices, enjoy lunch and an interactive mojito-making demonstration. Next, visit Humidores Habana, a workshop recognized for turning wood into some of Cuba’s most elaborate humidors. Learn about the project, interact with the workers, and see how the humidors are made. Tonight, meet private owners of classic American cars for a special treat as you jump into a classic 1950s American car and cruise the streets of Havana. End at a festive farewell dinner. It’s the perfect ending to your time in Cuba!
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

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Day 10

HAVANA Your program ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided.
Breakfast Breakfast

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RENIER RODRIGUEZ

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

" I have been working as a Tour Director for more than 20 years in Cuba where "everything is possible, but nothing is guaranteed." I enjoy my job because it allows me to show the real Cuba to guests, its culture, nature, history, music, architecture, and its charm. I really enjoy when I can put a smile of satisfaction on our new friends' faces when visiting the Island. It becomes a better world when through personal interactions we can understand each other better."

Tour Director -  RENIER RODRIGUEZ

 Accommodations

HAVANA

GRAND ASTON LA HABANA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

CAMAGUEY

HOTEL E SAN JUAN DE DIOS

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
  Free Wifi

TRINIDAD

HOTEL LA RONDA

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).
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