A Humanitarian, Educational & Spiritual Mission
HAVANA ~ CIENFUEGOS ~ TRINIDAD
2017 with Rev. Ernest D. Chu (dates to be announced)
Join us on this historic journey and discover our neighbors and friends in Cuba. The culture and the history. Space and time is limited, so don’t delay. This is a unique opportunity to Travel to Cuba on this “Person to Person” experience as you interact with the Cuban people. This will be an enriching and unforgettable experience!
Your tour leader, Rev. Ernest Chu, will be with you throughout the trip as well as our capable and charming English-speaking tour guide, Miguel.
Your appointment with destiny begins now! Hotels, most meals, airfare, transportation and a schedule of enriching activities are included. You will leave and return from the Miami Airport. We will fly directly to Havana, which takes little over an hour. We will take supplies and materials to support and benefit the Cuban people and donate them while there. A full schedule of activities awaits you, including time with people of the Cuban community, with the people of Cuba visiting where they live, work, and worship, interacting in a truly people-to-people experience.
1. Airfare from Miami to Havana and back, Saturday to Saturday.
2. 7 Nights / 8 days. Hotels: Melia Cohiba, Nationale, Melia Las Dunas
3. AC Bus Transportation and driver / English-speaking guide!
4. Visa and processing fee! Trip price: $3,295 all inclusive
5. Medical Insurance in Cuba (standard practice in Cuba)!
6. Full schedule of activities including entrance to all sites.
7. 7 breakfasts, 5 Dinners and 4 lunches plus farewell Dinner included!
A Partial List of Sites and Places in Our Itinerary
- City Tour of Havana including Christ statue (El Cristo de la Habana) — Old Havana with its music, cafes, and sights.
- Ernest Hemingway’s House where he lived for many years. — El Floridita, Hemingway’s favorite restaurant and bar.
- Tour the town of Cojimar, the small fishing village that inspired Hemingway’s” classic novel The Old Man and the Sea.
- A visit to a Havana Cigar company — Meeting with physicians and members of the Cuban health care delivery system. Perhaps a teaching hospital.
- The grand Cathedral de la Habana, an example of Cuban baroque
- The flamboyant Cemetery de Colon
- Opportunities to experience Cuban art, culture and music.
- Attend rehearsal performance by Cantores de Cienfuegos Choir
- Cuban Art Collection at the Fine Arts Museum
- Tour Parque Marti and Thomas Terry theater — Performance by Cantores de Cienfuegos Choir
- City tours of Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad
Four of Cuba’s most famous cities, Havana, Cientfuegos, Las Terrasas and Trinidad, stir visions of brightly painted Colonial buildings, pounding mambo rhythms and barrios that bustle into the night.
Your Cuba Tour begins in the boisterous harbor city of Havana and ends in the artistic enclave of Trinidad, with a stop in Cienfuegos, a jewel of a city known as “the pearl of the South,” along the way.
At each destination, a generous Cuban spirit unfolds as the locals open their hearts and shed light on their colorful and often complex way of life.
To truly understand the social currents swimming beneath the surface, we take you to places not soon forgotten. As your first morning in Havana breaks, set out with your Cuban guide through the historic corridors of Old Havana. The UNESCO heritage area is spangled with 16th- and 17th-Century buildings and cobblestone squares animated by the impromptu blare of trombones and lilt of guitars. Meet with experts regarding Cuba’s economy and burgeoning cottage industries. Linger in the company of musicians. This is true city rhythm. It’s the beat of life as the Cubans themselves know it.
The first part of your trip is spent in Havana, where cobblestone streets are flanked by beautiful 16th-Century Colonial courtyard buildings, Buena Vista-style guitar rifts flutter from cafes and romance sparks near the Malecón, the city’s magnificent seaside boulevard where couples often stroll and Cuban leisure life bustles.
Begin your journey in Old Havana, the historical city center and famous UNESCO heritage area. Engage with resident musicians and artists at Callejón de Hamel, a street rife with art displays and public music performances.
Next, journey to Viñales Valley, where red earth and unique stone formations greet you like a mirage. This farming region is traversed by modest guajiros (peasant farmers), who you’ll come to know as you spend time chatting and soaking up their way of life.
As you journey to Trinidad, outlying sugar cane fields give way to an urban playground juxtaposed by modest red-tiled residences and rambling Colonial mansions and museums. Here, you can expect heavy doses of culture and history. Talk with local residents about the influence of African traditions and religion on society and culture and meet professional singers, dancers and musicians who regale you with the history of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance.
Get to know local artists in the enchanting 500-year-old city of Trinidad. Indulge in laughter and play with Cuban school children. Visit a local community and become inspired by the artistic spirit as you make new friends, and allow the gentleness of the Cuban people and their stories to intrigue you.
We return to Havana for final visit and a more relaxing time in this vibrant world-famous city and the no less historic Hotel de Cuba Naitonale. Built in 1930, this world-famous hotel welcomed among it’s first illustrious guests such artists, actors, athletes and writers such as Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Keaton, Jorge Negrete, Agustín Lara, Rocky Marciano, Tyrone Power, Rómulo Gallegos, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando and Ernest Hemingway. The hotel’s reputation is backed by patrons such as Winston Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, scientist Alexander Flemming, and innumerable Ibero- American Heads of State and European monarchs
Unesco World Heritage Sites: Three Destinations Plus
Havana: In spite of pockets of faded glamor, Havana remains one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the Caribbean. Founded early in the 16th Century by Spanish conquistadores, today’s Havana is a sprawling metropolis of more than two million residents. Three of the city’s popular boroughs—Centro Habana, Vedado, and old Havana —radiate from the Malecon, Havana’s famous oceanfront promenade. Central Havana is a densely-packed residential area whose lively streets pulse with the rhythms of daily Cuban life. The city’s cultural heart, Vedado, is a more upscale district of restored colonial charm situated not far from the Revolution Square, the vast city square that has witnessed so much Cuban history.
But it’s in Old Havana—where the city’s sense of the past is brought most vividly to life. In many ways a time capsule of the 1950s, Old Havana is home to meticulously-restored colonial buildings, cobblestone squares, historic plazas, cafés, and restaurants. Both a mecca for travelers and a vibrant local neighborhood, strains of salsa music spill out onto old Havana’s narrow streets that teem with vintage American cars and horse-drawn carriages.
Cienfuegos: Known as “the Pearl of the South” for its gleaming harbor area and dignified ambiance, Cienfuegos is celebrated by UNESCO as a premiere example of 19th-Century Latin American urban planning. Its prime location on Cuba’s southern Caribbean coast is both stunning and strategic, as the seaport here is central to the country’s sugar, coffee, and tobacco trades. We’ll experience the city’s beauty through the eyes of the artists who call it home, and they will learn firsthand about the openness, kindness, and curiosity of the American people.
Trinidad: Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad is a colonial gem that recalls life in Cuba’s 19th-Century glory days. While the historic center is only a few square blocks in size, it boasts some of Cuba’s most beautiful architecture — including cobbled streets, pastel-colored houses, charming plazas, and old palaces. It is also the gateway to the Valley of the Sugar Mills, home to some 70 historic mill structures and an enduring reminder of the importance of sugar to Cuba’s economy. In Trinidad, we’ll meet local craftspeople as well as budding entrepreneurs, and share our ideas and experiences with them.
A licensed travel service provider will make all your travel arrangements, including airlines, hotels, meals, and ground transportation. We will also make reservations for all events, programs and activities for individuals or groups as well ad arranging meetings with Cuban professionals in your area of interest.
Recent changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba allows many opportunities for licensed U.S. travelers to explore and study this historic island’s culture, art, architecture and heritage. The buildings, streets and monuments constructed during its 500-year history are remarkably intact throughout the island, providing, visitors a glimpse into the country’s early development.
Visitors can trace Cuba’s economic, political and religious origins from Columbus’ first arrival, through its 400 years of Spanish rule; or take a trip down the Ernest Hemingway road to visit his home and haunts as well as the home of his 103 year old boat captain. Cuba also offers many educational and research opportunities as varied as the imagination.
Our guides have an unsurpassed knowledge of the country and provide a unique insight into the origins and development of Cuba’s culture.
DISCOVER SURPRISING CUBA
DID YOU KNOW THAT…..
- Cuba has a wealth of Architectural Treasures including palaces, fortresses, cathedrals, theaters and mansions. Architectural styles from Art Deco, Baroque, Moorish, Greek Revival, Neoclassical, Spanish to Modern.
- Cuba has over 120 art galleries, including Victor Manual, Eduardo Abela, and Mariano Rodriquez Gallery.
- Cuba has 500 years of historical sites that capture its past wars with foreign powers and internal struggles for independence.
- Cuba has 250 museums, including the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Music Museum, Historical Science Museum, Ernest Hemingway Museum, Numismatic (Stamps) Museum, Anthropological Museum, etc.
- Cuba has over 2,000 musical groups, 100 theatre companies and 30 dance companies.
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