7 Days/ 6 Nights
Sunday January 6th, 2019
Welcome to Cuba!
Arrive in Havana via Jose Marti Airport. There the group will be met up by our expert bi-lingual guide and your tour officially begins! Enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Havana, which will include Old and Modern Havana as well as Vedado. Learn about the history of the city as well as the changes and influences in architecture as the city expanded. The group will then enjoy lunch at a local Havana paladar. After, the group will visit the Museum of the Revolution for a guided tour to learn more about Cuba’s revolution and the social and political changes post-revolution. After, the group will check-in to the Presidente Hotel in the Vedado section of Havana. Later in the evening the group will enjoy a Welcome Dinner with a traditional Cuban cocktail included as well as entertainment.
Monday January 7th, 2019
Today the group will learn about the Cuban medical system and how it functions at a local level. This morning, visit a local Policlinic and meet with medical and support staff to discuss their work, as well as touring the facilities. After lunch, visit a Community Center for Mental Health & Wellness. Meet with staff to learn about their work and to discuss their role in the Cuba’s medical system.
Tuesday January 8th, 2019
Cuba is known for its many organizations that work with people at the grassroots level. Many of these organizations have a strong prescience outside of Cuba and can at times be ahead of most social progress. Today the group will visit the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX). The center addresses social issues such as; women’s rights, gender equality, gender violence, LGBTQ rights, and actively combats discrimination, racism, sexism and more. Meet with representatives of the center to learn about their work and initiatives and how they cooperate with hundreds of other institutions all over the world. After lunch, the group will meet with representatives of The Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People (ICAP). The institute works to promote Cuban culture and society across the world by building bridges with other nations and organizations. ICAP collaborates with over 100 countries and over 1000 different grassroots, non-profits and cultural associations. Learn about their work and their role in the Cuban travel sector.
Wednesday January 9th, 2019
This morning the group will take an early morning drive to the Convento de Belen. The convent was part of Havana’s first baroque church built in 1712, it was used as a convalescent hospital for some time and now it’s a community project that works with the elderly. The convent offers dental and eye care services as well as community assistance for the elderly. Later, visit a local Maternity Home. Meet with staff and expecting mothers and learn about the role of Maternity homes within Cuban society. Many women with at-risk and complicated pregnancies receive help from these homes and it makes a difference in the infant mortality rate of Cuba compared with the rest of the world. After a lunch, the group then will visit the Giron Medical School. The group will tour the school and meet with faculty and students to learn about the school, its pedagogy and curriculum.
Thursday January 10th, 2019
Cuban paladars and restaurants purchase most of their food from cooperative farms. Many of these farms grow organic and pesticide free crops, and use unique and innovative farming practices to make up for shortages of essential tools, feed, etc. This morning visit the Organoponico farm at Alamar. Meet with the owner and learn about the various crops they grow, as well as the business aspect of farming in Cuba. After lunch, the group will visit with a community project that works with women and the LGBTQ community. Learn about their work and take part in a special group activity.
Friday January 11th, 2019
Get your hiking shoes on! After breakfast, the group will depart for the sustainable community in Pinar del Rio, Las Terrazas. The small community was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and boasts some of the most beautiful views and landscapes on the entire island. The group will visit local schools, artist’s workshops, & a center that works on public policies that work for women’s rights. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant that uses sustainable farming practices to grow their food. After, enjoy some free time to enjoy the rainforest and take a swim in the San Jose River! Later in the afternoon, return to Havana and later in the evening, enjoy a group Farewell dinner with complimentary cocktail and live music and entertainment.
Saturday January 12th, 2019
All great things must come to an end, and today we pack our bags and head on home! After breakfast, transfer to the Jose Marti airport to check-in to the flight back home.
Cost: $1,840.00 per person (Based on Double Room Occupancy)
Single room supplement: $290.00
Cost includes: Accommodation, Meals, Transportation, expert bi-lingual guide, airport/hotel transfer, water bottles on the bus daily as well as ALL TIPS included.