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FOR GROUP TRAVEL TO CUBA!

Begin your adventure in Cienfuegos with an insightful walking tour of this "Pearl of the South," which has been touted as an outstanding example of 19th century urban planning. Here you will have the chance to interact with local residents and business owners as well as join the members of the small Jewish Community of Cienfuegos for lunch and an in-depth discussion of Jewish life in Cuba.

A full-day excursion to the colorful colonial city of Trinidad is planned with a historian-led tour though the well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site, before sitting down to a homemade Cuban lunch at a paladar, a locally-owned restaurant.

Your L'Chaim Cuba journey continues in the country's capital of Havana where you will tour the old city and visit the Orthodox Adath Israel Synagogue, the only shul with a mikvah in Cuba. Next you will meet with the only kosher butcher in Cuba who also acts as the chazan, mohel and schochet of the Jewish community. Then it’s on to Centro Safardi, the Sephardic synagogue, to speak with its community members. On Friday evening the group will attend services at Temple Beth Shalom and take part in Shabbat services, followed by Friday night kiddush and Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community. We will return again Sunday to tour the full center, including its Jewish pharmacy, and meet the children during Hebrew school classes.

A visit to Havana wouldn't be complete without a tour of a cigar factory to see how Cubans are rolled, and a trip to Ernest Hemingway's winter home where the author kept a 9,000-volume library and his yacht, Pilar.



 

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Itinerary

Day1 - SUN I HAVANA

Arlavors of Cuban recipes tempt your palate with lunch at Paladar VIP Habana, a privately owned restaurant. After lunch, check-in to the Hotel Melia Cohiba overlooking the iconic Malecón and vast azure sea. Authentic Cuban dishes are on the menu for dinner this evening at the local Paladar “La Moraleja”. (L,D)

Day2 - MON I HAVANA

Have breakfast at your hotel then it’s off to explore! Your morning adventure takes you to experience the area’s local talents with a visit to a working cigar factory. Next it’s on to La Casa de La Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba or “El Patronato” Jewish Community Center (Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue) for a guided tour. Here you will have the opportunity to meet with the Community Center’s President, Adele Dworin, the Hadassah leadership and other members of the community center* for an in depth discussion about Jewish Life in Cuba (There are fewer than 1,500 Jews in Cuba, 85 percent of whom live in Havana) At its peak, there were 15,000 Jews and Havana boasted five synagogues and six or seven Jewish day schools. We will also visit the Community Center’s in house pharmacy which fills prescriptions for the entire Jewish community. Let the flavors of Cuban recipes tempt your palate with lunch at La Guarida, a local paladar. Visit the Jewish Cemetery and Holocaust Memorial to the east of Havana before returning to your hotel. Get ready for an evening of excitement and entertainment-bliss tonight, featuring dinner and a Buena Vista Social Club Show at Habana Café. (B,L,D)

Day3 - TUE I HAVANA

The day begins with breakfast at your hotel before heading off for a visit to Finca Vigia – Hemingway Museum, Ernest Hemingway’s winter home from 1939 to 1960. You will see the author’s 9,000 volume library as well as his yacht, “Pilar” and the actual typewriter on which he wrote some of his greatest works. We then savor lunch at Il Divino Paladar. After lunch, visit Finca Yoandra and take part in a cultural and educational exchange about their sustainable agriculture outreach project. Return to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon with plenty of time to explore Havana at leisure. Tonight you will savor a delectable homemade Cuban meal at Paladar Café Laurent. (B,L,D)

Day4 - WED I HAVANA

After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, embark on a guided walking tour of the pedestrian streets of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the area’s most famous four plazas, the graphic arts workshop, and other colonial buildings, many of which have been completely restored. A local expert will share insight about Old Havana’s preservation and continuous restoration. Our next stop is the Orthodox Adath Israel Synagogue, the only synagogue that houses a mikvah in Cuba. Then venture along to Cuba’s only Kosher Butcher shop. Take a break for lunch in the “Garden of Eden” restaurant at the Hotel Raquel. The interior of the hotel reveals the poignant reference to Jewish culture underscored by paintings with biblical themes by contemporary Cuban artists. The elegant restaurant here serves typical Jewish cuisine. After a delightful lunch embark on a guided tour of Havana’s Fine Arts Museum – Museo de Bellas Artes. The evening is yours to enjoy on your own with lots of opportunities to discover the local culture via its Paladars, bars and clubs, and awe-inspiring shows – including the world-famous Tropicana. (B,L)

Day5 - THU I HAVANA I CIENFUEGOS

Ring in the morning with a hearty breakfast at your hotel before checking-out and embarking on a drive to Cienfuegos. Upon arrival, a flavorful mid-day meal and welcoming locals greet you at the Cienfuegos Club. After lunch you will have the unique chance to interact with music students and teachers and enjoy a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir. Check in to your hotel in Cienfuegos this afternoon and rest-up before dinner at the on-property restaurant before heading out tonight to experience the Trazos Libres art project, featuring colorful murals on the homes in the neighborhood surrounding the community center. (B,L,D)

Day6 - FRI I CIENFUEGOS I TRINIDAD I CIENFUEGOS

Start your day with breakfast at your hotel, then embark on a full-day excursion to Trinidad. Your first stop on today’s cultural exploration is at the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens, teeming with towering palm trees, bamboo plants, flowers and a myriad of lush tropical greenery. Next, an urban planner from the Office of the City Historian leads you on an insightful walking tour of Trinidad. Then, visit the Canchanchara Bar where you can relax in the locale’s wooden armchairs and listen to live music while sipping on a mojito or on the bar’s namesake cocktail, served in a small earthenware bowl and made with rum, lime, and honey. The day’s activities and experiences continue with lunch at Paladar Dorado, a locally owned restaurant serving homemade Cuban dishes. Continue your walking tour before heading back to Cienfuegos. This evening you will experience Shabbat services & a Shabbat dinner at the Sinagoga Cienfuegos. (B,L,D)

Day7 - SAT I CIENFUEGOS I HAVANA

Have breakfast before checking out of your hotel in Ciegfuegos, then enjoy your return drive to Havana. Back in Havana, you are warmly greeted with lunch at the acclaimed La California paladar, situated in a beautifully restored 19th century Spanish colonial home where you will savor traditional Cuban dishes and live music to accompany your meal. An optional excursion is offered this afternoon to visit Almacenes de San Jose Artisans’ Fair and Market where you can take your time to discover the unique finds at this open-air crafts market situated on the Port of Havana. Return to the hotel and rest-up for a farewell dinner extravaganza this evening. (B,L,D)

Day8 - HAVANA TO USA

After breakfast, say “hasta pronto” or “until soon” to Cuba before departing on your short flight back to Miami with a lifetime of memories to share of your L’Chaim Cuba cultural travel experience to this enchanting island nation. (B)

*The Jewish Community in Cuba would appreciate your help. All kinds of donations are gladly welcome, be it clothes, toys and crayons etc. for the children, supplies for the Jewish Pharmacy, etc…

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Includes

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury authorization under a General People-to-People License
  • Hotel accommodations in Cuba
  • All ground transportation & airport transfers in Cuba via deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Fresh bottled water while touring
  • Full people-to-people cultural exchange program
  • All entrance fees for scheduled activities and events
  • Professional English-speaking Cuban guide who will be with your group from the moment you land until your departure
  • Tour manager
  • Cuban visa & Cuban health insurance
  • All tips for porters and restaurant staff as well as for programmed activities during the tour
  • All meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Cuba departure tax
  • Tour includes 20 meals: Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 6 dinners with a cocktail and wine.

Hotels

Havana

Melia Cohiba| hotels in Havana Cuba

Melia Cohiba

5 Nights / First Class
 The best hotel and facilities in Havana for business travel and meetings  Located opposite the city ...

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Cienfuegos

Hotel Jagua| hotels in Cienfuegos  Cuba

Hotel Jagua

2 Nights / First Class
Built in the modernist style of the 1950's, the hotel was recently renovated in a sophisticated contemporary style. Th...

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Notes

    (*)Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and a minimum of 18 full paying passengers. Single supplements available on request.

    Note: Price does not include round trip air fare to Havana. With the return of scheduled air service from the USA to Cuba we are quoting L’Chaim Cuba program without including the air cost. Scheduled round trip flights will soon be available from your hometown to Havana.

Notes

Produced by JLTV (Jewish Life Television) and aired in all 50 states across America 

Departures & Rates

International air will be provided based upon your requested dates .
Best Price starting at $ 3719 (Based on per person in Double Occupancy)

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