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ACCOMMODATIONS

City Nights Hotel

Havana 3 Melia Cohiba

Santiago de Cuba 3 Melia Santiago

Camaguey 2 Gran Hotel

DEPARTURE DATES

2017 - Dec. 9, 23 & 30

2018 - Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 10 & 24; Mar. 10 & 24; Apr. 7 & 21; May 5;

Jun. 2 & 16; Jul. 14; Aug. 11 & 23; Sep. 8 & 22; Oct. 6 & 20;

Nov. 3 & 17; Dec. 1, 15 & 29

(*)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. Scheduled round trip

flights are now available from your hometown to Havana. Call for further

information.

weapons and planes from the 1950s revolution. The museum is

housed in the former presidential palace that was home to Cuba’s

leaders from the 1920s until 1959. Next, head to your hotel, Melia

Cohiba, for check in and an informational briefing. Classic cars from

the 1950s will escort you to a welcome dinner at Paladar San

Cristobal followed by a variety of optional local and authentic cultural

activities. (L,D)

DAY 2

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SUN

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HAVANA

Following breakfast at the hotel this morning,

a representative from the office of the City Historian will escort you

on a walking tour of Old Havana where you will have the chance to

explore its four main plazas and visit the Graphic Arts Workshop. You

will also visit the Casa de Africa (Africa House) and enjoy a live

cultural performance before heading to lunch with Cuban guests at

the Community Project and paladar. This afternoon we will cross

Havana Bay on the Lanchita de Regla and visit the local church to

speak with the Afro-Cuban community of Regla, known for its rich

colonial history and special carnival and religious celebrations. Upon

return to the hotel this evening, the group will enjoy dinner at Paladar

Los Mercaderes. (B,L,D)

DAY 3

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MON

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HAVANA

After a delicious Cuban breakfast at your

hotel, we will depart for UNEAC, the Cuban Association of Writers and

Artists, followed by a meet-and-greet with a well-known Afro-Cuban

filmmaker and an expert on race relations in Cuba. It’s then on to the

Fine Arts Museum for a detailed tour with a curator to enjoy its

masterpieces. Lunch today will be at Café Laurent. Next, you will visit

one of Cuba’s most well-known artists, Kcho, known for his

monumental sculptures, installations, paintings and prints inspired

by his island home. Here you will learn about the progress of the

community during a film followed by a live performance of the local

Colmenita, a children’s theater project from the town of Romerillo.

This evening you will sip on a mojito, the official Cuban cocktail, at

the famed Hotel Nacional overlooking the Malecón, and then choose

where to dine at your leisure. (B,L)

DAY 4

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TUE

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HAVANA

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Today, depart Havana

for Santiago de Cuba, but before you leave, you will meet with the

Habana Compas Dance Company for a special interaction and

performance by the dancers as well as time with the director. Next

it’s off to the airport for a quick flight to Santiago de Cuba, the

“Heroic City,” where you will be greeted with lunch at Paladar

Palenquito before checking in to your hotel, the Melia Santiago.

Embark on a special bus/walking tour with a local historian and

preservationist, Omar Lopez, with whom you will explore the second

largest city in Cuba founded in 1515. As the birthplace to some of

Cuba’s most famous musicians, the city is also known for its

traditional dances and its “Carnaval” celebration in July. Share in a

dinner featuring local favorites tonight followed by a few special

cultural options. (B,L,D)

DAY 5

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WED

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Start with breakfast at your hotel

then head out for a full day of discovery in Santiago de Cuba. Visit

The Society of Tumba Francesa de la Caridad del Oriente and its

president and take-in a special performance at this UNESCO World

Heritage Site. Lunch is at a local restaurant, followed by a VIP guided

tour and performance at the Museo De Carnaval, that showcases the

songs and dances brought to Cuba by African slaves. The museum is

home to special items – such as floats to effigies – from the biggest

Carnival party between Rio and New Orleans held every July. After,

visit Casa del Caribe (Caribbean House), a famous local

home/museum that is filled with city history and cultural items.

Dinner this evening will be enjoyed at Paladar Aurora, then you will

have the chance to speak one-on-one with local residents of the

community. (B,L,D)

DAY 6

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THU

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA

This morning you will visit El

Cobre, the sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Cuba, and climb a short

distance to see the monument of The Runaway Slave. This sculpture

on a hill is built of iron and bronze, and honors one of the earliest and

most important slave revolts in the country in 1731. A professor from

the University of Oriente, will join the group for lunch at a local

restaurant to share even more in-depth knowledge of the city and

country. In the afternoon you will take a guided tour of the Moncada

Barracks, where the first armed action of the Cuban revolution

occurred on July 26, 1953. This evening you are free to enjoy dinner

and activities at your leisure – Cuba is yours to explore! (B,L)

DAY 7

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FRI

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA

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CAMAGUEY

After breakfast

depart Santiago de Cuba and head to Camagüey, Cuba’s largest

province situated in the center of the island. Camagüey’s winding

maze of streets was designed to confuse marauding pirates, and it is

filled with cobblestone plazas, historic statues and lavish churches.

On the way, stop in Bayamo, founded in 1513. Walk around the

historic town and enjoy some local sounds from musicians while

savoring a light lunch at Hotel Royalton. We continue on to Camagüey

and check in to the Gran Hotel. This evening dinner is at Paladar

1800. Further optional cultural activities are on offer this evening to

get you in the true Camagüey spirit! (B,L,D)

DAY 8

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SAT

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CAMAGUEY

Start the day’s activities with a walking tour

of Camagüey’s city center with a representative from the office of the

City Historian. Explore the many UNESCO-declared sites here and

enjoy a special rehearsal by the dancers of the folkloric Ballet of

Camagüey. Lunch is on your own in the city center before heading to

the Casanova Pottery Studio to see up close how they create their

trademark “tinajones,” earthenware pots made of clay and other

materials that line the streets of Camagüey, designed to collect

rainwater. This evening, you are treated to a farewell dinner at Mesón

del Principe followed by live Afro-Cuba jazz at a local nightclub!

(B,L,D)

DAY 9

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SUN

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CAMAGUEY TO USA

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this

morning before heading to the airport for your return flight home from

your amazing Cuba adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast - (L) Lunch - (D) Dinner

The included features for this program can be found on page 5. Tour

includes 22 meals: Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 6 dinners with a

cocktail and wine.

Statues of artist Martha Jimenez, Carmen church, Camaguey