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DAY 1

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MON

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CIENFUEGOS

This morning depart on your flight to

Cienfuegos, Cuba. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your

hotel. After check-in there will be a briefing by your local English-

speaking guide about your L’Chaim Cuba experience. This afternoon

after lunch, there is a walking tour of Cienfuegos where you will have

the opportunity to meet with community residents as well as small

business owners. Tonight, a flavorful dinner awaits at Los Laureles,

featuring authentic Cuban dishes. (L,D)

DAY 2

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TUE

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CIENFUEGOS

Start your day with breakfast at your hotel,

then embark on a full-day excursion to the colonial city of Trinidad. Your

first stop is at the Cienfuegos Botanical Gardens, teeming with towering

palm trees, bamboo plants, flowers and lush tropical greenery. Next, an

urban planner from the Office of the City Historian leads you on an

insightful walking tour of colorful Trinidad, a well preserved UNESCO

World Heritage Site founded in 1514. The day’s activities and

experiences continue with lunch at Sol Ananda Paladar, a locally owned

restaurant serving homemade Cuban fare. Later, visit the

Canchanchara Bar where you can relax in wooden armchairs and listen

to live music while sipping a mojito or the bar’s namesake cocktail

served in a small earthenware bowl and made with rum, lime, and

honey. Return to Cienfuegos for dinner at your hotel this evening and

the opportunity to take in the Trazos Libres art project in Cienfuegos

featuring murals on the neighborhood homes surrounding the

community center. (B,L,D)

DAY 3

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WED

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HAVANA

After breakfast your adventure continues with

a visit to the Benny More Art School where you will have a chance to

interact with the students and teachers before enjoying a concert by

the Cienfuegos Choir. Next you will join the members of the small

Jewish community of Cienfuegos for lunch and an in-depth discussion

about Jewish life in Cuba. (There are fewer than 1,500 Jews in Cuba, 85

percent of who live in Havana. At its peak, there were 15,000 Jews, and

Havana boasted five synagogues and six or seven Jewish day schools.)

After the introduction, depart for Havana and 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 4

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THU

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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 famous four plazas,

engage with artists at the Graphic Arts Workshop, and enjoy the

insights of a local architect as he discusses Old Havana’s preservation

and continuous restoration processes. Next, visit the Maqueta Vieja

Habana Museum that houses the scale model of the City of Havana.

Then it’s on to the Orthodox Adath Israel Synagogue, the only

synagogue that houses a mikvah in Cuba, before venturing along to

Cuba’s only kosher butcher shop. Next it’s time to take a break and

sample some typical Jewish-Cuban cuisine for lunch in the Garden of

Eden restaurant at the Hotel Raquel. Take note, the hotel’s interior

poignantly references Jewish culture through its biblically themed

paintings by contemporary Cuban artists. After, you will continue the

walking tour of Old Havana. The evening is yours to enjoy as you wish,

whether it’s discovering the local culture at a paladar or at a bar, club

or foot-tapping live jazz performance or the world-famous Tropicana

cabaret. (B,L)

DAY 5

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FRI

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HAVANA

Have breakfast at your hotel and then it’s off to

explore! Your morning adventure takes you to experience the area’s

local talent with a visit to a working cigar factory to see firsthand how

they grow, dry and prepare the tobacco before hand-rolling the famous

Cuban cigars. Today you will also discover the Sephardic Community

Center and Synagogue where you will participate in a cultural exchange

with members of the Sephardic community. Then, it’s lunch at La

Guarida, a local paladar, before a moving visit to the Jewish Cemetery

and Holocaust Memorial to the east of Havana. This evening you will

attend Friday night services at Temple Beth Shalom and take part in a

Friday night Kiddush and Shabbat dinner with members of the local

Jewish community. (B,L,D)

DAY 6

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SAT

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HAVANA

After breakfast, head off on a tour of the

magnificent Fine Arts Museum. As the day continues, you will visit the

Hemingway Museum which was Ernest Hemingway’s winter home from

1939 to 1960. You will see the authors 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 is a visit

ACCOMMODATIONS

City Nights Hotel

Cienfuegos 2 Jagua or Faro Luna or Cayenes

Havana 5 Melia Cohiba

DEPARTURE DATES

2017 - Dec. 11 & 25

2018 - Jan. 8 & 22; Feb. 5 & 19; Mar. 5 & 26; Apr. 9 & 23;

May 7 & 21; Jun. 4 & 18; Jul. 2 & 30; Aug. 13; Sep. 24;

Oct. 8 & 22; Nov. 5 & 19; Dec. 24

(*)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.

A family lighting the Hanukkah Menorah

to Finca Yoandra to take part in a cultural and educational exchange

about their sustainable agriculture outreach project. Late afternoon

return to your hotel and get ready for an evening of excitement and

entertainment featuring dinner and a Buena Vista Social Club show at

Habana Café. (B,L,D)

DAY 7

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SUN

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HAVANA

Following a buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will

be guided through El Patronato Jewish Community Center (Temple Beth

Shalom). Here you will have the opportunity to meet with the center’s

president, Adele Dworin, the Hadassah leadership and other members.

Take part in a tour of the library, pharmacy and Sunday school (Cuban

Jewish kids are as lively as Americans and Sunday morning is a very

active time at the Center).* You will then enjoy lunch at the colorfully

decorated California Paladar and meet members of their community

project. Take your time to discover the unique finds at Almacenes de

San Jose, an open-air artisans’ crafts market. You will have time for a

quick rest at the hotel before our memorable farewell dinner at Café

Del Oriente. (B,L,D)

DAY 8

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MON

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HAVANA TO USA

After breakfast, say “hasta pronto” or

“until soon” to Cuba before departing on your flight back home with a

lifetime of memories to share of your L’Chaim Cuba cultural travel

experience. (B)

*The Jewish community in Cuba would appreciate your help. All kinds of donations are

gladly welcome, clothes, toys and crayons, etc. for the children, supplies for the Jewish

Pharmacy, etc…

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

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

includes 20 meals: Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 6 dinners with a

cocktail and wine.