Educators to Cuba

Cuba Tour Details

Havana/Trinidad de Cuba

August 16-23, 2024

Many have asked, what is so special about Cuba?  The obvious answer is its culture. This is evident in the richness of a tapestry  blended in  African,  Spanish, and Caribbean influence that ‘s reflected in its cuisine, religious practices, movements, and its rhythm.  In Havana, you can spend time on one of their beautiful beaches, or hang out in Old Havana,  or visit one of the art studios, or museums. Cuba is less than 100 miles away from the US, and it has been under a blockade for over 50 years, yet they have survived.  Not many other countries can claim a 97%+ literacy rate, or the number of doctors, scientists, educators, artists,
and plant-based medicines that have been produced.   If you want to know more come in July.  You will not be disappointed.

8 Days

10+Age

Havana/Trinidad

$2399 (Dbl) $2599 (Single)

Day 1: Bienvenidos!

Day 1 Upon arrival at Jose Marti International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Kola Nut Travel Representative, and transferred to your hotel for check-in.  After unpacking, you will be taken to a local restaurant for lunch.

Returning to your hotel, your Afro Cuban Specialist will host an information meeting about your program of activities while in Cuba.  The rest of the afternoon is free, until you are picked up for a Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

O/N Grand Aston Hotel  Meals:  L/D

Day 2: It's All About the Art and Rhythms

Today you will tour Havana by bus.   A very interesting tour,  making a stop at the art studios of the world renown Eduardo “Choco” Roca Salazar in Old Havana.  Then off to Casa de la Africa to learn about the  belief systems of Afro-Cuban religions in Cuba.

After Lunch you will be headed to Callejon de Hamel, where you can join into the  festive activities and explore the very successful  art project.  Callejon is located Cayo Hueso neighborhood, known as one the most authentic locations  that exemplify the face of Cuba. Bring your dancing shoes to be an active participant. When the party ends, you will return to your hotel. 

Your evening is free for  personal pursuits. Dinner will be on your own.

O/N  Grand Aston Hotel  Meals:  B/L

Day 3: Literacy, Art & Community Outreach

After breakfast, prepare for a full day in Havana. Your first stop and orientation will be at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) created on December 30,  1960.  ICAP is a global organization focused on promoting international relationships.

Your next stop is the  Literacy Museum where you will learn why Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world.  While there you will observe  the techniques, philosophies , and teaching methodologies.

After lunch you will attend the  rehearsal of the Habana Compas Dance Company, recognized  internationally for combining dance and percussion. If interested, you can participate in an one-hour dance class.  Before returning back to your hotel.

 

O/N Grand Aston Hotel.  Meals:  B/L

Day 4: Cuban Professsor Association

Today you will be able to participate in an exchange with the Cuban Professor Association to learn about the training of teachers.  After a lively dialog, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
The next top is to visit  La Niña y el Niño community project to share with students and learn about their involvement in local community activities.

Later enjoy the rehearsal of an Afro-Cuban group.  
Your evening will be free.

O/N Grand Aston  Meals:  B/L

Day 5: Modern Havana

Today’s Tour will focus on  Modern Havana visiting Colón Necropolis, one of the most famous cemeteries in Latin America,  due to  the richness of its sculptures and
architectural forms. After lunch, you will travel to the Fidel Castro Center of Studies, before visiting a community based project.   

O/N Grand Aston  Meals:  B/L

Day 6: Havana/Trinidad de Cuba

Rise early for breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for Trinidad.  You will arrive just in time for lunch.

Trinidad de Cuba is on sacred ground.  During slavery, the women used their arms to shape the material for roofing. When an Enslaved African died working in the streets, the burial site became the very ground millions walk on today.

 Your City Tour will start at 3.00 pm Your stops will include Palenque de los Congos Reales, where the traditions of the Afro-Cubans in Cuba are practiced. Shopping might be a part of your program if you like beautiful lace, and hand made ceramics. 

Your evening is free.

O/N Melia  Meals:  B/L

Day 7: Trinidad/Havana

After Breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and prepare for your road trip back to Havana. 

After your hotel check-in at the Grand Aston, you will prepare for lunch.  Later you will visit Almacenes San José project, a shopping center with various artisan and artistic
objects items to purchase. Later in the evening you will be the guest of honor at your Farewell dinner

 

O/N Grand Aston  Meals:B/L/D

Day 8: Homeward Bound

This is your last day in Cuba, Kola Nut Travel hopes that you had a wonderful and informative experience in Cuba. 

After breakfast at the hotel, it will be time to check out, and depart for the airport.

Meals: B

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8.7

Accommodation
88%
Destination
91%
Foods
90%
Transport
83%
Value for Money
80%

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