Visit Cuba and attend Mass with Pope Francis

Next tour to Cuba, Sept 17-24.

I am taking a small group to Cuba in September to meet a variety of Cubans including artists, musicians, and health care professionals. We will tour Havana as well as visit the historic city of Cienfuegos, the Bay of Pigs and swim in the coral reef. Also our trip is timed so we can attend Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution with Pope Francis. Would you like to attend this historic event?

Cuba Delegation September 17-24

Itinerary  (Subject to Change)

Day 1
Sept 17

Arrive in Havana

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View of Havana from Hotel Presidente. Photo by Valerie Landau

Dinner with acclaimed artist Jose Fuster. Tour his home and gallery

Fuster's home and gallery. Photo by Terry Beaubois, 2015
Fuster’s home and gallery. Photo by Terry Beaubois, 2015

Day 2

Friday, Sept 18

Guided walking tour through Havana Old Havana

Walking tour in Old Havana. Photo by Valerie Landau, May 2015
Walking tour in Old Havana. Photo by Valerie Landau, May 2015

Rumba presentation with snacks and drinks

Dinner with  Americans and  Cubans

Cultural activity (attend a theater or club)

 

Day 3

Saturday, Sept 19

Leave for Las Terrazas Biosphere Wild Life Preserve

Las Terrazas BioSphere Preserve. Optional Zip Line over the river. Photo by Valerie Landau, 2015
Las Terrazas BioSphere Preserve. Optional Zip Line over the river. Photo by Valerie Landau, 2015

Zipline from one mountain to the other over a river

Photo by Terry Beaubois at the Las Terrazas resturaunt
Photo by Terry Beaubois at the Las Terrazas resturaunt

Farm to Table Organic Lunch in Las Terraza

 

Day 4

Sunday, Sept 20

Attend Plaza de la Revolution for Mass with Pope Francis

Lunch in Havana Restaurant and departure to Varadero.

Meet with Casa Carino in Varadero – Church provides vacations for sick children

Check in hotel Hotel Arenas Doradas (Google ImagesGoogle Map of Hotel)

Cultural Presentation at the hotel

 

Day 5

Monday, Sept 21

Check-Out  Leave for Bay of Pigs (in Spanish Playa Giron)

Photo of Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) from EcoRed (Cuban Wikipedia) by Aidelyn Alvarez Losada http://www.ecured.cu/index.php/Usuario:Cienfuegos3_jc

En route watch Saul Landau’s movie “Will the  Real Terrorists Please Stand Up” and discussion US-Cuba relations

Lunch Caleta Buena coral reef

NASA photo of Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs)

Observation, swimming or snorkeling to see the largest coral reef in the Caribbean

Dinner in Cienfuegos

Day 6
Tues, Sept 22

Breakfast in Cienfuegos

Visit to village of   Santa Isabel De Lajas, Home of Cuban singer Benny More (Song about the town by Benny More)                                                        
Photo on Wikimedia of the main Avenue in Lajas

Lecture on Benny More and impact on Cuban culture

Lunch in Lajas in the Congo Temple with members of the Congo Temple

Return to Cienfuegos

Visit Art Gallery

Dinner in Cienfuegos

Concert with Los Naranjos with local residents

 

Day 7

Wed, Sept 23

Breakfast in Cienfuegos

Return to Havana

Lunch in hotel

Small group tours/meetings in Havana

Good bye party with Cubans

Photo by Terry Beaubois of farewell dinner May 2015
Photo by Terry Beaubois of farewell dinner May 2015

 

Day 8

Thursday, Sept 24

Return to US

Price $3,000 per person includes single hotel room, 7 nights 8 days, all meals, ground transportation, and all events for a single room

Price $2,800 per person includes double hotel room, 7 nights 8 days, all meals, ground transportation, and all events for a single room

Scholarships available.

Additional costs: airfare, and visa, tips and gratuities for service workers, hotel maids, local guides, waiters, drivers, etc. and incidentals

Contact vlandau@gmail.com for more information

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