Rediscover Cuba – A Cultural Experience! Feb. 21st – 28th, 2018

Dream Vacations and Tennova Senior Circle presents

Rediscover Cuba – February 21st – 28th, 2018

 

Day 1: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Santa Clara, Cuba – Cayo Santa Maria – Your journey begins as you fly to Santa Clara Airport, Cuba. Transfer to your hotel on the pristine beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, an island off of Cuba’s north central coast. En route to your all-inclusive resort, stop at the Che Guevara Memorial & Museum* and learn about this polarizing figure and the revolution he helped to spark. (D)
Day 2: Thursday, February 15, 2018 Cayo Santa Maria – Santa Clara – Cayo Santa Maria Embark on a journey to Santa Clara where we will meet local art or theatre students. Learn about Cuban art and their lives as you interact with students and teachers and discuss their techniques. Spend time at Piquete Melodías Antillanas, one of Cuba’s last Piquete bands. Engage with this vibrant community and discover their passion for music, singing and dancing. Learn about how this musical genre emerged in Cuba back in the 17th century. Delight in the band’s performance of original scores by renowned composers such as Miguel Faildes and Moses Simons. This special performance is conducted on original wind instruments dating back to the 1800s. Learn Cuba’s national dance, Danzón, as the abuelos give you a dancing lesson. Then we make our way to a handicraft market where you’ll get to meet the local artisans and discover their unique crafts. Return to your hotel for a mojito-making demonstration, rum tasting and dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Friday, February 16, 2018 Cayo Santa Maria – Remedios – Cayo Santa Maria Journey to the Museo de la Sucre, or “Sugar Museum.” Learn from local producers of the rise and fall of the Cuban region on the backs of sugar cane production. Enjoy a walking tour of Remedios, a charming town considered to be the oldest Spanish settlement in the former Las Villas province. Visit San Juan Bautista de Remedios, a 17th-century Baroque church. View the beautiful gold leaf altar made of carved cedar and one of only seven known statues in the world depicting a pregnant Virgin Mary. Later, learn about Cuban cigars – one of the country’s most popular products. (B, D)


Day 4: Saturday, February 17, 2018 Cayo Santa Maria – Cienfuegos – Havana This morning, embark on a scenic drive to Cienfuegos Province Botanical Gardens, the oldest of its kind on the island. During a fascinating walking tour, learn about the garden’s ties with Harvard University and its founding as a research center (where a sugar mill once stood). Enjoy lunch before exploring the historic Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city. Peruse the shops, converse with the shopkeepers and get a true taste of the local culture. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy an amazing a cappella choral performance conducted by the Cantores de Cienfuegos, a local student group gaining worldwide recognition. Visit the Tomas Terry Theatre, an impressive opera house on Plaza Mayor, before traveling across the countryside to Havana, Cuba’s capital. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Sunday, February 18, 2018 Havana – Casa Fuster – Havana This morning you are in for a treat as we visit a local performing arts school and meet its creative students who will showcase their talents. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at a local paladar where you will meet the proprietors of this family-run, privately-owned specialty restaurant. Tour the grounds including their own organic farm. Later, travel to Casa Fuster for an insider’s look at the work and life of Cuban artist Jose Fuster, whose artwork was inspired by Spain’s famous architect, Antonio Gaudi. (B, L)
Day 6: Monday, February 19, 2018 Havana – Finca Vigia – Havana Your day begins with a visit to Hamel Alley, a Havana neighborhood known for its Afro-Cuban murals which artist Salvador González Escalona famously began in 1990. Visit the Revolution Museum in what was once the Presidential Palace. Gain insight into Cuban history during the 1950s revolutionary war period. Afterwards, visit a local park where local antique car owners gather. Discuss how car ownership in Cuba works, along with the ingenious ways they keep these classics running. We then make our way to Finca Vigia, or “Lookout House,” Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba home located in the small town of San Francisco de Paula. It is here where Hemingway wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. (B, D)
Day 7: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Havana This morning, walk through the dramatic evolution of Cuban art at the Cuban Fine Arts Museum. Then spend time in Old Havana to interact with some professional Salsa dancers. Strike up a conversation with the dancers and hear about their lives and Cuba’s dance culture while learning some of the basic steps of this remarkable dance. Enjoy a tour of Old Havana on foot and stop at a local market for shopping. This evening, take a trip around Havana in one of the antique American cars that the city is known for. Finally, savor dinner in one of Havana’s finest restaurants as you celebrate an amazing journey and your new Cuban friends. (B, D)

Day 8: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Havana – USA – Tour Ends Your Cuba adventure comes to a close today. Return home with vivid memories of this beautiful country and the rich personal experiences you shared with the people of Cuba. (B)

PRICE:  $4,299 per person/double occupancy

air not included

 

$50 discount to all Senior Circle Members!!!

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