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Santiago to Havana: Trail of the Revolution

Experience the magic of Cuba’s stunning colonial cities, verdant countryside, and historic sites, as well as the bustling capital of Havana.

Join us on this new eight-night tour as we follow the trail of the Cuban Revolution on an exciting journey that takes us from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, with visits to Camagüey, Bayamo, and Santa Clara. This rich program includes meetings with artists, musicians, architects, educators, historians, urban planners, economists, and more. We’ll learn about the Revolution from experts at some of its most pivotal locations, including the Moncada Barracks, the site of the first armed assault by Fidel Castro and his band of rebels on July 26, 1953. We’ll also visit the final resting place of national heroes José Marti and Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and we’ll experience the vibrant art and music scene that helps define the island’s lively culture.  

Highlights

  • Travel with Peter Kornbluh, The Nation’s longtime Cuba correspondent, to discuss the Cuban Revolution, as well as the future of US-Cuba relations (Peter traveled with President Obama last year to Cuba to cover his historic visit for The Nation).
  • Visit the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba, where the first armed assault of the Cuban Revolution took place, as well as other notable landmarks throughout the city.
  • Explore the stunning colonial city of Camagüey, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and attend a discussion with a local historian from the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution.
  • Tour the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara, which houses the remains of the legendary figure.
  • Learn about preservation and conservation of historical patrimony from one of Cuba’s leading experts, architect Norka Cabrales.
  • Visit a primary school, meet the teachers and students, and learn about the Cuban educational system.
  • Experience one of the most sacred places in Cuba for Catholics and practitioners of Santería, the Basílica Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, which was visited by the pope on his recent tour of Cuba.
  • Visit a typical neighborhood health clinic, where we will meet with the clinic’s doctors and nurses to learn more about the country’s health-care system.
  • Engage in a discussion with former Cuban diplomat and expert on US-Cuba relations, Carlos Alzugaray Treto.
  • Attend private ballet rehearsals, concerts, lectures, and much more!

The all-inclusive cost of this weeklong tour is $5,865 per person with double occupancy ($300 single supplement), plus $430 round-trip group airfare (arriving in Santiago de Cuba and departing from Havana). The program cost includes two nights at the Hotel Imperial in Santiago; two nights at a private guesthouse in Camagüey; four nights at the four-star Hotel NH Capri La Habana; all ground transportation within Cuba; guided tours, seminars, and lectures; entrance to Cuba’s preeminent museums and attractions; several private music concerts; dance performances; most meals (including libations); and other captivating activities and events. Airport transfers, health and evacuation insurance, and a Cuban visa are included with the purchase of the group airfare.

TRIP DATES

November 10–18, 2017

COST

$5,865 + $430 group airfare

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