Join Yolanda Boyer, in celebrating her 50th birthday! Because she wants to share this special moment in her life with her dearest friends, she has invited them to come away with her to the tropical island of Cuba. There will be plenty of music and dancing, art exhibits and museums and an opportunity to experience great food and the diverse Cuban culture. She has partnered with nonprofit organization, Go Eat Give to organize this amazing journey.
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Dates: June 12-19, 2016
Cost: $3,825 per person based on double occupancy. Add $350 for single room. Non refundable deposit $250 due upon registration. Full payment due by April 12, 2015.
For more information, contact Go Eat Give firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-744-8306 OR Yolanda Boyer Lannie2268@gmail.com, 405-818-6418.
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- RT airfare Miami – Havana
- 7 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel
- daily breakfast and lunch
- some dinners
- all ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- cultural activities
- volunteer coordination
- medical insurance
Payment and Cancellation Policy: Non refundable deposit of $250 due upon registration. Full payment must be received 60 days prior to departure. Cancellation is NOT allowed within 60 days of departure, unless Go Eat Give cancels the trip, in which case you will get the option to receive 100% refund or apply your funds towards a future trip. We encourage you to purchase travel insurance in case if you need to cancel due to unforeseen events.
- some meals
- airport departure tax
Complete Itinerary (subject to change):
DAY 1 – SUNDAY JUNE 12 / WELCOME HAVANA (DINNER)
- Arrival at José Martí International Airport in Havana. Group welcomed by your guide and bus driver.
- Transfer to hotel NH Capri. This 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Cuba, across from the famous National Hotel. It is walking distance from the Malecon (oceanfront) & the best ice cream shop in Cuba. Private group check-in.
- Dinner, mojito and cooking demonstration at Artechef – The Habana Culinary School. Meet with a representative of the Cuban Culinary Association for presentation on the origin, development and current status of Cuban cuisine. Founded on January 26, 1981, the Association sought to elevate the Cuban Chef from lowly servant in years past to recognition of one who not only satisfies a primary human need, but who fulfills spiritual needs through the role played in bringing people together in the home and in society. The Association aims to revive and revitalize the island’s cuisine – unique in the Americas.
DAY 2 – MONDAY JUNE 13 / HAVANA’S ARCHITECTURE (BREAKFAST AND LUNCH)
- Breakfast at hotel.
- Panoramic walking tour of four main squares in Habana Vieja (Old Havana) declared an UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.
- Visit Cathedral Square, surrounded by colonial mansions of the 1700s and featuring the church built by the Jesuits known later as the Cathedral of Havana. La Catedral is most the most beautiful exponent of Cuban baroque architecture.
- Visit to the Square of Arms, an ancient military parade ground for Spanish soldiers, surrounded by impressive buildings such as: Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, former seat of the colonial government. Today the building houses the Museum of the City. Palacio del Segundo Cabo, former seat of the second authority of the island. Today it is home to important publishing concerns.
- Continue our walking tour onto San Francisco Square, one of the oldest in the historical quarter. Named after magnificent Basilica of Saint Francis, also a striking example of the Cuban baroque architecture from the late 1700s.
- Visit Plaza Vieja, the only civic square of colonial times. Absent are churches or government buildings. Here we will visit an important institution for visual arts.
- Lunch at Cafe del Oriente, a former Spanish colonial government building turned into a fine-dining restaurant.
- Peak into Camera Oscura. On a corner of Plaza Vieja in Old Havana stands a tribute to photography and to the visionaries who first launched themselves into this curious process capturing images through the intelligent use of light and sensitivity. Located on the top floor of the eclectic early 20th-century Gómez Vila Building, the Camera Obscura is a gift from the Council of Cadiz, Spain, through the office of Eusebio Leal, the City Historian. It is the only one of its kind in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is one of 74 worldwide today.
- Remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Old Havana’s Obispo Street’s numerous cafeterias and private diners. This is a great opportunity to meet street venders who prepare and sell specialty food like Cuban pizza, jugos (fruit juices), frituras (various deep-fried tubers), bocaditos (sandwiches), batidos (banana and other fruit shakes), coquitos (coconut cookies), barras de guayaba (guava bars), etc.
- Dinner on your own.
- Evening venue at Casa de La Música where we’ll hear a traditional Cuban bands playing live. Unique opportunity to dance with Cubans (optional participation, not included).
DAY 3 – TUESDAY JUNE 14 / TRINIDAD (BREAKFAST, LUNCH)
- Breakfast at hotel.
- Early departure to Trinidad, a one-of-a-kind, a perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where the clocks stopped ticking in 1850 and – apart from the tourists – have yet to restart.
- Lunch at Bay of Pigs
- Check in at Casas Particulares (historic Cuban homes converted to bed and breakfasts)
- Salsa dancing class
- Dinner on your own. After dinner, head to Casa de la Trova, one of the best settings to listen to great traditional music. Dance with Cubans and foreign visitors. (Transportation and cover not included in tour costs).
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY JUNE 15 / TRINIDAD (BREAKFAST AND DINNER)
- Breakfast at casa.
- Walking tour of Trinidad. Declared a national monument by the Cuban government and World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, this city is very much as it was four centuries ago, the beauty of its baroque architecture and cobblestones squares harking back to a bygone era when Trinidad was a key player in the Caribbean slave trade. It´s also brags spectacular Valle de los Ingenios, a unique Sugar Mill Valley. It contains beautiful churches (such as the Great Parish Church, a neoclassical edifice built in 1892) and public squares, the most important of which is Main Square-surrounded by buildings of great beauty and historic and architectural interest and considered the second most important square in the country, after Havana’s Cathedral Square.
- Meet with the Santander family, well-known potters who have made unique pottery for over 100 years. Break into small groups so that you can talk with different family members as they complete their pottery and/or ceramic items. You may ask questions about the different techniques and offer comments about the resulting products.
- Visit the Valle de los Ingenios where once Sugar Mills stood.
- Free afternoon to stroll around beautiful Plaza Mayor, visit Museo Arquitectura Colonial. Enjoy time at a local artisan street market with splendid woodcarvings, fabric art, crochet pieces, and straw work. Lunch on your own.
- Dinner at a local paladar.
DAY 5 – THURSDAY JUNE 16/ CIENFUEGOS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER)
- Breakfast at Casa.
- Head to the city of Cienfuegos, Cuba’s loveliest city of French colonial architecture on Cuba’s most scenic ocean bay. Guided walking tour of Cienfuegos historical center: Paseo del Prado, Plaza José Martí, Tomás Terry Theater, Casa de la Cultura, The Cathedral .
- Drive to Havana, with stop for lunch along the way.
- Check in to hotel in Havana.
- Special dinner at rooftop of a local paladar (private restaurant).
DAY 6 – FRIDAY JUNE 17 / HAVANA / (BREAKFAST AND LUNCH)
- Breakfast at hotel.
- Visit the UBPC Vivero Organopónico Alamar, 15 km (9.3 miles) east of Havana. It’s one of the most successful urban organic farms in Cuba raising ornamental plants, medicinal herbs, and millions of seedlings for neighboring residential and collective farms. Established in the early 1990s, the Alamar cooperative has over 20 members and provides a range of healthy, organic vegetables to the community. Produce is raised employing the practice of permaculture: no chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Instead, natural biological methods are used to nourish the soil, frustrate pests and conserve water. The result is an increased rate of yield and reduced costs.
- Volunteer work and Organopónico (Farm work includes picking, planting, cleaning, etc. Bring your rubber boots & donations for farmers)
- Lunch at private restaurant El Ajiaco.
- Visit Cojimar, small fishing village and Hemingway’s favorite town.
- Visit Finca La Vigía (House and farm of Ernest Hemingway Museum).
- Continue to Revolution Plaza and tour the Modern City, including a stop at Visit Callejón de Hamel (Hamel Alley) to see the artwork of famed Afro-Cuban Artist Salvador González.
- Dinner on your own. Evening suggestion: Flamenco performance at Meson de La Flota (optional participation, cover and transportation not included).
DAY 7 – FRIDAY JUNE 18 / HAVANA/ (BREAKFAST AND LUNCH)
- Breakfast at hotel.
- Visit the studios of José Fuster, one of Cuba’s most important ceramists and painters at his whimsical studio in Jaimanitas, just outside of Havana.
- Volunteer work at Fuster’s and the Community of Jaimanitas includes creating a wall mural in the neighborhood. Feast on a delicious lunch hosted by José Fuster.
- Visit PRODANZA: Prodanza is a center for the promotion of dance under the Ministry of Culture of Cuba. It is run by Laura Alonso, daughter of Alicia Alonso and Fernando Alonso, who served as Principal Soloist of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Watch a performance by GRUPO PRODANZA.
- Farwell dinner at local paladar Cafe Laurent, located at a penthouse of a private building overlooking Havana.
DAY 8 – SUNDAY JUNE 19 / ADIOS HAVANA (BREAKFAST)
- Breakfast at hotel.
- Check-out and transfer to José Martí International Airport for flights home.
Itinerary subject to change.
- “My trip to Cuba was an educational adventure in exploring the old and the new emerging Cuba. One of the things I liked the most about the trip was sharing dinner and getting to speak with Cuban people who are on the leading edge of change for their country.” ~ Joyce Dillon “The trip to Cuba was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I learned so much about the country in such a short amount of time. I loved that we volunteered at various locales. The itinerary with visits to several places mixed with local history, architecture and culture was perfect. I hope many more people will take advantage of Cuba travel.” ~ Judy Hsu “I had the pleasure of travelling with Go Eat Give on a volunteer trip to Cuba in 2013. I have long been a supporter of the organization’s mission to deepen cross-cultural experiences through food and volunteerism, and the trip delivered on all counts. I especially liked that there was plenty of flexibility in the itinerary to explore independently while still providing enough structure to assure exposure to significant highlights. The entire experience was positive and affecting.” ~ Cheryl Garin “I was fortunate to travel with Go Eat Give to Cuba in 2013. What an amazing experience. The entire trip was vey well planned and the volunteer opportunities fulfilling and very worthwhile. I had visited Cuba many years before, but Go Eat Give showed me parts of the country that I was never able to previously access. The Go Eat Give experience is one that can be tailor-made to your group or family.” ~ Chris Chavis“Traveling to Cuba has been on my list for over 10 years. I’m so glad I took the opportunity to travel with Go Eat Give this year, what a wonderful way to experience the country! Visiting Cuba was like getting to go back in time. The architecture, culture, landscapes, and rich traditions fill your senses like no other place on earth.” ~ Donna Lindsey Toepfer“Frankly, I had not, nor would I have ever thought it would be possible for me to go there as an American. But I learned, through Sucheta Rawal, founder of Go Eat Give, not only that it was possible, but also that her organization had arranged an eight-day itinerary to visit Cuba on an educational/volunteer vacation. My experience was nothing short of amazing!! Every day was a new opportunity to see and learn. Over the course of our stay we had the opportunity to tour Havana, experience local culture, visit the Partagás cigar factory, eat at both state- and family-run restaurants, and learn about Cuban history. Yet, we had the opportunity for “up close and personal” interaction with locals as we did hands-on volunteer activities on an organic farm, at a major park, and one a community art project. All in all, it was a rich and rewarding experience that I would highly recommend!” ~ Walter Akana