Cuba is not out of reach …

Contrary to what most Canadians and Americans believe, Cuba is open, accessible and welcoming!

book_nowla_habana_095Although home to more than 11 million people, Cuban culture has been shrouded in mystery to most North Americans because of prolonged economic and political strain between the United States and Cuba. The Care for Cuba program pulls back the curtains on this Caribbean culture and gives visitors a clear look at the beauties, struggles, and determination of the Cuban people. Cubanos are proud, educated, and often quite happy to share opinions. Isolated for years due to the “blockade” (as Cubans refer to the embargo the US imposed against the Communist state), their culture has been influenced by many cultures, none perhaps as heavily as Spain, Africa and the United States. Full of music, derelict buildings, joy and sorrow, the country offers few material pleasures but immense humanitarian rewards.

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 tripdates_buttonThere has never been a more exciting time to take part in travel in Cuba! Imagine a culture where everyone is literate and has access to free medical care, no starving people. This is the Cuba of today. In stark contrast to North America, its southern neighbor also offers almost no material consumer goods. Experience this now, before long anticipated change comes with the passing of the Fidel Castro generation. Open music in streets everywhere, hardly any car traffic, smiles, most visitors are enchanted with a world unlike any they could imagine. The embargo has meant severely restricted commerce, and access to affordable food, but has also preserved and insulated a culture unique in the world.

Understand the real culture of Cuba

sample-itinerary Globe Aware’s mission is to promote cultural awareness and sustainability. Cuba itself, due to its low infant mortality, high life expectancy, access to education, medical care, and human resources, generally takes the view that they are not in need of volunteers. The official stance of the Cuban government is that their economic issues stem from the embargo. Hence unlike most Globe Aware programs, we focus almost exclusively on the people-to-people cultural awareness part of our mission. You will get fantastic insight into how social issues are being addressed in terms of education, medical care and the like, and get a deep understanding of the real beauties and challenges of the Cuban culture.

The below itinerary constitutes a full-time program of activities undertaken in Cuba pursuant to the “People to People” license of the United States Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control.

July 4, 2015 - July 11, 2015

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7 Nights/8 Days

Saturday, July 4,

  • Depart Miami for Havana
  • Arrival in Havana, your Amistur guide will greet you at the terminal
  • Transfer to Hotel Habana Paseo, Park View or Plaza  
  • Lunch or dinner depending upon time of arrival
  • Orientation and Optional cultural activities:  presented by coordinator

Sunday, July 5

  • 10:00 Guided visit to Cuba’s fabulous Bellas Artes Fine Arts Museum, Cuba collection.
  • Lunch TBA
  • 2:30 Visit Quisiquaba Afro Cuban Cultural Project
  • Dinner on your own at one of Cuba’s many new private restaurants
  • Canonazo colonial ceremony officially closing Havana port


Monday, July 6

  • 9:30 Meet with the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, your official hosts in Cuba. Discussion on Cuba/US relations and the case of the Cuban Five Q & A
  • 11:00 Visit La Castellana special school
  • 1:00 pm Lunch included TBA
  • 3:00 pm visit rehearsal of Opera de la Calle, one of Cuba’s most exciting musical companies, or Prodanza Ballet or Lizt Alfonso Dance Company
  • Dinner on your own at one of Cuba’s many new private restaurants
  • Canonazo colonial ceremony officially closing Havana port

Tuesday, July 7

  • 9:30 Literacy Museum, meet with museum director and learn how Cuba launched one of the largest campaigns ever sending young people throughout the island in l961 to teach the population to read and write.  Also learn about Cuba’s ongoing literacy work around the world.
  • Visit Alamar Urban Garden,
  • Lunch TBA
  • 2:30 Casa de Africa.  African Art Museum with a live performance of Afro Cuban religious music and dance
  • Dinner on your own

Wednesday, July 8

  • 9:30 Meet with a prestigious Cuban architect who will explain how and why Havana developed as it did.
  • 12:00 Lunch at Muraleando Community Art Project (Trash dumps converted into found art, art and music workshops for the community)
  • 1:30     Visit project
  • 5:00    Visit Club Chevere, a panorama of Cuban dance styles and salsa lessons
  • Stay at club for salsa dance party.
  • Dinner on your own

Thursday, July 9

  • 9:30 visit local polyclinic, learn about Cuba’s healthcare system
  • 11:00 Visit a Arte Corte hair salon and other local private enterprises, learn about economic changes underway in Cuba
  • 1:00 Lunch, La Taberna
  • 3:00 Pm Visit Havana’s Music museum for an overview of Cuban music presented by a musicologist
  • Dinner on your own

Friday, July 10

  • All-day excursion to Las Terrazas Mountain Community, visit community center, dentist office, child care center.  
  • Visit Biosphere reserve eco station
  • Lunch at El Romero, vegetarian restaurant (direct payment)
  • Visit artists’ studios
  • Afternoon for hiking and a swim in the San Juan River,
  • 5:00pm return to Havana
  • Wrap up meeting at hotel
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Optional cultural activities (Global Exchange will help arrange

Saturday, July 11

  • Return to Miami

The above itinerary is subject to change, depending on availability and/or program scheduling.  Unlike the majority of our programs, one meal a day is on your own. From years of experience we have learned that participants greatly prefer this option because of the huge and safe variety of meals in paladores that are available. Your on site coordinator is always happy to make recommendations should you want them.

7 Nights/8 days $2,600 per person

The Price Includes

  • Administrative fee People to People license (subject to approval)
  • All confirmations in the program
  • Double room accommodations in 3 star hotel (Habana Paseo, Park View, Plaza requested)
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach as well as transfers for group as appropriate
  • English speaking, tour guide to accompany the group throughout the touring period.
  • Preparatory reading materials
  • Admission and fees to museums and program activities
  • Honoraria for speakers and donations to organizations
  • Luggage transfer (at owner's risk throughout). Baggage allowance is two checked baggage with linear dimensions totaling 55'' (the sum of the three dimensions), providing all pieces do not exceed 44 pounds. $2.00 per every pound over 44 including carry on, $20 per checked bag.
  • Two meals a day (excluding arrival and departure days)

 * The price does not include the following:**

  • *  Any flights to Cuba or Miami or Cancun
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Room service charges
  • * Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
  • Conveyance fees used for private purposes
  • Cuban airport taxes ($25 CUC)
  • Travel Insurance (We strongly advise that each participant arrange for their own travel insurance)
  • Extra Beverages
  • * Tips for Bellmen, restaurants or guides and drivers. (We suggesss that you budget $25 to $30 from each person for the guide and the same for the driver.

The price herein contained may be subject to increase by reason of an external event or set of circumstances not reasonably foreseen when the contract was agreed and beyond our control. Such circumstances may include but are not limited to unannounced airplane ticket price rises, which affect travel or availability of travel to the host country.  
We cannot accept any responsibility for such increases that may occur but will endeavor using all reasonable efforts to mitigate any such increases as is possible.
Any changes to a final signed contract including the itinerary, may result in a price change

Globe Aware’s Responsibilities

  • Globe Aware agrees to arrange all the necessary logistics for the delegations including:  
  • Obtain People to People licenses
  • Organize educational based travel services in accordance with Global Exchange’s Travel Service Provider’s license (TSP)
  • Process applications
  • Reserve flights from Miami to Havana/Miami, or to Cancun/Havana/Cancun.
  • Organization and confirmation of the itinerary
  • Arrangement for all accommodations
  • Preparatory materials
  • Provision of an experienced trip coordinator to travel with the group either from point of departure or from point of entry of destination country
  • Collection of payments and distribution of fees to relevant agencies, operators, etc

Subject to approval, you will be traveling under a general license to travel to Cuba from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department.

Cancellations
We reserve the right to cancel this tour in the event that our participants’ and staffs’ safety and security is in jeopardy.   In the event that we decide to cancel the tour for reasons beyond our control (which term will be defined as any acts of government, war, revolution or natural disaster in the destination country, which as agreed between the parties herein will prevent us from organizing a tour consistent with our program standards at any time prior to the departure date, we will refund to each participant all payments received, but cannot accept responsibility for any losses incurred to any participants by this cancellation although we will make every reasonable effort to assist the passengers in recouping their losses.

It should be noted that tour services for this tour are not included by Globe Aware, but by carriers, hoteliers, and other suppliers, who are not agents, employees, or servants of Globe Aware but who are mandated by the appropriate authorities in each respective country to handle such matters. All travel vouchers and other travel documents for tour services issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by such suppliers some of which exclude their liability to the laws of the countries in which the services are supplied, and to the international conventions between countries. Globe Aware and/or its agents, act only as agents for the participants in regard to travel by any means, and thus assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangement of the tour.
In the case of airline tickets, Globe Aware accepts no responsibility whatsoever for delay, change or cancellation of flights by the airlines and any such losses or expenses incurred must be borne by the participants and each participant must make a claim for any losses incurred directly to the airline or travel agent.  In situations where substitutions can be made every reasonable effort will be made to ensure reasonable and satisfactory substitutions.

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Penalties
Cancellations and/or amendments by tour participants must be received in writing and all cancellations will be effective on the date the written notification is received.  Penalties in accordance with the following schedule:

Additional Information for Travelers to Cuba

Below are some links to information that you might find useful when planning your trip.

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