Kirkridge Retreat Center Pilgrimage - Explore Cuban Culture

Havana, Cuba

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May 11 - 16, 2020
Group size: 1 - 18
Kirkridge Retreat Center Pilgrimage - Explore Cuban Culture
Havana, Cuba


$2499
Deposit: $500
May 11 - 16, 2020
Group size: 1 - 18

About this trip

OVERVIEW

Our 6-day Cultural Cuba trip features the highlights of Havana, Cuba's historic capital city and an incredible day-trip to Viñales Valley. Cuban Cultural Trips' experienced travel coordinators will assist you throughout the registration and preparation process. For the duration of the trip, you will be accompanied by a professional Cuban guide and a US-based tour leader. We provide comfortable private transportation, lodging in a Cuban-Style B&B, daily ground transportation, meals at the top private restaurants in Cuba and many more meaningful interactions. Experience the real Cuba with Cuban Cultural Trips.


WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Professional English speaking Cuban guides will accompany you for all daily activities
  • In-country transportation for all included activities
  • Lodging in Cuban "Casas Particulares" (B&B Style lodging)
  • Included Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all included activities
  • Gratuities at included meals
  • and much more...

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Additional Travel Insurance 
  • Gratuities for Drivers, Guides and Musicians
  • Roundtrip flights to Cuba  - (Suggested Cuba flights will be announced approximately 60 days prior to departure.)
  • Cuban Visas - (EntryVisas are available for purchase from the airline on the date of departure.) 

Why Choose Cuban Cultural Trips?

The Cuban Cultural Trips team has over 15 years of experience facilitating complex travel arrangements around the world. We know travel and more importantly, we know and LOVE CUBA. By choosing to travel with Cuban Cultural Trips, you are supporting local communities throughout the island. We work with a variety of Cuban entrepreneurs and small businesses in an effort to support the growing Cuban private sector.

100% Legal Travel to Cuba

This trip will be conducted under the "People-to-People", general license for travel to Cuba. Your travel will consist of a full-time schedule of activities that will result in meaningful interactions between the travelers and individuals in Cuba with the goal of supporting and empowering Cuban civil society. Travelers subject to US Jurisdiction are responsible for complying with US Treasury Department guidelines and will complete an affidavit stating their purpose of travel to Cuba.

Adjusting Expectations

Traveling to Cuba requires that you adjust all expectations throughout the trip. The Cuban people are incredibly warm, generous and excited to welcome visitors from abroad with open hearts. However, some of the facilities and infrastructure are not to the same standard that you may be accustomed to in the US and other destinations. Traveling with an open mind will help you to enjoy your trip and to have a better understanding of the effects of decades of isolation as a result of political and economic policies of the US and Cuban Governments.

Join Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center

Why do we call this trip a pilgrimage? When we travel together from Kirkridge we are about the journey, not the destination. Together, we practice how to focus our eyes and hearts in an unknown place and come to know it in ways that unite us as global citizens. To be a pilgrim is to be open to walking in the footsteps of others on strange land and though the path unclear, find home. Like life, sometimes plans change on a pilgrimage and savoring the moment might become the most important lesson. On pilgrimage we train our ears to listen to stories spoken in a foreign tongue discovering the common threads of our humanity. To be on a pilgrimage, like life, is to go on a journey knowing that as we listen to the sacred in one another we once again will be reminded of the sacred in ourselves. 

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until Mar 06, 202011 left
$2499
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
Available until Mar 06, 20206 left
$2799
Deposit: $500
$2499
Deposit: $500

Double Occupancy

Itinerary

Day 1 - May 11, 2020
Welcome to Cuba

Transfer from Airport to Casa Particular

As you exit baggage claim area Jose Marti International Airport, meet your guide and begin your adventure. Your driver will take you to your Casa Particular where your guide will assist you with your check-in and currency exchange.

Casa Particular (Check-In)

Your driver will take you to your casa particular where your professional guide will assist you with your check-in and currency exchange.

Plaza de La Revolución

Visit the Plaza de La Revolución - This public square is used for large speaking events, concerts and has been the site of catholic masses conducted by Pope John Paul II in 1998 and more recently by Pope Francis in 2015. Surrounding the plaza there are large sculptures commemorating the lives and revolutionary spirits of José Martí, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.

Professor Miguel Coyula

Enjoy the presentation, ‘Havana - past, present and future’, by Professor Miguel Coyula world renowned professor of architecture and former assistant to the city planner of Havana Cuba’s future, followed by an informative Q&A session.

Dinner at Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo restaurant in the Vedado neighborhood is the best Italian restaurant in town. Their menu features fresh pasta, incredible fish carpaccio and some of Havana's best pizza.

Optional Nightlife Activities

Your guide and professional trip leaders will give you suggestions for the best nightlife activities. Such as casa de la musica, for a live salsa show or El Gato Tuerto, Havana's most famous jazz lub.

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Cuban Cultural Trips
Cuban Cultural Trips facilitates travel to Cuba for US-Based travelers. We focus on small group travel and customized itineraries for families, organizations and variety of partners. e-mail, call, or press the custom trip option below to create a custom itinerary.