Kirkridge Retreat Center Pilgrimage - Explore Cuban Culture

Havana, Cuba

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Cuban Cultural Trips
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May 11 - 16, 2020
Group size: 8 - 18
Kirkridge Retreat Center Pilgrimage - Explore Cuban Culture
Havana, Cuba

Cuban Cultural Trips
  • Twitter verified
4 reviews

$2499
Deposit: $500
May 11 - 16, 2020
Group size: 8 - 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.

Licensed Travel to Cuba

Your travel will be conducted under a 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 20, 20209 left
$2499
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
Available until Mar 20, 20205 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
4 reviews
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.

Reviews

A great trip. Every meal was excellent. I loved that we could have whatever we wanted to eat and drink. And each restaurant was different from the next. I can't pick a favorite. We ate by the water, in the fields of an organic farm, in an old mansion, in a new mansion, in a rooftop terrace, and more. We were serenaded by a group of musicians. We drove through Havana for an hour in vintage convertibles with the top down and horns honking We toured a tobacco and coffee farm. We socialized in the living room at our Casa. We enjoyed slide shows of our photos in the dining room, where we also had excellent fresh fruit and juice and eggs for each breakfast. Jason and Santiago were gracious and knowledgable guides, making sure everything ran smoothly and taking us to places that were perfect for photography.. Our driver was first-rate. The trip was easy and fun.
Had a great time. Wonderful experience. Very informative. Great food. Jason, tour director, Santiago, tour guide, Juanito, bus driver all exceeded expectations. I have now have Cuban friends on FB.
Had a great time. One of the best groups of people I've ever traveled with. Thought Santiago, the Cuban guide, was excellent. The B&B or casa particular also was excellent and very comfortable. From my perspective, improvements would include: substituting a light lunch or dinner for a heavy one. Mainly, it would have been better to have been able to spend less time over a meal because heavy meals generally too 2 hours to complete. I also would have liked a museum thrown in, particularly on a rainy day when the itinerary changed. I would have preferred that over spending yet more time seated and drinking at the Hotel Nacional. As for the photography aspect of the trip, I would not have minded some critical feedback on our photos. I enjoyed seeing others' photos.
The best trip ever. Jason and his local team in Cuba went above and beyond - jam packed days meeting wonderful people, learning about Cuba, eating great food! Our Casa Particular was clean and comfortable with a warm, and efficient staff. Highly recommend!