On this Cuba travel program, unlock the secrets of Eastern Cuba on this unique people-to-people program with Globus. This rare travel opportunity facilitates memorable interactions between Americans and Cuban workers, performers, artisans, and residents, and explores this beautiful island nation’s compelling history and rich culture. You’ll be immersed in everyday life here through captivating educational activities and conversations with Cubans about a wide range of topics. Visits include a print shop that still employs traditional printing and binding methods, a mechanical music-organ factory, the Casa de la Cultura (a community center), Fidel Castro’s boyhood home at Birán, the Matachin Museum in an 18th-century Spanish Fortress, a cocoa farm, a rum factory, Santiago de Cuba’s historic city center, and Teddy Roosevelt’s fabled San Juan Hill. You’ll also visit the San Pedro de la Roca Castle, a World Heritage Site built in 1638, and you’ll interact with the semi-indigenous Guirito community. You’ll join in a farm-to-table mojito-making demonstration and an interactive dance lesson, enjoy a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, and see the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. All this and more await on this Cuba tour program as you explore and discover “Eastern Cuba’s Hidden Gems.”</BR></BR>Group Voyagers, Inc.* is an organization licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), CFR 515.565(b) and authorized to provide those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally for educational people-to-people interactions. Our unique itinerary for 2015: “Eastern Cuba’s Hidden Gems” provides a full-time schedule of people-to-people educational exchange activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our programs adhere to the full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.</BR></BR>*Group Voyagers, Inc. is the company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands.

City Highlights

GUANTÁNAMOLearn the origins of Cuba’s music at Casa del ChanguiBARACOA Learn about the cocoa industry and meet workers at a local cocoa farm; discussion with members of the semi-indigenous Guirito community; interact with staff at the Matachin Museum; discussion at a local paladar with owner and staffBIRÁN Visit the boyhood home of Fidel & Raul Castro and interact with local community membersGUARDALAVACA Interactive dance lessonVELASCO Visit Casa de la CulturaGIBARA Workshop with local fisherman; mojito-making demonstration at a local paladarHOLGUÍN Discussion with workers at a traditional print shop; meet staff at a musical-organ factorySANTIAGO DE CUBA Interact with workers at Jardín de los Helechos; visit the historic city center and enjoy a discussion with a local historian; scenic cruise in Santiago Bay; discussion with local fishermen; explore San Pedro de la Roca Castle; interact with a vocal group; visit San Juan Hill; interact with local university students; meet with parishioners at La Caridad del Cobra; workshop at Casa Caribe; see the Changing of the Guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery; learn about the history of rum in Cuba at a rum factory


Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 7 lunches , 6 dinners including a farewell dinner in Santiago de Cuba


NOTES:The “Eastern Cuba’s Hidden Gems” program requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and participating in a full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.Due to the special requirements to visit Cuba, participants will be required to complete visa application and travel reservation forms and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a people-to-people license and are aware of the travel rules. Participants are also required to send a copy of their passport photo page. These items must be sent to Globus within 7 days of making a reservation.In Cuba, activities that have been scheduled far in advance can sometimes become unavailable for a number of different reasons, the purpose of the trip is to have meaningful interactions with the locals and if the planned people-to-people educational exchange isn’t available, rest assured that another that will be just as enriching will be substituted. Small-Group Discovery – Never more than 24 participants in a group