International Projects Committee of Illinois Delta Kappa Gamma
refers an educational tour to
A Cultural Exploration
March 20 - 27, 2019
8 Days - 16 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Book by Nov 19, 2018, & Save $100 Per Person:
$4,199; Double $4,099*
$4,899 Single $4,799
For bookings made after Nov 19, 2018 call for rates
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Lambert-St Louis Intl, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person
Alternate gateways are available upon request
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on the air-inclusive package from STL
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- Delve into the world of classic cars as you meet the owners of these restored vehicles.
- Learn about the Cuban national dance, Danzón, along with a Salsa lesson.
- Enjoy a musical performance by one of Cuba’s last Piquete bands.
- Spend 3 nights at Cuba's pristine beaches of Cayo Santa Maria.
- Savor a 4-night stay in lively and historic Havana.
- Get an insider's look at the work and life of Cuban artist Jose Fuster.
- Meet the owners of a paladar, a small specialty restaurant with its own organic farm.
- Savor country-style farm-to-table Cuban cuisine.
Highlights: Che Guevara Memorial & Museum, Cayo Santa Maria Island, Remedios, Sugar Museum, Cuban Cigars, Cienfuegos, Botanical Gardens, Havana, Revolution Museum, Finca Vigia - Ernest Hemingway’s Home, Cuban Fine Arts Museum, Salsa Dancing, Casa Fuster
Day 1: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Santa Clara, Cuba - Cayo Santa Maria - Tour Begins Your journey begins as you fly to Santa Clara Airport, Cuba. Transfer to your hotel on the pristine beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, an island off of Cuba’s north-central coast. En route to your all-inclusive resort, stop at the Che Guevara Memorial & Museum* and learn about this polarizing figure and the revolution he helped to spark. (D)
Day 2: Thursday, March 21, 2019, Cayo Santa Maria - Santa Clara - Cayo Santa Maria Embark on a journey to Santa Clara where we will meet local art or theatre students. Learn about the Cuban arts and the techniques of the students and teachers as you interact with them. Spend time with Piquete Melodías Antillanas, one of Cuba’s last Piquete bands. Engage with this vibrant community and discover their passion for music, singing, and dancing. Learn how this musical genre emerged in Cuba back in the 17th century. Delight in the band's performance of original scores by renowned composers such as Miguel Faildes and Moses Simons. This special performance is conducted on original wind instruments dating back to the 1800s. Learn Cuba’s national dance, Danzón, as the abuelos give you a dancing lesson. Return to your hotel for a mojito-making demonstration, rum tasting, and dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Friday, March 22, 2019, Cayo Santa Maria - Remedios - Cayo Santa Maria Journey to the Museo de la Sucre (Sugar Museum). Learn from local producers of the rise and fall of the Cuban region on the back of sugarcane production. Enjoy a walking tour of Remedios, a charming town considered to be the oldest Spanish settlement in the former Las Villas province. Visit San Juan Bautista de Remedios, a 17th-century Baroque church. View the beautiful gold leaf altar made of carved cedar and one of only seven known statues in the world depicting a pregnant Virgin Mary. Later, learn about Cuban cigars - one of the country's most popular products. (B, D)
Day 4: Saturday, March 23, 2019, Cayo Santa Maria - Cienfuegos - Havana This morning we embark on a scenic drive to Cienfuegos Province Botanical Gardens, the oldest of its kind on the island. During a fascinating walking tour, learn about the garden’s ties with Harvard University and its founding as a research center (where a sugar mill once stood). Enjoy lunch before exploring the historic Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city. Peruse the shops, converse with the shopkeepers and get a true taste of the local culture. Afterward, sit back and enjoy an amazing a cappella choral performance conducted by the Cantores de Cienfuegos, a local student group gaining worldwide recognition. View the Tomas Terry Theatre, an impressive opera house on Plaza Mayor, before traveling across the countryside to Havana, Cuba’s capital. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Sunday, March 24, 2019, Havana This morning you are in for a treat when we visit a local performing arts school and meet its creative students who will showcase their talents. Then enjoy a tour of Old Havana on foot and visit Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de la Cathedral, as well as many of the city’s other historical squares and UNESCO sites, which make Old Havana very special. Complete your day with a visit to Almacenes San José Artisans' Market with free time to shop for a unique Cuban souvenir. (B)
Day 6: Monday, March 25, 2019, Havana - Finca Vigia - Havana Your day begins with a visit to Hamel Alley, a Havana neighborhood known for its Afro-Cuban murals which artist Salvador González Escalona famously began in 1990. Visit the Revolution Museum, located in what was once the Presidential Palace. Gain insight into Cuban history during the 1950s revolutionary war period. Afterward, visit a local park where antique car owners gather. Discuss how car ownership in Cuba works, along with the ingenious ways they keep these classics running. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at a local paladar where you will meet the proprietors of this family-run, privately-owned specialty restaurant. Tour the grounds which include their own organic farm. We then make our way to Finca Vigia, or Lookout House, Ernest Hemingway's Cuba home located in the small town of San Francisco de Paula. Hemingway wrote two of his most celebrated novels here: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Havana - Casa Fuster - Havana This morning, walk through the dramatic evolution of Cuban art at the Cuban Fine Arts Museum. Then spend time in Havana interacting with some professional Salsa dancers. Strike up a conversation with the dancers and hear about their lives and Cuba's dance culture while learning some of the basic steps of this remarkable dance. Later, travel to Casa Fuster for an insider's look at the work and life of Cuban artist Jose Fuster, whose artwork was inspired by Spain's famous architect, Antonio Gaudi. This evening, take a trip around Havana in one of the antique American cars that the city is known for. Finally, savor dinner in one of Havana's finest restaurants as you celebrate an amazing journey and your new Cuban friends. (B, D)
Day 8: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Havana - USA - Tour Ends Your Cuba adventure comes to a close today. Return home with vivid memories of this beautiful country and the rich personal experiences you shared with the people of Cuba. (B)
Itinerary at a glance
Days 1-3 Iberostar Ensenachos, Caibarién, Villa Clara
Days 4-7 Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana
On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.
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