Tour Highlights

Christian Life in the Culture of Cuba

Cuba has many different Christian denominations, many of them are based in African culture. Africans who were brought to Cuba as slaves to work on the sugar plantations during the 15 and 1600’s brought along their culture and their religious practices. This unique People-to-People program will orient you with the history of the many Protestant denominations, current practices, the place of religion in today’s Cuban culture, as well as introduce you to the beauty of the Island and the complexities of today’s multi-cultural Cuban society.

Highlights and Inclusions

Prices from $2798 based on double occupancy
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Included in the price:
  • Round trip air transportation from Miami
  • 7 nights in Double Accommodations at Hotel Riviera or Presidente in Havana, Hotel Canimao in Matanzas based on double occupancy
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Program as per itinerary
  • Ground transportation by motor coach
  • Services of tour manager/escort
  • Breakfasts daily and meals as stated in itinerary including Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Reservations and arrangements for all cultural presentations and events
  • Visits to Protestant Churches and meetings with locals
  • Visit Evangelical Seminary in Mantanzas, Martin Luther King Memorial Center in Havana
  • Learn about Church programs in various Cuban communities
  • Cultural presentations
Not included:
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional Insurance (recommended)$139
  • Single Supplement
  • Exit Tax
  • Visa

Other information

Cuban Council of Churches: Founded in 1941 on the theme “United to serve,” the Cuban Council of Churches is a fraternity of 37 Protestant churches, movements and institutions. It has been instrumental in mediating the relationship between the Protestant churches ad the government. For more than half a century the CIC has stood by its churches and people during economic unsettlement and natural disasters. The CIC assists churches to become more inclusive of people with disabilities and offers a national radio program, emergency food distribution, urban agriculture training and a Sunday School curriculum. It animates conversation around issues such as sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS and facilitates church participation in international ecumenical forums.

This is an approved program under U.S. Department of the Treasury OFAC License CT-2013-301894-1

Itinerary

Extensions

Day 1 Thursday HAVANA

Arrival from Miami. Enjoy a brief city tour by bus into town from the airport followed by lunch at El Aljibe Restaurant. After lunch we will continue to our hotel for an initial information meeting and briefing about the program. Rooms will be ready at about 4PM at which time we will check in. Balance of the afternoon at leisure to unpack and relax before attending the Welcome Dinner at Café del Oriente in Old Havana. Old Havana was founded by the Spaniards in 1519 in the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the core of the original city. The area contains interesting architecture much of which has been restored by the Cuban Government. (L,D)

Day 2 Friday HAVANA

After breakfast at the hotel, Visit the Cuban Council of Churches/Cuban Ecumenical Council. Meet with Protestant leaders and CCC staff. Listen to an overview and presentation about the Community in Cuba and the work of the Council. Lunch today will be at El Tocororo Restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center at the Baptist Church in the Havana municipalilty of Marianao where we will meet with members of the Church and the Center who will tell us about their work, community projects, surrounding neighborhoods, etc. We will also have a chance to tell them a little bit about our Church and our activities in the community. Return to the hotel to rest and freshen up before Dinner and a Jazz Concert or other Cultural evening (on own). (B,L)

Day 3 Saturday HAVANA

We will enjoy breakfast at our hotel before listening to a brief presentation and overview by an architect or other representative from the Office of the City Historian about the restoration and renovation programs taking place in Old Havana and the social welfare and community project they support. This will be followed by a guided walk through the Old City area. Lunch will be in another restaurant in the Old Havana area. After lunch we'll continue walking in the area and pay a visit to one of the community projects described in our sessions before returning to the hotel. Dinner and cultural option (on own). (B,L)

Day 4 Sunday MATANZAS

This morning we will attend Church services after breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel at noon and then continue for Sunday lunch at La Divina Pastora. Our journey continues as we drive to Matanzas. Check in to the hotel and get some rest before dinner at the hotel. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, this city is located on the northern shore of the island of Cuba. It is also known as the City of Bridges resulting from it's seventeen bridges which cross three rivers. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Monday MATANZAS

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before visiting the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Matanzas. Lunch today will be here at the Seminary. Later in the afternoon we will visit one of the Seminary's community projects in Matanzas and the Christian Center for Reflection and Dialogue in Cardenas before returning to the hotel. Dinner and local cultural presentation (on own). (B,L)

Day 6 Tuesday MATANZAS

This morning after breakfast at the hotel we will have a number of visits in Matanzas accompanied by a expert from the City Historian's Office. This will include Ediciones Vigia a unique book publisher where you will be able to browse through hand-made books and Farmacia Colonial historical chronology of Colonial times. We'll have lunch today at the Hotel Velasco before visiting the Museum of the Route of the Slave, part of the UNESCO International Route of the Slave Project. Return to the hotel for dinner and cultural presentation (on own). (B,L)

Day 7 Wednesday HAVANA

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Drive back to Havana. Lunch today will be en route. Depending upon timing, continue visits in Havana before check in to hotel. Farewell Dinner and Cultural presentation. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Thursday

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel prior to check out and departure for the airport and return flight to Miami. (B)

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Christian Life in the Culture of Cuba 
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* Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information: Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included in the package price and are subject to change until time of ticketing.


Entry Requirements:
US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.

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