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World Cafe Travel Adventure to Cuba

World Cafe Travel Adventures

Travel provided by Insight Cuba, a division of Cross-Cultural Solutions;
a licensed provider of people-to-people travel.

World Cafe Travel Adventure to Cuba June 17-24, 2012

Join David Dye and the XPN crew on a musical tour of Cuba!

Questions?? - Contact:
Deb Ashmore via email
by phone: 800-565-9976
-OR-
Insight Cuba at 800-450-CUBA

XPN Member Price:
Approximately $4,400* per person, double occupancy, from Miami.

•Insight Cuba will collect $3,795 for double occupancy for the land portion.

The current air prices for roundtrip from Miami to Cuba are:
•$450 - $550 Plus
•$50 Visa Fee
•$15 Fed Ex Fee

Sample Itinerary

(Itinerary subject to change based on program and artist availability)

Day 1:
• Arrival in Havana
• Check into Hotel Nationale and orientation with representative from insight Cuba
• Dinner at El Aljibe

Day 2:
• Breakfast at the hotel
• In the morning, take part in an exchange with local residents in Old Havana where you will learn the history of the city.
• Participate in a discussion with representatives of the City Historian Office’s radio station Habana Radio.
• Lunch at La Dominica
• Meet with staff and local musicians at the EGREM recording studios. Here you’ll learn about the history of music in Cuba and the recording industry in Cuba today.
• Dinner at the Jazz Café.

Day 3:
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Take part in an exchange at the Guillermo Tomás Music School in Guanabacoa where you will meet with Cuban students and teachers to discuss Cuban music. After your discussion, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Museum of Guanabacoa, to learn the history of Afro Cuban religion & traditions on the island
• Lunch in Old Havana
• After lunch, meet with a local artist at their studio, here you’ll discuss art and what it’s like to be an artist in Cuba today.
• This evening, enjoy dinner at a local paladar. Enjoy your evening tasting authentic Cuban fare, while interacting with the locals.

Day 4:
• Breakfast at the hotel
• After breakfast, your group will participate in a discussion with a local historian regarding domestic community music & art programs
• Lunch in Old Havana
• In the afternoon, you will take part in an exchange with the staff of the Museum of Music. Here, you’ll learn about the history of music and its influence on Cuban life. After the discussion, your group will meet with local musicians
• Before dinner, you will have the unique opportunity to take part in a neighborhood dance workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about dance from the local residents
• Dinner at La Terraza

Day 5:
• Breakfast at the hotel and then depart for Cienfuegos
• Lunch at local establishment
• In Cienfuegos, participate in an exchange with the Choir Cantores de Cienfuegos. Founded 50 years ago by a catholic priest, the choir’s repertoire ranges from the oldest styles of renaissance and baroque to national and international contemporary songs • Depart for Trinidad
• Arrival at hotel followed by dinner

Day 6:
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Take part in an educational walking tour of Trinidad’s historic center with a historian and meet with local residents to learn about local life
• Lunch at Plaza Mayor restaurant
• Meet with the staff of the pottery workshop Taller de Santander. The Santander family has a long tradition in pottery dating back to the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. The family gave their factory to the government and became workers there. With the development of self-employment in the 1990’s, they opened the current location of the pottery workshop where several family members are on-site each day
• In the late afternoon, take part in an exchange with the dancers and musicians of Ballet Folklorico de Trinidad. Your group will learn about the history of Afro-Cuban dance on the island and the training that is offered to help develop youth interested in pursuing a career in dance
• Dinner at a local Paladar

Day 7:
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Depart for Havana
• Lunch in route to Havana at a local eatery
• Farewell dinner
• After dinner, meet with musicians at La Zorra y El Cuervo for a private discussion on the history of Jazz in Cuba

Day 8:
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Departure for airport
• Flight back to the U.S.

Photos courtesy of
Insight Cuba


Hotel Nationale
Hotel Nationale


Havana

havana-vieja
Habana Vieja

Music in Old Havana
Music in Old Havana

Hotel Nationale
Cathedral Square

Hotel Nationale
Trinidad

Cuba

World Cafe Travel Adventures

Last year David Dye and friends took their musical adventure to Ireland. And then in January, to New Orleans! Check out the photos, videos, and other trip highlights at World Cafe Travel Adventures.

What's Included in the Price?

• First Class Accommodations in Havana
• 5-Star Accommodations in Havana
• Most meals (as outlined in itinerary)
• Days full of guided activities
• U.S. Treasury Department License and Letter of Authorization
• Your Cuban host (tour guide)
• All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
• All in-country ground transportation, and transfers (with the exception of paladars)
• Travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, & trip cancelation coverage (up to $1000)
• Insight Cuba Travel Handbook
• 24 hour emergency service

What is not Included:

•US domestic flights and International Flights not included in cost of the program (prices vary depending on the season).
•Flights will be arranged by MarAzul via Insight Cuba. Payments for Flight Fees will be made payable to Insight Cuba.
•Flight documents will be sent to the participants directly by MarAzul.
•Flight Fees
•Flight cost as per ABC Charters ($450 - $550)
•$50 visa charge as per ABC Charters
•$15 Fed ex charge as per ABC Charters
In country fees
•$25 Cuban Convertible Peso Exit Fee to be paid upon departure of Cuba
•Tips for your guide, driver, chambermaids, bell hops and waiters are not included in the program fee.


Cancellation Policy

Insight Cuba strongly recommends that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can find a complete copy of the Cancellation & Refund Policy here.

Insight Cuba is a division of Cross-Cultural Solutions; a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995, and independent of WXPN. Insight Cuba is the sole organizer, packager and operator of the related transactions to Cuba described. Cross-Cultural Solutions is licensed by the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to engage in travel-related and other transactions incidental to the travel program described on this collateral, and to authorize United States persons to travel on those programs under Cross-Cultural Solution’s auspices. The travel programs described provide a full-time schedule of educational exchanges through people-to-people contact. United States law requires that all persons traveling to Cuba to participate in these travel programs adhere to the full-time schedule.

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