Cuba Religious Tour - Globus® Faith Tour Packages

Spiritual Journey through Cuba (YR)

11 Day Tour from Miami to Miami

2016 Tour Details

Experience the cultural and spiritual wonders of Cuba on this 11-day people-to-people program with Globus. This rare travel opportunity facilitates memorable interactions between Americans and Cuban workers, performers, artisans, residents, and religious communities as it explores this beautiful island nation’s compelling spiritual history and 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 historical churches—two of which allow participants to attend Mass, as well as the Hill of the Cross pilgrimage site, Cuba’s oldest church, and the well-known Church of San Lazaro. You’ll also experience a wide variety of stops to see local artwork and meet the artists, visit a print shop that still employs traditional printing and binding methods, and a mechanical music-organ factory. Meet members of the Camagüey Ballet Company, explore Santiago de Cuba’s historic city center, the San Pedro de la Roca Castle World Heritage Site, and even visit a local daycare center to interact with children and the nuns who run the program. You’ll join a farm-to-table cooking demonstration and an interactive dance lesson, a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, see the Changing of the Guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, and stop to see Ernest Hemingway’s home. These highlights and more await you on this exploration of the rich culture and spiritual depth of Cuba and its people.

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, “Spiritual Journey Through Cuba,” 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.

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

SANTIAGO DE CUBA
Visit to San Pedro de la Roca Castle, interactive vocal performance, see historic Santiago de Cuba with local architect/historian, Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption, visit the community of La Caridad del Cobre and attend Mass, scenic cruise in Santiago Bay, discussion with local fishermen, see the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery
HOLGUÍN
Visit the Hill of the Cross, discussion with workers at a traditional print shop, meet staff at a musical-organ factory
GIBARA
Interactive dance lesson, farm-to-table cooking demonstration at a local paladar, visit a spice farm and interact with workers
CAMAGÜEY
Visit church at Plaza de Carmen, discussion with Camagüey’s artists, interaction with paladar owner and staff, Camagüey Ballet Company, workshop at Casanova Pottery Studio, visit the church and meet the family and local parishioners
SANCTI SPIRITUS
Visit historic city center including Cuba’s oldest church
SANTA CLARA
Visit Che Guevara Memorial
CAYO SANTA MARIA
Discussion with church members
HAVANA
Discussion and lunch at an organic urban farm, interact with children at a daycare center run by local nuns, Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s home), performance and discussion with members of the Cuban Institute of Music, visit the pilgrimage site of San Lazaro, workshop on Santeria at Callejon de Hamel, discussion with architect, Old Havana, Mass at the Cathedral of Havana, Colon Cemetery, tour Hotel Nacional de Cuba, discussion at José Fuster’s Studio, interaction at the Angeles de Futuro Project, ride in an Old Styler car through the streets of Havana

NOTES:

  • This 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 enriching activity will be substituted.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 9 lunches, 6 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Miami

Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. This evening, meet your Globus Group Leader for a 6 pm welcome drink and briefing. This is a good time to meet your fellow program participants, ask questions, and get prepared for your trip to fascinating Cuba.

Day 2 Miami-Santiago de Cuba

This morning, fly to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second-largest city. Start your exploration with a visit to SAN PEDRO DE LA ROCA CASTLE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1638, it has been the site of battles against pirates, smugglers, and home to many well-known prisoners. During your visit, meet an interactive VOCAL QUARTET in the castle’s chapel that will impress you with their musical talents. Discuss the inspiration for their songs, their various backgrounds, and future aspirations. This afternoon, stroll through historic Santiago de Cuba with a local HISTORIAN or architect. Included is a visit to the beautiful CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION, where you are invited to interact with local parishoners. Your hotel is the modern Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel.

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Day 3 Santiago de Cuba

Today, visit the community of LA CARIDAD DEL COBRE (the Virgin of Charity and patron saint of Cuba). Learn about the 400-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary and the local lore of how she came to this place. She is one of the most powerful Catholic icons in the world, and an object of pride and reverence for thousands of island faithful. Immerse yourself in Cuba’s roots by attending Mass at the church and interacting with the parishioners. Next, enjoy a panoramic CRUISE in Santiago Bay, arriving at quaint Granma Island. Over lunch, join a DISCUSSION with local fishermen and learn about their fishing practices and their community project that helps sustain the environment. We then visit SANTA IFIGENIA CEMETERY, where Cuba’s national hero, José Martí, is laid to rest. Witness the Changing of the Guard, see the elaborately sculpted memorials, and hear the cemetery’s captivating folklore and stories about the many noteworthy people laid to rest here. Your evening is free to explore Santiago de Cuba.

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Day 4 Santiago-Holguin-Gibara

Travel to Holguín and visit LOMA DE LA CRUZ (Hill of the Cross). This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Cuba, offering incredible views of the city below. Learn about its fascinating history and the celebration that accompanies this site every year. Enjoy lunch and then head to a traditional paper PRINT SHOP. Interact with staff and learn about the process used to make paper, print, and bind their one-of-a-kind books. Continue to a mechanical MUSIC-ORGAN FACTORY to see these impressive instruments from yesteryear. Discuss with workers how these organs came to Cuba, what it takes to maintain and repair them, and listen to the familiar whistle sounds. Arrive in the charming village of Gibara. Before dinner, enjoy an interactive DANCE LESSON on the hotel’s rooftop. Dinner tonight is a “farm-to-table” experience at a local paladar (a special, small, privately owned restaurant). Visit the restaurant’s herb garden and then sit back for an interactive cooking DEMONSTRATION.

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Day 5 Gibara-Camaguey

Start your day off with a visit to a SPICE FARM to meet the workers and learn how they grow and use their spices. Then, travel to Camagüey, Cuba’s third-largest city, which is nicknamed the “City of Squares.” Much of the town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit PLAZA DE CARMEN, the CHURCH, and a well-known and award-winning ARTIST to discuss the inspiration of her work and how she has given back to the community. Over dinner, join in a DISCUSSION with the paladar owner and staff.

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Day 6 Camaguey

This morning, meet dancers from the world-famous CAMAGÜEY BALLET COMPANY, which has performed in more than 40 countries. You’ll have a chance to meet and interact with the dancers, teachers, and costume makers. Next, enjoy a stroll through Camagüey’s historic main square, Plaza San Juan de Dios, and INTERACT with several artists at their studios. After lunch, participate in a workshop at CASANOVA POTTERY. Learn about Camagüey’s famous tinajones—large red pots found outside homes, a symbol of the city. See the traditional way of making the vessels and interact with the artists to learn about the local legend. Visit the CHURCH built by the Casanova family, and meet the family and local parishioners. Your evening is at leisure.

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Day 7 Camaguey-Sancti Spiritus-Santa Clara-Cayo Santa Maria

Travel to Sancti Spiritus, meaning “Holy Spirit,” one of Cuba’s oldest European settlements. This charming city has brightly colored buildings and plenty of pedestrian areas. Visit the historic city center with a visit to Cuba’s oldest church, the PARROQUIAL MAYOR DEL ESPIRITU SANTO. After lunch, travel to Santa Clara, where you’ll visit the CHE GUEVARA MEMORIAL, the burial site of the revolutionary and symbolic leader. Learn more about his life and the impact he’s had on Cuban culture. We’ll also visit a local church to INTERACT with its parishioners and learn about their community project. Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.

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Day 8 Cayo Santa Maria-Havana

This morning, travel to Havana, the bustling capital of Cuba and your home for the next three nights. Start your time here with a visit to a local ORGANIC FARM, where you’ll join a discussion with the workers. After lunch, visit a DAYCARE CENTER to interact with the children and the nuns who run the program. The children may even delight you with a song or two. Our attention then turns to Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Cuba for more than 30 years and left behind an enduring legacy. It is here that he wrote several books, participated in fishing contests, and enjoyed the laid-back ambiance and warmth of the Cuban people. Engage with staff at FINCA VIGIA, his beloved home, and see his fishing boat, El Pilar. Before dinner this evening, join in a discussion with choir members and their director from the CUBAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC.

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Day 9 Havana

This morning, visit the CHURCH OF SAN LAZARO, Cuba’s second-most important pilgrimage site. All year long, devotees flock to San Lazaro to pray for good health and miracles of healing. There is time for reflection at this special site as well as the chance to interact with the local clergy and pilgrims. On to CALLEJON DE HAMEL, a neighborhood known as “Salvador’s Alley” that is a showcase of eclectic artwork, vibrant street music, rumba dancing, and colorful murals by local artist Salvador. While here, participate in a discussion on the Santeria religion and how it has impacted Cuba and the United States. Learn about Santeria, first brought to Cuba by the African slaves who worked at the sugar plantations. The religion has connections to Roman Catholicism and Native Indian traditions. This afternoon, partake in a DISCUSSION with a local architect as you explore the charming cobblestone streets of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Topics include Havana’s unique architecture, the challenges of renovating the city’s exquisite historic buildings, and the future of these restorations. Your evening is free to explore more of the vibrant city of Havana.

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Day 10 Havana

As you near the end of your time in Cuba, experience Mass at the beautiful CATHEDRAL OF HAVANA. Built in 1748, the cathedral once housed the remains of Christopher Columbus and contains a sculpture of St. Christopher, patron saint of Havana. After Mass, enjoy some time to interact with our fellow parishioners. Next, visit COLON CEMETERY, where you’ll hear the interesting story of the “Miraculous One.” We then visit the illustrious HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA, a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity. The hotel has hosted celebrities and world figures over the decades, including Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, and Steven Spielberg. This afternoon takes us to JOSÉ FUSTER’S STUDIO, cleverly nicknamed the “Picasso of the Caribbean.” Here, you discover a surreal world—like nothing you have seen before. Interact with members of the neighborhood to discuss the project’s impact on the surrounding area. Before returning to our hotel, we have a special interaction with the students and teachers of the ANGELES DEL FUTURO PROJECT (Angels of the Future). These children will amaze you with their circus-like acrobatics and you’ll learn about their training, daily lives, and future aspirations. A special treat this evening: take a RIDE IN AN OLD STYLER CAR (the 1950s cars found all over Cuba) through the streets of Havana to your farewell dinner. It’s the perfect ending to your time in Cuba!

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Day 11 Havana-Miami

After breakfast, depart for the airport and your return flight to Miami. Please schedule connecting flights after 2:15 pm.

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 Accommodations

Miami
Santiago de Cuba
Gibara
Camaguey
Cayo Santa Maria
Havana

Miami

Miami Airport Marriott

First-Class

Miami Airport Marriott 1201 NW LeJeune Road, Miami, FL United States

1201 NW LeJeune Road
Miami, FL United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Miami Marriott Hotel offers comfort and convenience, with sleek new interiors, bright colors, and redesigned rooms. Amenities like the outdoor pool, fitness center, and a fantastic dining scene will make your stay in Miami exceptionally comfortable.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Pay Movies
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker

Santiago de Cuba

Melia Santiago de Cuba

Superior First-Class

Melia Santiago de Cuba  Av. De las Americas y Calle M, Santiago de Cuba,  Cuba

Av. De las Americas y Calle M
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

This modern and iconic hotel has 302 rooms, 4 restaurants, 3 bars, and room service. You'll find every comfort of home at this one and only five start hotel in the city. It is strategically located close to the historical center. The hotel has an outdoor pool, gym, gift shops, business center, concierge service, and Internet service for a fee. Guestrooms are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, safety deposit box, telephone, hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls

Gibara

Hotel Encanto Ordono

Superior First-Class

Hotel Encanto Ordono  J. Peralta y calle Donato Marmol, Gibara,  Cuba

J. Peralta y calle Donato Marmol
Gibara, Cuba

Hotel Encanto Ordoño is the tallest building in quaint, peaceful Gibara. The hotel is in the heart of Gibara's urban historic center (declared a National monument in 2004), and dates from 1927; it's named for its original owner, the Spanish merchant Felipe Ordoño Díaz. After undergoing complete restoration, the Encanto Ordoño was reopened in 2013. This special property has been designated a Hotel Encanto (encanto means charm), meaning it has been designed for cultural tourism and maintains the highest level of historic authenticity.The hotel combines timeless elegance with modern functionality and amenities. The roof terrace is the perfect place to take in the city, where you'll enjoy the same vistas taken in by visitors from the 15th century until today.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Camaguey

Gran Hotel

First-Class

Gran Hotel Maceo No 67 e/Gral General, Camaguey,  Cuba

Maceo No 67 e/Gral General
Camaguey, Cuba

The historic Gran Hotel, located on the city's pedestrian street, was built in 1939. The lobby features high ceilings, chandeliers and antique furniture. With 72 rooms, an outdoor pool, patio courtyard, rooftop terrace, restaurant, and cocktail bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Phone

Cayo Santa Maria

Playa Cayo Santa Maria

First-Class

Playa Cayo Santa Maria  Las Dunas 5, Cayo Santa Maria,  Cuba

Las Dunas 5
Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Located in Santa Maria Cay, north of the province of Villa Clara, the Playa Cayo Santa Maria resort welcomes you. Featuring over 700 rooms that overlook the sea, the pool or the garden, this hotel offers great views, food and activities for your time in Cayo Santa Maria. There's a wide variety of local and international drinks, juices, soft drinks, and beers in all the bars. The hotel has a Spa, gym, sun loungers and parasols by the pool and on the beach, with towel service. It's a beautiful and comfortable setting in this unique part of Cuba.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone

Havana

Melia Cohiba Hotel

Moderate Deluxe

Melia Cohiba Hotel Paseo between 1st Y 3rd, Havana,  Cuba

Paseo between 1st Y 3rd
Havana, Cuba

The Melia Cohiba is a modern five-star property featuring 462 rooms. It is located in the El Vedado district, facing the famous Havana Malecón and is near Havana's historic center. The hotel has an outdoor pool, fitness center, sauna, squash court, spa services, hair salon, business center, gift shop, five restaurants, coffee bar, cigar bar, lobby bar, nightclub, and 24-hour room service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer

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