LITTLETON, Colorado – December 10, 2014 – Shrouded in mystery for the past 50 years, the island nation of Cuba is waiting to be rediscovered. Now, Globus is presenting travelers with a rare opportunity to experience the colorful history and lively culture of this captivating nation with three (3) itineraries for 2015: Cuba’s Charming Colonial Cities & Havana (9 days); Eastern Cuba’s Hidden Gems (9 days); Grand Cuba Coast to Coast (17 days).
“We’re thrilled to be among an elite group of tour companies granted a license by the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, which allows us to offer small group, people-to-people educational exchange programs to Cuba,” said Scott Nisbet, chief executive officer for the Globus family of brands. “We have put together three culturally interesting and diverse programs – two of which are NEW for 2015 – that give our travelers the rare opportunity to engage in meaningful and insightful discussions with the Cuban people.”
Examples of people-to-people activities included on Globus’ Cuba itineraries include:
- Interacting with local fishermen and discussing their fishing practices and their community project that helps educate local children on protecting the environment.
- Walking the streets of historic Santiago de Cuba with a local architect and historian and discussing the different architecture styles, influences, and current renovation projects.
- Enjoying a jazz performance and then meeting with the musicians to discover and share the importance of music in everyone’s lives.
- Having dinner at a family-owned paladar and over dessert, discussing with the owner and staff the free-enterprise system in Cuba and the U.S.
- Venturing through Camagüey’s Plaza del Carmen and admiring the sculptures of Martha Jimenez, the artist who lives, creates and teaches on that plaza, before visiting her home and studio to discuss the inspirations for her work, their importance to the community, and how art motivates people.
Cuba’s Charming Colonial Cities & Havana (9 days, priced from $3,089 land-only):
Every day of this program is wrapped in compelling education and conversation, where both Cuban and American residents can openly share their ideas and opinions. Travelers can join in a variety of discussions about Cuba’s history, agriculture, music, religion and art. They will also have the opportunity to fully embrace Cuban culture when meeting with the dancers of the world-renowned Camagüey Ballet Company, interacting with local artists and exchanging views on the importance of art to a community, enjoying a dance lesson and engaging with musicians who will introduce them to son, Cuba’s popular music before being introduced to Cuban baseball players and discussing this favorite pastime in both Cuba and the U.S.
Eastern Cuba’s Hidden Gems (9 days, priced from $2,719, land-only):
As part of this itinerary, travelers will be immersed in everyday Cuban life 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 in rural Velasco, Fidel Castro’s boyhood home at Birán, the Matachin Museum in an 18th-century Spanish Fortress, the semi-indigenous Guirito community, a cocoa farm, Santiago de Cuba’s historic city center, the San Pedro de la Roca Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site, Teddy Roosevelt’s fabled San Juan Hill and even a local family’s home and an elementary school. Travelers will also join in a farm-to-table cooking demonstration and an interactive dance lesson, enjoy a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, and see the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.
Grand Cuba from Coast to Coast (17 days, priced from $5,434 land-only):
Travelers have the rare opportunity to discover the best of Cuba from coast to coast on this comprehensive 17-day people-to-people program with Globus. Itinerary visits include highlights such as Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Revolution Square, Colon Cemetery, and the Cuban Institute of Music; Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia home; a print shop that still employs traditional printing and binding methods; a mechanical music-organ factory; Casa de la Cultura in rural Velasco; Fidel Castro’s boyhood home; the Matachin Museum in an 18th-century Spanish Fortress and Bay of Pigs Museum; the semi-indigenous Guirito community; a cowboy interaction at Kings Ranch; a cocoa farm; pottery, ceramic and local art studios; the historic city centers of Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, and Havana; San Pedro de la Roca Castle; Teddy Roosevelt’s fabled San Juan Hill; an elementary school, daycare center, library and local family’s home. Travelers will also enjoy a farm-to-table cooking demonstration, interactive dance lessons, a scenic cruise on Santiago Bay, the changing of the guards at Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, interactions with Cuban baseball players and dancers at the world-renowned Camagüey Ballet Company, a ride in an Old Styler car and performances by jazz musicians and the Cienfuegos Orchestra. Dinners at local paladars (privately owned restaurants), lunch at a Casa Particular (Bed & Breakfast) and an organic urban farm are just a few of the tantalizing special dining experiences.
“All of these people-to-people encounters provide travelers once-in-a-lifetime enriching and enlightening experiences as well as a deep understanding of Cuba and its people,” said Nisbet.
With more than 85 years of international travel expertise, Globus is the world’s leading tour operator. Globus has teams of people on the ground in more than 65 countries around the world, and is an expert in providing travelers a holiday from the everyday by helping them truly experience and enjoy each destination. We bring to life cultures and histories through storytelling and in-depth journeys in the heart of each city, region or country. Honored with countless industry awards, including Travel Weekly’s Reader’s Choice Awards and Recommend magazine’s Best Tour Operator to Europe for more than 10 consecutive years, Globus also unites travelers with similar interests through niche tours, including family vacations, music-oriented journeys, faith-based travel and holiday excursions. The Globus family of brands is a member of Sustainable Travel International (STI).
Consumers can book a Globus vacation or request brochures by visiting a preferred travel agent or by calling the following toll free number: 1.866.313.2855. For more information, please visit www.globusjourneys.com.
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