Saturday March 3 – Sunday March 11.2018
with Dawn Pemberton, Karla Mundy and Doris Kizinna
This tour to Cuba will combine an exploration of the arts and culture of Cuba and an educational experience, learning from Cubans about the realities in their country, visiting development projects, and building cross cultural relationships and connections. Time will be spent connecting with musicians and artists in Cuba, visiting Havana, Cardenas and Varadero. We’ll visit an organic farm, a dance and arts school, revolution square and historic sites of old Havana and visit with Cuban in their homes and hear their stories. We plan to sing and dance, and visit some projects in Cuba like an orphanage, a neurological hospital and more. We will connect participants with the history of this complex country as well as the realities, struggles and hopes that Cubans experience each day.
Be ready to laugh, dance and be surprised by Cuba each day you are there.
The Cuban journey is open to those 16 and up, up, up. Those under 18 will need to travel with a parent or guardian.
Saturday March 3, 2018 Travel from Canada to Havana, Cuba. Settle into our Casas in the Vedado neighbourhood of Havana and have dinner together at a nearby restaurant. Group Welcome and Orientation back at our meeting room. Evening freetime to explore Vedado. **you are welcome to arrive and depart from Varadero, but you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the Varadero airport.
Sunday March 4, 2018
Have breakfast in Casas. Morning Driving and walking tour of Old Havana including visit to Revolution Square.
Lunch on your own and free time in Old Havana. Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Arte Cubano). Dinner together in Old Havana. Take part in an Afro Cuban Dance Class at Yoruban Centre.
Monday March 5, 2018
Have breakfast in Casas and a free morning.
Lunch on your own
Afternoon van trip to visit a music school and the Fuster House (Mosaic Art House).
Dinner in Casas and evening free.
Tuesday March 6, 2018
Have breakfast in Casas
Go to Coralina rehearsal and Performance (professional choir)
Lunch on your own and afternoon visit to the Museum of the Revolution.
Dinner in Casas and Evening Show , dinner, tour and dance class at the Yoruba Centre.
Wednesday March 7, 2018
Have breakfast in Casas
Explore Theatre exchange with Yenly.
Lunch on your own and afternoon visit to an Art School.
Dinner in Casas, evening drinks at the Hotel Nacional.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 Have breakfast in Casas and farewell to Havana. 8:30 am departure for Matanzas (1.5 hour drive) Spend the day in Matanzas with Los Munequitos (Rumba Group) and Luis.
Lunch on your own and explore Matanzas
Continue travel to Varadero and settle into the Beach House and Casa.
Dinner and at Beach House. Reflection on the trip and orientation to Ceserse (project at the Beach House with Nacyra our Host) Overnight at The Beach House and a Casa.
Friday, March 9, 2018 Breakfast on the Beach House veranda.
Travel to Cardenas by van.
Visit Orphanage and the Presbyterian Church in Cardenas.
Lunch and tour at the Organic Garden, whole group.
Visit Clinic/Neurological Rehab Centre in Cardenas.
Beach time and Dinner at the Beach House.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 Breakfast on the Beach House Veranda
Beach & chill day in Varadero. Time to explore. Optional Snorkling Trip (extra fee)
Lunch on the Beach House Veranda.
Late afternoon Group Closing
Dinner & Party with Nacyra and friends
Sunday, March 11, 2018 Breakfast on the Beach House Veranda
Departures to Canada or further in Cuba.