On this one-of-a kind tour of Cuba, see beyond the all-inclusive resorts to the heart of this island nation which has engaged in a far-reaching social, cultural, political, economic and religious experiment since 1959. Cubans have experienced amazing successes as well as difficult challenges during this time that they call “The Revolution”. Tour storytellers Jack and Irene Suderman have a more than 30-year history of relating to the church in Cuba, as well as with government officials. Guided by the Sudermans, you will build connections across cultures and delight in the natural beauty of Cuba. Also worship with local churches and enjoy rare opportunities to engage with Cuban citizens. Reflect on the role of churches and NGO’s in this society as we visit some non-profit organizations. TourMagination has the details arranged for Americans to travel safely and legally on this tour.
Fresh Perspectives on the History, Church and People of Cuba
Thursday, January 16 Havana
Fly into Varadero and transfer together to your hotel in the heart of Havana, Cuba’s capital city. Get acquainted with your tour leaders and fellow travel companions during a tour overview and welcome dinner.
Friday, January 17 Havana
Begin your day with a visit to the Museum of the Revolution—a museum largely dedicated to Cuban history throughout the period of the revolutionary war of the 1950s. See some of the iconic sights of Havana by bus, like the Plaza of the Revolution, Habana Libre, and the craft market. Cap off the day with a delicious dinner in the Old City.
Saturday, January 18 Havana
Today, take an excursion to the town of Soroa, affectionately referred to as the “rainbow of Cuba,” for its frequent rainfall followed by sun that produces rainbows and a lush landscape. Located about 85 kilometers southwest of Havana, tour a farm that grows fruit and medicinal plants. After having lunch in town, participate in agricultural activities. Cubans are famous for their cigars; observe an authentic cigar rolling demonstration at a cigar factory. Return to Havana late afternoon to spend a leisurely evening in the city.
Sunday, January 19 Havana
Enjoy the rare privilege of worshipping and sharing a meal with a local Cuban congregation, and converse with the church leaders following the service. This afternoon, drive to La Terraza in Cojimar, where Ernest Hemingway lived for several years and was inspired to write The Old Man and the Sea. Dine in one of Hemingway’s favourite restaurants, and reflect on stories about the famed American novelist. Return to Havana for the evening.
Monday, January 20 Havana
Expand your mind and heart at the Martin Luther King Jr. Centre, an organization that promotes Christian social responsibility and progressive change throughout Latin America. Learn about their housing and medicine distribution projects as well as other initiatives. At another stop, learn about the Cuban Council of Churches as you interact with their representatives. Top off an engaging day with a fun-filled ride back to the hotel in one of Cuba’s signature classic cars.
Tuesday, January 21 Cienfuegos
On a visit to the Taíno Indian Village, glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the Taíno people, who were once Cuba’s principal inhabitants. After a brief stop for lunch, continue to the Bay of Pigs, to learn about the historical US invasion that took place in 1961. Allow your heart and mind to expand as you hear about the conflict from the Cuban perspective. Continue to Cienfuegos for the night, a city on the south coast known for its French history.
Wednesday, January 22 Cienfuegos
Start your day by exploring the city of Cienfuegos at your leisure. Stroll along the city streets, browse the shops, or simply relax. This afternoon, tour the Brethren in Christ (BIC) training centre—a project that is the result of a vibrant partnership between the BIC Church of Cuba and the BIC Church of Canada. The centre provides leadership training, pastor support and compassionate ministry.
Thursday, January 23 Varadero
En route to Varadero, take a scenic drive to Santa Clara to visit Che Guevara’s tomb and memorial, where a 22-foot bronze statue of the soldier stands. An Argentinean, Guevara was instrumental in Cuba’s revolution and became Castro’s second-in-command before leaving Cuba to help other countries with their political struggles. Relax for the rest of the day in Varadero.
Friday, January 24 Varadero
This morning, depart for the city of Cárdenas to visit the Christian Centre for Reflection and Dialogue. The centre includes a sustainable agriculture farm that produces more than 100 tons of food each year—much of which is distributed in schools, hospitals and to the sick and elderly. Enjoy lunch under a thatched roof open-air cabana at the farm, then return to Varadero to relax.
Saturday, January 25 Varadero
Take the day to relax on the beach or explore the city on your own. This evening, reflect on an eventful tour with your travel companions around the dinner table.
Sunday, January 26
Depart for home from the Varadero airport.
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