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Cuba Mystic, Music and Revolution
with Alex Veit
2-14 March 2005
Wednesday : 2 March: Morning departure to Madrid arrival at noon, Connecting flight to Havana departing at 15:25 landing in Havana at 19:15. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight: First class hotel (1 night).
Thursday: 3 March: Baracoa: Morning flight to Baracoa. Baracoa, which may be the place that Columbus first landed in Cuba, and it was definitely the first Spanish settlement on the island. Set among palm trees and lush vegetation, Baracoa was cut off from the rest of the island by a range of mountains until the early 1960s. We shall spend our time rambling through town and meeting the great local characters. Evening: **Optional visit to one of the local clubs “Casa de la Trova” where live Cuban music is played nearly every night. Overnight: Tourist class hotel (1 night).
Friday-Saturday: 4-5 March: Guantanamo Bay-Baracoa: Drive to Santiago de Cuba , through some of the nicest scenery of Cuba, Cocoa and coffee plantations. Arrive around noon in Santiago de Cuba which has approximately 420,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in Cuba, and it rivals Havana in literature, music and politics. In the 19th century French immigrants settled in Santiago. The mixture between Haitian, African, Spanish and French influences makes Santiago the city with the strongest Caribbean influence in Cuba. The city today still bears witness to a strong Spanish colonial character. Our two day tour of Santiago de Cuba and its surroundings will include : A Walk around its charming piazzas and streets, which hold many art galleries with different styles from the naive to the surrealistic. Visit the piracy museum in the Morro Castle and much more. Evening: **Optional visit local clubs, playing the “Afro - Cuban music”, salsa dancing and rum. Overnight: First class hotel (2 nights).
Sunday: 6 March: Santiago de Cuba-Camaguey: Drive via Bayamo, to Camaguey. This charming Spanish colonial city, the third largest in Cuba, is in the middle of a cattle-ranching region. Camaguey is associated with early revolutionary Ignacio Agramonte, who led unsuccessful revolts against the Spanish in the mid 1800’s. Overnight: Tourist class hotel. (1 night).
Monday: 7 March: Camaguey-Sancti Spiritus: Drive to the oldest town in the Cuban interior, Sancti Spiritus, founded in 1514. Explore this enchanting colonial town, with its pastel facades and cobblestone streets. Overnight: Tourist class hotel (1 night).
Tuesday: 8 March: Sancti Spiritus- Trinidad-Cienfeugos: Drive to the historical city of Trinidad. This beautiful colonial city with cobblestone streets" red-tile roofs, wrought-iron grillwork and Carrara marble floors has change little in the last century and a half. “Unesco” declared it a World Heritage Site and much of old town have been restored. The city was founded in 1514 and some of the early mansions around Plaza Mayor date back to the early 1700's. Visit the Romantic Museum, a house built in 1740 showing beautiful pieces that belonged to the wealthy families of Trinidad. Stop at "La Canchanchara", where the best traditional Cuban music of Trinidad is played. Drive on to the tranquil seaside resort town of Cienfeugos.Cienfeugos has some of Cuba's prettiest casas particulares. Overnight: Tourist class hotel (1 night).
Wednesday: 9 March: Cienfeugos-Santa Clara-Havana: Drive to Santa Clara City to visit Ernesto (Che) Guevara Memorial. Che Guevara, born in Argentine, was one of the commanders who fought with Fidel Castro in the war against the dictatorship of Batista in the 50’s. Che, as he was called. died in Bolivia in 1967 being the head of the guerillas in that countries Revolution. His mortal remains (just recovered in 1998) together with those who died together with him are buried in that memorial known as Plaza de la Revolucion. Drive on to Havana (pop. 2,268,000), the capital city. A rich assortment of vintage buildings has made Old Havana a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight: First class hotel (3 nights) .
Thursday-Saturday: 10-12 March: Havana: Three days of touring in and around Havana: Including the historical center of Old Havana ( Habana Vieja) considered part of “Unesco’s “World Heritage List. Visit Morro Castle, one of the most important fortresses built by the Spaniards in the 16th Cent, to protect this important city from the attacks of pirates and corsairs; see the Capitol building, former home of the Cuban Congress and one of 'the most majestic constructions in Cuba of the 20th Cent.. Continue towards the Revolution Square, which is the mast important political and Social Square in the country. Continue to the footsteps of Hemingway. Visit the former house of the outstanding American writer Ernest Hemingway; who lived in the house between .1939-1960 Located 9 miles south of Havana, this 4-hectare property is a perfect example of the costumes and habits of the American novelist during his life in Cuba. We shall also visit a local cigar factory and much more. Evenings: **Optional time spent at the local clubs and cabarets.
Saturday: 12 March: Havana: Continue touring Havana: Evening depart for Havana Airport. Evening flight to Madrid. Sunday: 13 March: Madrid: Noon Arrival in Madrid, transfer to First class hotel. Please note : That the flight home and overnight in Madrid will not be accompanied by Alex, but will be prearranged. Monday: 14 March: Noon Depart Madrid for Tel-Aviv, early evening arrival at Ben Gurion airport.
**Please note: that evening activities are optional, will expose us to all types of local Cuban music, and is on clients account.
Please note: Tour is planned to cater both Israeli and English speaking clientele. Tours are guided in English by specially chosen local guides. Alex does not translate what is said in to Hebrew. How ever, Alex will be bilingual, when it comes to his explanations which deal mainly with administrative aspects of the tour.
****Dinners are included, will be at specially chosen local restaurants and at hotels; will enable us to enjoy the local cuisine.
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