CULTURAL ADVENTURE TO CUBA

TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME

TRIP LENGTH: 7 DAYS (*Starting at $1995)

Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs

On this Appleseed Expeditions educational trip to Cuba, travelers are immersed
into the Cuban/Caribbean culture while learning about the flora and fauna of the
tropics. Additionally, your trip to Cuba is meant to inspire travelers to use their
gifts and talents to make a difference in this global community. Cuba has many
diverse ecosystems and each of these unique habitats is rich in plant and animal
biodiversity. Through our partnerships with local schools and organizations, groups
will have the opportunity to aid the local Cuban children through mentoring and
service related programs.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Havana, Cuba

Fly into Havana. The group will then make the transfer to San Cristobal. After dinner you will have a group orientation.

 Day 2 – Tour Havana

Learn about the day to day lives of local Cuban people by visiting their shops, museums and parks. Travelers will learn about the art and architecture of Havana. After lunch, join local youth and their teachers who are carrying on the traditions of Afro-Cuban religion, dance, and music.

Day 3 – 4 – Volunteer at Local Schools in Santa Clara

Over the next few days your group’s service project will be in Santa Clara. Participants will interact and mentor local school children and help with a variety of tasks from cleanup to light construction. Your group may also help install water filtration units for the school and local families as needed. During the afternoons, your group will learn about local sports by attending events such as baseball, basketball or soccer.

Day 5 – Explore Cienfuegos

Head to Cienfuegos, a French colonial city. Take in a walking tour of the city, stopping to talk to cuentapropistas (self-employed workers) and learn about their life and entrepreneurial ideas. Visit the Benny Moré Art School where you can watch students perform music and dance, view their artwork, and hear the stories from these talented youth and their teachers.

 Day 6 – Bay of Pigs

Explore the historic Bay of Pigs. You will learn about events that occurred here at a small museum, and then step foot on the Playa Girón, one of two landing sites for the 1961 U.S. backed invasion. In the afternoon, your group will visit Finca Vigía, the former home of Ernest Hemingway. Your guide will teach about Hemingway’s life in Cuba.

Day 7 – Havana

Travel home.

*Add a day to swim with dolphins or go snorkeling at Playa Jibacoa.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour Havana
  • Volunteer at local schools in Santa Clara
  • Explore Cienfuegos
  • Experience the Bay of Pigs
  • Take part in a Cultural Exchange Program
  • Learn about art, architecture and dance of Cuba
  • Visit the Benny Moré Art School
  • Tour the former home of Ernest Hemingway

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Groups of 10 travelers or more will have a tour director accompany their group throughout their trip who will share knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture.
Comfortable and clean accommodations
Breakfasts and dinners included
Each traveler receives a t-shirt and luggage tag

Note: Trip price does not include airfare, airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.