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Cuba Discovery (8700)

9 Day Tour from Miami to Miami

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Explore Cuba on this unforgettable trip! Shrouded in mystery for the past 50 years, the island nation of Cuba is waiting to be rediscovered. Cosmos’ special people-to-people program is designed around daily interaction with local residents, delivering insights into the country’s past, present, and future. Highlights include overnights in Cuba’s lush tobacco region, the beautiful beach resort area of Varadero, and Cuba’s bustling capital city of Havana. Interactions include a dance lesson; discussion with workers at a traditional print shop; visit to Xanadu, built by American millionaire Irenee du Pont; architectural discussion during a guided walk of Old Havana; meeting with community members of Santo Angel neighborhood; visit to a daycare center to meet the children and the nuns who run the center; visit to the studio of artist José Fuster, known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean”; time at a tobacco farm to enjoy coffee with the owner and his family; and engaging with children at an acrobatics school. Dinners at local paladars (small, privately owned restaurants) and lunch at an organic urban farm are just a few of the tantalizing special dining experiences. All people-to-people interactions weave seamlessly into the daily visits around the country, serving to enrich and enlighten. You’ll come away with a deep understanding of Cuba and its people on this once-in-a-lifetime travel experience!

Group Voyagers, Inc.* is an organization licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), CFR 515.565(b) and authorized to provide those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally for educational people-to-people interactions. Our unique itinerary for 2015: “Cuba Discovery” provides a full-time schedule of people-to-people educational exchange activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our programs adhere to the full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.

*Group Voyagers, Inc. is the company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands.

 Destinations & Sightseeing


Services of a professional Cosmos Group Leader and English-speaking Cuban Tour Director

Scenic Highlights:
Bacunayagua Bridge, Varadero, Viñales Valley

The “Cuba Discovery” program requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and participating in a full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.
Due to special requirements to visit Cuba, participants will be required to complete visa application ($80 visa fee is additional and mandatory) and travel reservation forms, and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a people-to-people license and are aware of the travel rules. Participants are also required to send a copy of their passport photo page. These items must be sent to Globus within 7 days of making a reservation.
In Cuba, activities that have been scheduled far in advance can sometimes become unavailable for a number of different reasons. The purpose of the trip is to have meaningful interactions with the locals and if the planned people-to-people educational exchange isn’t available, rest assured that another will be substituted that will be just as enriching.


Airport transfer in Miami; touring by private, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach


 Meals & Itinerary

7 breakfast, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Havana


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Miami

Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Cosmos Group Leader for a 6 pm welcome meeting. This is a good time to meet your fellow program participants and get last-minute questions answered.

Day 2 Miami–Havana, Cuba–Varadero

A short flight brings you to Havana, where you’ll meet your Cuban National Tour Director. Travel through Cuba’s countryside, stopping at Bacunayagua Bridge, the tallest bridge in Cuba. Enjoy incredible views and time for pictures at this spectacular lookout point. Arrive at your beautiful waterside resort for a 2-night stay. Enjoy an interactive DANCE LESSON before dinner tonight.


Day 3 Varadero. Excursion to Matanzas & Cárdenas

This morning, visit Matanzas, known as the “Athens of Cuba” for the many renowned artists and intellectuals it has produced. Visit TRIOLET PHARMACY, which dates back to 1879 and is preserved in its entirety. Then, interact with workers at EDICIONES VIGIA, a print and binding shop, and learn about the traditional craft that is still done by hand. This afternoon brings us to Cárdenas, where we’ll visit with several ARTISTS and learn about their works and inspirations. Before returning to your hotel, stop at CASA DUPONT, built in 1926 by American millionaire Irénée du Pont. See the lavish grounds, and admire the detailed architecture of this former mansion, nicknamed “Xanadu” by its owner.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Varadero–Havana

This morning, travel to Havana, the bustling capital of Cuba and your home for the next two nights. Start your time in Havana with a visit to a local ORGANIC FARM, where you’ll join a discussion with the workers. Enjoy lunch at the farm’s paladar (a special, privately owned restaurant). Over dessert, discuss with the owner and staff their farm-to-table process and the free enterprise system in Cuba. Then, visit a DAYCARE CENTER to interact with the children and the nuns who run the program. The children may even delight you with a song or two. Next, visit FINCA VIGIA, Ernest Hemingway’s beloved home. Hemingway lived in Cuba for 30 years and is well respected by the Cuban people. Also see his fishing boat, El Pilar, used to patrol for German U-boats during WWII. Tonight, enjoy dinner at El Aljibe Restaurant, famous for its open-air ambiance and special slow-roasted chicken.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Havana

Start the day with a panoramic tour around Havana that includes REVOLUTION SQUARE, the University of Havana, the Capitol Building, and Prado. Next, join a local ARCHITECT for a walk in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discuss the different types of architecture found throughout the city, the progress of restoration projects, and how they receive their supplies and funding. Afterward, visit the SANTO ANGEL NEIGHBORHOOD to interact with local community members. You’ll learn how their project was founded to better the neighborhood by offering services such as a beauty school, cafeteria for the elderly, and art galleries. We’ll end the day with a stop at the FERIA DE ARTESANIA to meet local artists and see the wares sold at this area market.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Havana–Viñales

Today we travel to the western end of the island to the province of Pinar del Río. With some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, you’ll see lush emerald-green tobacco fields and dramatic limestone formations, called mogotes, which are the height of skyscrapers and tower over the Viñales Valley floor. Visit a a local school and interact with the teachers and staff. Enjoy a guided NATURE WALK to learn about and discuss some of the unique flora and fauna found in this region of Cuba. Upon arrival in Viñales, your Tour Director will take you on a walk through the handsome square and along the wide main street lined with turn-of-the-century cottages with red-tiled roofs. During your walk, share in a discussion with the people who call this part of the world home. Spend the next two nights at a Casa Particular (a privately owned bed & breakfast). Here is the unique opportunity to interact with a local family and immerse yourself in the Cuban culture. Before you know it, you’ll be part of the family and will be made to feel very special.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Viñales

Since we are in the heart of Cuba’s tobacco region, we’ll visit a CIGAR FACTORY and interact with tobacco rollers. Learn about the importance of tobacco, both culturally and commercially, for Cuba. Afterward, we visit a local COMMUNITY ART PROJECT and have a discussion about their program that helps children with Down Syndrome. Lunch will be served at a local farm, where you will have the opportunity to chat with the staff and owners. This afternoon, meet a local farmer and his family at a TOBACCO FARM. Learn about the process of growing, drying, and rolling tobacco. You can even try rolling a cigar yourself! Take some time to get acquainted with the owner and his family over coffee.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Viñales–Havana

Return to bustling Havana and visit artist JOSÉ FUSTER’S STUDIO, cleverly nicknamed the “Picasso of the Caribbean.” Here, you’ll discover a surreal world—like nothing you have seen before. Interact with members of the neighborhood to discuss the project’s impact on the surrounding area. This afternoon’s highlight includes a workshop at the ANGELES DEL FUTURO Community Project, where you’ll meet young children learning acrobatics and circus skills. You’ll be amazed at their talents and impressed with the skills they have mastered at such a young age—definitely a trip highlight! Before dinner this evening, meet members of the local Old Styler Car Club. Hear why Havana’s streets are filled with vintage American automobiles, and converse about how these cars are obtained and what it takes to keep them running. Ride in an OLD STYLER CAR to your farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your time in Cuba.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Havana–Miami, USA

After breakfast, depart for the airport and your return flight to Miami. Please schedule connecting flights after 6:50 pm.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Years of Experience: 18

An educator by trade, I hold post-graduate degrees in English Emersion and Tourism & Marketing. I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese. I use my training and experience to bring the history and culture of each place alive. I love to share my passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge with guests while providing a unique local perspective.



MIAMI Courtyard Miami Airport (F)
VARADERO Memories Varadero Beach Resort (MF)
HAVANA Memories Miramar Havana Hotel (MF)
VIÑALES Casa Particular (BA)

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