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Cuba Tour: The Havana Jazz Festival and Cultural Exploration


Day One

Fly to Miami at your own cost

Stay the night at the Hilton Miami Airport Hotel at no additional cost

Day Two

Early flight from Miami to Havana

Check in at the Grand Aston Hotel or similar

City Tour of Havana

Private Cuban jazz performance at the home of Pablo Menendez of “Mezcla” with poetry reading by Nancy Morejon (pending), the first Afro-Cuban woman to win Cuba’s National Prize for Literature (2001)

Hosted welcome dinner

Day Three

Breakfast included each morning at the hotel

Walking tour of Old Havana and Cathedral Square (UNESCO heritage site)

Visit to the Casa de Africa for Afro-Cuban cultural performance and African museum tour

Workshop: Discussion on “Race in Cuba” by Dr. Gisela Arandia expert on Cuba’s race relations

Havana Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony!  Gold Star Pass

Day Five

ICAP (Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People) welcome meeting on US Cuban relations

Film review with Gloria Rolando, award winning Afro-Cuban filmmaker whose themes address culture, race, and Afro-Cuban identity

Havana Jazz Festival!  Gold Star Pass

Day Six

Workshop: Visit to the Cuban National Literacy Museum to learn about the role of women in the1960s campaign to educate the new Revolutionary Cuba

Visit to artist Jorge Almagro’s home and studio

Lunch in Old Havana

Free time at the San Jose Craft Market for shopping and/or to

explore Old Havana on your own

Dinner at the famed San Cristobal restaurant, one of a few Afro Cuban owned restaurants in Havana

Havana Jazz Festival!  Gold Star Pass

Day Seven

Workshop: The Cuban health care system.  We will meet with doctors and visit a community clinic and learn about Cuba’s medical system including the education of African and Latin American students at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM)

Workshop: The Cuban Federation of Women to learn about this historic and important organization in Cuba

Day Eight

Travelers return to Miami for connecting flights