The Cuba African Diaspora´s Program

The Cuba African Diaspora´s Program

Day 1 – Havana City (D)
DATE:
U.S. to Cuba-Travel from home to Havana

TIME TENTATIVE ITINERARY
8:35 AM American Airlines Flight XXXXX Depart XXX
12:38 PMArrive Miami from XXX Flight XXXXXX
3:15 PM Depart Miami flight XXXXXX

STARTING OF GROUND SERVICES IN CUBA
4:30 PM Arrive Havana by flight XXXXXXX from Miami
4:45 PM VIP Longue staff welcome after airplane exit
4:45 PM Upon arrival in Havana, the group will be escorted through an expedited immigration line, then taken to the VIP Lounge in baggage claim.
In case VIP Staff cannot be located in the immigration area, please proceed through immigration
and then look for VIP Staff inside the VIP Lounge in baggage claim.
It is very important to get escorted through customs in order to avoid the regular queue which can take up to 4 hours to clear.
We highly recommend you use the Cuba Travel Corp luggage tags we will send you for all of the bags baggage quickly.
in your group so that VIP airport staff can easily identify all of your luggage.
5:00 PM After you clear customs, you will exit the terminal and your guide will be waiting with Cuba Travel Corporation.
You can choose to exchange money there or at your hotel.
Rates are all regulated by the government so are the same regardless where you exchange.
I recommend exchanging money at your hotel because it is faster than the airport.
There is a counter for currency exchange at the terminal.
5:10 PM Transfer to Havana city
5:30 PM Visit the Revolution square. Take pictures of Jose Marti, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos
6:30 PM Hotel Check In
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Optional: Cultural activity
11:00 PM Hotel overnight

Day 2 – Havana (B/L/D)
DATE:

The Old City of Havana | Jose Martí places
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Check-In Meeting
9:30 AM Historical walking examination of the four main squares in Old Havana (slave market*) with a Professor of Architecture.
Discussion of architecture and history of Cuba but also socio-economic issues today
that can be seen throughout the city with special attention to Afro-Cuban population.
He is the former Director of Master Planning for Havana and collaborator for the Havana Office of the Historian.
11:30 AM Visit the main Jose Marti places in Havana: Born House, Parque Central and La Fragua
12:00 PM Lunch at Los Mercaderes (private paladar restaurant) with academics and researchers at Sociedad Cultural Jose Marti
2:00 PM IF SUNDAY: Departure for Callejón de Hamel.
2:30 PM Visit Callejón de Hamel. Introduction and discussion of performances of Afro-Cuban drumming
traditions important to Santeria practiced here every Sunday.
7:00 PM Dinner at La Guarida (private paladar restaurant). This was the setting for Fresa y Chocolate, the Oscar nomination for best foreign film in 1994.
8:00 PM After dinner, visit to La Cabaña Fort to see the cityscape by night, and witness the cañonazo canon-firing ceremony
that has been held every night for over a century.
10:00 PM Optional: Cultural activity
11:00 PM Hotel overnight

Day 3 – Havana (B/L/D)
DATE:
“Race” and The Realities of Afro-Cubans
7.30AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Visit Instituto de Historia de Cuba (IHC). Talk about Slavery and 19th Century Cuba; See Diáspora Africana and Jose Marti Collections.
10:30 AM Visit Regla Museum: Afro-Cuban culture, slavery and the Santería religion, with a particular focus on the orisha Elegguá.
12:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Lecture by Dr. C. Esteban Morales Domínguez, Universidad de La Habana, Member of the Academy of Sciences:
Race and The Cuban Revolution.
Have Group Read, Race in Cuba: Essays on the Revolution and Racial Inequality. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2013.
5:00 PM Return to Hotel. Rest.
7:00 PM Dinner at El Litoral with leading musicologist Rafael Lam
10:00 PM Optional: Visit La Fabrica de Arte Cubana: [Megacomplex of Cuban art: which serves as art gallery, performance venue, and dance venue.
The multiple galleries showcase the diversed and creative talent across artistic genres: photography, painting, printing,
interactive, digital, fashion, and performance.]
11:00 PM Hotel overnight

Day 4 – Havana (B/L/D)
DATE:
Afro-Cuban Realities Through Cinema
7:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Visit the Martin Luther King Memorial Center (MLK) of Havana. Meet with scholars on the African legacy in Cuba through film/cinema:
9:30 AM Introduction to the MLK Center and connections to African-Americans and Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM).
10.30AM Visit the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM): Cuban medical system with U.S. Medical Students and Cuban Medical Professor(s).
private discussion with U.S. medical students and their medical mission to provide medical care for the disadvantaged in the U.S. upon return.
11.30AM Special Screening of Kunle Ekunkonye’s, Community Doctors (2016): The Realities of Afro-Cubans in Medicine
12:00 PM Lunch
3:00 PM UNEAC´s Caracol screen: Special Screening with Film Producer/Director, Gloria Rolando. common culture. English subtitles.
history of struggles shared by Afrocubans and African Americans through their
Nosotros y el Jazz / The Jazz in Us, 2004. Documentary relates a chapter in the
Or: Diálogo con mi abuela [Dialogue with My Grandmother] (2016)*.
7:00 PM Dinner
10:00 PM OPTIONAL: Evening of live Cuban jazz at the famous La Zorra y el Cuervo (“The Fox and the Crow”)
11:00 PM Hotel overnight

Day 5 (B/L/D)
DATE:
Havana – Guanabacoa. Afro-Cuban Religions
7:00 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM Transfer to visit Guanabacoa Museum: Afro-Cuban culture, slavery and the Santería religion,
with a particular focus on the orisha Elegguá.
9:30 AM Depart for Matanzas (2 HRS drive).
11:30 AM Visit Castilllo San Severino Castle
Historical Importance of Matanzas for Afro-Cuban Culture/Arts/Music
12:30 PM Lunch at Amelia del Mar
2:00 PM Museo Provincial Palacio de Junco: Isabel Hernández Campos.
4:00 PM Visit Special Afro-Cuban Music Cultural Community Proyect: Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
3:00 PM Transfer to Varadero beach
3:45 PM Check in hotel
4:00 PM Beach time
7:00 PM Dinner
11:00 PM Overnight at hotel

Day 6 – Matanzas|Colón|Hanábana|Cienfuegos|Trinidad (B/L/D)
DATE:
Roots of the African Diaspora/ “Afrika Ni Cuba”

7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Depart to Visit Triumvirato Sugar Mill: Carlota*
La Dionisia, Coffee Plantation*
University Professor/Scholar for Lecture/Presentation
Ceiba Tree*[Sacred Tree Depicting Slave Life and Resistance]
10:00 AM Drive to Colon: Slave Life During the 19th Century and Realities of Afro-Cubans Today: The Matter of Housing and Slave Barracks
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Visit the Jose Martí Hanábana Memorial, where Marti challenged slave regime during the 19th. Century
3:00 PM Drive to Cienfuegos
4:00 AM Visit Cienfuegos
5:00 PM Drive to Trinidad
6:45 PM Check in to HOTEL
7:00 PM Dinner
11:00 PM Overnight at hotel

Day 7 – Trinidad (B/L/D)
DATE:
Valley of the Sugar Mills & Beach Time

7:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM If available, take the Old Steam Train from Trinidad to the Valley of the Sugar Mills. between 1820-1886.
Journey through the Agabama Valley* where over 50 major sugar plantations operated
10:30 AM Visit Casa de Iznaga Sugar Mill plantations, one of the core-zones of sugar production and slavery during the 19th Century.
1:00 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Walking Examination of Trinidad: Plaza Mayor, Casa Muñoz, Cementery.
4:00 PM Optional: Ballet Folklorico de Trinidad – Kalunga – Cantos de Palo: Illustration of African influence on Cuban dance.
7:00 PM Dinner at Sol y Son.
10:00 PM Optional: Cultural/Dance Performance, Palenque de los Congos Reales*.
10:00 PM Overnight at hotel

Day 8 – Trinidad | Santa Clara | Cayo Santa Maria (B/L/D)
DATE:
Monument to Che Guevara | Remedios Tour | Beach Time

7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Casa de Africa, Santa Clara: African Museum
10:00 AM Visit Monument to Che Guevara
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Transfer to Remedios
3:00 PM Walking tour of Remedios
5:00 PM Transfer to Cayo Santa Maria
6:00 PM Hotel check in
6:30 PM Free beach time
7:00 PM Dinner
10:00 PM Overnight at hotel

Day 9 – Cayo Santa María | Havana (B/L/D)
DATE:
La Timba Community Project | Closing Event

7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Return to La Havana
12:00 PM Lunch at Café Laurent.
2:00 PM Visit La Timba Community Project
6:00 PM Hotel
7:00 PM Dinner Mamy´s
9:00 PM Closing Event. Ceremony of University Maymester.

Day 10 – Havana-Miami-CLT-ORD
DATE:
Memorial José Martí | Return home from Cuba

7:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Check out hotel
8:30 AM Visit Memorial José Martí at the Plaza de la Revolución. Go to top of tower to take pictures of Havana
10:00 AM Departure to Jose Marti HAV International Aiport
10:30 AM Arrive at Terminal Number 3 of Jose Marti HAV International Airport
11:00 AM Clear Inmigration and Customs
1:15 PM Depart Havana by American Airlines Flight AA-802L
3:48 PM Arrive XXX Flight XXXXXX
5:57 PM Depart XXX to XXX flight XXXXX
7:00 PM Arrive XXX by flight XXXXX

OPTIONAL: Continue tour to Eastern Cuba

Day 11 – Trinidad / Morón / Camagüey/ Bayamo (B/L/D)
DATE:
Slavery in Morón | Cuban Music Roots in Bayamo

6:30 AM Breakfast.
8:00 AM Early Departure for Moron, Ciego Avila [3.0 hrs].
12:00 PM Lunch at Fundación Nicolás Guillén. Lecture, with Prof. Larry Morales
1:30 PM Depart for Bayamo. [5.0 hrs.].
5:30 PM Stop at Las Tunas. Rita Longa sculpture with UNEAC members
6.30 PM UNEAC Reception of Group in Bayamo
8.30 PM Dinner and special concert (Cuban Jazz). Performing Son de Cuba (Cuban Jazz)
11:30 PM Hotel Royalton or Villa Bayamo Check-in

Day 12 – Bayamo/Yara/Santiago(B/L/D)
DATE:
The African Diaspora in The Eastern Provinces

6:00 AM Breakfast.
7:00 AM Visit La Demajagua, Yara.
10:00 AM Depart to Santiago de Cuba
12:00 PM Lunch at TBD.
1:00 PM Lecture History of Slavery, with Prof. Gabino La Rosa Corzo.
1:00 PM Visit the Basílica Santuario de la Caridad del Cobre.
3:00 PM Monument to the Runaway Slave.
5:00 PM Centro Cultural Africano “Fernando Ortiz”
8:00 PM Dinner.
10:00 PM Casa de la Trova [Bartolomé Masó].
11:00 PM Hotel Versalles. Casa Particular or similar 3 stars

Day 13 – Santiago (B/L/D)
DATE:
Entry of The African Diaspora

8:00 AM Breakfast.
10:00 AM Visit to Society of Tumba Francesca La Caridad
11:00 AM Lecture on Franco-phone influence on the Cuban Arts.
12:00 PM Lunch at El Morro (coop).
1:00 PM Walk through San Pedro de la Roca Castle (“El Morro”).
2:00 PM Take ferry to Granma Island
José Marti Fidel and Castro tribute
University of Oriente (Eastern University), with Dr. Olga Portuondo
Lt. General Antonio Maceo Statue tribute (Revolutionary Square)
Moncada Garrison
Casa del Caribe, with Carlos Yoga, Director
7:00 PM Leisure.
8:00PM Farewell dinner at El Palenquito:
10:00 PM Overnight Hotel Versalles or similar 3 stars (if not direct to Holguin at 5 PM)

Day 14 – Santiago / Holguín / Miami (B)
DATE:
Return home from Cuba

4:30 AM Depart for Holguín for your flight to Miami.
9:00 AM Depart Cuba.
10:00 AM Land in XXXX (or MIA, Florida.)
Welcome home! Flights to XXXX

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