Building on two highly successful 2016 Charter Club trips to Cuba, CREST is hosting our third specially designed tour January 27 – February 3, 2017, organized by Cuba Educational Travel - the premiere U.S. tour operator to this fascinating country. Join us for an extraordinary eight day/seven night adventure with a focus on ‘eco-surf and turf’ – a selection of the island’s most extraordinary marine, cultural, historic, and natural tourism offerings.
We begin the trip in Havana, with a stay in a recently renovated, former Mafia hotel in Old Havana and meals in local restaurants in private colonial homes (“paladares”). Through walking tours, lectures by leading Cuban intellectuals, and live, music, art, and dance performances, we’ll get a taste of this city’s rich history and culture.
We then travel south to Ciénaga de Zapata, which is famous for the Zapata Swamp, home to hundreds of endemic species of animals and plants and infamous for the Bay of Pigs, the landing site of the invasion in 1961. We’ll stay at Playa Larga, Zapata’s best beach. Most of the peninsula is a protected zone that is part of Gran Parque Natural Montemar, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Next we go to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its cobble stone streets, pastel colored homes, and small-town feel. Trinidad combines colonial history and architecture in a pastoral setting. Along the way, we stop at Cienfuegos, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful cities, located approximately three and a half hours from Havana. It is referred to as the “Pearl of the South,” and is one of Cuba’s only cities to display French and Spanish architecture. Housed on one of the country’s largest bays, the city offers beautiful ocean views, and is deeply rich in culture.
CREST’s Charter Club trip offers far more than a typical tour, and does so at a highly competitive price. During our time in Zapata and Trinidad, we will stay in casas particulares, or private homes, which provides an opportunity for interaction and conversation with every day Cubans. Throughout the trip, you will enjoy educational meetings and experiences with leading artists, musicians, historians, and experts in fields ranging from urban planning, to technology, to tourism, politics, and beyond. Also included are nature tours, musical performances, and visits to various must-see sites including La Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s beautiful home where he wrote Old Man and the Sea and entertained Hollywood celebrities. You will be joined on the trip by a professional guide and a CREST staff member. Don't miss this incredible opportunity!
The cost is $3,250 per person, double occupancy, or $3,550 per person, single occupancy, not including the flight. Spaces cannot be guaranteed until payment is made. Registration will remain open until all spaces are filled.
For reservations or to request additional information, please contact Samantha Hogenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.