| Journeys of Discovery Presents
The Colorful Culture of Cuba
Art, Music, Dance, Spirituality
With Susan Duval Seminars
Cuba, a subject of mystery, fascination and deliberation for decades has been forbidden to American travelers – until recently.
We are pleased to offer you an exceptional opportunity to visit Cuba on a remarkable 5-day spiritual and cultural exploration. In
this people-to-people exchange, you will discover how Santeria was derived from Yoruba and how it is practiced and celebrated
in Cuba. Santería, (The Way of the Saints), also called La Regla de Ocha (The Order of the Orishas) was brought to Cuba during
the Atlantic slave trade of the Yoruban nations of West Africa.
This unique tour itinerary will take you to places that are not visited by the typical tour to Cuba.
You will see and participate in lectures, dancing and ceremonies performed by Santeria priests
and religious authorities of each practice and visit their house-temples. The need to preserve
their traditions and belief systems in a hostile cultural environment prompted those enslaved in
Cuba starting as early at 1515 to merge their customs with aspects of Roman Catholicism. This
religious tradition evolved into what is now recognized as Santeria. Join Susan Duval and other
like-minded, kindred-spirits on this remarkable, one of a kind, Cuba tour experience.
4 NITES HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE RIVIERA HOTEL
BREAKFAST LUNCH AND DINNER DAILY
MEALS AT TOP PRIVATE RESTAURANTS/PALADARS
HAMEL’S ALLEY -AFRO-CUBAN MUSIC AND DANCE
VISIT TO GUANABACOA-Famous for Santeria
NACIONAL HOTEL AND HALL OF FAME
VISIT TO MANTANZAS- Alley of Traditions-Dance and presentation
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SIGHTS-OLD HAVANA, MATANZAS
FERRY TO REGLA MUSEUM AND ORISHAS MUSEUM
VISIT TO THE CATHOLIC, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX AND GREEK CHURCHES IN HAVANA
FAMOUS CERAMIST JOSE FUSTE
Day 1- Apr 03, 2019 (D)
Arrival/ Havana. Proceed through customs and board private motor coach for a panoramic tour of Havana including the historic
Revolutionary Square, The University of Havana, the U.S. Embassy, the famous Malecon, and the Statue of Jesus. We will visit
the other part of Havana and visit Morro Castle a fortress guarding the entrance to the Havana harbor. “Morro” means rock and
is very visible from the sea. Built in 1589 in response to raids on Havana harbor, el Morro protects the mouth of the harbor.
We will take a cool stop at the famous Nacional Hotel which showcases old Cuban traditions for luxury and service and suggests
that they have not been completely forgotten in the wake of the 1959 Revolution. Located on a small knoll overlooking the
entrance to Havana Bay, this stylish Havana accommodation was originally built in 1929-30 through a joint agreement with the
Cuban government and U.S.-based banks. American companies designed and built the Nacional, and as soon as it was
completed, tourists from America flooded the hotel's spacious reception areas, dining rooms and gardens. It was "the" place to
be in Havana. This hotel was frequented by film legends like Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, and Ava Gardner. We will
enjoy a complimentary mojito as we visit the HALL OF FAME where pictures of movie stars and gangsters who once roamed these
halls are hanging. Hotel check-in at the RIVIERA HOTEL with welcome cocktail. Meet in lobby at 6:00pm
Welcome dinner at one of the best paladars in Havana, SAN CRISTOBAL. (or similar) President Obama and his family ate at this
amazing paladar when they visited Cuba. Later this evening you may wish to visit one of Havana’s famous Jazz Club such as the
LA ZORRO Y EL CUERVO. (The fox and the raven). It opens around 10pm, there is a minimal admission charge, but is known for
its’ top jazz musicians.
Day 2- Apr 04TH (B,L,D)
This mornign enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Havana. This is a great
opportunity to meet and interact with local Cubans going about their
everyday lives on the city streets. In 1982 Old Havana was designated
a UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s brimming with a variety of
historical landmarks and interesting things to do. Just walking the
streets in this area is a favorite pastime and will surely result in an
unforgettable experience with plenty of chances to meet the locals and
take advantage of myriad photo ops. The four squares including a visit
to LA CATEDRAL, THE VINTAGE PHARMACY, THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
AND THE PALACE OF THE GENERALS. LUNCH at the infamous CAFÉ DEL
After lunch we will continue the walking tour and visit the rum factory and cigar factories and offer a great opportunity to
purchase fine cigars and Cuban rum. Later we visit the Association of Yoruba in Havana. If we are lucky we may catch a Yoruba
performance, a diverse mode of ritual performance dedicated to ancestor worship.
The museum-cum-cultural-center will help untangle the mysteries of the Santería religion, its saints and their powers, Aside from
sculpted models of the various orishas (deities), the association also hosts tambores (Santería drum ceremonies).
NOTE: that there's a church dress code for the tambores (no shorts or tank tops). Dinner at one of Havana’s top paladars.
Day 3- APR 05TH (B,L,D) Breakfast is served at your hotel from 6:30am-10:00am
After breakfast we head to the city of MANTANZAS. Mantanzas is the capital of the Cuban province known for its poets, culture
and AFRO-CUBAN music and folklore and the birth place of Rumba. We will visit a private dance studio to see and participate in a
performance for Rumba, Salsa, and learn how the African culture has influenced various types of dance, art and religion on the
Cuban culture. Lunch at private paladar in Mantanzas.
After lunch we take a walking tour of Mantanzas “The Athens of Cuba” famous for its dancing, poets, art and literature. We will
visit art galleries and private shops before departing back for Havana. Dinner at private paladar.
If you would like to see the famous Tropicana show this evening, we can arrange tickets and transportation (not included)
Day 4 - APR 06TH –(B,L,D)
This morning we experience Afro-Cuba culture, dance and music at Havana’s Hamel alley. A small backstreet located in the
neighborhood of Cayo Hueso, Centro Habana. An important socio-cultural project divulging Afro-Cuban culture through music,
theater, visual and other arts. You will be introduced to the Santeria Religion and how its West African roots are intertwined
into the Afro-Cuba culture. Santeria practice comes in various forms: individual divination sessions; initiation into various levels
of worship; collective gatherings in honor of different gods; and syncretic public rituals which incorporate visiting Catholic places
of worship. Next we head to GUANABACOA, a township in eastern Havana famous for its historical Santeria and home to the
first African Cabildo - Association in Havana. We will visit the Ally of Traditions with a lecture on the murals and how the murals
were painted and influence by the Afro-Cuban culture. Then see a traditional musical dance by dancers and musicians of this
After lunch, we visit the Museo de Regla and Orishas Museums. This fascinating church and museum in Regla is just across the
water from old Havana by ferry. The religious and historical pieces and artifacts on display are emblematic of the synchronization
of belief systems that took place between the Spanish colonizers and their African slaves. Spanish Catholicism and African
Orisha worship meshed over the centuries to form the present-day Cuban religion. This is a must-see while in Havana for those
interested in history, religions, spiritualism and culture. If time permits, we will see the Orishas Museum and the Martin Luther
King Center in Havana. Farewell Dinner this evening at a wonderful private restaurant.
TOUR COSTS: based on a minimum of 12 guests
Completed Forms and a deposit of $500 required to reserve a space
Contact Journeys of Discovery - Gayle Lawrence
If you have questions or need additional information about this tour
TOUR COST: $2,789.00 Per Person in Double room / $3,189.00 in a Single room
*5 Days - 4 nights at the Riviera Hotel located on the Malecon
*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily with drink packages at each meal
*Meals at some of the best paladars (private restaurants)
*Venues, entrance fees mentioned herein
*Visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites
*Fully escorted by travel professional/ Carlson Maritime Travel
*Major gratuities to private guide and driver
*Medical Insurance while in Cuba
*License and Travel Affidavit
Price does not include:
*Cuban Visa +$85.00
*Round-trip air from your home city
*Minimal tips for lunch and dinner to your servers
*Items of a personal nature
*Optional cancellation, delay, baggage, medi-vac insurance
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Day 5 - APR 07th –(B,L)
Breakfast, then check-out of hotel.
This morning we will visit the famous FUSTERLANDIA. Fuster specializes
in unique ceramics, paintings, graphic design, and his work has
expanded beyond his home to the neighborhood and this very
important community project. He has turned this poverty-stricken village
into a whimsical and colorful community project that residents are proud
to be a part of. Our last lunch in Cuba before having to depart back to
our home city. Welcome Home!
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