Tour#: 3150
Depart: February 19, 2017
Return: February 26, 2017
Destination: Cuba

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Program Description

NAPRHSW traveled to Cuba in February 2004
We had an “unique” experience under very different circumstances
Fidel Castro was in the government
The services as well as visits and meetings were operated by the Cuban Government
Travel permits were quite more restrictive
There were not American airlines flying to Cuba
Social Work was just starting under a program created by Fidel Castro based on neighborhoods.
Teenagers were helping other teenagers in “trouble”

2017 Program
Gives the opportunity to all the members who had already gone in 2004 to make their own Comparative Analysis 2004-2017 and learn about the Social Impact of the Economic Changes

Newcomers will enjoy a beautiful country, warm people, the beat of Cuban music that is all over the country, the beach ……. And quite more!

We have included a few visits that open the possibility to teachers, doctors, environmental professionals, artists, business professionals to join with their families the Social Workers trip.

During this trip we will stay in Havana and Trinidad – South of Havana –
Stop at historical Cienfuegos on the way back from Trinidad and have full day excursion from Havana to Pinar del Rio

Itinerary

Day 1  Sunday February 19, 2017           Departure – Havana
Our non-stop flight with Delta Airlines #448 will leave JFK at 08:00am and arrive Havana at 11:55am.
Upon arrival we will check in at
Hotel Presidente, over Avenida de los Presidentes , walking distance to the “Malecon”.
Some time to rest or enjoy the swimming pool until our evening cocktail at Hotel National’s terrace looking at the sunset in Havana Bay, followed by a Welcome Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo: By Gabriel Rodriguez

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Day 2  Monday February 20, 2017          Havana
Historic Havana
We will tour Old Havana on foot, walking between the four main plazas that compromise Cuba’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Plaza de Armas, the site of the oldest Spanish fortress in the Americas, the 1519 locale of the first mass in Cuba, and the massive Baroque seat of government, known as Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.                                                                                   

Gran Teatro de la HabanaYou might enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at Café Escorial in Plaza Vieja, before continuing to Plaza de San Francisco de Asis and Plaza Vieja, visit artists’ galleries and historic buildings while getting a sense of the structure of the colonial city.
We’ll stroll through streets that span five centuries of historic architecture and end at Plaza de la Cathedral where we’ll see the Baroque cathedral.

During the afternoon we will visit Kcho Romerillo Community Project, and learn about renovations in its community spaces and parks
Suggested activity for the evening:
International cuisine with a special emphasis on fresh seafood, followed by a visit to a multi-purpose art space that hosts visual artist projects and concerts for Cuba’s most adventurous artists.

Day 3  Tuesday February 21, 2017         Havana
Morning activities:
Visit to the community project “Arte Corte, Callejon de los Peluqueros” a new entrepreneurship model in Havana.
Lunch at the Paladar “El Figaro” – one of the community projects –
Afternoon: Completely change of subject, our next experience will be at the open-air Afro-Cuban Religious Sanctuary, Santeria and other religious cults of African origin.
Suggested activities:
Visit a Jazz Club in Havana

    Photo: By Pablo Trincado

Day 4  Wednesday February 22, 2017   Trinidad

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Today we will board a minivan at the hotel after breakfast and stroll along Cuba’s “autopista” highway and travel through small towns and villages en route to Trinidad.

We’ll spend the next 2 days at an all inclusive resort on the
Ancon Peninsula: Brisas del Mar.

Time permits, we’ll be able to enjoy the afternoon by the beach.

 

 

Photo: By Esteban De Sousa

Day 5  Thursday February 23, 2017        Trinidad
Today we will get a train in Trinidad City and ride up to the Hacienda Manaca-Iznaga, which is one of only 13 remaining estate houses in Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills).

On our way back, we’ll stroll along Spanish Colonial Trinidad’s Plaza Mayor with its historic center of cobble stone streets and squares, as well as the local Artisans Market. Visit Casa Cantero and Casa del Alfarero

Suggested activity for the evening evening–night
Join locals in some Salsa or Afro Cuban dancing on the cobblestone
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Day 6  Friday February 24, 2017             Havana
On our way to Havana we will stop at historical Cienfuegos.
Arrived in Havana and check in at out hotel

Suggested activity for the evening-night:
Visit FAC – (Fabrica de Arte Cubano) Factory of Cuban Art

Day 7  Saturday February 25, 2017        Havana                                                                                                                                                                        

tobacco_field_cuba1Full day excursion to Pinar del Rio where we’ll visit:
a Rum factory and Tobacco plantations – traditional industry of the province –
Viñales Valley, the Indian Cave with a boat ride on the subterranean flowing river.
and finally the Prehistoric Mural which illustrates the process of evolution in “ Sierra de los Organos” from mollusk to the first human inhabitants of the region.
Return to Havana.
Tonight we’ll gather for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 8  Sunday February 26, 2017           Return
Our return flight with Delta # 620 will depart Havana at 12:55pm and it is scheduled to arrive New York, JFK airport at 03:54pm same day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo: By Henryk Kotowski

NOTE:
Activities to be confirmed
Meeting with Cuban Social workers, main subject will be a Comparative Analysis (2004-20017) & Social Impact of economic liberalization
Visit to Havana University Campus, the Latin American School of Medicine and the specialized School for children with Autism – 

Fare Per Passenger: $2,995.00

Based on double occupancy

This Price Includes

Air Transportation
With Delta Airlines non stop flights New York JFK – Havana – New York JFK
Tax and surcharges included subject to change until tickets are issued

Cuban Medical Insurance:
Passengers travelling to Cuba are required to have temporary medical insurance by the Cuban government.
This insurance is included in Delta the fare at a cost of $25.00USD per passenger, and covers a maximum stay of 30 (thirty) days.

Hotels Accommodation
5 nights in Havana Hotel Presidente 4*
2 nights in Trinidad Hotel Brisas del Mar Superior 3* –

Meals
Breakfast daily

4 dinners:
Welcome Dinner
Farewell Dinner
2 dinners in Trinidad
1 Lunch

Bus Transportation
Private transportation for transfers (airport hotel airport), sightseeings, visits and excursions
Visits and excursions
As per above itinerary. Entrance fees included
Guides
English and Spanish spoken local guides

This Price Does Not Include

Passport and / or Visa
American citizens
 need a Valid Passport (Must be valid 6 months after your return to USA)
and must have a Visa issued by the Cuban authorities
We can obtain your visa @ $130.00

Note: If you are not an American Citizen, please contact us.

Payments

Payment Schedule
Deposit: $ 1, 500.00  no later than Tuesday December 20, 2016

Balance: 
$1,495.00 by or before Tuesday January 12, 2017

Notes:
Should the airline increase tax and/or surcharges at time of issuing the tickets, we will advise you via email
All payments due dates are related to contracts with airlines, hotels and/or other suppliers.
The policies below must be enforced as they are related to these contracts.
We can’t guarantee the group price and/or flight reservation to participants without payment by due dates.

Form of Payment
Check &/or Money Order Payments
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Cancellations & Penalties

We accept only written cancellations.
Cancellations received                                                              Cancellation fee
From December 21st, 2016 to January 12, 2017                    $750.00
After January 13, 2017                                                             100% of total fare                

Important Airlines Rules

Incorrect spelling and/or differences in names on your ticket and passport
Can result in prevention of travelling by airport security and monetary consequences as the need of purchasing a new ticket.
Failure to present valid passport and/or visas:
You will be denied boarding, your airline reservation will be cancelled an you will have to purchase a new ticket at the fare available at the time you have your documents in order.
Most airlines will not give you any credit and/or refund for your original ticket
No show at the airport:
Automatically cancels your whole reservation and invalidates your ticket. You will have to purchase a new ticket at the fare available at the time you re-schedule your trip. Most airlines will not give you any credit – refund for your original ticket
Missing any flight for any reason:
Automatically cancels the rest of the reservation, invalidates your ticket and you will have to purchase a one way ticket for the rest of your itinerary. Airlines will not give you any credit for the unused portion of your ticket
Unused portion (s) of your ticket are not refundable
Airlines policies must strictly apply
We strongly recommend that you avail yourself of a Travel Insurance Program.
Please contact us for insurance quote at time of sending deposit

Documents To Enter A Foreign Country

Possession of documentation is the responsibility of each passenger.
Failure to provide them will result in denied boarding with no right to refund.

Valid passport
Travellers going abroad need a valid passport.
Some countries require your US passport to be valid for at least six months after your return trip while some other countries may require a longer validity.
If your passport expires before the required validity then you will have to apply for a new one. Please check with the Consulate(s) of the country(s) that you plan to visit for further details on requirements.
American citizens can get passport information at www.travel.state.gov/passport
Non‑American citizens should check with their respective Consulate and will need proper documents to re‑enter the United States.

Visas
A visa is a stamp that is added to your passport by a country’s Consulate.
Cuban Visa is given in a separate document. It is not stamped in your passport.
Visa requirements are subject to change without notice.
You must check the entry requirements well in advance of your departure date with the Consular officials