Cuba Fall 2019
October 07, 2019 - October 14, 2019
Welcome to Cuba!

In-depth visits to the Cuban cities of Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Havana highlight this cultural and humanitarian trip. Many interactions are planned, including meeting with musicians of the Cienfuegos Choir who will elaborate on their education and training; a performance by the children of La Colmenita, who demonstrate the values of peace, humanity and forgiveness in their daily lives as well as while performing; and a tour of the Imaginondo Unidos Proyecto, which supports the artistic endeavors of young adults with Downs Syndrome. Additionally, visit a day care center run by the Catholic Order Sisters of the Love of God, run by Sister Teresa Vaz, meet the students at the National Ballet School, and enjoy an interactive visit to Ernest Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia, to learn about restoration projects there.

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  • RSVP: Monday, July 08, 2019
  • Final Balance Due: Monday, July 08, 2019
  • Member Fees: $4,750.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $5,000.00
  • Deposit Amount: $1,000.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $1,000.00
DAY 1, October 07, 2019 | MIAMI-CIENFUEGOS

After clearing Customs delegation we will transit to hotel.

This evening the delegation will be treated to a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir. After the performance you will meet with classically trained musicians to discuss education and training in the performing arts in Cuba.

Welcome dinner will be held at a private restaurant, Finca del Mar.

DAY 2, October 08, 2019 | CIENFUEGOS-TRINIDAD

Today we travel to the historic city of Trinidad. The city of Trinidad was founded in 1514 by Diego Velazquez de Cuellar under the name Villa De la Santísima Trinidad. It is one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region. Note: Lunch at a local restaurant will be provided during visit.

The Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba, is the historic center of the town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. The buildings surrounding the central square date from the 18th and 19th centuries when trade in sugar from the nearby Valle de los Ingenios and slaves brought great riches to the area. Many of the buildings surrounding the central square belonged to the wealthy landowners of the city. When the trade in sugar diminished and the slave trade ended in the mid-19th century, Trinidad became a backwater and because little building was done until the 1950s many of the historic buildings and streets were preserved, especially the grand constructions in the immediate vicinity of the Plaza Mayor.

Today, most of the houses surrounding the square are home to museums. The delegation will visit the Trinidad Museum of Architecture to discuss historic preservation and learn why Trinidad received its UNESCO World Heritage designation. Other visits in Trinidad may include a stop at a local home which cares for the disabled to make a donation, a visit to a pottery factory to meet with artisans, and a visit to the Casa Temp Lode Santera Yemaya to discuss with the practitioners their services and beliefs.

After departing Trinidad we will travel to the Valle de los Ingenios (a UNESCO World Heritage site), or Valley of the Sugar Mills. This is a series of three interconnected valleys about 7 miles outside of Trinidad. This was the center for sugar production from the late 18th century until the late 19th century. We will have a discussion with local experts and citizens on the history of the Valley and life today for its residents.

Upon our return to Cienfuegos late afternoon we will attend a performance by the children of La Colmenita. La Colmenita was developed with the purpose of conveying a message of peace, humanity and forgiveness. As official UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, the children of La Colmenita are required to demonstrate these values not only in their performances but in their daily lives. After the performance we will interact with the children and teachers.

Dinner at private restaurant El Lagarto.

DAY 3, October 09, 2019 | CIENFUEGOS-HAVANA

The delegation will interact with local citizens while visiting the Paseo del Prado, a pedestrian-only boulevard lined with various stores. You will have the opportunity to meet self-employed workers (cuenta propistas) who operate the businesses along the boulevard. During the tour you will visit the Imaginondo Unidos Proyecto. This project is a center that produces graphic arts and supports young adults with Downs Syndrome.

The delegates will have an overview of the techniques practiced at the workshop, and a detailed discussion on the different mediums that each artist uses in their work. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A where the young Cuban artists and delegates will share ideas and common interests with one another. Time allowing, delegation will visit a farmers market, an example of semi-free enterprise in Cuba or an artists’ cooperative that showcases Afro-Cuban art.

Late lunch.

Mid-Afternoon Drive to Havana followed by checking in at the Melia Cohiba Hotel.

Dinner at private restaurant Atelier.

DAY 4, October 10, 2019 | HAVANA

Visit the Colon Cemetery with local experts. The Cemeterio de Colon is one of the most historical and important architectural venues in Cuba. Delegates will learn the history of the 140 acre grounds which are the resting place of some of the most famous Cuban intellectuals such as Cuban writers Nicolas Guillen and Alejo Carpentier. Delegates will get a chance to engage with and ask questions of the Cuban experts on site.

Additional meetings with Cuban citizens to be determined.

DAY 5, October 11, 2019 | HAVANA

This morning delegates will visit a day care center run by the Catholic Order Sisters of the Love of God. The delegates will have the opportunity to meet with the Center’s founder, Sister Teresa Vaz, to discuss her ongoing programs and to provide vitamins and other items of need for the children. PTPI will provide delegation in advance with a list of items they can bring to donate to Sister Teresa for the children. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet with the Sisters and lay people on staff and to interact with the children who are cared for by the Center.

Lunch at private restaurant.

In the afternoon we will visit artist Kelvin López. Described as a painter and sculptor, Kelvin is one of Cuba's leading artists. Discuss his unique insight into the culture, history, and people of Cuba as he shares his art.

Additional meetings with Cuban citizens on Day 5 TBD*

Dinner on your own.

DAY 6, October 12, 2019 | HAVANA-LAS TERRAZAS

Today our delegation will visit the Las Terrazas sustainable community. After a midmorning arrival delegates will visit the community school to talk with the children, visit a local artist's home and workshop and meet with community members to learn about their daily lives. A special lunch will be held at a local family restaurant in the community.

This afternoon, delegates will have the opportunity to interact with the community residents and learn about their respective roles within the community.

This evening, upon returning to Havana, delegates will enjoy dinner on their own.

DAY 7, October 13, 2019 | HAVANA

Visit the National Ballet School. The Cuban ballet is one of the most renowned ballets in the world. Their style is unique and of the highest quality. The school focuses to promote the techniques of classical ballet and dance form in Cuba. This important school's goal is to foster young students through the methodology and comprehensive steps of mastering the art of dance. Our delegates will interact with students and instructors to gain appreciation for the divergent modalities of dance.

Lunch and meeting with Cuban farmers at a privately owned and operated farm. The farmers will teach us about their organic farming techniques, and will share stories about their daily lives.

Interactive visit to Hemingway's home, Finca Vigia. Delegates will meet with the Director, Ms. Ada Rosa Rosales, and local experts who will discuss with the delegates the importance to Cuba of this great novelist. Delegates will have an overview of the current restoration projects for the Finca Vigia and its collection. Cubans and American guests will discuss the novelist's life, work and relationship with Cuba and its relationship to contemporary Cuban writers.

Return to the hotel followed by dinner at private restaurant.

Additional meetings with Cuban citizens to be determined.

DAY 8, October 14, 2019 | HAVANA-MIAMI

This morning delegates will check out of the hotel and transfer to the International Airport Jose Marti for your flight to Miami.

*Full schedule which will provide for people to people interaction with Cuban citizens will be available on our website at a later date.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change and does not include all meetings and events that will be in the final program.

  • Spanish
  • Cuban Peso
  • Steak Palamillo
  • Havana
Mary Jean Eisenhower

Mary Jean Eisenhower was born in Washington, D.C. during her grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower's, first term in office as President of the United States. She was christened in the Blue Room of the White House and grew up in nearby Gettysburg, PA, in a home with property abutting the Eisenhower Farm, where President Eisenhower eventually retired. 

She attended several schools in Pennsylvania until her father, John, was named as US Ambassador to Belgium. She lived in Brussels with her family from shortly after her grandfather's death in 1969 through 1972.

Mary Jean Eisenhower is President of People to People International, which was founded September 11, 1956 by her grandfather, then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mary says that she joined PTPI hoping to carry on her grandfather's dream of her own. In 1961, President Eisenhower brought PTPI in to the private sector, with the financial backing of his friend Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards. 

Mary Eisenhower established the PTPI Friendship Fund in 1999 following an inspirational visit to an orphanage in Morocco. The fund is designed as a way for people to help the friends and facilities they visit throughout the world and to help the PTPI Chapter network assist each other in humanitarian and educational endeavors. To date, the fund has provided assistance to causes such as the Global Humanitarian Eradication of Landmines; Children's Mercy Hospital in London, England; earthquake relief in India; disaster relief to victims of September 11, 2001 and their families; support of schools for the underprivileged in China and Sri Lanka; a home for leukemia victims and their families in Cuba; Operator International Children; New Horizons (a library project in Vietnam); The Survivors of Rwanda; Japan Tsunami Relief, Haiti, and Friends of Egypt, among others. 

Following September 11, 2001, Mary's focus intensified toward getting young people from around the world together to learn about each other and conflict management. Her vision resulted in "Peace Camp 2003: An Evolution of Thought and Action" and "The Global Peace Initiative." Both efforts have brought people from diverse areas, more than 30 nationalities, together in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, to discuss issues, how each are affected and reach a better understanding of their unique and individual cultures. The program remains active today. In total, Mary Jean has visited or established programing in over 74 countries, many multiple times. 

Highlighted awards of Mary's are: the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy; the Medal of Honor from Slovak Republic; The Consular Corps Award of Excellence; The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service; Friendship Ambassador from The Peoples' Republic of China, Friend of Foreign Service Award, Taiwan, among others. Eisenhower has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Schiller International University, Park University and William Jewel College; and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from York College. She has served as a Fellow at Stanford University and The Churchill Foundation at Westminster College. 

When booking your multicity international flight to Santa Clara, Cuba and from Havana, Cuba please note:

You will need to connect flights in Miami (MIA Airport) on October 7th to Santa Clara, Cuba on American Airlines Flight 2751 at 3:55pm.

You will need to connect flights in Miami (MIA Airport) on October 14th from Havana, Cuba to your destination city on American Airlines Flight 1334 at 11:45am.

To allow ample time to clear customs on the return from Cuba please do not book any flights before 3:00pm for your return from Miami.

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Hotel Accommodations
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Cuban Visa
  • Licensed program, and permits including museum entrances according to the program
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual local guide to all programmed events

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare

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