Cuba Charms

Experience Havana’s old-fashioned aesthetic

Sail the warm waters of the Caribbean in this exclusive journey to Cuba and the Bahamas. Begin in Miami; enjoy dinner at your leisure, and then join us for a group lecture by Havana-born scholar Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, a consultant on the private and public sectors on Cuban and Latin American Affairs. The following day take a panoramic tour of Miami and see Little Havana, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove. Embark Insignia and journey to Key West Havana and spend two days taking in its old-fashioned aesthetic, larger-than-life culture, and fascinating heritage and history.

Then, sail across the Caribbean Sea to Cienfuegos and take two days to explore the Pearl of the South—the city’s French spirit, tranquil seaside setting, and neoclassical architecture are sure to enchant. Stop in Santiago de Cuba, wedged between looming mountains and the aquamarine sea, the city offers a plethora of rich heritage and cultural diversions, come spend two exciting days amidst this dramatic backdrop. Finally, before returning to Miami, cruise to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, and explore its wonderfully preserved stately cathedrals, Victorian mansions, and noble architecture.

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Trip Name: Cuba Charms
Date: Oct. 29–Nov. 9, 2019
Tour Operator: Go Next
Price: From $3,099 per person, based on double occupancy, airfare included from select cities.

Waves crash against the seawall of Havana’s historic Malecon, a broad esplanade, and roadway stretching 8 km along the mouth of Havana Harbor. © Bill Bennett
Musicians serenade the IU Travels group during lunch at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Havana Vieja, Havana Cuba’s historic district. © Bill Bennett
One of Cuba’s famous classic American cars parked in the Plaza de la Revolucion with the likeness of Camilo Cienfuegos in the background. Camilo Cienfuegos was one of the key players in the Cuban revolution. © Bill Bennett
Cuban taxi drivers wait for a fare outside of the Museo de la Revolucion in Havana. © Bill Bennett
A local waits to shine shoes outside of the Hotel Mercure Sevilla in Havana. © Bill Bennett
A young boy feeds the pigeons in front of the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis, Havana, Cuba. © Bill Bennett
A Cuban woman dressed in white, walks the streets of Old Havana. She will wear white for a year as part of her initiation into an African based religion called Santeria. © Bill Bennett
Music brings young and old together. Two Cubans take time to enjoy the skillful serenade of this trumpet player in Old Havana. © Bill Bennett
An aerial view of Havana’s Paseo del Prado from the Hotel Mercure Sevilla, a divided street with a beautiful tree lined promenade running through its center. © Bill Bennett
A guitar player serenades our group as we wander through Havana’s historic Plaza Vieja. © Bill Bennett
Children at the Casa de la Cultura, a children’s cultural center, demonstrate their dancing talents to the IU Travels group. © Bill Bennett
A fisherman prepares to cast his line from atop a seawall along the Malecon as the clouds above reflect the color of the morning’s sunrise. © Bill Bennett
The Faro Castillo del Morro stands guard over Havana Harbor, keeping sailors safe since its construction in 1845. © Bill Bennett
Children peer out from their school along the Paseo del Prado, eagerly waiting for their friends to arrive for the morning lessons. © Bill Bennett
IU Alumni enjoy a classic car ride through Havana’s historic quarter. © Bill Bennett
Ernest Hemingway’s typewriter and desk in his home, Finca Viga, which means lookout house. Hemingway’s study at Finca Vinga sits atop a two story tower with breathtaking views of Havana and the coast. It was here that he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. © Bill Bennett
One of the many restaurants along Havana’s Paseo del Prado. © Bill Bennett
Compay Segundo was a widely popular Cuban trova guitarist, singer and composer, known for his most famous composition “Chan Chan.” This sculpture of Compay, with his trademark Cuban cigar in hand, sits in the bar of the historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba. © Bill Bennett
A troupe of young Cuban dancers practices one of their routines as the IU Travels group prepares for Salsa dance lessons. © Bill Bennett
A young boy practices his soccer juggling moves outside of a school in Las Terrazas, a self-sustaining socialist community on Cuba’s west coast. © Bill Bennett
Che Guevara’s portrait adorns the side of a school building in Las Terrazas. Che played a key role in the Cuban Revolution that ousted Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista in 1959. © Bill Bennett
Roystonea regia palm trees reaching for the sky along Cuba’s west coast. © Bill Bennett
Lunch at El Romero, an eco-restaurant located in the self-sustaining socialist community of Las Terrazas on the west coast of Cuba. The meal was prepared using organic fruits and vegetables, all sourced from the community’s gardens. © Bill Bennett
The interior of a classic 1950’s era American car. These cars were imported prior to the 1960’s trade embargo and have become a symbol of Cuban ingenuity. Owners keep these cars in pristine condition, often with parts they hand make themselves. © Bill Bennett
A Russian made Lada parked on the colorful streets of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the south central coast of Cuba. Evidence of Cuba’s relationship with the former Soviet Union during the Cold War can be found today in some of the country’s cars and architecture. © Bill Bennett
A view of Trinidad and the Escambray Mountains from the bell tower of  the Convento de San Francisco de Asis. © Bill Bennett

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