Day 1, October 7 | MIAMI-HAVANA
This morning, delegates will transfer to Miami International Airport for their flight to Cuba, arriving at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. Delegates will be met. Following, delegates will have an opportunity to experience the Plaza de la Revolucion (Revolution Square).
This afternoon, delegates will enjoy lunch at private restaurant Doña Eutimia. After lunch, delegates will discuss historic preservation while on a walking tour of Old Havana. Delegates will learn about current restoration efforts and plans for future restoration. Before the welcome dinner at L'atelier, delegates will check in at the Melia Cohiba Hotel.
Day 2, October 8 | HAVANA
This morning, delegates will learn about the history and architecture of the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (Cemetery Christopher Columbus). Colón Cemetery is considered one of the great historical cemeteries of the world, and it's one of the most important in Latin America in historical and architectural terms. Following, a special visit has been arranged for delegates to meet 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. Delegates will then enjoy lunch at El Aljibe.
This afternoon, the delegates will 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.
*This evening, delegates will return to the hotel and have dinner on their own.
Day 3, October 9 | LAS TERRAZAS
***PLEASE WEAR LONG PANTS AND MOSQUITO REPELLENT***
This morning, delegates will visit the Las Terrazas sustainable community. 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 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, delegates will enjoy dinner on their own.
Day 4, October 10 | HAVANA-MATANZAS REGION
This morning, delegates will visit a Cuban Cigar factory and see firsthand how designated "readers" read from newspapers and books over a public address system to factory employees as they work.
This afternoon, delegates will then travel to the Matanzas Region. Note: As this trip is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours, so a brief rest stop will be provided. Once arriving to Matanzas City, delegates will then have lunch at the hotel, followed by check in at the Melia Las Americas Hotel.
This evening, dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 5, October 11 | MATANZAS REGION
This morning, delegates will visit the first pharmaceutical museum in Latin America. Opened to the public in 1882, it is the only French apothecary of the 19th Century in the world. Delegates will walk across Parque de la Libertad to enter into the recently refurbished Teatro Velasco to interact with a local symphonic orchestra. Delegates will have the chance to ask questions to the musicians and staff of the theater.
After the visit, the delegates will drive to Castillo de San Severino de Matanzas, a fortress located next to the bay of the city. This building hosts today a Museum about slavery and the influence of Afro-Cuban religions in the area of the province. The visit will be followed by music, a dance performance of Afro-Cuban rhythms, and lunch at El Chiquirrin restaurant.
This afternoon, delegates will have a program in and around the capital of the province, known for its regional importance, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore. Specific visits TBD.
This evening, delegates will enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 6, October 12 | MATANZAS REGION-HAVANA
This morning, delegates will drive back to Havana and be provided a boxed lunch.
This afternoon, delegates will visit Finca Vigia-Hemingway's House. Known as "Papa" to the Cubans, Hemingway spent nearly 20 years living and writing in Cuba and is still revered there. See where he lived and learn about his life in Cuba during this visit.
Delegates will visit the Havana's Art Fair, now housed near the hotel under one roof, to gain a greater insight into the lives of artists in Cuba. Delegates will then check in to Melia Cohiba Hotel.
*This evening, delegates will enjoy dinner on their own.
Day 7, October 13 | HAVANA
This morning, delegates will visit Sister Teresa Vaz, a day care center run by her religious order, Sisters of the Love of God. This will be the delegates' opportunity to meet with Sister Teresa to discuss her ongoing programs and to provide her with medicines and other items for her various children's program. Delegates will interact with the children who are part of this institution.
This afternoon, delegates will visit the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum houses the finest collection of Cuban art in the world. Delegates will then have lunch at private restaurant Starbien. After lunch, delegates will visit the Community Project Muraleando (Mural Land). This art collective was created in 2002 by a few local artists. They provide art workshops for the neighborhood's children and create murals around the community.
This evening, delegates will end the day with a farewell dinner at private Chanssonier.
Day 8, October 14 | HAVANA-MIAMI