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Havana, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio

Friday, September 07, 2018
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The October 7-14, 2018; Cuba program includes numerous opportunities to interact with Cuban citizens and learn about community development, religious tolerance, cultural and historic preservation, education, the arts, and private non-governmental organization efforts to improve the quality of everyday life for Cubans. 

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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


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.


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.


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

This morning, delegates will check out of the hotel and transfer to the International Airport Jose Marti for your flight to Miami (10:00AM flight).

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

Additional Information



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 and Chief Executive Officer 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. 

"Peace like hostility is a learned behavior, teach peace."



The following is included with your registration fee:

Program in Compliance with the U.S. Department of Treasury 
Hotel Accommodations
7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Cuban Visa
Motor Coach Transportation 
Bilingual Local Guide
Exit Airport Tax from Cuba  

The following is NOT included:

International Airfare to/from Cuba via Miami International Airport 
Meals Not Included in Itinerary 
Passenger Travel Insurance 
Hotel Phone Usage
Room Service
Mini Bar


When booking your international flight to Cuba please note the following:

  • Purchase your outbound airfare on American Airlines Flight 1345 departing Sunday, October 7th from Miami International Airport at 4:55pm and arriving to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba at 6:00pm.
  • Purchase your return flight on American Airlines Flight 2678 departing Sunday, October 14th from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba at 9:15am arriving in Miami, Florida at 10:30am.  
Please note you are responsible for booking your domestic and international airfare connecting through Miami International Airport. We kindly ask that you give yourself three hours before your connecting flight to allow ample time through customs.  


October 7-9, 12-14
Melia Cohiba Hotel 

October 10-11
Melia Las Americas Hotel 

Single Room Supplement-$1,200 
*Available upon request 

Terms and Conditions

Balance due Friday, September 7, 2018

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